House Shots, What are They?

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“Oil Patterns” are not created equal

What do you think of when you hear “Oil Patterns” or “House Shots”? We get confused at times about what is a typical house shot. So the question is, What is a typical house shot and what does mean? First though, if you are a beginner or even a league bowler you may not know that there is no real “typical house shot”. 

Of course there is a certain standard that most centers to usually go by, but here is the thing, not everybody uses the same pattern. They may modify it some to cater to their types of bowlers or I have known of some centers use a more challenging sport pattern as their house shot. So you see that what one center calls their house shot may not and more than likely are not going to be the same.

For the sake of argument let’s lay a basic house shot pattern. Ok, the typical house shot is going to be about 40 to 42 feet in length and higher volume of oil in the middle which leaves the outside drier and where the friction is, therefore causing the to hook. In comparison with some pro shots or competition where the oil is more evenly spread and the length is sometimes a lot shorter. Also you should note that the outside part of the lane has oil, which if played to far outside the 10 board could cause your ball to slide into the gutter. 

Playing the pattern

At first it seems a little confusing to really get a feel on how to play the lanes based on what kind pattern the center chooses to use, but as a beginner this isn’t a big deal. One as a beginner you want to get better at the mechanics before ever worrying about the oil pattern. Check out my friends Brad and Kyle as they demonstrate a little on how to strike more on a house shot.

In conclusion

Whether your an weekend warrior bowler or a competitive league and tournament bowler, everyone wants to be successful get better at the sport. PBA oil patterns help you get better, but house patterns will help you get good. You can get better while practicing exclusively on house patterns, but by comparison, PBA oil patterns are much more difficult and make the house pattern seem easy. Thus the word, “Simple House Shot.”

If you’re still on your way to considering any aspect of bowling easy, fear not. The same reason some bowlers refer to house shots at easy can help you build confidence and get yourself on the way to becoming a good bowler. So, I wish you good luck and good  bowling. Please leave any comments below on what topics you would like to see.


Breaking News-Ryan Ciminelli

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At the age of 34, Ryan Ciminelli has decided to walk away from the lanes as a full-time professional bowler. Ryan started his career in 2007. Laboring  mostly in the shadows in his early years by making few match play events and failing to make a tv event.

The 2009 to 2010 season proved to be his first productive season. Despite making 17 match play events and 4 television final events, he still fell short by not winning any titles. When finally in 2011, Ciminelli won his first PBA Tour title by defeating Patrick Allen 237-215 in the Earl Anthony Memorial Classic.


Ciminelli attended Erie Community College in Williamsville, NY. Here he obtained his degree in construction engineering and project management. He worked construction as a general laborer while fine tuning his game. In the meantime, wife Chelsie, a social therapist and psychologist, took a job at the Charlotte clinic and they and 16-month-old Jackson packed up and moved to the suburbs of Lancaster, S.C. At first, Chelsie had no clientele, so with the loss of Motiv and no bowl tournaments, “we didn’t have any means of revenue.”

Ryan definitely had a roller coaster of a career, but did have very successful stats. Below are some of his accomplishments:

Career PBA Tour Titles

Major titles in bold text.

  • 2011 – Earl Anthony Memorial Classic (Dublin, CA)
  • 2013 – PBA Chameleon Championship (Las Vegas, NV)
  • 2015 – PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open (Las Vegas, NV)
  • 2015 – Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open (Garland, TX)
  • 2015 – PBA Viper Championship (Reno, NV)
  • 2016 – Xtra Frame Maine Shootout (Portland, ME)
  • 2016 – PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open (Aurora, IL)
  • 2019 – PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic (Middletown, DE)   

Career PBA statistics

Statistics are through the last complete PBA Tour season.

