16 Comments on “How is a Bowling House Shot Oil Condition Different than a Sport Shot?”

  1. We bowled one day after a college team practiced on a sport pattern.
    I lined up like I normally do. My ASTRO physix, instead of breaking toward the pocket, kept going into the gutter.😀😃😄😁
    And my Storm ICE, went straight down the 2-3 board. But in the house, it breaks right. 🤪

  2. Now 12 year olds are bowling multiple 300s. Back in the day when a 300 was rolled a representative from the ABC actually came to verify that that pair of lanes met ABC standards. Some time in the early 1980s they actually added weight to the pins to keep scores in check. So much for that.

  3. I can’t stand that these patterns are almost impossible to play/practice on unless you’re bowling tournaments or on tour.
    Becoming a professional bowler would be 90% easier if any ordinary bowler could get sport patterns laid out for them whenever they’d like.
    It honestly pisses me off how next to impossible it is to try out some patterns other than a typical house shot pattern. Also hate how they
    call it a “typical house shot” pattern even though every single house I’ve ever bowled at feels different than all the rest.

    1. One center near us has a sport pattern league in the summer. Different pattern each week. I haven’t done it yet. But I know people that have. Average drops about 50 pins compared to THS.

    2. all typical house shot means is that there is hook on the outside and hold on the inside and funnels the ball toward the pocket with lots of miss room. The area of play changes depending on how much play is on it with reactive or urethane/plastic. Depends on carry down or burn. The lane surfaces makes a difference as well. How soft the lanes can make a difference too. The point is, there is always a way to the pocket from a lot of different angles compared to a sport shot where there is very little miss room and angle of play is different.

    3. Have you tried asking your local center to put a sport pattern out for you? Pretty much all the centers in my area will do that for a small fee.

  4. Is a sport pattern difficult because it’s actually difficult? Or is it only difficult because 99% of the time we never get to practice on them?
    Driving a car with a manual transmission for example. It’s not difficult at all once you understand how to properly use the clutch but for
    people that have never been able to drive a manual they would say it’s difficult. Doesn’t mean it actually is though. I feel that applies a
    little bit here in regards to the sport patterns.

    1. It’s “harder” in the sense that you don’t get anywhere near the miss room you do on a house shot. If you watch most league bowlers, even the guys averaging 220+, it’s amazing how much variation you will see with their shot when it gets to the break point / exit point of the pattern. On ‘house’, they can recover and carry when missing inside or outside at the breakpoint, but on a sport condition, they would be splitting or crossing over. It’s two very different worlds.

      It’s common for a stroker who averages 2-teen on a house pattern to outperform a cranker who averages 230+ on house when they get to a sport pattern because the stroker is used to having the smaller area downlane to work with – they are more precise with their shot making – they have to be to make up for the lack of revs and recovery a cranker will get.

      Of course, the best players in the world now can do both (rev it up and make precise shots)!

    2. @critterdude311 exactly. Professional bowlers have very consistent tracks over the course of 3 games. We weekend warriors can be lucky to put 5 rolls that close together. 😀😃😄😁

    3. Quick answer: maybe 5 or so different house shots. Hundreds of different sport patterns. You literally have to be able to bowl GOOD 12 different ways and vary styles. Then repeat that over 40 games. That’s to be able to keep up with short, medium, long, light oil, heavy oil. I’d get what you’re saying if the sport shot was the same sport shot. But it’s always different and so many of them. Some guys can do good on one specific type of pattern. But the best in the world can do good on a dozen different patterns.

  5. This kind of comparison and demonstration is awesome. Would love to see more content like this! 2-handed on the same setup would also be apprecaited!

  6. Couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to bowl on a sport pattern for the first time ever. It was called The Red Door.
    I shot 137, 127, and 117.
    A very humbling experience. And I was very happy with those scores.

  7. I’ve had many bowlers over the years who don’t believe this… They think pros must be bowling on a house pattern. This is well done Mike & Mike! Hopefully a few more will see the light from this fantastic video. If not, I suppose we can tell them to throw a Cyborg Pearl on a sport pattern and call it a day

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