We continue our quest for knowledge about the PBA Named Oil Patterns. This week is the shortest of them, the Cheetah.
Cheetah measures 36 feet in length and is the shortest of the five patterns. Sometimes used on lane surfaces that are well worn, it tries to maximize the area on the lane with less wear, which is usually extremely close to the gutter. Because of this, players tend to migrate toward those spots to take advantage of the more pristine surface areas. The cheetah is exciting for its ability to allow players to make “risk-reward" decisions based on playing near the gutter. The scoring pace is normally medium for this pattern.