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Ball Review EBONITE: WARRIOR 57 Hook 16 Length 16.5 Breakpoint Shape


Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Warrior is our new High Performance launch for Ebonite,” says EBI’s Rich Hanson. “It features the brand new Iron Fist core design, which has a super low RG, high Diff and mass bias. You should expect to see a strong mid-lane read with an aggressive move at the backend. The cover is a new formu- lation based on the original chemistry of GB10.7. Our new GB13.3 is a stronger formulation, which will create more friction with the lane.”


Core: The Iron Fist asymmetric core has a 2.47 RG, a high differential of .057, and an intermedi- ate differential of .020. We saw over 5 inches of flare.


Coverstock: The cherry red and black GB 13.3 pearl coverstock is sanded with 500 and


2000 grit Abralon, topped off with Powerhouse Factory Finish polish. The RA is 3.03 and the effective surface grit is 4730.


Overview: The Warrior, with its stronger coverstock than the original One series, pro- vides a smooth motion through the fronts, a strong mid-lane move, and a strong continu- ous roll through the pins. It cut through the longer Stone Street pattern pretty easily, even with its shiny cover. We crossed the arrows at 17-board out to eight-board at the 45-foot breakpoint. Despite the shiny cover, we didn’t see any over/under reaction on the wet/ dry condition, but instead enjoyed a strong, yet predictable, motion on the backend. On Stone Street, we were six boards farther left with our feet than with the Game Breaker 2


Gold (reviewed this month). It was easy to see it pick up in the midlane sooner. On the lighter house pattern, we had to get very deep (around fourth arrow to seven-board at 44-45 feet), but even with the shine, this Warrior still got through the fronts and saved some of its energy for the backend and pins. When it made its left turn, it came back to the pocket high flush. On the USBC team pat- tern, this ball was a little too strong to break the pattern down, but we could get to the pocket from an inside angle crossing 19 at the arrows and getting it out to five-board at the 45-foot breakpoint. The Warrior should fit into several different styles. Even high rev players will want this strong ball in their bags, because it gives them a strong but predict- able motion from even the deeper angles.


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