Originally Posted by 'Hamas' Jenkins
Serious question: How can you track the movement of oil?
You can't see it, because the oil is clear and therefore virtually invisible. But when you throw the exact same shot with the exact same speed and the exact same amount of lift over and over but the ball starts to hook more and more, you know the oil has either moved or evaporated. It's called burning out the lanes as the night goes on.
On some nights it's not too bad, especially if the guys on the other team are mostly left-handers or if they're not very good. Somebody throwing a straight ball down the middle of the lane doesn't cause the oil to move around where it matters. But if all 10 bowlers are right-handed, they all throw a big hook, and especially if most of them are throwing bowling balls made of reactive resin (which really soaks up the oil), the angle that you have to play to the pocket changes drastically as the night goes on because your ball starts hooking more and more.