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The hidden oil patterns on bowling lanes

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Every bowling lane has a hidden oil pattern. In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards finds out what that means. Follow Phil Edwards and Vox Almanac on Facebook for more: https://www.facebook.com/philedwardsinc1/ Every lane has a pattern. In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards explores how they change the game. Bowling isn’t just about a great ball and good form — if you want to understand the sport, you have to understand the lane. Every bowling lane, including the one in your neighborhood alley, is coated with an oil pattern to protect the wood. But these patterns aren’t just for protection — the way in which oil is applied to the lane can affect the speed and direction of your ball. These patterns are so important that recreational bowlers and professional bowlers bowl on vastly different patterns — the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) even classifies the patterns it uses in tournaments. Phil Edwards met with professional bowler Parker Bohn III at his childhood bowling alley, Howell Lanes in Howell, New Jersey. He guided Phli through the complex strategy a pro bowler uses when encountering different oil patterns. Not only do they have to assess which pattern is in use, but they also have to judge how that pattern changes as the oil shifts and slides over the day. Knowing how to play a specific lane can be the difference between a title and second place. But these patterns aren’t just for the pros — they’re relevant to recreational bowlers as well. Watch the video to see how you can use these patterns to step up your game. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H Or on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H Or on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
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Filip Stojanovski (20 hours ago)
And this is considered a sport but eSport is a bunch of kids yelling at each other lol.
Qalaxysnail (1 day ago)
5:29 this guy is too relatable
Reid Plombon (1 day ago)
I love this stuff. Straight outta Wisconsin, baby.
Sean Crawford (2 days ago)
Lorraine Slater (3 days ago)
I have the wii but i get a strike in the game
Finn The Human (4 days ago)
u just compared basketball with golf and bowling.. lol
Ary M (4 days ago)
I was watching a Ricky Fowler golf video about how to hit a chip shot over a bunker and accidentally clicked on this video, I was about to click back to my boy Ricky’s video but instead watched the whole thing...I’ve bowled maybe 5 times in my entire 32yrs of life...🤷🏼‍♂️🤷🏼‍♂️🤷🏼‍♂️
alfababy (7 days ago)
i just came for the comments!!!
Salti Dawg (8 days ago)
How can he be a prodessional bowler? He's bowling with the wrong hand.
Cancer (8 days ago)
Song name at the start?
Cancer (8 days ago)
Flower Duet from Lakme (Searched and found it)
Dominiquo Ṿ (10 days ago)
Someone needs to remind these guys what the definition of a pattern is :|
Michael Daramola (11 days ago)
I have a test tomorrow, homework for eight different classes, and a presentation for my final. this is much better.
Christian Meier (12 days ago)
what a Bullshit.....
fastnbulbouss (13 days ago)
Ahhhhhhh, bowling !! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdOjVsfuKPs
Punx Not Dead (13 days ago)
I used peanut oil left over from the fryers on my lanes. Works good .
b i a n c a (13 days ago)
**accidentally throws ball behind** _Mii Characters_ : *AH!*
I need to know how this guy doesn't get scared of the foot alarm when you pass the line.
Rcboi96 (14 days ago)
....? I'm not a pro bowling and I bowl the same way he does.
Salty Loaf (14 days ago)
White Russian
colin6768 (15 days ago)
The oil machine is just a ruse. The ones responsible for the crop circles are also responsible for this.
turkey rides ;) (16 days ago)
Well... wii sports bowling sure WAS a waste of time!!
Goldenfire Fox (16 days ago)
0:03 yup that is me, just throwing the ball high into the air so it has less of a chance of rolling into the gutter XD
Taha Imran (16 days ago)
USA: Did someone say OIL!?
Louis Cortez (17 days ago)
This video felt longer than 7:40
It'sJasonTime (17 days ago)
i just roll the ball
Seanonymous (19 days ago)
Who do you think you are...I am!
RHW gaming (20 days ago)
mom: why is the fbi here
Faith Marks (21 days ago)
Who else saw like, no oil visibility at all...
