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Ball Review TRACK: PARADOX 59 Hook 15 Length 15.5 Breakpoint Shape


Manufacturer’s Intent: “The intent behind the Paradox was to create a great HP ball that was aggressive throughout the entire lane… a ball that the bowler knows is going to be strong from the second they let go of it until it clears the pin deck,” says EBI’s Rich Hanson. “A bowling ball is generally very aggressive in either the front part of the lane, midlane, or backend. For a ball to be able to do all three is rarely seen. In the bowling world, this is considered a ‘Paradox’. Our new high performance creation offers unexplainable hook and power on the heaviest of oil patterns. Some things are just better left unexplained.”


Core: The I-core 2.0 (dual density) asymmetric core has a 2.48 RG, .057 differential and .015 intermediate differential. We saw 5 inches of flare.


Coverstock: The new blue, light blue and blue pearl QR-9 Hybrid coverstock is sanded with 500 and 2000 grit Abralon. The RA is 23.20 and the effective surface grit is 1130.


Overview: The Paradox is a deceptively versatile ball that hooks a lot, but not in the early sense. You get a clean motion that seems to make its move in the right spot on several conditions. It was a popular ball at the IBPISA Pro Shop Tournament in Las Vegas during Bowl Expo, making a strong impression on a lot of shop operators. The Paradox really opened up the Stone Street pattern with hold to the left and a lot of room to the right. We were setting it down at 22-board, crossing at the arrows around 18-board out to six-board at the 45-foot breakpoint. We were four or five boards left at the arrows from the new Legion on Stone Street, and saw much


“THE PARADOX IS A DECEPTIVELY VERSATILE BALL THAT HOOKS A LOT, BUT NOT IN THE EARLY SENSE.”


more mid-lane hook. On the USBC Open pattern, we needed to move left and try to stay clean with the release to the get the ball to seven-board at the 44-foot breakpoint. We were laying it down around the 25-board, according to the CATS. On the light house pattern, we played a deep angle, 23 to nine at the 45-foot breakpoint, and still had powerful drive though the pins. Sometimes strong balls don’t work on drier conditions or lighter patterns, but the Paradox saves its energy for the second part of the lane. This ball is especially good on heavier condi- tions but is not limited to only one type of pattern.


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