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I watch the auctions on Ebay and pick up bowling balls I'd like to try out from time to time.  The latest one is a 15 lb Johnny Petraglia LT 48 vintage by Brunswick.  I watch for  a span and layout similar to mine and sometimes I get lucky.  I did some taping in the thumb hole with anti corrosion vinyl plumbing tape which reduces the diameter of the thumb hole, and then added friction tape to get the feel I wanted.  I dug out the finger grips using the grip removal tool I made (and posted in the equipment section) and got out some spares to try to get the finger holes downsized for me.  My span cut to cut is around 4 1/4 and my finger grips are 4 1/2 and 2 1/2.  After I got it set up as best I could I went over to the Army post nearby and bowled 4 games.  I averaged 210 with a first game of 239, then down to 193 after my blood sugar tanked, then back up to 205 and 203.

My hands don't swell like most bowlers, they actually go down in size as I bowl, I would guess due to peripheral neuropathy, one of those lovely things I live with.  Cold hands and feet, swelling feet and shrinking hands.  My advice........don't get old.

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By vintage do you mean one from 45-50 yrs ago or the modern copy?  If it a new one don't leave it set to long it will split or crack.
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By vintage do you mean one from 45-50 yrs ago or the modern copy?  If it a new one don't leave it set to long it will split or crack.


I mean the 2014 version.  I haven't seen anything about it having issues cracking.  It looks like it has been bowled with quite a bit and it's looking good to me.  The only new balls I ever bought both cracked and were both Storm balls.  Avoiding the issues with new balls is why I buy good condition used balls on Ebay.

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I was told you can't leave them sitting without moving them for a long time.  Mine was in the basement for a few months and cracked all the way around.
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My thumb get's smaller as I bowl too.People that don't have their
hands either shrink or get bigger don't know how lucky they are.
That's why I like interchangeable thumbs
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I was told you can't leave them sitting without moving them for a long time.  Mine was in the basement for a few months and cracked all the way around.


According to what I have read the manufacturers, in their rush to get the balls out for sale, don't allow adequate cure time for the cover stock, and that allowing the balls to sit on a flat surface exerts too much pressure on that specific single point of the ball cover and the effect of gravity is to crack the surface of the ball from that tiny spot.  I keep all of my bowling balls in the house and warm my car up before taking them out in the winter to bowl,  and I try to never leave them in the vehicle at any time of year.  We keep the house at 72 in the winter and 78 in the summer so there isn't much of a variance in storage conditions.

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My thumb get's smaller as I bowl too.People that don't have their
hands either shrink or get bigger don't know how lucky they are.
That's why I like interchangeable thumbs


I have thought about IT but really can't justify the expense.  Grip tape cost about 8 cents ea. so I spend 24 or 32 cents each time I bowl per ball I use.  It would take a lot of bowling and a lot of tape to equal the $50 per ball I have been quoted for IT

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I have thought about IT but really can't justify the expense.  Grip tape cost about 8 cents ea. so I spend 24 or 32 cents each time I bowl per ball I use.  It would take a lot of bowling and a lot of tape to equal the $50 per ball I have been quoted for IT




Once my  thumb starts shrinking or getting larger it helps using
my spare ball or another ball. Once you have a thumb that fits
the inner sleeve isn't much more than a slug. I add tape when needed


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I took the LT 48 to a different center to try it out today and I did not do well with it.  I suspect the ring finger is pitched toward the middle finger and my hand got quite sore using it.  I only bowled two games and got 181 and 159.  The third game I switched to the Brunswick Fortera Exile and rolled a 222 with an open in the first and ninth.  I hope my hand doesn't still hurt when I bowl tomorrow afternoon when it actually counts.  Yesterday and today was just practice bowling.  I will not be using the LT 48 tomorrow.  I think I will shelve it for awhile.
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Gota  Web Tour drilled today...looking forward to trying it.

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We should get together and roll a few.  I'm retired and tired so any day pretty much works.


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We should get together and roll a few.  I'm retired and tired so any day pretty much works.



Sounds good. I still work so I'll have to
find the time. I'd look forward to it

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