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Ball Review


Lord Field: Judgement Hook 53 • Length 15 • Breakpoint Shape 15.5


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Manufacturer’s Intent:


“This ball is intended to give the bowler a diff er- ent look at the pindeck,” says Tony Martin of Lord Field. “When it leaves the pattern, it creates more mo- mentum going into the pin- deck and hits harder than any other ball we have produced. The numbers alone are impressive.” Core Design: The Judgement’s dense iron oxide-infused Crown V-2 symmetric core provided nearly 7 inches of track fl are with both tested layout patterns. This high-fl aring core produced very widely spaced fl are rings. The core has a 2.47 RG and a .053 diff erential, and created a very strong mid-lane and down-lane motion. Coverstock: The particle-infused


hybrid Dynamic Inertia coverstock is colored in black and silver pearls. The factory surface is sanded with 2000 grit and then polished with a high gloss. Response time off friction is quick and strong. Oil traction is aver- age. The Ra level measured 1.55, while the surface grit is 5300. These numbers can easily be modifi ed with any sand- ing medium.


Lord Field products made us anxious to throw the Judge- ment, and it did not disappoint as it displayed a very aggressive motion in the midlane, even pol-


ished. Once encountering friction, the move became even stronger throughout the backend. Our pin-down layout at 4.5 inches was more arcing in shape, while our 4.5-inch above the fi ngers had a more skid/fl ip shape. Both balls hooked the same amount and car-


ried quite well. When the surface was sanded with 1500 grit, both matched up better on heavier volumes, whereas the box polish was better for medium volumes. When to Use: Most speed-dominant or


rev-challenged players will love the ag- gressive nature of the Judgement on most medium to medium-heavy volumes of oil. Even longer patterns, such as our 44-ft. Sport variety, off ered little challenge for this polished powerhouse. The best carry per- centage on the longer patterns came from our 4.5-inch pin drilled above the fi ngers, as this layout created a quicker and more decisive breakpoint shape. Our 4.5-inch below rolled sooner and generally created a more arcing breakpoint motion. Overall, the Judgement was one of the strongest hook- ing highly polished pearls we’ve ever tested.


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Seismic: Insignia Dominion Hook 52 • Length15 • Breakpoint Shape 15.5


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“The Dominion has been in the works literally since 2009, with the concept developed at the same time as the Epicenter [October 2009], our fi rst-ever asymmetric cored ball,” says Seismic’s Ryan Press. “Since then, we have formulated new coverstocks and ad- vanced the initial concept to what we have today. And after overwhelming demand from our customers for a hybrid coverstock, we are delighted to announce the release of the Insignia Dominion Hybrid.” Core Design: The Insignia Dominion


incorporates the Insignia asymmetric core design. The RG is medium with a 2.50 reading, the diff erential moderate at .045, and the PSA strength average with its .015 mark. We saw nearly 5.5 inches of track fl are with both 4.5-inch layouts. Coverstock: The newly formulated


LNC/R hybrid cover was born from the LNS solid cover of the Solaris Blackout (February 2011) and the LNS pearl cover of the Euphoria. This edition brings out the best of each. The color is a fusion of alizarin red and black. The factory fi nish is 4000-grit Abralon. Response time is


moderately quick off dry, while oil traction measures slightly below average. Test Results: The selling point of this new ball from our friends across the pond (Ireland) is the usability and control it off ers. Most


hybrids off er easier length than a solid, with more control downlane than many pearlized covers. The Insignia Dominion is one such product. The core revs quickly and the cover was controllable and arcing in nature at the end of the pattern. We saw slight front-lane


lope from this core, but it recovered nicely during the mid-lane hook phase and late- lane roll phase. We also experienced no carry issues through medium amounts of oil carrydown with the box 4000 grit. When to Use: Down-and-in player styles


should consider longer pin distances from their PAP and lower position pin locations below the fi ngers to help this core/cover combination roll more smoothly in the fi nal 30 feet of the oil pattern. More heavily oiled environments likely will require lower sanding grits to improve mid-lane grab and overall total hook. Players looking for a skid/fl ip breakpoint shape should apply their favorite polish and use higher-ratio drill-to-VAL angles, which further increase length and quicken response time.


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