Ava bob ,
I cannot disagree with your descriptions of those conditions from back then.
re: Bowl , com June 23, 2019 article, the 3 unit rule was suspended .
It was instituted in 1992,, but exact dates are not what is important, really.
More relevant is the reasons and the outcomes of these rules.
3 units was like nothing. Even using urethane and /or plastic. And as you said it became more wide open.
Basically the rule was dropped because modern balls deplete oil so much that that even
maximum amounts of oil ( 80 -100 units) anywhere on the “pattern” could be sucked off the lane as to leave less than 3 units and not comply with the rule.
Also , ALL LANE INSPECTIONS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED.
This is Bizzaro mentality , even for ABC / USBC ?
Once again, when it is so painfully obvious that a fairness and integrity problem exists
with the Lanes / Balls/ Oils environment they still refuse to scale back on any aspect to create an HONEST and FAIR environment .
The article also mentions the upcoming rule change limiting weight holes and allowing
the crazy idea that modern balls need more than 1 oz, on side, finger or thumb imbalance.
I cannot believe this balance rule has any purpose other than to boost ball sales.
I do not see filling a weight hole to have effect on a ball motion other than a negative effect overall.
Most bowlers will have to plug and re-drill the entire ball for it to maintain a desired ball motion .
I’ll say this again , the last rule change the ABC / USBC enacted that maintained integrity was in 1975
when soakers and balls under 75 hardness were outlawed . No grandfathered balls allowed.
For modern bowlers to understand this , those old time cheater balls allowed for 1 to 3 more boards of hook for most bowlers on most lane conditions of the day. Compared to 10 to 35 extra boards of hook today’s cheater balls get for most bowlers.
The 2000 Sport Condition fiasco could have been a boost to integrity for us , but once again ABC / USBC missed ( or ignored) a chance to do so.
No limit on oil volume or distance , only on the ratio . No limit on balls
A limit on oil volume could have made plastic the ball of choice or a limit on artificially performing balls could have led to a desire for lower oil volumes.
And this was an optional format, a choice for an honest game or stick with the artificial mess.
The format was most likely designed to fail.
This organizations motives have been exposed for 45 years.
Anyone remember the PBA Sport condition season ? 2001 ??