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#178118 - 04/14/13 07:16 AM Re: Knowing that a ball is dead [Re: TCJ]
looseleftie Offline
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Originally Posted By: TCJ
I'm not sure I'd ever consider a ball dead. While I notice difference in reaction over time and sometimes hits that used to carry don't, I just find a new way to use the ball. For instance, what used to be a ball that hooks I now use mainly for a corner shot and it works quite well that way. Retiring a bowling ball is not an option for me.


Love to get new gear, if I had the means, too many other finacial commitments of late!! ... Therefore have to resort to working with and learning from my gear, if it means having to adjust lines, releases, loft, whatever it takes to get that ball in the pocket, then so be it.

I think for the ave THS bowler, and correct me if I am wrong, but it seems to my eyes that those high price end atomic bombs aren't always necessary on the house shots.. There are many mid priced balls that will equally do the job, with a smaller price tag..

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#178120 - 04/14/13 09:09 AM Re: Knowing that a ball is dead [Re: looseleftie]
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Agree with you loose. Often the biggest hook in the box, the most flare, the grabbiest cover, is NOT the best ball for the average bowler. Increasing the entry angle from 6 degrees to 9 is not always the most controllable.

I'm a proponent of medium priced balls, drilled aggressively. Matching a ball to the bowler's ability, release and style is very key for me. I've seen many $200 balls be discarded in short order, when they are repeatedly out performed by a bowler who can control a medium priced ball.
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#178151 - 04/15/13 10:48 AM Re: Knowing that a ball is dead [Re: dgordon0408]
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My Cell died. Cleaning, new surface, etc. Nothing worked to revive it. Then again it had hundreds of games on it and is 5 years old.

The Rogue Cell actually I think is warped a bit. It rolls funny now. Maybe the core came detached?

However, the Cell Pearl is 4 years old and going strong. I'm taking it with me this year to Nationals.

I don't think I've ever had any other balls die on me except The Cell. And I got a lot of use out of it before it did.
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#178157 - 04/15/13 01:17 PM Re: Knowing that a ball is dead [Re: dgordon0408]
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Maybe the core came detached?

I've heard stories about cores breaking apart. I think it would be interesting to do a postmortem on a dead ball via sawing it in half to see what happened.
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