When To Use Pin Up Layouts On A Bowling Ball By MDM Bowling Coaching

Pin Up Pin Placement Bowling Ball Layouts

 
In a previous pro tip, we talked about dual angle layouts and went in to a broad explanation of what a “pin up” and “pin down” actually mean. Today we’re going to talk about general guidelines for using a pin up layout. These recommendations are based on my experience and may not apply universally. This should just be used generally as you’re thinking about a bowling ball selection before competition, in the fill, or early in a game. I expect Pin Up layouts be used more often once weight holes become illegal starting 8/1.
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Pin Up Layouts On A Bowling Ball

  • – Create a quicker transition off the breakpoint like a “hockey stick”. This gives you control in many parts of the lane.
  • – They tend to make the ball stand up quicker and roll more forward. This creates a stronger overall movement towards the pins. Stronger entry angle can create better carry. The downside here is that they may roll out quicker.
  • – They are advantageous when moving left and playing more of the middle of the lane. Because it causes a steeper entry angle
 

Another Variable To Consider On Pin Up Bowling Ball Drilling – Pin To PAP

There’s a second variable to consider: Pin to PAP distance. The closer the pin is to your PAP, the more the ball will flair within a certain distance “3 3/8 pin to PAP to 5 inches pin to PAP distance”. The higher the number, the less the ball flairs, the lower the number, the less the ball flairs. How do you use these numbers? For example, if you move left as the lane transitions, throw a ball with a smaller VAL angle and a longer pin to PAP distance so that it can recover off the pattern without flaring too early. Generally:
 

When To Use Pin Up Bowling Ball Layouts?

When to use a pin up layouts: When you want to strong move off the backend when playing left or fresh oil patterns with a duller surface creating a more forward roll because it loses energy quicker.
 

When To Not Use Pin Up Layouts On Your Bowling Ball?

When not to use a pin-up layout: When lanes are transitioning if you want to stay in the same part of the lane or on lower volume flatter patterns (like the nationals team pattern the last couple of years). They may be too aggressive for these conditions.
 
Next week, we’ll talk about when to use a pin down layout. If you have questions about layouts, reach out to your PSO. We are happy to help, especially during this break from the lanes. #protipfriday #mdmcoaching #iambowlersmart

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3 thoughts on “When To Use Pin Up Layouts On A Bowling Ball By MDM Bowling Coaching

  1. curt paluzzi says:

    in regards to the article on Pin Up layout – I’m confused about this statement: The higher the number, the less the ball flairs, the lower the number, the less the ball flairs. Shouldn’t one of those coments be the opposite – Higher equals less, lower equals More, or visa versa?Also, what is meant by “Flare”…is that the amont of break it will have once it hits a dry condition, or the curve it takes prior too?

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