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Date: 23 Dec 2004 20:18:51
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Subject: Cold bowling balls, thumb sticking
I'm a new bowler and bought a new Brunswick Groove Reactive ball last
month. I just went to bowl a few games after work and my ball was in
my car's trunk, with the temperature right around freezing. My first
couple or frames went well, then my thumb starting sticking in the
hole. It actually made a sucking sound when the ball came off when I
held the ball, like the thumb was totally plugging the hole! It made a
popping sound as it left my thumb and would give my arm a good pull.
Never had that happen before. After a couple of more throws where the
ball was taking my arm with it (and leaving me with a sprain, I think)
I called it a night.

Question- is the cold enough to cause the ball to contract enough to
cause the thumbhole to be too tight? Was it a combination of the cold
ball and my thumb swelling after rolling a few frames that could have
caused my ball to keep hanging on to my thumb? Everything seemed find
until today...





 
Date: 24 Dec 2004 17:04:54
From: Smokey
Subject: Re: Cold bowling balls, thumb sticking
> I'm a new bowler and bought a new Brunswick Groove Reactive ball last
> month. I just went to bowl a few games after work and my ball was in
> my car's trunk, with the temperature right around freezing. My first
> couple or frames went well, then my thumb starting sticking in the
> hole. It actually made a sucking sound when the ball came off when I
> held the ball, like the thumb was totally plugging the hole! It made a
> popping sound as it left my thumb and would give my arm a good pull.
> Never had that happen before. After a couple of more throws where the
> ball was taking my arm with it (and leaving me with a sprain, I think)
> I called it a night.

What happened was CONDENSATION in the hole, caused by its' temperature. In
essence, the hole was generating its' own "sweat" from the moisture in the
air. When this happens, you'll want to frequently WIPE OUT the hole with a
napkin as well as put powder on your thumb until the hole stops "sweating".

> Question- is the cold enough to cause the ball to contract enough to
> cause the thumbhole to be too tight? Was it a combination of the cold
> ball and my thumb swelling after rolling a few frames that could have
> caused my ball to keep hanging on to my thumb? Everything seemed find
> until today...

As has been mentioned, a cold ball can BREAK. Imagine throwing a 15 lb.
"ice ball" at 35 lbs of wood - chances are the ball's surface will crack and
chip when impacting the wood. If it "hits right", the ball will break
apart.

Follow the suggestion: RENT A LOCKER in the center you frequent most!




 
Date: 24 Dec 2004 10:08:14
From:
Subject: Re: Cold bowling balls, thumb sticking

pittwriter2@yahoo.com wrote:
> I'm a new bowler and bought a new Brunswick Groove Reactive ball last
> month. I just went to bowl a few games after work and my ball was in
> my car's trunk, with the temperature right around freezing. My first
> couple or frames went well, then my thumb starting sticking in the
> hole. It actually made a sucking sound when the ball came off when I
> held the ball, like the thumb was totally plugging the hole! It made
a
> popping sound as it left my thumb and would give my arm a good pull.
> Never had that happen before. After a couple of more throws where
the
> ball was taking my arm with it (and leaving me with a sprain, I
think)
> I called it a night.
>
> Question- is the cold enough to cause the ball to contract enough to
> cause the thumbhole to be too tight? Was it a combination of the
cold
> ball and my thumb swelling after rolling a few frames that could have
> caused my ball to keep hanging on to my thumb? Everything seemed
find
> until today...

One thing you can do is get the thumb hole just a tiny bit big
(emphasize tiny). Then you make up the difference by putting white
tape in it. When you have problems with the hole like you describe,
you just pull a piece out.



 
Date: 24 Dec 2004 09:22:57
From: James A. Overfelt
Subject: Re: Cold bowling balls, thumb sticking
Speaking from a scientific view point, your problem is
temperature differential. You should get some Dry Ice and
keep that thumb at 32 degrees, same as the ball!

It would be less painful to spend a few bucks and rent a
locker or at least take the ball into your office, where it
will stay warm.

Just a little humor on Christmas Eve.

Keep your balls warm!




<pittwriter2@yahoo.com > wrote in message
news:1103861931.772418.139930@c13g2000cwb.googlegroups.com...
I'm a new bowler and bought a new Brunswick Groove Reactive
ball last
month. I just went to bowl a few games after work and my
ball was in
my car's trunk, with the temperature right around freezing.
My first
couple or frames went well, then my thumb starting sticking
in the
hole. It actually made a sucking sound when the ball came
off when I
held the ball, like the thumb was totally plugging the hole!
It made a
popping sound as it left my thumb and would give my arm a
good pull.
Never had that happen before. After a couple of more throws
where the
ball was taking my arm with it (and leaving me with a
sprain, I think)
I called it a night.

Question- is the cold enough to cause the ball to contract
enough to
cause the thumbhole to be too tight? Was it a combination
of the cold
ball and my thumb swelling after rolling a few frames that
could have
caused my ball to keep hanging on to my thumb? Everything
seemed find
until today...



  
Date: 24 Dec 2004 16:15:42
From: netnews.comcast.net
Subject: Re: Cold bowling balls, thumb sticking
Just be glad teh ball didn't crack the shell since it was frozen. Never
leave your balls in the car (insert joke here). Either hot or cold, both
can damage the ball.
"James A. Overfelt" <jimo@vt.edu > wrote in message
news:cqh8np$oe3$1@solaris.cc.vt.edu...
> Speaking from a scientific view point, your problem is
> temperature differential. You should get some Dry Ice and
> keep that thumb at 32 degrees, same as the ball!
>
> It would be less painful to spend a few bucks and rent a
> locker or at least take the ball into your office, where it
> will stay warm.
>
> Just a little humor on Christmas Eve.
>
> Keep your balls warm!
>
>
>
>
> <pittwriter2@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:1103861931.772418.139930@c13g2000cwb.googlegroups.com...
> I'm a new bowler and bought a new Brunswick Groove Reactive
> ball last
> month. I just went to bowl a few games after work and my
> ball was in
> my car's trunk, with the temperature right around freezing.
> My first
> couple or frames went well, then my thumb starting sticking
> in the
> hole. It actually made a sucking sound when the ball came
> off when I
> held the ball, like the thumb was totally plugging the hole!
> It made a
> popping sound as it left my thumb and would give my arm a
> good pull.
> Never had that happen before. After a couple of more throws
> where the
> ball was taking my arm with it (and leaving me with a
> sprain, I think)
> I called it a night.
>
> Question- is the cold enough to cause the ball to contract
> enough to
> cause the thumbhole to be too tight? Was it a combination
> of the cold
> ball and my thumb swelling after rolling a few frames that
> could have
> caused my ball to keep hanging on to my thumb? Everything
> seemed find
> until today...
>