Canton, GAThis week we used pattern E. Pattern E measures 35 feet in length and is the shortest of the five patterns. Typically used on lane surfaces that are well worn, it tries to maximize the area on the lane with less wear, which is usually extremely close to the gutter. Because of this, players tend to migrate toward those spots to take advantage of the more pristine surface areas. Pattern E is exciting for its ability to allow players to make "risk-reward" decisions based on playing near the gutter. The scoring pace is normally medium to high for this pattern.
The graphs do not show much depletion on the left side. We had 17 left handers, 8 on A squad and 9 on B squad. In my observations it appeared to me that most left handers were playing a little more direct than the right handers as was indicated on the graphs. Most lefties played straight up 5 or a little left of this.
The right handers on A squad were playing the 15 feet area in a wide variation of angles, starting the ball from 8 to around 17. At 25 feet most were around 6 - 8 and at 33 feet most were outside 6.
The right handers on B squad were a lot more direct and most played the same area. At 15 feet they were in the area of 7 - 13. At 25 feet most were around 5 - 7 and at 33 feet most were outside of 6.
B squad advance 13 to the finals and A squad advance 11. There were 19 right handers (21%) and 5 left handers (29%) in the top 24.
The unusual looking graph is a tape taken after the Mike Machuga Flop. If you have not seen this yet you have missed a good one. It clearly shows where he lands on the lane.
Laneman for the Southern Region
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