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Ball Review RADICAL: PRIMO 53 Hook 17 Length 17 Breakpoint Shape


Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Primo features a new core shape utilizing our patented finger scoop technology,” says Radical’s Mo Pinel. “The symmet- ric core design is wrapped with our newest cover technology to create a very desirable, versatile and reliable motion. The combination of new base resins, new additives, and a new core design yield a unique ball motion. The core and cover combo provides the strong and continuous motion bowlers have come to expect from the Radical Reliable line. The Primo offers plenty of drilling options that are simple, yet effective.”


Core: The symmetrical Scoop Technology core has an RG of 2.483 and differential of .048. We saw about 3 to 4 inches of flare.


Coverstock: The navy and bronze pearl cover is sanded with 500 and 1500 grit SiaAir Micro Pads


and then topped with Royal Compound. We mea- sured an RA value of 3.65 and effective surface grit of 5090.


Overview: The Primo is a primo of a ball for the Radical line, providing Radical with a more angular motion on the backend. It cleared the fronts well and really opened up the backends on Stone Street and the lighter house pattern. On Stone Street, we crossed the third arrow to seven-board at the 45-foot breakpoint. Even when we missed right, the length of the pattern didn’t seem to faze the carry of corner pins. On the lighter house pattern, we made a jump left, crossing 18-board, and had area out to six, from where the ball would turn back to the pocket with a strong drive through the pins. Honestly, on the USBC Open pattern, the Primo looked real-


“RADICAL LOVERS WHO LIKE TO GET IN AND OPEN UP THE LANE WILL REALLY WANT THE NEW RADICAL PRIMO IN THEIR BAGS.”


ly good once the backends had settled down. We got lined up crossing 14 at the arrows out to five-board at the 46-foot breakpoint. We just had to be a little more up the back, because if we got around it too much, the Primo was too aggressive. This would be a good number two ball on this or other flatter Sport patterns. Radical lovers who like to get in and open up the lane will really want this ball in their bags. Bowlers with lower ball speeds looking for a strong finish will love this ball’s free back-end motion.


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