The Hidden Oil Patterns on Bowling Lanes

Every bowling lane has a hidden oil pattern. Bowling isn’t just about a great ball and good form, if you want to understand the sport, you have to understand the lane. Every bowling lane, including the one in your neighborhood alley, is coated with an oil pattern to protect the wood. But these patterns aren’t just for protection, the way in which oil is applied to the lane can affect the speed and direction of your ball. These patterns are so important that recreational bowlers and professional bowlers bowl on vastly different patterns. The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) even classifies the patterns it uses in tournaments.