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The 11th Frame: Revolutionary new visible oil to be used on PBA animal pattern TV shows

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013 1:15 pm

Brunswick created this visible lane oil by adding a blue dye. (Note: yes, the back panels are put in backwards — that has been fixed.) Photo by PBA Commissioner Tom Clark.
I have long maintained that the biggest hindrance to bowling’s acceptance as a sport by non-bowlers is their inability to understand the sport’s challenges. Simply put, bowling’s sand traps and water hazards (or wide open fairways and flat greens) can’t be seen. I’m referring, of course, to the oil applied to bowling lanes. The ultimate solution would be an oil-less lane, but I’m not sure that will ever be possible or how it might impact the sport: Would it...

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