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Your Arsenal Consideration THIS MONTH brings an array of new balls to our bowling party, and there’s bound to be one that helps to fill out your arsenal. Motiv has a new pearl with scary backend potential. The folks at Bruns-

wick, DV8 and Radical have seven new products, providing every type of mo- tion a bowler could ask for. From Track, there are some great dry and medium oil balls that provide added control. Hammer adds an “Absolut” hook-monster to its stellar lineup. And the California-homegrown Lane Masters has released a Bad News weapon for us bad news bowlers. The reviews that follow should help you sort it all out, and I’m guessing you’ll want to head straight to your favorite pro shop, credit card in tow.

Each month, bowlers journal interactive will reprint the BJ ball review by Joe Cerar. This issue also includes video demonstrations featuring one or more of the tested balls.


THE TESTING This month I had an assist from Motiv staffer Rob Lange and Lord Field staff- er Nick Sanicola. Rob has a 330 rev rate and is as smooth as a baby’s bottom at release. Nick, on the other hand, really gets on it at release, as his rev rate ap- proaches the 500 mark. I also employed some 225-250 rev rate testers from our local Monday night scratch league. This array of talent enables me to watch how the products perform when in the hands of bowlers with various styles and power levels, and then make appropriate rec- ommendations. Testing was performed at Fox Run Lanes in Waukesha, Wis.; New Berlin Bowl in New Berlin, Wis.; Classic Lanes of Oak Creek (Wis.), and JB’s on 41 in Milwaukee.

HOOK POTENTIAL 35-45: Balls with lower total hook ranges, best suited for lighter oil concentrations. Players with slower speeds or higher rev rates may also prefer balls in this range for medium oil applications. 45-51: Balls with medium hook ability,

best suited for the vast majority of “typi- cal house shots” and some lower-volume Sport patterns. This hook range should be represented by the “centerpiece” ball in most arsenals. 51-60+: Balls with greater total hook,

designed for heavier oil volumes. Players with higher speeds or lower rev rates, who need added lane traction, may also prefer balls in this range.

LENGTH RATINGS 8-12: Earlier rolling balls that read the lane sooner. These products generally come factory-sanded with lower grit surfaces, and match up well with speed-dominant styles and those bowling on longer pat- terns. 12-15: Medium-length balls that produce

easier length through the midlane. Good for most house shots and medium-volume Sport patterns. 15-19+: Balls offering extra length for

those bowling on lighter oil concentra- tions. Also beneficial for slower speed play- ers, or those with higher rev rates needing added push downlane.

BREAKPOINT SHAPE 10-13: Slower-response balls that read the friction areas more gradually. This range may include balls with a urethane or mild reactive cover, designed for a smooth arc to the pocket. Can also help those with higher rev rates control motion and match up well from outside angles of attack. 13-15: Balls rated for slightly stronger

and quicker reactions when encountering friction areas (as when the ball leaves the oil pattern). This range offers a balance of control and back-end angularity. 15-18+: Balls that respond more quickly

and aggressively to friction areas. This range can help those with less hand action create more angularity near the pocket. Also preferred when playing deeper inside angles, which generally require more entry angle for above-average pin carry.

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