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 Post subject: Bowling Ball Pairings
 Posted: Sat May 26, 2018 12:56 pm Post Number: #1 Post
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Asking for a friend as I was uncertain of the correct answer.
The statements that popped up (I think one was by Mo and maybe the other by a USBC coach) are as follows.
They address a strategy for house bowling, I think.

"Start with your symmetrical ball until you start leaving corner pins, then switch to your asymmetrical ball in the same pairing."

"Start with your symmetrical ball until you start leaving corner pins, then switch to your asymmetrical ball (same type) to carry the corner pins." – Mo

"Early, you want a smooth, controllable, consistent ball (sym) w/some surface; later as the lanes breakdown, you want a more angular ball (asym) that clears the front-end." – USBC

My question is what do they mean by terms "same pairing" or "same type"? Is it the amount of lane oil they are advertised as handling - coverstock? Or, a ball up/ball down pairing based on ...? Or, something else?


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 Posted: Sat May 26, 2018 1:47 pm Post Number: #2 Post
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Here's the full quote from MO:

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Low tilt bowlers usually use more symmetricals than asymmetricals because symmetricals have longer hook zones delaying the ball entering the roll phase. Therefore, it gives them more continuation until the carrydown gets them and they start leaving corner pins. At that point they should go to an asymmetrical because the asym. will respond to the friction faster carrying the ten pin when the symmetrical will not on the carrydown.

The lesson for low tilt bowlers is.......start with your symmetrical until you start leaving corners. Then, switch to your asym. to carry the corner.......................

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 Posted: Sat May 26, 2018 9:45 pm Post Number: #3 Post
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Glenn wrote:
"Start with your symmetrical ball until you start leaving corner pins, then switch to your asymmetrical ball in the same pairing."

"Start with your symmetrical ball until you start leaving corner pins, then switch to your asymmetrical ball (same type) to carry the corner pins." – Mo

My assumptions are 'same type' is coverstock - if you start with a symm reactive solid, you switch to an asymm reactive solid with the same surface prep and let the core be the point of difference. 'Same pairing' might mean the same thing, not sure, it's an unusual term. Same pair of lanes maybe?

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 Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 10:41 pm Post Number: #4 Post
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Bowl1820 and Dean, thanks for your input.

When first presented with this question, I thought it might be the ball up / ball down pairing, but then I had doubts. I sorta kinda remember reading some semblance of these statements in the past, but could not put my finger on them. I looked through my materials and did searches on the internet, but came up empty.

Dean, I am leaning toward your point on cover-stock with the addition of its oil handling ability (as advertised). For example, sym and asym that are reactive solids for medium-heavy oil conditions. And, I am equally uncertain as to whether the surfaces should be the same, or different to further separate the pair (sym at 2000 on the fresh and the asym at 4000 on the transition).
I, also, wondered about using the RG value in the pairing, particularly if both balls are drilled with the same layout.

I guess my best answer to this question is that I do not know ....


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