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Bowling oil patterns range from difficult competitive patterns, to easier recreational patterns. Oil is laid from a lane machine in different concentrations along the lane, by programming the units of oil as they will be concentrated in different zones of the lane.
Here are some basics about lane oil patterns:
Brunswick has a guide to the basic 3C's that create an oil pattern affect. These include the cloth used on the machine, the cleaner (that strips the oil from the lane), and the conditioner (the oil).
USBC Study-Overall Bowling Technology, recent 2018 article:
About Carry Down and Breakdown:
Brunswick Guide to the 3Cs (Cleaners, Conditioners, Cloths)
Trouble Shooting Oil Patterns:
And finally, an article on ball maintenance information: