Friday, March 24, 2017

Bowling Leagues

Form your own bowling league!

Company League, Neighborhood Leagues or Just a Group of Friends
Lots of groups are now forming their own bowling league-why not you? In the past we have provided many different league opportunities to you-but we forgot to ask what you wanted, shame on us! Here’s your chance to do it your way.
You form a league of your own with friends, family, co workers or members of an organization that you’re a member of. You decide the time of day, day of week, number of sessions that you want to bowl. Then tell us how often you want to bowl weekly, bi-weekly or once a month. We’ll just provide the lanes for you.
Finally you will have a league you can enjoy with all the benefits you want including a great social activity and a FUN time with friends. Because this is your league you tell us the rules and how much time you want to spend with us.
Leagues can be formed with as few as 8 bowlers (4 Teams of 2). An extra benefit of bowling in a league with only a couple bowlers on each team sessions can be limited to 90 minutes or less too – no longer do you need to mark the entire night/day off your schedule.

For more information please contact Bowl-A-Roll Lanes at 585-427-7250 or email us at  

Spring Leagues Now Forming

Where Good Friends, Great Times And All Around Fun Come Together 

It’s where you make friends. It’s where you break records. It’s where you reconnect with old pals and create new memories.  Join a league today to earn and get great deals on bowling, dining, and so much more. Your
lane is waiting. 

For more information please contact Bowl-A-Roll Lanes at 585-427-7250 or email us at

Monday, March 13, 2017

Key To The Best Arm-swing In Bowling

The correct arm-swing is back and forth motion that is straight like a pendulum. There are a couple of common things that a lot of  bowlers do instead, which can adversely affect the result of their delivery.

A significant percentage of bowlers to want to hold the bowling ball in the middle of their chest when they're in the stance. You're forced to move your arm sideways and back around your body for the back-swing if the ball is this far inside. This will throw everything out of whack.

Instead, hold the ball out to the side of your body (on the same side as your bowling hand) so you can swing straight back and forth.


Bowling Lane Play - The 3 Basic Lines

Information on How to Play the Lane.

Bowling Lane Play. - There are 3 basic types of bowling lane lines; open, medium, and direct. (Note: this is for right handed bowlers – reverse everything for left handed bowlers.)

Information on How to Play the Lane.

Bowling Lane Play. - There are 3 basic types of bowling lane lines; open, medium, and direct. (Note: this is for right handed bowlers – reverse everything for left handed bowlers.)

1. Open Line - The open line is inside from the 14th board on the bowling lane. The ball angle is directed toward the 6 pin as it is released. This is described in the illustration below. High revolution bowlers like this angle most the time.

2. Medium Or Indirect Line - The medium or indirect line is from the 13th to the 8th board, or the track area, on the bowling lane. The ball angle is a medium line directed toward the 3 and 6 pins as the ball is released. It is also described in the illustration below. Power strokers or tweener type bowlers like this line.

3. Direct Line - The direct line is outside from the 7th board on the bowling lane. The ball angle is directed toward the 1 and 3 pins, or the pocket, as the ball is released. It is also described in the illustration below. Most strokers like this line or angle.

The 10 pin in bowling - why we leave the 10 pin in bowling

First there are 2 different types of 10 pins. 

One is the flat or weak 10 pin the other is the wrap or ringing 10 pin.

1.  The Flat 10 Pin - The first type of 10 pin in bowling is the flat or weak 10 pin. This is when the bowling ball rolls weak into the pocket and is due to a loss of energy. There are two reasons why this happens. Either the ball has never gone into a roll, or the ball has rolled too early and lost all of its energy before it gets to the pocket. So you must recognize two things. One being which type of 10 pin you are leaving. The other is whether the bowling ball is rolling too early or not rolling early enough. To determine whether you are leaving the flat 10 or the weak 10, look at the 6 pin. If the 6 pin is lying in the gutter, it indicates a weak or flat 10 pin. If you are leaving a flat 10, you need more angle or a ball that breaks later and sharper. You can do this with a change in the ball surface, hand position, type of ball, ball drilling layout, or a change in ball speed. If the bowling ball is rolling too early, you need to roll it harder. If it is skidding or not going into its roll, you may need less ball speed.

2.  The Wrap 10 Pin - The second type of 10 pin in bowling is the wrap 10, or ringing 10 pin. This occurs because the ball rolls into the pocket with too much angle or too much speed. The bowling ball does not have enough end-over-end roll. If the 6 pin goes around the 10 pin quickly, then you are leaving a wrap 10. A reason for this may be you are rolling the ball too hard. If you are leaving the wrap 10, you normally need earlier roll or more end-over-end roll. You can do this with a change in ball surface, hand position, reducing your ball speed, type of ball or ball drilling layout.

