Ball: Brunswick AnacondaLayout:
Pin 5” from PAP, below ring finger
CG 1 ½” below and 1 ½” to right of grip center
XH on VAL, 3 ¼” below PAPInitial Surface Preparation:
I’ve been wanting to drill something that would be a step down from the Diamondback, but with a similar shape, to handle medium to drier medium conditions where I need to get the ball to start up some but still have some continuation at the break. On these conditions, the Python can be too pushy in the oil, and the Rattler tends to be too even at the break to give me a good carry angle from inside.Why this ball?
The Anaconda, with the Activator Plus cover and ultra-low RG Inferno core, is intended to give the bowler an aggressive reaction with a medium response to friction, resulting in a smoother and more predictable trajectory for playing more direct angles.Observations:
I wanted to go with a layout in the Anaconda that was similar to the 5” pin-under layout in my Diamondback. The Anaconda that I got has a 3 ¼” pin, so I had to drill a balance hole to get the statics legal.
Before I drilled the Anaconda, I had heard the rumors that this ball would essentially be an updated version of the Absolute Inferno. The Absolute had that combination of hook-laziness and overall strength that made it great on conditions that had good coverage in front and a blend from front to back and side to side. When I threw the Anaconda for the first time, it navigated the front part of the lane with ease, and then faced up to the pocket after making a defined move at the break.
However, the proof of the pudding was in how well the Anaconda would perform when I ran into transition, and had to move inside and give it some room. The Anaconda proved to be well up to the task. In fact, I was able to get a good reaction and maintain a carry angle as I continued to move left on the lane.
In using the Anaconda on a number of conditions on several different lane surfaces, I’ve noticed that the progression from the Diamondback to the Anaconda bears some similarity to the progression from the Siege to the Evil Siege. The Diamondback works well for me on blended oilier to medium conditions, as long as I can chase the oil inside and still have a clean ball path. When I notice the Diamondback starting to flutter, I can pull out the Anaconda and get the clean reaction in front that I need to carry corners.Conclusions:
All in all, I must say that I am very pleased with the reaction of the Anaconda, and that it should fit well in that “weaker pin down” spot in the bag. I could probably also use the Anaconda on fresher conditions in a pinch, but on longer patterns or conditions with some push, I’d have to be careful with my ball speed if I want to get a consistent carry angle. For me, the strong suit of the Anaconda has been its ability to maintain a favorable reaction shape as the condition breaks down.
So now I’m thinking that I can pair the Anaconda with the Evil Siege in the tournament bag, using the Evil on medium to broken-down conditions that favor a more direct trajectory to the pocket or on which I can fall back the inside oil, and the Anaconda when I need to generate more angle at the break or hook around the push down lane.
NOTE: The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer and not of Brunswick Corporation.
Brunswick Amateur Staff