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Surface finish: Box
Layout: 40 – 4,5 – 65
PAP: 5″
Speed: 25 kmh
Revrate: 350 rpm
RG: 2.48
Diff: 0.020


Ball review:

Pattern:  Kegel Broadway and Sunset Strip, WTBA Beijing

The Hammer Arson Low Flare completes the Arson Series.

If you like the Arson Series, here is the answer for the shorter pattern. If you drill the Low Flare a little bit stronger, you can also play him on some medium pattern.

This layout allowed me, to play pattern from short till medium. Strong roll and controllable backend. After a few games on medium pattern, normally you must go away from the track. But not with the Arson Low Flare. If I need the Arson Low Flare more for the shorter pattern, I made a little surface adjustment ( put polish down ).

Hammer Arson Low Flare

C300_The-ClassicSurface finish: 500
Layout: –
PAP: 5½” out – 1/8″ up
Speed: 19 mph
Revrate: 350 rpm
RG: 2.46
Diff: 0.043


Ball review:

The Classic U2 is the newest urethane launch from Columbia 300 (including the three other Ebonite brands). The U2 has the old wellknown Resurgence core and makes it great for lower rev players that have not been able to throw urethane so far. Mine is drilled to be strong in the midlane and yet with a lot of continuation, and that is exactly what it does. Compared to my Blue Hammer it hooks a lot more in the backend and works as a great complement. I would say that the Classic U2 is a bit more Versatile as it works both on the fresh and for when it gets dry. It has the original unique look , however with some slight reactive ball motion which makes it ideal for todays short patterns.

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Surface finish: Box
Layout: –
PAP: 5½” out – 1/8″ up
Speed: 19 mph
Revrate: 350 rpm
RG: 2.48
Diff: 0.020


Ball review:

The Arson Low Flare is a great ball!

I really liked the original Arson, but got a bit dissapointed with Arson Pearl and Hybrid so it was with mixed feelings when testing this ball. Mine is drilled exactly like the other ones, pin over fingers and cg in the middle of the hand and just after a few shots you could see this typical Arson motion. It reminds me a lot about the original Arson (not a bad thing) and hooks 3-5 boards more than the Pearl and Hybrid.

The best thing about the Arson Low Flare is its versatility, I have used it on various patterns in all different lengths and volume of oil. Even though the box surface is quite shiny it recovers nicely in the midlane and doesn´t overreact in the backend – the basic characteristic of all Arsons.

I was excited to see this ball in Europe with higher volumes of oil. Although it might be a little weak for the fresh the Arson Low Flare will do well when the pattern has transitioned a little. Arson Low Flare will be able to get through the dry and control it and you can stay further right.

The Arson Low Flare is a ball every tournament bowler should have in there bag, because it’s different from everything else. With a 4″-4 1/2″ layout I’m sure everyone will be able to see great results with this ball.

Tested on Winding Road – Brunswick Pro Anvilane

Surface finish: Box (1000-2000)
Layout: –
PAP: 5½” out – 1/8″ up
Speed: 19 mph
Revrate: 350 rpm
RG: 2.47
Diff: 0.057

Ball review:

The Vow is the newest launch from Columbia 300 and it is all about backend. The combination of a Bend-it-Pearl core, shiny surface and an aggressive drilling (Pin over right finger and cg inside the hand) makes my ball go easily through the first part of the lane and saving a lot of energy to knock down all the pins at the deck. For the longer patterns I have dulled it with a 1000-2000 abralon to start a bit earlier but it still recovers nicely to the pocket.

