Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New for 2015 From Roto Grip

Roto Grip Hyper Cell Skid ™ Roto Grip has combined the Nucleus core with their 73MH Pearl Reactive coverstock Black/Gold/Violet to create a superhero of a bowling ball called the Hyper Cell Skid. This combination with a 1500 grit polish provides versatility and controlled power. This ball offers length with a heavy roll and major pin action.

Roto Grip’s new Unhinged is a 60M Coverstock, of Aquamarine pearl finished at 1500 and polished. The guts of the new Unhinged is the same as the Hysteria, Late Roll 69. 

Get straight to the point and leave no pin on the deck with the new Roto Grip Own It Red. With a traditional three piece core and a durable clear polyester coverstock, this new spare ball goes where you throw it.

The new Roto Grip balls will be released January 6, 2015. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Brunswick Bowling Balls Coming in December

The Brunswick Fortera™ Intrigue features the all new Fortify Hybrid Reactive coverstock. Brunswick suggests the new Intrigue is “the hottest creation based off our performance enhancing additive chemistry technology.”  Fortify Hybrid Reactive combines a new base coverstock with an enhanced additive package that will provide the easiest length with the quickest lateral traction of any coverstock to date.

The Melee™ Jab features 

Brunswick's new Savvy Hook Pearl Reactive is formulated to provide maximum versatility with more traction in oil for a pearl coverstock on a variety of lane conditions for all types of physical styles. This new formulation produces easy length through the heads with mid-lane traction and a powerful back-end reaction.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Storm Crux

Asymmetry is 'The Crux' 
For eight years running now, more professionals have included Storm in their arsenal than any other brand. They want the same thing as amateur bowlers—superior performance. With strong, consistent motion and energy through the pins, Storm bowling balls are incomparable.

The Catalyst™ Core is not only the latest groundbreaking technology, it is the sparkplug of this ball. It soon will be the stimulation of exceptional bowling. Its’ dynamic asymmetrical design will help you create more angle through the pocket. It’s been proven that increasing your entry-angle gives you a much wider margin for error that can lead to more strikes. Think Jason Belmonte or Pete Weber’s pin-action, you don't have to throw it like these pros but that is what you can expect from the Crux. 

And the ERG™ hybrid reactive cover stock is prepped to a 3000-grit, so bowlers like yourself can be rest assured that the Crux has decisive performance.

MOTIV Unveils Its Latest Ball - Forza

The new Helix™ Solid Reactive shell on the Forza™ is formulated to produce the friction required to read the mid-lane incredibly well, yet still display devastating continuation. This Exotic Orange and Steel Gray cover is finished at the factory with a 3000 Grit LSS tread.

Torx™ Weight Block Design - NEW!
The powerful new Torx™ engine driving the the Forza™ yields a 2.50 RG and .051 differential on the 15# model. This spec is new territory for the MOTIV product line.  The Torx design allows the Forza to rev up easily and produce over 5 inches of track flare.

NeoMark™ Badge Technology - NEW!
Patented NeoMark Graphics always give MOTIV® bowling balls a visually compelling look. And now, we are pushing the technology even further with the new Forza. It will be the first MOTIV® ball to feature our latest innovation - The NeoMark Badge.

World Wide Release Date: 12/1/14

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Columbia 300 Unveils The Meltdown and Deep Freeze

The new Columbia 300 Melt Down features one of the strongest cover formulas Columbia 300 has used. Bring-It MAX is extremely aggressive and will handle the heaviest of oil conditions. Columbia finished this eye popping blend of solid colors (Orange/Yellow/Purple) with 500/2000 grit Abralon™, giving an already strong cover some teeth to help handle those heavy patterns. Design intent for Heavy Oil Lane Condition. Core -  SD Medium RG.

The Deep Freeze is a great choice for pros all the way to new bowlers and offers perfect performance on dry lane conditions. The modified Messenger 2 core wrapped by New Era Reactive coverstock in Arctic Chill (blue) is designed for performance on dry lanes. The Deep Freeze features High RG and medium Differential with a finish of: 800, 1000, 2000, 4000 Abralon® With Factory Finish

Monday, November 3, 2014

Demoing The New Brunswick, DV8 and Radical Bowling Technologies

Brunswick seminar Monday October 13th. I rolled the DV8 Thug, Hooligan and Outcast, Radical Guru (wow) and Score, Brunswick Mastermind Intellect (wow), and Brute.

Lane conditions were standard bumper bowling house shot, but if you get in enough there was some oil (of course). Started by rolling a Roto Grip Defiant, my strongest personal ball, drilled mild. When I lined up very deep on the fresh pattern with the Defiant, I was impressed with the Guru and Intellect and their ability to handle the oil volume. The ball layouts are kind of neutral for the demo (typically the Pin is above the finger holes and Center of Gravity in or near the middle of grip, but they are lots stronger than my normal layouts.

I started with the Radical Technologies Guru and then Brunswick Mastermind Intellect, the two strongest balls I planned to demo. Both stood up to their hype. Big hooking balls remove oil from the lane quickly, so I didn’t want to wait to try them.