Season Events Cashes Match Play CRA+ PBA Titles Average Earnings ($)
2007–08 17 8 3 0 0 210.77 12,635
2008–09 19 11 3 0 0 207.22 15,940
2009–10 17 9 6 4 0 218.70 57,775
2010–11 12 6 3 2 1 217.91 51,350
2011–12 14 10 5 3 0 225.93 64,545
2012–13 24 16 9 3 1 218.38 57,942
2014 15 8 2 1 0 217.41 52,827
2015 19 11 9 5 3 225.37 142,661
2016 21 9 7 4 2 219.76 67,775
2017 20 10 7 3 0 218.80 74,705
2018 16 8 4 0 0 212.16 31,820
2019 22 6 4 1 1 209.95 28,905

Here is a video with Ciminelli and Rash on the Oklahoma Open Stepladder Finals

Saying goodbye to a fine man and a great champion

To you Ryan we may be saying goodbye, we want you to know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Good luck to you in your next chapter of your journey. God Speed!

The Age Old Debate: Hooking the Ball vs Throwing it Straight

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Regardless of whether you bowl expertly or are basically a “weekend warrior,” you have likely observed the various styles of straight bowling versus hook bowling. On the off chance that you plan on bowling normally, you will experience when you need to settle on your decision between these two contending styles. While both have their preferences and disservices, a definitive decision lies with you on how you need to hit the lanes.

Some advantages of straight bowling

Straight bowling is regularly the principal style utilized by new bowlers. It requires almost no training to consummate the structure, as you essentially swing your arm straight back and straight forward like a pendulum on a clock. With a set number of steps to recall or strategy to ace, you can just advance up in accordance with where you need the ball to proceed to allow it to tear. Straight bowling is regularly favored by more grounded bowlers who need to hit the pins with power, as this style permits you to toss as hard as possible without influencing the direction of the shot. For whatever length of time that the ball is on a straight line, the additional force just improves the situation.

Some Disadvantages

At the point when you toss the bowling ball straight down the lane, the pins don’t generally fall like you figure they should. As the ball strikes the lead pins head on, they can take off in any number of headings. In some cases, you can hit the head pin dead on, and it will just travel to the rear of the path, leaving the pins on the edge standing. Different occasions, you will toss the ball straight and valid, hitting precisely where you need and be left with a pin, for example, the No. 5 pin, directly in the center mysteriously as yet standing. The difficulty is that tossing the ball straight permits you insignificant power over the direction of the pins.

Simple breakdown of straight bowling

Conveying a straight ball keeps things straightforward. Despite the fact that you are off guard to players who snare the ball to the pocket and addition an imposing edge of passage into the pins, a straight ball conveyance makes it simple to discover the pocket and keep folding the ball into the pocket as path conditions change during serious bowling meetings.

In the event that you utilize a straight ball conveyance, you should set up a compelling beginning arrangement to the pocket toward the beginning of your meeting on the paths. The following thing is to build up an attention to your objective on the path and how to change for saves. Utilize the second bolt in from the edge of the path as your locating objective. The second bolt is situated on the 10 board at the bowling guides around 15′ past the foul line. To utilize the second bolt for your strike conveyance, place your blowing away shoe instep the 15 board (five sheets right of the inside board on the path approach for right-hand bowlers – inverse for left-hand bowlers).

Next, ensure you set up an equal shoulder-line position when you take your position on the methodology. By keeping your hips and shoulders square to the pins, you will think that its exceptionally simple to discharge your ball toward your locating objective. You can impact the toes of you’re bowling shoes somewhat to highlight the pocket bringing about you’re bowling shoulder being maybe one inch forward of your non-bowling shoulder. Keep up this shoulder arrangement all through your stroll to the foul line and keeping in mind that conveying the bowling ball. It is essential to walk a straight line to the foul line and slide on a similar barricade you at first lined on during your position for both strike and extra conveyances.

You ought to likewise keep up a 90 degree edge between your chest and you’re bowling arm when you swing your ball back and forward. Keep on keeping up the 90 degree edge when you swing your arm in an upward movement to a full finish position. Discharge the bowling ball with your hand completing before you’re bowling shoulder keeping up the 90 degree right point.

Maintain a strategic distance from exorbitantly opening and shutting your shoulder. This makes the shoulder turn away from your objective. Bowlers rolling a straight ball shot must keep the front part of their bowling shoulder adjusted legitimately to the locating objective all through the methodology without pivoting the chest area away from the objective. It is imperative to keep a predictable shot as your objective.

