Anneli Blomqvist

Finish: 2000
Layout: dual angle: 55×4 3/4×45
PAP: 6 over 1 up
Speed: 17.8 mph
Revrate: 370 rpm
RG: 2.49
Diff: 0.054

Ball review:

Fierce Phobia is a smooth ball that works very well on fresh and first transition medium patterns. The ball gives me a smooth controlled curve and rolls straight through the pins. I can use different releases to tweak the motion, without the ball becoming too sensitive. The ball works best staying outside of the third arrow, which is perfect for fresh

Finish: 2000
Layout: 70x5x30
PAP: 6 over 1 up
Speed: 17.8 mph
Revrate: 370 RPM
RG: 2.48
Diff: 0.054

Ball review:

This ball is strong and early, and it hooks, even with a lot of oil. The cover makes it read the lane despite a lot of oil, and then it turns quickly. I need the outside to be broken down, or a little bit of over under to be able to use the ball. In that case, I can move inside of everyone else and bounce the ball off the dry outside – Really well! It smooths out the over under reaction, with the cover starting early in the oil and the core taking over when it hits the dry.

Finish: Polish
Layout: 80*4 3/4*60
PAP: 6 over 1 up
Speed: 17.8 mph
Revrate: 370 RPM
RG: 2.48
Diff: 0.054

Ball review:

Rip’d works when the entire lane is a little bit broken down, and Rip’d Solid reacts too early. Despite being a shiny ball, the hybrid cover makes the ball useful earlier than I would expect. The Black Widow Gold has been a long time favorite, but sometimes, the lane is just not quite broken down enough for Black Widow Gold to get into play, and at that time the Rip’d is perfect. This is a ball to open the lane with, and it needs a little bit longer oil pattern.

Finish: Box
Layout: dual angle: 65x5x45 with xhole
PAP: 6 over 1 up
Speed: 17.8 mph
Revrate: 370 RPM
RG: 2.50
Diff: 0.050

Ball review:

My Gauntlet Fury goes longer than my Black Widow Gold and it jumps off the spot more than the Black Widow Gold. Despite the similarities in asymmetrical bowling balls with pearl cover and 2.50 RG, I find them very different. Black Widow Gold is more controllable, and Gauntlet Fury turns the corner. Gauntlet Fury is sometimes a little bit hard for me to control because it goes so long and hooks so much. I believe this is a ball that will be clean through the fronts at places with more friction and a good option to open the lane with around other bowlers that beat up the pattern

Finish: 500
Layout: dual angle: 60x5x45 with weigth hole
PAP: 6 over 1 up
Speed: 17.8 mph
Revrate: 370 rpm
RG: 2.50
Diff: 0.058

Ball review:

The Black Widow Urethane is the first ball I try on all (longer) short and medium patterns. It reads the lane early as urethane, but the core makes the ball continue to hook. The urethane cover makes the ball motion predictable and gives me confidence, especially on fresh, but it still goes great through the pins. The Black Widow Urethane gives me urethane predictability on longer patterns than Black and Purple Urethane and the core also makes me able to open the lane more than with the other urethane balls. I have bowled a full block of six games with this ball, I just kept chasing left and went around the ball a little bit more, and I could hook the lane with it.

The Black Widow Urethane combines the best of two worlds

Finish: 2000
Layout: Dual angle: 50*4*70 with weight hole
PAP: 6″ over 1″ up
Speed: 17,8 mph
Revrate: 370 RPM
RG: 2.48
Diff: 0.044

Ball review:

I’ve tried Rebel Yell on different medium patterns at five different bowling centers. I tested it with its shiny out of box surface at first, but it went too long and moved too many boards sideways for me, which I did not like. Therefore I have used surface, 2000, but also worn 1000 sometimes.

With more surface, Rebel Yell allows me to move a little deeper and open up the lane on fresh or some transition, with a smooth and controllable motion. The ball makes me able to hit the pocket and gives me hold when I miss in. With pearl cover, low RG, and surface it becomes a nice ball that fits just in between. It goes longer than my Rebel Solid, but hooks sooner and smoother than my other pearl balls. Also, knowing I can reduce the amount of surface if I’m at a center with more friction, makes the ball more versatile and a safe card to put in the bag when travelling to a tournament.

Hammer Diesel

by Anneli Blomqvist on 16. November 2017

in Hammer Bowling

Finish: 1000
Layout: dual angle: 50x4x50 with weight hole
PAP: 5 7/8 ovar and 7/8 up
Speed: 17,5 mph
Revrate: 370 RPM
RG: 2.51
Diff: 0.046

Ball review:

My Diesel gives me a bit more length than my Rebel Solid. However, with the out-of-box surface, I thought they gave me too similar looks to carry both in a six-ball arsenal. Therefore I tried to polish the Diesel in order to create a bigger difference. The shiny Diesel still hooked quite early, and now it was too sensitive. Instead, I tried to go the other way around and added more surface than out-of-box and now I was able to use the diesel at times I would have used Rebel Solid. The Diesel is still not as early as Rebel Solid, but by surface adjustments, it can partially replace it and at the same time be a more versatile ball that I can use both for fresh and some transition. I prefer using the ball on medium patterns while playing the lanes straighter on fairly fresh.

 

Finish: polish + 4000
Layout: Dual angle: 55×5 1/4×55 with weight hole
PAP: 5 7/8 ovar and 7/8 up
Speed: 17.5 mph
Revrate: 370 RPM
RG: 2.56
Diff: 0.030

Ball review:

Since Black Widow Gold has the same core as the Dark Legends, I decided to use the same dual angle layout as my beloved Dark Legend Solid. On this ball that puts the pin in the ring finger. That decision was a success, even though the ball is useful for a different condition due to the cover. I’ve knocked off the shine with a 4000 pad lightly by hand. However, I was still afraid a shiny and asymmetric ball would be way too crazy and too difficult for me to control, but that is not the case! It works really well at centers with a little bit more friction. The gold ball goes through the friction and hooks nicely without jumping off the spot. I’ve even been able to use it on fresh at a center with more friction. On lanes with less friction, the pattern needs to break down before this ball gets into use.


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