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Jewel

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12 pound reactive ball
« on: October 31, 2019, 09:53:23 AM »
I have had to drop down to a 12 pound ball after shoulder surgery.   Any good reactive 12 pound balls? The Pro Shop at my lanes only carry 14 to 16 pound balls.  All the balls 12 pound and under balls are plastic.

 

Brandon Riley

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Re: 12 pound reactive ball
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2019, 03:42:44 PM »
Your pro shop should be able to order a 12lb for you so long as you don't mind waiting a few days for delivery.  The term good ball is very subjective, but something you should be aware of is that not all lighter balls use the same core as those in 14-16lbs.  One of the newer ones that does is the Brunswick Hero.  It is in the mid range in terms of price, yet rolls well enough to be a favorite by the pros on tour and comes with an industry best 4 year warranty against cracking.  Check it out:
https://brunswickbowling.com/uploads/downloads/Ball-Info-Sheets/Hero_Info_Sheet_0619-28.pdf
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avabob

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Re: 12 pound reactive ball
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2019, 09:21:29 PM »
Wasnt aware of the core in the 12lb Hero, but the 15 is one of the best balls I have thrown recently.  I wpuld slso recommend it

notclay

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Re: 12 pound reactive ball
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2019, 03:13:16 AM »

+3 On the Hero.  Just great reaction and hit.  It doesn't jump hard, but just enough to instill confidence.
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Bowler19525

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Re: 12 pound reactive ball
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2019, 12:52:07 PM »
I bowl with 12lb bowling balls exclusively due to permanent wrist and elbow issues.  While many 12 balls have different weight blocks and dynamic specifications, many offer performance very close to their heavier counterparts.  Make sure anything you are looking at has a decent differential.  Look for balls that have a diff of 0.030 or higher in the 12lb version.  Likewise, make sure the rg is 2.65 or lower.  This will help maintain a reaction similar to heavier balls. 

I have tried 12lb stuff with higher rg's and lower diffs and they made for great spare balls.  Very long and very late reaction. 

The best brands for me are Brunswick/DV8/Radical, Track, and Columbia.  Their lower weight core and cover combinations are *really* good.  I also had some limited success with Storm balls that have the 2.65 rg, 0.035 diff core and a stronger cover. The new All-road, for example, is a good candidate in the 12lb weight.

It will take some getting used to when dropping to 12, but it is totally doable and can still result in higher scores.  I currently average 212 on my scratch league and am perfectly content.  Get the ball in the pocket at the right entry angle, and strikes will come just like the people throwing heavier weights!
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avabob

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Re: 12 pound reactive ball
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2019, 02:46:26 PM »
I bowl with a kid in my sport league who is throwimg 12lb.  He has a lot of , but not in the Tackett or Belmo range.  His carry at 4th arrow can be very good. 

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Re: 12 pound reactive ball
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2019, 12:52:31 PM »
Based on comments here, I looked at the Hero in 13 lbs and it is advertised as 2.51 RG. Unless I have missed something, I have never seen a 13 lb ball with RG lower than 2.55 before

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Re: 12 pound reactive ball
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2019, 11:51:13 AM »
You should be good with anything reactive as low as 10lbs, with some even going as low as 9lbs. The only difference that I have seen however, is the core. Most balls with cover and core will start around 10lbs, as the core adds additional weight to the ball. Anything with a reactive cover under 10lbs would more than likely have a pancake core.

Case in point: my son's teammate throws a Black/Blue/Silver Rhino Pearl, which has a pearl reactive shell at 500 with polish, but Brunswick doesn't add the core to it until they hit 12lbs. By contrast, my son is throwing a 10lb Ebonite Destiny Hybrid, which the has the core at 10lbs.

So be sure to look at the specs of the balls you're looking for, because depending on what the manufacturer does, you could be getting a reactive cover with a pancake core.

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