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Pancake weight block
« on: April 16, 2024, 05:23:23 PM »
Has anyone tried drilling an old urethane (80's-90's) with 2 -3 ounces of side weight. Just found a.Black U Dot.with the old pancake weight.block and was thinking about drilling it with a ton of side weight. How much hook will that add? Also, was thinking of flipping the ball upside down so the backwards. That would give me a fresh track correct? I remember I had the BUD 2 drilled that way. Any thoughts.would be appreciated.



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Re: Pancake weight block
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2024, 11:28:28 AM »
The cover is vastly different than modern urethane.  About all it’s going to do is skid.  It might make a good spare ball.  I found a BUD in really good condition on a house ball rack and I snagged it, intending to make a spare ball out of it but it’s 16# so it got plugged and displayed.


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Re: Pancake weight block
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2024, 01:16:07 PM »
The cg marks the low rg axis so the bigger affect on the ball reaction is the location of the low rg axis not the weight.

So when you think you are adding "a lot" of side weight to the ball you are actually creating a very likely short pin layout. So a low flaring ball, with a low flaring layout that will flare even less......but yes you will have 2.5ozs of side weight that will do nothing.

For drilling purposes to get the most flare potential youd want the cg to be around 3 3/8"s from your pap and up a bit to try and drill out of the ball in away to create additional differential.

Then after all of that if you want the ball to actual hook some hit it with 180 grit because that is your best chance at ball reaction.
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Re: Pancake weight block
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2024, 08:14:24 PM »
We typically put a 500 grit finish on those old urethanes so they will hook when they find dry.  As for side weight it depends on the core.  If you have a pancake weight block the side weight will have an impact. 


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Re: Pancake weight block
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2024, 01:18:00 PM »
If you want everyone to go to Carrydown City with you, this sounds like an amazing idea  ;D
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