For many across the world, ten pin bowling is often seen as a fun, recreational activity to partake in with friends. Although many of us see it merely as something fun to do, we cannot disregard the extreme amount of competition which comes from taking part in activities such as this. For those who partake in bowling as a means of entertainment, for others it is a competitive and serious sport which is all about skill, tactics and precise execution of your plays. However, for those who watch bowlers take part in this competitive sport and yearn to have the skills to earn as many points as they do; they should be aware that it is not just the way in which they execute their bowling which affects their scores, but something else-oil.
In the early beginnings of ten pin bowling, oil was required in order to help protect and maintain the surfaces of the lanes. The oil is usually spread across the lane surface by a machine which distributes the oil to a set pattern which is determined by what the use of the bowling venue is at that particular time. It is these oil patterns which affect the way in which the ball will react to the surface of the lane which affects how accurately you will be able to hit your target. Some players may be unaware of the effects of the oil on their balls accuracy, but the quicker you notice how the oil pattern affects your playing, the quicker you will be able to learn more about oil patterns in order to adjust to them and help influence your scores.
One of the easiest ways in which you can increase your skills with manipulating oil patterns in your play is simply through practice.
Those bowlers who are able to gain high scores with multiple patterns will be those who practice excessively. In terms of league players, they will often take multiple practice shots before the start of the game in order to try and establish what the pattern on the lane is and then use this to their advantage. In some cases you may be notified of what the pattern is, but with practice you will be more able to see for yourself exactly how the oil pattern will affect the accuracy of your aim. You can also develop a starting point and type of shot to use at the beginning of each game which will help you to indicate the oil pattern based on where the ball hits in relation to where your intended target is and the route in which was taken to get there.
In instances where you find yourself playing with dry lanes, you will often find that the ball will move very abruptly away from your target due to the lack of oil. This will then make you change your target line in order to hit your intended target. In the event that you are playing on a heavily oiled lane, this will cause your ball to skid through the oil before grabbing the lane once it reaches a drier section of the lane. In these cases, it is important to be aware of how much oil is on the lane as this may result in a ball change being needed. However, it is important to be aware that the conditions of the lanes will change constantly when you bowl due to the oil on the lanes drying up or being stretched further down the lane through the balls rolling through it. This is an important factor to take into consideration as this will also greatly affect the way in which you ball reacts to the lane and whether it will reach your target or not. In this event, you will often find you have to continuously change your playing techniques in order to be able to work well with the pattern changes.
Oil patterns can greatly affect the way in which you score, but by being aware of how the different patterns affect the route in which your ball takes, you will be able to change the way in which you bowl each time and use this to your advantage. Remember that as your game continues you will need to change the way in which you execute each shot to compensate for the changes in the oil. But above all, practice; practicing will allow you to not only read the patterns quicker but also be aware of exactly what alterations you will need to make in order to keep your scores high and keep you winning.