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Kegel Dead Man's Curve

"DEAD MAN'S CURVE - 3043 This 43 foot pattern has more out of bounds than most patterns because of the increased application of conditioner on the forward pass. With a slight increase slope of oil from the 10th board to the 15th board on the return pass, the goal of the player is to target along those boards of extra conditioner without swinging the ball too much towards the outside part of the lane. Players who try to excessively curve the ball with too much speed will find DEAD MAN'S CURVE hazardous to their score."

- Kegel

Type: 
Sport Shot
Difficulty: 
Challenging

SSE - 2017-08-16 (Week 15) [Sweepers And Fun Week]

Sometimes the best is saved for last. During our final week, which didn't actually count towards official averages, I dominated. It was a magical night where everything lined up just right.

Fox Bowl set up Dead Man's Curve as the pattern for the night. My previous two experiences we're not that great, so I was not expecting much going into play. For most of the night I stood on 23 and targeted the 14th board at the dots. I tested the Sure Lock, but was not thrilled with the reaction at all. That meant going to my current favorite, the Phaze II.

Location

Fox Bowl
1101 Butterfield Road
60189 Wheaton , IL
US

SSE - 2017-07-26 (Week 12)

The second week on Dead Man's Curve went much better than the first.  After switching to my Phaze II, everything was set in motion.  The ball reaction was much more consistent, throughout each and every shot.  In addition, handling the transition was also much easier (even though the pair was short two bowlers).  Throughout the three game series, I only needed to move left with my feet two boards.  Ball speed, accuracy and general shot making felt much better than in the past.  Games one and three went fantastically well, while game two suffered due to missing outside (I may have mentioned

Location

Fox Bowl
1101 Butterfield Road
60189 Wheaton , IL
US

SSE - 2017-07-19 (Week 11)

Dead Man's Curve...does it hook a lot?  Not really.  Is it challenging?  Yes!  Even with a fairly strong, versatile bowling ball aresnal, I am challenged.  And sometimes it's ball choice.  Sometimes it's spares.  And sometimes it's both.  How many times have I said spares are important?  Way too many.  How many times have I said hit your target?  Way too many.  Given this, let's dig in.

Review

Location

Fox Bowl
1101 Butterfield Road
60189 Wheaton , IL
US

Fox Bowl - 2017-04-12

Tonight's outing was practiced on the Kegel Dead Man's Curve.  My outing occurred later in the day so the pattern was somewhere between transitioning and burnt.  I struggled through practice and the first two games, playing too far outside for the pattern's composition.  After giving up on playing the usual locations between 5 and 12, I moved way in which led to the best results.  Both the Phaze II and the No Rules Pearl were used, but ultimately the No Rules Pearl was the go to.

Location

Fox Bowl
1101 Butterfield Road
60187 Butterfield , IL
US