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Date: 27 May 2005 14:27:14
From: Chuck Mularkey
Subject: The impact of ball choice on scores
hello all,

I just noticed something interesting about the effect of ball choice
on my game. For the 2003-04 winter season I used mostly early rolling
dull particle equipment with asymmetrical cores like the Track Super
Freak with strong drillings that required an X-hole. While I only
averaged 184 that season I scored my first two 700 series and had
numerous games in the 230-267 range which I had never achieved before.

This year I learned how to roll the ball better and felt that I didn't
need the sanded hook monster balls anymore, plus I wanted to try out
the shiny reactive resin balls....so I did. I bought a symmetrical
core resin ball (BVP Nemesis) and shined it up, and I love it. I like
the way it reacts and the backend it has compared to the sanded
particle ball. My average went up into the 190's...197 in one league
and over all I bowled more consistently during the 2004-05 season. The
weird thing is, I did not bowl nearly as many high games or series
since I switched ball technology. The highest I bowled this year was
690 (with the asym particle ball) 640's with symmetrical core resin,
and while I bowled way more 200+ games they were not as high as they
were the previous season with most being in the 2teens with a 220 or
so thrown in here and there.

What do these statistics mean? Does the asymm particle ball really
carry that much better resulting in higher games and series I can't
achieve with tamer ball technology? Should I stick with resin and
improve my skills so that I can achieve higher scores eventually with
them? I know I am a better bowler than I was last year even though I
have not achieved as high series and scores, but the only thing I can
think of as a reason is that the strong particle ball carried a lot
more sh*t and allowed me to string more strikes rather than getting
tapped for a less than perfect shot. I can't explain it any other way.
Did anyone else out there notice a similar pattern in their stats when
switching ball technology? Thanks for listening....

Chuck




 
Date: 29 May 2005 09:30:33
From: 1966olds
Subject: Re: The impact of ball choice on scores
I have noticed the same phenomenon with my own equipment. In fact, I
have both a Storm Triple X-factor and a Storm Triple X-treme. The two
are like brothers or sisters being nearly identical inside (at least to
my knowledge), but with the X-treme having a dull surface and reacting
more like a particle ball, and the XXX being pearlized, with more slide
and a stronger backend...usually.

Have had success with both balls, but just as the original poster, have
experienced higher highs with the X-treme, but more highs with the XXX.
And probably for the reasons cited in the replies. The X-treme's name
says it all...it is an x-treme ball for certain lane conditions. When
those conditions match up with the ball's strengths ---or the strengths
that I am able to capitalize on --- it is a hook monster and carries
just about everything. But most of the time, the triple xxx is more
consistent and I am more likely to bowl 3 high games with it versus 1
spectacular game and a couple of not-AS-spectacular games with the
x-treme.

Just my 2-cents added,
Larry


Michael W. Lee wrote:
> I think it is just that you are becoming more consistent with your game. It
> is okay to question why you get higher average and more 200+ games just not
> high 200+ games.
> Keep your game going and the higher scores will show up again.
>
> Best of luck for you.
>
> Michael
>
> "Eldred Pickett" <epickett@NOSPAM.umich.edu> wrote in message
> news:ntue91pv97sughg91h4hq58a9du2s6jllr@4ax.com...
> > On Fri, 27 May 2005 14:27:14 -0400, Chuck Mularkey
> > <chuck@mularkey.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> >>What do these statistics mean? Does the asymm particle ball really
> >>carry that much better resulting in higher games and series I can't
> >>achieve with tamer ball technology? Should I stick with resin and
> >>improve my skills so that I can achieve higher scores eventually with
> >>them? I know I am a better bowler than I was last year even though I
> >>have not achieved as high series and scores, but the only thing I can
> >>think of as a reason is that the strong particle ball carried a lot
> >>more sh*t and allowed me to string more strikes rather than getting
> >>tapped for a less than perfect shot. I can't explain it any other way.
> >>Did anyone else out there notice a similar pattern in their stats when
> >>switching ball technology? Thanks for listening....
> >>
> >>Chuck
> >
> > Here's my take on it. The 'hook monster' equipment has a very narrow
> > 'operating range', for lack of a better term. When the conditions
> > match up, you can shoot the lights out. When the conditions don't
> > match, you'll shoot like the lights ARE out...<g>
> > So yeah, you have the potential for more really big games, but you
> > tend to not be as consistent. With a tamer piece in your hand, you
> > can keep the ball in play more, and you don't leave so many works of
> > art as spare attempts. Your WHOLE game may be better as opposed to
> > just higher peaks and lower valleys.
> >
> > Eldred



