Match Game

Hello Storm Nation!

Success on the lanes often comes when one matches up their equipment to any given oil pattern. This article should be a great tool to help organize your thoughts regarding ball and layout selection. Having coached players for more than two decades, I have had the opportunity to have direct dialog from bowlers of all skill levels. I believe the most common question I hear begins with “What should I throw on….” To answer this properly, you must take them through a series of questions:

  1. What is your velocity, rev rate, axis tilt, and axis rotation?
  2. What is the volume and length of this oil pattern?
  3. What three key points are you looking to play?
    • Laydown
    • Arrows
    • Breakpoint

Question 1 helps you choose the proper layout for his/her game. Higher ball speeds, lower rev rates, and more side roll require layouts that react earlier or sooner. This can be achieved with layouts such as the 4x3x1 and 3x4x2. On the converse, it is best to select more stable, lower flaring drillings for players with slow ball speed, high rev rates, and/or more forward roll. You might consider a 5x6x4 or 6x5x5.

Question 2, regarding the oil pattern, will help you select the appropriate bowling ball. The Storm website has so much valuable information which will help you understand the intent of each ball we release. Under each ball page you will find videos showing ball motion for each particular ball for three drastically different styles.

Plus, know that the most dynamic balls are found in the Premier Line™ while the rest of the lines feature a variety of core and weight block concepts designed to help you find the perfect ball for your game and condition.

And finally, regarding the three key points, the third question will help you dial it all in. A down-and-in trajectory on a lighter oil pattern will require a smoother surface than one which goes away from the pocket and crosses several boards. Choose a duller surface on a ball that flares more when looking to ‘belly’ the ball a lot. If your player is trying to take the more conservative route, have him/her choose a ball with low flare characteristics. It’s all about ‘matching up’!

We will all score better when we have a true ‘arsenal’ of equipment with a variety of coverstocks and cores or weight blocks. Once this is achieved, the next step is selecting the right ball, or succession of balls, for each situation. Versatility is mandatory to succeed in today’s ever-changing environment.

Best of luck to everyone!

To learn more about Storm’s line of high performance equipment, spend some time on our website, exploring all the different sections here at http://www.stormbowling.com, or feel free to contact me via e-mail at stevek@stormbowling.com.