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Line and the new carpet               from Howard Jarrold

I walked into the club the other day and was greeted with a load of abuse. Nothing unusual in that. I dish it out so I must expect it. Among the insults was a reminder that I had neglected my duty in coaching corner. Thank you George for the reminder. I've been working out how I can get a train around a roundabout. ( Private joke ! )
So the news that we are to have a new surface begs the question; Instead of skips urging you to take more green, are we now to be chided for not taking enough blue ? This is of course with woods that are not wood, going for a pot that is not a pot. Aah the idiosyncratic terms sit well with this game of ours. Please let me have any that you have come across .
I expect to hear a few choice words in the weeks after the new surface is laid. Woods that need more green than there is available on our fast surface will overnight become playable and ones that play straight at the moment will probably come back on themselves ! !
Why ? Well it is because there will be a nap on the new carpet which will have a dragging effect on the speed of the bowl which in turn means it slows up quicker with less bias. And with new underlay every bounce of the wood into the carpet will dramatically reduce the kinetic energy , or velocity of the wood and this coupled with the changed coefficient of friction due to the nap will test the best. If the carpet is cleaned and rolled up and down then playing back down becomes different again. If my physics has let me down please don't let me know but I hope you've got the picture.
I mention this now only to remind you that a basic understanding of line is so important.
I had a player the other day who hadn't grasped this and had woods that were too swingy. Every delivery he made was doomed. I got the shute out and that clarified things. He now has vectors and is a happy bunny.
I'm off now to swat up on Newton's 3rd law and get his cradle going.
Submitted date - Thursday, 10 Aug 2017
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