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Eye in the Sky

My Exercise and Passion

One of my First Shot Balls

The Columbia 300 Big Shot with its Unique Core

Bowling and Me. I returned to bowling following a 43 year hiatus because I was looking for an activity that I could do that would provide exercise.  Sure, I had bowled about 6 or 7 or 8 times during that 43 year break but only on a very rare occasions and they were social in nature. Bowling in the modern era is very different from what it was about four and one half decades ago. 

The lanes are synthetic and the concept of oil patterns are a very big part of the game.  The Professional Bowler's Association (PBA) uses five oil patterns for tournaments which are in scoring ease order, Cheetah (highest scoring), Shark, Viper, Scorpion and Chameleon (lowest scoring).  There are house conditions and many bowlers who bowl great in various bowling establishments, simply cannot contend with PBA tournament conditions.

Today one needs an arsenal of bowling balls to deal with changing lane conditions and although scoring tends to be much higher than it was in my early years of bowling, the challenge of bowling is perhaps more interesting than ever.  Anyone interested in learning more about bowling today and its conditions can find an enormous amount of information on the Internet by merely doing web searches.  In the meanwhile, I want to thank my friends and visitors for viewing my bowling pages. I hope you find them interesting and entertaining.  If I can help anyone who wants to know more about bowling please get in touch with me via my Email at KLATOOGORT@aol.com

For the 2009-2010 bowling season, I am going to move way up and bowl in The Bowler City Tuesday Night Men's League.  In this league during the 2008-2009 season, 15 bowlers shot a 300 game and Ansley Holmes had the high series of 823.  Although Tommy Jordan bowled only 57 games I must consider his 241 plus average as clearly the high average in this league.  I am hopeful that I can improve my game by bowling with the best bowlers in the area. I certainly need to improve a lot to appear like I belong in this league.

My Arsenal of Bowling Balls

My Bowling Balls are drilled by Tommy Jordan or Ricky Warren who are the resident Pros at Bowler City. Tommy Jordan is also the new owner of the Pro Shop.  You will find more information about Tommy and Ricky by clicking here to reach my New Friends section. All balls are 16 pounds with the exception of the Columbia Momentum and Roto Grip Cell and the Columbia 300 Arch rival which are 15 pounds.  I am having a good deal of success with the 15 pound balls in that I am getting a better rev rate and thus a strong finish on my strike shot which is producing some very good scores.

Track 930T

Color:              Black/Purple/Silver
Reaction:        Heavy roll
Coverstock:     Reactive 
Finish:             4000 grit Abralon sanded
Core:               New "Leggo"
RG:                  #15/2.48 
Differential:     #15/0.056 

Recommended Lane Condition:   Heavy Oil

Description: This first ball in the all-new 9 Series, the 930T, was designed to be extremely aggressive at the breakpoint. The 930T has “Mica” embedded into the coverstock, which gives this ball extra TRACKtion at the breakpoint so you can expect a heavy roll in the backend. Each new ball from Track will now include a microfiber cleaning pouch with instructions on its use. We feel this will be a great addition to help our customers maintain their performance products.

Ebonite Raid

Lane Condition: Medium to Heavy Oil

Coverstock: GBV 12.7

Weight Block: Low Differential Y Core

Ball Color: Purple/Green/Black

Ball Finish: Sanded w/4000 grit Abralon, Polished w/Ebonite PowerHouse™ Factory Finish Ball Polish

Radius of Gyration: 2.52

Differential: 0.054

Track Flare: Medium High

Ebonite's new Raid is certainly going to sweep the competition off its feet! Designed to be cleaner than the Total NV and NVS, Raid defines versatility. It is super strong in the backend due to its low diff version of the Y core and a proven cover, GBV 12.7 (the very same core as the legendary Angular One)

Brunswick Fury -

Lane Condition: Medium to Heavy Oil

Coverstock: High Octan

Weight Block: Symmetric Torsion Core

Ball Color: Black/Red/Purple

Ball Finish: 800-grit wet sand surface

Radius of Gyration: 2.471

Differential: 0.044

Durometer: 76-77


 

Columbia  300 Big Shot

Lane Condition: Medium to Heavy Oil

Coverstock: Optima™

Weight Block: Centrifuge™

Ball Color: Copper/Black/Silver Pearl

Ball Finish: TCS™ (Texture Control Surface) 4000

Radius of Gyration: 2.476

Differential: 0.050

Durometer: 75-78

Track Flare: 5-6

Hammer Black Widow

Lane Condition: Medium Oil

Coverstock: Violent Reactive coverstock

Weight Block: Gas Mask core with flip block

Ball Color: Black/Red

Ball Finish: Polished

Radius of Gyration: 2.51

Differential: 0.049

Track Flare: High

Storm Diablo

Lane Condition: Medium Oil

Coverstock: Reactor™ Solid Reactive

Weight Block: Twin V™

Ball Color: Fire Orange/Black

Ball Finish: 800-grit Matte

Radius of Gyration: 2.54" (Med)

