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Any bowlers on here - I'm really missing bowling

Discussion in 'Announcements & Open Forum' started by Big Kahuna, Dec 16, 2020.

  1. Big Kahuna

    Big Kahuna Sr. Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    Just wondering if anyone else on here is an avid bowler? All of our alleys have been shut down for a while and we probably won't get to bowl for another 6 months. I'm missing it a lot.

    I've been bowling league for 26 years and the current shutdown is really a bummer.

    In my current arsenal -



    Hammer Reactive Wheel (2004) - https://www.bowlingball.com/products/bowling-balls/hammer/5298/wheel.html

    RotoGrip DareDevil (2018) - https://www.bowlingball.com/products/bowling-balls/roto-grip/13069/dare-devil.html

    Radical Katana Dragon (2018) - https://www.bowlingball.com/products/bowling-balls/radical/14181/katana-dragon.html

    Current looking at picking up a 900 Global Volatility - https://www.bowlingball.com/products/bowling-balls/900-global/15629/volatility.html
     
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  2. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

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    League bowled from 1979 to 2010. A few local tournaments here and there. Managed a pro shop for a friend of mine from '99 to '08. Fitted and drilled a few thousand balls. Not bowling any longer but I feel your pain........

    73
     
  3. Big Kahuna

    Big Kahuna Sr. Member

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    Wow - that's awesome! I always wanted to learn more about the drilling and get my own setup for drilling in the garage but then I figured I'd just be buying new balls every month and it would cost too much :)

    Yeah not bowling this year was weird after doing it for so long. I would bowl three times a week most weeks. I'm saving a ton of money though (Beer gets expensive when you drink as much as my team did). Maybe my liver is healthier right now.

    I also miss moonlight bowling for $$$. We still have one place in the town 45min south of me that does that and it's always a good time and get to meet new people.

    Here's a vid of me testing out my latest bowling balls -

    And YES my shoes I own are house shoes - I got so used to a full leather sole that I hated all the higher end shoes I tried and eventually went back to the basics.
     
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  4. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

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    Nice game you have. Looks like you have a medium rev rate with about 15-16 mph avg ball speed with about 45 degrees of axis rotation and 5-10 degrees of axis tilt. All good. Were the back ends a little slick (carrydown) that day when you shot the video?

    I get what your saying about shoes but you're losing a little bit of leverage on your release because of them. You'd be surprised at how much difference a sticky rubber sole on your right shoe makes. Sorry, it's the coach in me coming out after watching your video.

    Drilling accurately requires a mill/drill press @ a few thousand $. Do you have any centers near you that you can go practice in? Don't want to get rusty.

    73
     
  5. Big Kahuna

    Big Kahuna Sr. Member

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    Wow you nailed it! I’ve been trying to increase my rev rate. Going to try a 14 lb ball as I’m getting older and a little different layout on the new one. Other issue with the shoes is a recent ACL replacement. My “pro” shoes were putting more stress on the knee so it’s slippity slide for now :) nothing open around here, total shutdown. You can eat outside but that’s about it.
     
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  6. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

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    Big K,
    Roger on the ACL, I QSL why you wouldn't want sticky. Your rev rate matches up pretty well with your ball speed. I played around with 14 lb for a while, makes you feel like superman, but I left more weak 10's on flush pocket hits, they deflect more than 15 lbs.
    If I was still bowling I would have gone to 14 by now no doubt.

    You're rolling the ball quite well after having that kind of surgery. Have fun.

    73
     
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  7. Big Kahuna

    Big Kahuna Sr. Member

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    Ended up ordering the 15# in the volatility. They discontinued that ball but it sounds like a monster on oil which would be helpful for me for tournaments when I normally have to slow down or decrease my angle.

    Sad part will be waiting to actually use it :)
     
  8. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

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    When there's Small Craft Warnings in the middle of the pattern the most important factors are ball surface, ball surface and ball surface. RG Differential / Track flare Potential matters too but only with the right surface. Low RG core designs with higher RG Diff #s rev up quicker and work a little better on oil, with the right surface texture. End of rant.

    73
     
  9. DXman

    DXman Yes, that's 3100 degrees F. Nine yrs of hard work.

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    Hay Big Kahuna- long time bowler here!

    Captured my first state championship back in 1965. I was 17 yrs old then and took the high game and high series out of 400 bowlers. My game was 279 and series was a 634.
    Got two trophy's for the effort. I also have the newspaper article with my picture in it.
    Oh - and the tournament was in Everett.

    Since then I went on to compete in the adult leagues, which in my last year of bowling was in a 3 man scratch league. There on the last night for the 1st place trophy, I hit a 274 game and got my highest series every - 712 for 3 games. Our team got 1st place too!

    I had to quit the game when I was around 35, was having a big problem with my left leg causing a lot of pain.

    Some day I will show you the newspaper article when you have time.

    I've had several games in the 260's also and I did end up with a 196 average at the end of the season.
     
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  10. Big Kahuna

    Big Kahuna Sr. Member

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    DXman how did we never talk about this before? :) We must have been too busy talking radios all these years. I had no idea you were a state champion. Have you tried bowling again in recent years? It would be fun for us to hit riverside sometime for a couple of games. Before the shutdown I was doing the moonlight money bowling down there on Fridays.

    No bowling right now so just been surfing. Went yesterday during that snowstorm!

    73's

    WR721
     
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  11. DXman

    DXman Yes, that's 3100 degrees F. Nine yrs of hard work.

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    I will scan the news article and send it to you....

    My bowling ball is now a permanent fixture in the wife's flower bed, last time I looked at it, there were several large cracks around it.......
     
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  12. Big Kahuna

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    Awesome I'd love to see it!
     
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  13. DXman

    DXman Yes, that's 3100 degrees F. Nine yrs of hard work.

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    You should have it by now.........
     
  14. jessejamesdallas

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    Use to bowl all the time...Me and my wife bowled 2 to 3 sometimes 4 times a week in different mix leagues and at several different alley's around town...

    Sadly every one of the bowling alleys we bowled at all closed within a 3 or 4 year period, and were torn down...
    Buckner Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Don Carters, Jupiter Lanes , Big Town, Bronco Bowl, AMC in Irving...and I know I'm leaving a few out...

    At one time I don't know where any bowling alleys were still open anywhere in the Dallas area! But they have been making a come-back, I know where 3 New ones are located, problem is they are all 30-40+ miles away from where I live on the other side of Dallas.

    Haven't been bowling in so long now my ball probably has dry-rot.:confused:
     
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    My bowling at Preston Forest count? About once per decade I’d wander back in and wonder why am I here?

    It was a nice place. Long, long gone.

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