The only high performance ball I've ever had is a Roto Grip Cell. I also owned a BVP, but it wasn't the Mammoth. I think that is a Brunswick ball? I didn't like it at all. It was a particle ball.
But, man, I could not believe the Cell. The first time I bowled with it was after I got it drilled (of course), and I took it to the Bowling Center that I usually bowled league at, and I think my first game was a 214, and my second was in the 220s. This is a guy who averaged 159 with the BVP! I even bowled my highest game ever, a 252, when practicing. I bowled a 245 in league, my first 600 series a few 600+ series, and had I not choked, I would have bowled my first 700 series with the Cell, but I choked on the first ball in the 10th frame and only got 3 pins, and then left the 10th open by getting 6 of the remaining 7 pins for a 687 series. I led the league for a while, and I think had I broken 700, I would have gotten an award for high series for the first half. This is a church league, not an open league. I had 22 strikes, and I think that was the only open frame I had. A guy from the other team said, I don't think you've missed the pocket all night (that was prior to my choking with the 3 pin shot).
The bowling center I normally bowled in league at is kind of strange. It has a plastic film covering their wooden alleys. So, once they've been freshly oiled, they're kind of slick, especially for a guy like me. To give you some idea, I put away my plastic ball (I had gotten it mainly to pick up the 10 pin), and started using the BVP (because it was closer to my Cell's weight). And, I could throw almost straight at the 10 pin, with a very tiny curve at the end. I also had the BVP drilled at a certified Pro Shop
, and it fit real well, so I preferred to use it to my plastic ball. But, nothing could beat that Cell!
I don't throw very hard. In fact, my speed went up 4 mph when using the 14 lb Cell (I'd like to use a 15 lb ball, but I just don't think I can). The BVP particle ball was only a 13, and it just wouldn't hook much on those plastic alleys, and I was only throwing it 10+ to 11 mph. I wish I could understand RG, Diff and all that stuff, and how the layout is going to effect me and so on. But, though I've learned a lot, a lot of that stuff is still over my head.
You know, it's funny, the heavier ball I threw faster than the lighter ball! A guy from another team even came up to me one night at league and told me, "I think you're throwing the ball harder than you did last year". And, I said, yes, I noticed that too. I attributed it to 1) my arm being in better shape after 1 1/2 years of bowling league every week, I never missed a week, plus I practiced from time to time. And, 2) the pendulum action of my arm raising a heavier ball then going forward to release it gave it more energy. I'm trying to remember, but I think I may have been throwing harder from the very start of using the Cell 14 lb ball.
The alleys I'll be bowling at this summer will be wood, and good quality alleys, so I'm wondering if a polished ball will hook enough for me there. I really don't have a strong hook, that is another reason a real high hook rating ball works for me. On bowlingball.com, their perfect score, or whatever they call it, my Cell was close to 230 I think, when I bought the Cell. The Eruption Pro Hybrid is like 193. That scares me a little bit. But, I want something that is going to hook on those wooden alleys this summer, but not over hook - I'm afraid that might be the case with the Cell, or if I get the latest version of the Cell, or the Crux, or some really high performance balls. I think those wooden alleys will hook more than those plastic covered alleys.
It seems like Columbia's prices are a little lower, which I like, in case I decide to get another real high performance ball like the Cell was. But I kind of hate to leave Roto-Grip.
By the way, the Pro ball that Chris was using seemed to be red to me. I can't remember now what red I referred it to last night. Fire engine red maybe? It wasn't as orange as the non-Hybrid Pro. I looked at some Hybrids on video too, and that was part of what made me think it was an Eruption Pro Hybrid. It was a very pretty red. I just wish you could try them out first on freshly oiled alleys like you'll face on league nights. Wouldn't you know that the St. Charles, MO bowling center had a Saturday or Sunday, 2/15/15 where you could go try out the balls, and I didn't see the flyer until about Feb 20th!! Just my luck! I would have gone over there. It's no farther than it is to where I plan to bowl league this summer.
Here's the youtube link to Barnes and his 300 game (I was looking for the video that just showed the 300 game but couldn't find it, so it is the 2nd game he bowls, I'm pretty sure):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpG1kM1itMY
I've wrote way too long already, but I love to talk bowling.
Let me just say this - if you were a guy who had low revs and threw a 14 lb ball 14 to 15 mph, and had trouble hooking the ball, what kind of ball would you go with - a real high performance ball, or the next step down (which is where I consider the Eruption Pro Hybrid to be); and would you stick with a sanded ball, or do you think a very highly hook rated polished or pearlized ball would work?
Thanks so much for all your help. I'm going to try my Cell on those wooden lanes first - preferably not too long after they've been oiled, and see what kind of reaction I get before buying anything!