Differential: .049" (Med-High)

Durometer: 74-76 Rex D-scale

Track Flare: 5" (Med-High)

Fragrance: Red Hot Cinnamon

Hammer No Mercy Beat'n High Performance
  • Coverstock: Violent Hook Reactive

  • Weight Block: Asymmetric Cube Core with HART Concept

  • Ball Color: Black/Blue All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.

  • Finish: 4000 grit Abralon sanded

  • Flare Potential: High

  • RG Differential: 0.050 (Medium-High Flare) on a scale of .000-.080 Low Flare-High Flare

  • RG Average: 2.50 (Low) on a scale of 2.43-2.80 Very Low-High Break Point

  • Reaction: Length with Aggressive Backend Reaction

  • Recommended Lane Conditions: Light to Medium Oil

  • Drilling Style: Used Drilling Pattern #3 - Controlled Arc

  • Note:  This ball was was given to me by Tommy Jordan as a replacement ball on February 28, 2008.  My first No Mercy Beat'n developed a small crack but I was allowed to keep that ball so I had this drilled in a different pattern.

  • Hammer No Mercy Beat'n High Performance
  • Coverstock: Violent Hook Reactive

  • Weight Block: Asymmetric Cube Core with HART Concept

  • Ball Color: Black/Blue All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.

  • Finish: 4000 grit Abralon sanded

  • Flare Potential: High

  • RG Differential: 0.050 (Medium-High Flare) on a scale of .000-.080 Low Flare-High Flare

  • RG Average: 2.50 (Low) on a scale of 2.43-2.80 Very Low-High Break Point

  • Reaction: Length with Aggressive Backend Reaction

  • Recommended Lane Conditions: Heavy Oil

  • Drilling Style: Used Drilling Pattern #1 - Most Aggressive

  • Note:  I bowled my first 300 game with this ball.

  • Columbia Resurgence High Performance
  • Color: Black/Gold/Silver 

  • Core: Resurgence Symmetric

  • Coverstock: "New Era" Reactive

  • Surface: 1000 Abralon

  • Reaction: Strong Arc

  • Hook Rating: Oil - 45, Backend - 28

  • RG Differential: .040 (Medium Flare) on a scale of .000-.080 Low Flare-High Flare

  • RG Average: 2.47 (Very Low) on a scale of 2.43-2.80 Very Low-High Break Point

  • Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy Oil

  • Description: Unmatched "Friction" potential - Mid lane move with a continuous backend motion. No quit in this one! A great ball  with a new core and finished with a new coverstock.  The Resurgence is the new standard in this industry for heavier volumes of oil.  This ball is strong through the body of any pattern and continues hooking all the way through the pin deck.
  • Columbia 300 White Dot
  • Coverstock: Plastic

  • Weight Block: Round core with pancake weight block

  • Ball Color: Black/Silver/Caramel

  • Ball Finish: Polished

  • Hook Potential: 8 (Low) on a scale of 0-60 Low-High

  • Recommended Lane Conditions: Any

  • Ebonite NVS High Performance

  • Coverstock: Traxion Reactive 0.39

  • Weight Block: Spike Core Version 1A

  • Ball Color: Black/Red/Gold

  • Finish: 2000 Grit Abralon and Powerhouse Factory Finish Ball Polish

  • Reaction:  Big Hook with a Very Strong Backend Continuation

  • RG Differential: 0.043 (Medium) on a scale of .000-.080 Low Flare-High Flare

  • RG Average: 2.51 (Low) on a scale of 2.43-2.80 Very Low-High Break Point

  • Recommended Lane Conditions: Medium to Heavy Oil Conditions

  • Description: The NV Series raises the bar on performance through technology. It digs deep for total control and carries an aggressive backend reaction. When you say NV, you mean long and strong. More Traxion - Creates more friction. Stronger than the Total NV in the mid-lane and backend. Pearl cover that is VERY strong and EXTREMELY versatile. Change the surface and change the ball motion.
  • MoRich Nsane Lev RG Bowling Ball - High Performance

