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Old January 9th, 2010, 09:01 PM   #1
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I'm an amatuer bowler and want to get better. I have an ebonite APEX which is a 16lbs ball that I cant get to curve, and I'm in luck, my daughter cracked it today.

What do you guys recommend for an amatuer who wants a good ball? I was looking at this:
http://hammerbowling.com/products/ba...l.php?PRKey=58

but I think I want it lighter than 12.

I know its a hard question to answer since it depends on a lot of factors, but pretend you've had lots of beer and are telling me about your... ummm... ball preferences....
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Old January 9th, 2010, 09:09 PM   #2
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It's been a while since I bowled but I would think a Lighter ball would be something you wouldn't want. If I remember correctly one of the rules is that the Ball has to weight a certain amount for your weight. I almost want to say 10% of your body weight. Up to 16 pounds. But, It's been a while. Looks like a nice ball though. Pretty.
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Old January 9th, 2010, 09:16 PM   #3
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I'm not sure I heard that rule about 10%, theres a lot of good fat bowlers.....

I thought 8 lbs was the lowest for our leagues....
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Old January 9th, 2010, 09:18 PM   #4
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I'm not sure I heard that rule about 10%, theres a lot of good fat bowlers.....

I thought 8 lbs was the lowest for our leagues....
LIke I said, I'm not sure. That's what I think I remember from Bowling Leagues in High school.
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Old January 9th, 2010, 09:20 PM   #5
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Check out www.bowlingball.com. They have pretty good write ups on most of the bowling balls on there.
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Old January 9th, 2010, 10:00 PM   #6
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your going from a 16 to lighter than a 12? maybe drop to a 14 but if you could throw the 16 I wouldnt drop down to a 12 . the hammer is a great ball. The hook comes from the drilling of the ball and the release technique as much as what ball your throwing. good luck.
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Old January 9th, 2010, 10:05 PM   #7
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Stay away from Blue Balls...they will really mess your game up
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Old January 9th, 2010, 10:06 PM   #8
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those darn blue balls....
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Old January 9th, 2010, 10:07 PM   #9
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don't go with a 12, it will bounce off the pins to much.

try a 15.
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Old January 9th, 2010, 10:10 PM   #10
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Don't go any less then 12 pounds. and as far as which ball depends on how you bowl. Are you a full finger or finger tip how fast do you normally bowl and how many revs. Talk to your pro shop also.
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Old January 9th, 2010, 11:43 PM   #11
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try a ball with finger tip grips. try a ball with a drilled side weight. try a thumb slug. eveyones ball is different. i use an old school blue urethane rhino finger tip thumb slug and side weight. i throw a pretty wide hook(i used too). try a wrist brace too. it will give you a more consistent release. bowling is all about having the same delivery consistently everytime. practice alot!

unless your really small or very weak i would avoid going to a lighter ball.
i worked at a large bowling alley for many years. i know a woman thats no more than 110lbs and about 5'2" uses a 16lb ball and averages over 200. she took lots of money from big time bowlers. it was common to have afterhour games with thousands of dollars on the line.

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Old January 9th, 2010, 11:46 PM   #12
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i have a bounty 900 and that is a really good ball.i have no problem with having a good hook on it

http://www.bowlingball.com/900-globa...ling-ball.html
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Old January 9th, 2010, 11:52 PM   #13
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try a ball with finger tip grips. try a ball with a drilled side weight. try a thumb slug.
Try an "8 ball"...and I don't mean the pool table one
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Perhaps go to the bowling alley and try out a bunch of their "house balls" or whatever they are called. Sure they'll suck but they'll give you a feel for just what you want.
Also, I'd suggest getting the bowling ball Bill Murray uses in Kingpin, the clear one with the rose in the middle:
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Try an "8 ball"...and I don't mean the pool table one
i cant. i get tested too much. thx for the offer though!
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Old January 10th, 2010, 01:16 PM   #16
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Stay 14 or 15 lbs.

IMO, if you can't hook your ball, going out and spending $200 on a top of the line ball like a Widow doesn't make much sense.

How often do you bowl?
What kind of oil conditions?
How fast do you throw?
how many revolutions are you putting on the ball?
(approximatations like slow or fast, etc are fine)

How is your current ball drilled now? Guessing since you even suggested below 12lbs, that you are a beginner in skill level. Understand that 14-15lbs are the mainstream range balls are developed for. Below that, deflection gets worse, they don't score as high. And few real hooking balls go below 12lbs, because you can't get the cores to work right when they are that light. Any normally healthy adult can usally throw at least a 14lb ball.

A mid-level ball would be just fine, don't spend $200+ to start.

I would find something that will be a medium hooking ball, something like a Brunswick avalanche (solid or pearl), Hammer Onyx vibe, etc.

HAve it drilled fingertip grip, in a strong layout lke a stacked leverage drilling, that will help you get more hook.

Take the $60 you save over a more expensive ball, and invest in a 1 hour lesson. Long drive for you, but Michelle Mullen in Farmington is worth it.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 07:28 PM   #17
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On the 12th, Tuesday, by buddy is has 8 lanes at BowlingIQ at DiLaura Brothers ( http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&sourc...gan+48312&z=16 )

from 8 to 10pm with PBA bowling conditions. Training sessions, ball demos, calc of rev rate, ect and its $10. His # is 586-405-3953, might be your best bet at trying things out.
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