stevespo wrote:It may be difficult to line up and feel comfortable with a few minutes of practice. I would work on it when I had the time to really experiment with it.
I feel that L1/L2 will be the most productive, and they're not far off from where you were in the Hardwick video, particularly the later shot with the break closer to 8 board.
With this angle change, you control where and when the ball encounters friction. It won't feel nearly as random and uncontrollable.
Today I went down to Kearny Mesa lanes to practice the technique you guys recommended.
I took my camera so I could video it.
I took the Visionary Gladiator at stock 2000 grit, the True Motion Leverage at stock 1000 grit and my Purple Hammer that I just plugged the balance hole on and have at 1000 grit.
Of course my main focus was to use modern reactive resin (The Gladiator) and get that angular reaction that you felt I could get if I slow rolled it inside/out.
Let me just say the Gladiator is a super flippy ball for me.
All the reviews say it is a smooth arcing ball, but not for me.
It gets way down there and then just charges back.
It was super hard to control!
If I missed inside, zero hold, it would just take off across the lane, but if I missed outside it had a lot of recovery.
I tried targets at the arrows anywhere from 11 to 14 and breakpoints anywhere from 11 to 7.
I basically played around to see where I could be consistent with the ball.
I really never found a good shot until I moved further left and kept the ball in the oil the whole time.
My target at the arrows was 14 with a break point of 10.
This worked best and the ball had the most energy to snap back and the control was a little better.
You will see this in the last shots of the video below.
I honestly did not like the ball, or the reaction and all the time I felt helpless with it like the ball was just too crazy and not in my control.
Then I tried the same strategy with the True Motion and it was much easier to use and control, but of course my angles had to be more closed down since it didn't have the come back the Gladiator did.
I eventually found 10 to 7 to be the best shot for it.
Then finally I pulled out the Purple Hammer which also has the 3 3/8" pin with Leverage layout.
But, the Purple is a very different kind of beast from the Gladiator and True Motion.
While the Gladiator is an Asymmetric ball with a low RG of 2.51 and a Diff of .044 and the True Motion a symmetric ball also with a low RG of 2.52 and a Diff of .035 the Purple's RG is a super high 2.65 and the Diff a tiny .015!
So even with the Leverage layout, the ball barely flares and its motion is gradual hook through the whole lane with a baby touch of pearl snap in the back.
After the other balls, going to the Purple was a breath of fresh air.
I just loved it and had total control of it and could get it to do anything I wanted with no fear it would surprise me.
All the over/under effects the other balls had for me, were gone with the Purple.
The Purple has a very strong coverstock, don't underestimate how strong the coverstock is on this ball.
As with the first two balls, my goal was to play through the oil out to the dry and back.
With the Purple I found that a tiny left to right produced the best reaction.
My target was 10 with a breakpoint of 9 or 8.
This ball created carry down, so as I bowled on that target, I found I had to move my feet right when the ball labored and after a while the ball would start to hook harder and then I moved my feet back left and kept the target the same.
I basically could do a back and forth with my feet, never changing my target or breakpoint.
If a made a big miss inside the ball would sit and crush the pocket, if I missed outside a little there was some recovery, but a big miss right would not come back.
In summary, I see the value in pushing the ball right from on, or inside second arrow and getting it to push back.
It gives a little more miss room verses just going straight up the boards down and in.
It will take time for me to work with this and understand it.
The Gladiator was a very, very uncomfortable ball for me and just jumped all over the place.
The True Motion Leverage was much better, but still had a tendency to take off on me.
The Purple was gold, a ball that was subtle and protected me and just rolled easy and hard and had amazing carry.
Here is the Gladiator video showing my experiment with the inside out shot: