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Ball Review


Radical: Reax Version 2 Hook 55 • Length 14.5 • Breakpoint Shape 16.5


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Manufacturer’s Intent: “The ReaX Version 2 is all about the latest, advanced level in patented Offset core technology,” says Radical Bowling Technologies developer Mo Pinel. “By combining Offset technology with Radical’s innovative finger scoop, the ReaX Version 2 has a later, sharper breakpoint than any other asymmetrical ball [we’ve] ever designed. [The ball provides] easy length through the front and great recovery, created by the new coverstock.”


Core Design: The powerful asymmetric “scoop” core boasts an RG of 2.50 with a .048 differential and a .015 PSA strength. This design enhances or decreases flare potential, contingent on layout choice. We saw huge differences in overall hook and shape with this core, and upwards of 7 inches of track flare on one test ball. Coverstock: The new coverstock is solid in nature and colored in light and dark blues. The ball comes sanded with a 500-grit pad and is compound-shined.


The response time off friction is quick and the oil traction is above average with box finish. The Ra measures 2.4 with an effective surface grit of 4700. Test Results: The Version 2 ReaX is even more powerful than its predecessor, the black ReaX (May 2013). Having loved the original ReaX, we were excited to see what improvements Radical had in store. The ReaX 2 showed 2 to 3 feet more length and a sharper breakpoint when leaving the oil pattern. Be advised that the core has been changed, as well as the factory surface prep, which undoubtedly contribute to the change in motion downlane. Hitting and pin carry remain very good, as should the expected longevity and durability. When to Use: With the strength of the


ball’s cover and core, most players will see extended uses on heavier volume patterns — more so than on lighter volumes. The beauty of the new core is that players can modify the motion shape more dramatically than ever before. Boomers can create a muscled skid/flip shape, while strokers can play more down and in, all while in medium-heavy and heavier oil environments.


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Radical: Yeti Untamed Hook 52 • Length 16 • Breakpoint Shape 17


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“The Yeti Untamed is designed to be a late-breaking, sharp- breakpoint symmetrical ball,” says Radical’s Mo Pinel. “It will corner with any symmetrical ball [we’ve] made. This was accomplished by wrapping a much stronger cover around the original Yeti core. The Yeti core is the strongest, most versatile symmetrical core [we’ve] ever designed. Strong core plus strong cover creates great ball motion and great pin carry.” Core Design: The core is designed to increase flare if drilled with the pin positioned above the fingers, and to decrease flare if pinned below the fingers. The RG is 2.48 with a .054 differential.


Coverstock: The solid coverstock


for the Yeti Untamed brings added lane-gripping power to the party. Most of this strength, we felt, was off friction areas. In oil, the Yeti remained a limit- ed-traction reactive. Colors are a manly mix of emerald green and black. The factory finish is 500-grit sanded, with a compound and high-gloss shine. The Ra


measures 1.7 with a 5300 effective surface grit. Test Results: The original Yeti (May 2013) earned a 53 hook rat- ing with a 16 breakpoint shape. This edition garners a 52 hook


rating, primarily due to the higher gloss finishing process. The other big change is that the breakpoint shape potential rating went from 16 to 17, our highest rating to date. Bowlers will see cleaner, easier length and a more defined breakpoint when encountering


friction. And if you add the luxury of a Motion-hole drilling technique, it’s even stronger. Ask your IBPSIA-certified ball driller for assistance if you’d like such an angularity-enhanced layout. In short, the Yeti works well when an aggressive, eye-popping backend motion shape is called for.


When to Use: Fresh-oiled patterns with clean backends are not the Yeti’s forte, but some lower rev and lower axis rotation players may find uses. The rea- soning is that the ball could be too strong coming off the pattern, if pinned to do so. Lower pin position drilling helps control the Yeti, but this ball asks to bust loose on the backend. Our favorite layouts used Mo’s Motion-hole with the pin just above the ring finger and the CG near grip center.


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