Length – 39 feet
How the Pros play the Chameleon: To excel on this pattern, bowlers must be versatile in many styles of play.
Straighter players (less than 250 rev rate):
Where to play: start out between the channel and first arrow if
the surface will allow. If that does not work well, they usually end up in the track area (boards 8-12) of the lane.
Adjusting to carry down: Most players change to more aggressive balls and stay in the same area, use more aggressive equipment and move slightly deeper or change to weaker equipment and move further outside on the lane.
Adjusting to lane break down: Because this pattern allows bowlers to play many
different angles, adjusting to break down often is determined by the lane surface and
the other bowlers on your pair of lanes. If you are playing the track area or deeper, consider moving to the outside portion of the lane. If you are already playing out, changing
to a weaker ball and/or moving deeper are the best options.
Tweener players (250-350 rev rate):
Where to play: Most right-handers begin somewhere between the fifth and 12th
boards and move deeper once the lanes break down. Left-handers all start close to
the first arrow (boards four to six).
Adjusting to carry down: Most players either change to more aggressive balls
and stay in the same area, use more aggressive equipment and move slightly deeper
or change to weaker equipment and move further outside on the lane.
Adjusting to lane break down: Some tweeners stay in the same area, but most
moved deeper on the lane. A majority of the bowlers change to a weaker ball, but
some stayed with the same equipment or even switched to more aggressive balls
to achieve better pin carry.
Power players (350 rev rate or more):
Where to play: Most power players start in the track area or deeper. However, this pattern
does allow for many different angles. Several bowlers recommend being openminded
when looking for the best place to play.
Adjusting to carry down: Due to the nature of this pattern, there is no consistent
adjustment among the high-rev professionals. Responses vary dramatically. What
does this tell you? The lane surface at your center and how the other bowlers on your
pair are playing the pattern will dictate how you should adjust. Don’t be afraid to try
different lines and watch successful bowlers with similar styles to yours.
Adjusting to lane break down: A majority of the players move deeper on the
lane and/or change to weaker ball.
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