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CtD Surface Scanner V2

The CtD Surface Scanner is designed to quickly show you the grit on your bowling ball. You can take a scan in as little as 0.5 sec. The device will show up to the last 3 measurements and will count as it scans. It will automatically calibrate the device when the calibration plate is on the device and it is powered up.


  1. Remove the scanner from the case.
  2. Remove the gray calibration plate that is attached to the scanner.
  3. Remove and discard the white paper from the calibration plate. Place the scanner back on the calibration plate and click it in place. 
  4. Press the round black power button on the side of the scanner until the device turns on. The scanner will auto-calibrate on power up. Once the screen turns on, the scanner is calibrated and the calibration plate can be placed back in the case for storage.
  5. Locate and unpack the base plate. Loosen the screws on the side of the base plate. Make sure the brackets are recessed. 
  6. Align the base plate with the indentations on the side scanner, and fully expose the optical hole on the bottom side of the scanner.  It is important that the plate is placed on correctly.
  7. Once aligned screw the base plate into the indentations on the scanner. Make sure the hole in the bottom of the device matches up to the hole in the base plate.
  8. Your scanner is now ready to be used.

The CtD Surface Scanner V2 offers the widest range of surface grit detection in the industry. The device will measure the following grits on all types of bowling ball coverstocks.

<500 Less than 500 grit








Stable (4700) - The grit a ball will end up at; aka Lane Shined





>6500 Greater than 6500 grit

For best results scan the ball in 3 different areas. It is possible that you will see variation in the surface readings. If this occurs, continue scanning the ball 3 more times and take the average value. This will give you a great idea of the surface of the ball.

We recommend taking the base plate off and storing the device back in the case for long term storage.

What differences are there between the V1 and V2 Scanners?

The most noticeable difference between the two scanners by looking at them is the V2 scanner is wrapped in a different colored shell with the Creating the Difference logo next to the screen. When you turn the scanner on, we updated the user interface color to be green instead of blue. But, the biggest difference in the two scanners is the V2 scanner has a much wider range of scannable grits. 


CtD Ball Surface Scanner V1 CtD Ball Surface Scanner V2
<500 (Less than 500 grit) <500 (Less than 500 grit)
1000 1000
1500 1500
2000 2000
3000 3000
4000 4000
4500 4500
STABLE (4700 aka Lane Shine) STABLE (4700 aka Lane Shine)
5000 5000
5500> (Greater than 5500 grit)
6500> (Greater than 6500 grit)
10 Scannable Grits 14 Scannable Grits

Here is an advanced tip. 


  • It is for sale and the current price is $550

    CtD Bowling on

  • Hello sir,

    My name is Johan and I work for the Swedish Federation.
    Is the Ball surface scanner for sala and if so, what is your price?



    Johan Ekström on

  • You can email and we will help you get it resolved.

    CtD Bowling on

  • My wife purchased the CTD scanner version two for me. When I scan my roto grip x1 (green color) it reads 500 no matter where I place it. I have always kept this surface at 2000 grit with Trump cut pads. My x2 and x3 read ok. What am I doing wrong????

    Robert Neil on

  • Very nice scanner. Glad I ordered V2. Used it in practice and found my ball finish was close to what I expected, but a couple of
    surprises on other balls! Now, I can get them back to where they performed the best! Wish I had this when bowling my first
    300, 8 years after starting to bowl, and now at 77yo. Love the CTD products!! Especially the scanner, now!!
    One question: How do I reset the clock to my actual time and date??

    Dick Porter on

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