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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby offsides on Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:51 am

columbia wrote:When are the LGP bowling shirts going to be available?
I'd buy one.


Me too, at least they would be unique\rare. I am sure I would get a lot of "What the **** is LGP"?
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby offsides on Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:55 pm

ffemtreed wrote:
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ffemtreed wrote:
I bowl with a Radical Reax for my strong hook ball and a Motiv Primal for my weak hook ball and of course a plastic ball to throw at spares. I can't say enough good things about the Reax ball, its by far the best ball I ever bowled with. Just make sure if you get one the pro shop watches you bowl and gets your specs (axis tilt, axis rotation, PAP, Speed) so that the Reax can be layed out correctly to match you.


I have been looking at the Reax pearl as a selfie Christmas present. I think you just talked me into it, ho ho ho. :wink:


My wife has the reax pearl, its a stronger ball than the original reax. There is also an even stronger version (Reax version 2) that is out but I haven't gotten a chance to check it out yet. If you want a ball that is a hook monster, get the version 2 Reax. Just make sure you get it from a good pro shop that understand layouts and knows your game. The beauty of the cores in the reax is their versatility of being able to be matched up to the bowlers game. A bad layout on the reax can spell disaster with your ball flaring over drilling holes or being out of spec on the weight balances or even worse yet, a ball that hasn't finished it PAP migration (core flip) before it hits the pins.


Ended up getting a Reax pearl and a Reax version 2. There may be balls out there that hit harder than the Reax 2, but I have never thrown them. Once the Reax 2 flips, it just blows up the pins. If I throw it right, it is without a doubt the strongest ball I have ever used. I also like the pearl version on slightly drier lanes. Thanks for the good advice!! :fist:
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby canaan on Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:51 pm

Bump. Just bought a reax pearl. Waiting for it in the mail. Bowlingball.com has them for 89$ w/free ship.

juice is gonna teach me how to roll like an adult instead of just aiming for the middle like a schmo.

wicked excited.
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby Factorial on Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:08 pm

canaan wrote:Bump. Just bought a reax pearl. Waiting for it in the mail. Bowlingball.com has them for 89$ w/free ship.

juice is gonna teach me how to roll like an adult instead of just aiming for the middle like a schmo.

wicked excited.


Duck pins?
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby mac5155 on Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:21 pm

I went bowling today with work.i bowled a 300 in 2 games. Is this any good cause I feel like it was really good lol
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby Willie Kool on Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:41 pm

300 total or two 300 games?

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A 150 average is pretty good for an occasional bowler.
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby SoupOrSam on Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:56 am

Avg 180.

Old school balls: Hammer, Sumo, and Nitro.
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby shafnutz05 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:00 am

I average around 170-180, just use the alley balls though and aim for the middle like a schmo.
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby columbia on Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:22 am

I'm mainly in it for the shoes.
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby ffemtreed on Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:35 am

If anyone is looking for some guidance on how to bowl, Richard Shockley has some really good youtube videos that really show you the correct way to release a bowling ball off your hand. Norm Duke also has some of his next level bowling segments on youtube as well (search next level bowling). Between those two sources anyone can get a good understanding of the basic's of the game if they we willing to put some time in on the lanes.

https://www.youtube.com/user/RSvirtualbowling
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby 60sixx on Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:20 am

I've threatened to take bowling lessons for years - but never took the plunge.
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby mac5155 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:25 am

Willie Kool wrote:300 total or two 300 games?

:slug:

A 150 average is pretty good for an occasional bowler.


total. I know 300 is a perfect game lol.

My strategy was to just muscle theball down the alley
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby Juice on Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:44 am

60sixx wrote:I've threatened to take bowling lessons for years - but never took the plunge.

bowling lessons? no need
just do a little reading, watch a few youtubes and start huckin em
ask anyone at the lane when you are throwing that seems to have a clue, people are more than willing to give a few pointers
lane time is the main thing that will make you better
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby slappybrown on Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:47 am

YOU GUIS MUST HAVE BEEN PRETTY COOL IN HIGH SCHOOL DOT SUIT AT A PIRATES GAME
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby Troy Loney on Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:48 am

Juice wrote:
60sixx wrote:I've threatened to take bowling lessons for years - but never took the plunge.

bowling lessons? no need
just do a little reading, watch a few youtubes and start huckin em
ask anyone at the lane when you are throwing that seems to have a clue, people are more than willing to give a few pointers
lane time is the main thing that will make you better


