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THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


COLUMBIA 300: SEVERE DELIRIUM 53 Hook 13 Length 13 Breakpoint Shape


Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Severe Delirium follows up the Delirium, which was released in March [reviewed February 2015],” says EBI Marketing Director, Rich Hanson. “The Delirium offered great length and a sharp change of direction at the back end. The Severe is its counterpart. This one is aggressive in the oil while maintaining a strong heavy arc at the backend of the lane.”


Core: The Resurgence symmetric core has an RG of 2.50 and differential of .043. This core pro- duced 3 to 4 inches of flare.


Coverstock: The black, teal and silver Bend-it Hybrid coverstock is sanded with 500 and 2000 grit Abralon. We measured an RA value of 13.80 and effective surface grit of 1870.


Overview: Although the surface of the Severe Delirium makes it look like it will hook at your feet, this ball is cleaner than we expected. This brother to the Delirium worked well on our Stone Street rec- reation pattern, smoothing it out nicely. We crossed 14-board at the arrows out to seven-board at the 45/46-foot breakpoint. We were three boards farther left with our feet on this pattern than with the origi- nal Delirium.


It was interesting to see how the Severe goes flush into the pocket, while the Delirium kicked the 10 out late. On the lighter house pattern, we were surprised that the ball still gave us smooth continu- ation through the pattern when we got in deep. On this pattern, the difference between the Delirium and the Severe was more noticeable. The Severe’s break- point was easily a foot earlier, and smoother as well. We started five boards left of the original with our


“THIS HYBRID VERSION OF THE DELIRIUM CUTS THROUGH THE CONDITIONER A LOT EASIER AND HAS MORE MIDLANE REACTION.”


feet, and crossed 19 at the arrows out to eight-board at the 45-foot breakpoint. We see this ball as a good choice for the USBC Open pattern and the other flat- ter Sport patterns, because it controls the backends and creates a smooth motion to the pocket. Here, we crossed 15 at the arrows out to six-board at the 45-foot breakpoint. This hybrid version of the Delirium cuts through the conditioner a lot easier than the Delirium and has more of a midlane reaction as well. Players with higher rev rates who had some problems with the stronger back-end reaction of the Delirium will want this ball in their arsenal.


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