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Old 08-10-2012, 01:00 AM   #151 (permalink)
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if they are able to make a heavier ball, this could definitely be a game changer
I'm going to have my doubts that they will be able to increase weight significantly. To increase weight, they would need to change the formula of the ingredients. Since the new technology is all about the makeup of the ball and the ingredients used in that makeup, I could see that being a bit of a stumbling block.
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:15 PM   #152 (permalink)
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Is it possible to freeze the balls? If so, that could be a problem.
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:26 PM   #153 (permalink)
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Is it possible to freeze the balls? If so, that could be a problem.
Nope, the fill does harden and expand, but it breaks the shell along the seam and doesn't freeze completely. As he says : "It's like ice cream now"

At least, that's what I took from the video. Did you watch it? He took some and froze them. If I'm remembering it right....

This video from pistolpete :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOecOcVU-MY#t=325s

Can`t set the embeded video to do it...but the freeze test starts at around 5:26.
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:56 AM   #154 (permalink)
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anyone remember the first strike rounds that never broke down? it looks as though these may have the same issues
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anyone remember the first strike rounds that never broke down? it looks as though these may have the same issues
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:44 AM   #156 (permalink)
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I think he means the shells will be on the field for a long time without degrading. At least that's what I got from the video. That would eventually be a problem for everyone. The freezing could be a problem for those of us Northerners who play all year long.
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I think he means the shells will be on the field for a long time without degrading. At least that's what I got from the video. That would eventually be a problem for everyone. The freezing could be a problem for those of us Northerners who play all year long.
There are ways around everything. I think the paint would be fantastic on indoor fields. What's a little sweeping when the fill cleans so easily?

As far as paint in the winter, that's when you take a page from us southeast ballers and keep your paint in a cooler at the field. Where it keeps our paint cool and out of the humidity, it'll keep your warmer and fresh.
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anyone remember the first strike rounds that never broke down? it looks as though these may have the same issues
Have the first strike rounds changed? Do they break down now?
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According to the Hydrotec website, the shells are corn based. There's no reason why they shouldn't break down after being exposed to the elements for a long time.
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According to the Hydrotec website, the shells are corn based. There's no reason why they shouldn't break down after being exposed to the elements for a long time.
Unfortunately no tested the First Strike rounds to see if they break down in soil as claimed. Some guy left them in the sun and rain for a year with zero effect. These Hydrotec rounds are supposed to break down in the same way. Hopefully someone tests this out.

I actually don't doubt they break down in soil since you can see similar plastic demonstrations on Youtube. Unfortunately there's never a time and/or condition indication. My guess is that it requires hot moist soil and a relatively long (months) time before it even starts to get soft. Dry sandy soil doesn't have much living in it.

What if it takes four years before getting soft in warmer climates and twelve in colder climates? Is that acceptable?
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