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-ABC Masters

  • Brunswick Bowling - Art McKee wrote:
          Chris Barnes threw a Mike Aulby MVP
    Pin 5 1/4 inches from axis - above fingers
    Heavy spot 2 inches from axis
    Extra hole 3/4 inch past axis
    Chris' axis point is 4 7/8 inches over and 1/2 inch up
    Surface - 600 grit wet sanded

  • Columbia 300 - Chad Murphy wrote:
          Jason Duran used a Cuda/C 2000 with a 1 inch and a 1/4 inch hole down from his axis. We also had about 600 grit on it. White dot for spares.

  • Ebonite International - Del Ballard wrote:
          Mika Koivuniemi was using a trimax II with a 4 1/2 inch pin low cg low hole low. Sanded 600 grit.

  • Storm Bowling Products - Steve Kloempken wrote:
          Hello to everyone! On the telecast today for the ABC Masters in Albuquerque, NM, Storm had two staff players on the show: Pete Weber and Paul Fleming.

          Pete was using 2 La Ninas: both with the similar layouts, but with two different surfaces and two different weight hole locations. The ball he used on the left lane, the hooking lane, had a 5 inch pin from axis, mass bias in the strong position, and extra hole 2 1/2 inches from his PAP, and located on his axis midplane. On the right lane we also went with a 5 inches strong layout, but this one had the extra hole only 1 inch from his PAP on his axis midplane. The ball on the left lane had 600 surface, a green scotch-brite pad, while the ball on the right lane had a 800 surface, which is a grey scotch-brite pad. We actually used the ball that went a little longer on the tighter lane because Pete felt this ball recovered harder down the lane, which helped him give more hook where he needed it. He ended up shooting 235, but fell one lousy pin short!

          Paul Fleming nearly shot a perfect game in match 2, leaving a 4 pin in the ninth frame. Paul used an Eraser with a 4 inch pin from axis and mass bias located on his axis midplane, with an extra hole located 2 inches off his axis point. He selected a surface of 400, as his release allows for good length and the heavy oil pattern had most players struggling to get the ball into a roll. It was no surprise that all five players on the telecast were players with above average roll and revolutions on the ball!

          Thanks to for posting this information! Look for more information to be posted by Hank Boomershine, Storm's new Tour Rep. on the men's and ladies' professional tours.

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