Sport Bowling patterns are used in the highest level of competitions such as the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) tours, and World Bowling championships events.

Below are videos to help you understand several of the different patterns you might compete on in a Sport Bowling league.

 

PBA Experience
Click here for a pdf that explains the PBA Experience "animal" patterns along with a tip from a PBA Tour player on how to attack the pattern.

To also help you play some of the more popular PBA Experience "animal" patterns, check out these videos:

Chameleon 
Cheetah
Scorpion
Shark
Viper
 

World Bowling
Bowling in international competition means bowling on some of the most challenging lane conditions in the sport.In the following videos, Team USA bowlers give you their tips and plan of attack on the four short, medium and long international patterns.

Short patterns (click on the name to see the video)

BEIJING
Chris Barnes
Shannon O'Keefe
 
LOS ANGELES
Kelly Kulick
Liz Johnson
Chris Barnes
Shannon Pluhowsky
Shannon O'Keefe
 
STOCKHOLM
Shannon Pluhowsky
Kelly Kulick
Chris Barnes
 
SYDNEY
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
Liz Johnson
Shannon Pluhowsky
Chris Barnes
 
 
 

Medium patterns (click on the name to see the video)
  
ATHENS
Shannon Pluhowsky
Liz Johnson
Chris Barnes
Shannon O'Keefe
 
ATLANTA
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
Shannon Pluhowsky
Chris Barnes
Shannon O'Keefe
 
MONTREAL
Chris Barnes
 
SEOUL
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
Chris Barnes
 
 

 
Long patterns (click on the name to see the video)
  
LONDON
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
Shannon Pluhowsky
Kelly Kulick
Liz Johnson
Chris Barnes

MEXICO CITY

Shannon Pluhowsky
Kelly Kulick
Chris Barnes
Shannon O'Keefe
 
PARIS
Kelly Kulick
Chris Barnes
Shannon O'Keefe
 
TOKYO
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
Shannon Pluhowsky
Kelly Kulick
Liz Johnson
Chris Barnes
Shannon O'Keefe

 

Additional information

The USBC Bowling Academy also has put together many outstanding videos to help bowlers, including a couple of videos to help you understand oil and oil pattern sheets.

Each oil pattern has a "diagram" to show how the oil is placed on the lane. To understand how to read these oil pattern sheets, click on the video below.

OilPatternSheet


Click on the video below to learn more about the different oils used on bowling lanes.

OilPatternvideo1