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Ball Review


THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


49 Hook 14 Length 13 Breakpoint Shape HAMMER: ARSON LOW FLARE SOLID


Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Arson Low Flare Solid is a stronger overall version of the original Arson Low Flare [February 2013],” says EBI Group Marketing Director, Bugsy Kelly. “The solid will work great on short patterns, but allows for more use on medi- um-length patterns and is capable of handling more oil than the original Low Flare.”


Core: The Low Flare Solid’s core is based on its pearl predecessor. The RG is 2.48, with a differential of .020, which produced about 2 inches of flare. This core has the Flex Resin additive, a “ceramix” surfacing process and a carbon-fiber outer core that were not in the original pearl.


Coverstock: The blue colored Max Control solid cov- erstock is the solid version of the original Arson Low Flare pearl. It comes out of the factory sanded with


500 Abralon and topped off with Powerhouse Clean ’n Sheen. We measured an effective surface grit of 4100 and an RA value of 5.05.


Overview: We have been waiting patiently for this ball since the original pearl helped us win the USBC Team event in 2013. It was well worth the wait; the ball is stronger than we expected. On the USBC Doubles/Singles, it blended out the fresh nicely and controlled the back-end reaction to create a good amount of recovery area. We played around the sec- ond arrow out to about six or seven at the breakpoint. On Stone Street, we played a tighter line. It rolled smoothly off the breakpoint and did not overreact if you hit the breakpoint too quickly. I wasn’t sure this ball would work on longer patterns, but the solid made it pretty easy to strike from a more direct angle. It blended out the lighter house pattern nicely.


“WE HAVE BEEN WAITING PATIENTLY FOR THIS BALL SINCE THE ORIGINAL PEARL HELPED US WIN THE USBC TEAM EVENT IN 2013. IT WAS WELL WORTH THE WAIT”


We played around third arrow with miss room to the track area and heavy roll through the pins. The solid never seemed to burn up, but kept its strong, predict- able roll off the breakpoint. In comparison to another ball we tested recently, it was earlier and about five boards more hook than the Spike pearl (June 2014). This is a good benchmark ball to read the pattern. It worked well on all lengths but will excel on the medi- um and shorter patterns. Bowlers with higher rev rates will love the Arson Low Flare Solid because of its predictability and hitting power.


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