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Category: Equipment
Type: Tip

PROPER DRILLING OF THE BALL




Q. I have been bowling for a few years now but have no idea what drilling pattern I should have. I have had balls that hooked very well and others did nothing. Every time I take a new ball to get drilled they always seem to drill it different every time. (Pin under finger, pin above finger, and pin side of finger) I take my old balls that hooked good and show them those to drillers but they always seem to drill different than set ups I have had. My question is do you know a web site I could go to understand more about pap, cg? And all the technical understandings, I know what all these abbreviations stand for but have no idea how to tell drillers how to drill my ball for my style of bowling. I have no idea if I am considered a stroker, cranker or whatever. Any help would be appreciated, tired of buying good quality balls and have drillers mess them up by drilling to the way they apparently bowl and we know everyone has their own unique style. What works for one might not work for someone else? Any help would be appreciated.

A. I am sorry that is happening to you. Sometimes it is better to have your own ideas about what you want when you go in. Then they have to drill it the way you want not the way they want. Go to the Ebonite web site for some good info - www.ebonite.com. Look under tech tips on the opening page. Also don't lose faith try some other pro shops in your area if you have them. You should be able to find someone who will be able to watch you bowl and suggest a ball and a drilling that will work. You also have to remember that the weight block placement only accounts for a small amount of reaction. Static weights count even less. The biggest reaction change will be in the ball surface. A polished ball that is not reacting the way you want might if you dull it a little. Or it might be the opposite. Sometimes you need to sand with 600 or 800 grit and then polish. Each of these surfaces will cause the ball to change reaction a bunch. That's why it is best to find someone you trust in your area to talk to.

Submitted by: Bob Korth


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