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Core: Halogen V2
Coverstock: Turmoil XP2 Hybrid
Box Finish: 5500 Grit LSP
Layout: 50 x 4 1/4 x 55
Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF)
What I was looking for was a ball for a low volume high friction surface that allowed me to play the track with little to no adjustments during a league night. What I got, just what I wanted. Top Thrill Hybrid allows me to play the same line and it blends the carry down very well giving me the shape I need to see in order to play my “A” game. You need something that is going to read your line and ignore the trash that is tracked across your line by others; the Top Thrill Hybrid does that very well.
This is one example of what I have seen with it throwing it in three leagues and one doubles shootout this week and I got the ball Wednesday. After noon league Thursday 6th frame 2nd game grabbed the Top Thrill Hybrid, only the second time I've thrown it, sheet (7 in a row) kept it for the 3rd game 9 of 12 strikes. There was no over under the Top Thrill Hybrid followed my line ignored everything to the break point and then made that ever so gentle turn to the 1 3 pocket and off the deck between the 8 9. The balls only problem is the operator’s execution.
Two of the three leagues I bowl with the same person on my team this year we dropped her down to 12 lbs and put her in the Top Thrill Pearl (Blue/Green), her left side spare ball is a Primal Shock (due to its ability to walk across the whole lane). I’m trying to put her in the Top Thrill Hybrid because when her down and in shot keeps going Brooklyn she struggles (72 years old) not comfortable moving left and is a low speed player.
The whole story:
I am/was a fan of the original Thrill (Pink/Yellow) Pearl and when it was discontinued I got a Top Thrill (Purple/Red) due to a change in ball weight after an injury. I was never a good match for the Top Thrill Pearl or at least that is what I thought. I laid it out the exact same way as my original Thrill (45 X 3 ½ X 25) and it was way to responsive (who says that about a bowling ball) for what I needed. So the Top Thrill has sat in my shop collecting dust until this week. Enter the Top Thrill Hybrid and the Top Thrill Solid.
What I was looking for was a ball for a low volume high friction surface that allowed me to play the track with little to no adjustments during a league night. What I got, just what I wanted. I had the Top Thrill Hybrid drilled with the layout at the top as a step down from the Top Thrill Solid (50 X 4 ¾ X 45). As the night goes on and the Solid starts with the over under reaction due to carry down I find grabbing the Top Thrill Hybrid allows me to play the same line and it blends the carry down very well giving me the shape I need to see in order to play my “A” game.
98% of the bowlers in the leagues I bowl in are right handed and the majority of them are down and in bowlers playing anywhere from 10 board out with a break point at 7 or 8 (house track). Then you have the high rev high speed guys (money leagues) that hook the whole lane pushing oil into that track to hit the same break point. Over under is a real thing when there is oil (Thursday night they forgot to oil the pair of lanes I was on after the afternoon league). You need something that is going to read your line and ignore the trash that is tracked across your line by others; the Top Thrill Hybrid does that very well.
How do I know, this past Thursday afternoon I was bowling in a league the Top Thrill Solid was serving me well but corner pin city, due to over under. 4 of the 8 people were throwing 12 to 7 at the arrows and two of those were throwing plastic. 6th frame 2nd game grabbed the Top Thrill Hybrid, only the second time I had thrown the ball, sheet (7 in a row) kept it for the 3rd game 9 of 12 strikes. There was no over under the Top Thrill Hybrid followed my line ignored everything to the break point and then made that ever so gentle turn to the 1 3 pocket and off the deck between the 8 9. The misses game three were operator error to far out but it tried to come back and pulled one really bad and it was runaway Brooklyn leaving multiple pins to the right standing.
One can imagine that this will be the ball you need in your bag if you play on a burn of any kind and it will allow you to map what is out there. So when everyone else is lofting left gutter cap you will be the one still just sliding up to your spot and hitting the track. If you are a righty playing the burn you will learn what it means to be a lefty on fresh (sorry lefties, I couldn’t resist).
Don't be fooled by the lower price point. This ball def has some teeth to bite through the lanes. I've used it 3 full sets this last week and all 690+ . Great lane appeal and even better performance get you one in your ball for those lighter volume house shots
K. Matthew Byrd (Motiv Staffer)
Ball Weight: 15 lbs.
Rev Rate: 500 RPM
Ball Speed: 18 Mph
PAP: 5.125” over and .125” up
Layout: 45 x 5 5/8 x 40 (Dual Angle)
The new Top Thrill Hybrid is not your ordinary entry level or lower end bowling ball. The Top Thrill Hybrid allows me to play in a completely different zone than I usually play. The Hybrid glides down the lane and gives a smooth overall motion. I can play closer to the gutter and stay on top of the drier boards. The Top Thrill Hybrid is my new House Shot destroyer.
I have always considered the Thrill line to be a step above many other entry level bowling balls on the market, and I see that trend continuing with these two new entries.
The new Top Thrill Hybrid is a gorgeous looking ball with an incredibly clean and angular motion on the lanes.
This is a great option for new bowlers looking for something they can start and grow with. Also, an excellent option for rev dominant bowlers looking for something to control those higher friction conditions.
THRILLING backend! This ball is very clean through the front and mid-part of the lane and just sees the friction downlane and checks right into the pocket! With this energy, the ball still remains very continuous through the pins to make that shot a no doubter! This ball is definitely one you should have for later on in the night of league!