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#175305 - 01/20/13 05:10 AM Re: Trip to Paris [Re: Joe Bowler]
Joe Bowler Offline
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Today is the day of the tournament. I was packing the car, and decided to leave the Raptor Talon (solid, 500/dull) home and bring the Raptor Attack (pearl, 4000/polished) instead. If the lanes are flooded, which is unlikely, I can use my Ascent Solid with a more direct line. And, I always carry green Scotch Brite (600 grit) with me, in case of emergency.

What I was thinking was, if the pattern plays as expected, what is more likely over the course of 8 games is the puddle of oil in the middle will disappear and I will have to make a move outside into the drier midlane. If that occurs, it would be a good setup for the lower RG, high Diff Raptor Attack which provides a more gradual, continuous breakpoint, and should be easier to control.

I also found these tips from Kelly Kulick (similar high RG strategy):


And, I found this video of a lefty playing the Paris pattern around 15-20 with older, but similar equipment:

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#175332 - 01/20/13 09:29 PM Re: Trip to Paris [Re: Joe Bowler]
Joe Bowler Offline
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Well, despite all of the preparation, today's tournament on the 47-foot Paris pattern was a bust. For the lefties, it played more like a 60-foot pattern. It did not matter whether I used a polished or sanded cover, high or low RG/Diff core. Nothing I rolled hooked, not even a couple boards. I could have used my spare ball, and it would not have made any difference.

I could tell the backends were going to be a problem in practice. I quickly went from the Ascent Pearl to the Primal Impulse to the Ascent Solid to the VersaMax, and then to my bag for green Scotch-Brite. It did not help.

I managed to roll a 214 and 213 the first two games, targeting 20 -> 10, then moved to the other end of the bowling center, and lost the little bit of ball reaction I had. It was downhill from there. Targeting 25 -> 15 left 7-9's and 5-10's, while targeting 20 -> 10 left 3-7-9's. Targeting further left typically did not make it back to the headpin. I did not roll another game over 200. I don't know, maybe having 500+ RPMs would have helped.

In the meantime, the right handers were having a field day. High games were typically 260's and above, and somebody rolled a 300 game. The winner finished +300 for 8 games, or over 237 average. The only thing I learned today (besides not going back to that bowling center anytime soon) was that I liked the rotating ball holder I picked up from PolishYourBall.com. It helped make short work of adjusting the surface on the ball.
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House: 239
Sport: 210

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#175348 - 01/21/13 03:16 AM Re: Trip to Paris [Re: Joe Bowler]
FruitFly Offline
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Sounds like it was brutal for you lefties.
Hook-Spot creation sometimes rocks for the righties.

Sorry you couldn't really put you thesis to a test.
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#175355 - 01/21/13 08:13 AM Re: Trip to Paris [Re: Joe Bowler]
Joe Bowler Offline
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It happens. Thanks for your support. There were lots of bowlers struggling, righties as well as lefties. Fortunately, I got some of my bracket money back. On to the next tournament...
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House: 239
Sport: 210

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#175392 - 01/21/13 04:22 PM Re: Trip to Paris [Re: Joe Bowler]
Joe Bowler Offline
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I could not help thinking there was more to learn from the experience. So, from now on, I will be bringing a few extra balls with me to tournaments, and have them ready in the car, rather than at home. The extra balls will include my Raptor Talon (500/dull), with maroon Scotch-Brite (320 grit) in the bag when more friction is required for extreme long/wet conditions, i.e., when I can't get anything else to hook, and my Natural Pearl (4000/polished) when less friction is required for extreme short/dry conditions, i.e., when I can't get anything else down the lane.

What it also helped clarify in my mind is there are (at least) three dimensions of matching ball to lane conditions, (1) matching RG to the length of the pattern (vertical), (2) matching Diff to the target zone on the lane (horizontal), and (3) matching cover/surface prep to the friction in the heads, midlane, and backend (volume). Lesson learned. Okay, now on to the next tournament...
_________________________
USBC (2008-2016):
300s: 9
800s: 7
House: 239
Sport: 210

PBA (2014-2015): $850

Heavy: Nano, HyperCell, Eternal Cell
Medium: IQ Tour, Tour SiC, Tag
Light: Spare+, Tank, Rebel Tank
Spares: WD

Internet advice is offered free, as is, at your own risk.

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#175401 - 01/21/13 05:03 PM Re: Trip to Paris [Re: Joe Bowler]
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Registered: 11/30/10
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Originally Posted By: Joe Bowler
What it also helped clarify in my mind is there are (at least) three dimensions of matching ball to lane conditions, (1) matching RG to the length of the pattern (vertical), (2) matching Diff to the target zone on the lane (horizontal), and (3) matching cover/surface prep to the friction in the heads, midlane, and backend (volume). Lesson learned. Okay, now on to the next tournament...


Its nuggets like these that keep me coming back to this site, and keep me improving. Sorry it didn't turn out great Joe, but at least two of us learned something from your experience.
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