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BowlingforSoup

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The Crow
on: March 26, 2017, 08:52:12 AM
You guys that have had the crow now for awhile.Tell me your thoughts.To me most urethane balls out do not flare enough.I tried the new blue hammer and 900 global BooYah.They didnt really flare enough to be very useful.I want to try the Crow,but at 139.95 it better be special.What got my attention was this video.Look at 55 seconds in there is some serious flare on The Crow.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS4lNARcDxw
Last Edit: March 26, 2017, 09:01:11 AM by BowlingforSoup

JamminJD

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Re: The Crow
Reply #16 on: July 17, 2017, 01:06:03 PM
I got The Crow for short oil.  I have not had much success on short patterns lately and my best look has been with an IQ Tour Solid - which is a fairly smooth resin ball.  However, the IQ Tour Solid has been too much ball on the shorter patterns - which made me curious to see what the Crow could do.  I was hoping that The Crow would be a good step down from the IQ Tour Solid.

Last night, I tested it out on WTBA Sydney (33 ft/1.2:1 ratio pattern) - a very tough flat pattern.  The Crow did not overreact on the 27 feet of back end.  The 500 grit out of box surface bled energy early with no angularity and a considerable amount of lope to the pocket.  It displayed the quintessential urethane shape with a desirable amount of control.   

However, given my rev rate/high speed, I had to reduce my speed a little bit to get it to the pocket from outside of 5 (inside of 5 was a no go with everything going Jersey - which should be expected).  I would say it is 2 steps down from the IQ Tour Solid (with my Tundra being the first step down).  My initial take is that The Crow seems like it's a good option for me for shorter patterns with some built in friction outside of 5.  I have not had the chance to test it on a house shot yet and would like to see how it would handle a really dry (not fried) outside shot.  I'm hoping it's use will not be limited to shorter/tougher patterns.  TBD.
On the house shot you will probably have to move left especially if its in the 36 to 40' range. The Crow needs some friction but it will work on oil. I have thrown it on a 43' blended house pattern and was 18 to 9 with great success. This ball on house conditions is more a Medium shot. Not saying you  can't use on lighter than Medium but this ball is strong!

HackJandy

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Re: The Crow
Reply #17 on: July 17, 2017, 03:15:23 PM
Yeah for short oil or on the burn a new Black or Blue Hammer may be a better option.  Almost better to think of the Crow as a benchmark solid ball than a classic urethane.

LookingForALeftyWall

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Re: The Crow
Reply #18 on: July 18, 2017, 08:03:51 AM
Almost better to think of the Crow as a benchmark solid ball than a classic urethane.

Based on my limited experience with it, I couldn't disagree more.  It does not have a ball motion anywhere near what is common of a mid-level solid reactive.  When I throw it, it has a classic urethane shape - very similar to the Black U-Dot that I have owned since 1987.  You obviously feel differently, and that's fine.  However, what you describe is no where near what I've seen so far.

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Re: The Crow
Reply #19 on: July 18, 2017, 08:10:31 AM
Usage of Crow is all dependent on your bowling stats. and type of lane condition it's used on plus layout.

For me, I found it to be not for light oil at all.  It flares a ton with a 4.75" pin to PAP pin above and for me is good on medium house shots.  VBP states it's a medium ball on their website. 

A new EBI Hammer produced Blue Hammer would be a better light oil urethane choice IMO.

My stats. are in profile.
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HackJandy

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Re: The Crow
Reply #20 on: July 18, 2017, 11:27:10 AM
Poor choice of words.  Strength wise its close to some of the weaker reactives but yes the shape down the lane is obviously much different (and is very strong but classic urethane) and much less condition specific.  My point was more its the type of urethane you can pull out of our bag to judge the condition and then go up (to say a strong reactive for the flood) or down (to say a weaker urethane for the dry) but it can handle probably as wide a variation in condition (basically medium everything) as any other urethane.  It could work on the dry as well as long as you are comfortable with some more pronounced angles.  Wouldn't use it for a spare ball though (unless you are really good at flattening out your shot).
Last Edit: July 18, 2017, 11:35:25 AM by HackJandy

LookingForALeftyWall

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Re: The Crow
Reply #21 on: August 11, 2017, 08:11:40 AM
Bowled on the older WTBA Stockholm 34 foot pattern last night and The Crow was awesome. It was the first night on a short pattern this season where I was totally confident in my ball reaction. Happy that this ball is now part of my short sport arsenal.

JamminJD

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Re: The Crow
Reply #22 on: August 11, 2017, 08:34:58 AM
Bowled on the older WTBA Stockholm 34 foot pattern last night and The Crow was awesome. It was the first night on a short pattern this season where I was totally confident in my ball reaction. Happy that this ball is now part of my short sport arsenal.

Nice, The Crow is a good urethane. If anyone is looking for a stronger urethane they need to look at Visionary The Crow.

HackJandy

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Re: The Crow
Reply #23 on: August 11, 2017, 09:39:50 AM
The Crow is the best urethane on house shot currently.  Strong enough for all but the slickest house.