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    So, after Arsenal 6.0 was a disaster, 6.3 was decent until the Mystic cracked, and 6.6 has been 'okay'...

    I've decided to update my arsenal for Summer 2022 and for the FIRST TIME...I am NOT using the Closet of Destiny!!

    That's right...the closest is EMPTY...and I am now ready to use 'Aslan's Arsenal Selection Matrix"...which has been in development.

    Now, before I get to the two balls I've selected...a couple notes:

    1) The arsenal is 4 balls + a spare ball. It consists of:
    - Fresh Oil ball
    - Ball Down option
    - 2nd Ball Down option
    - Skid/Flip ball

    2) I will only be replacing the fresh oil ball and ball down option (top 2 on list). I have decided to:

    - 'Unretire' the Vintage Rhino Gold and use that as my 2nd Ball Down Option.
    - Continue to use the Pyramid Force Pearl, switching it from the 2nd Ball Down Option back to the Skid/Flip ball.

    The reasoning for using the Vintage Rhino Gold is that it doesn't have very many games (30) and is a very good fit for the 2nd Ball Down Option. The reasoning for continuing to use the Force Pearl is that it was really working well as the skid/flip ball until I had to shuffle my arsenal around and it also doesn't have many games on it (45).

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    So, I've decided to replace the Grudge Hybrid and Storm Optimus Solid.

    The Grudge Hybrid has been an above average ball for me. I've averaged about 185 over 106 games with it. The problem I've always had with this ball is that I originally bought it thinking it would be a good Ball Down option to the Aura Mystic. It never was a good 'ball down option' to anything...it was always the strongest ball in my bag. However...it was never "strong enough" to allow me to open up the lanes and move inside. So, on lanes where the THS was a little wider or had a little more volume...the ball was amazing. But, if it was a more typical house shot that is narrow and dry...this ball wouldn't retain enough energy given my speed/rev rate and where I could play.

    I could keep using it as the Fresh Oil ball...and I'll keep it as an option...but with 106 games on it...maybe it's time to give something else a try.

    The Optimus Solid has been a bit more of a failure. I 'thought' this ball...being a Solid cover...put a more aggressive surface on it---a 2.48 RG...I thought this ball would allow me to move inside a little. Maybe get closer to the 13-board rather than be out in the 7-9 area. It was a failure. The ball just wasn't strong enough for my physical game...and with any surface on the ball...it performed terribly outside the oil line.

    It wasn't until I finally came to terms with this and demoted it to the 'Ball Down Option" that I finally started to have some success with the ball. I reduced the surface by finishing it with Storm Step 2...and would either start with the ball out around 8-9 or I'd save it until the 2nd game and ball down to it. I ended up averaging 187 over 45 games with the ball. I even shot two games over 260 with it at a very dry house over the summer.

    My choices are:

    Fresh Oil Ball: Hammer Obsession

    IF I'm ever going to be able to move inside on fresh oil...given a slightly higher speed and low rev rate...I need a ball with a low RG and a much stronger core than the Optimus Solid. I had good luck with the old Reaxx Pearl with a 4000 surface...so maybe the Obsession can can get me back to being able to inside 10 at the start of league night. If it can't, I don't know what can.

    Ball Down Option: Storm IQ Tour

    The Optimus Solid taught me the value of having a decent, yet weaker, ball as your ball down option can be very valuable. My experiment with the Special Ops was hit or miss. The Yeah Baby Sinful was terrible. The Aura Mystic worked very well until it cracked. So, the IQ Tour is a proven ball...much weaker and with a very low differential...but still with that low RG I do well with.

    This ball is actually the most important ball for my overall game...because it is kind've like my "benchmark ball" in that I will use it as a "ball down" option on heavier/wider THSs but also may start with it on lighter THSs. So, this ball almost always gets used while the other 3 balls sometimes just sit in the bag all night.

    The only "risk" with this duo is...every time I try to get a solid that will allow me to move inside...I end up with a ball that won't turn the corner for me and is useless outside the oil. I watched the Laneside Reviews on the Obsession and the older bowler seemed to have NO LUCK with this ball. Given his game is more like mine than the other two bowlers...that worries me. On the other hand...with a little less surface...this ball could be very similar to the Reaxx Pearl and that is one of the better balls I've ever thrown...so I don't know.

    Thoughts?
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    Get the whole "turn the corner for me" thing out of your head. A "stronger" ball doesn't hook more, it just hooks earlier. The only thing that determines how much a bowling hooks is the release of the bowler. I've seen your release, and you don't turn the ball. Instead of thinking of moving inside and throwing the ball out and trying to get it back (not going to happen with any ball), take your whole line and move it left... your feet, your target at the arrows, and your target at the end of the pattern. As I've suggested before, learn to use the dry past the pattern, rather than the dry outside of the pattern.

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    Aslan, you keep your PSO very happy. Instead of eating Ramen Noodles every night I bet with you around he gets occasional surf and turf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobLV1 View Post
    Get the whole "turn the corner for me" thing out of your head. A "stronger" ball doesn't hook more, it just hooks earlier. The only thing that determines how much a bowling hooks is the release of the bowler. I've seen your release, and you don't turn the ball. Instead of thinking of moving inside and throwing the ball out and trying to get it back (not going to happen with any ball), take your whole line and move it left... your feet, your target at the arrows, and your target at the end of the pattern. As I've suggested before, learn to use the dry past the pattern, rather than the dry outside of the pattern.
    Kind of what I have been doing more of recently. I can't stand right and throw out to the 10 board and expect it to come back. But I can stand in the middle and throw down the 3rd arrow and hit the pocket. I only do it when I have to but have been practicing it more lately. Gives me another option
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    I don't think my line is terribly aggressive. Maybe I'm giving the wrong impression because there's no visual.