Making modifications for save shooting likewise turns into a genuinely direct procedure when you don’t snare the ball. Actually, an amateur bowling save framework referred to generally as the “3-6-9” framework is the most effortless extra shooting framework to learn and can work essentially anyplace you bowl on the off chance that you keep conveying a straight line ball to the pins.

For a straight competitor, changing for saves is simple on the off chance that you make sure to utilize your strike target (second bolt on the path) for all extras in this basic framework:

For the 2 pin, move right 3 boards

For the 4 pin, move right 6 boards

For the 7 pin, move right 9 boards

For the 3 pin, move left 3 boards

For the 6 pin, move left 6 boards

For the 10 pin, move left 9 boards

Concentrate your eyes on your objective on the lane from the set-up and all through your whole approach to the foul line, in any case on the off chance that you are bowling for a strike or an extra. It is essential to focus on a particular objective to contact with you’re bowling ball and stay focused on the objective while discharging the ball.

Figure out how to string the strikes together and watch your scores climb. It is suggested you talk with an expert bowling educator to assistant you in your practice. An accomplished bowling trainer can assist you with your physical game essentials, throwing strikes and picking up spares, and dealing with your mental game while bowling in rivalry.

OK now the advantages of hooking

Hook bowling is the method utilized by pretty much every expert bowler. Utilizing the hook permits you significantly more command over where the ball strikes the pins and where the pins are hit to subsequently. To reliably show signs of improvement scores, Michael Benson in “Fundamental Bowling” suggests the hook bowling strategy since you can all the more reliably thump down the entirety of the pins with the additional control that accompanies a decent hook. You will forfeit some power in your tosses, however you will compensate for it with less spares and more strikes.

Some disadvantages of hook bowling

Idealizing your hook can take a noteworthy venture of time and cash. You won’t have the option to appropriately hook with customary balls that are made accessible to you at the bowling alley. You have to go into an ace shop to get this show on the road quality ball that can be sliced to accommodate your hand appropriately. At that point you should invest a great deal of energy in the paths making sense of the perfect measure of turn to get your show on the road to go where you need it to go.

Numerous bowlers erroneously think they have to turn their wrist or turn their entire arm sideways over their body so as to accomplish this discharge and create turn. Yet, rather, you need to guarantee your arm swing is smooth like a pendulum. The hook is really produced from the way wherein you discharge your fingers from the ball. You have to get great lift (the quick evacuation of your center and ring fingers, up and to the side of the bowling ball) so as to get the ball to turn effectively into the pocket. It is likewise critical to proceed with your arm after discharge into a solid finish facing up and towards your objective.

Breakdown of the hook

The hook shot is where the bowling ball bends its way down the lane, as opposed to a straight shot. In the event that you need a reliable score a high normal (more than 180), you should figure out how to toss the hook since it will get you more strikes.

This is genuine on the grounds that the hook shot gives you a superior edge over your objective, known as the pocket, which is the spot between the 1 and 3 pins (right-handers) or 1 and 2 pins (left-handers). With the hook, the bowling ball will hit the pins with more power and lead to more readily stick convey. Also, in view of the hook ball’s turning activity, you’ll get more strikes even you don’t hit the pocket accurately!

1. Getting the Thumb Out

While tossing a hook, utilize a similar methodology strategy that you are as of now OK with. You first need to expel the thumb from the bowling ball, which ought to happen directly as you make your last advance with your foot.

This is a significant advance for a hook shot, on the grounds that your center and pointers are the ones that will direct the hook. In the event that you leave your thumb in for a really long time, it will be hard to control.

2. Finger Lift

In the wake of expelling the thumb, the heaviness of the ball will be moved to your fingers and the ball will be at the absolute bottom of your arm swing.

As of now, you expel the center and ring fingers from the ball, while at the same time turning them counter-clockwise for right-handers and clockwise for left-handers. It ought to be a quick, common flicking movement of the fingers, and they should come up and to the side of the bowling ball. This is known as lift and it gives the ball more power while permitting you to control your shot rather than pitifully dropping it onto the lane.

3. Finish

For a legitimate finish, your arm should keep on swinging forward and towards your objective. It should wind up looking like you are giving a handshake.

