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Ball Review


Columbia 300: Enigma Hook 54 • Length14.5 • Breakpoint Shape 15


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Manufacturer’s Intent:


“The new Total Friction cover, along with the Encounter core, create an extremely aggressive move in the midlane with great continuation,” says Columbia’s Bugsy Kelly. “This combination of strong core and cover will han- dle heavier oil conditions and would be a great choice for any player on the right lane conditions.” Core Design: The Encounter asymmetric core powers the Enigma. The RG is medium at 2.50, the diff eren- tial is healthy at .052 and the PSA mod- erate at .013. We saw nearly 6 inches of track fl are with our 4- and 5-inch pin distance drilling. This core also is used in the Dark Encounter (February 2012) and Wicked Encounter (July 2012). Coverstock: The Enigma features


the new TFT (Total Friction Technology) cover formula. Colors are a fusion of red, blue and yellow hues. The factory fi nish is sanded with two 800-grit and two 1500-grit Abralon pads. Response time off friction is moderate. Oil trac- tion is above average. The Ra reading averaged 6.20, and the surface grit was 3900, great for medium-heavy oil.


core and aggressively sanded cover combine to easily read any medium-heavy to heavier oil patterns. The mild asymmetry of the core also can help players shape the motion


arc they desire. Slower speeds will need to smooth the shell with 3000 or higher grit to increase length and add some angularity. We all felt the core shape was forgiving with our slightly less-than-perfect releases on many of our test patterns. Pin


carry was among the best of this month’s balls, especially helping our lower rev rate tester to carry better on the oilier patterns. All in all, the Enigma will provide plenty of oil-munching power. When to Use: With the Enigma’s box


fi nish, we could play well when inside the oil line on all of our house shot test patterns. The strong mid-lane motion kept the breakpoint from being overly strong, even on patterns with very clean backends. Speed-dominant types and those with lower rev rates will be able to play closer to friction, providing the mid-lane oil holds up. On heavier Sport patterns, the Enigma was one of our favorites this month, as its strength and control matched up perfectly.


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Visionary: Mixed Breed Crossover Hook 53 • Length 14 • Breakpoint Shape 15


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“By combining the Mo- hawk and Serpentine cores, we have created a core that is a mixture of epic proportions,” says Jason Wonders of Visionary. “This core has been proven in both the Mixed Breed and Mixed Breed Pearl. Com- bined with a hybrid ver- sion of our React-A-Tack coverstock, this ball gives great mid-lane read without giving up back-end reaction.” Core Design: The hybrid Mohawk/


Serpentine asymmetric core design complements the hybrid coverstock for overall usability. The RG is higher at 2.56, while the diff erential is medium at .045. The lower PSA of .010 will have a subtle impact on drilling layouts. We saw nearly 5 inches of maximum track fl are during testing. This core shape revved easily despite the higher RG rating. Coverstock: Visionary’s React-a-Tack


hybrid formula coverstock is facto- ry fi nished with a 2000-grit sanding. Colors are a mix of blue, green pearl and yellow pearl. The response time off friction is moderately quick. Oil trac- tion is just slightly below average. The


Ra level of 5.20 matched the 3400 average surface grit reading. These numbers matched up great on medium-heavy oil volumes. Test Results: The Mixed Breed Crossover will off er most bowler


styles a true benchmark mid-lane and breakpoint motion. The facto- ry 2000-grit sanding will match up well on most fresh house or Sport shots by lessening side- to-side wet/dry touchiness. It also will provide enough read in the midlane, followed by a smooth but continuous down-lane


arcing motion. Our test balls rolled simi- larly with the pin positioned either above or below the fi ngers. The only diff erence we saw was a touch more angularity with our higher pin drilling. When to Use: Players who want control and a smoother arcing motion should seriously consider the Mixed Breed Cross- over. We loved the ball on our fresh test patterns, not only because of the friend- liness it displayed, but because it played easily through the transitional phases that occur regularly. Our low, medium and higher rev rate testers all enjoyed above-average pin carry. The large core, thick coverstock and history of longevi- ty are just a few bonuses one gets with many Visionary products.


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