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Date: 24 Apr 2005 19:49:01
From: ismlv
Subject: Equiptment questions from a newbie
Hi all!

I bowled in highschool (about 10 years ago) in a school league and have recently gone a few times and am thinking about getting back into
it. I didn't have my own ball back then but thought I might get one now. Wondering if anyone can offer tips on getting a ball? I've seen
plastic (assuming this is what's used as a rental ball at the lanes), urethane, and reactive as the major types. I just want a basic ball
that I can grow a bit with. Right now, I don't have much hook at all so I'm thinking plastic might be a good starter ball. Also, I generally
bowl a 10# when I go but I've read that if you have it drilled to your hand, you can usually handle 1 or 2 pounds more - true?

What are all the numbers with a ball? For example, on bowling.com, they have hook potential, RG Average, RG Differential, etc. listed with
the balls - what do those mean, what should mine be and how will it affect my game? What kind of core should I look for?

How do you get a reliable drill? We have a Dick's sporting goods here but they have a limited selection. Without having the ball drilled so
you can get your fingers in it, what are the guidelines for how much weight you should get? Is there a way to test?

Re: shoes - do your own shoes REALLY make a big difference when you're just starting out? I figure getting your form down and consistent is
more important than the shoes at this point but thought I'd ask. I've seen left/right hand specific, various kinds of soles, etc. but I
don't find the rental shoes to be uncomfortable though I DO feel like they limit my slide and feel like I'm jerking to a halt, though this
could be caused by too much weight over my slide heel.

And and all input on the above or anything else you think might be helpful would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!




 
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