When i was bowling all the time, I bought a ball from a shop at one of the alleys. the dude in the shop spent some time with me, I think that's all you need. the stroke isn't particularly hard to understand, just hard to repeat.
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby Juice on Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:27 am

slappybrown wrote:YOU GUIS MUST HAVE BEEN PRETTY COOL IN HIGH SCHOOL DOT SUIT AT A PIRATES GAME

TOPS
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby ffemtreed on Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:08 am

Juice wrote:
60sixx wrote:I've threatened to take bowling lessons for years - but never took the plunge.

bowling lessons? no need
just do a little reading, watch a few youtubes and start huckin em
ask anyone at the lane when you are throwing that seems to have a clue, people are more than willing to give a few pointers
lane time is the main thing that will make you better



I used to think that way also, but when I started having major trouble with my wrist I went and got refitted for a ball and the pro shop operator was one of the top 100 bowling coaches in the world (according to some bowler institute). He coached a couple PBA title holders. Well anyways my game improved tremendously after getting a few lessons from him.

I have seen some of the advice people give out at the lanes and it can be downright harmful to someone and encourage really bad habits. The main problem with people who don't have a coaching background, think everyone should bowl like themselves and try and teach people to be more and more like themselves. Watch the PBA on TV some Sunday and see how many of those bowlers have the same form..... almost none of them do, which is where a good coach comes in and helps you find your own style that you can then perfect. 90% of being a good bowler is about consistency and repeatability!

Since i am still majorly struggling with my wrist I am going back to him next week and i am going to switch hands and learn to bowl lefty over the summer.
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby Juice on Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:35 am

ffemtreed wrote:
Juice wrote:
60sixx wrote:I've threatened to take bowling lessons for years - but never took the plunge.

bowling lessons? no need
just do a little reading, watch a few youtubes and start huckin em
ask anyone at the lane when you are throwing that seems to have a clue, people are more than willing to give a few pointers
lane time is the main thing that will make you better



I used to think that way also, but when I started having major trouble with my wrist I went and got refitted for a ball and the pro shop operator was one of the top 100 bowling coaches in the world (according to some bowler institute). He coached a couple PBA title holders. Well anyways my game improved tremendously after getting a few lessons from him.

I have seen some of the advice people give out at the lanes and it can be downright harmful to someone and encourage really bad habits. The main problem with people who don't have a coaching background, think everyone should bowl like themselves and try and teach people to be more and more like themselves. Watch the PBA on TV some Sunday and see how many of those bowlers have the same form..... almost none of them do, which is where a good coach comes in and helps you find your own style that you can then perfect. 90% of being a good bowler is about consistency and repeatability!

Since i am still majorly struggling with my wrist I am going back to him next week and i am going to switch hands and learn to bowl lefty over the summer.

this is really the way to go, it's more about just getting started though
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby ffemtreed on Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:35 pm

Since we are on the coaching and learning to bowl, Brian Voss has a great book (Bare bones bowling) that really gets into the mechanics of your body while bowling.

I wouldn't suggest it for the casual bowler as they won't learn much from it. But anyone who really wants to improve can benefit from it. It is a VERY dry read because its full of technical information related to the different aspects of bowling, such as footwork, arm swing, hand positions, spine tilt and etc.
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby slappybrown on Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:26 am

yinz ever play dat bowling game dahn da bar dat got dem pins dat flip up when ya slid the puck under dem?

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Dats rill bowlin
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby MRandall25 on Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:58 am

I've been going to Forward Lanes a lot with friends who went to CMU. I'm lucky if I can keep my scores around 110. It's truly a roller coaster ride (first 5 frames one game were strike, 5-0, 0-0, 3-4, spare). Very little consistency.
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby 60sixx on Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:02 pm

I've decided to get a new bowling ball. I am a female, bowl in a league for something to do (aka I'm not very good). My current ball is like 8-9lbs, but it has Motley Crue on it, so I love it. However, I think part of my problem is it's not heavy enough to bang the pins around so I think I need to switch to at least a 10lb ball. I have no idea what to look for in a "real ball" other than I want it to be asthetically pleasing.
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby ffemtreed on Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:44 pm

60sixx wrote:I've decided to get a new bowling ball. I am a female, bowl in a league for something to do (aka I'm not very good). My current ball is like 8-9lbs, but it has Motley Crue on it, so I love it. However, I think part of my problem is it's not heavy enough to bang the pins around so I think I need to switch to at least a 10lb ball. I have no idea what to look for in a "real ball" other than I want it to be asthetically pleasing.


