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Remmah

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Ball Reviews Challenge
« on: September 18, 2021, 08:29:23 PM »
I wonder if someone can come up with a topic that would be beneficial to bowlers instead of beating a two inch pin to death or a ridiculous ball review. My guess is no this site is worse than the USBC message board

 

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« Reply #31 on: September 24, 2021, 10:20:20 AM »
What about Robert "Captain 900" Mushtare?  The fact he hasnt thrown any more 900s since 2005 is quite baffling after throwing like 10 in a month (sarcasm).  Cant believe it has been 16 years since all that nonsense came about. 

Probably has too many eyes(that are not his parents) watching these days. If so, does that mean he can't handle the pressure or was just full of shit to begin with?   :o ;D ;D 8)
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« Reply #32 on: September 24, 2021, 10:32:25 AM »
Milo, as years went by this site was taken over by 12-15 year old kids who have no idea what the real game of bowling is.  Used to be a lot of fun with Sawbones and a few more in that era.   That time has passed.  No real knowledge passed along today.  BUT, in all fairness, this site captioned "Ball Reviews"

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« Reply #33 on: September 24, 2021, 11:00:52 AM »
Milo, as years went by this site was taken over by 12-15 year old kids who have no idea what the real game of bowling is.  Used to be a lot of fun with Sawbones and a few more in that era.   That time has passed.  No real knowledge passed along today.  BUT, in all fairness, this site captioned "Ball Reviews"

Yea, this site has had it's challenges. And in full disclosure to a significant degree, by my own hand.  ;D
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« Reply #34 on: September 24, 2021, 01:25:45 PM »
Milo, as years went by this site was taken over by 12-15 year old kids who have no idea what the real game of bowling is.  Used to be a lot of fun with Sawbones and a few more in that era.   That time has passed.  No real knowledge passed along today.  BUT, in all fairness, this site captioned "Ball Reviews"

Wonder what happened with Charlest.  He used to be on here all the time but cant remember the last time we saw anything from him.  Its been a while thats for sure.
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Re: Ball Reviews Challenge
« Reply #35 on: September 24, 2021, 04:49:44 PM »
Does anyone here still use a Thumbillow?
No idea what that is/was, but i am thinking of giving the TurboShur-Cushion a try.
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« Reply #36 on: September 24, 2021, 05:06:07 PM »
Does anyone here still use a Thumbillow?
No idea what that is/was, but i am thinking of giving the TurboShur-Cushion a try.

In my opinion, Thumbillow is a better execution of what the Turbo Shur-Cushion is trying to be.

The problem with the Shur-Cushion is the foam is just too flimsy(couldn't think of a better term). It just squashes down and might as well not be there at all. The Thumbillow uses a much more dense foam rubber when kind of forms around your thumb.

I have used all my Thumbillows at this point, but have started making my own. Ironically, I actually use the Shur-Cushion as one of the parts.
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« Reply #37 on: September 24, 2021, 06:26:24 PM »
I've used all three, Magic Carpet, Thumbillow and Thumb Straight.

I don't use any of them now (converted to two-hand mostly, although I do still throw one-handed using different equipment) ... what finally got me in a good spot was changing thumb sizes and pitches. Here's how I'd rank them...

1. Magic Carpet

Pluses: Good quality adhesive, works within a wider range of applications, economical.
Minuses: Will irritate the thumb skin for some people, pinch it a little bit and you will hang up badly
Verdict: Works well and hardly ever wears out, but isn't for everyone

2. Thumbillow

Pluses: Most comfortable by far, doesn't really change the base feel of the ball
Minuses: Isn't durable, isn't available anymore (that I know of)
Verdict: Would probably be tops but I'd hate to get used to using this stuff and not be able to buy it anymore

3. Thumb Straight

Pluses: Pretty durable material, no adhesive necessary
Minuses: Sometimes you have to open up a hole further to install it, easily damaged while removing (and tough to remove; I had to use needle-nose pliers), can be tricky to get it aligned, thumb holes drilled to different depths will cause issues in regards to consistent use
Verdict: Essentially creates a "double pitch" in the thumb hole, meaning the pitch at the base of the thumb and then an exaggerated pitch at the tip. Has the effect of adding additional reverse; it's supposed to promote flattening the thumb but it didn't work for me, and the material is somewhat tacky. I probably wouldn't use it again.

