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Ball Review


THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


900 GLOBAL: BLACK OPS 54 Hook 15 Length 15 Breakpoint Shape


Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Black Ops con- tinues a prestigious core and cover combination that has produced amazing results and success over the years,” says 900 Global Director of Marketing, T.J. Restey. “The low RG/super high differential Break asymmetric core and S70 Solid coverstock create a massive mid-lane/back-end sweet spot that absolutely dominates house and Sport conditions alike.”


Core: The popular Break asymmetric core has a 2.48 RG, a high differential of .058 and an inter- mediate differential of .021. We saw around 5 to 6 inches of flare.


Coverstock: The solid black S70 coverstock is sand- ed at 1500 grit and then polished. We measured a RA value of 3.35 and effective surface grit of 5510.


Overview: The Black Ops is a very good all- around ball. This slick black ball is deceivingly strong on the backend, given its asymmetric core, making a strong but smooth left turn off the spot. On the Stone Street pattern it didn’t have much issue with the length or the volume, as we played around 13 at the arrows out to six-board at the 45- to 46-foot breakpoint, according to our CATS. It was three more boards overall hook than the Dream (August 2014) and made its move just a bit earlier. Even on the light house pattern, we could jump an arrow left from Stone Street and open up the lane to the right, still getting a dev- astating drive through the pins from the deeper angle. The pins really didn’t like that. For tourna- ment bowlers, this ball works well on the USBC Open patterns, playing 13 at the arrows out to the seven-board at the 45-foot breakpoint. We even


“LOWER SPEED PLAYERS WITH LESS HAND WILL WANT THIS BALL FOR WHEN THE LANES START TO HOOK, BECAUSE IT WILL GET THROUGH THE FRONTS EASILY.”


had a couple boards of miss room right if we threw it well. The Black Ops can easily be a good number one or two ball out of your bag. Lower speed players with less hand will want this ball for when the lanes start to hook, because it will get through the fronts easily, even though it has an asymmetric core. It should fit nicely between the Dream Big (May 2015) and the Dream, especially for lanes with some volume and length because, despite its shiny cover, the Ops didn’t seem to have an issue or push too far on our patterns.


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