Headline: If you own this versatile ball, you will find a way to fit it into your bag.
Drilled 70x4.5x50 (puts pin in ring for me), hole 2" down VAL
Speed: 16-16.5 monitor
Medium axis rotation, slightly low tilt
PAP 5 and even
Goal: Being a two-handed bowler, I generally prefer a ball that isn't too jumpy. This ball was intended to go fairly long before making a smooth turn to the pocket on medium conditions. This is intended to be a benchmark, medium oil ball for me.
I first tried this ball at OOB (2000 + polish)
on a burnt THS and found it to be surprisingly jumpy off the spot. I expected the ball to be very smooth, but the friction on the lane combined with my rev rate turned this ball into a very hard arc. It wasn't QUITE the snap I was getting from my Euphoria, but it was pretty darn close. My reaction was comparable to my Motiv Primal Impulse. Not a true snap, but still a hard move off the spot. The lanes did have some carry down in the middle of the lane from the plastic chuckers that were on the pair before me, and the Blackout at box struggled with this. If I didn't get the ball out to where the friction was, the ball just kept sliding.
I didn't make any surface changes too quickly, figuring that the burnt/carrydown lanes were causing the reaction I was getting. However, I got the same reaction on the fresh shot that was laid down for my league that week. The lack of carrydown on the fresh shot helped the ball tremendously, and it never struggled to turn the corner on this light medium fresh shot, but it was still a hard arc that was a little too jumpy off the dry than what I drilled it for. If I didn't have the Euphoria, I probably would've left the ball alone and used it as my medium-light THS monster (though the reaction wasn't what I expected, I was shredding the rack). The reaction I was getting was pretty close to my Euphoria though, so off to the spinner it went.
I have since tried it at various surfaces:
: smoothed it out a little, but not as much as I wanted. Still more of a medium-light ball for me and still struggled to turn the corner when carry down was present.
: smoothed it out a lot and instantly solved all carry down problems. The ball was starting much earlier on the lane and turned into a true medium oil ball for me. Unfortunately, if the oil wasn't fresh the ball would start too early and ring 10 pins. At 1000 grit, the ball didn't like to play a big swing as much as it did before. (This surface DID handle long sport patterns great though, as I'll describe below.)
Needing a little more length but wanting to keep the strength of the 1000, I went with 500-2000 skip-a-grit. This gave me some additional length with more pop than true 2000ab. BINGO. This ball has become the most used ball in my bag since that switch. Fairly smooth, but still with plenty of pop. It handles fresh mediums and medium-lights perfectly and is my go-to ball for anything on the lighter side of medium when carrydown is present (which I see often in the summer when kids are out of school). At this surface, I have no problem moving left and swinging the ball (as you can see in the video below). It is the benchmark ball I was dreaming about when I bought it. I can use the ball on everything but heavy oil, short oil, and no oil.
WTBA Atlanta (38'): Ball was still OOB. Due to the jumpiness of the ball OOB for me, I was able to start with the ball with a big swing but had to put it down fairly quickly.
WTBA Paris (47'): Ball was at 1000. Surprisingly, this ball destroyed this pattern for me. Though long, the pattern is fairly low volume. I was able to keep the ball close to the headpin and the pin carry was fantastic. I had some tug room inside due to the puddle in the middle, but I was dead if I missed right. This was my best night of my sport league.
Cheetah: Ball at 2000. Too strong with my rev rate on this pattern. I had to use urethane on the Cheetah.
Scorpion: Ball at 2000. Had a pretty good look playing a small swing on the fresh (15 at arrows to about 8 at the break), but was better off with something stronger. Had a board of miss room inside, but could not miss right. I was able to use this ball much more effectively towards the end of the 6 game set.
Quick video (burnt THS at current 2000ab surface):