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Ishmael

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Beware the Sick Bowler (and Cell Mini Review)
« on: March 04, 2008, 06:47:22 AM »
I caught the flu bug over the weekend, but had to bowl last night because our sub is out with an injury.  Felt terrible, fever, achy, congested.  I hadn't eaten any solid food in about 36 hours.  Went out and shot 254-258-258 for a new personal best series of 770.  My timing and release were better than they had been all season.  Amazing how being sick forces you to really focus on your game.

Secondly, I've been holding off on reveiwing the Cell until I got some more games on it, but I just have to get it off my chest.  This ball is really unique.  

I'm an above average revs tweener with a PAP of 5.5 over and 0.5 up.  Comfortable ball speed is in the 17 - 18 mph range and I prefer to stay more up the back of the ball with low axis rotation and little tilt.  I'd compare my roll to Chris Barnes with a pinch less revs.

My league house is old wood that's tracked up pretty good, and the shot is a medium volume and fairly long block.  It's not quite a great wall because anything that gets right of the track wont make it back to the pocket.  It's pretty easy to leave a washout or a 2-8-10 if you shove it.  Being that the pattern is fairly long you can get some decent hold area in the middle, but carry can be suspect here.

My Cell is a 15 pounder with the pin at 4" from PAP, which puts it just off the lower right edge of my ring finger.  MB is about 1.5" right of the thumb, and I have a small shallow weight hole on the PAP to get the statics legal.  The surface is still at 2000 abralon.

With this setup, the ball clears the heads easily, and then really revs up in the midlane and makes a hard CONTINUOUS arc through the pins.  The reaction shape of this ball is really something unique.  I've had a difficult time describing it when I talked to others about this ball.  I don't know exactly what it is, but it just looks different.

I've been able to stay in my comfort zone with this ball which is around 15 at the arrows with firm speed.  Carry has been excellent.  I've averaged 245 over my last 12 league games using the Cell exclusively.  I think it's turned a few heads the way it crushes the pins.