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# Can you spin a plastic bowling ball?

Updated: 10/23/2022

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14y ago

Yes. Although it's highly ineffective as the plastic ball has virtually no "grip" on the lane. So, a lot of spin translates into very little reaction by the ball (the ball still goes pretty much straight, even with a lot of spin)

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