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Track Alias

by Jamie McDermott on 16. April 2018

in Track Bowling

Surface finish: Box, 2000 Abralon
Layout: 55 x 5 x 75
PAP: 4 1/8 over, 5/8 up
Speed: 26 mph
Revrate: 460 rpm
RG: 2.49
Diff: 0.054

Ball review

With the introduction of the new Alias, Track have allowed bowlers to throw a high-end ball with both an asymmetrical and a symmetrical layout, not only that but due to the core being the same in all weights and the lower top weights, a balance hole is rarely required.

I selected an asymmetrical Layout, with pin below the middle finger and no weight hole.
A very strong addition to the already great Track lineup. The alias is around 8-10 boards stronger than my Paradox Black and reacts very well to surface and hand changes.

My recommendation – a terrific piece of equipment suited to many different styles and conditions.

Finish: Box, 1000 Abralon
Layout: 60 x 4 7/8 x 70
PAP: 4 1/8 over, 5/8 up
Speed: 26 kmh
Revrate: 460 RPM
RG: 2.48
Diff: 0.054

Ball review:

The Rip’d Pearl is a very versatile Pearl Ball.
I went with a pin down layout and placed the Mass Bias directly on my VAL.
After testing the ball on a couple of house patterns, I changed the surface to a 1000 Abralon for sport patterns.

The ball is very quick response downlane and reacts the dry spots well and maintans alot of energy downlane. I was able to manipulate my hand position and move inside with the ball without losing any energy downlane.

My recommendation – If you are looking for an an asymmetrical Ball with versatility, then look no further!

Surface finish: Box
Layout: 60 x 4 1/2 x 40
PAP: 4 1/8 over, 5/8 up
Speed: 26 mph
Revrate: 460 rpm
RG: 2.48
Diff: 0.048

Ball review

The Spheroid Core is back!
With the combination of core / coverstock, Hammer have produced a winner!

Very clean through the front part of the lanes, retains alot of energy and is suited to many styles…what else do you need in a bowling ball.

The Rhodman Pearl compliments the Fierce Phobia and Diesel perfectly when the lanes start to transition and the more grittier balls start to hook too early, the Rhodman Pearl will push past the dry spot with ease!

Ebonite Verdict Pearl

by Jamie McDermott on 26. February 2018

in Ebonite

Finish: Box
Layout: 55 x 4 1/2 x 45
PAP: 4 1/8 over, 5/8 up
Speed: 26 kmh
Revrate: 460 RPM
RG: 2.48
Diff: 0.055

Ball review:

After the success of the new Justice Core in the Verdict, I was looking forward to testing the new Pearl version. I also went with a pin-up layout with a balance hole and was very surprised as to how smooth and controllable the ball reacted.

The Verdict Pearl offers a similar ball motion to the Affinity, but on higher volume / longer oil patterns and acts as a perfect partner in crime.

My verdict – Get your Justice against the pins and get one of these!

Finish: Box
Layout: 60 x 5 1 / 2 x 55
PAP: 4 1/8 over, 5/8 up
Speed: 26 kmh
Revrate: 460 RPM
RG: 2.50
Diff: 0.050

Ball review:

The Gauntlet Fury is the pearl version to compliment the original Gauntlet.
This ball gets down lane alot cleaner than the Scandal Pearl and retains good energy towards the end of oil patterns.

My recommendation: A great ball for speed dominant players and players with less hand.

Finish: Box, 1000 Abralon
Layout: 45 x 4 1/2 x 65
PAP: 4 1/8 over, 5/8 up
Speed: 26 kmh
Revrate: 460 RPM
RG: 2.49
Diff: 0.054

Ball review:

I went with a pin down layout with a balance hole (5 across, 2 down) to smooth out the ball motion, as the original Phobia was very skid / snap for me.

The Fierce Phobia is a terrific addition to the upper-mid Range from Hammer Bowling. The ball offers alot of control and is in play on a variety of different patterns from all over the lane.

My recommendation – a terrific all-rounder suited to all players, whether it be league nights on House Shots or Tournament Patterns. This ball will almost always be in play.

Surface finish: box
Layout: 55 x 5 x 45
PAP: 4 1/8 over, 5/8 up
Speed: 26 mph
Revrate: 460 rpm
RG: 2.47
Diff: 0.052

Ball review:

I went with a pin up layout and wanted to compare this ball to a symmetrical ball so I went with the same layout as my Hammer Rebel (55 x 5 x 45).

I have already tested the Lit Pearl on 2 sport patterns (WTBA Montreal and Route 66) and the first results are very impressive. The Lit Pearl has the same amount – if not more – of hitting power as the solid version but I prefer the way the Pearl ball reacts downlane. I changed the surface (1000 Abralon) in order to create a slightly earlier downlane reaction and the results were very good. The small surface change allowed me to open up my angles and not having to worry about the ball shooting past the breakpoint.

In my opinion a very good addition to the already terrific C300 line-up.

Finish: Box, 500 Abralon
Layout: 35 x 4 x 40
PAP: 4 1/8 over, 5/8 up
Speed: 26 kmh
Revrate: 460 rpm
RG: 2.50
Diff: 0.058

Ball review:

As soon as I received word that this ball was coming, I was very excited! I love the Purple and Black Urethane releases.

I went with the exact same layout in the BW Urethane as the Black and Purple Urethanes
(pin above the ring finger with a balance hole), the results are unbelievable!! Not only does the Urethane flare like a reactive ball, but it carries just like a normal reactive ball.

I can throw the Black Widow Urethane on any pattern, from all over the lane and have no problems with the ball carrying through the pocket.

My recommendation – The BEST Urethane ball on the Market! Go and buy one – or two!

Finish: box, 2000 Abralon
Layout: 45 x 4 1/4 x 35
PAP: 4 1/8 over, 5/8 up
Speed: 26 kmh
Revrate: 460 RPM
RG: 2.48
Diff: 0.057

Ball review:

This is the BEST of the Paradox releases.
The Paradox Black doesn’t hook as much as some of the other HP balls on the Market, but offers something completely different in a high performance ball…control!
This ball has become my ‘Benchmark Ball’ and gives me a very honest read of the lanes.
The way the ball reads the mid-lanes is something that I am not used to an asymmetrical balls and offers a variety of new options on a number of oil patterns.

My recommendation – GET ONE!

Columbia 300 Lit

by Jamie McDermott on 20. January 2018

in Columbia 300

Surface finish: Box Finish
Layout: 50 x 4 3/4 x 45
PAP: 4 1/8 over, 5/8 up
Speed: 26 kmh
Revrate: 460 rpm
RG: 2.47
Diff: 0.052

Ball review:

This ball hooks…..alot!!
The combination of core and cover work perfectly here and this ball is best suited for higher volume and longer patterns and for players with less hand.

My recommendation – for players who struggle to get the ball to turn the corner, then this ball is the right choice for you.

 


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