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ryguy119

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Black Nighthawk for spares/Dry Lanes??
« on: February 19, 2014, 10:12:21 AM »
I am sick of carrying my plastic spare ball and still missing 10 pins anyway. Thinking about dragging my Black Nighthawk up from the basement and bringing to leagues/tournaments. I could kill 2 birds with 1 stone if this ball would work for 10 pins and still be decent on dry lanes.  My plastic spare ball is never used on dry lanes. I only use it across alley spares. Seems like a waste for me . I would love to know if anybody still uses an old resin ball for spares/dry lanes.  Thanks guys!!

 

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Re: Black Nighthawk for spares/Dry Lanes??
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2014, 10:28:51 AM »
Also just found a Nighthawk Revenge that is a possibility for spares/dry lanes. Green ball that is a pearl.  Might be a better choice. Amazing what you find in your basement!

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Re: Black Nighthawk for spares/Dry Lanes??
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2014, 10:32:38 AM »
I use a lot of older resin balls on dry lanes. Currently I am using a 1997 LT-48 Gold on lite volume lanes, as well as an old Brunswick Fury on mediums. On dry, it's Sonic -X's; Ultra-Sonic; and a Scout Reactive.

I could never use my Black Nighthawk for anything but mediums or heavier, because I have too much hand, and my Nighthawk hooks!!
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Re: Black Nighthawk for spares/Dry Lanes??
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2014, 10:36:23 AM »
Ever through a Nighthawk Revenge??  If I remember right I believe it goes a lot straighter the the original Nighthawk. Might be a wiser choice for dry.

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Re: Black Nighthawk for spares/Dry Lanes??
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2014, 10:38:44 AM »
I would say no. Nighthawk is still a beast.
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Re: Black Nighthawk for spares/Dry Lanes??
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2014, 10:41:51 AM »
A month or so ago I picked up a NIB Ebonite Omega Dry---I actually had one in 1995 when it came out...and I use that on our drier fresh house shot, and It actually works really well---not bad for $79.99 NIB. I don't use a spare ball for league, I just change hand position for the corner pins.

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Re: Black Nighthawk for spares/Dry Lanes??
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2014, 12:27:47 PM »
Ever through a Nighthawk Revenge??  If I remember right I believe it goes a lot straighter the the original Nighthawk. Might be a wiser choice for dry.

Unless your normal ball speed is around 25 mph or the balls are thoroughly oil soaked,
OR, maybe, your definition of dry is vastly different from the rest of ours,
I'd suggest that neither Nighthawk is suitable for true dry or even light oil.

You could wax (car wax, not polish) the Revenge after sanding it with 4000 grit. That would clog all the openings and prevent oil absorption. That would destroy the ball and enable you to use it for drier lane conditions.
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Re: Black Nighthawk for spares/Dry Lanes??
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2014, 05:53:26 PM »
I definitely wouldn't think a black nighthawk would be your best option for drier lanes unless maybe you polished it. I've owned 14 of the original blacks from 1998-99 and 5 of the remakes from 2006. For me the remakes were straighter then the originals. For me the originals with fresh surface were absolute animals on everything but extreme conditions. I loved the black nighthawk because even with surface it was still clean in the fronts and a hard  strong move in the mids.  I still have 2 that always make their way in the tournament bag. If anyone has an original 14lb one laying around, I'd be very interested in it.