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Not just the pattern: The full explanation for the huge scores in the 2021 PBA Players Championship TV shows

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Friday, February 19, 2021 5:00 pm
Chris Via fired a perfect game during the 2021 PBA Players Championship East region stepladder. Photo by Pro Bowlers Association.
There is no denying that the 2021 Don Carter lane pattern is softer than PBA Tour events — especially majors — typically are contested on. The Carter is 39 feet with 27.6 mL of oil, and ratios of 3.87-1 middle-outside track, 1.71-1 middle-middle track and 1.08-1 middle-inside track. That is much softer than any of the four patterns the Players Championship qualifying was contested on, as I detailed in this story. The four 7-game qualifying rounds were contested...