Bowl – Understanding the Lane

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    AMF Bowling Center’s Richard Wolfe demonstrates how to bowl including how to understand the lane.

    Richard Wolfe

    Richard Wolfe started bowling at the age of 12 in the Saturday morning youth league as many other youth bowlers. I began bowling competitively at the age of 16 in adult leagues and competing against some of the most renowned players at that time. As he became more interested in the game he then began working at the local pro-shop Carmen Don’s which was the most popular bowling pro shop in the Metropolitan DC area. Still a member of the Sports Plus Carmen Don’s pro shop, with over 20 years of experience in the bowling business, he has been a main stay in the knowledge and integrity of the game. He has been employed by many of the major manufactures such as Columbia, Ebonite, Hammer and Storm and has been recognized as a vital member to their staff. Being a PBA (Professional Bowling Association) member since 1987 with credentials that include 4 Professional Bowlers Tour Regional Championships one of which was in Hawaii which has become one of his most memorable. It was most special because his Mom and Dad flew there to be a part of his dream. Then went on to be a part of the elite Professional Bowlers National Tour. It was then that he found to be one of the most respected bowlers and finished 2nd in the Indianapolis Open in 1995. He then followed that with 7 nationalized televised finals, qualified for the all exempt tour 2003-2004, 2005-2006 and was voted the recipient for the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award in 2005-2006 by his peers. Mr. Wolfe will be inducted into the Metropolitan Area Hall of Fame on October 20, 2007 for his accomplishments for both his achievements as well as his dedication to the sport of bowling.

    Hi, I am Richard Wolf. I am bowling ball technician. This is introduction to basic bowling. We are going to discuss with you today is the bowling lane itself. You basically have two finishes on the lane. One- wood, which does not exist very much any more, that is back in the older days. Now, we have got a new finish called synthetic.

    Now, what you are going to know is about this synthetic lane. It is going to have the same appearances a wood lane would have. If you look down it board by board, there are 39 boards on the lane, just so you know. Now, if you look down here at this lane you are going to see it looks to have the appearance of a wood finish. However, these lanes are put together in larger panels and so thus far, the durability of a synthetic lane versus a wood lane has stood the test of time, but we will see. Now, if you look at the lane also, you are going to see some arrows on the lane. There are seven arrows on the lane; they are in five board increments across the lane. There are also dots on the lane. These dots and arrows are both there for you to target. Now, in general, if you look at the lane, right handers would read the lane or discuss the arrows from right to left.

    So, for example, if you look out there the arrow that is farthest right on the lane which is the fifth board or otherwise, known as the first arrow. Now, if you go inwards, you would go to the second arrow, third arrow and then obviously, when you reach the center of the lane that will be the fourth arrow.

    Once again, there is a number of different ways to differentiate each board. So, for example, you could call the center arrow the fourth arrow, the twentieth board. Now obviously, the left-handers will read just the opposite. The left-handers are going to read from left to right. For example, the first arrow on the left side will be the fifth board and then across the lane.

    So, tell you what, let us get started. Let us go to the bowling stands.