Bowling Lane Conditions (2)

Bowling lane conditions can be dry, oily or medium. The following tips will help you adjust your game according to the conditions of the lane.

How to Bowl on a Dry Bowling Lane


When the bowling lane conditions are dry, your bowling ball will have more of a hook. A dry bowling lane makes the ball spin sideways, which makes it “dig in” and hook more.

Dry lanes mean more hook.

> Right-handed bowlers on a dry lane will hook their ball to the left.
> Left-handed bowlers on a dry lane will hook their ball to the right.

To adjust for a dry bowling lane, do the following:

> Right-handed bowlers should move their stance to the left and open their shoulders.
> Left-handed bowlers should move their stance to the right and open their shoulders.

In general, the number of boards you move over should be the same as the number of boards the shots are off center.

How to Bowl on an Oily Bowling Lane

 


When the bowling lane conditions are oily, your bowling ball will have very little or no hook because it cannot get traction on the oily lane.

Oily lanes mean no hook.


> Right-handed bowlers will miss the shot to the right.
> Left-handed bowlers will miss the shot to the left.

To adjust for an oily bowling lane, do the following:

> Right-handed bowlers should move their stance to the right and close their shoulders.
> Left-handed bowlers should move their stance to the left and close their shoulders.

As with adjusting on a dry bowling lane, whatever number boards your shots are off is the same number of boards you should move over.

How to Bowl on a Medium Bowling Lane

A medium bowling lane has just the right amount of oil on the lane. It is not oily or dry, so no adjustment to your bowling game is needed.

Medium lanes mean just the right amount of hook.

> Right-handed bowlers will hit the ball right in the pocket (between the 1-pin and 3-pin).
> Left-handed bowlers will hit the ball right in the pocket (between the 1-pin and 2-pin).

No adjustments are needed when bowling on medium lanes.

Whatever the bowling lane condition may be, always use it to your advantage. When bowling on oily lanes, throw a straighter game. When the lanes are dry, throw a game with more hook.