Kevin Snel (21 days ago)
My friend be like: Go bowl with me he said. It will be fun he said.
weekmemes (22 days ago)
I'm a master bowler, Niko.
springermusicnet (23 days ago)
I just bowl straight and hard coming in from the right into the pocket. I do this about once every 10 years now.  Every time we go, the lanes are full of league bowlers and there are no lanes open for others. :(    I usually bowl 130's, 2nd of 3 games is my high (one to warm up, one good one, last one I'm wearing down)
Anonymous Hacker (24 days ago)
Minus 31? What if the length is only 31
TheDankReisen (24 days ago)
*Roman Bellic wants to know your location*
Andrew Lang (24 days ago)
The Its Always Sunny background music saves the video
Jax Nean (24 days ago)
And I thought it was just heavy balls thrown to the middle of the pins!
Nyah Piano (25 days ago)
Tiny Tim (25 days ago)
Giving advice for the first move in a chess game is insanely easy always play e4 if you don't know what you're doing if you kinda know what you're doing you can play d4 sometimes and if you're Magnus Carlson you can throw in an h on move 1 and win the game
Xander (25 days ago)
As a former youth champion, i can confirm
Murakii (25 days ago)
"...and cheetah" *meow*
Tragic Machine (26 days ago)
Did someone mention OIL? 🇺🇸
Rick Sanchez (27 days ago)
Vox, you are out of your element!
TommyFTW (29 days ago)
2:06 lol calm down pal
Julia (1 month ago)
God I’m so bad at bowling that to even get 1 pin down my group had to putt the gutter guards up and I ended up using a ramp for the ball. I have CP so I don’t have a lot of control over the ball but it was a good time! I’m the worst outta my friend group but it’s lit
Prashanth Kumar (1 month ago)
Excellent video... Really liked it
SatanSama (1 month ago)
i don't do bowling.
Jonah Saltzman (1 month ago)
It's 2 in the morning and I really need to work on college essays, but i'm watching this video instead
Dean Shaw (1 month ago)
as a former bowler no i dont bowl like the first guy i earn 1994 sportsman ship award for having brain surgery and a week later returning to the game with staples still in my head now thats a true bowler
Fresh J'rrell (1 month ago)
Seek Blu (1 month ago)
I always thought you were supposed to aim for the middle pin
kingblueflash (1 month ago)
excellent job Phil
What’s the point of me watching this
Jonathan Ward (1 month ago)
Bowling is still a waste of time
MEDIA TOUR (1 month ago)
5:10 "bowling is more like golf" in the way of its not a real sport.
Reuben Ahmed (1 month ago)
don't say mess of titles, say the exact number
Conner Fields (1 month ago)
What if a bowling alley in Tulsa, OK put blue oil on the lanes? Maybe River Lanes would? They'd have to have signs or graphics that explain what it is.
Blake Sweeney (1 month ago)
Awesome video. I learned a lot. Thanks!
슙슙syubbi (1 month ago)
Makes me wonder why there isn’t a bowling anime yet. We can watch kids competitively slap poems, but no bowling?
Andrew Logan (1 month ago)
So is Parker related to Dieter Bohn from Verge?
Natearl13 (1 month ago)
US Government: Did somebody say OIL?
bestamerica (1 month ago)
' oh no no... stop watch this video at 058... dont need to put currency number in here video at 055 to 058... NOT important
MaxxTrax (1 month ago)
T Smith (1 month ago)
I feel like this is like sweeping in curling. Yes, it factors in but I really can't wrap my head around it making or breaking the skill of the bowler. A Pro bowler has aim accuracy and muscle memory down to the instinct.
Wil6091 (1 month ago)
He’s like the guy from that movie pixels
Anaïs x (1 month ago)
When your going to a bowling party tomorrow and you tube somehow knows...
