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Kegler's Connection

   September 24, 2000

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ Welcome Notes
     ~ Tip of the Week
     ~ Team USA Chat This Tuesday Night
  * PBA/PWBA News
     ~ PWBA Airs Monday/Thursday
     ~ PBA Spare Shots
     ~ WIBC Tournament Extended
     ~ABC/WIBC Certify 6,560 Centers in 1999-2000
  * World Team Challenge News
     ~ WTC Finale This Weekend
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
     ~ Where to Learn More about Lane Conditions
  * And Finally

*** Grandstand News ***
***** Welcome Notes*****
Welcome as we "fall" into the latest edition of Kegler's Connection. In this week's edition, George Freeman talks about battling carry down, the Bowling Forum hosts a special chat with members of Bowling's Team USA, the PWBA holds a tournament where lane conditions were everything, and we offer various links on where to find out more about lane conditions and how they affect the sport of bowling.

***** Tip of the Week *****
This week George discusses the difficulties of carry down.

Oil doesn't stay in one place on the lane, it moves with every shot. As the ball goes through the "heads" (the first 15 feet of the lane), it takes with it the oil on the lane surface. As the ball goes through the "mid-lane" (the next 25-30 feet) and the "backend" (the last 15-20 feet), the ball deposits some of that oil on those other regions of the lane. This is called "carry down" and can cause well-executed shots not to strike.

As carry down occurs, the bowling ball is coming into contact with oil further and further down the lane before it hits the dry area, and begins its break into the pocket. The further the ball goes before it breaks, the less of an angle the ball will have into the pocket. This usually results in a weak 10 pin (7 for the lefties). You may see the 6 pin flop lazily into the channel, instead of cracking back into the 10 pin. This is the result of carry down delaying your ball's hook into the pocket. The weak 10 is an indicator, telling you it is time to make an adjustment, because if you stay in the same place for even one more shot, the chances of your ball not making the corner in time to hit the pocket increase. This could result in anything from a 2-10 split, to a washout, or any other number if undesirable combinations.

There are a couple different ways to adjust. Some people move their feet back on the approach, giving them a little more roll on the ball. More roll can give your ball the extra hook necessary to get back into the pocket. Some people will move laterally on the lane. Moving a board or two left will change the trajectory of the ball, giving it a relatively cleaner mid-lane and back end for the ball to break into the pocket. I've used both methods, and both work. This doesn't mean that both will work ALL the time. Sometimes moving back on the approach works and moving left does not, and vice versa. Sometimes using both together, moving left AND moving back can be effective. It's basically trial and error. Whatever you decide to do, remember this: When you start to see carry down, and you are confident you are making good shots, you MUST make some kind of change, because if you do not, you are setting yourself up to start leaving combinations of pins, or even splits that are next to unmakeable. This is much of the reason you will see bowlers have a tremendous first game, only to follow it up with a disastrous one--the lanes were changing, and they either did not see the change happening, or did not think to make a change to their game when they did see it. Hopefully, you will be able to do both. :)

Till next time,
George Freeman

***** Special Guest Chat with Team USA Tuesday Night *****
The Bowling Forum proudly presents Chat with Team USA, Tuesday, September 26th at 10 pm ET. Join us in welcoming Kassy Hyman, Debbie Kuhn, Jolene Etem and others. The members of Team USA will be available to answer questions and talk about their experiences representing the United States.

The chat link will be available Tuesday by visiting the Bowling Forum's main screen at AOL Keyword: GSBowling.

*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** PWBA to Air Monday/Thursday *****
Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia, will be looking for her second title in three weeks. Honeychurch outaveraged the field of 24 players on three different lane patterns in a unique format of The Foundation Games II at Kegel Training Center in Sebring, Florida.

The televised finals will air on ESPN2 on Monday, September 25th at 8:00 pm ET and repeat on Thursday, September 28th at 1:00 pm ET .

Appearing on Monday's telecast will be
    1 Cara Honeychurch
    2 Wendy Macpherson
    3 Lisa Bishop
    4 Michelle Feldman
    5 Kim Adler

For more information on lane conditions, read later in the newsletter the section under Miscellaneous News.

***** PBA Spare Shots *****
This week's PBA Spare Shots features stats from the Japan Cup and a reair of the first PBA Fall Tour event from Canandaigua. Read about it at

*** ABC/WIBC News ***
***** 2001 WIBC Championship Tournament Extended *****
The WIBC announced that it has extended the 2001 Championship Tournament in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, from June 16 to June 24.

To find out more, visit

***** ABC/WIBC Certify 6,560 Centers in 1999-2000 *****
Ever wonder what your ABC/WIBC volunteers do with their time? Here's one statistic--The American Bowling Congress and Women's International Bowling Congress certified 6,560 bowling centers and 130,655 lanes during the 1999-2000 season. Read more about it at

*** World Team Challenge News ***
***** World Team Challenge Finale This Weekend *****
The 2000 Brunswick/American Bowling Congress World Team Challenge Grand Championships will be held Sept. 23-26 at AMF Don Carter All-Star Lanes in Kenner, LA, a suburb of New Orleans. The Grand Championships return to All-Star Lanes for the second time in BWTC Grand Championships history. The 1996 event also was held in suburban New Orleans.

For news and results, visit

*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) .1875 at 15:57 EDT on 09/22/00.
Brunswick Corp. (BC) 19.125 at 16:00 EDT on 09/22/00.

***** Where to Learn More about Lane Conditions *****
ABC and WIBC are studying lane conditions and promoting a new more difficult lane condition for interested bowlers. For information on Sport Bowling for leagues, visit

The Foundation is an organization that collects data on lane conditions. They hosted the PWBA event this week, and are collecting data from the sports condition leagues that are being held around the country. For more information, visit

AMF and Brunswick have also signed on to support Sport Bowling. Read the press release at

*** And Finally ***
That does it for another week in the trenches of bowling. Send us your news and story ideas at [email protected].

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