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When I got into this years leagues I set the goal of being consistent.  Previously my average would be 199+ with one high game and two so-so games.  I have changed ball weight, thumb pitch and can't bowl the line I like, so now I am consistently poor.  I am hitting the pocket but can't carry.  I have games of strikes and nines which rarely add up above 210.  I can pick up my spares dead on with a Blue Pearl Hammer but seem to open too often in the ninth frame.  I get impatient wanting the strikes and start making little adjustments that move my single pins out of the corners, but still not striking.

Previously there has been a hold area at about 42-45 feet that I could bounce my ball off from and get decent carry.  This year all three houses I bowl at are in my opinion flooding the lanes and the only shot left is down and in so slow I have a hard time slowing down that much.  I have sanded my primary balls with 500 grit and it works for about half a game before I start seeing inch wide stripes on my ball where my flare lines should be.  Obviously we have oil puddling on the lanes but none of the houses will admit to it.

I am getting so frustrated I am thinking of getting one of the ball ramps and just rolling my ball down that.  Anyone else running into flooded lanes?

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Sounds familiar at least the first part.  I have always swung the ball now that won't carry.  I can't keep the ball on the right of the head pin going down and in.
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I am getting so frustrated I am thinking of getting one of the ball ramps and just rolling my ball down that.  Anyone else running into flooded lanes?


Lol, I've been seeing this every Thursday night for the last 11 years.  Ask Keith (mrbowling300) about the oil at Parkview.

The trick (at least for me) was to relearn playing straight up the gutter with a ball with surface...that's the only place where it's reasonably dry and the surface helps get the ball to the pocket in time.  Something to try anyway if you can't play any farther inside.


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I've experienced this twice over the last seven or eight years. 

The first time was the lane man. He was putting more oil in the heads to get them to last longer, but now everyone's ball was shooting through the mids. Heavy surface didn't work since most of the lane didn't have a lot of oil on it (only the front did) so balls were rolling out. An IQ Tour at 1500 saved my season. That ball read the mid lane strong, but its low differential kept it from flipping once it started to read. Great ball on tricky conditions.

The second time was all me. I thought there was a puddle on the lanes but no one else was struggling. I tried all the tricks and my old IQ. Nothing worked. Then one week a guy next to was bowling 300. I got up and bowled after his 10th shot. His wife was recording the whole thing, and it was after she posted it on facebook, that I got to see it was all me. I had no knee bend, was bending at the waist, super high backswing, and no leverage on the ball. It was just zipping down the lane with nothing on it. A couple weeks of practice later, and suddenly there was no puddle of oil on the lane anymore. 
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If the lane machines are putting out a consistent shot of oil, the only oil I should see on a ball is the 1/8th inch track of oil because the ball only contacts the lane that much.  In order to see an inch of oil on the ball, there has to be pooling somewhere on the lanes.  I can watch the ball skid, hook, roll, skid and go straight.  Frequently through the nose.

The only thing that seems to work is to stand with my left foot on 30 and flip the ball so it goes over the third arrow, or between the 3rd and 4th and curls back to the pocket.  If I can go slow enough that works for a few frames until my frustration takes over and I am back to winging it.  The coach of the girls bowling team I help out says its been that way at every house they bowled this year.  The girls team took State so I am guessing he knows what he is talking about.

My question is why have the houses started doing that?  They went from a nice shot last year with reasonably dry outside the first arrow to so much oil that the only people scoring are those straight ball rollers who throw and hope, or the few guys who can overpower the pattern by whipping it at 18-20 mph.

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I think a lot at least for me is the type of ball you throw. I'm going to
buy me something aggressive and shoot first arrow. IQ Tour might be
a good choice.


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Sounds familiar at least the first part.  I have always swung the ball now that won't carry.  I can't keep the ball on the right of the head pin going down and in.
For years I have always played the lanes swinging it across the middle, but this year it seems most of the oil is in the middle of the lane and I have to play the outside in order to hit the pocket and get better carry. My average is still the same but I liked swinging it than down and in.
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I just bought a Brunswick Fortera Exile in 14 pounds to have drilled up for me.  I am not supposed to be using a 14 anymore, but I can't stand all the nine counts I get.  Strikes and nines just don't add up.
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I just bought a Brunswick Fortera Exile in 14 pounds to have drilled up for me.  I am not supposed to be using a 14 anymore, but I can't stand all the nine counts I get.  Strikes and nines just don't add up.


I had the Fortera Exile drilled yesterday and spent some time getting to know it.  The young driller claimed it was a much stronger ball and would hook far earlier than what I was using.  When I told him to use a weaker drilling and put ovals rather than lifts he looked at me kind of funny but did what I told him.  I wish they didn't all think they know it all and all old guys are dumb.  When I went back and told him it is 4 boards and 2 mph stronger he still looked puzzled.  The kid has never seen me bowl. How would he know what I could do with the ball?

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