This week we were on Pro-Anvilane and used the new pattern E, with the volume on 3. 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. This pattern calculates to an ABC Sports Pattern as you can see by the image to the right.
The left handers this week had a tough time with the reaction that this surface was giving using a high volume of oil. It was necessary to be very direct and the only lefty that had any success was Chris Hayden. He did make the first cut and only one other lefty cashed out of 14.
The right handers on A squad were a little more consistent playing the lanes. Most started the ball at R12 at 15 feet. There was a little swing out to R 9 - R11. Most players' break point was outside of R6, as it should be for this pattern. It is good to see that most of the bowlers have migrated to the gutter for this pattern.
Most players on B squad were in the same area of the lane at 25 and 33 feet as you can see by the yellow and red lines on the graph. But, at 15 feet it is clear to see that the players were starting the ball in a wider range of trajectories. These players were starting the ball anywhere from R6 to C20. This, I believe held the field down, although the top score came from B squad.
A squad advanced 15 to the semis, while B squad advanced 9.
Laneman for the Southern Region
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