MoRich Bowling Ball Drilling -- Dual Angle Layout Technique (Updated Jul 2009)
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DUAL ANGLE LAYOUT TECHNIQUE™ (Download PDF document)
The DUAL ANGLE LAYOUT TECHNIQUE™, developed by MoRich, provides the ball driller with an easy, effective and accurate method of choosing the best layout to match every bowler to every lane condition.
This technique is comprised of three components:
The following statement is rather important so please read it a few times.
Think the following new lingo makes sense? Hopefully it will after we're finished.
Maybe pictures will help.
*** The Drilling Angle
The pin on both types of balls is the low RG axis of the ball. The reason the drilling is different for both type of balls is that a ball with symmetrical core does not have a PSA before drilling. A ball with an asymmetrical core does have a PSA before drilling which allows the driller to draw the line from the pin to the actual PSA of the ball. The drilling angle has been used by some manufacturers to identify drilling techniques for some time now. Lou Marquez of Turbo 2-n-1™ Grips has identified a drilling technique using both the drilling angle and what he calls the "secondary" angle to the VAL.
By choosing the correct ball and then using the DUAL ANGLE LAYOUT TECHNIQUE™, the ball driller can provide the exact ball reaction desired for any bowler. The range of drilling angles to choose from is from a minimum of 10° and to a maximum of 90°.
Pin and PSA distances to PAP for different Drilling Angles
*** The Pin to PAP Distance
The flare potential of an undrilled ball is dominated by the total differential of the designed ball (see those published numbers are actually used for something). If the core is so dominant, does the coverstock have any impact on the flare potential? Well yes, but only a small effect and it's based upon the friction it encounters as it travels down the lane. Oil and lane types do play a part in how much fiction can be encountered. So beware that one drilling may match well to one house/center and not well in another! This latter is especially important if you're drilling a ball for another facility. Hence, the pin to PAP distance is used to control the amount of flare of the drilled ball and determines what percentage of the ball's flare potential the drilled ball will have.
*** The Angle to the VAL
The angle between the Pin to PAP line and the VAL is referred to as "the angle to the VAL." This angle is as important as either of the first two components of the Dual Angle Layout Technique™. Changing the angle between the Pin to PAP line and the VAL has a very significant effect on how much the RG and the total differential of the drilled ball changes from the same specifications of the undrilled ball. The angle between the Pin to PAP line and the VAL is effective from a minimum of 20° and to a maximum of approximately 70°.
Using a smaller angle between the Pin to PAP line and the VAL (minimum of 20°) will lower the RG and increase the total differential of the drilled ball. These changes will result in the ball revving up faster and transitioning quicker. Using a larger angle between the Pin to PAP line and the VAL (maximum of approximately 70°) will raise the RG and lower the total differential of the drilled ball. These changes will result in the ball revving up slower and transitioning slower.
For most bowlers, the largest "safe" angle between the Pin to PAP line and the VAL should result in the pin ending up just below the finger holes. Very high track bowlers are the exception to that rule. For very high track bowlers, the maximum angle between the Pin to PAP line and the VAL should result in the pin ending up just above the fingers.
***The Method for a DUAL ANGLE Layout
Making sense yet? Well maybe the upcoming pictures will help. For starters, you will need a Pro Sect® from Turbo 2-n-1™ Grips. The Pro Sect® has a protractor to accurately measure the angles used in the DUAL ANGLE layout and a scale to measure the Pin to PAP distance and to measure back to the center of the grip from the bowler's PAP. Attempting to use this technique without using the proper equipment will result in disastrous results!
Wow, don't pictures help? In summary, the DUAL ANGLE LAYOUT TECHNIQUE™ is composed of three parts: the drilling angle, the Pin to PAP distance and the angle to the VAL. Ultimately, the success of this system depends on the ability of the ball driller to make accurate choices for all three!
***The effective use of DUAL ANGLE Layouts
The beauty of the DUAL ANGLE LAYOUT TECHNIQUE™ is that it allows the ball driller to keep the desired ball reaction in perspective when matching the bowler to the lane condition. By making a good decision in choosing the Pin to PAP distance, the ball driller can determine the amount of friction between the ball and the lane by controlling the track flare of the drilled ball. Once the amount of friction is determined, the ball driller can shape the breakpoint by choosing the drilling angle and the angle to the VAL. Adding the drilling angle and the angle to the VAL together will allow the ball driller to choose how quickly the ball will transition from skid to hook to roll.
If the two angles add up to 30°, the ball will transition as quickly as possible. If the two angles add up to 160°, the ball will transition as slow as possible. Keep the sum of the two angles between 30° and 160° to create effective ball reactions while still allowing the ball to maintain hitting power. Yet the drilling angle must still be kept between 10°and 90° and the angle to the VAL between 20° and approximately 70° (depending on the bowler's track).
Smaller angle sums should always be used for:
Larger angle sums should always be used for:
Medium angle sums should always be used for players whose ball speed and rev rate match.
Keep this in mind -- the sum of the drilling angle and the angle to the VAL determines how quickly the ball transitions from skid to hook to roll. Using a smaller sum of the two angles will turn translational energy into rotational energy faster. And the shape of the breakpoint can be controlled by changing the relationship between the drilling angle and the angle to the VAL.
Using the DUAL ANGLE LAYOUT TECHNIQUE™ developed by MoRich, allows the ball driller to design precise ball reactions by choosing the drilling angle, the pin to PAP distance and the angle between the Pin to PAP line and the VAL. By knowing the dynamic potential of the undrilled ball and the ball reaction desired for the bowler, the ball driller can create the exact ball motion for every bowler by using the DUAL ANGLE LAYOUT TECHNIQUE™. Once the ball is drilled, it is easy to make surface adjustments to adjust the ball reaction for different lane conditions, oil patterns, and lane surfaces.
Bear in mind, the degree to which DUAL ANGLE layouts will be successful depends on the ability of the ball driller to make good decisions for all three components of the system.