A Basic Rule of Thumb.
1. If the 6 pin is lying flat in the gutter, it is a flat 10 pin.
2. If the 6 pin flies around the 10 pin, it is a wrap or ringing 10 pin.

Let the 6 pin be your guide in recognizing your adjustment.
Note: Learn to recognize the type of 10 you are leaving, then learning how to adjust.
This is the key to increasing pin carry and a higher scoring potential..

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Practicing Your Spare Play

As you know, the game of bowling is more than just bowling strikes every frame. You are going to be placed in situations where you have to complete a spare instead of that coveted strike. So practice for them! Practicing bowling for spares isn’t the always the most fun, but you’ll be much better off stringing several spares together rather than getting more strikes and leaving open frames in between. Learning how to bowl for spares is a strategy that could push your bowling game from a 150 to one that is 200 or more.
The great news is that there are some things you can do to greatly improve your spare pickups, instead of just hoping that you luck out.
Make Adjustments

Making adjustments to your bowling stance to the left or right depending on the pins still standing will help give you a better chance to pick up a spare. A rule of thumb is to move in increments of five boards. For example: if you move ten boards to the left, and aim at the same target on the lane, your bowling ball should go ten boards to the right of your first ball target. Find out which board the remaining pin is on and make the appropriate adjustments.

When facing a single pin spare, some bowlers tend to straighten up their shot and go with less hook. It’s up to you whether you want to keep your same shot and adjust your target or switch to a straighter bowl. When you’re just getting started, you should try both and go with what feels most natural.
Approach and Delivery Consistency

In order to bowl for spares consistently, you will need to have your bowling fundamentals under control. Your delivery and approach will need to be as consistent as possible in order for you to be able to hit your intended target time after time. However, due to different lane conditions and other factors that can affect the path of your ball, your spare adjustments won’t always be perfect every time. So working on the approach and delivery of your ball will help you know how to read the lane conditions, and make adjustments. 

New Year's Day Bowling Tournament

Mike & Ruth Rose Present...

The 2017 New Year's Day MR Eliminator Bowling Tournament

Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Squad Times: 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM

Location: Bowl-a-Roll Lanes
1560 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY. 14623

Brackets & Jackpots Powered by Brackman Software

$45 Entry Fee -- Pot Game Included in Entry Fee!
Double Your Money for Making the Finals!
3-game qualifier; Eliminator style finals
1:6 from each squad advance to finals
*Top Senior (50+) advances to finals
**$10 Desperado Squad. Pick Your Favorite Pair. High Game Advances to Finals.

See the tournament link on for the official flyer and tournament rules:

Two ways to pay! Registration will open on November 1st and will be available in-person and at the tournament link on
Only prepaid reservations will be accepted. Walk-ins will be available on the day of the tournament on a first come, first serve basis and based on availability.

Visit for Full Tournament Details!


Now when we go bowling we are not looking to try to leave as many pins as possible after our first shot, right? No way, we are all looking to strike as much as possible. Don't get me wrong here, I am a huge believer in spares. But when you can strike on every shot the need for spares is no longer needed. The hardest part about striking every time is even when you hit the pocket not all of the pins fall.

What are you thinking about when you're striking? Probably not much since the pins are all falling down. How are they falling down? Is the shot a light mixer? Is the 6 pin kicking out the 10 pin? The way you are striking matters. It will determine the next move you are going to have to make. Even though you are getting strike after strike, guess what the oil transition is still occurring. Whether you bowl 3 games of league or an 8 game qualifier. The shot transitions all the time.

The tough part about the game is to know what to do when you are not striking. If you're not hitting the pocket here are a couple of adjustments you can make – 1. Make sure you are hitting the mark you want correctly. 2. If you are hitting your mark but not the pocket it is time to move in the correct direction. If the ball is hitting high(face) for right handed bowlers it's called miss left move left. Flip it if you are a left handed bowler, if the ball is missing pocket right, miss right move right. A lot of times you may keep the same target and just move your feet. Now that we are hitting the pocket correctly we can make adjustments from here as well. Lets say you are hitting the pocket but leaving a 7 pin. The 5 pin is sliding in front of the 7 pin. What does this tell you? It should be screaming that the ball is going too long before making the reaction. How can we fix this? Well you could try a couple of things. One move 1 board right and use the same target. This will if repeating the shot correctly allow your ball to react one board closer to the pocket. Next you could try this. Stay in the same spot and finish the release more up the back of the ball to get the ball into a roll quicker. Now what if you are leaving the 10 pin? How are you leaving the 10 pin? Most of the time the 6 pin lays flat in the gutter next to the 10 pin. When this is happening the ball is rolling out with no drive going into the pocket. How can you fix this? You may either move one board left to hit lighter in the pocket or move one board right to try and hit high flush. The other option you have at this time is to change your hand position and stay in the same spot. Since you need more length you are going to want to increase your axis rotation. The higher the axis rotation the longer the ball goes and the lower the axis rotation the quicker the ball hooks/rolls out.