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I've never used any of these three. I'd never heard of thumb pillow until you guys mentioned it.

I have always contoured my own thumb pillows out of various widths of packing foam that I would normally toss away. Just used an etching knife to create ovals to fit on the backside of my thumb for comfort. Works great for me!
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Re: Ball Reviews Challenge
« Reply #38 on: September 25, 2021, 03:05:48 PM »
Milo, as years went by this site was taken over by 12-15 year old kids who have no idea what the real game of bowling is.  Used to be a lot of fun with Sawbones and a few more in that era.   That time has passed.  No real knowledge passed along today.  BUT, in all fairness, this site captioned "Ball Reviews"

Wonder what happened with Charlest.  He used to be on here all the time but cant remember the last time we saw anything from him.  Its been a while thats for sure.



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Re: Ball Reviews Challenge
« Reply #39 on: September 25, 2021, 05:25:44 PM »
Does anyone here still use a Thumbillow?
No idea what that is/was, but i am thinking of giving the TurboShur-Cushion a try.

In my opinion, Thumbillow is a better execution of what the Turbo Shur-Cushion is trying to be.

The problem with the Shur-Cushion is the foam is just too flimsy(couldn't think of a better term). It just squashes down and might as well not be there at all. The Thumbillow uses a much more dense foam rubber when kind of forms around your thumb.

I have used all my Thumbillows at this point, but have started making my own. Ironically, I actually use the Shur-Cushion as one of the parts.
Good to know. And I appreciate the semi DIY approach  :)
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Re: Ball Reviews Challenge
« Reply #40 on: September 30, 2021, 04:53:54 PM »
Every year or so I can't resist telling folks with thumb crutches and thumb problems that it doesn't have to be that way.   A few hand and wrist exercises to get your self in shape to hold the ball correctly will do wonders.  Next step is finding a ball driller.  Not a proshop operator but a ball driller.  Sometimes there is a big difference.

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« Reply #41 on: September 30, 2021, 04:59:04 PM »
Every year or so I can't resist telling folks with thumb crutches and thumb problems that it doesn't have to be that way.   A few hand and wrist exercises to get your self in shape to hold the ball correctly will do wonders.  Next step is finding a ball driller.  Not a proshop operator but a ball driller.  Sometimes there is a big difference.

Perhaps you can recommend a ball driller who can explain how I can make my thumb not swell or shrink...
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« Reply #42 on: October 06, 2021, 04:55:45 PM »
Milo, as years went by this site was taken over by 12-15 year old kids who have no idea what the real game of bowling is.  Used to be a lot of fun with Sawbones and a few more in that era.   That time has passed.  No real knowledge passed along today.  BUT, in all fairness, this site captioned "Ball Reviews"

Wonder what happened with Charlest.  He used to be on here all the time but cant remember the last time we saw anything from him.  It's been a while that's for sure.

Haven't bowled since Feb 2017 due to arthritis in slide foot. Stayed here for a while but it got to be too much for me. Trying to get back into some semblance of shape for an attempt to return. Thanks for remembering; means a lot.
« Last Edit: October 06, 2021, 04:57:42 PM by charlest »
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« Reply #43 on: October 06, 2021, 06:34:38 PM »
Milo, as years went by this site was taken over by 12-15 year old kids who have no idea what the real game of bowling is.  Used to be a lot of fun with Sawbones and a few more in that era.   That time has passed.  No real knowledge passed along today.  BUT, in all fairness, this site captioned "Ball Reviews"

Wonder what happened with Charlest.  He used to be on here all the time but cant remember the last time we saw anything from him.  It's been a while that's for sure.

Haven't bowled since Feb 2017 due to arthritis in slide foot. Stayed here for a while but it got to be too much for me. Trying to get back into some semblance of shape for an attempt to return. Thanks for remembering; means a lot.

Thanks for the update. Good seeing you post here once again. Been a while it seems. Take care of yourself & be well. Hopefully your return to the lanes is forthcoming soon, if that is your desire.  :)
« Last Edit: October 06, 2021, 06:59:08 PM by jimjames »

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« Reply #44 on: October 06, 2021, 07:02:36 PM »
Thank you, jimjames.
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