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#113880 - 01/15/10 12:19 PM Ebonite Gyro ok as a spare ball?
DavefromHillsdale Offline
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Greetings,
I'm a new member and have just started bowling in a league this year. I have an Ebonite BigTime that I use regularly, but I also have a 15# Ebonite Gyro straight ball I bought oh, probably 10 or 15 years ago. As it is a straight ball, I have been using it as my "spare" ball. Does this make sense, or would I be better off with the plastic balls for shooting spares?

Thanks in advance,
Dave

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#113883 - 01/15/10 12:35 PM Re: Ebonite Gyro ok as a spare ball? [Re: DavefromHillsdale]
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Originally Posted By: DavefromHillsdale
Greetings,
I'm a new member and have just started bowling in a league this year. I have an Ebonite BigTime that I use regularly, but I also have a 15# Ebonite Gyro straight ball I bought oh, probably 10 or 15 years ago. As it is a straight ball, I have been using it as my "spare" ball. Does this make sense, or would I be better off with the plastic balls for shooting spares?

Thanks in advance,
Dave



Oooh.... flashback! I have a Gyro I from about .... 30 years ago, and a Gyro 7 that's about 35+ years old?? Yikes, first of all, how the heck did 1980 get to be 30 years ago???!

OK, back to your question.... does your Gyro go nice and straight? If it does, then it's perfectly fine for a spare ball. If you find that it starts to hook up on you as you get better... you can find a plastic ball for cheap later. smile
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#113884 - 01/15/10 12:36 PM Re: Ebonite Gyro ok as a spare ball? [Re: DavefromHillsdale]
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If you're comfortable with it, and you can make spares with it, go right ahead. I'd shine it up if you haven't already.
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#113888 - 01/15/10 12:49 PM Re: Ebonite Gyro ok as a spare ball? [Re: trekguy]
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does your Gyro go nice and straight? If it does, then it's perfectly fine for a spare ball. If you find that it starts to hook up on you as you get better... you can find a plastic ball for cheap later.


Straight as an arrow. smile But I understand what you're saying, my hook is virtually non-existent at present, so I'll keep an eye on it.

And yeah, I took a lot of heat (good-natured ribbing actually) when I showed for league that first night with my "Fred Flinstone" balling ball!!!

Thanks for the responses, I appreciate it!
Dave

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#113890 - 01/15/10 12:58 PM Re: Ebonite Gyro ok as a spare ball? [Re: Fin09]
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I'd shine it up if you haven't already.


I soaked it in a tub of very hot water for 20 minutes on the advice of an experienced bowler on my team, and then cleaned it with some bb cleaner I purchased from my local bowling center. It doesn't actually shine as the ball has a matte finish, but it's clean anyway! smile

Thanks again,
Dave

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#113891 - 01/15/10 01:15 PM Re: Ebonite Gyro ok as a spare ball? [Re: DavefromHillsdale]
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Originally Posted By: DavefromHillsdale
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does your Gyro go nice and straight? If it does, then it's perfectly fine for a spare ball. If you find that it starts to hook up on you as you get better... you can find a plastic ball for cheap later.


Straight as an arrow. smile But I understand what you're saying, my hook is virtually non-existent at present, so I'll keep an eye on it.

And yeah, I took a lot of heat (good-natured ribbing actually) when I showed for league that first night with my "Fred Flinstone" balling ball!!!

Thanks for the responses, I appreciate it!
Dave



Hmm, now that I think about it, the older one was Mag 7... not a Gyro... hard, shiny rubber, big orange "e" on it. I should get that drilled up for a spare ball.

Welcome btw! smile There's a ton of info here. Ask away.



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#113894 - 01/15/10 02:06 PM Re: Ebonite Gyro ok as a spare ball? [Re: DavefromHillsdale]
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I soaked it in a tub of very hot water for 20 minutes on the advice of an experienced bowler on my team, and then cleaned it with some bb cleaner I purchased from my local bowling center. It doesn't actually shine as the ball has a matte finish, but it's clean anyway! smile

Thanks again,
Dave[/quote]


When Fin09 said shine it up I think he meant take it to a Pro Shop and have them polish it in a ball spinner. If you just soak it and then use cleaner all you doing is removing the oil, it will then hook more, not less (if your going to use it as a spare ball). You could put it in a luster king, that will put a coat of wax on it, and should take most of the hook out of it.
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#113895 - 01/15/10 02:20 PM Re: Ebonite Gyro ok as a spare ball? [Re: Lizard75]
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Lizard's right, You want it to skid, not hook. Had the ball been reactive, the hot soak would have made it hook more. I like the Luster King idea.

You'll want to wipe off your Big Time after every shot and clean it weekly, to prevent oil buildup. You don't need to wipe off or clean your spare ball.

And also, welcome!

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#114130 - 01/17/10 09:45 AM Re: Ebonite Gyro ok as a spare ball? [Re: 10PinGaloot]
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You'll want to wipe off your Big Time after every shot and clean it weekly, to prevent oil buildup. You don't need to wipe off or clean your spare ball.


Ahhhh, ok. I never really bowled "seriously" before so all this stuff is new to me! But I'm really obsessed! smile Another of my teammates gave me a 14# Storm Special Agent that I had redrilled and will try that today. I do clean the BigTime (and will do so with the Storm) after each bowling session. But apparently I'm clueless with the spare ball! smile I'll drop that in the Lustre King when I'm up to Hillside Lanes today.

Thank you very much for all the good advice and for the warm welcome!

Dave

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#114203 - 01/18/10 12:05 AM Re: Ebonite Gyro ok as a spare ball? [Re: DavefromHillsdale]
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I'm brand new to these forums as well and Oh My Gosh! I happened to google the Ebonite Gyro out of curiosity and found this thread. My daughter's family came for a visit today and wanted to go bowling. After using WD-40 to get the zipper to work on my bag I pulled out my trusty Gyro I. First time in 18 years it has been out of the bag. I watched the uTube video and sure enough, that is my ball, complete with the Don Carter logo. I used the ball throughout the 70's in various league play and today was the third time since 1978 it has seen the light of day. After all these years I managed a 144 after I remembered how to throw the ball. The bowling bug has hit me and as soon as my hip heals (it is sooooo sore I can barely move) I plan on buying a new ball and start bowling on a regular basis. Question, can this ball be plugged and re-drilled as a finger tip ball? I don't even know a reputable Pro Shop in the area since it has been so long since I've been active in the sport. I can't wait to find another league to join.

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