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#18892 - 01/05/05 04:00 PM Spare ball - necessary or not
Dick Offline
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Registered: 02/12/01
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This discussion started in the beginner forum and is more appropriate here. I do not advocate either method of making spares but I choose not to use a spare ball. Just wondering what thoughts are out there.
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#18893 - 01/05/05 04:33 PM Re: Spare ball - necessary or not
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Registered: 12/13/04
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A/S/L: 42/male/London, Ontario
For me, I'm using the 2001 Blue Hammer, no spare yet. I only got it a few weeks ago so I'm still learning how to get consistent hooks with it but it's not too bad now. For spare shots I throw it straight. The problem is, I find that by switching back and forth, it's slowing down my ability to be consistent.

Last week I went and played 3 games, but used a house ball for the spares so I could consistently throw my Hammer the same way and I could see the difference in accuracy between the first and third game. A few days ago I played a few games with just my Hammer and didn't do as good.

I'm definately getting a spare ball very soon.
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#18894 - 01/05/05 05:20 PM Re: Spare ball - necessary or not
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Registered: 09/23/04
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A/S/L: 50/M/Fort Worth, TX
For what it is worth I have had my old Black Diamond plugged and drilled like Columbia Wicked to use as a spare ball. On the days that I just can't hit the 10 pin (you know those days that you don't flatten out the release enough for some odd reason), I go back to old reliable that is why I invested in the old black ball.

I think I should use it more.

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#18895 - 01/05/05 10:46 PM Re: Spare ball - necessary or not
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Registered: 12/25/04
Posts: 55
A/S/L: 41/male/ Indiana
I use a plastic ball at all of my spares on the right hand side of the lane. I can flatten out my other balls but I am more consistent just throwing the plastic the same way as my strike shot. The plastic ball is just a cheap plastic ball that was like $40 new. I switched to using a spare ball last year and it has really helped.

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#18896 - 01/06/05 11:53 AM Re: Spare ball - necessary or not
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Registered: 12/19/04
Posts: 43
A/S/L: Oxbow, Jefferson (County)
i switched to a spare ball about 3 years ago.after i switched in the middle of the seaon i raised my avg. 10 pins by the end of the season.i only use the plastic ball for 10 pin and on occasion 3-10 or 6-10.although this year i seem to be having a prob.with picking up the teneven with my plastic ball.i used to convert the 10 about 95% now its more like 75%wich is killing my avg. im down about 10 pins in one league and about the same in the other league.

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#18897 - 01/06/05 12:17 PM Re: Spare ball - necessary or not
joel Offline
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This is bowling joel
I use for right hand spares a columbia blue dot.It
absolutly does not hook more than 1 bd. I have made
about 85% of my spares on the right side. Most of
which is the ten pin and the 6/10. I even have made
some splits that wowed the other teams I have bowled
against. One that is monster is the 4 6 same plane
right. Used blue dot and clipped the six on right
side and slid it over to take out the 4. Two bowlers
nearly fainted. But bowlers 3 lanes on either side
were cheering. :p I never believed in spare balls now I swear by them.
strokers do it better with help. bowling joel thumbsup
now
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#18898 - 01/06/05 01:05 PM Re: Spare ball - necessary or not
Raynger27 Offline
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Registered: 01/26/04
Posts: 13
A/S/L: 25/M/NJ
</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="VERDANA,ARIAL,HELVETICA,TAHOMA">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="VERDANA,ARIAL,HELVETICA,TAHOMA">Originally posted by ACK:
I use a plastic ball at all of my spares on the right hand side of the lane. I can flatten out my other balls but I am more consistent just throwing the plastic the same way as my strike shot. The plastic ball is just a cheap plastic ball that was like $40 new. I switched to using a spare ball last year and it has really helped. </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="VERDANA,ARIAL,HELVETICA,TAHOMA">I agree 100% with this thumbsup Keeping the same motion as with my strike ball to make the 10 and such has really helped me develop a consistent release, rather than altering the release for every spare possibility.

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#18899 - 01/07/05 12:46 PM Re: Spare ball - necessary or not
goatster Offline
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Registered: 12/19/04
Posts: 43
A/S/L: Oxbow, Jefferson (County)
joel
that is a very nice pick up the hardest spare i ever picked up was the 8-10 and i didnt see it i just chucked it at the 10 as hard as i could knew i had the 10 coverd turned and walked away as i reached the end of the approach a guy from the other team said i got it i looked over my shoulder and sure enough it was gone.

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#18900 - 01/07/05 01:02 PM Re: Spare ball - necessary or not
802dave Offline
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Registered: 11/01/04
Posts: 201
A/S/L: 52/male/Fort Worth, TX
I've picked up the 4-6 a couple of times, but never the 7-10 or 8-10.

I picked up the 4-9 last night then immediately after, the anchor on the team I subbed on left the 4-10 and picked it up! On both conversions, the pin fell forward. We had some fun last night! But so did the other team; in their first game, only one bowler (5-man teams) shot less than 220...

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#18901 - 01/07/05 01:48 PM Re: Spare ball - necessary or not
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Registered: 12/13/04
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A/S/L: 42/male/London, Ontario
I haven't gotten a 4-6 split yet but did get a 6-7-10 once. That's why my avatar is what it is. wink

It was quite interesting. I got the split and when I was getting ready to throw the second ball, I stopped for a minute, looked at it, and said to myself, "this is easy, just go for the 10 pin and when the ball skins the 6, it'll fly over to the 7". I focused on the 10 pin, (I aim for pins), threw the ball straight at it, saw the 6 fly over top of the 7, hit the wall, and bounce back, right at the 6.
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