Getting NIR out of the Gutter: The Analysis of Bowling Lane Condition Using Near-Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy
The following section summarizes the nomenclature and background needed to understand the lanes, oils, and measurement techniques.
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Figure 28.1 is an illustration of the bowling lane and the nomenclature used in the sport and in this chapter. The lane is 39 “boards” wide (∼42 in.) from gutter to gutter and about 60 ft long from the foul line to the head pin. Lane data are shown in terms of (a) “board number” describing the left (L2 to L19), center (C20), and right (R19 to R2) sides of the lane and (b) a distance in feet from the foul line. The “one” boards (i.e., L1 and R1) are the boards adjacent to the left and right gutters.