Length: 40 ft.
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS
Layout is pin above fingers at 4 1/2" from PAP, no extra hole
Some balls take a few sessions to grow on me, but the Fanatic BTU has been a keeper after only a few shots. What it does is give you a real option to play outside of the oil line without worry that it will dive through the nose the last few feet.
In addition, it does give me some added recovery when I miss outside versus traditional urethane. So it's like "urethane smooth" with a little extra traction. Last league session I "fluffed" a shot a couple boards right, and instantly thought "there's a washout", but the BTU came back to the pocket, AND CARRIED!
On that topic, carry has been phenomenal! I'm used to traditional urethane balls leaving the 10 pin, but so far that's definitely not the case here. I can line up to go "high flush" with confidence that the BTU will finish predictably; and we all know that high flush carries corners at very high percentage. Frankly, the pin carry of the BTU has been a big surprise.
The solid steel color evokes fond memories from more "experienced" bowlers, while the people who buy a ball because it's pretty just give it "the look". The controlled reaction and ability to play on the friction make it valuable to me. It's gonna be difficult to not have this ball in the bag for any session where there is defined friction, as it excels on that.
If you ever have a night when everything else looks great for 55 feet, then go crazy and leave you splits, this ball will save your night and enable you, at worse case, to control the pocket very well and still hit with authority. I was a little skeptical at first that this one was different, but not anymore. Brunswick is on to something with this release. Thank you Big B!
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