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JTbowling

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It's just like NFL uniforms: At some point, people decided that everything has to look eXtRemEEeeeeeee in order to appeal to the youth. Forget actually looking good. No, stuff has to look "KEWL."

So out went solid-colored bowling balls and in came these hideous random splotch designs. I hate it. Every aesthetic these days has to be absolutely garish and hideous. Everything looks like some kind of kids toy Nickelodeon would put out. 

nEoN gREEEEEEEEEN sLiiiime.

And then every "Brunswick Zone" looked like a Toys R Us. And nobody says anything. It's like we're supposed to accept it's the most natural thing in the world to take things that used to be presented with a professional aesthetic and turn them into some juvenile abomination. 
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I dislike a lot of them, but I can handle simpler color patterns.  Bowling balls that I have purchased new (or received as a gift, but got to pick it) have all had decent colors.

1. BVP Goliath (dark blue)
2. T-Zone (Green/Dark Green)
3. Storm Anarchy (Gold/Black/Navy - but the last looks mostly black from a distance)
4. Motiv Tank (Green with white)
5. 900 Global War Eagle (Blue/Red) - I tried to get the original Eagle, but it had been discontinued
6. 900 Global Black Ops (All black)
7. Storm Tropical Storm (Black/Dark Red)

I will use ugly bowling balls if I come across a decent one used, but I won't buy one.  My current go-to ball is black, yellow, and green.  UGLY.  But it works well and I can't complain about a $4 bowling ball.

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I like balls that look different.  Much easier to find on the crowded rack.  I sometimes use different colored inserts.  My team had pink bowling shirts last year.  Breast cancer tribute.
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Just to play devil's advocate for a minute:

Since reactive resin coverstocks are made by pouring the resin into a mould and that resin very quickly sets up and hardens, I'm wondering if part of the reason today's balls are the multi-colored swirled design is because it's simply easier to make a ball like that than to try and pour a solid color and have it totally uniform throughout.  If you "design" the ball to be this swirled pattern then every ball will pass visual inspection.  If you try to make a ball a single uniform color, then ANY visual blemish makes the ball "defective" from a visual standpoint.

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I'm with the OP.  I buy balls that are a basic color like blue, black, red with some color other than the basic only if I really want that ball.  I don't care for the pinwheel, soccer ball, cosmic bowling stuff either.
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Funny timing on this. Most of stuff over the years has been solid colors. I won the Storm Intense Fire in a ball raffle earlier this season and have been using it a lot the last 2 months or so. Normally I have no issue finding my ball. The solid colors stick out now. Friday I found myself searching for it on the rack more times than not. 
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Same here.  Yesterday was our (final) bowling banquet for the adult-child league and we bowl beforehand...9-pin no-tap, just for fun.  I brought along one of the two resin balls I own to see what I could do with it.  Not only does my son have the same ball, but the dad on the other team had a similar black/green swirled ball.  Having to figure out which ball was mine was a PITA.

Say what you want about the Gold Angle, but there's no mistaking it for any other ball on the rack!

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No argument here! [rofl][rofl]
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