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Ball Review


THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


44.5 Hook 18.5 Length 16.5 Breakpoint Shape 900 GLOBAL: BOOST RED


Manufacturer’s Intent: 900 Global tells us that the Boost Red is intended to provide the best performance at its price point.


Core: The Launch symmetric core has an RG of 2.54 and a differential of .043. We saw 3 inches of flare with our layouts. This is the same core used in the other Boosts.


Coverstock: This new Boost is wrapped up with the cardinal red S43 pearl coverstock. It comes out of the factory finished with a 1500- grit polish. We measured an effective surface grit of 5600 and an RA value of 1.60.


Overview: The sharp Boost Red is a versatile ball for medium to lighter volume patterns. It made our light house pattern very easy, as


we could play close to the track area with good recovery to the right and some hold to the left. We were crossing 13 at the arrows and getting the ball to the seven- or eight- board at the 46-foot breakpoint, according to CATS. The Boost Red was about four or five boards right with our feet and two with our eyes from the Boost Hybrid (December 2014). We played the USBC Open patterns the same way, crossing 13 at the arrows to get to the 46-foot breakpoint at six-board. The ball got through the fronts easily; we just had to stay more up the back of it on the fresh. On Stone Street, we had to play more direct in the track area. The length of the pattern made our angle a little too late out of the box, but the overall reaction from the outside angle wasn’t bad. The Boost Red pearl is a good ball


“THE SHARP BOOST RED IS A VERSATILE BALL FOR MEDIUM TO LIGHTER VOLUME PATTERNS.”


for the money. Sometimes you sacrifice carry with entry-level balls, but not with this one. Bowlers with lower ball speeds will want this one for hooking lane conditions or shorter patterns. But Terrence, who has pretty high ball speed, really liked the motion and hitting power on the house pattern. The Boost Hybrid and Boost Red make a good one-two punch for shorter tournament patterns, and for new bowlers getting their feet wet in a house that breaks down quickly or has strong backends to start with.


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