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Ball Review Jet: Burner

Hook 48 • Length15 • Breakpoint Shape 15.5

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“The Burner offers players a reaction from a solid not seen in our line-up before,” says Shellie Crossett. “It’s a medium to medium- heavy oil ball with a more angular movement and a very controlled backend. The ball has exceptional carry and reads the midlane very well on fresh or in transition.”

Core Design: The symmetrical core design

promotes some front-lane lope, with a stronger move near the breakpoint. The RG is medium at 2.54 and the differential strong at .054. We saw nearly 6 inches of track flare with our 3- and 4-inch pin distance layouts.

Coverstock: The Burner’s coverstock is called SR-T solid reactive. The factory finish is sanded with 1500 grit and high polished. This cover has a quick response off friction, with a limited amount of oil traction. Colors are a vibrant blend of vivid yellow and intense orange. The Ra measures 1.75. The effective surface grit reads 5150.

Test Results: The Burner created a motion shape we all love — a strong, late, hard-charging arc. The usability of the cover appears to be best on light to medium oil volumes, or after some transition occurs on heavier volume patterns. The core/ cover combo easily negotiates the fronts and midlane, and adheres to friction areas downlane. We saw very good looks on shorter patterns of 35 to 39 feet in length, as the Burner came roaring back hard

from outside breakpoints near the 4th to 8th boards. Naturally, we opened up our launch angles and banked the rim, a la Jason Belmonte. Down-and-in players may be better served with Jet’s more conservative Pilot ball.

When to Use: The Burner is an all- purpose polished solid which is usable on the vast majority of medium volume house and/or Sport lane conditions. We felt heavier volume patterns caused too much length and late lane wiggle. Sanding the surface down to 500-2000 rectified this issue, as the Burner read the pattern more quickly and securely. At box finish, we loved the Burner after some burn occurred, as it gave us above-average recovery downlane with very good pin carry.


Ebonite: Champion Hook 52 • Length 15 • Breakpoint Shape 16.5

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“The intent of the

Champion was to have a great performing, pol- ished, high-performance product from the Ebonite brand,” says Brand Manager Ed Gallagher. “We had not had one in years, and the prod- uct had to deliver the attri- butes we know bowlers look for — a great looking ball that does not roll too quickly, can be used in mul- tiple environments and, most

importantly, delivers motion downlane. The Champion delivers that and more. It is my favorite ball in the past five years from Ebonite.”

Core Design: Powering the

Champion is the AXS asymmetric core. The RG is 2.50, with a .055 differential. The PSA strength is low at .007. This core produced 6 inches of track flare with our 60x4x30 dual angle layout. The pin-down 40x4x65 layout produced 5 inches of flare.

Coverstock: The RCS reactive pearl coverstock responds aggressively off drier areas. Oil traction is average. Colors are a vibrant mix of black, light blue and red. The factory finish is sand- ed with 500, 500, 500 and 1500 grit,

then highly polished. The Ra value is 2.0. The surface grit reading is 5300.

Test Results: The Champion performed quite differently from what we’ve learned to expect from Ebonite. This time around, the motion was decidedly quicker and stronger in the final 20 feet of the lane. The core/cover marriage is sure to satisfy those looking to open up a pattern and create added angle of entry. The Champion reacted one to two boards stronger than the Exceed (January 2013) and with added angularity. Our test group felt this ball pro- vided the strongest back-end motion from an Ebonite product since the original “The One,” introduced in 2006, and “The Angular One” from 2007.

When to Use: We prefer to use most skid/flip balls like the Champion after transition occurs as we chase the pattern inside. On fresh patterns, the back-end motion shape is too strong for our test group with the polished box finish. A light sanding with a 2000 or 4000 pad will create an earlier breakpoint with a more tempered motion downlane. Pay attention to your layout choice, as our testing found a much stronger move from our pin-above drilling than with a smoother pin-below-the-fingers layout.

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