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Ball Review DV8: HOOLIGAN TAUNT 53 Hook 16 Length 16.5 Breakpoint Shape


Manufacturer’s Intent: “We wanted to create a stronger version of the original Hooligan [November 2014] for oilier lane conditions at an affordable price,” says Brunswick’s Bill Orlikowski. “The Hooligan Taunt will deliver three to five boards more total hook compared to the original Hooligan.”


Core: The Hooligan symmetric core, also used in the original Hooligan, has a 2.553 RG and .040 differ- ential. We saw 3 to 4 inches of flare.


Coverstock: The blue and orange Class 5G pearl coverstock is sanded with 500 grit SiaAir and topped off with Royal Compound. The RA is 3.91 and the effective surface grit is 4350.


Overview: The Hooligan Taunt gave us more over- all hook than the original Hooligan, as well as more


mid-lane motion. This ball rolled really well on the wet/dry Stone Street pattern, cutting through the length and conditioner with ease. It virtually eliminated the over/under reaction. We crossed 13 at the arrows out to eight-board at the 45-foot breakpoint. If we missed left, it would still roll up and continue through the pins with a strong roll- ing motion. The Taunt hooked about three to four more boards than the original Hooligan on Stone Street, as well as on the lighter house pattern. On that one, we were able to move in and still keep the energy needed to create a good shot to the pocket with nice carry. We crossed 17 at the arrows out to seven- or eight-board at the 45-foot breakpoint. The ball didn’t ever overreact, but kept a strong, smooth motion off the breakpoint. It was easy to see that the breakpoint was about a foot sooner than the original Hooligan. The Hooligan


“THE HOOLIGAN TAUNT GAVE US MORE OVERALL HOOK THAN THE ORIGINAL HOOLIGAN, AS WELL AS MORE MID-LANE MOTION.”


Taunt was actually a good choice on the USBC Open pattern, playing around 17 at the arrows out to seven-board around the 44-foot breakpoint. Our layout could have been a little weaker for us to play straighter to start, which is better overall on this pattern. This is a good all-around ball for play- ers with high rev rates who can control the pat- tern. It’s also good for those with lesser rev rates, because it won’t get them in trouble on medium or Sport patterns. In fact, you really can’t go wrong with it on the flatter Sport patterns.


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