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Unique Ball Layout: Pin Down

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The purpose of this layout is to create arc off the breakpoint. Higher pins tend to react to friction much more quickly. They tend to provide a more sudden move. When the pin placement is lowered it is to achieve an arc shape. When you use this type of arc motion you will want to see the ball make a move sooner on the lane. If you use a quicker response layout (higher pin) the ball tends to make a more sudden move to the friction so you cannot use a break point closer to yourself. This quicker move usually over hooks or makes a jerk/stop motion. You have to slow the ball down with surface too much in the front part of the lane to create the arc shape we would be looking for. Too much surface effects carry. So, it is a scoring pace consideration.

We have had success using this layout curving the lane or going up the lane. We have not had much success with this layout if it gets too far down the lane. Because of this our surface consideration is to make sure it reads early enough. When going up the lane with this layout we usually overlook the shell.

When curving the lane we look to match the cover-stock more closely. We do not want it slowing down too much in the front. Your angles should be such that you can move further away from the friction with an earlier break point. This will allow the ball to make a more rounded motion. When doing this we typically use quicker response covers to try and smooth them out. This combination allows you to use more angle and recovery. We find that you do not have to play too close to the friction. You should be able to keep your eyes left of the early friction, but if you hit the friction it does not jerk or stop. The angle is used to create hold. It is very effective when you want to stay inside of a worn track area; mistakes to the right do not over bounce. We like to match the surface with the lower friction area inside of the higher friction spot of the lane.

The weight hole is a necessary part of this layout as it moves the bowtie up. Lowering the pin will bring the bow tie down, usually causing the track to flare over the fingers. Using the weight hole will raise the bowtie back up to allow the flare to stay above the fingers.

When going up the lane you want to make sure you have chosen a slow enough response cover or have slowed it down with surface.