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avabob

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We had walled lanes clear back in the 60s. However the equipment then caused us to use the hold area for help. You could pull the ball 3 boards on some conditions and hit the pocket. The problem was it was almost an automatic 10 pin unless the ball held high flush. However things started to change thanks to urethane finish and soft plastic balls. By the time scoring started to really get high, around 1975, guys like Roth and Holman were opening up the swing area on the shorter patterns. Outlawing super soft polyester slowed it down a bit intil the Angle came out. ABC didnt helped. They were still caught up in hold area, as players were opening up the swing area to score eith urethane. Short oil mandate that allowed blocked lanes for the first 24 feet was a total mistake. Game became strike or no count for many guys during the 80s. You could go dead straight ( Dickinson, Soper, Knipple) and be a niche player, but strokers were at a big disadvantage trying to carry on the short patterns.
avabob

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Just another thought on "honest conditions". I have had vigorous arguments going back 45 years on lane conditions. My tongue in cheek answer was always, an honest condition is one that I can hit better than my opponent.
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