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#198596 - 12/01/17 11:52 PM Twister Pins
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Anyone bowl in a center that used these? My home house is considering changing to them and they actually put them on a practice pair to try out. I had a chance to bowl a couple of games on that pair and did not notice a decrease in carry. The pins seem livelier and felt like I carried a lot more light hits, but with only bowling 2 games with them it's probably not a big enough sample size.

I talked to the lane guy about it and he told me that the Twisters will last 4 years (and actually said there was a house in another state that's had them for 8 years) while if they stay with wood they have to replace them every 18 months. Also he told me the Twisters all weigh the same (3lb 6oz) while the Brunswick and AMF pins can vary by 5oz. So I think it makes sense but it would be a big change and the league bowlers may not like it, so if you've bowled in a center that put them in I'm interested to hear how it worked out and if the other bowlers liked them.
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#198597 - 12/02/17 07:11 AM Re: Twister Pins [Re: wronghander]
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I've only bowled on them once in a split 10 pin/candlepin center in Massachusetts while visiting cousins. I do remember noticing that light hits threw pins all over the place however I also noticed more solid 10 pins. This was also a very long time ago so my memory of this is not great. Also, there were more candlepin lanes than 10 pin, so I'm not sure how well they kept those lanes.

I know that most people complain about the sound more than anything. Also, with them lasting a very long time, they tend to look very beat up but still behave like much newer pins.

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#198674 - 12/17/17 11:24 PM Re: Twister Pins [Re: wronghander]
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Do you remember what center it was? I'm in Mass myself and don't know of any centers that have the Twisters. Interesting.

We won't be getting them in our home house though. Turns out the center is under contract with Brunswick to use their pins through 2018 and they're due to be replaced in the next month so it would be at least another 18 months before they get replaced again.
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#198675 - 12/18/17 07:40 AM Re: Twister Pins [Re: wronghander]
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I'm not even sure if the center still has Twisters now since that was from 2003 or 2004. It was at American Bowling Lanes in Southbridge. Last time I was there was in 2009 for one of my cousin's weddings and I only went to shoot a few games of candlepin that time. I felt that there was no point bringing 10 pin equipment with me that time when I can do that anywhere in NJ.

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#198691 - 12/19/17 06:44 AM Re: Twister Pins [Re: wronghander]
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Wow, Candlepin bowling!! They all have closed around here. It was popular for Candle pins to be on the second floor of the lanes. (Didn't have to carry bowling balls up the stairs) That was back in Chicago. All of those houses have since closed.

I believe the data I saw was: In 1965, there were 250 bowling alleys in the Chicago phone book. Today, only 15. A few of the older places have re-opened as party houses. Mostly food and drinks with bowling in Yuppy areas. $9 per game, $5 shoe rental. Popular for company outings. Not, really bowling.
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#198692 - 12/19/17 06:46 AM Re: Twister Pins [Re: wronghander]
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Wow, Candlepin bowling!! They all have closed around here. It was popular for Candle pins to be on the second floor of the lanes. (Didn't have to carry bowling balls up the stairs) That was back in Chicago. All of those houses have since closed.

I believe the data I saw was: In 1965, there were 250 bowling alleys in the Chicago phone book. Today, only 15. A few of the older places have re-opened as party houses. Mostly food and drinks with bowling in Yuppy areas. $9 per game, $5 shoe rental. Popular for company outings. Not, really bowling.
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#198693 - 12/19/17 08:06 AM Re: Twister Pins [Re: wronghander]
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Wow, Candlepin bowling!! They all have closed around here. It was popular for Candle pins to be on the second floor of the lanes. (Didn't have to carry bowling balls up the stairs) That was back in Chicago. All of those houses have since closed.

I believe the data I saw was: In 1965, there were 250 bowling alleys in the Chicago phone book. Today, only 15. A few of the older places have re-opened as party houses. Mostly food and drinks with bowling in Yuppy areas. $9 per game, $5 shoe rental. Popular for company outings. Not, really bowling.
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#198739 - 12/21/17 10:47 PM Re: Twister Pins [Re: wronghander]
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I have bowled on them a hand full of times and seemed to have gotten more ridiculous messengers then normal... I dont know if it was the pins or the curtains so i cant give a full analysis
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#198740 - 12/21/17 11:20 PM Re: Twister Pins [Re: Dennis Michael]
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Originally Posted By: Mkirchie
I'm not even sure if the center still has Twisters now since that was from 2003 or 2004. It was at American Bowling Lanes in Southbridge. Last time I was there was in 2009 for one of my cousin's weddings and I only went to shoot a few games of candlepin that time. I felt that there was no point bringing 10 pin equipment with me that time when I can do that anywhere in NJ.

I've never bowled at American so not sure but I wouldn't be surprised if they went back to wood pins. I do know there are other centers that had Twisters (including one in CT) that went back to wood.

Originally Posted By: Dennis Michael
Wow, Candlepin bowling!! They all have closed around here. It was popular for Candle pins to be on the second floor of the lanes. (Didn't have to carry bowling balls up the stairs) That was back in Chicago. All of those houses have since closed.

I believe the data I saw was: In 1965, there were 250 bowling alleys in the Chicago phone book. Today, only 15. A few of the older places have re-opened as party houses. Mostly food and drinks with bowling in Yuppy areas. $9 per game, $5 shoe rental. Popular for company outings. Not, really bowling.

There was actually a guy in Chicago that was able to get candlepin going at Southport Lanes since they use pinboys (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bQTVI9V-ZI). Never knew that Chicago once had candlepin bowling though, that's interesting. Outside of New England and Atlantic Canada, I only know of two places in Ohio that offer it and I think there was one in California that has since closed. How big was it in Chicago? Was it more of a novelty or was there serious competition?

Around here candlepin is being reinvented as a novelty type game. We've had a lot of traditional lanes close but new "boutique style" ones open up with a few more on the way.
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