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54938 - Storm / Re: Dark Code
« Last post by BSumner on Today at 07:46:01 AM »

Length: 43

Volume: 23

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS


Storm didnít just revive the Code Black and re-brand it, they used experience to create the next generation of one of the most popular lines in recent history, The Dark Code. Storm took the ever dependable and highly successful R2S cover and scienced it up a bit by mixing in components of the NeX cover to get the R2X.

I spent some time with Scott Bijolle in the shop at Gold Crown Lanes in St. Johnsbury Vermont. Sticking with Layout option 1 (of my 3), I went with a 4.25x1.5x4. Fully knowing this was going to flare big and flip hard on the dry. Afterall, thatís basically what the Code Black did and I LOVED it. After a few shots just to find a line, I quickly found that this ball was a beefed-up version of the Black. On shots I thought might skid right through the break, the ball began shaping up in the mid-lane and instead of rolling out, it took a left turn an obliterated the pocket. I tried tightening up my angles and saw the same thing, like it was programed to know where the pocket was from any angle. If I opened it up and really threw it at the ditch, it found itís way to the pocket with very minimal deflection through the rack.

Iíve always loved the RAD core, and who doesnít love the R2S? Storm took tried and true technology and improved it to revive the ďCodeĒ series in what may end up being the best one yet! 

Brian Sumner
Storm Amateur Staff
Gold Crown Lanes, St. Johnsbury, V
12035 - Miscellaneous / Bowling Notebook or Cell Phone Bowling App
« Last post by Dakota on Today at 06:31:59 AM »
Hi Fellow Bowlers - My question and observation concerns the Bowling Notebook.  Also do you use a cell phone bowling app? I am a very strong advocate for using both.  I do not believe that our brains will be able to recall the details of the previous event.  The Note Book can be in any form that you use.  I believe the more detail the better.  So lets start this thread with this observation.  Local High School Bowling Head Coach and Gold Level Coach ABE.  Strikes and spares - Denny
22004 - Miscellaneous / Re: Ball Reviews Challenge
« Last post by MaidenheadBandit on Today at 05:34:04 AM »
An olde but goody conversation back in the day... ''CG does not matter''' that my even bring GTX out of the wood work..:-)
58870 - Track / Re: Strata Hybrid
« Last post by lamonte75 on September 19, 2021, 05:38:20 PM »
The Track Strata Hybrid allows you to attack the lanes from various angles on medium oiled conditions. The QR-11 Hybrid coverstock is polished to provide easy length through the front of the lane. The Strata core revs up quickly and creates strong backend motion that drives through the pins.

Color: Sapphire / Black / Smoke
Core:  Strata
Coverstock:  QR-11 Hybrid
Finish:  500 Siaair / Crown Factory Compound / Crown Factory Polish
Recommended Lane Condition:  Medium to Heavy Oil
RG:  2.475 (15 lb ball)
Differential:  0.050 (15 lb ball)
Intermediate Differential:  0.017 (15 lb ball)
Reaction:  Length with Strong Backend

Bowler Profile:
Rev Rate:  300 RPM
Speed Down Lane:  13.5 MPH
Bowler Classification:  Stroker

The Strata Hybrid is the first to come out of my bag.

26130 - Miscellaneous / Re: Bowlero league conditions
« Last post by Bowler19525 on September 19, 2021, 04:43:14 PM »
Thanks.  The current lanes at our center are AMF HPLs already, so maybe they will leave those alone for awhile.  They are going to be bringing in a new lane machine.  Currently they are using a Kegel Flex machine, but Bowlero is going to be upgrading to the Flex Walker to "automate" some of the lane maintenance tasks at the center.  The center was treating the lanes once in the morning and then again before evening leagues.  It wouldn't be surprising if they are now oiling once a day.

Ouch. I just saw that ours isn't opening until 3pm on weekdays and 1pm on weekends, so if yours is doing similar, I could see them going to oiling once a day. They'll open, let leagues bowl, some open play after leagues, then oil, call it a day, then let the oil sit and set overnight. Wash/rinse/repeat.

Do they have senior leagues during the week?


Yes, they do have senior leagues.  I know several bowlers on senior leagues and they are frustrated as well.  Not only do they not feel the conditions are very good, the center does not open the snack bar/restaurant for the seniors even for the early afternoon leagues.  So they are provided a "perk" of free coffee, yet the snack bar is never open to make the coffee available for them.  The seniors were told that if they felt they wanted to have food available, to let the center know and they would "try" to arrange for someone to be there.  Interesting that Bowlero claims the food and drink sales are a profit center for them, yet they would leave the snack bar and restaurant closed during afternoon leagues.

The new lane machine is due in the next 2-3 weeks.  The center manager was asked if the shot would be changing with the new machine, and the reply was no.  The manager then said that a rep from Kegel is coming in to set up the new machine for them so the shot would depend on what the Kegel rep loads in to it.  So, at the end of the day there is still some uncertainty about what the conditions will be moving forward.

New furniture is coming as well, but that is 3-4 months out.

Our Bowlero is also playing the "get the league bowlers out as quickly as possible" game.  Even the junior leagues on Saturday mornings have basically been told to get in, bowl, and get out so the lanes can be freed up for open play.
55194 - Radical / Radical Informer
« Last post by newman19 on September 19, 2021, 04:26:57 PM »

Length: 40

Volume: 27 ml

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): Brunswick sports pattern


Likes: I drilled this solid asymmetric ball with a 4-1/2" pin to PAP and wide locator to fill a gap in my arsenal. I was looking to have a big ball that would that would pick up early and have a smooth controllable motion down lane.  This ball did exactly what I asked. It continues through the pin deck very well. Will work well for me on fresh oil and sports shots when I need to control the pocket. Nice addition for me.


10407 - Miscellaneous / Re: Ball Reviews Challenge
« Last post by TWOHAND834 on September 19, 2021, 04:10:37 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

So what would you like to talk about?  What can you bring to the table that will be beneficial to bowlers? 
37878 - Miscellaneous / Re: Ball Reviews Challenge
« Last post by jimjames on September 19, 2021, 01:33:19 PM »
imagine coming to website called ball reviews and complaining that it contains reviews of bowling balls........

 :D Newbie newbie new, do de da da da, newbie newbie new.... ;)
26420 - Miscellaneous / Re: Ball Reviews Challenge
« Last post by SG17 on September 19, 2021, 11:25:01 AM »
imagine coming to website called ball reviews and complaining that it contains reviews of bowling balls........
19177 - Miscellaneous / Re: Ball Reviews Challenge
« Last post by Walking E on September 19, 2021, 02:25:03 AM »
We haven't had a discussion about grip gloves in a while...  ::)
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