Yesterday I had a customer come in with two cracked bowling balls. He was very frustrated, and I understand where that frustration comes from, but I also understand how it happens and why it happens. And that it’s unfortunately just a part of our game.
If you want bowling balls to perform the way today’s bowling balls perform, cracking is always going to be possible.
The customer that came in was telling me how he still has his original black hammer, and other than some surface scratches, it is still holding up well.
So, I asked him: “does it still hook like it used to?”
His response, of course, was no.
Which is exactly my point. The materials being used today, the ones that give you all of this performance and power, are far different than the plastics and urethanes of the past, in terms of material, durability, and performance.
From my understanding — and I don’t pretend to be a chemist — resin is a sensitive material; it is not very forgiving and there are many factors that can alter, change, delay, or even ruin the curing process. Also resin is always curing slowly over time, so the curing process never really stops.
In essence, it’s not the easiest material to work with.
However, it’s the material that gives the most performance.
Trust me, if you want your ball not to crack, manufacturers can make you a ball that won’t crack. Neither I nor they can guarantee you that it’ll roll very good, but it won’t crack.
Essentially, it’s a catch-22. If you want performance, you’re going to have to deal with the possibility of cracking; if you don’t want it to crack, you’ll have to go back to using yesteryear’s materials. And the manufacturers are in a tough place, too, and they know and understand that it’s a something that can’t really be controlled. It’s why they all offer warranties. And it’s why they are all very good at honoring them.
Believe me, though, I understand it’s frustrating and disappointing. I know no one is happy about it. But, trust me, the manufacturers don’t want their products to crack either. If there were a way to eliminate that variable, they would. In a second. But it simply isn’t an option as of now.
But just because it’s frustrating that your favorite ball cracked doesn’t mean you should give up on a a particular brand. Fact of the matter is, despite what others may say, there is no real evidence that tells us any one brand cracks more than another. That’s simply a fallacy.