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Let's just call this Post-Tribune Winter Sport Shot Classic oil pattern 'Infinity U'

Let's just call this Post-Tribune Winter Sport Shot Classic oil pattern "Infinity U"

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Updated: January 7, 2014 9:42PM



Shaun Ciesielski, manager of Stardust Bowl III and the king of tournaments (not just self-proclaimed or bestowed upon, but a fact), and I are starting to enjoy thinking up oil patterns to these Post-Tribune Sport Shot Classics. This Sunday’s third annual Winter Sport Shot Classic will have yet another in our Infinity Series of lane conditions.

Why is it called Infinity? Because the ratio of oil on the inside to the outside has been 1-to-infinity in the past since we had zero oil on the outside 10 boards. Not quite like that this time with zero oil only on the outside five boards. But the pattern between the 5 board on each side is a reverse block with only a smidgen of oil in the middle and a lot in the track area (see attached photo).

Without actually bowling on this shot, it seems like to me it’s a U.S. Open pattern combined with the PBA Chameleon pattern combined with an old school 1980s house pattern. In other words, you can play multiple lines, but not for long. At least that’s the goal.

We want bowlers to be challenged, which is what happened back in October with the second Fall Sport Shot Classic. About two-thirds of the field scored below a 200 average, and there were only a couple bowlers who really hit the pattern throughout qualifying. Let’s see if it happens again this Sunday.



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