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lefty50

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Sanding = temporary ball death
« on: September 26, 2019, 01:35:41 PM »
I usually know better than to post this type of question, but I am troubled by what I see and interested in ideas.

Reminder, low-rev lefty.

I have a spinner, but any time I sand a ball, any ball, it's toast for 2-3 games (IMHO until it gets back to lane shine). If I use a high grit, it slides past. If I use a low grit, it labors. In all cases, for all pressures, grits  and lane conditions (only bowling 2 places though), the results are always negative for the first few games. I know all the variables and their impact, but still......

Possible answers I've come up with are "you're always using too much pressure, so it's always too high until it gets back to lane shine"... things like that.

I don't know how else to express this...
Thoughts?

 

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Re: Sanding = temporary ball death
« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2020, 10:38:37 AM »
I see a little bit of the same thing when changing the surface in prep for a tournament.  Going back to a house shot the balls seem to labor.  Has anyone tried throwing some compound on the ball after sanding?  Was thinking of trying it out to get a little more snap on the backend

Not a lefty but am a big fan of compound and does help shape a ball some without the over under of polish.  The danger is can be hard to replicate exact surface but not accurate enough for that to matter anyway.
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Re: Sanding = temporary ball death
« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2020, 11:27:16 AM »
In my experiences with what I have seen; if you are low on revs, you tend to need more help on the backend of the lane, not up front unless you are speed dominate.  If you sand it too low, the ball will have no energy left on the backend and likely that is what you may be seeing.  Once the surface smooths itself out a pinch, that is when the ball comes back to life. 

I agree 100% on the compound idea.  Sand your ball to 2000 or whichever you are happy with and add some compound over the top of it.  The compound will help the ball conserve some energy for the backend without the ball wanting to go 45-50 feet in the process.  The underlying sanded surface will still do its job and the ball wont seem to be dead for the first few games.  Try that and see what happens.
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Re: Sanding = temporary ball death
« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2020, 01:18:50 PM »
That's something I have wanted to try but haven't yet. Right now according to my teammates I'm throwing the ball like $%^&, so nothing's going to help until I get my head removed from my posterior. If you do try it, please report back. Would love to know.