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#22618 - 02/22/06 10:35 PM which type of ball works best on most lane conditions?
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Registered: 02/19/06
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I only own one ball, a spare ball, and I was looking into getting my first strike ball, but I can only afford one, and I know they make different kinds for different conditions like heavy oil medium oil etc, but I was wondering, which type should I get that would do fairly well on most conditions? I know it won't be perfect on each condition, but I want to get one that will do well on as many lane conditions as possible since I can only afford one right now.

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#22619 - 02/22/06 10:50 PM Re: which type of ball works best on most lane conditions?
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To get just one ball, I think the best bet would be to get a medium-oil ball with a medium strength drilling layout on it. From there you can either polish or sand the ball down for your needs. If you are in a league, you will know ahead of time what kind of oil you have and can adjust your ball ahead of time. You can also keep some scotch-brite pads with you as well to adjust when you go to different houses or have different conditions.

Another option depending on how much money you are looking to spend is to look at the Brunswick Power Groove balls. You could almost get 2 of them for the price of an expensive high-end ball, and the Power Grooves are very good from what I hear. This way you could have 2 different reacting balls.

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#22620 - 02/22/06 11:12 PM Re: which type of ball works best on most lane conditions?
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I would go with Columbia. Columbia seems to make a wide variety of balls that suit every type of bowler. The Columbia Panic is a great mid range ball. The Hyde, Dr. Hyde also.

If your shop does not carry much Columbia I'd go with something from the Brunswick BVP line. Very good ball reaction for the money and they have a variety of coverstocks for less or more hook. And, for me, the Moster Bruiser is still a favorite mid range ball from Brunswick.

I would not go with a Scout, Tornado, Tropical Storm or Groove. I don't think they will be significantly different then your plastic ball and you'll grow out of them too fast and want more reaction. Talk to your Pro Shop about it and ask them to watch you bowl a few frames to judge what would work best for you.

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#22621 - 02/23/06 08:10 PM Re: which type of ball works best on most lane conditions?
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Bantam

Registered: 02/19/06
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A/S/L: 18/Male/NY
Wow, thanks that really helped. I was looking at two balls that I'm trying to decide between now:

Brunswick Power Groove Black Sparkle Proactive and Brunswick Power Groove Reactive. Whats the difference betweem particle and reactive, they both sound really good.

Oh, Brunswick BVP Nemesis also caught my eye.

If anyone has any recommendations from here as to which to go with and/or stay away from, I'd appreciate it. I can use the help since I still don't really know what's what as far as ball selection goes. smile

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#22622 - 02/23/06 08:44 PM Re: which type of ball works best on most lane conditions?
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Go with the Nemesis, the Power Groove reactive hooks on dry but anything oily and you throw it like a plastic ball. I havent tried the black sparkle, i imagine it is inbetween power grove and nemesis.
just my .02 .

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#22623 - 02/23/06 10:30 PM Re: which type of ball works best on most lane conditions?
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I have never used the Power Groove myself, so I don't want to give any major endorsement on them-I just heard they were good, mid-priced balls. I've heard good things about the Nemesis too, and if people who have used them suggest them, I would go with that.
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#22624 - 02/23/06 10:53 PM Re: which type of ball works best on most lane conditions?
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If I could only buy one ball, it would have to be a matte surface, medium oil ball. The reason is that you could more easily tune the cover to be used on almost any condition. A medium rg, medium differential, matte ball would be a good benchmark ball. A good ball to read the lanes with. I would go with any mid range, matte ball from any company. Whatever you like. I will not be like some others who will push one company over another. I have had success with each company, even Columbia ( They make my White Dot that I couldn't live without ).

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#22625 - 02/24/06 11:07 AM Re: which type of ball works best on most lane conditions?
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Bantam

Registered: 02/19/06
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A/S/L: 18/Male/NY
Okay thanks everyone, I really do appreciate all the help. I'll go with the BVP Nemesis, since that's what everyone seems to be suggesting. Thanks so much.

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