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Bowling Lane Cheetah PatternPBA has 5 named lane patterns. This entry will cover the Cheetah Pattern.
A Bowling Lane Pattern is the way the oil is applied to the lane. Oil does not have to be put down in a uniform manner. A bowling lane is 60 feet long, and different oil patterns exist to keep the game interesting.
Cheetah measures 35 feet in length and is the shortest of the five patterns. Sometimes 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. The cheetah 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.