This week I would like to discuss the Mark Roth Marshall Holmen doubles competition, and continue to elaborate on a previous article I wrote called Three Strike Lines to Success.  In my previous article I discussed the importance of being a versatile player and being able to throw different strike lines.  I discussed the advantages and disadvantages to playing the outside, track, and inside part of the lane.  In my previous article I explained that the inside line gives the professionals the best chance to strike a due to the greater angle of coming into the pocket.  In the Mark Roth Marshall Holman Doubles Championship, it was different and I’ll explain why.

Instead of breaking down every match this week, we will just take a look at the title match which was Norm Duke and Wes Malott vs Sean Rash and Ronnie Russell.   Duke started off the match playing right up second arrow (10 board), and came in a little too strong and left a makeable spare which he converted.  Sean started off the match way inside he was at about the 35th board throwing to the 12th board.   The ball never came all the way back to the pocket and left the 2,4,10.  Ronnie followed up by starting his feet at about the 30th board and hit the same 12th board at the break point going through the nose and left a makeable spare which he converted on.   Wes Malott then threw a ball from another planet in which is plant foot was actually next to the gutter, than ended up on the 10th board at the break point, and struck right into the pocket.  Rash and Russell had 3 open frames within first 4 frames of the match because although they were playing extremely inside they didn’t have a great enough angle to the pocket to carry properly.   Duke and Malott stayed clean all the way through 8 frames, and proved again that the greater the angle to the pocket the better the score as they defeated Rash and Russell 193 to 167.

A simple way I have found to pay attention to whether or not your ball is coming in at the right angle to the pocket is to watch where the ball finishes in the pits. If the ball is finishing to the right side of the rack you need to create more angle to the pocket.  If you’re ball finished dead center and shreds the rack, don’t change a thing.  If the ball finishes a little left in the pits and still strikes, this is a good indication that you may need to make a transition in soon.  So remember it doesn’t matter what line you play, but the greater the angle it comes to the pocket at the break point.

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  1. John Baker Sr. says:

    I think Sean Rash and Ronnie Russel need to have a serious discussion with the ball rep that was off camera ( Chuck i think ) as you saw the lack of backend reaction from both and the opens ,should have called for a ball change since the line change didn’t work.

    • Mike says:


      Chuck Gardner is the ball rep for Brunswick, but I don’t really think he is to blame on this one. I just think the guys needed to put the ball around 10 at the break point like the guys from storm did to get in the dry sooner to carry the pocket better.

  2. kyle says:

    despite knowing the results I still watched the event cause I like seeing more bowlers competing. I like seeing how they play the pattern. I was disappointed by rash again.

    As for the watching the ball finish. Last night I had a condition where I figured out the best line for me crushing the pocket knowing I would leave the corner, in fact 6 frames in a row. I knew moving to cover the pin was a bad idea first game. I waited til I could see I opened the line up then made my adjustments the rest of the night. It was a chess match I knew the move needed but I had sit and wait.

    • Mike says:


      Thanks for your comments. Sometimes we need to groom the lanes to bowl well later on in the match, unfortunately for Rash and Russell there was only one chance to win it.

      • John Baker says:

        Yes and as you know the pros get an Hour of open practice on the Championship pair before the cameras even roll. so they knew better than most that the transition would be there and how to get the ball into the pocket . If you can’t get the proper reaction by two balls thrown its time for a change ! Thanks for the articles mike love the back and forth!

        • Mike says:


          Definitely agree a change was needed either move further outside at break point or ball change. I wonder if they would agree looking back at the film.

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