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Ball Review


THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


43 Hook 18 Length 16 Breakpoint Shape AMF: XCITE


Manufacturer’s Intent: “The vision behind the Xcite is great looks and even better performance,” says Thomas Restey of AMF/900 Global. “[It offers] two eye-popping color options, a pronounced motion downlane on lighter volumes of oil, and [good] bang for your buck.”


Core: The Xcite uses a symmetric core, producing an RG of 2.55 and a differential of .046. This is the same core used in Code, Mega Friction and Hook lines. We saw about 4 inches of flare.


Coverstock: The Xcite is wrapped with a pink/ orange or blue/gold F43 pearl coverstock. It comes out of the factory polished. We measured an RA value of 1.90 and effective surface grit of 5240.


Overview: These two versions of the Xcite provide what any bowler looking for an


entry-level ball wants — performance and looks. The Xcite rolled exceptionally well for us on the lighter house pattern, on which we could play closer to the track area at first. After the pattern broke down, we were able to move in and see that this ball provides a lot of bang for your buck. With the Xcite, we were three boards right with our feet from where we stood with the Torch (September 2014) and five right from the Night Hawk SE (reviewed on pg. 51). We could get lined up to the pock- et from an outside angle on Stone Street, but the break point was too late for us to create a lot of carry; you could easily see that the ball needed a surface adjustment. On the USBC Doubles/Singles pattern, we could get lined up to the pocket with some success by playing a tight line around the eight-board, but we feel the Xcite would come into play later on in the


“The Xcite rolled exception- ally well for us on the light- er house pattern, on which we could play closer to the track area at first. After the pattern broke down, we were able to move in and see that this ball provides a lot of bang for your buck.”


block at Nationals. This would be a go-to ball for tournament bowlers when the lanes are broken down. We are still impressed with the hitting power of this ball for the price. It will work well for bowlers with slower ball speeds, bowlers looking to learn to hook it for the first time, and tournament bowlers looking for that late-block ball. This ball comes in 10- to 15-lb. weights.


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