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#75920 - 01/18/09 12:48 PM USBC Open
Todd Offline
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So anyone got plans for the trip this year? My team..."Split Happens" is going in March....18/19, we got some [censored] slots, 8:30pm for team and 11:30om s/d.

This will be our third year and hoping to improve again this year. Any tips or suggestions on preperation/types of balls to bring..(especially since it cost a arm and a leg to bring on plane)

thanks
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#75922 - 01/18/09 12:57 PM Re: USBC Open [Re: Todd]
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Fly Southwest, still no fees. And, you are allowed 2 booked luggages, max 50# each. My 4-bag roller is 43# for the top with 2 balls and shoes. While the lower section is 46# including the frame and roller mechanism.

Or, if you can be without your balls for a week, ship them. The link for preferred costs is on the National USBC Website.


Edited by Dennis Michael (01/18/09 12:59 PM)
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#75965 - 01/18/09 10:19 PM Re: USBC Open [Re: Dennis Michael]
Todd Offline
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yeah sw is freaking out of this world expensive from BWI...........700 plus for me and the wife....looks like NW for me.
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#75980 - 01/18/09 11:47 PM Re: USBC Open [Re: Todd]
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check on orbitz. airfare and new york new york. $420 a person for 3/21-3/25.
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#75984 - 01/19/09 12:05 AM Re: USBC Open [Re: uniqueblinds]
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Todd, many travel agencies can arrange air/hotel to Vegas for reasonable combo prices. Just a thought.

Otherwise, pay $50 for your balls to be shipped and fly United from BWI, 1 stop for $253, vs Northwest, 1 stop for $350.
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#76028 - 01/19/09 09:30 AM Re: USBC Open [Re: Dennis Michael]
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Registered: 01/09/09
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Our group is bowling Mar.6,7. We have a deal at the sahara where it will cost each person about $100 apiece and airfare of $273 from MSP

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#76193 - 01/20/09 10:35 AM Re: USBC Open [Re: jaws1945]
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We bowl every Memorial Day weekend. I will be heading out there on May 22nd and heading home on the 26th. I fly SW so I never worry about my bowling balls. I take 4 with me. I carry on my clothes and my laptop.

Bowling Ball express seemed a little steep to me. I think that when I priced it out a few years ago, it was over $100 each way for all 4 of my balls. Then, I would have to use my bowling bags as luggage anyway because they ship them in bowling ball boxes (unless you have the tote bags). I am contemplating getting another ball before Nationals. If I do, I will take 6 with me. I am still up in the air on it though.

For equipment, you need a few balls.

1) Sanded ball. Like 320 or 500. This will help you burn a spot for you on the lane.

2) Strong pearl. Something that has a good backend to it and can cut through some oil.

3) A little weaker pearl. For when the lanes start to break down.

4) Spare ball. A must for Nationals. I highly recommend no hooking at spares.

I am sure that Jim will have a little more detail on equipment to take. That is what I take.
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#76279 - 01/20/09 08:19 PM Re: USBC Open [Re: General Pounder]
Todd Offline
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sorry for the ignorance but when you say sanded 320 or 500 are you talking about getting the ball sanded with that type of paper? I have a twisted fury a storm and a plastic..so i guess i will take all 3??
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#76280 - 01/20/09 08:21 PM Re: USBC Open [Re: Todd]
Dennis Michael Offline
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Todd, yes, 320 and 500 refer to the grit of the paper the ball is sanded with.
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#76342 - 01/21/09 08:02 AM Re: USBC Open [Re: Dennis Michael]
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More common than sandpaper is using abralon pads or scotchbrite pads.
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