Problem with my new Columbia 300 Power Torq Solid

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Problem with my new Columbia 300 Power Torq Solid

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Good day. I would like to ask for an advice. I own a 10 lb C300 WD polyester ball since 2007 (shown in the photo below) and a 10 lb C300 Jazz entry level reactive ball since 2011 (also shown in the photo below).
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I am just a recreational bowler and all this time I have no problem with these 2 balls. I bought a 12 lb C300 Power Torq Solid 2 months ago for my 3rd ball as an upgrade because I have been playing bowling more frequently lately. Once I got the Power Torq Solid, I used it to play for 8 games for 2 continuous days (4 games on each day). This is the first time I own a dull ball (the Power Torq Solid). Unlike the WD and Jazz, I notice that the Power Torq Solid accumulated too much dirt and grease easily from the ball return machine within that first 8 games (shown in the photo below).
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The Power Torq Solid also got a visible scratch from the ball return machine within the first 8 games (shown in the photo below).
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Power Torq Solid is a ball with a rough and dull surface. I conclude that the dull ball is rough enough to make it so easy to get stuck in the ball return machine and then accumulate too much dirt, grease, and scratches.

I told the pro shop pro about the scratch, and he offered me to plug the scratch for free. After the plugging however, I noticed that the plugged area felt 'dented' when it is touched by hand at the circled location shown in the photo below.
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When zoomed out, the 'dented' area is at the circled location shown in the photo below.
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I'm not sure whether this thing does happen while plugging for shallow scratch OR the pro shop pro might have sanded/planed the plugged area a little bit too much. I feel a little bit demotivated because this thing happens to my first ever and newly bought expensive ball.

Plus I am not working because I am a student (doing a PhD), so it might not be a good idea for me to spend some money just to get another Power Torq Solid as a replacement.

That 'dented' surface might affect my gameplay if the ball rolls on the bowling lane nicely on the 'dented' area. I told the pro shop pro about that 'dented' feeling and he offered to drill the area to a certain depth, then plug the drilled hole properly for free. This might solve the 'dented' feeling permanently, but at the same I still feel demotivated because there is an unnecessary plugged surface on my newly bought expensive ball.

I would like to ask the opinion from experienced people in this group. Should I straight away let the pro shop pro drill the 'dented' area to a certain depth and then replug it, or should I just leave it as it is and only accept the free offer if it is confirmed that the ball really rolls on the 'dented' area during my gameplay? Is this kind of thing is just a minor problem and not a big deal?

I am still a beginner and deliver the ball straight. I would like to fully utilise the ball for straight delivery for a few more months/years before switching to hook delivery. If the 'dented' area really affect my gameplay, I'm not sure if the 'dented' area affect will affect the straight delivery lesser or equal to the hook delivery.

That is all that I would like to ask. Sorry for the long writing.

PS: Earlier, I had ordered a 12 lb Track Strata Hybrid as a complement for my Power Torq Solid (because the 12 lb Power Torq Pearl at my area is already sold out). If I keep on having this demotivated feeling, I might slow down buying new balls and even slow down playing bowling for a while.
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Re: Problem with my new Columbia 300 Power Torq Solid

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Pro shop probably doesnt have a Haus machine, which sands a ball evenly, to do it properly, so they used a ball spinner to make it "level" and sat on the spot too long.
When moonlighting at a pro shop, we often cut the plug down, then used a bevel knife on the long edge and scraped the glue residue off from the plug dam and gave the ball a short spin on the haus machine. It could be a short spin on a ball spinner too, the problem is, they only did one side on your ball, specifically 1 spot, which made it out-of-round. When using a spinner, it should be 6 sided method to make a ball more even.
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Re: Problem with my new Columbia 300 Power Torq Solid

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MegaMav wrote: August 4th, 2022, 9:20 pm Pro shop probably doesnt have a Haus machine, which sands a ball evenly, to do it properly, so they used a ball spinner to make it "level" and sat on the spot too long.
Yes, I was there when the pro shop pro did his job. He uses the ball spinner and might have sat on the spot for too long.

MegaMav wrote: August 4th, 2022, 9:20 pm When moonlighting at a pro shop, we often cut the plug down, then used a bevel knife on the long edge and scraped the glue residue off from the plug dam and gave the ball a short spin on the haus machine. It could be a short spin on a ball spinner too, the problem is, they only did one side on your ball, specifically 1 spot, which made it out-of-round. When using a spinner, it should be 6 sided method to make a ball more even.
Also yes. I saw the pro shop pro use a knife to scrape the glue residue off from the plug dam (sorry, I used the term 'plane' previously because I am not a native English speaker). Then, the pro shop pro only did a one side sanding on that spot of my ball.


Btw, is by ball 'repairable' if the sanding is done using the six side method? Will this significantly reduce the diameter of my ball? Should I send the ball to any pro shop that has a Haus machine instead?


Thank you very much.
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Re: Problem with my new Columbia 300 Power Torq Solid

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I also have a Power Torq.. and i dont know what it is... just some balls seem to get dirty way faster than others... Just make sure you clean it after every use and it will be fine...
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