Palm CoastThis 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.
'A' squad played the lanes as they should have been played with more guys in the same area. The scores were a little higher on this squad. On this pattern you want to try and keep the ball outside of the oil line starting at about the 25 foot mark. 'B' squad was left of this area at 25 feet and beyond. 'C' squad had guys starting the ball all over the place in the head area. The squad equity by strength was C-A-B. This is the same order as the top 24 finished.
The left side had 3 make the top 24 and 7 cashed. There were a total of 21 left handers in the tournament. The left side played a little tougher because the head area was a little rougher on the left side as indicated by the graph. This could have caused the ball to grab a little through this area.
Laneman for the Southern Region
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