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Columbia 300 Rival Reviewed By: bowlingball.com reviews by Tony Ruocco 09/06/2007 07:49 ( stars)

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About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
League Average    215
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Tweener
PAP    5 1/8 right 1/8 up
 

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The Columbia 300 Rival is the "New" Columbia's first upper mid performance ball release.

Pin to PAP(5 1/8" over 1/8" up) - 4"
Mass Bias Position - N/A
CG Placement - 1/8" right of grip center
Balance Hole - none

Surface Preparation - 4000 Abralon in Powerhouse resurfacing system.

What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:
This ball was drilled with the intention of having a good middle of the night transition ball. I purposely did not use any polish on the surface to keep the amount of backend reaction to a minimum. I was wanting something to arc really smooth and just get me through the second game and into the third game when the lanes really start to open up and I can move in with something that will finish harder. In the house we do our testing at we always have to play pick the right ball int he middle of the night. I was hoping that the pin placement and surface preparation would give this ball motion to me.

What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:
Not what I expected. I thought this ball would be a good transition ball. The reaction I got from the Rival was a strong smooth reaction which I wanted but much more than I thought. I was able to use this ball from the time we started well into the end of the second game. The overall ball motion was what I wanted but it was strong and consistent enough to be a great ball to start with on a fresh typical house shot and it got me through a couple of weird lane breakdown until they started to really hook and it rolled to early.

In the heads from the start of the night I got plenty of good strong roll without an early jump. This is what Columbia has said the ball signature would be since they were purchased by Ebonite.

In the middle once again just as Columbia stated they had a strong mid lane roll and really transitioned well into the back part of the lane. The ball had plenty of forgiveness right and even had a little area to the left if I pulled it a little bit.

On the back part of the lane I was very pleased. The strong ball motion continued right through the back portion of the lane and cleared the pin deck strong as well. In a house where 10 pins are left more than anything else I only had one or two while I was using this ball.

I would say this is a solid new release for the New Columbia 300. If this trend continues with the releases they will be a force to be reckoned with because the Rival is possibly one of the best mid-performance ball releases we have seen a quite a while. It appears to be strong enough to cover most medium-medium heavy conditions and I think this coverstock is versatile enough to handle most surface changes you will have to make for your specific game.

This ball was proof that sometimes we do not get exactly what we wanted out of a ball but sometimes it also works out ok. We were looking for more of a transition ball and we ended up with a ball that may get more games then some of the other balls in my bag.

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Columbia 300 Rival Reviewed By: tragesaurusrex 10/05/2007 01:36 ( stars)

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Right away I was impressed by the Columbia 300 Rivals ability to carry through the pins with such power. I'm a bit of a stroker with somewhat of a hi-rev motion. [standing 26 / mark 9]. My rival is drilled very aggressively, producing a nice smooth but incredibly powerful arc, finishing with an explosive back carry. if you're looking for a ball that will snap into the pocket because you think you're so cool bowling with two fingers, this ball is NOT for you. This ball is for the serious bowler, and will produce an immensely powerful arcing stroke with a good confident throw. Sit back and enjoy leaving your opponents in the dust with the rival. It's amazing!

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Columbia 300 Rival Reviewed By: superdutch 06/01/2008 22:52 ( stars)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
League Average    188
Sport Shot Average    180
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Stroker
 
WOW! thats all I have to say. I finally got a ball that was drilled EXACTLY to my specs and I'm thankful it was this ball. Amazingly solid in oil and in the mid-lane. Revs well and hits like a train. Downfall is in drier conditions ur best to change balls, unless your Rival is polished. Great ball kudos to Col.300!

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Columbia 300 Rival Reviewed By: bowlerbrian 11/18/2007 15:45 ( stars)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


 
When I purchased the Columbia 300 Rival bowling ball I didn't know what to expect. Well this is an awesome ball for the money. I am a 210-215 average bowler but now I am averaging 230 with this ball at with about 30 games bowled. Carries very well a must have for me.

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Columbia 300 Rival Reviewed By: josha364 10/12/2007 12:10 ( stars)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


 
I just purchased the Columbia 300 Rival bowling ball about a week ago, and at first I really didn't know how I would like it. I was using The Black Pearl by Lane Masters before I bought the Rival. The Rival has a nice even arc down the lane and hits the pocket like a truck with no brakes. Straight out of the box this ball tends to hook a little early but it does tame down. The first night with this ball I rolled 248-237-264. I love this ball.

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Columbia 300 Rival Reviewed By: brentnangel 09/27/2010 19:44 ( stars)


About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
Experience    Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
League Average    211
Sport Shot Average    191
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Tweener
 
I bowled with the Rival a months ago,boy let me tell you, this is one of the most powerful hooking ball I've bowled with,and for the price,you cant beat that. My very first 3 games I bowled a 189,219,248. I quickly realized that it dont take alot of money to have a good ball. Thank you Bowlingball.com

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Columbia 300 Rival Reviewed By: brentnangel 06/08/2010 17:23 ( stars)


About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
Experience    Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
League Average    211
Sport Shot Average    191
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Tweener
 
Hey, this is my first time ordering off this site. I ordered the Columbia 300 Rival. Sometimes I can bowl either tweener or cranker style, but I prefer tweener, because I have a better accuracy in the pocket.I'm also a new comer to bowling.I hope these reviews are right.

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Columbia 300 Rival Reviewed By: whoknowshim 04/28/2009 11:52 ( stars)


About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
Experience    Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
League Average    193
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Tweener
 
After 1 week brought my average up 10 pins. My old balls are a white dot that was my in 1983 and a U-Dot that I I bought in 1989. I still love my U-Dot but the Rival will be my strike ball until I buy something else. With the Rival if I hit brooklyn chances are I will get a strike. In the last week about 90% of my brooklyn hits have been strikes.

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Columbia 300 Rival Reviewed By: PHINFAN72 11/08/2008 20:55 ( stars)


 
i am 15 am i love the ball i was 142 averege now i am 170 averge very aggresive ball finishes real strong not for two hand bowlers only for serious bowlers who want to hook there ball more.

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Columbia 300 Rival Bowling Balls 5.00 out of 5 based on 16 ratings. 16 user reviews.