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Hmr_ChalkSurface finish: Box with very light 1000 abralon
Layout: 60 x 4 1/4″ x 45
PAP: 3 15/16″ over and 1 5/16″ up
Speed: 18mph
Revrate: 340 rpm
RG: 2.48
Diff: 0.056

Ball review:

The Chalk really uses the big, angular backend from Taboo Jet Black. The Chalk is very clean through the fronts and makes a very strong move on the backend. It needs some friction to be controllable and able to carry, but it will be a great ball when the pattern has been opened up and there’s a spot to throw at.

This ball is by far one of the cleanest and most angular balls in the medium to medium-strong range that I have seen in some time.

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Ebonite Champion

by Thomas Larsen on 26. February 2013

in Ebonite

Surface finish: Box
Layout: 55 x 4 1/2″ x 80
PAP: 3 15/16″ over and 1 5/16″ up
Speed: 
17 mph
Revrate: 
340 rpm
RG: 250
Diff: 0.055

Ball review:

I think the Champion is going to get a spot in my arsenal very quickly. It’s quite a different motion than most other balls in my arsenal. It’s strong, but makes a motion off the dry that is different from most other Ebonite balls. It reads the midlane, but still backends and continues. This allows it to get back from a lot of angle, because it retains energy very well, but without having a tendency to become over/under like weaker balls have a tendency to.

Champion also seems very versatile. More up the back and I can make it roll of the dry and a little more on the side and it will hook the entire lane. This is going to be a really good ball for a lot of lane conditions.

Track 503A

by Thomas Larsen on 26. February 2013

in Track Bowling

Surface finish: Box
Layout: 50 x 4 1/2″ x 75, small hole down
PAP: 3 15/16″ over and 1 5/16″ up
Speed: 17mph
Revrate: 340RPM
RG: 2.51
Diff: 0.057

 

Ball review:

The 503a uses the core from other 503 balls, but this time with a shiny cover and a much more skid/flid ball motion. First off I was a little disappointed with this ball, but when I tried to move 10 right it really started to make sense and I struck a lot.

The 503a is very good at getting through the fronts and midlane and is really good for going straight or staying close to the friction. This ball will do very well on dry lanes.

 

Surface finish: Box
Layout: 65 x 5″ x 45
PAP: 3 15/16″ over and 1 5/16″ up
Speed: 18mph
Revrate: 340 rpm
RG: 2.48
Diff: 0.056

Ball review:

I was very impressed by First Blood when I first threw it. It is very strong for a shiny ball and provides plenty of hook and backend. But it reads the midlane very well and the roll through the pins were amazing. It didn’t leave a whole lot of single pins standing.

The backend motion isn’t really snappy, but more of a very strong, hard arc with excellent continuation. I think it will be a very usable motion.

I think First Blood can handle a lot of different patterns depending on if you want to hook it or keep the line tighter.

Surface finish: Box
Layout: 45 x 4 1/2″ x 73
PAP: 3 15/16″ over and 1 5/16″ up
Speed: 18mph
Revrate: 340 rpm
RG: 2.48
Diff: 0.020


Ball review:

This is the ball I have been anxiously awaiting since the World Series in November! At the WSOB 2012 this ball made my tournament. Because of the low differential I could get this ball down the lane the same way as a shiny ball, but with a little surface on it I didn’t get the over/under that you sometimes see with shiny balls. Because of the low differential I also got more continuation than with higher differential, shiny balls.

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

Columbia 300 Vow

by Thomas Larsen on 9. January 2013

in Columbia 300

Surface finish: Box
Layout: 45 x 4 1/4″ x 75
PAP: 3 15/16″ over and 1 5/16″ up
Speed: 18mph
Revrate: 340 rpm
RG: 2.47
Diff: 0.057

Ball review:

The Vow continues the great success of the Omen and Oath, but with an entirely different motion. Where Omen and Oath were very smooth, but the Vow creates a lot of length and skid/snap motion. On the fresh Middle Road pattern which I tested it on the Vow was a little long, but as the pattern broke down more and more the Vow got better and better. Definitely a new option in the Columbia 300 line and a great piece if the Eruptions aren’t quite enough.

Ebonite Exceed

by Thomas Larsen on 2. January 2013

in Ebonite

Surface finish: Box
Layout: 55 x 5″ x 45″, hole 1/2″ over PAP
PAP: 3 15/16″ over and 1 5/16″ up
Speed: 18mph
Revrate: 340 rpm
RG: 2.49
Diff: 0.046

 

Ball review:

The Exceed has a lot of the same motion as Innovate, but with an earlier motion, which allows it to handle more oil. Exceed can handle a higher volume of oil and can therefore be used earlier in a block than Innovate and then you can move to the Innovate when the lanes get drier.

The Exceed will excel when you need to hook the ball from inside on medium-long or longer patterns. A great ball in between the strongest high performance balls like the Challenge and the cleaner balls like Innovate.


Hammer Wrench

by Thomas Larsen on 19. November 2012

in Hammer Bowling

Surface finish: Box
Layout: 35 x 5″ x 75, hole down
PAP: 3 15/16″ over and 1 5/16″ up
Speed: 18mph
Revrate: 340 rpm
RG: 2.50
Diff: 0.052


Ball review:

The new Wrench fits just underneath the Ratchet with more length and a little less hook. Wrench gets through the dry nicely, but still picks up in the midlane and has a rolly backend. This allows for playing a little bit straighter lines with it than the big backend monsters.

Wrench will do well after a couple of games, when you need to get the ball through the fronts, but still can’t open up the entire lane.


Hammer Arson Hybrid

by Thomas Larsen on 19. November 2012

in Hammer Bowling

Surface finish: Box
Layout: 55 x 5″ x 45
PAP: 3 15/16″ over and 1 5/16″ up
Speed: 18mph
Revrate: 340 rpm
RG: 2.48
Diff: 0.045


Ball review:

The new Arson Hybrid combines a lot of what was great about the two previous Arsons. A medium-strength ball with a rounded backend motion, that is very versatile.

The Arson Hybrid is fairly clean through the fronts and midlanes and creates a strong, but very controllable backend motion. It will fair well on most medium conditions and will surely also be an option on shorter patterns.

Arson Hybrid will also handle transition well, because of it’s controllable and rolly motion.


Ebonite Persevere

by Thomas Larsen on 22. October 2012

in Ebonite

Surface finish: Box
Layout: 35 x 4 1/4″ x 45
PAP: 3 15/16″ over and 1 5/16″ up
Speed: 18mph
Revrate: 340 rpm
RG: 2.50
Diff: 0.051

Ball review:

The Persevere is the newest installment in the mid price line after the Endure.

The Persevere is a medium-strong ball with great midlane and a strong, but rolly backend like most of Ebonites great mid-performance balls.

Compared to the Endure the Persevere is a little longer with a more continuos backend. Where the Endure has a tendency to rev up really quickly and strongly and hook-set the Persevere has a slower response time and a smoother and longer arc.


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