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#126331 - 04/25/10 03:44 PM Spare Ball
Smooth Lefty Offline
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Should your spare ball be your ball for dry lanes as well (ex Tropical Storm)?
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#126339 - 04/25/10 04:54 PM Re: Spare Ball [Re: Smooth Lefty]
beefers1 Offline
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From what I've read here it depends. If you can almost or completely cut axis rotation in your release then that should work, but if not, then you would go with plastic.

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#126341 - 04/25/10 04:57 PM Re: Spare Ball [Re: Smooth Lefty]
ecub Offline
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It all depends on you. Some carry a spare ball just for spares only. I used to carry an Ebonite Maxim (plastic ball with no core), which was I used for spares and when the lanes are bone dry. It didn't have a good backend to be used as a strike ball. I didn't want to get a dry lane ball AND carry a plastic ball, so I decided to get a weak ball instead. I carry 4 balls already, so I got rid of Maxim and now carry a Hammer Razyr, which is a weak ball (pancake block). I use it for spares and when the lanes are bone dry. I did well with it as a strike ball and as well as a spare. Picked up a 6-7-10 and a few 4-7-10 splits with it.
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#126347 - 04/25/10 07:18 PM Re: Spare Ball [Re: ecub]
TAR31 Offline
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i used a brunswick urethane Mark Roth ball for spares and dry lanes. what do you guys think about that?
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#126348 - 04/25/10 07:21 PM Re: Spare Ball [Re: TAR31]
TheDemolitionMan Offline
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Plastic ball. 'Nuff said. End of discussion.
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#126350 - 04/25/10 07:30 PM Re: Spare Ball [Re: ecub]
Smooth Lefty Offline
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Thanks! I guess I will get me a polyester and then a ball for dry lanes too cause I think it is best for me to get something I know will go straight.
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#126351 - 04/25/10 07:35 PM Re: Spare Ball [Re: Smooth Lefty]
beefers1 Offline
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I wouldn't over-rely on a plastic ball to go straight. They can hook quite a bit too if you're a low speed player and use your strike release on it. My reasoning is that since you're going to cut down on axis rotation anyway, it'll be okay to use an entry level reactive ball for spares.


Edited by beefers1 (04/25/10 07:39 PM)

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#126353 - 04/25/10 07:45 PM Re: Spare Ball [Re: beefers1]
Calvin Pistorio Offline
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Using a plastic ball and a release that cuts down on rotation and revs is the best way to try to throw straight. The plastic will skid more if you do happen to give it some axis rotation and the release would help if the lanes are really dry to keep it from hooking.

Just look at how much they were hooking the ball at the Plastic Ball Championship on a lower volume Shark.

That being said, I use a plastic ball for most spares. I will use my strike release on most spares, especially the right side. For large splits and washouts that I believe are better to be attacked from the left side I will flatten the ball out so that I don't over-rotate or rotate early and go left of my target.
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#126357 - 04/25/10 09:05 PM Re: Spare Ball [Re: Calvin Pistorio]
JackZ Offline
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I currently don't have plastic, so I've been trying to make do using different techniques. I've tried using Slowinsky's method of pulling in the index finger and extending the pinkie. Very hard for me to work with till today. I curled the pinkie under by accident and I found I could hit my mark and throw reasonably straight. Anything that helps me consistently make 7's is good:)
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#126362 - 04/25/10 10:45 PM Re: Spare Ball [Re: JackZ]
TAR31 Offline
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I'm going to start leaving my spare ball home to see if i fair without it
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