Weather and Bowling Conditions

This is a bowling tips article on how the seasons and the weather can affect bowling conditions.

If you’ve been in the sport of bowling for very long, you know that there are many variances from night to night in the conditions of the lane.  One factor that should be taken into consideration when you approach the bowling center is the condition of the weather outside and the season that you’re in.

This is also true of the part of the country or the world that you’re in. An example would be Arizona, for instance, has very dry and hot air, Colorado has cold and dry air, and the Midwest has very humid air.

These are just a few examples to give you an idea of what I am referring to as far as location and how it affects your bowling environment.

These environmental changes will make the conditions in one part of the country or world act differently than another.  This is not as much of a factor with today’s modern synthetic lanes as it was with older wood lanes.

It does still affect the conditions just not as much. A lot of the synthetic lane panels are put on top of the old wood and as you know wood shrinks and swells with humidity.

This is a major reason why from night to night your conditions, even though the center dresses them the same, act differently. Not only are the lanes affected but the bowling pins themselves as they have wood in their core.

So now we know that the lanes and the bowling pins just like your old wooden door at home are affected by the weather outside even with the newer synthetic lanes although just not as much.

Unless you’re center has humidity control that can keep a constant relative humidity inside the center, there’s no way that the lane conditions cannot be affected by the weather and humidity outside.

Some of these theories have changed over the years.
Typically on a hot, sunny dry day, the lanes would tend to dry out faster.

On a hot humid day the bowling pins are harder to knock down; August and July in the Midwest.

A winter environment, like January in the Midwest with drier subzero temperatures, the lane conditions tend to be crisper and drier but yet the bowling pins do tend to fall better.

In the old days they used to say when it was raining outside the pins were hard to knock down.
I have noticed just the opposite. I personally look forward to rainy days for two reasons, the shot lasts longer and does not break down as quick and increased pin carry because of the extra humidity in the air.

In conclusion
Bowling Lane conditions are affected greatly by the weather along with the part of the country you’re in.
A Drier environment will react differently than a humid environment.
Rainy days tend to make the shot last longer especially on wood lanes.
Sunny, dry days with a lot of humidity make bowling pins very heavy.
Very cold dry days like in the middle of winter the lane conditions normally are drier and crisper but yet the pins seem to react well.
Take into consideration the weather outside as playing an important key in the conditions that you’re bowling on.

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Adjusting to Oilier and Drier Bowling Lane Conditions

How to Adjust to Oily and Drier Bowling Lane Conditions

This is a bowling tip to help you learn how to adjust to oilier and drier lane conditions.

A lot of bowlers have trouble bowling on either oilier or drier lane conditions. Some do well if the lane conditions are oilier and some do better if the lane conditions are drier. This tip was designed to help bowlers that have trouble and learn how to adjust their weakest area.

This technique is a little different than I have talked about in the past and mainly relates to your arm swing and wrist release.

Adjusting to oilier lane conditions.

When adjusting to oilier lane conditions we would want a slower arm swing speed with more wrist action. This will help the ball to roll up sooner because of our slower ball speed and we will have more roll on the bowling ball because we will be using a more rolling type wrist release.

Adjusting to drier Lane conditions

When adjusting to drier lane conditions we would want a faster arm swing speed with less wrist action. A faster arm swing speed will help get the ball down lane faster and because the bowling ball is already reacting to the lane conditions we will need less hand motion at the release position. So we would use a flatter type release position. Now we were talking about our arm speed and wrist release up to this point. You will want to keep your feet or footwork at a smooth and consistent manner for both oilier and drier lane conditions and at the same speed for both techniques…

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In conclusion

Oilier Lane conditions require less arm swing speed and more wrist action. Drier Lane conditions require more arm swing speed and the less wrist action. Keep your foot work equal and consistent and at the same speed with both techniques.

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The Difference in Todays Bowling Lane Surfaces

This is a bowling tip on a few of the basic differences between a wood and a synthetic bowling lane surface… I first will name a few of the major types of synthetic and wood lanes and then their characteristics …

We hope that this will give you some understanding of these surfaces and help you in your game… I will note; technology is changing so there maybe older products not named that are still being used today.

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The Different Types of Bowling Lane Surfaces

  1. Wood with Water Based Lane Finish
  2. Wood with Epoxy Urethane Lane Finish
  3. Wood with Guardian on the entire lane. (Note: Guardian is a type of Synthetic Overlay)
  4. Wood with Guardian on the first 22 to 24ft of the lane.
  5. Lane Shield (Note: Lane Shield is Like Guardian But allot harder surface)
  6. Brunswick Pro-Anvilane
  7. AMF HPL.

The Basic Characteristics in Bowling Ball Surfaces

  1. Wood with Water Based Lane Finish: Normally this type of lanes surface is very soft and will have a lot of back end friction in addition to having flexible coating that is designed to absorb the shock of a bowling ball.
  2. Wood with Epoxy Urethane Lane Finish. Normally this type of lane surface is hard but not as hard as a synthetic lane and is designed to protect the bowling lane by repelling the shock of the bowling ball. It will still have allot of back end friction and have a very glossy look to it.
  3. Wood with Guardian on the entire lane. Guardian is usually the next step before going to a synthetic lane surface. Guardian is very soft and is considered a synthetic lane but is designed to prolong the life of the wood lane underneath.
  4. Wood with Guardian on the first 22 to 24ft of the lane. This is the same as above but the guardian is put on the first part of the lane or head area and is designed to prolong the life of the wood… The conditioner tends to move off the guardian as the night goes on and then you may get an earlier hook as it migrates off the gurdian to the wood area of the lane..
  5. Lane Shield; This is like guardian but much harder, it is said it will last 2 times longer than guardian but not as long as a synthetic lane… Lane shield characteristics are like Brunswick Pro-Anvilane…
  6. Brunswick Pro-Anvilane; This is the hardest bowling surface out there to date, it can but not always be put in over the old wood lane. Pro-Anvilane tends to have a more smooth and even characteristic to it. In addition will have the range finders on the last 15 foot of the lane…
  7. AMF HPL; this is the second most common synthetic lane out there, it’s characteristics are not as hard as Pro-Anvilane but harder than wood. This is a very high scoring lane surface when it is freshly dressed, it will have more fiction than pro-anvilane. In addition the shot tends break down faster then pro-anvilane but not as fast as wood.


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In Conclusion;

There are 7 most common lane surfaces out there today.   (Note: There may be more not mentioned) Wood is the softest, Brunswick Pro-Anvilane is the Hardest surface.

Guardian and Lane Shield are designed to prolong the life of the wood lane underneath…

Wood will have more friction than synthetic lanes. Brunswick Pro-Anvlane has range finders on the last 15 foot AMF HPL is softer that Pro-Anvilane but not as soft as wood or guardian.

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