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Ball Review BRUNSWICK: SOUL 52 Hook 16 Length 15 Breakpoint Shape


Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Soul is a new series in our Affordable price point,” says Brunswick Product and Marketing Manager, Bill Orlikowski. “The Soul Solid has a new coverstock formulation along with a new core design, pro- viding a smooth, versatile ball motion on medium to dry oil lane conditions.”


Core: The Soul symmetric core has a medium 2.542 RG and differential of .041. We saw 3 to 4 inches of flare.


Coverstock: The black and smoke CPTv2 Control solid cover is sanded with 500-grit SiaAir and topped off with Royal Compound. We mea- sured a RA value of 3.43 and effective surface grit of 5080.


Overview: The Soul fits into the same line as the Ringers, but is cleaner than the blue Ringer (June 2014), with a stronger motion off the breakpoint. We struck for a quite a while on Stone Street with this ball’s strong roll through the pins. We got lined up around 13 or 14 at the arrows out to eight-board at the 46-foot breakpoint, according to our CATS. We had tug room left, but the ball still cut through the oil for good drive through the pins and carried the corners. The Soul never seemed to over-react off the dry. We were three boards left with our eyes than with its counterpart, the Soul Mate (reviewed next). The Soul was stronger and a little more ball (about two or three more boards) than the Gold Rhino Pro (March 2015), with stronger mid-lane motion. On the lighter house pattern, we moved in deeper to 18 or 19 at the arrows without losing hitting power. We were able to create a smooth motion with some area left and right. This ball


“THIS BALL COULD BE A WIN- NER, FOR SURE, ON THE USBC OPEN PATTERNS, ESPECIALLY ON THE FRESH, PLAYING 13 AT THE ARROWS TO SEVEN OR EIGHT AT THE 45-FOOT BREAKPOINT.”


could be a winner, for sure, on the USBC Open pat- terns, especially on the fresh, playing 13 at the arrows to seven or eight at the 45-foot breakpoint. The solid shine allows you get through the front but the ball does not get too angular on the backend. The Soul will fit into slower speed bowlers’ bags to help them get the ball through the front part of the lane with a nice, strong motion on the backend. High-rev players will have this ball in their bags because of the smooth, predictable motion off the backend.


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