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Ball Review Brunswick: Ringer Hook 48 • Length 16 • Breakpoint Shape 15.5


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“Our target was to replace the Karma brand name with new technology,” says Brunswick’s Billy Orlikowski. “With its


high-gloss box fi nish, the Ringer Burgundy Pearl will provide excellent length with a medium to quick response to friction at the breakpoint. The Ringer Burgundy Pearl is a great ball for rev-


dominant and slower ball


speed players on light oil conditions.” Core Design: The new medium-RG symmetrical core boasts an RG level of 2.53 with a .038 diff erential. We saw nearly 4 inches of track fl are with 3.5- and 4.5-inch drilling layouts. This core shape revs easier than one would expect from a medium-RG design. Coverstock: The Ringer’s cover is derived from Chemical Projection Technology. Coloring is a deep burgundy pearl. The factory surface is 500 sanded, and Rough Buff and high-gloss polished. Response off friction is moderately quick, while oil traction is limited with box fi nish. The Ra is 1.6 and the surface grit is 5300. Test Results: The Ringer proved


to be a fan favorite with my test staff , as it played great on most of the fi ve test patterns after some early transition. The pearlized cover and tame core easily glided through the fronts and drier mid-lane areas, and rewarded us with very good pin carry. On fresh patterns with medium volumes, we found slight oil sensitivity was present, yet back-end motion was consistent. On severely burnt patterns, we


simply bumped deeper and found the Ringer responded very well with its strong motion downlane. This is a defi nite upgrade from the Karma line it replaces.


When to Use: The Ringer will produce great matchups on most broken-down and lighter volume oil patterns. Its easy length and strong backend will create the visual many like to see when facing such patterns. Our best looks were from inside lines, where our increased launch angles helped subdue the breakpoint motion shape, which in turn helped us maintain the pocket. Higher rev rate players may fi nd a light surface scuff will mellow out the back-end shape and add some traction through heavier down-lane carrydown.


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Dv8: Misfi t Neon Yellow Pearl Hook 46.5 • Length 16.5 • Breakpoint Shape 15


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“We wanted to give bowl- ers another option on lower oil volumes,” says DV8’s R&D engineer, Aar- on Koch. “The Misfi t Pearl, with its Class 1L cover and higher RG, lower diff erential version of the Misfi t core, provides the bowler with extremely easy length to the breakpoint while maintaining a strong,


continuous motion to the pit.”


Core Design: The symmetric high- RG core used in this Misfi t has a 2.54 RG and .032 diff erential, which has been reduced by .008 from the origi- nal Misfi t core to lower the fl are. The maximum fl are we saw was nearly 3.5 inches with 3.5- to 4-inch pin distance layouts.


Coverstock: The neon yellow color of this newest Misfi t is sure to attract attention on the lanes. The factory surface of the Class 1L coverstock is sanded with 500-grit SiaAir pads, then Rough Buff and high-gloss polished. Response time off friction is moderate, and oil traction is very limited. The Ra value measures 1.4. The surface grit is 5600.


Test Results: We saw easy length with a reasonably


strong back-end motion from the first Misfits we tested back in September 2011. The new 2013 edition incorporates a lesser-flaring core to help reduce total hook and back-end reaction. The beauty of all the Misfits is their uncanny ability to navigate burnt heads and midlane. While testing on our “fried” oil patterns, we decided to scuff with a 4000 pad. To our surprise, we still saw very good


length. Hitting and carry power were very good with both good and not-so- good releases. In general, the Misfits hooked a few boards less than a like- drilled Reckless, yet with more length.


When to Use: The drier the pattern, the better our looks became with the Neon Yellow Pearl Misfit. The


pearlized cover and tame core will give heavy-handed players a look on some medium oil varieties when a more direct line is in play. Slower speed players will also enjoy this ball’s ability to retain axis rotation and provide impressive energy at the pins. The new Misfit further expands the range of motion for DV8 balls.


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