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JTbowling

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I never really understood why some nights on certain lanes you can catch the slightest piece of the head pin and the pin action completely finishes the job, and on other nights, it's just dead back there. Is this inconsistency just the varying amount of wear and tear on the pins, or is something else at play? 


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Possibly the amount of lane conditioner build up on the pin decks may have something to do with that.
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I am sure the weight of the pins has something to with this too. 
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A combination of several things including the two mentioned above. Gutter depth at the pin deck area as well. It is adjustable and can vary lane to lane. 
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Ball strength is so high that it allows the balls to be thrown at a very high speed.  Side boards are much springier than they used to be.  As to one week to the next it could be KARMA.
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Oil on the deck is the primary culprit IMHO...excessive oil can cause a ball to deflect more when hitting the pocket and cause more corner pins, 5-pins, or 7-9 & 8-10 splits.  It can also cause marginally hit pins to slide instead of fall over. 

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Not oil on the deck so much as transition on the lane. If your breakpoint is earlier, or later it changes the rotational energy transfered to the pins causing the pin reaction to be different from night to night or even over the course of one night
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Not oil on the deck so much as transition on the lane. If your breakpoint is earlier, or later it changes the rotational energy transfered to the pins causing the pin reaction to be different from night to night or even over the course of one night


I agree with this.  I have to adjust my break point frequently to counter the pair we are on, the track of the other bowlers, etc.  The hardest thing to adjust for is when you are bowling against 4 people who never roll, or throw, the same place twice and usually are using plastic or entry level equipment, and think if they come close to the head pin all the rack is supposed to collapse for their benefit.  The oil carries every where and the only place left to play is the outside and come in late to the pocket.  Unfortunately that also produces corner pins, including my nemesis, the 10. 

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