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Bucketofslawski

Registered: 05/12/12
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For those who are interested, the lane conditioning patterns for the upcoming USBC Open were released today.

Team-
http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/usbcongress/bowl/tournaments/pdfs/usbcopenchamp/2013/2013TeamConditionGRAPH.pdf

Doubles/Singles-
http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/usbcongress/bowl/tournaments/pdfs/usbcopenchamp/2013/2013DSconditionGRAPH.pdf

Somewhat glossed over in the USBC presentation is the info that Kegel is introducing a new lane conditioner at the Open, called Ice. This replaces the Infinity conditioner which has been used for several years. Jeff Richgels writes about it here-

http://11thframe.com/page/blog_id_5691

RoadRunner

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Registered: 09/12/12
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The patterns look relatively easy to me. In the show they said they expect doubles/singles to play similar to last year, but softer. If the flatter of the two patterns is softer than last year, I would guess the scores are going to be pretty high.  

Team, being two feet longer, and having more head oil is naturally going to hook less, but my guess the last frame of team and the first frame of doubles may be relatively similar. 
Bucketofslawski

Registered: 05/12/12
Posts: 219
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Initial thoughts-

Ice is designed to be a little slicker than Infinity, so my expectation is that the bowler will get more glide through the front of the lane and a later breakpoint. If you think the USBC Open plays too tight when the lanes are fresh they will play even tighter, at first. If you prefer more skid it may suit you just fine. The new oil may be a wild card, since it is not yet available and no specifications have been released.

Team Pattern-
The pattern is extended to 41 ft, 2 ft more than 2012 in Baton Rouge and equal to 2011 in Reno. The ratio will be a bit softer than the low scoring Baton Rouge pattern but more difficult than 2011 in Reno, approximating the 2010 Reno pattern but a foot longer and with a lower friction conditioner. Expect higher team scores.

Doubles/Singles pattern-
Same length as Baton Rouge but the distribution has been changed. There will be a bit less oil in the vicinity of the track, from 5 to 13. According to the way the ratios are figured (in 5 board areas centered on each arrow) this raises the ratio from 2.20 to 2.37-to-1. Frankly it doesn't look like it will play any easier than Baton Rouge. And with fresh oil for doubles/singles everyone will have to deal with transition. My guess is that doubles scores will go down since transition is most likely to be a factor relatively early. Scores should go up in singles as a track develops, but that depends on where the bowlers have chosen to play. I think good players on strong teams will be able to put up some very high singles sets since there will be no lane change between events.
Crankenstein300

Registered: 05/27/08
Posts: 686
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I had them tight in team at Reno in 2011. Of course we were way down by the right wall, which always seems to play tighter than the low end regardless. Will be interesting to see how the new conditioner will play. Might not be able to play outside like I was hoping though since that was simply not the hot ticket in 2011.
Bucketofslawski

Registered: 05/12/12
Posts: 219
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In general shorter and lighter patterns are better for outside play, so the 41 ft team pattern probably won't be nice outside. There may be individuals capable of it, and it is possible that carrydown may force bowlers right depending one what equipment everyone on a pair is using. The 39 ft doubles/singles pattern might be playable outside, but I don't see much of a "ramp" in the pattern to allow much mistake area. The mistake area will develop with the track.

2006 Corpus Christi played outside, but that was a 39 ft pattern with half as much oil on the outside boards (I checked the online Kegel pattern library). 2007 Reno could be played outside too. That was a 40 ft pattern with more volume than 2006, but still less on the outer boards than they are using now. 2006 and 2007 patterns were not sport compliant.
Crankenstein300

Registered: 05/27/08
Posts: 686
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Reno in 2009 I was able to play outside with good luck, but can't remember the specs of the pattern. Tried the same in 2011 in Reno but it was much tighter and certainly less mistake room. Finally moved in and got the right ball in my hand, but by that time I was into D&S. Scraped out an 1800 in All Events, which I was amazed I managed.

Bucketofslawski

Registered: 05/12/12
Posts: 219
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2009 was Las Vegas, not Reno. That was a 40 ft pattern with a very different mix of forward vs reverse oil. The forward pass applied all the oil before 16ft with a long buff to 40 ft. They used the reverse pass to apply most of the shape to the pattern instead of the forward pass. I think this let the pattern play shorter than it actually was.

http://kegel.net/V3/PatternLibraryPatternGraph.aspx?ID=679

I didn't do much in Vegas, 541-619-556 for 1716. Looking at the pattern now I should have tried to play it further out. I think we messed up the pair a bit in the team event by not all being on the same page regarding what line to play. In doubles I drew a fresh pair, and when we switched for singles got a tracked up pair. I remember throwing a string (front 7 strikes I think) early in doubles, playing straight up 8 or so with a weak reactive (a Spirit II), then began hitting the 3 pin in the face due to carrydown and never found the right combination after that, going 238-189-192. After the lane change I jumped to an inside line for singles, but it didn't work for me.

Crankenstein300

Registered: 05/27/08
Posts: 686
Reply with quote  #8 
OK, it was 2010. Funny because my bracket sheet listed 2009 lol.
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