Basic Types of Bowling Ball Layouts

  • The Arcing layout – this layout is what I call the 90 degree layout or Ebonites 90 degree layout it is used on most house shots. Or if the bowler wants to play the bowling lane at the track area or between the 13 and 8 board at the arrows. This layout has the widest range in usefulness. And I recommend it for 90% of house shots and bowlers that only bowl on a house shot. Or in other words the once a week or twice a week average bowler. The layout – When the ball is drilled put the pin 4.5 inches from your positive axis point (pap) or under your ring finger. On a symmetrical ball the center of gravity (cg) should be in line with the pin angling toward your thumb. On an asymmetrical ball the mass bias should be in line with the pin and directly underneath your thumb. This is the Ebonite’s 90% layout.
  • The Early Rolling Layout. – this layout is used on oily or long oil patterns or carry down. Also used when the bowler wants to play the lanes from 7 boards out or I should say the lane conditions dictate this. The type of bowling ball is usually solid reactive resin or particle. This layout can also be used to break down a shot on a sport pattern I like to use the word break open rather than. Break down cause that’s what you are trying to do. The layout pin under the ring finger again or 4.5 away from your pap. And the mass or the cg angled 35 to 65 degrees. The angle is determined by the amount or early roll you want I prefer mine at about 35 degrees which is about 2 inches off the thumb ratter than 3 inches. In other words 3 inches = 45degrees and 35 degrees = 2 inches. Another rule of thumb the close the mass is to the pap the earlier the roll. Average once or twice a week bowlers will rarely ever need this layout unless the bowler is bowling in a center that has slick lane conditions and the shot is more outside.
  • The Flip Layout. – this layout is just what it says it is a flipping ball. This layout is used for playing the lanes more inside at about the 14 boards in at the arrows with a open line. This layout is a used to stand left and give it room. It is use when the lane conditions have really dry backends and when the shot is really trashed late night in pot games is when I used this ball. A long and strong ball in other words or now I know that lots of people think this is an all around ball but its is really not used that much especially if you always bowl on fresh. OK the layout this layout is the stacked layout it is pin 4.5 from pap and the cg or mass directly under it in a vertical line the amount of length is determined by how high above the fingers the pin is. In other word the higher the pin the longer the ball move before the flip or break. The surface is usually a pearl or a shiner solid reactive bowling ball.