 
Date: 27 May 2005 16:01:29
From: Eldred Pickett
Subject: Re: The impact of ball choice on scores
On Fri, 27 May 2005 14:27:14 -0400, Chuck Mularkey
<chuck@mularkey.com > wrote:


>What do these statistics mean? Does the asymm particle ball really
>carry that much better resulting in higher games and series I can't
>achieve with tamer ball technology? Should I stick with resin and
>improve my skills so that I can achieve higher scores eventually with
>them? I know I am a better bowler than I was last year even though I
>have not achieved as high series and scores, but the only thing I can
>think of as a reason is that the strong particle ball carried a lot
>more sh*t and allowed me to string more strikes rather than getting
>tapped for a less than perfect shot. I can't explain it any other way.
>Did anyone else out there notice a similar pattern in their stats when
>switching ball technology? Thanks for listening....
>
>Chuck

Here's my take on it. The 'hook monster' equipment has a very narrow
'operating range', for lack of a better term. When the conditions
match up, you can shoot the lights out. When the conditions don't
match, you'll shoot like the lights ARE out...<g >
So yeah, you have the potential for more really big games, but you
tend to not be as consistent. With a tamer piece in your hand, you
can keep the ball in play more, and you don't leave so many works of
art as spare attempts. Your WHOLE game may be better as opposed to
just higher peaks and lower valleys.

Eldred


  
Date: 28 May 2005 07:19:24
From: Michael W. Lee
Subject: Re: The impact of ball choice on scores
I think it is just that you are becoming more consistent with your game. It
is okay to question why you get higher average and more 200+ games just not
high 200+ games.
Keep your game going and the higher scores will show up again.

Best of luck for you.

Michael

"Eldred Pickett" <epickett@NOSPAM.umich.edu > wrote in message
news:ntue91pv97sughg91h4hq58a9du2s6jllr@4ax.com...
> On Fri, 27 May 2005 14:27:14 -0400, Chuck Mularkey
> <chuck@mularkey.com> wrote:
>
>
>>What do these statistics mean? Does the asymm particle ball really
>>carry that much better resulting in higher games and series I can't
>>achieve with tamer ball technology? Should I stick with resin and
>>improve my skills so that I can achieve higher scores eventually with
>>them? I know I am a better bowler than I was last year even though I
>>have not achieved as high series and scores, but the only thing I can
>>think of as a reason is that the strong particle ball carried a lot
>>more sh*t and allowed me to string more strikes rather than getting
>>tapped for a less than perfect shot. I can't explain it any other way.
>>Did anyone else out there notice a similar pattern in their stats when
>>switching ball technology? Thanks for listening....
>>
>>Chuck
>
> Here's my take on it. The 'hook monster' equipment has a very narrow
> 'operating range', for lack of a better term. When the conditions
> match up, you can shoot the lights out. When the conditions don't
> match, you'll shoot like the lights ARE out...<g>
> So yeah, you have the potential for more really big games, but you
> tend to not be as consistent. With a tamer piece in your hand, you
> can keep the ball in play more, and you don't leave so many works of
> art as spare attempts. Your WHOLE game may be better as opposed to
> just higher peaks and lower valleys.
>
> Eldred




  
Date: 27 May 2005 17:21:06
From: Jeff Rife
Subject: Re: The impact of ball choice on scores
Eldred Pickett (epickett@NOSPAM.umich.edu) wrote in alt.sport.bowling:
> Here's my take on it. The 'hook monster' equipment has a very narrow
> 'operating range', for lack of a better term. When the conditions
> match up, you can shoot the lights out. When the conditions don't
> match, you'll shoot like the lights ARE out...<g>

LOL

--
Jeff Rife