Understanding Bowling Ball Motion

Hi I’m Steven padilha director of USBC coaching I’m here today with Lou Marquez USBC go coach and assistant coach for Lawrence Tech University we’re here at bowling IQ we’ve got a great facility Luke tell us a little bit about where we are and and give us some information about what the building is well bowling like heyou is a very unique facility houses two great businesses inside of it the Delora brothers warehouse and supplier for All Pro shop equipment proprietary equipment Boeing Center equipment for the Midwest and eastern parts of the states and the Metro Detroit bowling and Resource Center that’s the educational side of this facility here we train bowlers from all facets from entry-level beginner bowler to advanced seasonal tour you know player as well as how’s our training facility for the Lawrence Tech University bowling team men’s and women’s programs so great facility for anybody who wants to come in learn anything about bowling great glad to have use of this facility now we’re going to focus specifically on Lane play though you and I were talking we want to do some information give you some detail about Lane play some information about what Lane transition looks like maybe how to adapt and adjust to that so when we get into what Lane play and transitions are what are we kind of looking at we talk about Lane player Lane transition well Lane play is a lot of things to a lot of different people you know depending on the level of bowler that we’re at but what it really is the science of understanding the changes that progress on the lane when we’re immersed in this environment we know as a bowler whether you’re an open play bowler or a league bowler or tournament bowler Lane play could be just those subtle nuances that we make adjustments with to understanding equipment changes or matching up our physical game to the oil environment or making moves based on pinfall you know there’s a lot of science that goes on to adapting to this invisible environment you know it’s the only sport think about it that’s the only sport where the playing field is totally invisible yeah it’s a lot to it honestly we’re going to talk about ball motion we’ll talk about some adjustments at the game that players can make for me plenty of things that when we dig into it that we’ll see our opportunities our options for different levels of players to adjust to so let’s get started let’s talk about Lane play and adjustments get moving and understand a little bit more on how to make your game a little bit stronger okay so we have a variety of player out there it doesn’t matter if your three step for step whatever type of approach or time you’ve got there’s infinite number of ways you can get it done behind the foul line but what that does is really translates what they do on to the approach excuse me on to the lane so in getting what they do onto the lane let’s talk briefly about what is out here on the lane and then maybe what the ball transition goes through maybe the phases of motion tell us a little about what we’re actually standing on and what we could see out here well in the front section of the lane where we look at the the energy release from the bowler style this area here kind of controls what happens in the what we call the skid phase of the ball’s energy it’s that area just beyond the foul line and up to about the areas of the dot of the arrows and what it does it linearly controls the directional path of the ball so the initial force that a bowler puts into the shot initially comes in contact with the front part of the lane so that 15 20 foot area is going to be the skid area for ball motion what happens next well as the ball travels down the lane and it starts to pick up energy and pick up friction from the ball getting deeper and deeper into contact with the lane environment you know that surface underneath has a certain texture a certain friction so that bowling ball is going to try to unleash that energy and as it unleash that energy it then starts to change direction and starts to get into what we call a hook phase okay so the hook phase is going to be the mid part of the lane so the ball is hydroplaning through the front we get into a hook phase in the middle part what happens as it gets toward the pins as it starts getting to the pins and the ball starts exiting through the end of that oil line it since starts to get into a roll phase and it starts facing itself up and try to get into the right happy roll so we can start entering to that pin deck and start hopefully get into the pocket so we got skid in the front we’ve got hook in the mid lane and we’ve got roll in the back part of the lane all three of those phases of ball motion are pretty important obviously to getting the right kind of pin carry and the bowlers motion what they do physically on the approach is going to be affected by those three phases of what happens on the lane if the bowlers ball gets into those phases or not so when we talk about the overall transition of what a bowler gives to the ball and the lane ideally that skid hook and roll phase or what we’re looking for to get good pin action and get good carry and ultimately tell the bowl or what they need to do absolutely you know they’re physical games or kind of create certain habits or in certain environments where they’re really comfortable and depending on where they’re interacting with that lane could determine you know the overall outcome like if you’re a speed dominant player chances are they’re going to be plating more right more right of the ball track