  • Core Type: EZ Rev
  • Mass Bias Differential: .035
  • 60 Degree Avg. Spin Time: 4.8 seconds
  • Coverstock: RDX Pearl Reactive
  • Factory Finish: 4000 Grit
  • Flare Potential: Large
  • Differential: .052
  • RG: 2.482
  • Color: Cherry & Burgundy All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
  • Description: Taking Angularity to an all new level by making the strongest core in history even stronger and wrapping it around our all new RDX Pearl cover, 'Nsane LevRG offers the most Radical, Dynamic, and eXplosive backend reaction ever seen in the bowling world
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    MoRich Nsane Lev RG : MO60104851

    Hammer Black Widow Bite Bowling Ball - High Performance

  • Color: Black/Silver .
  • Core: High Mass Bias Gas Mask Core with Flip Block
  • Coverstock: Violent Bite Reactive
  • RG Differential: 0.049 (Medium-High Flare) on a scale of .000-.080 Low Flare-High Flare
  • RG Average: 2.51 (Low) on a scale of 2.43-2.80 Very Low-High Break Point
  • Reaction: Strong hook motion with aggressive backend
  • Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy Oil
  • Description: Featuring the High Mass Bias Gas Mask Core with Flip Block and new Violent Bite Reactive coverstock, the Black Widow Bite is what we moderately call “aggressive”. The Black Widow Bite expands the performance offerings in the Black Widow series by offering a stronger hook motion with more aggressive backend. Take that as a warning.
  • Columbia Momentum Bowling Ball - High Performance

  • Color: Purple/Orange/Red Pearl All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
  • Core: Resurgence Symmetric
  • Coverstock: NE2 Reactive
  • Surface: 4000 Abralon with Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish
  • Reaction: Strong Arc
  • Hook Rating: Oil - 40, Backend - 30
  • RG Differential: .040 (Medium Flare) on a scale of .000-.080 Low Flare-High Flare
  • RG Average: 2.47 (Very Low) on a scale of 2.43-2.80 Very Low-High Break Point
  • Recommended Lane Condition: Any Typical League Pattern
  • A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
  • Description: With Momentum's new NE2 coverstock, more of the ball surface meets the lane. The result is better friction, resulting in greater control in any oil condition. The Momentum comes polished, so its energy is conserved until it reaches the end of the oil pattern. This ball was designed for today's league bowling conditions. It's the dominant league ball that's missing from your bag.  This is my first 15 pound ball and was recommended by Ricky Warren.  It is a ball Ricky used for about 10 games
  • Roto Grip Cell Bowling Ball - High Performance

     

  • Coverstock: Cytoplasmic™ Solid Reactive
  • Weight Block:Nucleus™
  • Ball Color: Turquoise / Navy / Black
  • Ball Finish:2000 Abralon
  • Hook Potential: 7" + (High) on a scale of 1-10 Low-High
  • RG Differential: 0.048 (Medium-High Flare) on a scale of .000-.080 Low Flare-High Flare
  • RG Average: 2.52 (Medium-Low) on a scale of 2.43-2.80 Very Low-High Break Point
  • Recommended Lane Conditions: Heavy Oil
  • A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
  • Description: The all-new Cell™ is an evolutionary design infusing our highly advanced asymmetrical Nucleus™ core with our Cytoplasmic™ solid reactive coverstock. This combination sustains high differential throughout the lanes and produces continuous hook on the heaviest oil patterns. This is my second 15 pound ball and was recommended by Ricky Warren.  It is a ball that should allow for a deep inside line with a strong finish.  The higher rev rate with the 15 pound ball allows for a stronger finish on heavy oil conditions.
  • Roto Grip Cell : RGBBMRCL

    Columbia 300 Arch Rival Bowling Ball - High Performance

     
  • Color: Red/Green/Black All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
  • Core: "Spinner"
  • Core Type: Symmetric
  • Veneer: "300 Plus" - Reactive
  • Surface: 4000 Abralon
  • Hook Rating:  Oil - 37, Backend - 28
  • Recommended Lane Condition: Medium to Heavy Oil
  • Description: Introducing the ARCH RIVAL from Columbia 300. The perfect ball designed for the most detailed of league bowlers. With more length, better backend and superior surface texture, the ARCH RIVAL provides optimal strength down the lane, making it easier to use no matter what the league pattern. Bottom line: it’s the perfect combination of power and control needed to perform at the highest level in today’s environment. This is my third 15 pound ball and was drilled by Tommy Jordan.  I purchased this ball based on some recent excellent games bowled with the Cell.  This ball that should allow for a good inside line with a strong finish and not grab as soon as the Cell providing an angle that will be easier to throw on conditions other than Heavy Oil.  The higher rev rate with the 15 pound balls provide a stronger finish this ball will do it on more varied conditions.
  • Columbia Arch Rival : COL297441167