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#173087 - 11/16/12 03:49 PM WHAT LAYOUT? and Model Info on this Ball
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WHAT LAYOUT? and Model Info on this Ball

What is the perfect lane condition to use this ball, straight ball on broken down lanes?


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#173092 - 11/16/12 05:11 PM Re: WHAT LAYOUT? and Model Info on this Ball [Re: charliexx]
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I believe that is a rubber ball. On most conditions, it will roll dead straight, and would be best used as a spare ball. It could be useful as a strike ball on extremely dry or short oil patterns, but there are better options for those conditions.

If you intend to use it, I would just have it label drilled (label directly in the middle of the span) and use it as a spare ball.
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#173093 - 11/16/12 07:05 PM Re: WHAT LAYOUT? and Model Info on this Ball [Re: charliexx]
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champ, if that's a rubber ball, as you say, that's going to stink up his Pro Shop w/ that burnt rubber smell from drilling it.
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#173094 - 11/16/12 07:49 PM Re: WHAT LAYOUT? and Model Info on this Ball [Re: charliexx]
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It's a urethane ball made by Columbia 300 (they labeled them "Bonanza", I believe for use as house balls) that comes in blue, black, and that color there.

Champ's right to say that its only use would be as a spare ball. It could conceivably be used on broken down dry lanes. However, keep in mind two things:

1 - while reactive balls are urethane, they also have additional features that enhance their skid and also enhance their grab on dthe dry. Plain old urethane doesn't skid as much, and doesn't hook as much. So your use on dry lanes has to take into account that the ball will have a net very slight arc towards the pocket as compared to a plastic. That might sound like it's a winner, until you see point number 2:

2 - It's very old, so the core is not modern.

All things considered, drilling it is a waste of money, IMHO.

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#173097 - 11/16/12 10:32 PM Re: WHAT LAYOUT? and Model Info on this Ball [Re: charliexx]
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Bonanza balls are Columbia's line of seconds. These are balls that failed quality testing for one reason or another. Hard to say what ball it was supposed to be, look for something close to the same color and the same vintage. Most of the time, these are seconds because of label issues - either the label was stamped in the wrong place or the ball had the wrong label stamped on it. The balls are usually then shaved to remove the bad labels and end up being slightly under-sized before being stamped Bonanza. That is the most common reason why a ball is labeled Bonanza. They can also have color issues or other defects like extreme pin placements or excessive top weight. FYI.


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#173105 - 11/17/12 07:20 AM Re: WHAT LAYOUT? and Model Info on this Ball [Re: charliexx]
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One thing is for sure. Looking at the photo, that ball has been sanded to the max. I would suggest going to the other extreme, 500/1k/2k/4k/polish, and working backwards to find the right surface for it, if it fits in your arsenal at all.
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#173116 - 11/17/12 03:22 PM Re: WHAT LAYOUT? and Model Info on this Ball [Re: charliexx]
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Thanks gents I got it for vintage bowling only and might not drill it at all
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#173121 - 11/17/12 05:41 PM Re: WHAT LAYOUT? and Model Info on this Ball [Re: charliexx]
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Considering that its a urethane (not a rubber like I assumed) I'd drill it. I have a few old urethane balls from the 80s, and they can be a lot of fun to throw. Lots of people still prfer them to reactives. A lot of times they are also a better choice on short oil patterns or on dry conditions as well. I have a Brunswick Black Rhino from the 80s, and its great. It works well heavily polished on fried lanes, and also works well sanded on slicker lanes. They're a good tool to have.
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