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Ball Review


THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


AMF: UNREAL 59 Hook 12 Length 13 Breakpoint Shape


Manufacturer’s Intent: “We’ve taken the asym- metric SRC core and modified core densities to create a moderate RG/Diff combination perfect [for] covering boards with confidence on medium lane conditions,” says AMF’s T.J. Restey.


Core: The SRC asymmetric core has an RG of 2.52 and a differential of .041. The intermediate diff is .014. We saw about 5 inches of flare.


Coverstock: The blue and purple F64 solid cover- stock is sanded with a NEAT “A” pad (2500 grit). We measured an effective surface grit of 1270 and an RA of 22.18.


Overview: The Unreal is definitely for longer, heavi- er house patterns and especially for flatter, flooded Sport patterns. On the Stone Street pattern, the


Unreal was able to get down lane and have a lot of hitting power through the pins. We were in around 15 at the arrows and getting the ball out to six-board at the 45-foot breakpoint. This ball was a monster cutting through the oil on this pattern; it read the midlane strongly and continued to roll through the pindeck. But on the lighter house pattern, we had to try to play inside fourth arrow and throw it to the breakpoint around the eight-board, about 46 feet down the lane. Like I said, we had to throw it. The Unreal is a ball that needs volume and length. On the USBC Open patterns, it again was too strong because there was not enough volume on the fresh, and our layouts are just too strong. We had to really try to throw to the breakpoint from inside fourth arrow on these patterns as well. On last year’s USBC Open team pattern, where stronger balls and layouts were needed, the Unreal would have been a great choice.


“THE UNREAL IS DEFINITELY FOR LONGER, HEAVIER HOUSE PATTERNS AND ESPECIALLY FOR FLATTER, FLOODED SPORT PATTERNS.”


This is one of the most aggressive balls from AMF that we have ever seen. The cover is so strong that it will fight through the most flooded of conditions. The Unreal will light neon signs when transitions start to occur. I would recommend this ball to anyone who might have a lower rev rate in need of free hook, or for speed-dominant players. If you are on the medi- um aspect of these two, you might need to shine up the surface some. With the big flare, it has some teeth to cover some boards. This is a ball that lives up to its name.


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