GeoPlayer123 (1 month ago)
"or a friendless video producer who's greatest thrill in life was standing on a bowling lane" *rubs lane in sorrow*
GeoPlayer123 (1 month ago)
thanks now I'm a pro
Jeremy Boeve (1 month ago)
Bowling:*has oil* USA:Hippity Hoppity you're now my property
one time I accidentally threw the ball into the other lane
singergrrl77 (11 days ago)
That was cute!!! Made me lol! Hope you got a strike. 🤣🤣
The Flame Stranger (15 days ago)
Did you get a strike?
Le Blanc (15 days ago)
One game at a time fella
Kay Thompson (18 days ago)
I’ve been bowling for 14 years and a girl on my high school team was standing on the 39th lane out of 40, and she threw it over both lanes and down the side of the alley to the back of the house by the pins, but not on a lane.
Kelci F (1 month ago)
Ziestosti / The Gay one same
Thyphon YT (1 month ago)
Pro bowler omegalul
TheDiablo Gamer37 (1 month ago)
hey, I granny role while bowling and always win 😎
Scott Demirjian (1 month ago)
was eating bagel with creme cheese *end of video* laugh-spat creme cheese onto the computer monitor :( ... there's sticky white stuff on my computer monitor
GTA LOGICS (1 month ago)
Is That Roman Bellic?????
SomethingThatIsNothing (1 month ago)
What do you mean by "Hidden" everyone knows this but I bowl so maybe everyone dosen't know this
Ygaz gge (1 month ago)
I understand the point of the video, but plastic balls won't hook much.
Jeffrey D (1 month ago)
Look, I throw it straight and just hope to hit something
TheSyrian Eyes (1 month ago)
Andrew Mora Cornelio (1 month ago)
Fun drinking game: Take a sip everytime the word 'oil' is used. #drunkinseconds
Született Gamer (1 month ago)
Clorox Bleach (1 month ago)
Why can't you just throw it straight down the middle?
Itachigamer3000 YT (1 month ago)
Because the weight of your bowling ball is around 6 to 16 pounds and the weight of the pins, in total are around 30 something pounds. This means that you need a way to create more power, you do this by hooking the ball to get a domino effect. This explains why you should hook.
WhenYour DrUnk (1 month ago)
I'm not a man
Dennis Vu (1 month ago)
Thanks, I cracked a hundo cuz of this
De best2211 (1 month ago)
I always bowl from the side
2D (1 month ago)
Any bowler knows this haha been bowling for a decade now and its quite easy to understand
19sert (1 month ago)
They don’t have those lines at regular family bowling places :(.
Llama Boi (1 month ago)
Thanks cause every Wednesday in pe class at my school we will go bowling.
Wei Wang (1 month ago)
not only can i not throw bowling, i hurt my finger at the same time.
TheRealHarsjan (1 month ago)
I need to get a girlfriend
Professional bowler... that's sad... I'll just keep throwing the ball
You know why they can see those lines?It's because he's not human
Variety of Everything (1 month ago)
Going bowling tomorrow 😃
Samuel HIRN (1 month ago)
Wow you suck.
LaDinosaurJones (1 month ago)
This is you.....uh, no. I'm not a tard that lofts the ball like that.
Ubeyd Yilmaz (1 month ago)
Now i can finally beat my friends with bowling
Yong Ling (1 month ago)
Try putting some spin along its Y-axis (like a frisbee), it usually results in a relatively explosive impact, a strike if your ball's travelling & spinning speeds are high enough. Don't do this every single time though, you might need some cooldown time before you can pull it off again.
Matthew Guerra (1 month ago)
The hidden biases on Vox videos
Noble Arch (1 month ago)
I never throw the ball in the air since the first time ive started playing. I wonder what makes other did that. Do they just throw and hope for the best?
Yong Ling (1 month ago)
I suppose this is what non-bowling-minded people think. I rarely see proper form from them, if ever.
TheNice CommentGuy (1 month ago)
None of this matters if you cant add English to your ball
Siong C (1 month ago)
I just need to make sure the balls didnt fall into the drains.
Le Derp (1 month ago)
Did somebody say *OIL*
Indi4n Burn3r (1 month ago)
*Prepare your selves, The american's are coming*
elele pepe (1 month ago)
*The FBI wants to know your location*

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