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Bowling Alley Conditions – Adjusting Your Bowling Technique

The bowling alleys were originally done to protect the wood from damage by the bowling balls. As chemical technology improved, many products were developed to protect the lane surfaces, including lacquer and polyurethane. Oil is still used. A bowling alley measures at most 86 feet 6 inches with the actual lane measuring 60 feet. 

The entire length of the wood lane is 42 inches. The lane is comprised of 39 boards made from different types of wood. The lane's first 15 feet and last two feet located in front of the pins are made of rock maple, which is very hardwood. The middle section of the bowling lane in Pennsylvania can be made from either softwood or a synthetic material.

Bowling Alleys

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Bowling Alley Conditions:

The condition of a bowling alley is almost always a mystery. Many times, the alley's condition is set up in a particular way to compete. It is interesting to notice that the Professional Bowlers Association has staff responsible for maintaining the lanes. Staff members go to every PBA tournament, inspect the roads and recommend which oil pattern to use for each lane. 

The Cheetah design:

This pattern is the shortest, measuring 36 feet in length. This pattern is a great one for high-scoring bowlers. They can throw the ball close to the gutter. This requires skill because a wrong delivery of the ball down the lane will result in a gutter ball equal to zero points.

The Scorpion design:

This oil pattern has the oil further down the bowling alley than the other oil patterns. This model is 42 feet in length and forces the bowler to find the perfect spot on the lane to get the pins.