In the most recent FloBowling Podcast, seven-time PBA Tour champion Jakob Butturff said the ball confiscated at the U.S. Open has not been returned yet.
Butturff’s Purple Hammer, a urethane ball, barely failed USBC’s hardness test, coming in at 67.8. The hardness rule is 68. The 0.2 margin is widely considered insignificant from a competitive advantage standpoint.
USBC said prior to the testing that any balls that failed the test would be “removed from competition and indefinitely confiscated by USBC for additional review.”
“I haven’t gotten, as I would call, ‘Old Faithful,’ back,” Butturff said on the FloBowling Podcast. “They haven’t given me any indication. It’s quite unfortunate with all the ball testing and having one ball come back illegal.”
Butturff also said on the podcast that one bowling ball doesn’t define a bowler and the players would have no way of knowing if a ball was marginally too soft.
“At the same time, people have to realize that we’re bowlers out here,” Butturff said. “We don’t know if balls come out legal. We don’t know any kind of indications of how the bowling ball is made. For us, we are out here to compete. We aren’t focused on what bowling balls are being made. We are focused on winning.”
It’s important to note that the urethane tests done by USBC revealed no intentional cheating by Butturff or any other player.
FloBowling followed Butturff as he went through the urethane test at the U.S. Open. You can watch that video here: