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Why dont you like synthetic lanes?
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It's not the lanes it's how the oil is
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Come down here to Georgia.  I only recently discovered a house that still lhas wood lanes.  It's the only one within a hundred miles of Atlanta, probably much farther, that still has wood.  And the owner told me this week that the next time they resurface, there's nothing left below the layer of wood they're bowling on now, so they'll just lay synthetics on top.  Probablly next year.


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Come down here to Georgia.  I only recently discovered a house that still lhas wood lanes.  It's the only one within a hundred miles of Atlanta, probably much farther, that still has wood.  And the owner told me this week that the next time they resurface, there's nothing left below the layer of wood they're bowling on now, so they'll just lay synthetics on top.  Probablly next year.



That's what happened to the last wood lanes here last year. Worst thing about
synthetic lanes are the approaches,especially if you live in a hot humid climate.....
like here in the Ohio Valley

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Dare said:  "Worst thing about synthetic lanes are the approaches,especially if you live in a hot humid climate.....like here in the Ohio Valley

 

Or here in Georgia.

There is a solution that centers can put on the approaches and buff them that will make the approaches nice and slippery like wood always was.  But few centers bother to use it.  Or they don't know about it.


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There are only a couple centers left in my area with wood lanes (including the one I bowl at), but ALL of the centers here have wood approaches.  One tried to install synthetic approaches and pulled them out after one season.

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Where I bowl they have had synthetics for years.  They kept the original approaches.  When Taylor lanes closed they bought the approaches that were available and put them in their warehouse.  They have everything imaginable in that warehouse.  Taylor didn't do much to the approaches so they were in good shape after resurfacing.  They even turned them around so there were no dimples from balls being dropped on them.  Had the management of Taylor took care of the place it would still be open and thriving.  Ford lanes owner tried to buy it about 10-15 years ago but Ted would not sell.  Had he sold it would have been thriving today.
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In the Detroit area, there's still a few places with wood lanes.  Novi Bowl, Nor-West Lanes, All Star Lanes, and  North Hill Lanes comes to mind.  Drakeshire Lanes, now billed as "The Perfect Game" is switching over to synthetics this summer.
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If you know anyone there tell them to keep the wood approaches.
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Two places I bowled at with synthetic approaches are always perfect
to bowl. Two others when it's hot forget about sliding One of the two
buffs them out ever  now and then and then their like ice
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The problem with keeping the wood approaches I believe is they have to remove the wood lane beds. I've heard of places putting the synthetics right over the lane beds and if they do that, they have to do the approaches too, otherwise the approaches wont be on the same level height as the lanes.
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Place I bowl at hired carpenters instead of actual lane installers to save money.

Took them forever
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One of the two bowling centers in town used to have wood lanes (nice ones, too) but they replaced them last year. A shame. The other bowling center has synthetic lanes, but they kept the old wooden approaches. I'm glad they did, because I never have issues sliding on them, but synthetics can be bothersome.
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Synthetics have been predominant on our area for 30 years. I had a lot of trouble with the approaches for several years until I learned something very simple. I went to shoes with adjustable heels and began using a leather heel. Made all the difference in the world. My sticking problems were totaly a result of the leading edge of my rubber heels on the Linds shoes I had been using
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