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The VIPER OIL PATTERN is the second shortest of these oil patterns I'm discussing and it's about 37 feet in length.
1. This pattern yields medium to high scores.
2. Strokers-- Need to start more to the outside (right side) of the lane where there isn't as much oil, to get the ball started on it's hook toward the pocket. Play a fairly straight line and try the first arrow (5th board) as your target but be careful if you're a beginner. I was so used to playing the second arrow and when I began getting better, I started trying to get strikes using the first arrow and it dropped off into the channel several times.
3. Once the oil begins to break down, different angles can be played and larger adjustments may be needed to find the line into the pocket.
4. Tweeners-- Should start slightly to the left of where the Stroker starts, around the 10th board.
5. Crankers-- Start a little farther left then the Tweeners, maybe on the 15th board. Starting any farther left than this will make it more difficult to get the ball to come back up into the pocket if you should miss your target to the right. The ball will hook a little earlier so you need to be able to control the ball on the back end of the lane. Use a dull ball or you can sand your ball a little before the start of the bowling session.
6. A person who can manage different lines on the pattern as it breaks down will be able to score higher than others.
7. Since oil machines vary slightly from center to center, the Viper Oil Pattern will also vary slightly also if you bowl in different centers for tournaments. Your best bet is to use what I have mentioned here as a starting point. Focusing and observing your ball is the real key in helping you adjust properly.
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Hello!! My name is Joanie. Although I'm not a professional bowler, I have loved the sport for more than 45 years, averaged over 200 for several seasons, and learned quite a bit with research and experience.