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Anyone who have an Urethane ball?

I am getting Storm Pitch Black on Tuesday or Wednesday and will be my first urethane ball. I never own an urethane ball in my life. 

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Several of us have urethane balls, and some of us throw urethane almost exclusively.  Watch some old bowling vids from the 80s...they'll help you understand the best way to throw urethane.

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I have one and use it for 10 pins.  Don't expect it too hook unless the lanes are totally fried.  You will get the best results throwing slow.  Expect a lot of 10 pins and flat hits.
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They also work good on long oil patterns.
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Your Pitch Black is ideal for short oil patterns (38' and shorter).  It's also a pretty good spare ball, although I've found it hooks a little too much for me to consider it a spare ball.

What makes the Pitch Black and other urethanes like it so interesting is that it has a fairly old school urethane cover, but with a modern weight block and core, giving it a smooth reaction, but a stronger engine inside than the truly old school urethanes of the 1980s.

I actually don't carry my Pitch Black very often unless I know I'm throwing on short oil or am going to a tournament where I just don't know what to expect.  But I do carry a Mix, which is a urethane with a pancake weight block.  It's a true spare ball that only hooks maybe a board or two, tops.  It's my ball of last resort if I happen to hit a condition where the heads are ridiculously dry.

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I have a slate UDot, a U2 Classic and a Visionary urethane ball.

When I hurt my hand, urethane was the only thing that didn't hook off the lane. I use it almost exclusively on house patterns.

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I bought the Motiv Arctic Sniper urethane bowling ball for spares. It still hooks too much in the back end no matter how much I change my wrist to throw it straight. I went back to my AMF plastic ball. It goes very straight. I can't afford to miss 5 of 7 ten pins like I did last Tuesday.

I'll use the Arctic Sniper for strikes shots when the lanes a super fried.


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I have had 3 of the modern urethane balls, Natural, Blue Hammer, and Pitch Blue.  Urethane works best for me when I can play very far outside on short patterns, or when I can play straighter through the heads on house shots outside of 10 board.  If I have to go away from the pocket or I start to get carrydown my carry percentage drops dramatically, making urethane a poor choice.  Also, as Randy said urethane is a very good option for a spare ball. 
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I own the 900 Global Boo-Ya. In the games I've bowled with it, I've averaged around 225 and got one 300. Not too bad!
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I must bowl in one of the few places that use oil on the lanes.  My pitch black don't hook no matter where I throw it. 
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I must bowl in one of the few places that use oil on the lanes.  My pitch black don't hook no matter where I throw it. 


I have no problem throwing urethane at the "modern" center I bowl in, but it's getting to be a rare day when I can throw it at the mom-n-pop place with old wood lanes...they over oil the left side something fierce, and it was so bad this year that I had to pull the resin out of storage.  [frown]


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I own a Blue Hammer remake....thing definitely will hook on the dry.  It actually has been "in retirement" for about a year and a half now as I've gone back to throwing one ball for spares and strikes, just changing my hand position, so I haven't used the Hammer for any 10 pins lately.
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I've had a pearl urethane for over 10 years, and a few years ago picked up a very used Rhino urethane as well. They're great for when dry lanes break down. Only thing to keep an eye out for is that they need the whole lane to hook. If they don't start hooking by 30 feet they won't hook nearly at all.
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