“What is the major difference in ball layouts for sport vs house patterns?” Paul Williams
Josh Blanchard -The layouts tend to be a little stronger for sport patterns. By stronger I mean pin down or pins closer to your axis. What this does is generate an earlier and smoother more controllable ball reaction. This can also be combated by using more surface on your bowling balls when bowling on sport patterns. Surface will help smooth-en out the jerky backend reaction that sport patterns can have.
Craig Spencer - Honestly, in my opinion there isn't a general difference on all balls, it depends the ball. Typically, the goal for sport patterns is a smoother ball motion. If the player is looking for good amount of hook or flare, then that can be accomplished by a stronger drilling as long as the ball is duller. A layout for sport patterns that can be used on a wider variety of bowling balls with different overstock finishes are layouts that put the pin closer to the players PAP. This is a "weaker" layout and creates a more controllable reaction because it really minimizes reaction. While "minimizing reaction" may not be what most players want to hear, sometimes less is more.
“Explain how the information gained in bowler id is important and how an average league bowler could benefit.” - Brenda Burns
Josh Blanchard -The information gained in Bowler ID can really give us, and the bowler, a true understanding or fingerprint to how the bowler throws the ball. Just like a fingerprint, everyone’s is unique in their own right. The information Bowler ID gives is to help the bowler understand what bowling balls fit their game best and their ball driller on how to lay them out correctly. Because of the complexity of the ball dynamics and the dynamics of your personal release, it is vital that we match them correctly when drilling a ball so the customer is getting the reaction they desire.
Craig Spencer - It's important to note that Bowler ID is just a tool. Think of it like the diagnostic tool that a mechanic would use on your car. The tool gives information that a human can't obtain, but that information is useless without a good mechanic to know what to do with it and what it really means for your car. Bowler ID provides detailed information about a bowler's release. For players that are looking to improve, this data can benefit by helping them understand the weaker areas of their release, which areas are the least consistent, and what about their release causes the ball motion that they see. It can be used to understand what balls and layouts should be used, it can be used to track progress on improving your release and to track progress on release versatility. There are even more detailed uses within those general examples. It's a powerful tool as long as the bowler is passionate about increasing their knowledge or bettering their game.