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EL3MCNEIL

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Particle Balls
« on: September 30, 2014, 03:28:13 AM »
Is it me or has the popularity of particle bowling balls died? I remember not that long ago they where in use, but now (maybe in my areas I've been) they aren't in use? Is this a common trend everywhere? Is there a reason why people have stop using them as much or are companies just producing less because of the strength of the other solids?

Just something I've been thinking about.
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Re: Particle Balls
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2014, 03:37:31 AM »
Its been posted about probably every quarter of every year.

Particle now has a stigma or bad reputation, for those said particles wearing out and not being as strong of a reaction as it used to be.  Anyone with a brain knows that most balls have particles or additives in them, and they happen to disguise it, so they do not sacrifice sales die to the negative connotation.

I welcome particle balls...it may be way more midlane for a SHORT amount of time but that ball will be no.1 in my bag. 

Micro bite and NRG remind me of what particle balls are currently..
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Re: Particle Balls
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2014, 06:12:45 AM »
Particle balls with the exception of just a couple (Mainly Lanemasters/Legends) disappeared 6-7 years ago.

Particle balls (as they use to be) faded from the scene because they were found to have only a limited range of use .

Most of the time conditions didn't warrant the use of them and The pros found that reactive solids and pearls proved to be more versatile over a wider range of conditions.

While today's balls (Pearls, Hybrids etc.) do contain "Additives" which are particles (so in one sense they are particle balls) (marketing plays a part, the word "Particle" has a stigma attached to it.)

That doesn't necessarily make it a "Particle Ball", The particle size and loads would have to be looked at to place it in the right category.

Particle balls back in the day used a larger size flakes to increase traction, while balls like pearls used a much smaller size.

Also Particle ball maintenance was slightly different, hence the reliance on the use of scotchbrites.



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Re: Particle Balls
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2014, 07:16:47 AM »
Particle and the amount used has changed. Some of the first particle loads balls were a noticeably different texture. Later use was less and look and felt no different then reactive bowling balls.

Yes it is still used today by many manufactures they just do not call them particle. Likely a lighter load "additive" that gives the desired reaction.
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Re: Particle Balls
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2014, 08:22:41 AM »
Is it me or has the popularity of particle bowling balls died? I remember not that long ago they where in use, but now (maybe in my areas I've been) they aren't in use? Is this a common trend everywhere? Is there a reason why people have stop using them as much or are companies just producing less because of the strength of the other solids?

Just something I've been thinking about.

You are laboring under a false assumption, caused by the current marketing philosophy of bowling balls.

Short answer is they are alive and well.
As someone already said, Storm balls with "Nano technology" (the NRG coverstock), Roto-Grip balls with "Microbite technology (Defiiant and HyperCell) are all particle balls.

Lord Filed and LaneMasters have been making balls  with particles and specifically marketed as such.

900Global has been making them under the 900G and the AMF brands for a long time, without using the word, particles.
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Re: Particle Balls
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2014, 08:50:28 AM »
Amazing how one word -- from particle to additive -- can be manipulated from a marketing and public relations standpoint and change a marketplace's attitude.
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Re: Particle Balls
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2014, 11:48:14 AM »
like what charlest said, particle balls are alive and well.

I have a TPR from Lordfield and it reminds me of my old V2 particle on medium conditions.
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