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    Here's my problem. our lanes are wood with wood approaches. No resurfacing in 15 years. We recently had Classic resurface and repair all damaged heads. They did an excellent job. I run the pro shop and have 42 years bowling experience. The problem is the new owners have no clue to how to properly maintain the lanes. Our mechanic, as good as he is, works on old 8130??? Not sure of the proper machine number. Just about 50 years old. he is old school. Not a bowler. He is oiling the new lanes 30' in the summer . We have no league play. When fall leagues begin increasing to 35'. He is using a used Phonix machine the center purchased that had been sitting up for several months. Finally repaired the machine and it strips and oils. My question, is 35' adequate for oiling? I bowl several tournaments yearly . I never encounter any oil pattern less than 36'. Am I correct is assuming that with that short of an oil pattern we can expect the urethane coating past that to start getting burnt? It seems logical. I am looking for some concrete advice to present to the owner to help preserve her investment. Honestly, she has no clue. I a die hard bowler, USBC coach and 225 avg bowler. i am just concerned that this is not good. any advice , information, or leading me in the right direction to acquire information to back up what i say will be greatly appreciated. Or am i totally lost. Thanks for your time.

  • #2
    35' pattern is a shorter pattern, but not unheard of. I would post this over in lane conditioning and maintenance with more specifics (mL of oil, pattern, etc.) and King can help you out.


    • #3
      For high scoring on wood - you will need a 40-42 foot pattern or the ball will over hook

      Please post the pattern he is using and I can help


      • #4
        I agree , 35ft is a little short for wood lanes


        • #5
          We had 39ft at my center and it was a train wreck when it came to scores. I could not even imagine bowling on a 35ft shot on wood
          It only took two years and two new owners to finally be allowed to come in and work on lanes before we open........


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