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Date: 18 Sep 2006 02:58:19
From: Beezlebub
Subject: Why foam bottoms in bowling bags?
Hey all.

I've been out of the sport for an extended period of time......almost 20
years since I was last bowling in a regular league. I'm back into it a
bit, and have bought new bowling balls to try and deal with the modern
lane conditions. Still averaging over 200, although that doesn't seem
to be as much of an accomplishment as it used to be. :^(

In any case, my 20-year old double ball bag was in tough shape, so I
bought a new Brunswick Flash Double bag. It's already falling
apart...the attachment points for the shoulder straps are tearing out,
and I've only gone bowling with it 6 or 7 times! What really gets me
though are the cheap foam "ball cups".....just a flat piece of foam with
a flat-bottomed circle cut out for the balls to "sit" in. The foam is
already so compressed that the balls are pretty much getting no
protection....it's like carrying them around in a duffle bag.

My wife's new $20 Ebonite bag has a plastic cup for the ball to sit in,
and my son's $8 Ebonite bag has one as well. However, it looks like
everything at the "higher end" has this foam instead.

Is there actually a reason why foam is being used in "high end" bags? I
bought a BVP Wizard for my strike ball and a White Dot for my spare
ball, and the only thing I can think of is that plastic cups somehow
damage resin balls. That would explain why cheap bags (geared towards
the plastic ball crowd) have plastic cups in them. I'm half tempted to
just buy two cheap single ball bags with plastic cups and be done with
it.

TIA for any replies!




 
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