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#176314 - 02/19/13 10:56 AM Re: Hypothetical Arsenals [Re: Eternal Bowler]
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two houses, two bags, dry wood lanes Brunswick Control,Black widow, well polished , T Zone or WD spare, in bag one.
Bag two for medium synthetic, Motiv Cruel le, Avalanche Slide,Global 900 Wisdom, and the NV for spares.
Pretty much know whats going to be there, so don't over load my mind on what to play with
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#176317 - 02/19/13 02:52 PM Re: Hypothetical Arsenals [Re: Eternal Bowler]
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I carry 6-8, and on good nights, 4-6 of them never see the light. Lately, though, in my Thursday center, I'm changing balls each game. Lucid, Anarchy, then Nano Pearl. I have a 6 ball bag, and 2 doubles that have my "extremes" in them. One has my Nano and Invasion, and the other has my Hyroad and Nano Pearl. My 6 ball bag has my equipment that falls between the extremes.
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#176325 - 02/19/13 05:56 PM Re: Hypothetical Arsenals [Re: Eternal Bowler]
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Generally speaking, I would recommend building an arsenal based on a range of materials (particle, reactive, urethane), covers (solid, hybrid, pearl), RGs (high, medium, low), and Diffs (high, medium, low) to match the conditions you reasonably expect to bowl. Think balls, not brands. But, if you find a brand you like, and it works well for you, that is a plus.

If you only bowl in one league at one bowling center, and they are reasonably consistent in putting down the same oil pattern, all you might need is a benchmark ball (or a specific ball for that pattern) and a spare ball.

If you are just learning to bowl, meaning hitting the pocket consistently is still a challenge, I would suggest leaning toward weaker balls, which can later become your dry lanes balls.

The primary goal in buying more than one ball is to give you a different reaction, a different look on the lane. If you start off with a plan, and make smart purchases, you will do well.
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#176337 - 02/19/13 08:08 PM Re: Hypothetical Arsenals [Re: Joe Bowler]
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Originally Posted By: Joe Bowler
If you are just learning to bowl, meaning hitting the pocket consistently is still a challenge, I would suggest leaning toward weaker balls, which can later become your dry lanes balls.
Hitting the pocket consistently is still a challenge, and you're in luck because I do exactly that. The ball I currently use is a Slingshot, and the ball I am switching to is a Meanstreak (both are by the same brand, merely by coincidence), which is stronger. Both are pearls and could be used on medium to dry lane conditions.

Basically, I could use, for instance, my Meanstreak as the benchmark ball and then some sort of spare ball (if we got the money for it, that is), right? I probably should keep all the weights the same so as to develop some sort of consistency. (I read another thread about someone who wanted to expand his arsenal and gave him advice as appropriately as possible; I suggested that every ball he gets be the same weight as the heaviest in his collection).
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#176386 - 02/21/13 10:13 AM Re: Hypothetical Arsenals [Re: Joe Bowler]
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Originally Posted By: Joe Bowler
The primary goal in buying more than one ball is to give you a different reaction, a different look on the lane. If you start off with a plan, and make smart purchases, you will do well.


Just to build on this last point...

Scoring high on a consistent basis comes down to one thing: carry. Carry comes from the ball imparting enough energy to the pins. If the ball doesn't hit with sufficient force, you're not going to carry. You won't get the strings of strikes needed to score well.

When you bowl, your ball goes through 3 phases: skid, hook, and roll. You want the ball going into its roll phase just before it hits the pocket. If it starts too soon, it's going to roll out and lose its energy. If it starts too late, the ball is going to "smack" the pins rather than drive through them, also causing you to lose carry.

So when Joe talks about getting a different look, what he's meaning is getting a ball that matches up well to the conditions so that the ball is going into that roll phase at the right time. Naturally the "right" ball is going to be different based on the oil conditions of the lanes, thus you want to have a variety of balls so you can find out the best matchup.


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