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Ball Review RADICAL: RAVE 50.5 Hook 16 Length 16.5 Breakpoint Shape


Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Rave is a fresh start to our EZ-Use line,” says Radical’s Mo Pinel. “Our goal at this price point is to create ball motion that is ideal for a medium to lighter oiled lane condition, yet have more than enough per- formance to give added value. We have a new and improved core design and a very versatile cover, making it appealing to all bowling styles and talent levels.”


Core: The symmetrical core with Scoop Technology produces an RG of 2.522 and differen- tial of .049. We saw 3 to 4 inches of flare.


Coverstock: The burgundy and silver pearl cov- erstock is sanded with a 500 grit SiaAir Micro Pad and topped off with Royal Compound. We mea- sured a 1.80 RA and 5380 effective surface grit.


Overview: The sharp-looking Rave is a good all-around ball on all the patterns we use for test- ing. On the lighter house pattern, we played closer to the track area and opened up the lane without any over-reaction on the backend, but with a strong continuation through the pins. We crossed 15 at the arrows out to six- or seven-board at the 45-foot breakpoint on our CATS, with hold left and miss room right. We were surprised by the boards this benchmark ball covered on this lighter volume pat- tern. On the Stone Street pattern, we played the oil line more directly, but the length didn’t give us too much trouble by leaving corner pins. We crossed 10-11 at the arrows out to seven-board at the 45-foot breakpoint. When we missed in, the Rave still held its line and rolled off the backend for pretty good carry. We were four boards right with our feet compared with the Grease Monkey Whack (March


“THE SHARP-LOOKING RAVE IS A GOOD ALL-AROUND BALL ON ALL THE PATTERNS WE USE FOR TESTING.”


2015). This ball would be a good choice on the fresh USBC Open pattern, as it held the line to the pocket nicely. We crossed 12 at the arrows to seven-board at the 45-foot breakpoint. The smoothness and con- tinuation off the breakpoint make the Rave especial- ly effective on lighter and Sport patterns. Bowlers with higher rev rates will love the motion off the pattern, and those with slower ball speeds will real- ly enjoy the push through the fronts. This is a good benchmark ball and a good successor to the Grease Monkey (February 2014), with a little more length and more continuation through the pins.


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