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baileytuffs

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I'm looking into getting a starter ball, so I've been looking around online for used balls to re drill (trying to save some money). I found a local offer for (15 minute drive):

15 lb STORM IQ FUSION
15 lb DV8 DEVIANT PEARL (appears to have been re drilled once before)

For 30 bucks total. I figured it would be 40 bucks each to re-drill both to fit my needs.

Are used balls worth buying? Or should I just go for a new Hy-road?

Thanks!

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Opinions will differ on this.  A new ball will hook more and have the most hitting power right out of the box.  Over time as it accumulates oil you can sand it and use various oil extraction techniques (oven, sonic bath, dishwasher) this will return a great deal of the out of the box reaction.  However, it will never return all the hitting power it had right out of the box.  It will, however, retain a fairly high percentage of hitting power (95%+ imo).  Less hitting power translates into more taps (i.e. ten pins left for a right hander)

If you are a bowler that gets extremely frustrated with taps and can't stop your mind from thinking, "If I only had a new ball that would have carried." get a new ball.  If you are not made of money and feel that 95%+ like new is good enough then a reactive ball will last a LONG time and you should buy the used balls.

That being said, to get this 95%+ like new reaction you must take care of your equipment.  Many bowlers fail to do this.  Use a cleaner EVERY TIME after you use a ball.  Oil residue on your ball will soak in overnight and over days and soon you will find your ball turning the corner and hitting like a dead fish.  After about 30 games take it to the pro shop and put it on the spinner and re-sand it as desired. You can learn to do this yourself if you buy a spinner but most pro shops charge $5 and I, for one, am happy to give them the business.  after 90 games is the mark I use to bring the ball in and get it resurfaced and oil extracted.  The charge for this is 20-25 bucks.  They often recommend replacing grips but I do this every other resurface. 

At some point a reactive ball will die.  Opinions differ on this but I have only rarely resurfaced a ball a 4th time.  It is fun, after all, to buy some new balls!  If you hate cleaning and resurfacing bowl with urethane.  On a house shot you can score fine with them and they last forever.   
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If you are just starting bowling and don't have a lot of previous experience, I doubt you would be able to tell the difference between new and old.  In addition to that, all the stuff I have read says plugging and redrilling makes very little difference in the performance of the ball.

Personally, since I re started bowling 3 years ago I have purchased only two new balls and too many used ones to count.  They were all fun to bowl with and didn't break the bank.  When I am done with them I donate them to a local youth league.

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I'm looking into getting a starter ball, so I've been looking around online for used balls to re drill (trying to save some money). I found a local offer for (15 minute drive):

15 lb STORM IQ FUSION
15 lb DV8 DEVIANT PEARL (appears to have been re drilled once before)

For 30 bucks total. I figured it would be 40 bucks each to re-drill both to fit my needs.

Are used balls worth buying? Or should I just go for a new Hy-road?

Thanks!


If the balls are plugged already (If not forget it), $15 ea. isn't a bad price. The rub is the $40 a piece ($80 total) to drill, That's $110 total.  If you could get the total a bit below a C-note ($100), Then that wouldn't be a bad deal.

Otherwise go for the new Hy-Road, you can't go wrong with it.

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