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Increase Your Bowling Versatility

For you highly skilled players averaging 200+, it is possible you are so used to bowling only on high scoring house conditions that you have no longer continued to improve.

House conditions, where hitting the pocket repeatedly is pretty easy and where strikes come in abundance, can curtail your development as a bowler.

Ask yourself if you are spending too much time bowling on the ultra-easy lane conditions, dominating your time, where you are not adequately prepared to bowl on challenging lane conditions.

If you are a bowler who has achieved a very respectable, high average for more than a couple of years and are now reaching a level where you are considering bowling in major tournaments, or even the PBA, are you ready?.

Remember, in most national tournaments or in many tournament clubs and organizations, you will not compete on house shots. The oil patterns are much flatter than a league pattern..

It can be a real eye-opener to bowl on challenging lane conditions where you miss the pocket entirely if you do not hit a one or two board area because of the flatter, less blended oil conditions. On a challenging lane condition, if you miss outside of your target you might miss the head pin entirely, let alone the pocket. Your ball will seem to skid forever and zoom right past the breakpoint.

If you miss inside your target, you do not see your ball skid long enough to reach the breakpoint and recover to hit the pocket. In fact, you will likely see your bowling ball hook much earlier than you wish, and your ball will hit the “nose” or cross over the head pin entirely.

This type of overreaction you are not accustomed to seeing is not necessarily a “reverse block” but rather a flat condition or a very lightly blended pattern. If you are not well-practiced on this type of lane condition, you will certainly find it difficult to make proper adjustments in order to hit the pocket enough to be competitive with other experienced players in the tournament field.


If you wish to become a serious tournament bowler, the solution is to find places to bowl on sport conditions or on flatter oiling patterns which require a great amount of pinpoint accuracy and speed control. You may also have to prepare your equipment arsenal to use coverstocks and drilling layouts which are easy to control when lane conditions can cause overreactions on marginal shots..

Try to find competitive events to bowl where the lane conditions present more of a challenge than do house conditions. The more often you face challenging conditions, the better equipped you become to deal with them when you step up to stiff competition at the national level..

Avoid being a victim of the “one house player” mode. Rather, branch-out and increase your versatility; work toward becoming a well-rounded player by stepping into the arena the top-tier players compete in and find out just how well your game stacks up with top talent..

Once you do, you can then set about the task of developing your game so your improved skills allow you to be competitive in high quality events with challenging lane conditions.