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What an amazing ball. This thing is money on medium lane conditions or when those oily lane conditions start to transition. I can move it in a little bit and still get to the pocket with these. It's aggressive on the back end, but it's not overly aggressive.
I was the second one to purchase this ball in our group, but the first to throw it. THIS BALL HITS HARD!!!. Mouths dropped the first time our group heard this ball hit, and is probably the most forgiving ball i have ever seen. Since then, our whole league team has one, and i purchased a second one to have one in two different weights. i highly recommend this ball
I picked this up on the suggestion from Kasey at Bowlers Depot. Stand left and throw it right. For me, it comes back hard and plows through the pins! I'd get another one if it wasn't so hard to find now.
This is a great compliment to the Flare IMO, when the Flare is too much in the heads and you need something that still has similar continuation this is the ball to go to! This is also one of the first balls out of my bag for league nights, so smooth off the spot and it reads the mid lane so well. The continuation… it will run right over the 8 pin every time! Special Edition ball so get yours on order!
I've always been a pretty big fan of the Octane and every quadfire core I've ever thrown, so I don't think it's overly surprising that I found a place for this ball in my bag.
Overall, it's smoother than I expected, but that also could be the layout (4.5x35). Don't let that confuse you though, because it's still really really clean.
I think balls like this are easy to overlook because they aren't ALWAYS in play, and this ball has a tendency to really shine late in a block when you need to meet the following conditions:
Not super fast response
Gear core too small to go through the pins properly
I find these conditions often when I'm forced left on both house, and sport shots, and I've also found that when I'm forced into gutter lofting territory with the Jackal Flash, I can ball down, move about 7 right, and throw this one instead. As someone that sucks at lofting as a whole, this is a great thing to have in the bag for later in long blocks.
On the right side, I don't see this being overly useful on the fresh without a good bit of surface, but my advice is to keep it shiny and use it when it's at its best: the burn!