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RADICAL: GURU MASTER 62.5 Hook 13 Length 13.5 Breakpoint Shape


Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Guru Master will redefine the term ‘hook in a box,’” says Radical ball designer, Mo Pinel. “While the original Guru [November 2014] has a reputation for being the most aggressive ball on the market, the new Guru Master is going to serve as the new measuring stick for total hook. The Guru Master uses the same dynamic core as the two previous Gurus, but we have kicked up the aggressiveness of the coverstock to take hook to a whole new level — more hook and more continuation. The original Guru proved the old adage that hook sells, and we all know how well the Guru has done.”


Core: The Offset and Scoop asymmetric core has a 2.501 RG, .044 differential and .018 intermedi- ate differential, producing more than 6 inches of flare.


Coverstock: The black and orange solid cov- erstock is sanded with 500 and 1500 grit SiaAir Micro Pads. We measured an RA value of 14.15 and effective surface grit of 1890.


Overview: On the Stone Street pattern, the Guru Master does take hook to the next level. We moved four boards left with our feet from the original Guru. This ball was stronger in the mid- lane and more continuous through the pin deck. We sat the Master down at 25 and sent it out to seven-board at the 46-foot breakpoint. We really could open up the pattern to the right, but still had a little hold because of the longer pattern. We were at least eight boards farther left with our feet, with a foot earlier breakpoint, than the Guru Mighty (March 2015). This ball is definitely designed for longer and heavier patterns, espe-


“THIS BALL TRULY NEEDS SOME OIL IN THE FRONT PART OF THE LANES, BUT NOBODY WILL HAVE ANY PROBLEM HOOKING IT.”


cially with the layout we use for our ball reviews. On the USBC Open pattern our layout was way too strong. With a high rev layout and/or some polish to the surface, it would be in play to con- trol the backend and give you a shot to make a run at an eagle. On the lighter house shot, we had to play very deep in the lane, crossing 24 at the arrows out to the 10-board at the 45-foot breakpoint. The Guru Master truly needs some oil in the front part of the lanes, but nobody will have any problem hooking this one.


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