You should really aim for a 12lb or 13lb ball. Unless you have some physical disabilities or are very young there is no reason for such a light ball. If you could manage a 14lb ball that would be even better. I say this because most ball manufactures use a generic core in the lighter balls instead of the real core that you find in 14 15 and 16lb balls. The core of the ball really makes a difference. There are few balls out there that have "real" cores in them in 12 and 13lbs but they are few and far between, i am pretty sure the Ebonite Cyclone has a real core down to 10lbs.

If I had to recommend a ball for you right now, it would be the Radical Grease Monkey POW. That is a nice entry level ball (low cost) that will allow you to learn to throw a hook if you ever desire.

The most important thing right now is finding a good pro shop that will get your fit correct so you don't end up with stretched spans. With a proper fit the ball will feel 2 to 3 lbs lighter than it actually is. This is why house balls feel so heavy and make people believe they need a lighter ball, when in reality need only a proper fitting ball.

Not to get too technical on you, but all those balls with fancy logos are plastic / polyester balls that don't have a core in them. So if you are using them for a strike ball you are at a disadvantage. You should be looking at a Reactive coverstock ball to throw for strikes. Reactive balls are pretty much any ball in the pro shop that isn't plastic, so its not hard to find them. There are some urethane balls sprinkled in as well but not too many of them compared to the rest. One word of caution, if you do get a plastic ball, please don't try and learn how to hook a bowling ball with it, they are made for going dead straight. Yes you can hook a plastic ball on the right conditions, but 99% of people get really bad habits of forcing the ball and throwing really weird angles to get plastic to hook.
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby 60sixx on Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:58 pm

ffemtreed wrote:
60sixx wrote:I've decided to get a new bowling ball. I am a female, bowl in a league for something to do (aka I'm not very good). My current ball is like 8-9lbs, but it has Motley Crue on it, so I love it. However, I think part of my problem is it's not heavy enough to bang the pins around so I think I need to switch to at least a 10lb ball. I have no idea what to look for in a "real ball" other than I want it to be asthetically pleasing.


You should really aim for a 12lb or 13lb ball. Unless you have some physical disabilities or are very young there is no reason for such a light ball. If you could manage a 14lb ball that would be even better. I say this because most ball manufactures use a generic core in the lighter balls instead of the real core that you find in 14 15 and 16lb balls. The core of the ball really makes a difference. There are few balls out there that have "real" cores in them in 12 and 13lbs but they are few and far between, i am pretty sure the Ebonite Cyclone has a real core down to 10lbs.

If I had to recommend a ball for you right now, it would be the Radical Grease Monkey POW. That is a nice entry level ball (low cost) that will allow you to learn to throw a hook if you ever desire.

The most important thing right now is finding a good pro shop that will get your fit correct so you don't end up with stretched spans. With a proper fit the ball will feel 2 to 3 lbs lighter than it actually is. This is why house balls feel so heavy and make people believe they need a lighter ball, when in reality need only a proper fitting ball.

Not to get too technical on you, but all those balls with fancy logos are plastic / polyester balls that don't have a core in them. So if you are using them for a strike ball you are at a disadvantage. You should be looking at a Reactive coverstock ball to throw for strikes. Reactive balls are pretty much any ball in the pro shop that isn't plastic, so its not hard to find them. There are some urethane balls sprinkled in as well but not too many of them compared to the rest. One word of caution, if you do get a plastic ball, please don't try and learn how to hook a bowling ball with it, they are made for going dead straight. Yes you can hook a plastic ball on the right conditions, but 99% of people get really bad habits of forcing the ball and throwing really weird angles to get plastic to hook.


Thanks ffemtreed. Yeah, I do have some autoimmune/musculoskeletal issue (i.e. joint problems) - so I don't want to go too heavy. So I figured I'd look in the 10 - 12 lb range.

There's no way in heck I'll ever throw a hook ball in my lifetime, so I definitely need a "straight" ball. Will the Grease Monkey ball you suggested fit the bill?

Thanks again for the advice.
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Re: Any bowlers out there?

Postby Factorial on Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:05 pm

offsides wrote:
columbia wrote:When are the LGP bowling shirts going to be available?
I'd buy one.


Me too, at least they would be unique\rare. I am sure I would get a lot of "What the **** is LGP"?



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