PBA Oil Patterns: Shark
This pattern forces bowlers to play deep inside the center of the lanes, like sharks that troll the depths of the ocean.
The Shark is the longest of the animal patterns at 43 feet with its key characteristic of the “deep inside line” providing a decisive strategic advantage. The “out of bounds” on the outside portion of the lane makes errant shots wide of the target in danger of falling into the “moat”. With less oil being placed in the middle of lane, bowlers will see their ball roll earlier on the lane. Playing the wrong angle on the Shark will make the pattern feel like it is a “reverse block”. The scoring pace for this pattern will be medium with the champion having the ability to get the corner pins out while playing a tough angle. 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tournaments Using Shark: GEICO Shark Championship – Las Vegas, NV.
Recent Tournaments and Champions on this Pattern:PBA Tour
2011: Geico Shark Open (winner: Jason Belmonte)
2011: PBA World Championship (winner: Osku Palermaa)