How to Bowl Better on Kegel Broadway Oil Pattern?

Understanding Broadway Oil Pattern

Move your show (bowling) to Broadway with the Kegel Broadway oil pattern. You guessed it right! Today, we are going to talk about the Broadway oil pattern by Kegel that has been very popular among bowlers ever since it was designed. This pattern from the Kegel Challenge Series really does throw some challenges to you to test your bowling skill. To pass the test you gotta know everything about this pattern before you throw your ball on it. If you’re reading this, I know what you are in for. I have gathered some necessary information for you to understand this pattern better. So let me enlighten you about the Kegel Broadway oil pattern. Sounds good?

What is the Kegel Broadway oil pattern?

The Kegel Broadway pattern stretches to 37 feet. What I love is that the pattern is not too flat, nor too short which makes it tough. I’d say it’s a pretty decent medium-scoring pattern. If you’re skilled, it shouldn’t take you too long to secure a high score on the Broadway pattern. To be mentioned, there are three versions of this pattern that Kegel offers. Let me point out the differences so that you can understand better.

First and foremost, the Kegel Broadway (4537)— that has two types of oil volume. One has 40 uL of oil on each board and another has 50 uL of oil on each board. On Broadway (40 uL), the Total Volume of Oil is 23.32 mL where the Forward Oil is 10.96 mL and Reverse Oil is 12.36 mL. The oil ratio on the 40 uL version is 3.55:1 which is okay enough for play.

Secondly, the Broadway 50 uL version with 50 uL of oil on every board on the lane. The Total Volume of Oil of this official version of Broadway is 23.25 mL where the Forward Oil is 11 mL and Reverse Oil is 12.25 mL. The oil ratio for this version is 4.09:1. Bowlers seem to prefer this official version more than the other ones.

Lastly, the Kegel Broadway V2 (4737) has a total of 26.45 mL Volume Oil, (Forward Oil Total is 15.7 mL and Reverse Oil Total is 10.75 mL). The oil ratio on the V2 version of Broadway is 4.77:1. Bowlers tend to love this version as well when it is used in tournaments or league games.

How to attack the Broadway oil pattern?

Do you know the wide-open street of Manhattan called Broadway? The pattern is named after that. But why? Does it mean you will have a broad area for entry angles? The answer is YES! Because this medium-short pattern has a light volume of conditioner on the outside, bowlers can get their balls to the pocket from multiple directions.

At the Kegel Training Centre, bowlers always use the ‘Rule of 31’ to have an idea of where to start on a bowling pattern. So should you. Now, let’s recall the formula and deduct 31 from the pattern length, 37-31 = 6 which is the number of the board your ball is going to make a move towards the pocket. Therefore, starting close to the 2nd arrow is gonna ensure the ball’s breakpoint is close to the 1st arrow. Clearly, you have to play a little in-between, meaning, not too inside or too outside. But I’ll say playing around the 2nd arrow is definitely a safer option.

One important thing I have observed while playing on this pattern is that the Broadway is very sensitive to a player’s rev rate and speed. You have to keep them balanced and prevent any overreaction. Even when the lane transitions, try to hook your ball around the 6 or 7 board, but this time you can use a less aggressive bowling ball. No fall down in the same area, trust your ball, keep your speed consistent, and you will be okay on the Broadway oil pattern

You need to be extra careful if you have a low rev rate. You should go farther outside, almost close to the gutter. If you think you have recovery issues due to swinging your ball out, then you should try playing straight down the 4 board or so and see what happens. Hopefully, it will make a move right on time and hit the pocket with a perfect angle.

As the lane transitions, you should keep an eye on where the oil is moving to. Are they going a bit more on the outside or inside? Despite your playing style, you might be forced to bowl a bit outside, but when you do that make sure you’re using less hooking bowling ball. A bowling ball with impressive backend reaction and controllable speed is your road to Broadway. If you miss left, the headpin will get hit in the face. Oppositely, if you miss right, your ball will jeopardize its move on the dry part and hit the 6-pin in the face.

Which bowling ball is best for this pattern?

You know what they say, when you know your mission, accomplishing it is easier. To play the Kegel Broadway oil pattern, you should go with a weaker non-polished mid-range bowling ball. A slightly polished ball won’t do too much harm to this pattern. As for the coverstock type, I would say anything is fine except plastics. I have rolled urethanes, hybrids, and even pearls, and all of them performed really well. Based on your bowling style, you should choose your ball wisely.

The Hammer Purple pearl urethane would be a great ball to start with if you want something weaker at first. After a bit of movement in oil on the lane, go for a much stronger bowling ball. Here are my recommendations— Motiv Jackal Ghost, Storm Axiom or Axiom Pearl, Hammer Web Pearl Jade/Smoke, DV8 Rude Dude, and Columbia 300 Eruption Pearl.

To avoid any overreaction down the lane, the Storm Phaze III or Motiv Venom Shock are some amazing options. Some of the alternatives are— the Storm Dark Code, Hammer Black Widow Pink, Pyramid Pathogen Plague Urethane, Pyramid Path Rising, Roto Grip Hyped Pearl, and Rot Grip Gem.


There you have it, my friends!. The Kegel Broadway oil pattern is quite playable for all types of bowlers. You will love the challenge as well as the score you will secure. So, do not worry too much! Nothing is impossible. For now, the best thing you can do is practice till you get it right. Just fix your target and get set rolling! Good luck with every future challenge that is ahead of you!


I’m an aspiring bowler with an immense love for bowling. I started playing the game at a very early age and it’s been an integral part of my life ever since.

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