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Arson Low Flare

by Michael Bai on 8. January 2013

in Hammer Bowling

Surface finish: Box
Layout: –
PAP: 5 1/8 x 0
Speed: 18mph
Revrate: 350 rpm
RG: 2.48
Diff: 0.020


Ball review:

I drilled this Arson strong due to the low flare nature of the core. What I got was a very predictable and stable reaction. The back end is strong enough to handle some oil volume but this piece will shine on shorter patterns and medium volumes. Stronger releases will like the control off the break point on wet/dry patterns.

Hammer First Blood

by Michael Bai on 8. January 2013

in Hammer Bowling

Surface finish: Box
Layout: –
PAP: 5 1/8 x 0
Speed: 18mph
Revrate: 350 rpm
RG: 2.48
Diff: 0.056
Ball review:

This ball is deceptively strong in box condition. I usually get over/under reaction on the fresh test pattern when using shiny balls. The First Blood read the pattern nicely from the first shot and kept reacting throughout the entire session. I just kept moving left when the oil started to disappear and the First Blood kept coming back. I ended up against the ball return and The First Blood showed no sign of quitting on the back end. Normally when I see good reaction on the fresh I lose carry and back end as the oil goes away.  I don’t quite know how to describe the reaction as it seemed to react somewhat like a dull ball on the fresh and more like a shiny ball on the burn. I am excited about this one!

Track 714C

by Michael Bai on 13. December 2012

in Track Bowling

Surface finish: Box
Layout: –
PAP: 5 1/8 x 0
Speed: 18mph
Revrate: 350 rpm
RG: 2.52
Diff: 0.052


Ball review:

The 714C rolls a lot like my 505T, which still gets a lot of use. The 714C is stronger and a little more responsive on the backend but it is still very predictable. It blended out the fresh test pattern nicely and I could move left as the oil disappeared but once I got past the 3rd arrow I began losing carry and my room for error shrunk. For me this is a solid “first ball out of the bag” type of ball and it will surely find its way into my tournament arsenal.


Ebonite Exceed

by Michael Bai on 13. December 2012

in Ebonite

Surface finish: Box
Layout: –
PAP: 5 1/8 x 0
Speed: 18mph
Revrate: 350 rpm
RG: 2.49
Diff: 0.046

Ball review:

This is the follow up to the Innovate. It has a stronger cover and is finished at a lower grit. The Innovate is all about the back end and while the Exceed does turn the corner hard it reads the midlane much earlier. For me the Exceed gives me the look of the Innovate on heavier patterns. If you liked the Innovate and need something for longer/heavier patterns the Exceed is for you.


Columbia 300 Enigma

by Michael Bai on 13. December 2012

in Columbia 300

Surface finish: Box
Layout: –
PAP: 5 1/8 x 0
Speed: 18mph
Revrate: 350 rpm
RG: 2.50
Diff: 0.052

 

Ball review:

This is one hooking ball. The Enigma reads the front and midlane like my Dark Encounter but the backend is stronger than the Wicked Encounter. I had to keep my speed up even on the fresh test pattern in order to stay in the pocket. I’m looking forward to use this one on longer heavier patterns as I suspect it will excel here.

Hammer Wrench

by Michael Bai on 8. November 2012

in Hammer Bowling

Surface finish: Box
Layout: –
PAP: 5 1/8 x 0
Speed: 18mph
Revrate: 350 rpm
RG: 2.50
Diff: 0.052


Ball review:

The Wrench fits nicely just under the Ratchet. It has easy length with a strong backend. I like this ball when the lanes break down and I need to move left but keep the break point far right. It does read the mid lane fairly well which keeps it from being over under and lets me stay in control. If you liked the Ratchet but need something for when it starts checking up too early take a look at the Wrench it will probably be the ball you’re looking for.

