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 Post subject: Buddies pro shop custom drilling
 Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:06 am Post Number: #1 Post
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Has anyone had a ball drilled at buddies proshop and just sent them a spec sheet? Money is really tight right now and they have good deals and you can't beat the price. I can get a Storm Soniq for $109 drilled with a slug in it shipped. IN dallas it would be probably $209 plus tax. I can send them the spec sheet from the IRTC and that should be good enough.


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 Post subject: Re: Buddies pro shop custom drilling
 Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:01 pm Post Number: #2 Post
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You get what you pay for.
Fitting is a skill that requires face to face interaction between customer and ball driller.
Drilling a ball requires near zero skill to put 3 holes in a ball. You're also around near zero chance of it coming out as anticipated.
If you're so cheap, dont buy a ball and use what you have.
You bowl on house shots 100% I assume, you should be able to score with a potato with the current scoring environment (thanks USBC) if you're worth your salt.

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 Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:18 pm Post Number: #3 Post
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You get what you pay for.
Fitting is a skill that requires face to face interaction between customer and ball driller.


Very true!

Remember, you get much more from a quality pro shop than merchandise!

You might be better off buying a ball spinner and accoutrements to maintain the equipment you have. That would also give you the option of buying used equipment.

Don't get me wrong, at my best I was mediocre, but no ball ever made me better.

Eric's mention of a potato reminded me that my ball always hit like a rotten pumpkin!

Happy Halloween!

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 Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:12 pm Post Number: #4 Post
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If you use inserts and an interchangeable slug then yes as long as all your specs are accurate, that means cut spans, pitches, PAP and desired layout too. If you need the thumb to be done then it’s best to do in person.


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 Posted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:05 am Post Number: #5 Post
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I paid $75 just to get fitted at the IRTC. Fitting is done. I just need 3 holes drilled in a ball with the exact specs on the sheet. I only have 1 ball that is technically drilled correctly. The other balls are off like a 1/2 with the PAP and I don't know if that makes a big difference or not.

Ok I am lost on this. All I have to do is tell the guy in Dallas, I need such and such ball and drill it such and such way and boom it done. I don't even have to test it out. I can use it right then and there and in the last 15 balls drilled, I never had any problem. I took the IRTC fitting thing gave it to him and it worked, he didn't need anything else. The only thing I can get out of this is that buddies proshop isn't a good drilling place? I mean if I don't have to be in Dallas to get fitted and just show my drill sheet, shouldn't any decent proshop drill it proper? I might have to bevel out the thumb just a tad but that should be it.

it is just thumb slug and finger inserts.


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 Posted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:07 am Post Number: #6 Post
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Okay I've never personally used Buddies (I never had a need too), So I don't know first hand. But I've been on all the bowling websites for many years. I've seen all kinds of posts/reviews about Buddies Pro Shop from guys that have used them.

They are one of the Most/Best reviewed & recommended online shops anyone has ever mentioned. As long as you send them all the info they need, They apparently do a good job.

(Note: They scribe balls, if you do not want scribe marks you have to tell them before hand.

If you don't have all your measurements, They even have a service where you can send them a ball and they copy the grip right off it. (Plus they'll revive it and clean it up)

They tell you about their services right here:
https://www.buddiesproshop.com/professional-drilling-services/

If you live close enough you can even go to the pro shop yourself it's in Fairfield, CT

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 Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:13 pm Post Number: #7 Post
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Buddies is my go to online proshop. Chris Forry, owner, always drills my balls the same. What I did was drive(1hr) to his shop and get fitted. It's then stored on their file, so when I order balls online they know exactly how to drill. You may add a note as to what layout you want, but the span and pitches are the same. Yes, you can send them your best fitted ball and they will copy all the specs. Then they will send back you ball refresh with new grips.


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 Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:09 pm Post Number: #8 Post
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I've had your guy in Dallas ship me drilled balls before.

Why don't you just give him a call and see if he'll match Buddies deal and ship it to you? This way you know it will be right. Seriously... if it's within a few bucks price wise, why would you not do business with the shop that you claim gives you the best service?

And... if you have your Dallas guy make you a thumb mold, your thumb slugs will be PERFECT each time.


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 Posted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:15 pm Post Number: #9 Post
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"You get what you pay for." How true. After using several local pro shops I quickly realized that none of them could drill a ball twice the same way. I did, however, find an on-line pro shop that could, and I have used them exclusively since then. Never a problem. If I get a ball that is mis-drilled (which I have on balls that I have returned to be plugged and redrilled to new specs), they have always made good. I would not be quick to dismiss an on-line shop as cheap. In fact, it's probably more expensive.

Find yourself a good coach. He can fit you. In fact, I'd rather have a coach fit me than a pro-shop owner. (I'm lucky, Mo Pinel fitted me initially, and over time, my coach has tweaked the fit as I have aged.) Shoot, the coach might be able to drill a ball for you. He can recommend, too, a pro-shop. If on-line is your choice, they will probably pay for having that ball shipped to them so they can lift the specs.

In the end, it's like finding a good barber. Yes, anyone can cut hair, but only through trial and error do you find one that suits you. And when you do, you stick with him (or her). Same for drilling a ball.

Viper/Joe

ps--I'm not dissing pro-shop folks. Everyone is in the sport to make it better.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:07 am Post Number: #10 Post
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I am probably going to stick with the guy in Dallas. My house got destroyed by a twister a year and a half ago and that caused a lot of problems. 1 thing is happening after another and I found myself really struggling and worring about being thrown out of the house money is tight and business isn't good at all. It isn't real bad yet but I have to watch it. The price difference is pretty significant. $106 or so compared to around $175+9.6% tax so it is almost double in price. They are currently gone on vacation in the Caribbean and the bowling alley they work out of USA bowl suffered heavy tornado damage a few weeks ago. I am going to hold off on any balls for right now though. I don't have to have it but it could have really came in handy tonight.


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