Yes strikes make the game easier but again spares are essential to your score. Watch how the pins are falling in order to make your next move. Just because you are hitting the pocket doesn't mean you don't have to make moves. This game is a never ending battle of adjustments. The one that makes the right adjustments is the one that is usually on top. Remember to enjoy the game of bowling and Practice, Practice, Practice.

A Family Affair

In the Sunday Adult-Youth League the Farsace family lit up the lanes.

Sabryna Farsace 290-729

Mike Farsace 300-791

Great bowling in our first week of league competition.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Coverstocks and How They Perform!

With all the bowling balls that are listed on the market, how do you choose what may work for you!? I will try to break down some of the simple aspects to look for in just the coverstock that will help your game out. First, let me mention that Five Main coverstocks are used in today's game. Plastic, Urethane, Pearl, Hybrid, and Solid are the common names for these coverstocks. Each section will be broken down to how each coverstock will perform for bowlers.

Plastic Coverstock
Plastic is the most simple coverstock to break down. This is found commonly on your spare balls. Plastic is designed to go straight to help with your spare game. It takes the lane out of play so you may go from the foul line directly to the pin(s) without the interference of the ball hooking on you.

Urethane Coverstock
Urethane is the next step up from the Plastic Coverstock. Urethane will hook a few more boards than Plastic. Also, Urethane will react relatively early when rolling it down lane. Most bowlers will migrate to Urethane when bowling on a short pattern or when the lanes are extremely Over/Under. Short patterns(35' or less) are either the Cheetah or Wolf to give you an idea. Never heard of Over/Under Reaction? Well that is mentioned when your ball over hooks on one shot and then the very next shot under hooks. Thus giving you Over/Under Reaction. Anytime you see this while bowling, either a line change or ball changing to Urethane is needed quickly. Some bowlers will use Urethane as a spare ball since the hook is still minimal.

*The bowling world uses Three main Reactive coverstocks: Pearl Reactive, HyBrid Reactive, and Solid Reactive. I will break down the relevance in each coverstock and how they will perform.*

Pearl Coverstock
Pearl coverstocks will go the longest of the 3 Reactive coverstocks. Most of the time bowlers will migrate to a Pearl coverstock in the later games of tournament qualifying. So after a few games have been bowled, the shot begins to break down, that is when switching to a Pearl coverstock could benefit you. You may find that using a Pearl Coverstock on a house shot will help increase your carry as well. Again, more length and a sharper response on the back end is what you will find out of a Pearl Coverstock. Bowlers with slower speeds may lean towards Pearl Coverstock to help get natural length before the ball reacts.

HyBrid Coverstock
HyBrid Coverstocks will react slightly earlier than a Pearl coverstock but yet still go longer than a Solid Coverstock. Hybrid Coverstock are considered your happy-medium ball. They are used on a variety of conditions. One of the best selling balls in our game today, Storm Hy-Road, has a HyBrid Coverstock. Most of the time you could start with a HyBrid to feel out the pattern you are bowling on. Then steer to a better direction if the HyBrid is not working for you. Hybrid Coverstock are pretty versatile for all types of bowlers.

Solid Coverstock
Solid Coverstocks will react the earliest out of the Three Reactive Coverstocks. Solid Coverstocks are used primarily on fresh to heavy volume patterns. To put it in perspective, Solid Coverstocks have the sharpest teeth to cut through the oil. The one down fall with Solid Coverstocks, since they are designed for high oiled patterns, they absorb the most oil at the quickest rate. This requires more maintenance than your Pearl and HyBrid Coverstock. Bowers with higher speeds may lean towards Solid Coverstocks to help with reaction.
To break it down one last time for you. In order from Strongest to Weakest Coverstocks are: Solid, HyBrid, Pearl, Urethane, and then Plastic. This is not always true but more often than not, this is the order they go. When heading to go bowl tournaments, make sure your arsenal is covered from top to bottom. It is nice to have a nice mixture of each coverstock to match up to what you may be bowling on. So instead of buying the new High Performance ball each time one comes out, look at rounding out your arsenal to help improve your scores. Also, there will be times the Pearl Coverstock may out hook a Solid coverstock. Trial and error is the best thing about the game of bowling. Some things may work one day and yet fail the next day. Keep an open mind out there! Remember to always Practice Practice Practice!