For a while there, I didn't think I was going to receive any response. Thanks to all of you who have replied.
Although my Mission is a second-hand ball albeit with very little use, I felt that it gave me an opportunity to try out the ball before I forked over the high new ball price for the Mission which is 9,800 Thai Baht (approximately $335.00) US dollars drilled. Actually, almost any ball purchased in Thailand approaches the $300.00 mark except for a plastic spare ball which approaches $150.00 drilled.
I never got to see the ball rolled before making the trade because he lives in Bangkok and I live further to the south. The ball still had the original surface on it. My friend is retired and spends a lot of time at the bowling centers in and around Bangkok and trades balls frequently.
Anyway, I couldn't wait any longer and got the ball drilled up yesterday the same as my Evil Seige (pin down 45 x 4 1/2 x 70 for Max Hook & Arc). I kind of share the same philosophy as Atochabsh in that certain balls are designed with a particular type of motion and in a nutshell, this motion should be exploited instead of defeated. I don't mind a smooth arcing ball, however I have trouble moving inside with this type of ball particularly at my bowling house whereby the center of the lanes are not heavily oiled. Most of my solid or heavier oil balls lose too much energy during the transition.
Drilled the same as my Evil Siege, the Mission arcs more, but doesn't have quite the energy retention as the Siege when making the turn at the breakpoint. The Evil Siege doesn't skid/snap, but has a stronger and more continuous move towards the pocket. The Mission does hold a tight midlane arc very well. I rolled a 208 the first game with it as it failed to take out the 7 pin a couple of times. By the second game, the lanes had already broken down so I tried to move inside. The ball rolled ok, but just didn't have the hitting power that I would have liked. I then tried straight down the 6 board. At this house, the track like forms at the 5 board, anything outside of this just skids too much and can't make the turn. Rolling down the 6 board, the ball made a nice controlled turn towards the pocket, but just couldn't carry the 7 pin. Hopefully, I will be able to try the Mission on some fresher oil on my next outing albeit still medium oil at best.
Norm3V - I had initially considered drilling my Mission similar to yours, pin centered low above the bridge or slight middle finger bias, but CG kicked out a little, but with the 3 inch pin to CG distance, it would place the CG well above the midline. I had previously drilled my Reign, 3 inch pin, with the pin at 5 inches from PAP which put it above my middle finger. The CG was well above midline and required a balance hole up high, around 11 o'clock above and left of my ring finger. The ball looked strange to me, however I like the roll. It has a small midlane reaction followed by a strong continuous (not skid/flip) turn to the pocket driving hard through the pins; this ball hits hard.
Atochabsh - I generally like to drill balls with the CG on the horizontal midline or below in the thumb quadrant. What is your opinion concerning drilling with the CG in the finger quadrant? I always felt that it restricts the options afforded by a balance hole placement to tweak ball reaction. Anyway, I would love to hear your thoughts. I've always limited my pin-up drillings to balls with pin to CG distances of 3 1/2 inches or greater.
Bottom line, I think I will like the Mission's smooth and controlled roll, maybe as a good benchmark ball as long as there is enough lane oil, however I do wonder, had I placed the pin above the bridge, I just may have experienced a little stronger reaction at the breakpoint with a stronger pin carry. I am also thinking that I may change the surface of the ball to 4000 abralon or keep it at 2000 abralon and add polish to get more length and backend reaction on medium oil, especially after they breakdown a bit; I would like to hear your thoughts on this.
Atochabsh - Speaking of the Hammer Plague; I rode along with some friends who were going to Bangkok the buy some new balls. They had been told that some new Storm balls had arrived, Storm Anarchy. When we got there, we saw that the Thai National Bowling Team were practicing for an upcoming tournament in China. The Pro Shop
owner told me that I had just missed a Hammer Plague. One of the Thai team members had drilled up the first one that he'd seen in Thailand, but didn't like it and sold or traded it back to the Pro Shop
with only 9 games on it. Another guy had just bought it a short time before we arrived.
Watching the Thai National Bowling Team practice made me think that they patterned themselves off of Walter Ray Williams Jr. or Mike Scroggins; every one of them, other than the lady spinner bowlers, were rolling hard straight up the 5 board.
Again, thanks for your replies and hope to read some more. I'm particularly interested in hearing your opinions concerning drilling pin-up with shorter Pin to CG balls that place the CG above the midline and in the finger.