I just started using 14lbs and I have to say it has been a very good idea. I lost alot of weight, about 50lbs and right now the 15lb ball just doesn't feel right. My bowling has been up and down. Since going to the 14lb ball I am right around my usual 225-230 average. In about a week and a half I had more 700 series in that time than I did all season before the switch.
The pin carry is better with the 14s and the ball speed comes more natural. It's still a work in progress to get the timing right. some nights we feel good, and bad other days.
If you can accept the fact that sometimes you will get a screwy 14lb hit on a bad shot, than there is no reason not to go to a 14lb ball. There are many shots where I said no way, and it carried the pins well enough to strike as well.
Entry angle knocks down pins, not the total weight of the ball. (Total weight helps with some of those off hits that obviously were not your best shots). Make good shots and you strike, make so so shots and you still sometimes strike, made bad shots and you don't strike that often. Some places because of factors like the pins/kickbacks etc your going to have to use your head a bit more and make better ball and release choices when those off hits that would of carried with a heavier ball do not.
For instance the other night I started off with a couple of 220 and 230 games and then hit a stretch where I left 4 10 pins in a row, and 6 for the game (low 200 game). Increased my side roll to get a little more entry angle and finished with 238. I was getting half 10s in the flat gutter that normally would always bounce out enough with a 15 or 16lb ball at this center. Instead of being rewarded for so so shots, I had to make an adjustment and make better shots.
Edited by Xx 12 X 300 xX on 1/30/2012 at 8:41 AM
Edited by Xx 12 X 300 xX on 1/30/2012 at 12:21 PM