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Ball Review

Track: 706T Hook 54 • Length 14 • Breakpoint Shape 15

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“We had one main objec- tive when developing the next 700 series ball,” says Track Brand Manager Rich Hanson. “We wanted a ball that offered the traction our consumers have come to expect from the ‘T’ series, while retaining more ener- gy for the backend of the lane.”

Core Design: The Helmet asymmetric core from the 706A (August 2012) powers the 706T. The RG is medium at 2.52, the differential stout at .056, and the PSA strength is a mild .006. Testing showed that more than 6 inches of track flare can be attained with stronger layouts using lower quadrant weight holes. Coverstock: The 706T uses Track’s second most aggressive Traction-based cover, the Gen XT reactive. The fac- tory finish is sanded with 800, 1000 and 2x2000 Abralon grits. Coloring is a vibrant fusion of lime, indigo and blue. The strength of the cover is in oil, as it receives an above-average traction rating. Response time off drier boards is moderate. The Ra measurement is aggressive at 9, as is the 3500 effective surface grit reading.

Test Results: As is the case with most aggressively surfaced balls, adequate oil amounts and ball speed are essential for proper motion phases and enjoyable pin carry. We saw very good pin carry on all but severely broken-down and drier lane conditions. When facing these challenges, we smoothed the surface to 4000 and above to add a few feet of length with a more angular breakpoint shape — close to that of the 706A. We all felt the 7 series to be the most usable in the

entire Track lineup of products. When to Use: We like both the Track 5 and 7 series balls for their versatility and usefulness across a wide spectrum of oil patterns and lane surfaces. These medium to medium-strong balls match up well on most fresh house shots and many Sport patterns. The 706T will offer excellent mid- lane control with its balanced core/cover combination and aggressive factory finish. This mid-lane control provides the visibility needed to read the breakpoint motion and never lose sight of it. The mid-lane traction also helps rev-challenged and speed- dominant styles ensure their ball enters the roll phase early enough for good pin carry. The strong arcing breakpoint motion also leads to extended uses as the lanes transition.


Track: 300C Solid Hook 47 • Length 15.5 • Breakpoint Shape 15

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Manufacturer’s Intent: “The concept behind the 300C Solid was to provide a ball that not only per- forms extremely well for higher rev rates, but offers a different motion on the lanes that can also be used by medium rev rates on medi- um to dry lane conditions,” says Rich Hanson. Core Design: Track decided to beef up the core from the original pearl 300C (August 2010) by increasing the differential from .025 to .055. The name chosen for this new symmetric core shape is DNA. The core’s RG stays the same at 2.55. We saw nearly 5.5 inches of track flare. The core shape provides easy length with some attitude down- lane.

Coverstock: The formula is called Gen MC (moderate continuation) solid reactive. This version is slightly stronger in oil than the pearl 300C, but similarly tame when encountering dry lane fric- tion. Coloring is a deep purple. The ball comes sanded with 800, 1000, 2000 and 4000 grits, followed with polish. The response time off dry is moderately slow, and oil traction is slightly below average.

Test Results: Most balls these days have a matched core and cover strength. The 300C Solid takes a different route, as its core is more powerful than its cover. This combination present- ed fast revs and plenty of flaring, yet with an easy push through the fronts and a subdued breakpoint shape when leaving the oil pat- tern. The 300C’s unique motion shape should offer options for those with higher rev rates, or those with slower ball speeds need- ing added back-end motion. The 300C Solid hooked an average of seven boards less, with three to four feet more length than the 706T. When to Use: With its powerful flaring

core, the 300C Solid can handle some car- rydown on either house or Sport patterns with average oil volume. Our best looks occurred on medium-oiled patterns of 42 feet and shorter. The motion shape was generally smooth and even, regardless of drilling layout. Our pin position layout above the ring finger rolled similarly, both in total hook and shape, to the pin below the ring finger layout. Overall, the 300C should offer a controlled breakpoint for light to medium oil volumes, coupled with the ability to handle moderate oil carry- down better than many dry lane balls.

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