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Ball Review


THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


DV8: DIVA DIVINE 54 Hook 14 Length 14 Breakpoint Shape


Manufacturer’s Intent: “The new Diva Divine, with the Class 7G reactive cover, provides bowl- ers with the most aggressive Diva to date,” says Brunswick R&D engineer Aaron Koch. “With the proven Diva core, the Diva Divine provides ulti- mate traction and outstanding continuation, resulting in more total hook on medium to oily lane conditions.”


Core: The Diva symmetrical core, from the other Diva balls, has an RG of 2.516 and a differential of .052. We had four inches of flare.


Coverstock: The dark purple pearl and pink 7G solid reactive coverstock comes out of the factory sanded with 500 and 4000 Siaair pads. This Diva has an RA value of 8.16 with an effective surface grit of 2900.


Overview: This is the first matte finish in the Diva series. It has the most hook we have seen out of the line to date, with good hitting power. The surface on this Diva matched up nicely on all three of our patterns. We were able to con- trol the USBC Doubles/Singles pattern very well on the fresh. We played between the second and third arrow to around seven or eight at the breakpoint with a controlled motion. The ball cut through the oil nicely on our Stone Street pat- tern. The Divine is earlier and about four or five boards stronger than the Diva pearl (February 2014) on Stone Street. Even on our lighter house pattern, we were able to smooth out the reac- tion and play inside the third arrow. The Divine still saved its energy, giving us hold left and pre- dictable recovery from the right all the way to the track area. This ball nicely complements the


“WE PLAYED BETWEEN THE SECOND AND THIRD ARROW TO AROUND SEVEN OR EIGHT AT THE BREAKPOINT WITH A CONTROLLED MOTION.”


other Divas and Dudes in the line. It’s a good benchmark ball to have in your arsenal for lin- ing up on pretty much all patterns. Don’t let the colors scare you — the pink and purple will help line you up and let you strike for a while, as hap- pened for us on Stone Street. This ball will be a great choice for bowlers with lower rev rates who need a little hooking help on medium pat- terns, and for bowlers looking for a great fresh condition ball.


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