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Ball Review DV8: THUG CORRUPT 56.5 Hook 17 Length 16 Breakpoint Shape


Manufacturer’s Intent: “We wanted to cre- ate maximum hook with maximum flip in the DV8 line,” says Brunswick’s Bill Orlikowski. “The Thug Corrupt has an all-new coverstock called Composite… [which] produces higher friction on today’s slicker oils and surfaces, and longer perfor- mance durability with less sensitivity to oil and car- rydown. The Thug Corrupt will deliver two to three boards more back-end flip than the Thug Unruly [February 2015].”


Core: The Thug low-RG asymmetric core, used in all the Thugs, has a 2.505 RG, .052 differential and .015 intermediate differential. We saw about 5 inches of flare.


Coverstock: The orange and purple Composite hybrid coverstock is sanded with 500 and 4000 grit


SiaAir pads. We measured an RA value of 6.77 and effective surface grit of 3720.


Overview: The newest Thug lives up to its name and intent. It really opened up the Stone Street pattern, where we had almost unlimited room right with a strong back-end motion off the breakpoint. We crossed 19 at the arrows out to seven- or eight-board (and even to five- board once), but it still came back to the pock- et with good energy. It hooked three more boards than the Thug Unruly on this pattern. The length of this pattern was not a problem at all for this animal. On the lighter house pattern, the 4000 grit surface allowed us to create a good deep angle to the pocket with energy off the breakpoint. We sat it down at the 25-board and got it out to seven or eight


“THE NEWEST THUG LIVES UP TO ITS NAME AND INTENT.”


at the 45-foot breakpoint. On the medium-flat USBC pattern, the ball was way too strong with our layout. We did manage to get to the pocket by staying behind the ball to create more roll, and playing almost the same angle as on the light house pattern, setting it down at the 25-board out to six at the 44-foot break- point. The Corrupt saves its energy well for a strong ball, keeping the pins low to the deck for eye-catchingly good carry. This ball needs some conditioner in the front part of the lane, but for a top-shelf ball, it is quite versatile. Bowlers lacking high rev rates will fall in love with the Thug Corrupt for longer patterns.


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