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Ball Review


THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


50.5 Hook 15.5 Length 14.5 Breakpoint Shape TRACK: HX16


Manufacturer’s Intent: “High rev players require balls that provide excellent length and great con- tinuation,” says EBI’s Bugsy Kelly. “The Hx16 is a unique blend of a strong core and an overall weak- er coverstock that provides the best length yet in the high performance category.”


Core: The asymmetrical I-Core has an RG of 2.49, a differential of .053 and an intermediate differen- tial of .016. We had about four inches of flare. This is the same core used in the Lx16 (February 2014), Mx16 (August 2014) and Tour Sic (November 2014).


Coverstock: The new “weaker” orange, gold-pearl and blue DR-8 hybrid coverstock is stronger than the previous delayed-response cover designs for the Hx series. It comes out of the factory sanded with 500 and then 1000 Abralon, and topped with


factory finish polish. We measured an RA value of 1.62 and an effective surface grit of 5300.


Overview: This ball for high-rev players worked well on the Stone Street pattern. We were able to play around the second arrow with recovery out to the first arrow. The Hx16 reacted similarly to the Hx10 (August 2014), but the Hx16 was clean- er through the front part of the lane and more continuous through the pins. We were about two boards left with our feet from the Hx10. On the USBC Doubles/Singles pattern, this ball was a little over/under for us on the fresh, because it would push through the fronts pretty easily and be more angular on the backend. We found success on this pattern around the 12-board at the arrows, letting the ball float out to the 7- or 8-board at the break- point. Once the pattern developed, the Hx16 really


“PLAYERS WITH HIGH REVS OR SLOWER BALL SPEEDS WILL LOVE THE LENGTH, MOTION AND ENERGY RETENTION THEY WILL CREATE WHEN THEY PULL THE HX16 OUT OF THE BAG.”


opened it up. This would be a good number two or three ball in your arsenal. This Hx series ball was more responsive off the end of the pattern than the Mx05 (reviewed this month) and really continuous through the pin deck. The Hx16 is a versatile ball, considering it has such a strong core. We could use it from a deeper angle on our lighter house pattern. Players with high revs or slower ball speeds will love the length, motion and energy retention they will create when they pull the Hx16 out of the bag.


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