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      BallBeat gives fans access to exactly which bowling balls the pros were throwing and how the equipment was drilled and prepared for the telecasts.
      Ball manufacturer representatives and pro bowlers: click here.

-Bowling's US Open

  • AMF - Paul Figliomeni wrote:
          Norm Duke used a Tour Menace drilled 13/8 POS CG shift, pin 4 inches from his axis. Surface was 800 polished. Extra hole was 6 inches from center of his grip 15/16 inch hole 1 1/2 inches deep.

  • Columbia 300 - Chad Murphy wrote:
          Tennelle Grijalva using the Rock, pin under her ring finger and a small hole.

  • Ebonite International - Del Ballard wrote:
          Kelly Kulick used 2 balls. First one she used was a TPS III, with a 5 inch pin from her axis in her middle finger hole. The extra hole was 6 inches straight across. The second ball was a Vortex II. 4 1/2 inch pin above her ring finger CG out about 3 inches with a 6 inch hole straight across.

  • Storm Bowling Products - Steve Kloempken wrote:
          At the US Open in Phoenix, AZ, it was an exciting day for one of the tour's most exciting and likeable bowlers. Robert Smith won his first title and fulfilled a dream of a lifetime. Robert was using a Fire Power with the pin 5 inches from his axis point, and mass bias located in the strong position with no weight hole. His more aggressive equipment reacted too hardly on the oil pattern that was put out in the arena finals setting. This heavy-rolling controllable reactive gave him length with a medium backend reaction. And fellow Storm staffer Paul Fleming was using an El Nino Gold, as Paul has fewer revs than Robert, and needed more reaction to match up to the condition! A fantastic tournament for both Paul and Robert, as well as fellow finalists Norm Duke and Jeff Lizzi. Congrats as well to Storm Staff member Brian Kretzer, arguably the best amateur bowler in the world, for finishing 5th this week, and just missing the TV finals.

  • Track - Billy Yinger wrote:
          Carol Gianotti-Block and Jeff Lizzi both used an Assassin (twice the a** of any other ball ) and both were slightly dulled with a scotch brite pad. Carol's looked great in practice but when the lights came on she had massive over under. We drilled her's like this:
            O O

    Jeff Lizzi's looked like this:
                   O O

Recent BallBeat Updates

-PBA Miller High Life Open
    Pat Healey Jr
-PWBA Columbia 300 Open
    Wendy Macpherson
-PBA Greater Nashville Open
    Tim Criss

      We welcome Reps (and pros) associated with ANY ball company that had its equipment used on the telecasts to submit a list of the equipment and drilling information to
us. There is no cost to be included and again any company that supplies information on their equipment used during the shows will have their information published.

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