    But, I'm usually standing with my left foot around...let's say 16-17 and aiming for 7-9 (thereabouts) at the arrows. Thats a fairly typical up and in shot.

    As the lanes break down, I usually can make 1:1 and 1:2 adjustments and eventually get to where maybe I'm aiming 12-13 and standing 20-24. So, the "line" never gets terribly aggressive where I'm opening my shoulders and "going crazy".

    All I'm looking to do is maybe find a way to expand my abilities so that at the beginning of the night I can maybe target 12-13 and stand 22-26. So, rather than have to wait until the lanes break down, maybe have an arsenal that allows me to move my line into that oil at the start.

    To Rob's point, I'm not thinking that if I get a different ball I can suddenly loft the gutters Belmo style. Even if I could...I would go for a skid/flip ball that went long and turned hard...because at that angle...you're crossing the oil as much as bowling in it. I'm looking for something that allows me to do EXACTLY what Rob is suggesting...take my rather boring and mundane line...and just move it about 4:8 left so that I'm left of most of the bowlers that are bowling the track at the beginning of the night rather than right of them all night.

    I felt the Grudge Hybrid had the ability to do that...on wider THS patterns or maybe patterns with just a little more volume. And yes, thats looking at the lane front to back as well as side to side. Maybe the oil was a little longer on those patterns and that allowed the Grudge to retain some energy? Maybe by being 1-2 boards wider, the Grudge stayed in the oil just a little bit longer down the lane? I don't know because I don't apply the oil. I just know that on typically "drier" or "narrower" houses...I really struggled to carry 10-pins with that ball. Move right....it goes through the nose. Move left, it leaves a 2-pin. At that point...you're talking about making much more drastic changes to get it to strike when the easier answer is, "maybe there's a ball that'll work better."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phonetek View Post
    Aslan, you keep your PSO very happy. Instead of eating Ramen Noodles every night I bet with you around he gets occasional surf and turf.
    I replace my arsenal once per season.

    Back in "the day", it made more sense to replace the arsenal once per season because:

    1) I was bowling nearly 200-250 sanctioned games a year, PLUS tournament games, PLUS I was practicing like CRAZY!

    2) I had the "Closet of Destiny" and needed to either drill the balls or wait for them to just crack in the box...which a couple of them did.

    Since then, I've only been able to bowl about 140-170 sanctioned games per year, virtually no tournaments, and very little practice. So, the balls are being retired with quite a bit fewer games on them. Thats one of the reasons I decided to keep using the Force Pearl this summer and "unretire" the Rhino Gold. These balls just don't have very many games on them and they still fit relatively well into the #3 and #4 spots in my arsenal...so no sense buying two balls just to buy them.

    Plus, some folks on here (and fellow bowlers elsewhere) have suggested NOT replacing an entire arsenal all at once...so maybe just do a couple pre-summer and maybe one or two prior to the fall.

    The balls are a one-time expense. Buy them from bowlingball.com or bowlerx and the shipping is free....and both sites offer very good prices and service. Getting them drilled adds another $70/ball...which is what the pro shop gets out of the deal. I maintain and surface the balls myself with my own spinner and surfacing products. So, no need to constantly drop $100 here and there at the pro shop.

    And, if my Achilles and knee issues don't hinder me this summer...I'm hoping to get back to at least two leagues per season...so that'll get more games on the balls.

    I had 154 games on the Thug Life before I retired it. 139 on the Reaxx Pearl. Thats essentially a couple seasons of league bowling on each. I had 118 on the Innovate. Thats a season and a half. You don't think it's time to get a new ball after throwing the same one every game for 1.5 to 2 seasons? Every game?

    The Scandal Pearl had 87, the Mystic 86, the Warning Sign 70. The Exile has 60 now and will likely have more than that by the time I re-retire it. Thats essentially an entire season of bowling.

    The Optimus was unique being retired with only 45 games...the last time I did that was the Track 300A which I retired with only 27 games on it. But, like I said, the Optimus just never did what I wanted it to do. I took a shot and missed. I bought a Rotogrip Defiant Edge and retired it after 10 games. I just couldn't throw it. Same with the Rotogrip Asylum I won here on BBoards...finally gave up on that one after 65 games...just didn't work for me. Not a huge fan of Rotogrip.

    I'd say my bowling cost breakdown is something like:

    League Expenses (2 fall, 1 summer): $5,312.50
    Coaching: $1200
    Balls: $632.50
    Pro Shop: $300
    Surfacing Supplies: $280

    So, it's a $7,725/year hobby. It was more expensive in Cali because I got coaching from 2 different coaches and the leagues almost all swept in Vegas. I also practiced at LEAST once a week AND did at least a couple tournaments a year...AND I was usually doing brackets in 1 or more leagues each night. If I decided to use the same balls for 3 straight seasons...I might be able to afford a 2nd summer league one out of three years.
    In Bag: (: .) DV8 Grudge Hybrid; (: .) Storm Optimus Solid; (: .) Pyramid Force Pearl; (: .) Brunswick Fortera Exile; (: .) Ebonite Maxim
    USBC#: 8259-59071; USBC Sanctioned Average = 178; Lifetime Average = 171;
    Ball Speed: 15.81mph; Rev. Rate: 240rpm || High Game (sanc.) = 300 (268); High Series (sanc.) = 725 (689); Clean Games: 172

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