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Ball Review


THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


49 Hook 17 Length 16 Breakpoint Shape TRACK: MX05


Manufacturer’s Intent: “Medium rev players can use a wider range of performing products and benefit from a variation of shiny and dull covers,” says EBI’s Bugsy Kelly. “The previous ball designed for medium rev players featured a dull cover and an aggressive ball motion; this introduction is a shiny skid/flip ball that delivers great length and flip.”


Core: The asymmetrical modified Kinetic core has an RG of 2.49, a differential of .038 and an intermediate differential of .005. We had about three to four inches of flare. This is the same core used in the Hx05 (March 2014) and 505C2 (August 2013).


Coverstock: The red pearl and silver MR-4 pearl coverstock is sanded with 500 and then 1000 Abralon, and topped with factory finish polish. We measured an RA value of 1.60 and an effective surface grit of 5200.


Overview: The sharp looking Mx05 brings some skid and flip to the Mx series. It saves its energy nicely for a strong drive back to the pocket. On the lighter house pattern, we were playing around the third arrow to 6- or 7-board at the breakpoint, where we had length and hold with a good amount of recovery to the right. Believe it or not, this pearl worked pretty darn well on the Stone Street pattern from the track area out to the 6-board at the breakpoint. The cover didn’t cause the ball to skid too far, considering the length of this pattern. Even on the fresh USBC Doubles/ Singles pattern, we were able to use the Mx05 with a more direct line around the second arrow, where the cover gave us some hold to the left with a nice area of recovery right. We were about three or four boards left with our feet on Stone Street and the USBC Doubles/Singles pattern with


“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.”


the Mx16 (August 2014) from where we stood with the Mx05. The Mx16 was two feet sooner at the breakpoint, but these two complemented each other nicely for a tournament arsenal. The Mx05 is a versatile all-around ball that will provide strong motion on the backend. This ball has customer appeal, especially for players needing length with strong back-end reaction, or those needing to get inside and open up the lane when the heads start to burn.


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