Hammer Arson Hybrid

by Michael Bai on 8. November 2012

in Hammer Bowling

Surface finish: Box
Layout: –
PAP: 5 1/8 x 0
Speed: 18mph
Revrate: 350 rpm
RG: 2.48
Diff: 0.045


Ball review:

I laid this Arson out similar to the original Arson. I basically ended up with the same ball. I did test the hybrid against the original and couldn’t quite see a difference. Maybe I saw slightly more length and slightly more backend from the hybrid but I’m not quite sure. This is my Arson review but for me it also applies to the Arson Hybrid: Very smooth arcing ball. I saw no jump from this ball at all. It does hook but it is a little less than expected. It is very good for blending out very wet/dry conditions. It is best suited for medium to medium/heavy patterns. I suspect that with a stronger layout and perhaps a surface change this will shine on higher volume patterns where control is a must.


Ebonite Persevere

by Michael Bai on 29. October 2012

in Ebonite

Surface finish: Box
Layout: See picture
PAP: 5 1/8 x 0
Speed: 18mph
Revrate: 350 rpm
RG: 2.50
Diff: 0.051

Ball review:

Persevere is the new addition to Ebonite’s mid price line of balls. The two previous entries (Endure and Elevate) didn’t see much use from me. I guess third time is the charm because the Persevere combines the roll from the Endure with the backend motion of the Elevate which results in a ball that is very versatile. With lower end balls I usually see over/under reaction on the fresh 39ft. test pattern but the Persevere just blended out the pattern and let me strike from the first shot.

I was able to keep chasing the oil line left and I saw no loss of hitting power as I was getting deeper. The Persevere will definitely be added to my bag. If you are looking for a ball that hook less than the high performance balls but still is controllable and has enough back end to be useful when moving inside, the Persevere will be the ball for you

Surface finish: Box
Layout: –
PAP: 5 1/8 x 0
Speed: 
18mph
Revrate: 
350 rpm
RG:
 2.46
Diff: 0.040

Ball review:

Mass Eruption – box condition – After two polished pearl releases in the Eruption line it is now time for an Eruption with more surface and a hybrid cover. The new Mass Eruption features once again the Resurgence core, a proven and high performing core. The cover is still the New Era but this time it’s a hybrid formulation. I find its reaction way stronger than the last two Eruptions, stronger on both the midlane and backend. It mostly resembles the Outburst but it’s a few boards stronger on the back end.

It reacts well to release changes so it allows me to use a lot of different angles through the fronts and still be able to have power at the pins. It struggles a little bit on fresh lanes but i suspect a surface change will make it a perfect first ball out of the bag. The Mass Eruption will certainly be in contention for most bang for the buck in the mid price line.

Track 811C/T

by Michael Bai on 16. October 2012

in Track Bowling

Surface finish: Box
Layout: –
PAP: 5 1/8 x 0
Speed: 18mph
Revrate: 350 rpm
RG: 2.50
Diff: 0.046

Ball review:

When I opened the 811C/T’s box the cover prep stood out. It didn’t look like the normal 4000 Abralon finish, it actually looked like it was finished with a higher grit. According to the spec sheet the new hybrid cover is unique and maybe that’s why it looked the way it did. I liked my 811A very much but I decided to go with a little weaker layout on this one since the 811A sometimes would lose rotation too fast. And with this more responsive cover I feared it would bee too much over/under for me. On the fresh the ball was pretty much useless.

I had big time over/under reaction and regardless of release changes and moving around, the 811C/T just wouldn’t be controlled. I also saw the lane oil was sitting on the surface longer than normal for a 4000 grit cover prep. I was about to hit the surface with 1000 grit when I tried to go the lane where I burned a big hole with my Challenge and Pursuit. All of a sudden the 811C/T was a beast! All the over/under had disappeared and I couldn’t miss even if I tried. Apparently the 811C/T in box condition needs some friction go get it going and once it starts it just doesn’t quit.

I saw way more recovery and continuation than I have seen in quite some time. The 912T is close but it isn’t as clean through the front and it also less angular on the backend. Out of the box the 811C/T isn’t an oil lover and it will probably struggle on longer patterns too, a surface change will surely make it handle oil better but that’s what the 912T is for. On mediums and broken down patterns is where this ball excels so why try to make it become something it’s not? Find friction move in and throw at the friction and watch the 811C/T work its magic.


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