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Ball Review


THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


50.5 Hook 16 Length 14 Breakpoint Shape TRACK: LX10


Manufacturer’s Intent: “For the Lx10, we wanted to create a ball that offered strong traction and continuous and smooth back-end motion for lower rev players,” says EBI’s Bugsy Kelly. “In order to achieve the targeted ball motion, we’ve combined a brand new QR-6 solid cover with the proven Face core.”


Core: The asymmetrical Face core has an RG of 2.50, a differential of .049 and an intermediate differential of .010. We had about three to four inches of flare. This is the same core used in the Hx10 (August 2014) and Mx10 (March 2014).


Coverstock: The orange, purple and aqua QR-6 solid coverstock is finished with 500 and then 3000 Abralon. The RA value is 10.56 with an effective surface grit of 2600.


Overview: The Lx10 lives up to the intent of Track with a little more hook than the Lx05 (August 2014), but not quite as much continuation through the pins. On Stone Street, we had a good reaction; it was about two or three more boards than the Lx05, but with a similar motion. It smoothed out the wet/dry transitioning of this pattern. We crossed the arrows around the 17-board and had a smooth recovery from the 7-board at the breakpoint (around the 46-ft mark). The Lx10 made the fresh USBC Doubles/ Singles pattern easier to conquer around 16 at the arrows to the track area, with a controlled back-end reaction. Once the pattern developed, we could move in and have a lot of control of the pocket. On the lighter house pattern, we were forced deep with the Lx10’s out-of-the-box finish, where we saw some diminishing hitting power on


“THE LX10 LIVES UP TO THE INTENT OF TRACK WITH A LITTLE MORE HOOK THAN THE LX05 (AUGUST 2014), BUT NOT QUITE AS MUCH CONTINUATION THROUGH THE PINS.”


the backend for even our not-low rev rates. That could easily be fixed with a surface change and some polish to save the energy, but I still love the motion we had on this pattern. When it makes its move off the breakpoint, it drives continuously through the pins, unlike some other matte- finished balls which tend to burn up. Although the Lx10 is designed for low rev players, it is versatile enough for all types because of the smooth and predictable motion on the backend. This is a good choice for a number one ball out of your bag.


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