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Ball Review


THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


COLUMBIA 300: URGE 53 Hook 14.5 Length 15 Breakpoint Shape


Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Urge features a brand new core design,” says EBI Group Marketing Director, Rich Hanson. “The new Iron Man core features a low-RG, high differential and medium mass bias strength. This is combined with our AR350 hybrid cover, previously used on the Mad Antics [January 2015]. This combo creates a booming back-end reaction that has been needed in the C300 lineup at this price point. Compared to the Delirium [February 2015], the Urge is strong in the mids and three to four boards stronger overall. You will also notice our new logo graphics that we are working on for the C300.”


Core: The new Ironman asymmetric core has a 2.50 RG and a .056 differential. We saw about 4 to 5 inches of flare.


Coverstock: The lime, cobalt and silver AR350 hybrid coverstock is sanded with 500- and 2000- grit Abralon, and topped off with Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish. It has a 5460 effective surface grit and a 2.27 RA.


Overview: The Urge is clean through the front and midlane, with a controllable pop off the end of the pattern — a great complement to the Mad Antics. It has a similar shape to the Delirium, but with a little earlier and less violent breakpoint. We played the Stone Street pattern up the boards, targeting eight- or nine-board up front to the eight-board downlane at the 46-foot mark. We were about three or four boards right with our feet and eyes than with the Mad Antics on this pattern. On the


USBC Open team pattern, we had to move in, because this ball will jump strongly off the breakpoint, crossing 15 at the arrows to seven or eight at the 46-foot breakpoint. On this fresh pattern, we tried to stay more up the back of it — but once the pattern settled down, we got around it again. We were two boards left with our feet with the Urge compared to the Delirium on the lighter house pattern. On this pattern, we could get in around 16 at the arrows to 10-board at the breakpoint, with miss room right and strong recovery and hold to the left because of the cover. This ball needs to be in the bag for bowlers needing extra length through the fronts and kick on the backend. Lower ball speed players also will enjoy this ball.


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