When watching the PBA pros, you may think, "Hey, I bowled a 210 before, I can be a pro too." It's not as easy as it looks. There's something that significantly changes the playing surface. Something you can't see: Oil.

History

In the early days of bowling, oil conditioner was applied to the lane as a barrier to protect the surface from damage over years of use.

As lacquer, polyurethane and synthetic surfaces became more popular, oil became part of the sport.

Today, PBA members must continuously adjust their strategies and methods of attacking the challenging conditions of the PBA Tour.

PBA Lane Maintenance Philosophy

The PBA Lane Maintenance Program (LMP) exists to balance the many complicated variables associated with cleaning and conditioning lanes during multi-day PBA tournaments. For all regular events on the PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour and PBA50 Tour, one or more of the PBA’s patterns will be used at any given tournament. These patterns make up the "Official Playing Conditions of the PBA Tour."

Patterns

PBA Tour Patterns

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Length

39'

Description

USBC Sport Certified

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Length

TBD

Description

USBC Sport Certified.

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Length

47'

Description

USBC Sport Certified.

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Length

43'

Description

USBC Sport Certified.

Pattern Image
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Length

35'

Description

USBC Sport Certified.

Pattern Image
Badger_Oil_2013_100.jpg

Length

52'

Description

USBC Sport Certified.

Pattern Image
Bear_Oil_2013_100.jpg

Length

40'

Description

USBC Sport Certified.

Pattern Image
Wolf_Oil_2013_100.jpg

Length

32'

Description

USBC Sport Certified.

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Major's Patterns

Length

39'

Description

USBC Sport Certified.

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Length

41'

Description

USBC Sport Certified

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Length

42'

Description

USBC Sport Certified.