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#107719 - 11/14/09 11:54 AM What do the different abralon grits mean?
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If not mistaken, I believe they start from 180and then go on to 360, 500, 1000, 2000, 4000. What do each of these mean and what conditions are they used for?
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#107721 - 11/14/09 12:03 PM Re: What do the different abralon grits mean? [Re: Smooth Lefty]
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The lower the number the coarser the grit, the higher the number the finer the grit.

The lowest numbers, 180 and 360, are typically used only for resurfacing balls, or after plugging a ball.

The rest of the range can be used to adjust ball reaction. The lower the number the earlier the ball will tend to grab the lane, the higher the number the later the ball with tend to grab the lane, thereby conserving its energy for a sharper breakpoint

It's generally a good idea when building your arsenal to have a range of surfaces to adjust to different lane conditions.
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#107723 - 11/14/09 12:10 PM Re: What do the different abralon grits mean? [Re: Joe Bowler]
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Sounds great! I have a Hammer Vibe Onyx with factory finish. This is my first ball. So I was thinking about going to Storm, either getting a Virtual Gravity, and a Storm Hyroad dulled to 1000 grit or get the Roto Grip Nomad Solid and the Hyroad dulled to 1000 grit, to add to my arsenal.
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#107724 - 11/14/09 12:11 PM Re: What do the different abralon grits mean? [Re: Joe Bowler]
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The abralon grits also use a European FEPA or "P" standard. The numbered grits to not equal USA sandpaper CAMI or ANSI standard grits..

Down 500 and below they are closer but 2000 abralon is more 1000 grit and 4000 abralon is more like 1500..

here is a grit comparison chart with more info.

http://home.earthlink.net/~litefrozen/downloads/bowling_grit_chart.pdf


Edited by J_w73 (11/14/09 12:12 PM)
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#107765 - 11/14/09 09:19 PM Re: What do the different abralon grits mean? [Re: J_w73]
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The virtual gravity and hyroad will be a great combo to add to your arsenal. I own them both, but I suggest leaving the hyroad at factory finidh first and see what you think before changing it. I tried mine at 1000 and didn't like it at all. So I took it back to factory finish and its been great. Good luck.
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#107775 - 11/15/09 12:04 AM Re: What do the different abralon grits mean? [Re: Justinmill14]
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Thanks for the help! I will soon get those two bowling balls!
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#184748 - 01/31/14 01:59 AM Re: What do the different abralon grits mean? [Re: Joe Bowler]
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Question Joe about grits on plastic balls.

As you know I am a low rev player.

I am rolling the ball now with much less side roll, but still have a pretty horizontal axis of rotation as you can see in the video below.

I have been using a plastic ball and playing our dry house shot down and in direct over the 7th board to the pocket.

I have a WD that currently is 500 grit and I get no back end reaction at all, it just rolls right to the pocket on a direct course with just a very gradual movement from right to left.

If I changed the grit to 2000 or higher would I see a stronger back end break?

With 500 grit I need to be pretty perfect to get the ball to roll through the pocket, I am wondering if a higher grit would give me more angle and a better carry?

Again this a question relating to grits on plastic balls.

Thank you in advance!

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#184751 - 01/31/14 04:56 AM Re: What do the different abralon grits mean? [Re: Smooth Lefty]
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The same general rules apply to plastic balls on dry lanes as reactive balls on normal lanes. Higher grits (ex: 2000) help provide a stronger backend reaction and sharper entry angle. Lower grits (ex: 500) help control the breakpoint and smooth out the reaction.
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#184755 - 01/31/14 08:15 AM Re: What do the different abralon grits mean? [Re: nord]
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Originally Posted By: nord
Question Joe about grits on plastic balls.
As you know I am a low rev player.
I am rolling the ball now with much less side roll, but still have a pretty horizontal axis of rotation as you can see in the video below.
I have been using a plastic ball and playing our dry house shot down and in direct over the 7th board to the pocket.
I have a WD that currently is 500 grit and I get no back end reaction at all, it just rolls right to the pocket on a direct course with just a very gradual movement from right to left.
If I changed the grit to 2000 or higher would I see a stronger back end break?
With 500 grit I need to be pretty perfect to get the ball to roll through the pocket, I am wondering if a higher grit would give me more angle and a better carry?
Again this a question relating to grits on plastic balls.
Thank you in advance!
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One thing to also remember is that in general plastic balls transition from skid, through hook, into roll in a much longer time frame than a reactive resin ball is going to, so no matter what you do to a plastic ball it will never have a big change of direction at the break point (in comparison).
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#184761 - 01/31/14 11:01 AM Re: What do the different abralon grits mean? [Re: Smooth Lefty]
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Cool, thanks.
I will try 2000 grit and compare.
500 grit simply rolls true to the target with no backend movement at all.
It provides excellent control but it doesn't have that extra pop.

For a low ball speed low rev player that throws down and in pretty straight like myself, what type of strike ball is generally recommended on the typical house shot or slightly dry house shot?
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