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leftybowler70

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Benchmark Grit?
« on: September 09, 2017, 01:03:58 PM »
As we are know, there is no clear cut answer to thus question    ( Too many variables, factors, etc)    But just like a bowling ball that you start a game with and can get a idea to either ball up or down, if you are had to figure, what surface Grit would be a good starting point to use?

Again, that's including all factors of length of pattern, amount of oil, etc ; My guess would be 2000.

 

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Re: Benchmark Grit?
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2017, 02:19:57 PM »
I like using a 500/3000 surface.
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Re: Benchmark Grit?
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2017, 06:46:50 PM »
Since it depends on both the bowler's release and the ball, a benchmark grit can be anywhere from 1000 grit to polish.

Mine happens to be 4000 grit, mostly due to my slower ball speed.
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Re: Benchmark Grit?
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2017, 07:27:31 PM »
2000 or 500/2000 depending on the ball.
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Re: Benchmark Grit?
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2017, 07:38:41 PM »
The general rule of thumb was that a balls surface would wind up about a 600 US grit surface do to lane wear, if you never polished or sanded it.

Now this was more when it was mostly wood lanes, because they have a lot more texture than synthetics.

I believe this has now changed to about 800 grit (which is about a P1500). Do to the synthetic lane surfaces and the change of coverstock materials, oils etc.

So a 2000 grit abralon would probably be okay for a general "benchmark grit"
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Re: Benchmark Grit?
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2017, 07:49:15 PM »
The general rule of thumb was that a balls surface would wind up about a 600 US grit surface do to lane wear, if you never polished or sanded it.

Now this was more when it was mostly wood lanes, because they have a lot more texture than synthetics.

I believe this has now changed to about 800 grit (which is about a P1500). Do to the synthetic lane surfaces and the change of coverstock materials, oils etc.

So a 2000 grit abralon would probably be okay for a general "benchmark grit"

Pretty sure balls actually go to between 3000 and 4000 grit Abralon effective surface (edit:  actually higher according to link below) in 5 games or less especially sans polish on modern lanes.  3000 grit unpolished is what I keep both my benchmark Hy-Road at and my Scandal Pearl transition ball as well.  That way with my style I get the strong backend but it also reads the midlane fairly well.   Plus less maintenance.

http://www.ballreviews.com/coverstock-preparation/awesome-video-showing-how-much-a-ball-changes-in-three-games-t289256.0.html
« Last Edit: September 09, 2017, 08:48:31 PM by HackJandy »
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Re: Benchmark Grit?
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2017, 08:37:25 PM »
The general rule of thumb was that a balls surface would wind up about a 600 US grit surface do to lane wear, if you never polished or sanded it.

Now this was more when it was mostly wood lanes, because they have a lot more texture than synthetics.

I believe this has now changed to about 800 grit (which is about a P1500). Do to the synthetic lane surfaces and the change of coverstock materials, oils etc.

So a 2000 grit abralon would probably be okay for a general "benchmark grit"

Exactly what was my finding when I originally started this post.

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Re: Benchmark Grit?
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2017, 10:53:57 PM »
I like using 1500/2500 with the grey and gold(ish) Mirka pads in a Sandbagger for my benchmark. Seems to be a pretty good medium given that method of surface maintenance.

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Re: Benchmark Grit?
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2017, 04:08:40 PM »
I like a used 2000 pad overall but I'm using 3000 on my Rocket Ship in league and 2000 polished with xTra Shine on my Hectic when I need some more length. 
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Re: Benchmark Grit?
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2017, 06:57:11 PM »

On the fresh THS I prefer 500/2000 due to the versatility I seem to get.  On flat patterns it's closer to 1000. 
My Tuesday league is a 2nd shift so it's almost always something polished and then going to weaker reaction stuff as the night progresses.
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Re: Benchmark Grit?
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2017, 07:20:18 AM »
500/2000 on sport

4000 or polished on THS, depending on the house/shift.

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Re: Benchmark Grit?
« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2017, 08:21:47 AM »
I prefer 2000. Nice and simple to touch up during practice if I'm not happy with the reaction I'm seeing due to a touch of lane shine.

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Re: Benchmark Grit?
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2017, 08:47:10 AM »
2000 is my benchmark grit.

However, as a rev challenged lefty always looking for friction on sport shots, I have gravitated towards 500 for patterns with heavier volumes.  However, time and time again I find that I have more success with equipment at 2000 grit.   

For THS, I use mostly polished equipment - plenty of free friction, even on the left.

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Re: Benchmark Grit?
« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2017, 10:09:56 AM »
Again, 2000 just seems to be more predictable when looking for that consistent reaction; early enough, but not too much where it burns most of its energy the first 35/40 feet of the lane.

But also doesn't overly push nearly far down where it's over /under i.e 4000.

Clearly tells you when to go to a earlier grit, or a smoother one, which is the basis of a benchmark.

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Re: Benchmark Grit?
« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2017, 10:11:17 AM »
1000 reads wayy too early, while 4000 pushes past the breakpoint due to too much length (over under).