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Ball Review


THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


900 GLOBAL: CHEMICAL X 53 Hook 15 Length 15 Breakpoint Shape


Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Chemical X marks an exciting release in our new Tour Preferred Series, which features tournament-oriented bowl- ing balls with a lot of influence from 18-time PBA champion Chris Barnes,” says 900 Global Director of Marketing, T.J. Restey. “The low RG/low flaring symmetric Pod Core and S55 solid coverstock combine to create the ball motion competitive bowlers need on tougher and flatter conditions.”


Core: The Pod symmetric core has an RG of 2.49 and a differential of .035. We saw around 3 to 4 inches of flare.


Coverstock: The slate and lime S55 Solid cover- stock is sanded at 4000 grit. The effective surface grit measured 3940 and the RA was 5.03.


Overview: The Chemical X is a smoothly rolling ball that blends out the pattern. We saw this clearly on the Stone Street house pattern. When we got the ball to the right, it came off the friction with a smooth and predictable motion. When we kept a tight- er line, it had no problem rolling through the conditioner and continuing strongly through the pins. We were crossing around 14 at the arrows out to seven- or eight- board at the 46-foot breakpoint. This was about two or three more boards of hook than the Break Down (March 2015). On the USBC Open patterns, we had to play in around 17 or 18 at the arrows, get the ball out to around six- or seven-board at the 45- to 46-foot breakpoint, and be firm with it. We had a smooth, predictable motion


on the flatter patterns, but the stronger testing layout we use was a bit strong for this pattern. On the lighter house pattern, we could play even deeper at the arrows, down to 10-board at the 45-foot break- point. The big key is matching up the cover to the pattern. We saw more hook than we expected, but we were able to adapt easily. The Chemical X was stronger off the spot than the Break Down, and stronger overall, in our opinion. This ball fits nice- ly in the 900 Global Tour Preferred series with the other two partners, including the Boo-Yah (June 2015). The smooth and con- sistent reaction makes it a versatile ball for all players. Those with high rev rates can get matched up on flatter patterns or fresh backends.


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