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Ball Review


THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


56 Hook 16.5 Length 16.5 Breakpoint Shape BRUNSWICK: MASTERMIND EINSTEIN


Manufacturer’s Intent:“The new Relativity reac- tive coverstock is Brunswick’s latest innovation in our performance enhancing technology,” says the company’s Bill Orlikowski. “This aggressive hybrid coverstock produces easy length through the heads with outstanding traction on the backend to achieve ultimate flip. The Mastermind Einstein will produce two to three more boards flip on the backend com- pared to the Mastermind Scholar [March 2015].”


Core: The modified Mastermind aysmmetric core has an RG of 2.504, differential of .048 and inter- mediate differential of .013. We saw 4 to 5 inches of flare.


Coverstock: The Relativity hybrid reactive red, blue and silver cover comes out of the factory sanded with 500, 2000 and 4000 grit SiaAir. We


measured an RA value of 3.79 and effective sur- face grit of 4330.


Overview: The newest Mastermind fits in this line nicely. This is a good all-around ball that covers a variety of lane conditions; we were easily able to get lined up on all of the patterns. The Einstein offered stronger back-end reaction and more hook than the Scholar. We were three boards left with our feet on Stone Street than with the Scholar, crossing 14 at the arrows out to six-board at the 45/46-foot breakpoint. The core and cover matched up really well on the wet/dry condition, with a strong, continuous drive through the pins. On the lighter house pattern, balls with these numbers are usually too much, but this one allowed us to move deeper into the lane without losing energy. We crossed 19 at the arrows out to seven-board at the 46-foot breakpoint. It was strong


“THIS IS A GOOD ALL-AROUND BALL THAT COVERS A VARIETY OF LANE CONDITIONS; WE WERE EASILY ABLE TO GET LINED UP ON ALL OF THE PATTERNS.”


off the spot, with an impressive motion back through the pins, where it didn’t seem to lose a beat. On the USBC team pattern, we played around the 17-board at the arrows, and the ball flowed through the fronts out to seven-board at the 45-foot breakpoint. We enjoyed some push and recovery on the fresh, lead- ing us to believe that this ball would have been good to have in our hands this year in El Paso — we might have felt like Matt McNiel. The Mastermind Einstein will accommodate all bowler styles; for a top-shelf ball, it is very versatile.


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