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What would be the difference in 40-50 foot oil wood vs 40-50 foot oil synthetic? Also, what kind of ball would be good for heavy oil wood lanes? would they be solid balls or pearlized balls?

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Re: wood vs synthetic lanes

50ft synthetic....oh lawd.......what do you mean heavy oil? like actual HEAVY oil, or heavy house shot?
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Re: wood vs synthetic lanes

and to say 40 TO 50 ft is pretty broad spectrum
but 50 ft would play PRETTY TIGHT u wouldnt find yourself swinging the shit out of the ball unless the amount of oil was fairly light or u had boards to the left or right that were dry. but 50 ft flat shot is not for house hacks thats for sure

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Re: wood vs synthetic lanes

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What would be the difference in 40-50 foot oil wood vs 40-50 foot oil synthetic? Also, what kind of ball would be good for heavy oil wood lanes? would they be solid balls or pearlized balls?
On fresh, the shots are similar but the transition will be much faster on wood. Also if the wood hasn't been resurfaced for a while, there will be a lot more friction in the track area.

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Re: wood vs synthetic lanes

That's what i was thinking. Some tournament is being held on wood lanes and i just wanted to know what to expect since i havent played on wood for a while now. Also last time i played it was on house shot. This tournament is known to have a made up version of heavy oil which is why i said between 40 to 50 feet.

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On fresh, the shots are similar but the transition will be much faster on wood. Also if the wood hasn't been resurfaced for a while, there will be a lot more friction in the track area.

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On fresh, the shots are similar but the transition will be much faster on wood. Also if the wood hasn't been resurfaced for a while, there will be a lot more friction in the track area.
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On fresh, the shots are similar but the transition will be much faster on wood. Also if the wood hasn't been resurfaced for a while, there will be a lot more friction in the track area.
Well not nessesarly, because on the sward hardness scale, wood is really soft (creates a lot of friction). The only thing softer on that scale is guardian.

That is why in some places, (especially in my center, 10 year old heavely used HPL's) the track area hooks no matter how many units of oil you put out. Why, because the track area is softer and rougher then the rest of the lane.
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Re: wood vs synthetic lanes

Heavy oil really doesn't have a whole lot to do with the pattern being 40-50ft. A pattern could be 50ft and only have 30 units, or a pattern could be 35ft with 70 units; which one is heavier?

As far as pearl or solid, that's up to you. By "rule" solid's generally work better in heavier oil, but a pearl with some surface on it will work just fine. It really depends what you have in your arsenal and how you have them prepped.

I would also say that the transition is not ALWAYS faster on wood, depending who you're bowling with. If you are bowling synthetics with a bunch of guys throwing Nanos and Taboos, they'll burn the pattern up much faster than if you're bowling a mixed league on wood with a bunch of people spraying plastic. Same could be said if that was reversed. The synthetics wouldn't transition any slower necessarily, it's just a different transition than the wood. One would be burning up, the other would be carried down; both are transitions in their own way.
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I would also say that the transition is not ALWAYS faster on wood, depending who you're bowling with. If you are bowling synthetics with a bunch of guys throwing Nanos and Taboos, they'll burn the pattern up much faster than if you're bowling a mixed league on wood with a bunch of people spraying plastic. Same could be said if that was reversed. The synthetics wouldn't transition any slower necessarily, it's just a different transition than the wood. One would be burning up, the other would be carried down; both are transitions in their own way.
I should have said "generally speaking" wood transitions faster, lol. I would assume in a tournament there won't be many people spraying plastic...
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