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Columbia 300 Freeze Hybrid Black/Blue/Silver Reviewed By: Terrier 03/26/2013 02:58 ( stars)


 
This was my first ball, and it is still a great purchase for the money. I had it drilled for stronger backend motion, and it was great out of the box. On my first afternoon at the lanes with it, I set my high game at 206 and was thrilled.

After a few months, however, I began to see the limits of this ball. My bowling center started using an oil amount that I would call "medium," and the ball wouldn't hook more than a few boards. I thoroughly cleaned the ball and asked the pro shop to use the Revivor, but these measures didn't help as much as changing the surface to Abralon 1000 grit w/ polish. As the product description says the ball is good for medium to dry lanes, it's probably better to err on the side of caution if your bowling center tends to have a medium amount of oil on the lanes.

Of course, no ball will do well if used on the wrong conditions. It's possible that Columbia300 and I have different opinions of what should be called medium oil. At least in my experience, the ball isn't meant for my lane conditions as it stands out of the box. I would wholeheartedly give this ball a 5 if the manufacturer didn't say it was for medium to dry conditions. I'm still looking for the right coverstock finish for what I call medium oil.


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