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We have an overseas shipping container on the property for the overflow of "stuff" from moving here 4 years ago.  I was out trying to put things in some order when I came across a Brunswick box I didn't recognize.  I opened it and discovered a Brunswick Zone, Blast Zone bowling ball I bought off ebay a couple of years ago when I thought my wife was going to take bowling seriously (but that's another topic) and I wanted her to switch to finger tip.

I brought it in the house and weighed it and it is 12 pounds and 14 oz.  I took to ye olde trusty pro shop on Ft Knox and got the pro to drill it for me.  He's been doing a good job for me and did a quick set up on it.  I took it to my Friday league and rolled 225 226 192 with it.  It has a heavy forward roll and sets up early to a really nice arc to the pocket.  It came out in 2007 so its not one of the monster reactive balls they are putting out now, in fact it rolls more like an old school urethane.

I will try it in my Monday morning league and see if it helps with the wet, dry/over, under I have been battling with my other balls.  I looked it up and found I paid a whopping $8.75 for it.  One of my expensive balls.........LOL

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Gotta love finds like that. Reminds me of finding an original Fire Quantum at an antique store some years ago. Paid $10 for it and used a gift certificate to have it drilled. That night in league I won a $25 bracket with it. It went on to become one of my favorite balls.  
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I took the Blast Zone I set up on Thursday and bowled well with on Friday to my Monday morning league and bowled in the middle of the house and the ball slid on the oil, or flipped onto the thumb hole and I had to listen to it thump all the way from 40 to the pins.  No matter what I did I couldn't get it off the thumb hole.  I tried ball speed, change in axis tilt, extra rotation, nothing worked.

When we were done we went down to Ft Knox where I bowl tomorrow night and had the same thing going on.  The lanes were fresh in both houses so apparently that ball is a dry lanes ball that has to have the friction to perform.  I had it set up with ovals but I am thinking I will have to switch to lifts get any traction with it.  On Friday I had it at 2000 and for Monday, knowing the lanes are soaked with oil, I took it down to 1000.

For this Friday I will change to ovals and take it down to 500.  If that doesn't work, it will either go in the dumpster or the container depending on my mood.

If any of you have any suggestions on why it would flip onto the thumb and roll out, please let me know.

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Have you ever bowled with it before and not had that problem? Sounds like
it's set up for a full roller.


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What are the chances that they misdrilled it and put the pin on the wrong side?  That would cause the ball to flare backwards and go over the thumb hole on the backend.  Had that happen to me once.

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I think I figured out why the ball is flipping onto the thumb hole on some conditions.  It was drilled conventional for my wife who has nearly the same span as I do.  I had the driller punch out the holes and put in grips and a slug and he warned me the ring finger was a stretch on my usual span.  I didn't think it would make a difference but Boy was I wrong.

I bowled a no tap tournament on Saturday night and by the middle of the third game my right forearm felt like it was on fire.  The extra little stretch on my ring finger was pulling all the way up to my elbow on the outside of my arm.  I switched to my Brunswick Soul and threw all naturals the rest of the game. 

Tomorrow it goes back to the driller for a fill and re-drill.  The other guys on the pair commented on that ball hitting like a brick, which it does, but I don't like the pull on my arm from the stretched grip.  I figure that my middle finger which is where I get my lift and rotation, is fighting with the ring finger being further back than normal, and killing my normal rotation.  I like the forward roll and hard hitting nature of the ball so its worth taking the time to get it touched up.  Next time I will pay more attention to what the driller says.  Oh yeah I bowled 255, 278, 256 not great.

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I think I figured out why the ball is flipping onto the thumb hole on some conditions.  It was drilled conventional for my wife who has nearly the same span as I do.  I had the driller punch out the holes and put in grips and a slug and he warned me the ring finger was a stretch on my usual span.  I didn't think it would make a difference but Boy was I wrong.

I bowled a no tap tournament on Saturday night and by the middle of the third game my right forearm felt like it was on fire.  The extra little stretch on my ring finger was pulling all the way up to my elbow on the outside of my arm.  I switched to my Brunswick Soul and threw all naturals the rest of the game. 

Tomorrow it goes back to the driller for a fill and re-drill.  The other guys on the pair commented on that ball hitting like a brick, which it does, but I don't like the pull on my arm from the stretched grip.  I figure that my middle finger which is where I get my lift and rotation, is fighting with the ring finger being further back than normal, and killing my normal rotation.  I like the forward roll and hard hitting nature of the ball so its worth taking the time to get it touched up.  Next time I will pay more attention to what the driller says.  Oh yeah I bowled 255, 278, 256 not great.


Update:  Used the Blast Zone tonight and rolled 191,192,217 on lanes no one else could hit.  Figured out I have to stay completely behind the ball and it gets a ton of forward roll.  My arm only hurts when I try getting rotation and forward roll.  Just staying behind it, a la Liz Johnson, gets the job done.

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