Kegel Alcatraz is a short, flat pattern that has some bite to it. At 38' long with a rough ratio of 1:2.2 or so, shot making is key. Although, once you find a line to play, it breaks down fairly easily. Based on my experience, the duller equipment with surface played out better than anything with a shine to it. I used my Phaze II through each game, only having to move to the middle by midway through game two. The biggest challenge for me was personal shot making. By the time the middle of the second game hit, I was throwing the ball too far down the lane. This lead to speed and targeting inconsistencies, thus the many opens and the low score. By game three I did find a shot to play, but it wasn't as online as game one in the fresh. I don't believe the breakdown was the issue for me given that I couldn't stay online. The general target area for this pattern is breakpoint at about 7. You can swing the ball through the mids a bit, at the risk of too much hand or missing left. Any shots missed in will go passed the head pin. Shots outside do recover, provided that you put some pepper on it. Otherwise, expect a washout or an odd split.
General Tips For Alcatraz
- Keep the ball on target near the breakpoint
- Keep your hand play consistent. Too much hand will mean too much snap
- Keep your speed consistent. Too much speed means too many splits. Too little speed means just a little bit outside.