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Rubber Bowling Balls
« on: December 28, 2008, 08:50:51 AM »
I was on and under beginner balls, they have two rubber balls made by hi skore and i was wondering if rubber balls are legal under usbc regulations? Also, if they are, are they worth getting for extremely dry lanes or just use plastic or some really low hooking resin ball?
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Re: Rubber Bowling Balls
« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2008, 03:11:05 PM »
I have a Roto Star XR rubber ball that I use for spares and fried lanes from 1966. It sat in the backyard holding a tarp down for 15 years at my dad's house before I redrilled. Ball doesn't ever come back with a mark on it. It will last as long as I live. That can't be said for my white and blue dots.
My brother shot 805 with his Black Diamond last year so rubber is not junk.
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Re: Rubber Bowling Balls
« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2008, 05:45:45 PM »
Please don't get one. The pro shop guy will hate you, and it's got less of a lifetime than a typical plastic ball.
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Oh yeah, I must have missed the "Lifetime" remark. My buddy's rubber ball is over 4 years old, and looks better then some polys less then a year old...
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Re: Rubber Bowling Balls
« Reply #18 on: December 29, 2008, 06:16:42 PM »
I Bowl with old timers still using the LT-48 and older stuff, these things are built like Tanks. Many have chunks out of them but still work well for spares, a few geezers actually throw so slow that the ball still hooks for a strike ball.

Plastic to me is worth two years tops, I am on year two of chunked up Crystal diamond it actually needs a total resurface but since I use it for spares only I leave looking like crap instead.


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Re: Rubber Bowling Balls
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2009, 04:56:26 PM »
I bowl at times in a bone dry center.  So dry that sometimes the ball actually jups sideways when it contacts the lane.

I tried plastic(an XXXL) and my plastic spare ball.  In general they didn't work for strikes.

One weekend a lefty came in and threw on our non oiled side(saves money and no bowlers) and he tore it up with an old Ebonite Earl Anthony rubber I believe!

Whatever I found one and punched and every weekend this thing was sweet....smooth predictable and it hit...and better than plastic on this extreme shot!  Once the league week came they put out a head shot and had a little carrydown and then it was not enough.


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Re: Rubber Bowling Balls
« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2015, 11:27:52 PM »
I have a Century 21 Rubber bowling ball.
I am a Full Roller and my Rubber ball is drilled with the aggressive Full Roller drilling for pancake weight block.
This layout uses a balance hole that is 4 1/2" deep and 1 1/8" in diameter.
My ball balances with zero top and zero side weight.
The balance hole allows the ball to get about 3-4 inches of flare.
This layout was designed by Ron Machniak of Precision Bowling.

Having said that, this rubber ball can have a stronger reaction that my urethane bowling balls. If the lane is not too oily or has a good dry backend then this ball will grab nicely and carry very well.

The filler of this ball actually looks like a combination of cork or particle board and rubber bits.

Here is a video showing how it reacts on a lane that has a fair amount of oil in the middle but drier sides and backkend.

Who says rubber can't carry?!


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Re: Rubber Bowling Balls
« Reply #21 on: August 24, 2015, 09:38:20 AM »
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Re: Rubber Bowling Balls
« Reply #22 on: March 11, 2016, 02:55:54 PM »
I still use an old Rubber 1980's Black Beauty for my Spare ball... It is all dull, and with normal shot it will hook only a few boards the entire length, very predictable unless the lanes are super burned up or just dry.   I did have it hooking really good a few weeks back when everything was just too much.    I use a fingertip just like every other ball in my bag, as when I had a conventional grip on it.      For the first time ever I got a white dot Columbia 300 to eventually replace it on lanes that are super burned up.