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Speed Control

      This week we find ourselves at North Brunswick, New Jersey for the Brunswick Johnny Petraglia Open. This is the second week of the swing and again we have a surface and a pattern that provides a lot of friction in the front part of the lane. The shape of the pattern is not much different from last week, but it is not playing the same. The biggest difference is the backends. This week we are bowling on full length Guardian, (Image Guardian in the front and Clear Guardian from the splice to the pin deck). There is obvious oil down the lane in the very first game and as the week goes along it builds up.

      This creates a challenge, the backend of the lane says to slow down but when the front part of the lane goes, you *can't* slow down. Speed control is everything this week. Once again you create hold with projection, but there is a fine line as to the amount of projection. You cannot dial in on one speed, it is a big advantage to be able to have the ability to adjust speeds to match the lane you are bowling on. Early in the day you can slow down and circle the lane but as the day goes along you have to close it down, and the lane to lane can be different. Staying slow does not last long because of the friction in the front and the next thing you know you see bowlers ramping up the speed and by the end of the day the bowlers are lofting the ball over the left gutter and playing fallback, yes even Walter is doing this.

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