Kegel Element Oil Patterns 2023 – Pick Your Poison

Kegel element oil patterns are specifically designed for use with Kegel’s Element conditioners and a Flex lane conditioning machine.

The FLEX machine has the ability to change buffer speeds as well as reverse buff the lanes. It’s twin tank design also allows for combining two different conditioners for creating different bowling conditions.

With the help of a FLEX lane machine and the compatible Element Conditioners, bowling lanes everywhere are able to create oil patterns and shapes that yield various ball motions.

Element Patterns were specifically designed for Element Conditioners (Fire, Ice, Current, Terrain) to achieve that perfect ball motion.

I thought it might come in handy for my readers if I did a post on the Kegel Element patterns. Who knows, maybe you might have a Kegel tournament nearby and need some information.

Related: Oil Patterns In Ten Pin Bowling

Kegel Element Oil Patterns – Sport Patterns

Kegel Element Sport Patterns will test all bowlers’ abilities. Arsenic – 41′ Krypton – 43′ Plutonium – 39′ Radium – 37′

Arsenic 1341 – 41′

The Kegel Arsenic pattern is widely known as the “king of poisons” for good reason. This oil pattern features 2-2 loads placed at the end of the pattern, creating a flat back part with substantial oil on the outsides that leaves little room for error. Throw in the unpredictability of machine speed changes and you have a recipe for disaster. You can expect your average to take a hit, but with focus on making spares, you can still survive the challenge of this difficult pattern.

Kegel Tip – Focus on and Make. Your. Spares.

Krypton 2943 – 43′

Krypton Incorporates Kegels newest conditioner “Terrain” and combines medium slow buff speeds in the last 8 feet, plus high buffer speeds in the fronts. This achieves more front to back taper than many 43″ patterns bowlers are used to. The final result is smooth predictable ball motion. If you get your ball out past the fronts, you should do well on this pattern.

Kegel Tip – Front‐to‐back taper means the difference between the amount of conditioner in the front part of the lane versus the amount towards the very end of the pattern. Oil patterns with more front‐to‐back taper tend to play easier than oil patterns with less taper.

Plutonium 2239 -39′

This 39 foot pattern is created using the alloy conditioner combination of Fire on the forward pass for a short distance, and Terrain on the reverse pass. On the reverse pass the oil streams hit the lane farther back into the pattern, makes the Plutonium pattern flatter towards the end.

 Kegel Tip – The flatter the oil pattern is towards the end of the pattern the more difficult it will play.

Radium 1837 – 37′

When it comes to bowling on a 37’ pattern, it can actually be quite a high scoring experience if you play it right. However, if you make the mistake of sliding too far inwards, you might find your scoring suffering. To make sure you get the most out of the pattern, make sure your sliding foot is further towards the outside so your ball takes advantage of the wider shape of the oil pattern.

Kegel Tip – Shorter patterns tend to have wider load structures yet leave the outside boards fairly dry. Try to make sure your sliding foot is farther towards the outside so the path of your ball can take advantage of the oil pattern’s wider shape.


Kegel Element Oil Patterns – Challenge Patterns

Chromium 6742 – 42′

The Chromium oil pattern is 42 feet long and has a slope of 7 boards, making it more challenging than most house shots which cover fewer boards. To make the most of this pattern, bowlers should try to get their breakpoint out towards the high-friction outside boards. With the Terrain conditioner on the outside boards and medium-slow buff used at the end of the pattern, bowlers have a great opportunity to shine on the Chromium pattern.

Kegel Tip ‐ Medium‐slow buffer speed (#2) on the FLEX means less oil is buffed on the lane in that zone.

Mercury 4940 – 40′

By utilizing two of Kegel’s highest viscosity conditioners, Terrain and Fire, in combination with the FLEX’s high speed buffer on the front part of the lane, the Mercury pattern can effectively balance out worn lane surfaces in the head section. However, due to the asymmetric shift of the Mercury pattern, scores can vary greatly depending on topography and which side of the lane you play on.

Kegel Tip ‐ An asymmetric shift means that the oil pattern is shifted towards one side of the lane on the forward pass and towards the opposite side on the reverse pass.

Titanium 4244 – 44′

Using Terrain on the forward pass and Ice only in the middle on the reverse pass, along with higher mic streams limited to mid-lane and beyond, creates a 44 foot conditioner pattern that is durable and resistant to changes. This allows bowlers to keep their line longer, and make small adjustments during transition, so they can become a bowling titan!

Kegel Tip ‐ Higher mic streams means more oil is being applied to the lane in that area.

Tungsten 6239 – 39′

The name Tungsten, derived from the Swedish for “heavy stone”, can be a boon for your scores if the lane surface allows you to play on the outside. Conversely, if you are forced to move inwards, don’t be shocked if your scores plummet.

Kegel Tip ‐ Oil patterns in the 38′ to 39′ range can often be tricky and are very lane surface dependent. They can often be too long to play outside because they can create “hang spots”, yet too short to play inside because of the “lack of hold area”.

Kegel Element Oil Patterns – Recreation Patterns

Carbon 10342 – 42′

The Carbon pattern is an almost magical combination of the durability of graphite and the glitter of diamonds. Terrain is used on the forward pass on the outsides and predominantly at the end of the pattern, providing smooth friction where needed. Ice is used only in the middles on the reverse pass, contributing durability and slickness for the hold area. This special combination of two conditioners is truly remarkable!

Helium 11441 – 41′

The Helium oil pattern is sure to have your scores soaring higher than a weather balloon! With over 90% of the oil stacked up in the middle across four boards, and minimal conditioner outside, your ball will float through the heads for a smooth and consistent reaction back to the pocket. Get ready to talk in a high-pitched voice as you hit the lanes!

Kegel Tip – When oil is “stacked up”, it means there is a very defined oil line within the pattern.

Lithium 9144 – 44′

The Lithium bowling ball pattern, which is 44 feet long and placed mostly in the middle of the lane, is a combination of Terrain and Current conditions. It provides a comforting hold area that will give you a smooth reaction to any move you make, without sacrificing the pocket. Enjoy this pattern and watch your scores soar!

Neon 12943 – 43′

The unique Neon oil pattern is only available on Terrain boards and features a slightly higher ratio than the Helium pattern. However, it also crosses three more boards from the low point to the high point, making it slightly more difficult for certain bowling styles. Nevertheless, with the Neon oil pattern you can be sure to light up the place and get the highest scores!

Kegal Element Pattern Summery

So there you have it. These patterns can be easy or difficult depending upon the pattern. Beware, if your local bowling alley tries to apply the same pattern without using the FLEX machine, it will not be the same.

The FLEX machine is designed with twin tanks and higher buffer speeds than most other lane oiling machines, and it can also reverse buff the oil. Other machines just can’t duplicate that, so there will be differences in ball reaction.

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