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Ball Review



‘TIS THE SEASON for lots of strikes and lots of hook! The Bowling Santa has brought us ten nice toys wrapped with big bows — bowling balls from entry level to top shelf and everything in between. We got to review the Crux ball that has taken the bowling

world by Storm, especially since the company’s webinar demonstrated the ball can strike even on peanut butter. Brunswick wrapped up some nice shiny balls that bring

some great backend motions. Motiv unleashed the Forza, and it made a good impression

at the World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas. AMF and 900 Global brought us great presents for great

prices with some cool entry-level toys, along with a retro guest appearance in the Nighthawk SE, which definitely lives up to its name. DV8 has turned its Misfit line into an Outcast, but this

Outcast should not be overlooked. All in all, this month’s presents will bring smiles to all

bowlers with their great looks and great results. Happy holidays… and bring on 2015!

Each month, BowlersJournal interactive will reprint the BJ ball review.


METHODOLOGY The Bowlers Journal International Ball Motion Potential chart is designed to help bowlers un- derstand which lane conditions are best suited for the most recently introduced bowling balls in the marketplace. Placement positions on the chart are based on the “out of box” surface from the manufacturer. Surface adjustments can impact a ball’s performance and, thus, its position on the chart. The chart’s horizontal axis displays a ball’s

approximate total hook in the presence of oil. While some coverstocks may have similar maximum, dry lane, or coefficient-of-friction measurements, their ability to traction in oil can vary significantly.

Balls with minimal hook potential are

placed on the far left side of the chart. Balls offering a moderate degree of hook are placed in the chart’s middle section. Balls with the greatest hook potential in heavy oil are placed on the right side of the chart. The chart’s vertical axis displays a ball’s

breakpoint shape. Balls offering more skip/ snap reaction are placed higher on the chart. Balls offering a smoother, more arcing motion are placed lower on the chart. Chart placements are based on testing by

BJI ball reviewer Vernon Peterson, selected bowlers with varying release styles, CATS results, PBA player input, and discussions with ball company representatives.

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 “typical 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, de- signed 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 facto- ry-sanded with lower grit surfaces, and match up well with speed-dominant styles and those bowling on longer patterns. 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 concentrations. Also beneficial for slower speed players, 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 con- trol motion and also can 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 pre- ferred when playing deeper inside angles, which generally require more entry angle for above-average pin carry.

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