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    I'm wondering what I should get him for his next ball. Right now he's using a 15# plastic ball. I had some reactive balls for him set aside but those are the ones that cracked before I could get them to the pro shop. I know when we get down to TN that they have a huge rack of 100 different balls that he can have for free, they are all donors. Many are name brand reactive balls. He throws about 16mph and seems to have more revs than I do. His axis tilt seems to vary by the session. Some days he seems to spin it and other times flattens it out but either way high rev.
    He's never thrown a reactive ball and he too is used to wood lanes. Even on the wood he gets more back end than I do. I'm thinking even my Venom Shock would be too strong for him but I could be wrong. He tends to get more leaves due to deflection using the plastic. I'd like to get him something with a little more pop when it hits the pocket but nothing ridiculous. Suggestions?
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    16 MPH isn't bad for an adult more less a kid. I figure he could handle the venom shock if you wanted but and low to medium end ball should do. Brunswick Rhino or a Hammer Vibe class ball would be what I'd start with myself. Avoid asymmetrical cores.
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    I know right? This kid has grown like a foot in the last year and a half, he's 6' and 170lbs. Two inches and he's my height and he already out weighs me and he's only 14. Kids gonna grow up to be a gorilla. I don't think they still make the same VS that I use. I didn't look on that rack for anything specific. A PSO may still be able to get one or even the pearl VS if that would be more controllable. The only snake ball they have on bowlingball.com is the Recoil.
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    Yep, I agree with Amyers. Something symmetrical in the "Entry Level" from any of the manufacturers will be a good intro to reactives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phonetek View Post
    I know right? This kid has grown like a foot in the last year and a half, he's 6' and 170lbs. Two inches and he's my height and he already out weighs me and he's only 14. Kids gonna grow up to be a gorilla. I don't think they still make the same VS that I use. I didn't look on that rack for anything specific. A PSO may still be able to get one or even the pearl VS if that would be more controllable. The only snake ball they have on bowlingball.com is the Recoil.
    I thought maybe you were looking to switch him to your old one lol. The Motiv Venom Shock is still available for order if it is that one. If I was looking new I'd probably go Hammer Vibe The orange one is the newest but they are all close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amyers View Post
    I thought maybe you were looking to switch him to your old one lol. The Motiv Venom Shock is still available for order if it is that one. If I was looking new I'd probably go Hammer Vibe The orange one is the newest but they are all close.
    Oh heck no he ain't getting MY VS! LOL I just got that baby drilled properly and I beat a pro bowler 2 out of 3 with it my 3rd use since. That VS is my baby! No, he can get his own darn ball! He can keep his grubby fingers outta my arsenal! LMAO
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    Look at the Radical Counter Attack Solid

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    Phoney, Take a look at the following: Storm IQ Tour, Radical Intel, Ebonite Game Breaker 3 hybrid and Hammer Web Tour.
    These are lower RG, lower differential balls. These should get into a roll pretty well and be a bit easier to control hopefully.
    Hope this helps...

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