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Stinger Low Flare
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »

Coverstock: Pearlized Detonator Plus reactive resin

Box Finish: 800 grit sanded, then factory polished

Color: Blue /Teal Pearl

Core: Low flare ellipse core

Flare Potential: Low

Length: 21.60 (Ebonite's scale of 1 to 30, early to late)

Overall Hook: 13.05 (Ebonite's scale of 1 to 30, least to most)

Breakpoint Angle: 3.8 (Ebonite's scale of 1 to 10, most smooth to most angular)

Best Lane Condition: Light Oil



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Re: Stinger Low Flare
« Reply #16 on: July 25, 2006, 02:58:00 PM »
The Stinger Low Flare is one ball I always find myself going back to over the years.  When I was a sophomore in college this ball came out and it was a staple all across the country in college bowling for the power players.  It was strong and controllable enough to let them use it on fresh and direct angles, and it was clean enough to use on second blocks when the heads would fry out.  

My original low flare back then was drilled 4 x 2 with a weighthole 2" below the PAP and it had all of the aforementioned traits I just spoke of.  Oil downlane is a nightmare for the low flare, but that's the exact opposite of what it's for.  

I just acquired a new Low Flare Pearl and drilled it 3 x 3(a drilling that I NEVER use) with a weighthole 1" past my PAP.  I figured with today's oils being a bit thicker and my preference for playing as close to the gutter as possible(especially when they get tough), then this would be the best layout to mimmick the old reaction of my Low Flare circa 2002.  On fresh house patterns, the low flare is more than enough ball to handle medium length wet-drys, especially when playing near the friction.  Low speed guys will love the control this ball gives off the spot down the lane, enabling the slow wheelers to see predictability at the breakpoint.  The higher speed/firmer rev players like myself will love being able to square up to over-reactive conditions with SLF  and play the friction zone for a long time.  On really burnt patterns, the boomers will love getting inside 5th & 6th arrow, loosening up the armswing and letting the ball fly into the friction zone downlane.

The Ice was never really a good replacement for the Stinger Low Flare, it was way too cover grabby.  These are starting to pop up all over ebay now and I'd strongly advise anyone struggling with wet-dry situations or shorter patterns to go to this ball.  Spec wise, there's nothing like it on the market now.
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Re: Stinger Low Flare
« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2006, 12:03:05 PM »
This ball continues to suprise me.  I shot 300 with it a year and a half ago, then it cracked and i threw it away.  I recently got a good deal on another one and bought it.  This is the best dry lane ball i have ever used.  It allows me to stay farther right than everyone else and play right up the oil line.  When everyone else has moved deep, im playing up 12 and just destroying the rack with this ball, but beware, on a fresh shot if the ball sees oil it goes straight and is dead on arrival.

On drier lanes the stinger gives me the best look at the pocket out of all of my equipment, no suprises, extremely predictable, and solid carry.  There arent many of these left.  If you get a chance to throw one i'd take advantage.