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Ball Review

Ebonite: Legacy Hook 54 • Length14.5 • Breakpoint Shape 15.5

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“The word ‘legacy’ is defined as something of value handed down from generation to genera- tion,” notes Ebonite Brand Manager, Ed Gallagher. “The new Ebonite Legacy is the next generation of one of the best-selling Ebonite balls ever, the Total NV [February 2007]. Bowlers should expect to use the Legacy when they are looking to open the lane up, when there is friction downlane, and they need a product that will recover very strongly in the backend.” Core Design: Ebonite’s newest entry

uses the Spike Symmetric Mass Bias core. Its technical numbers are: 2.50 RG, .051 differential and .022 PSA. We saw close to 5.5 inches of track flare with our strong 3.5- and 4.5-inch pin distance layouts. This core was previously used in the Total NV. Coverstock: The XL 2010 Hybrid

cover formula is sanded three times with 500 grit, once with 1500 grit, and topped with Powerhouse factory finish. Oil traction is limited and responsive-

ness off friction is moderate. The Ra measures 3.0, with an effective surface grit reading of 4900. Test Results: We found the

Legacy handled both fresh house and Sport shots easily, as it provid-

ed adequate mid-lane traction with an ability to negotiate clean back- ends without over-reacting. When we compared it to a like-drilled Ebonite Source (August 2013), the Legacy was 2 to 3 feet earlier and about one to two boards stronger overall. We felt the motion shape was similar. Both of these balls reside

in the Upper Mid Performance category in Ebonite’s ball lineup. When to Use: Ebonite has produced an

aggressive hybrid with an aggressive asym- metric core shape, providing great looks on most medium to heavier oil volumes, providing one’s ball speed is not excessive. Use when the lane asks for a secure mid- lane motion and an arcing finish. This reac- tion was most evident with our Blueprint- inspired 45x4.5x55 dual angle layout with the pin located in the ring finger. Those looking for added back-end response and angularity may find it with a 60x3.5x40 dual angle layout, as it displayed a quicker, more defined breakpoint motion.


Hammer: Amp Up Hook 48.5 • Length 15.5 • Breakpoint Shape 16

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Manufacturer’s Intent:

“The Amp Up combines Hammer’s high-revving PowerShot core with a pearlized version of the Overdrive coverstock,” says Hammer Brand Manager Jeff Ussery. “With the original Amp [August 2013], Hammer has a continuous hooking ball that was best in medium to heavy oil. Amp Up gives Hammer bowlers the sharp- est back-end move since the First Blood [February 2013], and is best on medium to medium-dry lane conditions.” Core Design: The PowerShot asym-

metric core has an RG of 2.49, a .054 dif- ferential and a .013 PSA. We saw nearly 6 inches of lane-grabbing track flare with our 3.5- and 4.5-inch dual angle layouts. This core also powers the original Amp. Coverstock: The pearlized Overdrive

coverstock is sanded three times with a 500-grit Abralon pad, once with 1500 grit and polished. Colors are a youthful medley of purple, gold and green. The response time is quick, and oil traction is limited. The Ra level comes in at 2.9, with an effective surface grit texture of 4950.

vides affordable performance with impressive back-end motion. We found that as the lanes go through transition, the Amp Up was a good go-to ball because it displayed easi-

er and added length compared to the original Amp, coupled with an impres- sive backend motion shape. The Amp Up on average was 3 to 3.5 feet longer than the solid Amp, and responded more quickly to friction downlane. On fresh patterns, it was too sensitive to the oil and reacted a touch too much off dry. Hitting and carry

power were quite good for the entire test staff, especially on middle and later blocks of play. On the “No Holes Barred Manning Scale,” we looked at this ball as the “Eli” younger brother to the “Peyton” First Blood. When to Use: Our best looks for both

targeting area and pin carry were when the lanes had at least one game of use and had begun transitioning. On this type of lane condition, the Amp Up matched up best, as the added length and down-lane pop improved our carry percentage. Those looking to use the Amp Up as an all-around performer may find a sanding to 2000/4000 Abralon will improve its overall usability range.

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