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#134597 - 09/06/10 09:32 AM when(how often) should one buy a new spare ball?
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Never thought too much about this, been using the same spare ball for about three years. Do you guys switch spare balls often? I mean with the strike balls I know you change them once the coverstock is worn out and can't be re-finished anymore, or you just lose reaction to the point you want something newer. But the plastic/poly spare balls...what about those? Keep em forever, change them often. What the thought on those?
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#134600 - 09/06/10 10:36 AM Re: when(how often) should one buy a new spare ball? [Re: evilash71]
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Buy a new spare ball when
- you're old and tired and have to drop down to 14 pound eqpt
- the Bears win a Superbowl
- the Lions win 8 games (go Lions!)
- your hand/thumb size(s) change

that's about all I can think of.
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#134602 - 09/06/10 10:45 AM Re: when(how often) should one buy a new spare ball? [Re: evilash71]
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Hey 10, at least you didnt say when the Lions win a superbowl. I dont think my spare ball will last that long!!! ;-)
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#134605 - 09/06/10 11:14 AM Re: when(how often) should one buy a new spare ball? [Re: evilash71]
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Actually, for a plastic spare ball, the only time you really need to change replace it is when you are tired of it or when you need to go up/down in weight. Otherwise, keep it. If your thumb size changes or span changes, just plug and drill it. Of course, msot shops charge allot for this, so depending on how much you spent on the spare ball, it maybe conducive to just buy a new one.
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#134615 - 09/06/10 03:16 PM Re: when(how often) should one buy a new spare ball? [Re: evilash71]
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evilash, it should be noted that you can polish up a plastic ball the same way you can with a urethane/resin ball, so if you find you can't keep the plastic ball straight on your spares and you know it's not your release, consider shining it back up. laugh
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#134617 - 09/06/10 04:13 PM Re: when(how often) should one buy a new spare ball? [Re: Richie V.]
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Originally Posted By: Richie V.
evilash, it should be noted that you can polish up a plastic ball the same way you can with a urethane/resin ball, so if you find you can't keep the plastic ball straight on your spares and you know it's not your release, consider shining it back up. laugh



They can also be sanded to remove scratches or track marks which can cause friction->unwanted ball hook. Finish to a high grit and polish if desired - good as new.


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#134628 - 09/06/10 07:06 PM Re: when(how often) should one buy a new spare ball? [Re: 10PinGaloot]
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Originally Posted By: 10PinGaloot
the Lions win 8 games (go Lions!)


Tiki Barber believes they will win 9 games this season, so if that happens everyone gets a new spare ball. I find that far fetched and I'm a Lion's fan. Now if the defense can actually stop someone from scoring they got a chance.

As for the original post. I've had 3 plastic spare balls in 10 years of bowling. The first was a 15 lb Roto-Grip Spare Tire. I switched to a 14 lb Brunswick Target Zone when I changed ball weight due to wrist pain and 14 lbs made it easier to bowl, but it was all drilling related issues. I now have a 16 lb T-Zone since I had my grip taken care of and the spans are correct and I can bowl pain free at 16 lbs.

So other than the weight change, only reason I would replace a spare ball is major damage to the ball, such as a huge crack going around a portion of the ball or a big chunk taken out of it that effects it's use. If it just has tiny stress cracks around the finger holes I would have it drilled out, plugged and re-drilled.

As for polishing them, I prefer them dull, still doesn't hook that much put for some reason I'm more comfortable with them that way. If need be I can change hand position, I can throw even the most aggressive equipment I've ever owned dead straight like that.
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#134648 - 09/06/10 09:38 PM Re: when(how often) should one buy a new spare ball? [Re: evilash71]
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Going on 3 1/2 years with my Hammer Big Blue, but if Roto Grip came out with a solid color spare ball I would probably switch. Other than that, pretty happy with the Big Blue.
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#134650 - 09/06/10 10:00 PM Re: when(how often) should one buy a new spare ball? [Re: lebowski120669]
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Hammer Big Bluespare ball was replaced after 3 years with a White Dot spare ball. It developed cracks around the thumb. Had it patched once, but it cracked again.

It became an economic decision between plug and redrill or new ball, which was only afew bucks more.
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#134654 - 09/06/10 10:52 PM Re: when(how often) should one buy a new spare ball? [Re: evilash71]
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I got a new one when I dropped in weight. Otherwise, to me it comes down to if you have a new ball complex. Some people will just buy a ball because they feel like it.

My normal new spare ball is when it I think it gets too many plugs in it.
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