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#47975 - 01/18/08 10:45 AM Ball Manufacturer Characteristics
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Just wondering if someone could go over the many manufacturers and the characteristics that are typical of their balls. For instance (from what I've heard), Brunswick tends to have earlier rollers, while Storm is known more for their length. I think that, when looking for a certain reaction, there are balls from every manufacturer that could provide that look, so knowing the different tendencies of the manufacturers themselves might help with that decision.
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#48014 - 01/18/08 10:48 PM Re: Ball Manufacturer Characteristics [Re: cgeorg]
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Storm also tends to hit too hard, in order to carry the entire back row the ball needs to stop hooking before it hits the pins.

New Columbia lots of roll and control great for tough shots.

New Track long and strong I don't think any ball in their new lineup has less than a 16 backend.

MoRich= best heavy oil balls on the market and somehow have avoided the quality control issues Brunswick has had since moving to Mexico.

Ebonite= tons of backend which explains track's imrpovment.

Lane #1= Best symetrical cores on the market, coverstocks are suspect now that they are being made at the old columbia plant

AMF= left me hanging one too many times, I wish them well in what ever they do in the future, but they are dead to me.


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#48015 - 01/18/08 10:54 PM Re: Ball Manufacturer Characteristics [Re: cgeorg]
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To me the main difference between the companies is that the bigger companies give you a more complete lineup. Some companies like MoRich give you mostly big hooking balls and nothing with less hook. Brunswick has always been known for an arcy type of reaction as well as Ebonite. But I believe that you can get any reaction you want from any company. Storm is known for their length and backend. If you want an early rolling ball from Storm, I'm sure you can find one in their lineup. If you want a skid/snap ball from Brunswick, they make quite a few. Ebonite makes skid/snap balls also. Whatever you are looking for, most companies make it. I look for good reliable coverstocks and taylor a reaction around it.

Skid/snap is as much in the release as it is in the balls makeup. If you have a flat release or a weak suitcase release, the most snappiest Storm ball made won't skid/snap for you. However, if you have a strong release, a ball with a good backend will explode off the dry boards.

Most premium balls will have a stronger backend or more hook. Most companies save their asymmetrical balls for the premium line. Most midline balls will be more arcy and they will be symmetrical. Most low priced balls will have a weaker cover and a simple core.

I liked Storm right off the bat because of the extra backend I seemed to get and because of the smell. Yes I said it. The scent of the bowling balls. I know it has nothing to do with the reaction of the bowling ball, but I'm a sap for a good marketing ploy. A good friend of mine showed me a ball when I had just got back into bowling. He said smell it. The ball smelled like cherries. It was one of the Eraser's. I was hooked from then. I read a lot of online opinions about the Storm balls and thought I would try one. The X Factor was getting a good write up and I thought I would try it. I did and I was really hooked.

I really like Storm, but I like Big B also. I could use their balls if I had to. I have a couple of them. I have used balls by most of the companies out there. I would also like to give a shout out to RotoGrip. Their balls are good and inexpensive.
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#48017 - 01/18/08 11:31 PM Re: Ball Manufacturer Characteristics [Re: CoachJim]
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Originally Posted By: CoachJim
Storm also tends to hit too hard, in order to carry the entire back row the ball needs to stop hooking before it hits the pins.

New Columbia lots of roll and control great for tough shots.

New Track long and strong I don't think any ball in their new lineup has less than a 16 backend.

MoRich= best heavy oil balls on the market and somehow have avoided the quality control issues Brunswick has had since moving to Mexico.

Ebonite= tons of backend which explains track's imrpovment.

Lane #1= Best symetrical cores on the market, coverstocks are suspect now that they are being made at the old columbia plant

AMF= left me hanging one too many times, I wish them well in what ever they do in the future, but they are dead to me.



Coach Jim, you left out Legends/Lane Masters in your list of manufacturers. I think that they are an up and coming company and worth a look. Using symmetrical cores and higher Rg's, they tend to exhibit good midlane roll, however some of their newer models tend to be able to go longer with a little sharper turn at the breakpoint.

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#48019 - 01/19/08 12:43 AM Re: Ball Manufacturer Characteristics [Re: Pattayabowler]
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As for Lane Masters, they are known for their thick and hard cover. I believe, the thickest cover on the market. They hit harder than my Storms, Brunswicks, and MoRich balls. I have one drilled for length and the other for arc. Both handle oil really well.
The balls last longer than others I have had. I have had 3 LM Balls, and have liked them all. One was traded in due to lane machine damage or I would have all three.

I use Storm and B Balls for less oil.

Morich ball was a sponge on oil and needed a lot of maintenance.
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#48030 - 01/19/08 11:00 AM Re: Ball Manufacturer Characteristics [Re: Pattayabowler]
CoachJim Offline
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Legends/Lm balls seem to be reusing the same old AZO cores, I have not seen anything I have liked from them. I hated AZO, I never knew what reaction I was going to get from their stuff. The only ball I have heard a wide variety of people using and liking so far is the Black Pearl which is a lower rg core if I am not mistaken. For my game, high rg cores are only good for dry lanes, if I use them with aggressive coverstocks on heavier oil I get over/under ball reaction and narrow break points.

That is just me, these balls might work well for everyone but me. That is why I didn't mention them because I didn't want it to look like I was bashing them like AMF, but I don't have a problem with Legends/Lane Masters and I fully support what they do even though they don't match up well with my game.

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