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900 Global X2 video and written review
« on: October 27, 2017, 10:50:30 AM »

This time we had the chance to review the 900 Global X2. This ball features the Pod Symmetric core and it is wrapped with the S59 solid coverstock.

The X2 provides a smooth and predictable shape. Personally, when I bowl league I always like to start with a ball that is smooth down the lane with a nice long arc motion, nothing fancy, nothing that go sideways or too angular. This ball is exactly that.

I started bowling in what it is my confort zone, laying the ball around 10 and having 6 as my breakpoint. The X2 seems to have a strong midlane read and a mild response to friction, which allows the ball to transition slowly when it hits the dry part of the lane, providing a smooth and predictable motion. This ball allowed me to play straighter and keep the pocket in front of me, missing outside and the ball offered enough recovery to hit the pocket and misses in the ball never went sideways, it is really smooth and controllable. (I am sorry if I keep using the word “smooth” but if I had to use one word to describe the X2 it will be precisely that one)

When I tried to move in, the ball still had energy to make its move to the pocket, but I noticed that I started hitting light and I left some flat 7 pins. This is not the best option if you need to play steeper angles.

I compared the X2 with another ball from the Tour Preferred series, the Honey Badger. The Honey Badger is a completely different animal and for me these two balls are a great 1-2 punch for most league bowlers. The Honey Badger is way more cleaner and angular than the X2. The Honey Badger saves all the energy for the last part of the lane and it has a faster response to friction. Overall, I feel like the Honey Badger has a little bit more hook potential and it is a great complement to the X2.

Overall, I feel like this ball is one of those balls that will always find a spot in your bag. Either if you are a league bowler or a tournament bowler, the X2 will be a useful weapon to use on most medium oil conditions.

For the league bowler, this ball is a great option when you need to blend the pattern when you are fighting those over/under conditions that most of us see each week during league.

For the tournament bowler, this ball offers a lot of control on flat patterns and short oil conditions.

When you are bowling on tougher conditions, you want a ball that can help you control the breakpoint and have a predictable motion, and this is exactly what the X2 provides, predictability and control.

Thank you for watching!
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Re: 900 Global X2 video and written review
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2017, 11:41:50 AM »
Great review! My X is sneaky strong and I love it. Like a urethane on steroids. I wish they would have done more with this than just changed the cover, but don't mess with a good thing.
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Re: 900 Global X2 video and written review
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2017, 01:20:39 PM »
Great review! My X is sneaky strong and I love it. Like a urethane on steroids. I wish they would have done more with this than just changed the cover, but don't mess with a good thing.

With the videos out now showing a comparison with the X, you can definitely see that the X is longer and a little less responsive than the X2
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Re: 900 Global X2 video and written review
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2017, 01:40:45 PM »
I do see a little more pop down lane, but enough to justify both of them? Lol, I only have 5 games on my X!
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Re: 900 Global X2 video and written review
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2017, 06:04:35 PM »
Thank you Impending Doom! I never had the chance of throwing the original X, but I must say that I agree with you, this is like a urethane ball on steroids. It is soooo controllable and so smooth... Perfect ball for me to bowl on flat patterns and the kind of ball I always like to use on those house shots that are too wet/dry. I think 900 Global has a winner here.

It seems like most of the companies are aiming to release the "strongest, greatest, most angular, etc, etc" and sometimes they forget about releasing balls that are more controllable and predictable as this one. I am glad I had the chance to try it because it is a keeper :)
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Re: 900 Global X2 video and written review
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2017, 09:21:02 PM »
The weight block is just good. Elliptical core with a medium strength cover. Some of my favorite balls were with that core shape. Ebonite Wave series, Stinger 2 piece, Favorite, Night Hawk SE, it just works.
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Re: 900 Global X2 video and written review
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2017, 03:39:36 PM »
The weight block is just good. Elliptical core with a medium strength cover. Some of my favorite balls were with that core shape. Ebonite Wave series, Stinger 2 piece, Favorite, Night Hawk SE, it just works.

If ain't broke...  ;D

I am working on the Absolute Truth video now, it is a completely different animal, you'll see.
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Re: 900 Global X2 video and written review
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2017, 07:44:53 AM »
Do not be fooled by the Rg/Diff numbers of this ball. The low Rg 2.49 .035 Differential with the new S59 (2000 ICE) cover stock is one strong ball. On Kegel Stone Street (42 ft recreational pattern),  the box finish provided excellent length, energy retention, and pin hitting power. The X2 moves strong off the break point with a controlled back end. I drilled mine 50 x 4 x 25 to be used on fresh house shots and heavier volume sport shots. The X2 will be an excellent complement to the X on medium to heavy volume oil patterns. ;D

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Re: 900 Global X2 video and written review
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2017, 11:40:19 AM »
How would you like u guys classify the x2 in terms of cover strength and response time to friction

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Re: 900 Global X2 video and written review
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2017, 12:27:16 AM »
How would you like u guys classify the x2 in terms of cover strength and response time to friction

In my opinion the cover is not too strong, but not weak either. I feel is a "middle of the road" coverstock. It has a slow response to friction, which for me is perfect when I want to keep the pocket in front of me and and when I'm bowling on fresh or on over/under conditions.
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Re: 900 Global X2 video and written review
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2017, 07:56:42 AM »
Cover is stronger (2000 ICE) vs X (2500). Friction response is slightly quicker but just as smooth as the X.

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Re: 900 Global X2 video and written review
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2017, 12:21:45 AM »
Cover is stronger (2000 ICE) vs X (2500). Friction response is slightly quicker but just as smooth as the X.

If I had to choose a word to describe the X2 will definitely be SMOOTH.
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