or in the ball track that’s the most worn part of the lane in any bowling center whether it be synthetic or wood or different types of synthetic you know or if they’re let’s say you know heavy red dominant like the two handers nowadays you see the Belmonte and Yas cues kind of revving it up they tend to be more diagonal across the front part of the lane so their physical ability really determines what’s going to happen during the process of lane play it’s going to change that environment it’s going to affect how they transition how they move so putting those pieces together is really the essence of what we’re talking about we talked about transitioning Lane play absolutely okay Lou Blake’s bonus shot here tell us what we’re seeing when the spots on the lane well you know this speed that he creates was physical game his energy that he’s going to release in his Rev rate are going to create that first initial energy releasing delay call that the skid face so as it gets ready to release his ball what you see is the ball transition straight long through the front part of the lane you see it we taped up his bowling ball in the series access feeding help height and then you see the energy of that ball such a release as it gets through the mid lane and on the back end start to get into a blow thing so that access is going to change position and then we’re going to see each of those phases as the ball goes down the lane so we’ll see the skid control based on what that access point okay Lu so we see what the bowler is just given the lane they’ve given a shot to the lane and it’s got energy and it’s got speed it’s got a lot of factors to it now the lane takes over the lane is going to have a lot of things that’s going to do to the ball as it goes through and let’s start in the skid phase what’s happening to the ball and the lane when you get into the skid phase well in the skid phase the ball is actually impacting the the front part of the lane to attach where it’s has its most miles per hour it’s it’s the fastest but as it starts to transition into this Lane it’s trying to travel through the highest concentration of Oh big volume of oil big conditioner it helps that protect that oil and that bowling ball to cushion it so that it can store up some energy now as it starts to release that energy it starts to travel then we’ll bit further down the lane and the friction in the lane starts to take over good remember we’re a game of of the energy of the bowler and now the energy of the laning starting to take over so we’re always convinced constant battling back and forth energies so that’s what’s happening so now we’re at the mercy of the lane with the skid phase and with that phase that exit the ball speed slowing down and the ball starting to change its directions we’re seeing some depletion of the oil to the front part of the lane we get to the hook phase now so now the ball start to do something a little different and the lanes going to change different what’s happening starting to flare you know that drilling style that option that you and your pro shop operator have had an idea of how do you want to see this ball move it’s starting to really take over that’s where the wait block and all the engineering that goes into it starts gyrating and the revolutions that you impart and the speed that you impart starting to take over it’s trying to change the dynamics of that ball as its traveling so we start getting further and further down the lane and you start seeing depletion from the lane oil you know oil starts get a little thinner as we go and that starts to interacting with how this ball is going to slow down on the lane okay so it’s going to slow down the hook phase we’re going to see a change of direction for sure now we to the last part of the lane now what we’re looking at the the roll phase of ball motion so what’s happening to the ball and the lane there well the ball is actually now inside as point where even though it’s revving quickly you see it spinning quickly it’s actually at its slowest part and what you’re looking for is the ball to right itself up it’s actually getting into the world we call the happy you know spinning gyration happy role but it’s rolling now and we want that happening well before that into that oil line if we go beyond it serious trouble we go beyond that too much energy too much violent or maybe not enough so we want to be in control in that that section right before the end of the oil line and didn’t hopefully ten in the pit is the end result that’s the idea hopefully we go through all three of those phases of ball motion and the bowler gets a lot of information from that if you’re used to seeing ball motion and then reacting to what you see it becomes easier to learn what your adjustments need to be so ultimately when you talk about ball motion what’s going on out here after you’ve let go of it that Ling’s taking it over so there’s going to be a lot of results that you need to observe and watch to make your adjustments down the road yeah you know one of the most important things to from a bowlers perspective is that while they’re interacting with the lane oil there’s so many other people also interacting with it and they have a determination of what’s going to happen you know it’s not just them you know if a bowler never really moves or adjusts and we know what the game looks like it’s not necessarily consistent but if you’re interacting with it has this ever environments ever changing your scores are going to stay maintained pretty well

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