Bowling ball performance can be confusing. I've often found that weaker bowling balls will cover MORE boards than stronger bowling balls, depending on lane condition.
Without being there it's difficult to say what's happening. It's possible that you're playing "in the dirt", meaning mostly in the dry boards. Any reactive ball is going to find plenty of friction (and early friction) in that case. Where performance bowling balls really show their differences IMO is heavy oil, which you may never see if you only play the THS and play 2nd arrow and outside of it. In other words, on a dry lane both my UpRoar and Defiant Soul see plenty of friction, and the UpRoar is cleaner through the fronts so it can hook more in back. Put the same two balls on a heavy condition, the Defiant Soul is able to read the midlane and hook, while the polished UpRoar just skids thru the pin deck.
Again it's tough to say what you're experiencing but these are just ideas I'm throwing out.
The other problem here is, the Fusion and Optimus are actually pretty close in overall hook potential. The Cyclone is really a medium-oil ball, has the cover off The One which was Ebonite's heavy-oil ball not that many years ago, and has a pretty strong core too... so it's not all that far behind the others in hook potential (not as much as one might think, anyways). With one medium-oil ball and two medium-to-heavy bowling balls, you're not going to see a lot of separation in your arsenal, rather lots of overlap.
Edited by 56bird (09/06/14 07:58 AM)
Code Red, Code Black, Roto Grip Hustle POW, White Dot in the bag.