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Rival
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Color: Blue/Steel/Yellow All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
Core: Spinner Symmetric
Coverstock: "300" Reactive
Surface: 4000 Abralon
Reaction: Strong Mid Lane
Hook Rating: Oil - 35, Backend - 27
RG Differential: .040 (Medium Flare) on a scale of .000-.080 Low Flare-High Flare
RG Average: 2.49 (Low) on a scale of 2.43-2.80 Very Low-High Break Point
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium to Heavy Oil
Description: You know all about the great rivalries in sports. Michigan and Ohio State, Cards and Cubs, Yankees and Red Sox. Introducing the Rival. It has no competition. On medium to heavy oil this ball will leave the competition shaking their heads. Check this one out: this Rival is the best of everything you need. A benchmark ball that picks up in the middle of the lane and never quits.

 

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Re: Rival
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2009, 10:04:07 PM »
I bought this ball for when the lanes are to dry to roll my resurgence.  I must say this ball is perfect for when the resurgence is breaking to hard.  You can roll the same line and it will be right in the pocket.  I rolled a 300 the second week I used this ball.  The is an excellent ball for the price.

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Re: Rival
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2009, 01:36:24 PM »
I picked this ball up to give me more angle to the pocket when my buzzsaw xl just wasn't digging in and getting to the pocket and it does exactly what Columbia say's. It reads early and never stops coming. If I throw this ball the way I should, it's ten sticks in the pit.. I went from a 193 avg. to a 205 avg. with it. I left it oob finish but have noticed I need to keep the shell clean. It does suck up the oil. If you notice a little less hook just give it a little bake job and it's right back to new. I know this ball helped me out.

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Re: Rival
« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2010, 12:57:25 AM »
BALL SPECS
Ball Weight - 14 lbs

DRILL PATTERN
pin over ring finger with cg slightly kicked out

BOWLER STYLE
Medium revs/speed stroker

SURFACE PREPARATION
4000 abralon (OOB)

LANE CONDITION
THS (fresh, mediums, and light)

BALL REACTION
Length - excellent
Back End - strong
Overall Hook - surprisingly strong if you need it to be
Midlane Read - excellent
Breakpoint Shape - smooth arc


COMMENTS
Carry - excellent
Likes - predictability, smoothness, and great forgiveness
Dislikes - color
Other -I think this is the ball that introduced the "new" Columbia 300 after being acquired by Ebonite. When I was researching the ball, I found a quote from Chris Barnes saying this ball could handle about 80% of the lane conditions he saw, and I found that to be true. This ball at 4000 abralon required me playing a deep inside line on light oil, but otherwise worked fine on any conditions.

What really amazed me about the Rival was how forgiving it is. With this drill I got good length and a strong midlane roll. But most important, if I threw it wide it would make it back from far out there, and held the line very good on shots I pulled inside.

This would make a great benchmark ball for anybody. Although they discontinued it, they kept the line going with the Arch and Perfect Rivals. And C300 continues to crank out excellent balls.

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Re: Rival
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2011, 11:27:04 PM »

 BALL SPECS
Ball Weight: 15 lbs
 
DRILL PATTERN

Pin over ring finger with cg slightly kicked out, no X hole 

BOWLER STYLE

Medium-High Rev, Tweener 15 mph, 190+ average.
 
SURFACE PREP

4000 abralon (OOB)

LANE CONDITION

Typical House Shot usually, but have played in tournament and all kegel shots with great results.
 
BALL REACTION

Length: Very good to excellent

Back End: Strong, but when oil is pushed down can be a bit weak.
 
Overall Hook: Strong when needs to be

Midlane Read: excellent

Breakpoint Shape: Varies between a nice smooth arc to a sharper arc, but no skid/flip sharp reactions

 
COMMENTS

Likes: Awesome benchmark ball.  Has given me my first 300 and first 800.  the 4000 abralon requires me to play deep inside most the time, usually throwing over board 37-20 on THC (light-med oil).  I'll bet if I had another one shined it would prove to be an unstoppable combination.  Also, with my low speed and high rev rate it has very good length and a strong midlane roll, like others have suggested.  8 out of 10 bad shots seem to find the pocket just fine, I can't complain with that.

Dislikes: None.  I wish it was not discontinued.