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The 11th Frame: Update: USBC report shows urethane ball hardness issue much wider than PURPLE HAMMER, even though only 2 illegal balls were that model

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:00 pm

A PURPLE HAMMER that belongs to non-PBA member Chris Pounders. Photo by Jeff Richgels.
(Note: This story has been updated with the end of testing and the USBC report.) Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 is a day that almost certainly will be referenced and recalled for a long time in bowling. How important the day is in bowling history depends on how USBC — and PBA to lesser degree — react to the failure of 2 PURPLE HAMMER balls and the near-failure of dozens from all companies to meet the minimum hardness standard. At USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy’s “Town...

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