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Ball Review


THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


51 Hook 16 Length 15.5 Breakpoint Shape BRUNSWICK: BRUTE STRENGTH


Manufacturer’s Intent: “Wrapped with the Savvy Hook coverstock, which was previously used on the Melee Jab [December 2014], the new Brute Strength will have more muscle, producing four to five boards additional total hook com- pared to the original Brute [October 2014],” says Bill Orlikowski, Brunswick Product and Marketing Manager.


Core: The Brute symmetric core has a low RG of 2.491 and a low differential of .032. We saw 3 inches of flare with our layouts.


Coverstock: The gold and black Savvy hook hybrid coverstock is sanded with 500 grit SiaAir and topped off with Royal Compound. It comes out of the box with a RA value of 2.72 and effec- tive surface grit of 4900.


Overview: The newest Brute brings us more hook and more mid-lane read than the original. On the Stone Street pattern, we were three or four boards left with our feet with the Brute Strength. The Strength picked up about one foot sooner, with a smoother and stronger mid-lane motion. We crossed 12-board at the arrows out to six- or seven-board at the 45-foot break- point, according to our CATS. Even on this longer house pattern, the Brute Strength had enough engine to cut through the conditioner and main- tain a strong roll through the pin deck. This ball really controlled the pattern and opened up the track area on the lighter house shot. We crossed 15 at the arrows out to 10-board at the 45-foot breakpoint. We had easy push through the fronts with a strong, predictable motion. On the USBC Open pattern, we actually liked the


“THE NEWEST BRUTE BRINGS US MORE HOOK AND MORE MID-LANE READ THAN THE ORIGINAL.”


reaction. The ball had a tendency to skid, but the hybrid coverstock gave us enough predictabil- ity and traction off the end of the pattern. This pattern is all about controlling the backend. We crossed around 10 at the arrows and could keep a straighter line with a breakpoint at 45 feet on seven-board, with a little miss room right and some hold area left. Bowlers with a lot of hand will really love the predictability of this ball’s strong motion off the breakpoint. The Brute Strength is a benchmark ball for reading patterns or for when the patterns get too ugly.


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