PBA Oil Patterns: Scorpion
A scorpion is dangerous and unpredictable, like this pattern. If you can't find the right groove on the lanes, you'll be stung!
At 41 feet in length, the Scorpion is one of the more challenging of the five named patterns. While Scorpion is not the longest pattern, because of the large volume of oil on the lane it will for sure play as the “slickest”. The pattern shape is very “smooth” and allows for a multiple-angles approach to attacking it based on rev rate, lane surface, ball surface, and ball speed. Since the volume of oil is so large, bowlers will normally see a large difference in how the pattern plays from lane to lane across the house. The pattern is medium scoring based on its ability to confuse bowlers during early portions of the game or series as they move throughout the tournament. In order to avoid being stung, it is imperative that the bowler make quality shots early in the game in case the Scorpion decides to “mutate”. 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tournaments Using Scorpion: WSOB Scorpion Championship – Las Vegas, NV.
Recent Tournaments and Champions on this Pattern:PBA Tour
2012: Bowlers Journal PBA Scorpion Championship (winner: Tom Daugherty)
2012: PBA World Championship (winner: Parker Bohn III)
2011: PBA World Championship (winner: Osku Palermaa)
2011: WSOB Scorpion Open (winner: Dom Barrett)