Reactive bowling ball = Urethane + shammy

You may not be a bowler, but if you stick with my analogy here, it’s possible you’ll learn something about synthesizing your own reality into existence.

Once upon a time, bowling balls were made out of pure urethane. They skidded a little bit on the lane oil and then rolled slow and hooked smooth on the driest 1/3 of the lane in the backend. Then, an innovation happened…reactive urethane.

Reactive urethane is the marketing, but at it’s core it was urethane that had additives that made the urethane cure differently and giving it different structure. Reactive urethane was porous, it skidded on the oil more and then picked up more on the dry. The end result was bowling balls that changed direction much quicker and generally created more pin action, ultimately resulting in more strikes!

That’s not where the story ends however. Reactive bowling balls took over because in addition to the increased power, they also picked oil up off the lane due to porosity. This meant that as bowling went on, scores typically went up as more friction and more hook would lead to more strikes. Prior to this, the non-porous urethane balls would carry oil down, and the reverse was true. It would become harder and harder to strike most of the time.

Today, the original urethane type balls have a made a comeback for a certain reason…the invention of the bowling shammy!

The shammies remove all the oil from urethane balls by wiping them in between shots. Towels have been a thing for decades in bowling, but they didn’t remove all the oil. The modern shammies do. As a result, the original urethanes + shammies, now produce the same effect as reactive bowling balls, lanes get easier as bowling goes on.

When one avenue isn’t open to you, there are alternatives. The invention of the shammy allowed another way to produce the effect on the lane reactive urethane had using the original urethane, you can find a similar effect in technology, real estate, jobs, family and more. Synthesize your own reality by finding the right components that produce the same desired effect.