The fascinating world of ten pin bowling and oil patterns

I’m very inconsistent when it comes to bowling.

I’ll throw strikes and spares but I’ll throw gutterballs as well (unlike this guy). I also lose leads. This video has given me some food for thought.

It discusses the idea of “oil patterns” on bowling lanes and how bowlers can use these to their advantage. Pros usually spin the ball, allowing for a hooked motion to hit what’s called “the pocket” – a spot between the first and second or first and third pins at the front. If you hit there, you’re almost certainly getting a strike but it has to be spinning into the pins to work. All the oil patterns have their own names and come in different shapes, sizes, and lengths.

In the video below, decorated champion Parker Bohn III shows how it’s done.

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