Thank you for your last couple of posts - some real interesting stuff. I may make it to the bowling alley (the bowling center that does a lot of business, and where I plan on bowling later this spring & summer). I'm going to check out the Cell when I get there, and I've noticed that sometimes they have some pretty good used balls sitting around where folks can use them, so might see what I can find there and how it reacts.
You know, after watching that video, I noticed that my ball really didn't look that bad. I was watching a video of one of my last games in the 2005 or 2006 seasons last night. It really wasn't one of my better efforts, except I did pick up a spare that I usually don't pick up. I remember I only bowled a 188 (which is great for my team, we were pretty bad. But, getting to be pretty average for me). But, my Cell was skidding and rolling and hooking pretty much like Chris said it should be. Amazing!
One thing I did notice from my video is that I didn't realize how weak my base or my foundation was. I was falling off balance on virtually every shot. And, after the health problems I've had the last 5+ years, my legs are even weaker now. That is why I said, I sure wish I could throw a 15 lb ball, but just think it is impossible now. And, if I can't throw a 14, then I might as well retire. Because 13 is just too weak. I found that out the hard way - by actually using a 13 for a season and not bowling any better than I did as a kid. In fact, it might have been worse.
I will talk to the pros in the Pro Shop
at the new center I'll be going to this summer, and see what they think about the Hybrid, or what they think of some other balls that they like, and balls that I like. They're pretty friendly and I think will be very helpful.
They sell used balls too, which saves you about 50%. The problem is, they are all 15 and 16 lb. One pro told me when they get a 14 lb ball in, it goes pretty fast!. Think about it. Anytime someone buys the kind of high performance ball I'm interested in, it is probably going to be traded in by someone who throws 15 or 16 lbs.
I just think that my ball is going to hook sooner at a real wood bowling lane (that has been well taken care of) vs a wooden lane that has a plastic covering.
I'm also guessing that I might throw a polished ball faster than a sanded ball, would that be a correct assumption?
Anyway, thanks for all your help. I'll be asking about some other balls, before I decide whether to buy another one or not. I know that I'm not getting rid of my original Cell anytime soon.
I'm going to try over the next couple of weeks to pattern my style after Norm Duke, as I think that could be a very successful way of playing the lanes for me. Throwing from the right corner, over the first arrow, or at one of the boards between the first and 2nd arrows. I can envision the ball playing just like it does for Norm. with that 8 to 10 board move at the end and mixing the pins, or nailing the pocket.