Track 300A

by Frederik Øhrgaard on 20. March 2013

in Track Bowling

Track300ASurface finish: Box
Layout: 5½” out – 1/8″ up
PAP:  5½” out – 1/8″ up
Speed: 19 mph
Revrate: 350RPM
RG: 2.57
Diff: 0.029

 

Ball review:

I have been very pleased with the 300C for shorter lane conditions and used it in several championships, as it is a quite weak bowling ball and works almost as a urethane (however with more backend) when using a 500 grit on it. I was therefore very excited to test the 300A which is supposed to complement the 300C and 300T. The 300A has the same core as the 300C and thus a very steady and realible motion, yet with a bit more reaction at the end part of the lane due to the shiny surface. Mine is drilled in the exact same way as the 300C (pin under right finger, cg out and big balance hole) and it complements my 300C perfectly for when the lanes start to break down and time to open up the angle a bit more. It is still a weak bowling ball so I haven´t managed to hook the entire lane with it, but that is exactly why I like it.

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Surface finish: Box
Layout: –
PAP: 5½” out – 1/8″ up
Speed: 19mph
Revrate: 350 rpm
RG: 2.50
Diff: 0.052

 

Ball review:

The Enigma is a strong rolling bowling ball and perfect on fresh and longer oil patterns. I have used mine mainly on the long WTBA patterns and is great in the first couple of games to have maximum control. The quite dull surface from box and the great Encounter core makes it very versatile since it won´t do something unexpected. I would rate it to be 3-4 boards stronger overall than the Dark Encounter, however this one with earlier roll. I normally prefer symmetric balls for the longer patterns and this is no exception.

Track 503A

by Frederik Øhrgaard on 20. March 2013

in Track Bowling

Surface finish: Box
Layout: 5½” out – 1/8″ up
PAP:  5½” out – 1/8″ up
Speed: 19 mph
Revrate: 350RPM
RG: 2.51
Diff: 0.057

 

Ball review:

The 503A is a great ball for players looking for a more skid-flip reaction and for when the lanes start to break down a bit. I have been a keen user of the other balls in the 500-series and the motion of this ball is somewhat the same, however with a shiny surface from box. At first it didn´t do much for me, but after a few games I started to see the reaction I was looking for (and thus also why it is now my benchmark ball in my local center). I think it works best for when the lanes are dry, start to break down or shorter profiles.

 

Surface finish: Box
Layout: 65 x 5″ x 45
PAP: 5½” out – 1/8″ up
Speed: 
19 mph
Revrate: 
340-360 rpm
RG: 2.48
Diff: 0.056

Ball review:

I have really been pleased with this ball and it gets better and better for every time I play with it. It is one of the most aggressive bowling balls I have tested this year and it kicks A LOT. It allows me to play very deep inside the lane and giving me angles that I am normally not used to play. I think it works great both on fresh and burn as long you are allowed to play with open angles. I would recommend this ball to almost all kind of players and especially to those who have relatively high ball speed and/or lower rev rates.

Ebonite Exceed

by Frederik Øhrgaard on 16. January 2013

in Ebonite

Surface finish: Box
Layout: –
PAP: 5½” out – 1/8″ up
Speed: 
19 mph
Revrate: 
340-360 rpm
RG: 2.49
Diff: 0.046

 

Ball review:

The Exceed is a great ball in competitions where the lanes are a bit tough. I have used mine mostly on fresh patterns and gives me the necessary control and yet backend. After having it in the ball spinner with a fresh 2000 abralon it is great on medium to long patterns.


Surface finish: Box
Layout: –
PAP: 5½” out – 1/8″ up
Speed: 
19 mph
Revrate: 
340-360 rpm
RG: 2.48
Diff: 0.045


Ball review:

The Arson Hybrid from Hammer is a combination of the original Arson and Arson Pearl. I have drilled mine exactly like the others Arsons and it has the same great ball motion that can be used on almost all oil patterns. The name of this Arson reflects perfectly to what this ball doing – a clean but mid lane rolling ball. My Arson Pearl has a great clean ball motion but I sometimes have problems with carry and the Arson Hybrid solves this problem for me since it is rolling a few feet earlier on the lane. In comparison to the other Arsons, this hooks slightly less than the original Arson but a bit more than the Arson Pearl.



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