Apr 222009

There are infinite ways to apply oil to a bowling lane. However, there are some standard patterns that are used. We are going to discuss the various PBA oil patterns over the next several weeks. We will start with the Chameleon Oil Pattern.

We also discuss the Johnny Petraglia Scoring System. It is a very simple to understand scoring system. You continue to bowl until you knock down all of the pins. A strike gets you a score of 1, a spare gets you a score of 2, and so on. Low score wins just like golf. You bowl 10 frames, so a perfect score is 10. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard almost did it on TV a couple of weeks ago when she shot an 11. Threw the first 9 strikes and then a spare in the 10th frame.

Question of the week:
Are you a fan of the new Petraglia Scoring Method? Vote to the right ————–>

Last weeks answer:
The three main parts of a bowling lane from the foul lane towards the pins are:

  • The first 15 feet are called the Heads
  • The next 30 feet is called the Mid Lane
  • The final 15 feet up to the head pin are the Backends
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  5 Responses to “Talk Bowling #21 – PBA Oil Pattern (Chameleon) and Petraglia Scoring Method”

  1. on the Johnny Petraglia Scoring, i would say once is enough for me.

  2. I’m bowling for the first time in a pba experience league on the chameleon pattern! I’m lost. Can someone please help? I throw straight up second arrow but that’s not getting it done.

  3. Fellas – One of the great problems with the Internet is the correctness of the information provided. Last weeks answer "the parts of the lane" would be incorrect if we are talking about lane construction. The terms defined in episode 0021 all relate to ball motion, which has little to do with the parts of a lane.

    The parts of a lane would continue to be things like the heads (which in the wood days were made from maple, the pines the portion of the lane between the heads and the pin decks and then ending in the pin decks.

    If you were talking about ball motion then the word parts should be replaced by words like "portion" or "area on" in which case the definitions fit ball motion. Your explanation may want to be augmented by stating something like: the heads (or fronts used interchangeably) are the portion of the lane where dressing may be applied in larger volumes, the mid-lane is the portion of the lane where the lane dressing tapers to and the back end or the portion of the lane where the ball reads the dry (semi dry) and rolls to the intended pin. These are terms related to ball motion and should not be confused with lane construction.

    The other issue is where one comes into the discussion. I watched this webisode because we currently to play a Chameleon like pattern and I was curious about the lane play advice – did not get what I was looking for. Which is okay because I find the program useful and there are topics to delve into that you bring to the table so I will continue to watch.

    Thanks for the efforts.

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