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Time to Shake Off the Summer

Rust With 15 New Balls IT’S THE TIME of the year to start getting ready for the new league season — it’s warm-up time. And we have a full arsenal (or two) of reviews ready to help you make your choices before the fall leagues begin. There is a wide variety to sample, including a few big-hooking balls, as well as several good bench-

marks or “perfect fits” to complete your arsenal. You also can choose from several price points being offered by the various manufacturers. Mo Pinel of Radical has taken hook to a new level with a ball that hooks more than even the origi- nal Guru, while Hammer, Track, Ebonite, DV8, Brunswick and Motiv are right on his tail with big balls of their own. Are you ready for the new season? Have you been practicing? The balls reviewed this month pro- vide a perfect excuse to get out on the lanes now and start shaking off that summer rust.

THE TESTING:We once again tapped the talents of Terrance Reeves (a.k.a. “T”), a PBA Tour exempt player during the 2008-09 season. “T” has a rev rate around 400-rpm, and throws the ball around 18.5-mph. His axis is 4 1/2 over and zero up, and we used a 50/5/35 layout (5x4x3 in the VLS system). This is a pin-up layout for him, to see what kind of ball reaction he would get for our reviews. I used the same layout I have used for all reviewed balls thus far: 60/4.5/40 (VLS: 4.5x3.5x3). We threw each ball more than 30 times on three patterns: 2015 USBC Open Championships team event, Kegel Stone Street (a heavier volume recreational pattern), and a 39-ft. lighter volume house pat- tern. We use CATS on each shot to track and keep records of our ball paths. We do all of our testing at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla., home of the flattest lanes on Earth. The lanes were conditioned with Defense-S, using the Kegel Lane Walker. Defense-S is close to Kegel’s Ice conditioner, but breaks down so we can see a little more transition when testing on it. We also use the Jayhawk ball scanner, which provides the surface roughness (RA) of a ball and the surface’s average true original finish out of the box after the factory process.

From the July issue of Bowlers Journal International.

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