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#156338 - 10/10/11 05:34 PM Equipment at Nationals
champ Offline
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I'm considering bowling at nationals this year if I can get extra time off work, and scrounge the money to make the trip possible. I have heard that you can not use equipment at nationals that has been plugged and re-drilled. Is that true? Most of my stuff has been.
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#156343 - 10/10/11 06:45 PM Re: Equipment at Nationals [Re: champ]
Calvin Pistorio Offline
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I believe the plug/re-drilled issue is in PBA events. I just read through the USBC Open Championships Rules and do not see anything about plugging in it.

http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/...12OpenRules.pdf

To get a true answer I would suggest contacting USBC directly through bowl.com
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#156345 - 10/10/11 06:58 PM Re: Equipment at Nationals [Re: champ]
spillup24 Offline
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You can use the plugged/redrill in PBA it just has to be marked before compition starts. You have to chart everything about the ball. Grips, thumb slug, redrill, balance holes so I would assume that Nationals would be ok.

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#156348 - 10/10/11 07:43 PM Re: Equipment at Nationals [Re: champ]
champ Offline
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Thanks for the answers guys. I have also heard it was PBA events, so if that is not the case, and the Open Championships Rules doesn't say anything, I wonder if that is outdated/total misinformation. I'll contact USBC and see what I get back.
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#156349 - 10/10/11 07:53 PM Re: Equipment at Nationals [Re: champ]
Calvin Pistorio Offline
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Last time I read the PBA rules, which was at least 5 years ago, there was a rule concerning plugging the ball, but when I read through them today after Spillup's post, I see it basically is follow USBC's guidelines.
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#156359 - 10/10/11 11:29 PM Re: Equipment at Nationals [Re: champ]
PSBA10 Offline
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I have been to Nationals numerous times. I have had the same spare ball since 1994. It started out as my wife's ball that she didn't like. I had it plugged and drilled for me. Never in all the times I have been to Nationals has it been questioned.

In fact the last time the tournament was in Batton Rouge, Frankie May plugged and re-drilled a Visionary "Frankie May" for me on site. Again that was not questioned.
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#156447 - 10/12/11 11:50 PM Re: Equipment at Nationals [Re: champ]
champ Offline
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That's good information, thanks. I've bought a lot of equipment, and honestly didn't like much of it. Now that I have 3/4 of my aresenal completely worked out, I would hate to be forced into spending even more money on equipment that I probably wouldn't love, just for nine games, IF it is needed in the first place.
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#156459 - 10/13/11 05:33 AM Re: Equipment at Nationals [Re: champ]
CoachJim Offline
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I wouldn't show up to Nationals without at least one new piece of equipment. The reason for this is because they use way more oil than most bowlers see, at least for team, singles and doubles might be burned up if you follow another squad, in these old equipment rules, but on the fresh you will usually get the best reaction from a fresh new ball with little wear and tear, drilled marginally weak so it doesn't burn early with higher pin placements to get the ball to check up quicker on the back end.

You can usually tell from the boards as to what the "It" ball that year is, my advice is to find out what this ball is and drill up a new one and bring it with you. Don't forget your spare ball as you will not be able to hook the ball at your spares there at all.

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#156460 - 10/13/11 06:21 AM Re: Equipment at Nationals [Re: champ]
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If plug and redrills weren't allowed at Nat's I would be completely sunk. All but my most recent 3 purchases were plugged several times when I was sorting out grip issues a few years ago. As long as the static weights are ok, plug and drill is no problem.
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