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Old 03-11-2006, 04:55 PM
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Get a towel...seriously, maybe even a towel and a towel "cradle" (a towel with the handles so you just plop the ball in and rock it to get some of the oil off).
as soon as I get my own ball, a towel will be purchased...

I picked up some bowling shoes the other day...nothing special, just something decent for now
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went earlier this week with two guys from work...one has a hand that's almost the exact same size as mine...so I was able to use his second ball and work on form.

rawl and I are looking to join a league at that place, so once we figure out the lane conditions of the league bowling day/time, I can make the move and buy a ball...

btw, not terrible games while learning some basics (130, 125)
oh, and it felt good to have the thumb in the ball...the 15lb ball felt lighter because of the extra support.
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went earlier this week with two guys from work...one has a hand that's almost the exact same size as mine...so I was able to use his second ball and work on form.
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ok, so based on the place where I'm joining a league, they seem to oil the lanes just prior to league play. So I've been looking at 'medium to heavy oil' balls. I plan to buy in a proshop, but I've been looking online and reading reviews.

I figure that since it's my first ball, I can develop my line/starting position based on this ball. Future balls I'll want to choose based on how my style evolves.

So far the two balls I seem to have narrowed it down to are:
X Factor Ace by Storm
The Big One by Ebonite
(I'm looking at 15 lbs by the way)

Now, for those of you who bowl regularly (or know bowling balls), what are your impressions about these two? Is one better than the other? Are they both terrible?

Also, I've seen them online for around $125-$135. Would it be safe to assume it would be around $175 at a proshop (including drilling), or would it be more?

Is there anything else I would need to know about purchasing a ball (i.e. other than what ball, what weight, and fitting it to my hand/fingers)?
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So far the two balls I seem to have narrowed it down to are:
X Factor Ace by Storm
The Big One by Ebonite
(I'm looking at 15 lbs by the way)

Now, for those of you who bowl regularly (or know bowling balls), what are your impressions about these two? Is one better than the other? Are they both terrible?

Also, I've seen them online for around $125-$135. Would it be safe to assume it would be around $175 at a proshop (including drilling), or would it be more?

Is there anything else I would need to know about purchasing a ball (i.e. other than what ball, what weight, and fitting it to my hand/fingers)?
Cohete just bought the Big One. Also just bought the Brunswick Scorchin' Inferno. Both of these balls were bought because cohete wants the ball to hook earlier, instead of the reaction cohete gets with the Delta Rule which goes long, and then has a sharp breakpoint. Using these balls for tournaments and nationals, saving my other equipment for league bowling.

The Big One has a TON of backend, it might not be the wisest of choice for you. A teammate has the Ace, and that has been a consistent ball for him, and works well on medium oily lanes.

If you try to buy one of these balls at a pro shop, they could be over $200 easily. Go to bowling.com and order one. Free shipping, haven't had any problems with the site. However, the pro that cohete works with makes suggestions on the pin and top weight. You might want to ask your ball driller what would be the best for you. Also, the pro tells cohete to buy the ball online, since it will save $$. He is one of best in area, so he never lacks in business.

Any other questions, let cohete know.
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cool

I'll take a look at the proshop price and compare that to online + drilling

comments from others agreeing or disagreeing with cohete are welcome
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just checked, bowling.com has the xfactor ace (15 lb) for 142.99 with free shipping...figure 40 or so for drilling (if not more) and I'm looking at close to 2 bills anyway. Might be easier to go to a proshop...
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ball has been purchased, drilled and such...have not yet gotten to test it, as lanes were full with league play...

decided to go with something a little big milder in hook...got a 15lb Storm Pyro

obviously more than it would have cost online, but drilling was free and fingertips were included...

I should be testing it out this weekend
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