The Pros and Cons of Synthetic Bowling Lanes

In the past, bowling alley lanes were made from sanded wood. However, over the last couple of decades, synthetic bowling lanes have become the leading choice for new bowling alleys, and as replacements for those made of wood, all over the country. While bowlers may realize that there is a different “feel” to lanes in different alleys, including those that have what appears to be similar construction, many do not know that the differences in materials can impact the way their bowling ball responds. Even though you are used to bowling on synthetic lanes, you may go to a new bowling alley with synthetic floors and bowl a completely different game.

  • Brunswick Pro – Also known as Anvilane, this is the number one choice in synthetic bowling lanes. The exceptionally hard surface it creates reduces friction so that the ball goes farther without interference. Lanes with Brunswick Pro allow bowlers to use more aggressive equipment.
  • AMF HPL – The second choice in synthetics, AMF HPL is somewhat softer than the Pro-Anvilane, resulting in greater friction, backends, and faster shot changes. Although softer than the Brunswick Pro, this synthetic lane type is still harder than those made of wood.

While there are several options for wood lanes, those with a water-based lane finish are the softest, which also produce the greatest amount of friction. Other types are wood with epoxy urethane and wood overlays, Lane Shield, and Guardian, which add some durability to the lanes but do not provide the superior bowling experience that is obtained from synthetic bowling lanes.

Most of the new bowling alley lanes today are synthetic. It is important for bowlers to know the differences and how the lane construction will impact the response in the ball. To learn more about bowling equipment and installing bowling lanes in your home or new business call 310-532-6091.

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