The Guru was easily as much ball as the Defiant and some more, and the demo layout actually helped get the ball down the lane for me, with more kick downlane. The Intellect is strong with a solid cover and compound finished veneer, unlike the original Mastermind with a 1500 dull finish. The Masterminds (original, Genius, and now Intellect) hook. I was very pleased with my reaction given the surface was finished smoother, as is my Defiant, but compound surface (smoother/shinier) handled the oil very well.

Next I was curious about the new DV8 Thug and Hooligan, then Outcast. On the house condition, with plenty of friction outside of second arrow, the DV8’s played well. Thanks to Legend Carmen Salvino for looking in and suggesting a couple things.

The stronger Thug core needed more room and looked like more speed than I could muster up the ditch but it got down the lane an reacted as expected. The Hooligan, and for me, the (Black/Green) Outcast played particularly well. I was very pleased at what I saw and I encourage players to come check them out.

The next products sampled were the Radical Score and Brunswick Brute. Radical is doing a “buy your loyalty” program to appeal to better bowlers offering a Prize fund for bowlers and shops. If a bowler shoots 300, they can get all or part of a Bounty set aside for the ball’s users. A Bowler wins but the pro shop who sold the ball gets an equal bonus. If this sounds familiar it’s from the former 900 Global President Phil Cardinale, now president at Radical Technologies, who did the same promotion with the 900 Global Bounty, a few years ago.  The Score rolled well, as I expected. You don’t throw money at a product promotion unless you know you have something special. The shiny Brute on the other hand joined the DV8 balls as unexpectedly easy to get down the lane with nice pop at the pins. Again, the layout is not what I usually use but it worked well (who would have guessed) for most of the bowlers, on the shot put out at Brunswick Zone, Woodridge.

New Storm IQ Ball, the Nano Coming in December

Surprisingly, on the heels of an intricate roll-out for the new Storm Crux, Storm reveals that new in December is the IQ Tour Nano. Used during the recent PBA World Series of Bowling, you will see the ball on the ESPN broadcasts later this winter. 

The NRG Solid Reactive Nano coverstock is Black/Hunter/Red and surrounds the IQ series C3TM (Centripetal Control Core). Apple Cider fragrance comes from the veneer that is finished at 4000-grit using Abralon Pads. 

World Wide Release Date: 12/9/14

The New TRACK Tour SIC

Introduced one day before it is to be available today (10/21/2014), the new TRACK Tour SIC features the symmetric I-core. 

Utilizing dark blue MR-6 Solid reactive coverstock, the Tour SIC is finished 500, 3000 ABRALON®. 

Designed for medium oil, the Tour SIC has a single density I-core like the Spare+, modified from Dual Density versions used in the Mx16, and Lx16. 

Ebonite's New Salute

Ebonite introduces the Salute. 

The Salute features a Big Time Hybrid 80/20 black solid / silver pearl covered, reactive ball which surrounds a symmetric “Adrenaline” core. 

Designed for medium conditions the Salute is finished 500 / 1000 Abralon® with Power House Factory Finish.

The Bad Ass, Hammer's New High Performance Ball

Bowling's first R rated bowling ball, The Hammer Bad Ass

The Bad Ass utilizes the Juiced Solid Cover with the new Spheroid core that gives hammerheads a huge backend motion. 

The Bad Ass comes finished at 500/2000 and factory finish polish making it easy to retain energy for where you need it most, on the backend. Using the Flex Resin poured core system provides better energy flow throughout the ball and the carbon fiber outer also makes this ball the toughest ball in bowling with a 3 year warranty. 

Available 10-14-2014.

New Balls From DV8

From DV8 look for the new HP Thug. The Black /Orange /Silver Pearl coverstock is Class 13F Reactive finished with 500 Siaair Micro Pad and Royal Compound. The core is the Thug Low RG. The new Thug and the other DV8 offerings will be available October 29th.

DV8’s new HOOLIGAN is reactive Red Pearl/Yellow Pearl Class 3F Reactive veneer finished 500 Siaair Micro Pad, Royal Compound, and Royal Shine wrapping the Hooligan core. Design intent from DV8 is to compete with the mid performance ball category, and after demoing the ball, this offering is a solid performer on the “Typical House Shot” lane condition.


DV8 OUTCAST BLACK CITRON expands the entry level category for DV8. Expanding on the Misfit line, the Black Citron, Mango Tango, and Melon Baller feature Class 1 Reactive coverstock and the Outcast core. The new entries are all finished very smooth with 500 Siaair Micro Pad, Royal Compound, and Royal Shine.

New Radical Bowling Balls

From Radical Bowling: “Our newest release in the Top Shelf category is the all black solid Guru, and it’s a real game changer for the Radical Brand.  We have an all new patented Scoop core design that offers even more performance than the core technology used in the Reax line.  Not that this wouldn’t be enough, but we have employed the use of some new additives that offer even greater traction than any of our previous covers.  The combination of the new core and cover results in the most hook of any Radical ball to date.  Hook is great, but the best part of the Guru aside from the name is the overall continuation and the power it has going through the pins.”   

The Score core is Asymmetric. The cover, Dark Purple / Light Purple, is finished 500 and 1,500 Siaair Micro Pad and finished with Royal Compound. The Score is the new release in the Reliable price point.  The Score uses the original Reax core with a cover that will clear the fronts cleaner, and this combination creates a stronger, cleaner, heavy rolling ball.  Radical’s design intent is “superior performance at a reasonable price.”