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Ball Review


THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


52.5 Hook 14.5 Length 16 Breakpoint Shape COLUMBIA: MAD ANTICS


Manufacturer’s Intent: “Columbia 300 is pleased to bring a little more madness to this crazy world with the introduction of the Mad Antics,” says EBI Group Marketing Director, Bugsy Kelly. “The Mad Antics uses the original Hi-Dynamix core that was made popular with the Crazy Antics [January 2014] release last winter. The Hi-Dynamix is a very strong dynamic core with big flare potential, and has been a favorite among many different styles.”


Core: The Hy-Dynamix asymmetric core was also used in the N’sane Antics (July 2014). The RG is 2.50, the differential is .054 and the intermediate differential is .016. We saw 4 to 5 inches of flare.


Coverstock: The crimson, white and smoke pearl A4350 Hybrid coverstock is the new hybrid version of the previous Antics coverstocks. It comes out


of the factory sanded with rough 500 grit Abralon, then 4000 Abralon, before being topped off with Clean ’n Sheen. Its effective surface grit is 4100, with an RA value of 4.36.


Overview: The Mad Antics brings some madness to the Antics line with its new hybrid coverstock. This ball reads the midlane more than the N’sane Antics and has about two to three boards less hook overall. Conversely, it is about two feet cleaner and more angular off the breakpoint than the Melt Down (December 2014). The Mad Antics keeps the pins low to the deck, helping to carry the corners. On the Stone Street pattern, we played around the second arrow to the track area with some recovery. On the USBC Doubles/Singles pattern, this ball real- ly blended out the fresh for us. We played around 15 at the arrows and to the track area, with strong,


“THIS BALL READS THE MIDLANE MORE THAN THE N’SANE ANTICS AND HAS ABOUT TWO TO THREE BOARDS LESS HOOK OVERALL.”


continuous roll through the pin deck. On the lighter house pattern, it forced us into the fourth arrow. We could create a good angle by keeping it a little tighter — out to the second arrow, at the most — and not give up hitting power. Players with high rev rates will love the asymmetric core because the ball never seems to overreact in the backends, which keeps it in play on the fresh oil. The color combination helps in reading the ball motion. The Mad Antics truly complements the other Antics, fit- ting in between the Crazy and N’sane.


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