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Ball Review


THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


48 Hook 15 Length 14 Breakpoint Shape 900 GLOBAL: BOOST HYBRID


Manufacturer’s Intent: “We’re expanding the Select Series with another hybrid option, this time finished at 4000 grit,” says Thomas Restey of 900 Global. “This Boost will be able to handle slightly more oil than the previous three and offers con- trolled performance on wet-dry house conditions.”


Core: This Boost Hybrid uses the same Launch symmetric core as the black/blue Boost Hybrid (August 2014), producing an RG of 2.54 and a dif- ferential of .043. We saw 2 to 3 inches of flare.


Coverstock: The purple/green S43 Hybrid cov- erstock comes out of the box sanded at 4000 grit. We measured an RA value of 3.81 and an effective surface grit of 4270.


Overview: 900 Global introduced the Boost line in August, with a solid, pearl and black/


blue polished hybrid version. This ball is basi- cally the same as the August hybrid, but with a different surface treatment. Global 900 has taken entry-level balls to a new level with this matte-finish hybrid Boost. It gives you a lot of hook and hitting power for an entry-level ball with a smaller core. We could line up easily on the Stone Street pattern, playing around 12-to- 7. On the USBC Singles/Doubles pattern, the Boost made it easy to get lined up, because of its smooth motion. We could play 13 to the track area on the fresh, and still had some hold on the pattern. On the lighter house pattern, this ball deceived us, because we could get in deeper and still see a smooth reaction with good hitting power, as it saved its energy nice- ly. The Boost is about an arrow less hook than the Dream On (reviewed above), but an arrow more than the Boost Pearl (not reviewed). This


“This ball is basically the same as the August hybrid, but with a different surface treatment. Global 900 has taken entry- level balls to a new level with this matte-finish hybrid Boost”


ball complemented the Boost Pearl nicely: you could actually use them as a good 1-2 combo. Speaking as a pro shop guy, it’s good to see a matte-finish, entry-level ball, because most are shiny and more angular in the backend. This ball will be good for beginner bowlers with low rev rates or speed dominance. And if you have an oily house pattern, the Boost will be a great piece in your bag.


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