Well I tried the Natural Pearl last night in league with my new fancy Full Roller length/back end drilling.
This ball is amazing.
It went straight as an arrow and when it got some friction made a nice “smooth” move to the pocket and carried very, very well.
Looking at the ball I could see only one thin flare mark right through the center of the grip after a night’s play.
This ball is very powerful but has amazing control.
I used it for spares and strikes just like they did in the old days.
I stood with right foot on second dot and threw up second arrow all night and did not have to move an inch.
The ball kept doing the same thing over and over even as the lane broke down as my team mates used their reactives right over my line.
The result that night was a personal best game, not a high score game but a combination of high score and cleanness.
A clean 206.
I have only bowled two other games in my life where I had no open frames.
Up to this point I have been stuck at being a 150 avg. bowler for two years.
But now things are improving quickly.
I also am having no pain when I bowl. Just some soreness the next day that passes in a day or so.
I contribute all this improvement to the new drilling.
By finally using a proper correct conventional span, which is a shorter span then I used to use for my old conventional drilling, a drilling that has lots of forward in fingers and reverse in thumb, I have been able to bowl with complete comfort with no need to squeeze the ball. I have also now been able to move up to 13lbs from 12lbs.
With this new drilling the ball releases smoothly with nice lift and rotations and goes where I throw it without strain on the body.
The difference is night and day.
My experiment with forward pitch in thumb, fingertip grip and semi-roller and all the pain it caused was not a waste as it showed me what I really needed as far as grip and span.
I think I have finally found the right drilling and style and I have been getting very consistent and feel I am now finally on the way to progressing as a bowler.
At this point I will start taking some lessons to help iron out other kinks.Mark Baker
is in my area and gives lessons, he may be a good person to start with.
Thank you all for all you help these last two years in trying to figure it all out.