He stands at the line on Lane 7. He has evaluated the oil pattern and the hook probability. Now his eyes are focused steadily on the sweet spot on the lane. One, two, three — slide. Release the bowl over the line. Watch it roll down the lane at approximately 16 miles per hour. The reward? strike– all ten pins in the pit.
Before each squad, the lanes are “dressed.” At Heartland Bowl, a computerized machine called “Walkin’ Walter” travels up and down the lanes. Walter is programmed to apply a certain “oil pattern” specific for different types of tournament and league play. A technician follows Walter and uses a buffer to clean the approach areas.
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