2012 USBC Open Championships oil pattern

The pattern chart for the oil pattern for this year’s USBC Open Championships may be found by clicking here. I am posting it here because not only may it be the pattern for the Brockton Bowling Association Hall of Fame Classic (they used last year’s pattern in the Hall of Fame Classic last year), but I also heard that the Coke Classic League will be bowling on this pattern for the last third of their season.

When I pressed Ray for his thoughts on the pattern Friday, he told me he thought you’d have to get in deep on this because the bulk of the oil stops at 27′ with 12′ of buff area on the back of the pattern. On the kick-off show for the Open Championships, however, it was said you don’t want too much angle too soon, and that you’ll have to manage your launch angles, meaning I may struggle on it turning my hand too soon, but it would also present problems for bowlers that like to loft it. If I get a chance bowl on it, either in a Monday practice or at the Hall of Fame Classic, I’ll let everyone know how I do.

2 Responses to 2012 USBC Open Championships oil pattern

  1. Rich says:

    In an option that leaves the lanes alone for the Coke league bowlers on Monday, they’ll have the shot out for practice on the lanes near the control desk on Sundays until the end of the Coke league’s season.

  2. Jeff Seyler says:

    The pattern is designed to accentuate any errors the bowler may make in delivering the ball. Angle, direction, ball speed, ball rotation, ball surface, ball dynamics will all play havoc to those who attempt to PLAY THEIR OWN SHOT too aggressively too early. The lanes must first be broken down during the Team Event all through Practice, NO SPARE SHOOTING is necessary. If you even try to hook the ball at your spares you will miss 1/2 of them. Your 10 minutes is better spent shooting 7-8 at arrows to as far outside as the 5 board during practice. Sanded balls that have been cleaned and will pick up as much oil as possible will serve you well. It is absolutely necessary to FLATTEN out the oil line at 25′ to achieve any amount of predictability at the break point (43-45′). Sanded and NON POLISHED (800-1000) surfaced balls (pin down) work best for the first transition. Polished balls come off of the oil line conserving far too much energy and OVER REACT to the clean lane surface. Most who try, resolve to increase ball speed in order to keep the ball RIGHT OF HEAD PIN, only to be disappointed when the ball pushes too far down lane and finishes late behind the head pin leaving any combination of 2-10 splits. If you are fortunate to get the ball to the pocket you are consumed with 4 pins, 4-9’s, crush 7’s or 9 pins, again TOO MUCH energy makes it way past the mid lane.

    First transition 5th-7th frame 1st game, ball angle has increased and the ball will now read mid lane coming off the oil pattern, more aggressive drill patterns and ball surfaces will allow for better ball angle and entry through the pocket at this point. If you are leaving single pocket spares, and you are still making good shots, STAY WITH THE LINE! Leaving this line (8-10 out to 5 board) too soon will cause bad shots and tougher 2-3 pin spares (3/6, 2/4, 6/10) resulting in higher probable missing opportunities. STAY CLEAN! As the transition takes its course a very nice area of hold is being created around the 10-11 board at the mid lane which will come into play after the second game.

    As the shot begins to wear down nearing the end of the first game, play will begin to move towards the inside of the preexisting shot. Incremental moves 2&1 can be made creating a much more favorable angle of entry to the pocket and more carry. Speed control becomes a much greater issue as too much ball speed vs ball roll will leave 7 pins, and not enough ball speed will send the ball through the face. You can now miss 1-2 boards of target and still get the ball to the pocket, but varying ball speed and ALL BETS are off!
    By the middle of the second game higher revolution bowlers should be closer to 13-15 @ arrows and 8-10 at break point. The pair should be WIDE OPEN for a variety of ball surfaces and drilling dynamics. As the second game concludes high rev players should be around 15-18 @ arrows and 10-12 at break point. Lower rev players will still be 11-13 @ arrows and 8-10 @ break point. The THIRD GAME should be a complete BLOW OUT.

    Plan “B”. Your second team has a PLAN OF THEIR OWN and they are going to HOOK THE LANE with whatever they have to throw! Stay as FAR RIGHT of these CLOWNS can possible be TOLLERATED for as long as possible! They will BURN the inside of the lane and they will be constantly MOVING LEFT because that’s what they do on ANYOTHER TYPICAL HOUSE SHOT! Allow them to flatten the inside of the lane ON THEIR OWN. This will only DELAY your transitions by 3-4 frames and you will eventually cross into their BURN AREA. Should this part of the lane be WASTED, as it can very well be, DO NOT BE AFFRAID to move AS DEEP AS 25-28 at the arrows and STILL GET THE BALL TO 11-13 at break point for high rev players and no further than 15 for lower rev players. If you have DONE YOUR JOB as a team the break point will be PRIMED for good hold at this angle and the LIGHT SHOTS will carry with good ball speed, DO NOT GO TOO FAR INSIDE if you have lower than 15 MPH ball speed! Your best off playing to the 20 board and using your track out to 11-12 board and just make it work.

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