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For the life of me I can't understand the fuss over balance holes.  If they were intended to keep the balance of the ball after drilling (within an ounce in any direction) and the new rule is they can be out no more than 3 ounces, which 95% were anyway, why bother?  I have one ball, a Rotogrip Uproar, with a small balance hole 3" left of the CG (I'm right handed so that is left as I look down on the ball) that is pin up and stacked.  What real difference is plugging it going to make in the roll?  I'd bet I can change the action of the ball more just by sanding it and changing my delivery than plugging it will make.

If they want to keep the bozos from stacking the deck with crazy drillings, then catch them at it and leave the rest of us casual bowlers alone.  I have yet to understand why they control and punish the innocent and not the offenders.  Seems to work that way universally now.  Instead of punishing shop lifters, they put excessive packaging on items that frustrates the bejeebies out of me and cost me money to boot.  Sheesh!

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I agree 100%.  With today's coverstocks and cores, any effect on ball performance that a balance hole might have seems pretty trivial. 

Not all balls can have their balance holes plugged (including a few vintage urethane balls I own).  The new rule seems more designed to get bowlers to buy new gear so they're in compliance than making any meaningful improvement in the overall "fairness" of the sport.  Our league decided the rule was so stupid that we've already passed a bylaw grandfathering in existing gear with balance holes.
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I agree 100%.  With today's coverstocks and cores, any effect on ball performance that a balance hole might have seems pretty trivial. 

Not all balls can have their balance holes plugged (including a few vintage urethane balls I own).  The new rule seems more designed to get bowlers to buy new gear so they're in compliance than making any meaningful improvement in the overall "fairness" of the sport.  Our league decided the rule was so stupid that we've already passed a bylaw grandfathering in existing gear with balance holes.


I went to non sanctioned leagues in part because of that insanity.  I bowl for my own satisfaction, and wondering if I'm going to get an extra board, or less, by plugging a half inch hole isn't worth my energy, or expense.  I don't bowl tournaments or go to the big city, so who cares.

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Our league decided the rule was so stupid that we've already passed a bylaw grandfathering in existing gear with balance holes.


I could be wrong here, but I thought I read something somewhere that you can't do this. It may even been here. 
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I could be wrong here, but I thought I read something somewhere that you can't do this. It may even been here. 


Somebody here suggested it wasn't allowed but we'll worry about it if the USBC complains.  As it is our league is on the verge of going non-sanctioned anyway so come August 2020 when the new rule goes into effect, it may not be an issue for us anymore, lol.


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Somebody here suggested it wasn't allowed but we'll worry about it if the USBC complains.  As it is our league is on the verge of going non-sanctioned anyway so come August 2020 when the new rule goes into effect, it may not be an issue for us anymore, lol.




There's always a couple of bowlers you really have to worry about. You know there's always one or two that could call you out on it when it helps them. The league I'm is decently competitive, but not over the top. There's a couple of two-hander's in the league that I know have thumb holes in the balls they use. They're mediocre at best. Not a chance I call them out. Same goes for next season. A thumb hole or weight hole will not give anyone on that league any kind of advantage. Zero change at me calling them out. They'll more than likely get called out at some point. More than likely when it costs them an important point or a jackpot. You can count on it.
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Speaking of dumb rules.  If your 2 handed your allowed to bowl one handed but if your a righty you can't shoot a ten pin left handed but you can throw a backup ball at it
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Great point. 
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Compared to the old days of if you miss your mark you pay
for it some people with low averages that shoot big games are
really benefiting from the easier shot now a days. Dump it and
watch it roll to the pocket
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Speaking of dumb rules.  If your 2 handed your allowed to bowl one handed but if your a righty you can't shoot a ten pin left handed but you can throw a backup ball at it


Bowling may be the only sport (other than polo, which requires everyone play right-handed for safety reasons) with rules restricting which hand a player uses. 

In golf, a right-handed player up against a tree may turn over a wedge and punch out the ball left-handed.  Perfectly legal, and a skill that good players develop for the rare time it is needed.  Bowling should be flexible and allow an opposite-hand spare attempt in certain isolated situations. 

There is a valid concern on the long-term effect of switching hands for entire games and series, which is why league secretaries must keep separate averages for each hand.  However, this should not apply for a single corner pin spare attempt or a weird split that the bowler judges impossible to convert with the primary hand, but is more makeable with the other hand. 

Bowlers using a two-finger thumbless delivery often insert the thumb on straight corner spare attempts.  There is no rule requiring bowlers use the same combination of fingers and thumb on every shot.  It should always be the bowler's choice how to deliver the ball for any spare conversion.
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