Bowling Forums, Bowling Discussion and Bowling Talk
Sign up Calendar Latest Topics
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment   Page 2 of 2      Prev   1   2
Dare

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 1,248
Reply with quote  #16 
I changed to leather heels on my Strikeforce
shoes and still stick in hot humid weather.

avabob

Registered:
Posts: 419
Reply with quote  #17 
I have never bowled much in humid environments so I defere to your experience. Also I have had problems with sticky spots on synthetics but the rubber heals killed me in many house back in the 90s. Never had problems on wood.
Dare

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 1,248
Reply with quote  #18 
Strikeforce is a nice cheap show with changeable soles and heels. The problem
is it comes with rubber heels which don't work for me.
Fordman

Registered:
Posts: 3,649
Reply with quote  #19 

Dare what size show do you wear?  Sorry, Just needed to post something.  I like synthetic lanes there is no groove in them to the pocket.  You can't just drop the ball in the track.


__________________
Shake a Vets hand you owe them.
Dearborn Mi. Home town of Henry Ford
Dare

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 1,248
Reply with quote  #20 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fordman

Dare what size show do you wear?  Sorry, Just needed to post something.  I like synthetic lanes there is no groove in them to the pocket.  You can't just drop the ball in the track.




Size 1134 pants,Large shirt.large hat,large wrist band,101/2 ring in
case I shoot a 300 or 800.

Fordman give me your bank account I have news you have a inheritance
on hold from a Nigerian Prince
Fordman

Registered:
Posts: 3,649
Reply with quote  #21 
I'll send you a check.
__________________
Shake a Vets hand you owe them.
Dearborn Mi. Home town of Henry Ford
Dare

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 1,248
Reply with quote  #22 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fordman
I'll send you a check.



No offence but I'd prefer cash. Meet you at Walmart parking lot

JTbowling

Registered:
Posts: 167
Reply with quote  #23 
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrbowling300
Why dont you like synthetic lanes?


See, most bowlers don't seem to care about anything as long as they score well. 

For me, I hate synthetic lanes for the same reason that a lot of football fans hate domes. It takes all the atmosphere out of the game.

First of all, everything is muffled...from the ball rolling down the lanes to the sound the pins make on contact. Shots that would be an explosive, satisfying sound on wood are just another shot on synthetic. Maybe if you're 25 and can rip the cover off the ball you can compensate, but that ain't me.

Everything about bowling on synthetics feels so unnatural and cheap to me. For me, it's like, I don't understand how bowlers ever accepted this change and didn't rebel in the way customers of so many other products did after horrific changes. It's like...Bowling Lite...or something. Cheap substitute bowling. 

Yeah, yeah..."cost effective"...I'm sure you could come up with ways to cut costs for a variety of different things that would render those things worthless to the consumer.

But I seem to be an extreme minority on this one. As long as bowlers see numbers they like, they don't care how sterile it looked or how muffled it sounded to get there. 


avabob

Registered:
Posts: 419
Reply with quote  #24 
Not sure I understand the comments about sound. Pins and side boards didnt change with intro of synthetics. Wood was already being coated with ultra hard epoxy urethane before synthetics came in. Frankly, playability didnt chsnge that much.

I too preferred wood, but most wood lanes were down to the nails from resurfacing, and new wood lanes were becoming cost prohibitive.
JTbowling

Registered:
Posts: 167
Reply with quote  #25 
Quote:
Originally Posted by avabob
Not sure I understand the comments about sound. Pins and side boards didnt change with intro of synthetics. Wood was already being coated with ultra hard epoxy urethane before synthetics came in. Frankly, playability didnt chsnge that much.

I too preferred wood, but most wood lanes were down to the nails from resurfacing, and new wood lanes were becoming cost prohibitive.


I don't know what to tell you. The sound clearly changed. The presence of the wood created a completely different sound from the roll to the way the pins sounded on impact, regardless of the material of the pins themselves. 
themrfreeze

Avatar / Picture

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 3,786
Reply with quote  #26 
Wood lanes definitely have a different sound to them as the ball rolls down them...it's a more full-bodied, natural sound.  Synthetic lanes sound dull and lifeless in comparison.  I bowl on both and the difference is quite noticeable when you hear them regularly.

The only thing I can compare it to is the difference between a wood pin and a Twister pin...wood has a sharp clear ring to it (unless the pin is cracked), Twisters sound dull and (for lack of a better word) unnatural.  I guess the same could be true for a "good" bowling ball vs. one with a separated core as well...the bad ball has a dull thud to it when it's hit.
jpkaina

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 359
Reply with quote  #27 

Quote:
Originally Posted by themrfreeze
Wood lanes definitely have a different sound to them as the ball rolls down them...it's a more full-bodied, natural sound.  Synthetic lanes sound dull and lifeless in comparison.  I bowl on both and the difference is quite noticeable when you hear them regularly.

The only thing I can compare it to is the difference between a wood pin and a Twister pin...wood has a sharp clear ring to it (unless the pin is cracked), Twisters sound dull and (for lack of a better word) unnatural.  I guess the same could be true for a "good" bowling ball vs. one with a separated core as well...the bad ball has a dull thud to it when it's hit.

 

AMF synthetics actually have a similar rumble to wood lanes, but nothing like going "au naturel"

 

Twister pins suck, that clicky noise echoes out to the parking lot. 


__________________
Straight outta' the Biggest Little City

High Game: 300 x4 (3/20/2014, 5/29/2017, 4/15/2018, SPORT 300 11/13/2018)
High Series: 811

In the Bag:
Storm Optimus, IQ Tour Pearl, Hyroad
Track MX10, 300A, Alias, Ultra Heat, 706A
Ebonite Maxim


#harmnone
Brownswick

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 302
Reply with quote  #28 

Hey I'm not one for cross-posting, but with all this talk about wood lanes vs. synthetic lanes, I really think you guys would enjoy this week's episode of PRODIGY BOWLERS TOUR.  We took the kids out to the country to the oldest continuously operated bowling center in Georgia, and one of only a couple that I've found in the area that still has wood lanes.  Plus, it has its original 1960-vintage Brunswick Gold Crown masking units.  Those are few and far between in these parts.

It's pretty fascinating to see these kids bowl on wood lanes.  Some of them with their modern reactive resin equipment, some of them with urethane.  (I'm surprised no one tried plastic.)

It's an absolutely gorgeous 12-lane bowling center.  The only thing "modern" about it are the Brunswick 2000 ball returns and scoring consoles.  It's got the old Brunswick "A" pinsetters with the gold "B" on the front of the pin tables and the gold rakes with the Brunswick script typeface.  Just like in the bowling center I grew up in back in the '60s.

You'll definitely see and HEAR the difference of these wood lanes.

Here ya go:


__________________

Randy Brown
USBC Silver Certified Coach
http://www.brownswick.com

avabob

Registered:
Posts: 419
Reply with quote  #29 
I learned to bowl in an 8 lane gold crown house eith tangerine masking units in the early 60s.
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.