Generally speaking, this discharge is impeccable in light of the fact that it brings about the correct blend of side turn and unrest. The ball will travel straight down the path from the start before the side turn assumes control over, making it guide into the pocket.

Here is Helpful Comparison: Underhand Football Spiral

For some bowlers, it’s hard to picture precisely how to turn your fingers as you discharge them from the ball, as the development is exact.

It might be useful for you to consider tossing a football winding underhand. On the off chance that you have a football convenient, pause for a moment to work on tossing an underhand winding. To do this, you should pivot your fingers up and to the side of the football. This is surprisingly like what your hand ought to do at the discharge purpose of a hook shot.

This examination truly helped me when I was first figuring out how to throw a hook, and I trust it does well for you as well.

Keep in mind lane conditions but don’t overdo it

The best way to genuinely figure out how to hook a bowling ball is really to get out on the lanes and practice. These basics will kick you off, however various bowlers should make changes and modifications so as to coordinate their own style. When you get the ball turning the correct way, you should realize that more hook isn’t really better. While it may look the most amazing for your ball to clear right over the path and into the pocket, a major hook will be more difficult to control.

Likewise, a hook ball is reliant on bowling lane conditions. This implies various measures of oil on the lane will influence your hook. As a rule, the ball will hook a lot sooner on a dry lane(which means little oil), while on a slick lane, it will be increasingly troublesome.

In spite of these complexities, the hook ball is extremely fulfilling once you put in some practice. When you get your first strike by hooking the bowling ball legitimately into the pocket, you’ll never need to return to straight bowling!


Back to Bowling- The Original Social Network

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When we think of social networking, we immediately think of things like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others. What we fail to realize is that there were several ways we networked before the advent of these modern media platforms. The many avenues that are available now is almost overwhelming to us and keeps us from the personal touch we had before.

One example of personal interaction with others is the sport of bowling. Now I know you might be asking is “how is this a social network?”, but think about it. This is a venue in which people from all walks of life can interact with others with pretty much a judgment free zone. It has been an activity that is not limited to age or any other disposition, but has allowed anyone of any background to get together and enjoy each other’s company and a sport that has evolved into a clean and fun environment for all who get together.

With that being said, today’s society has been so drawn to social media that it has being a hands off society who find it difficult to meet up with friends and family to have a real one on one conversation  without hiding behind the 144 character world we now live in.

This has bothered me for some time, how we have all became so detached and separated from one another. That is one reason I have created this site, to bring people together again through the sport of bowling. With this platform I to help bring back the original social network, through articles filled with informative content such as video and text instruction to featured product reviews and videos of the day involving the sport.

So the mission of this site is to bring bowlers back together more now than any time in our past, with the recent pandemic we have been more isolated and apert than ever before in our history. This is also going to be an interactive platform to bring us back to the way our social network was intended to be like.

So keep helping us to help you by visiting again and we welcome any comments on what we can do, to serve you better .


Changin Lanes Mission

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Welcome to Changin Lanes, our site’s mission is to educate, teach and interact with others who have a passion for the sport of bowling. We strive to help step up your game and allow you to ask questions about your game or just general questions about bowling itself. There will be featured videos of anything from instruction, tips and skills to products including balls, apparel and accessories. We hope your experience on our site will have you excited about returning to our community plus sharing with your friends and family.


A little about myself, first I got interested in the sport of bowling when I was old enough to push the ball down the ramp. I joined the YABA league and my love of the game grew to more competitive and challenging. I bowled a few years after junior league and as life does pulls you back and forth until it is a memory, but about three and half years ago I had suffered two mild heart attacks and was told by the doctor to find a stress reliever and so I started open bowling just to get a feel for the game again.

One thing led to another and I was asked to bowl in a no-tap league then the rest just fell in place. Two years ago I became a staff member for three bowling companies and an amazing journey meeting new friends and growing as a bowler.



I want to do my part in growing the sport of bowling assisting in connecting our lives with the original social network.



To expand the sport of bowling with the information and access to techniques to help you excel your game on and off the lanes.

All the best,

Jeffery Davis