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« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Ball NPS Score: Not Available
Coverstock: Activator™ Aggressive Reactive

Color: Fire/Smoke

Hardness: 77-79

Factory Finish: High Gloss Polish

Core Dynamics:

RG Max: 2.513”

RG Min: 2.463”

RG Diff: 0.050”

RG Avg: 2.6

Hook Potential 115

Length 105

Breakpoint Shape 80


Chuck Gadbois

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Re: Inferno
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2003, 11:18:13 AM »
I bowled in the Mini-eliminator last week and got a Inferno free for my efforts. I started the Tournament using an aggression and Vicious Particle with no carry. I switched to a SmashR the second day and qualified with good carry. The lanes had heavy oil but you could play second arrow if you had a strong ball and did not swing it right. Anyway I got The 15 lb Inferno w/3 in pin drilled under the ring finger ,the CG swung to the right. I left the Inferno with the box finish and it out performs and hit harder than the three balls mentioned above. I am very impressed with this ball and it is my first choice when the lanes have heavy oil.


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Re: Inferno
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2003, 07:55:05 AM »
An interesting ball. Brunswick has a ball that reads the heads like urethane and the backends like reactive.  Although Brunswick doesn't rate this ball as a big hooking ball it hooks a good bit in the mid lane. Although it's a really low Rg ball (2.46) it's doesn't hook at you feet, it gets though with ease. It actually rolled better as the oil carried down. (Nice feature). Brunswick is attempting to do with shell what other or attemping to do with cores.  We have to see which if either will come out on top.


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Re: Inferno
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2003, 12:15:12 AM »
a different reaction and hit than any oter ball i've used. the ball has a much softer sound when hitting the pins than any other ball i have. at first you think it's hitting soft and i have left a lot of 10 pins on pocket hits, so i made a adjustment to more axis rotation and a little lighter pocket hit and had strikes on 14 of the next 16 balls. softer back-end than my prl fuze, but less hook than my eliminator. drilled the ball w/ a 3 1/4 by 3 1/4 layout to use on heavy oil on synthetic lanes w/ 41ft taper.ball surface adjusted w/ a grey scotchbrite. not a ball to go coast to coast but rolls the 1st arrow w/o over under a reactive


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Re: Inferno
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2003, 08:40:05 PM »
This ball had a 3" pin with 3.5 oz top weight.  The ball was drilled with the pin above the ring finger and the CG swung out about an inch from the cg.  A small balance hole was placed just above the axis point.  The ball is box finish.  It has been thrown only on a house condition.

When swinging the ball, it gives incredible length.  It allows me to point the ball at the break point and comes through with excellent recovery.  Carry is fairly good with a spin release, but as the oil carries down, a heavier roll is needed to control the length and keep the carry.  Increasing ball speed and moving right closer to the track is a better option, as the ball will not overreact if it is pitched into the track early.  While it may start into an earlier roll on an errant shot, it doesn't jump and holds the line to the hole.  I plan to experiment with a scuffed surface on this ball in the near future, along with giving it a run on a more challenging condition.  So far, I am very satisfied with the performance of this ball.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

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Re: Inferno
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2003, 09:06:57 PM »
Alright.....this is the ball I've been waiting for.

For specs on me, see my profile.

The ball:
Pin out 4"
Top Weight before drilling was 3.55 ounces
Coverstock is out of box condition with a shot of Doc's Elxir
It is drilled very close to 5.5 x 3, with a balance hole on my pap.

I had to make a trip a few miles away to find a house with a good amount of oil to test this one on. The pattern was a 42ft medium-heavy christmas tree with light carrydown. On this pattern this ball gives a person great area. The ball rolls very early, but doesn't bite and jump, it continues smoothly through the midlane then arcs hard, but smoothly to the pocket. If you miss right it will bite earlier, and still come back just as smooth, as to not leave a 10. Pull it in and it holds the line and kills the hole.

I don't think I've ever seen any reactive this smooth off of the dry boards. The Ebonite V2 resins WISH they could be the inferno. I've thrown the Icons, x-factor, monsters, and a few others, and I personally think the balls destroys them all. It is as smooth as my columbia pulse solid, but has TONS more overall hook. By all means it is the ideal example of control and power on medium conditions. For me I think it will do excellent on heavy oil as well as long as there is some backend. Although, that isn't what I bought it for. I'll be able to use this ball on every medium imagineable, and that is about all I can ask for out of it.

The only thing I have to watch for with this ball is backing off on my  ballspeed. If I slow the ball down it will come in high every time. It is quite forgiving however in terms of release errors or variances.

So, it you want a smooth reacting resin, that gives you a great reaction on mediums, and sends messengers across the deck on every shot that gets near the hole, this is your ball. There is no need to look anywhere else as this ball is the one.

10 out of 10 no questions asked

Dwight Albrecht

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Re: Inferno
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2003, 01:58:11 PM »
Thanks for reading my review.

This new Brunswick ball is exactly what the doctor order you could say. Finally someone listened and started to work on coverstock technology, and that is Brunswick. Hats off to them.

Bill Wasserberger and the R & D people in Muskegon are really pushing the right buttons here with this one. This polished Reactive ball has a tweak to the coverstock with a liquid crystal added and layered molecular structure improves the durability and greatly improves the reaction. The main thing I noticed with this ball is the improvement in the under/over reaction that happens in most lane conditions in town. The ball does not seem to over bite when it hits the dry and doesn't seem to over skid when it hits the oil, thus giving the bowler more of a consistent breakpoint but still packs a punch when it hits the pins.

I drilled my Inferno full leverage 3 3/8 Pin to my axis and swung the CG slightly to the right, just because I wanted to use this ball on medium to oil lanes. What I like about the ball is how well it still reacts from 4th arrow. This is definitely a "Everybody Ball". I have sold this ball to strokers to Crankers and the response has been wonderful, everyone seems to like this ball. It kind of reminds me of the "Buzz" when the Black Danger Zone came out in the Middle 90's.

I have used this ball on ALL conditons from panels to wood from oil to dry and the ball performs beautifully with feet and lane adjustments.

I would highly recommend this ball for everyone fightling the under/over reaction and not being able to read your "Break Point", this would be the answer for you, PLEASE check out this ball from your local pro shop and pick one up, you will not be sorry.

I think Brunswick is definitely facing the right direction here with this new coverstock technology and will be interesting to see what the future holds for future balls with this new coverstock technology.

Thanks for reading my review and enjoy your Inferno.

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Re: Inferno
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2003, 05:18:29 PM »
Brunswick knew how to say all the right things about this ball, but sometimes I am still a sucker for hype so I got real excited about it.  There were a couple of hard facts about it that also intrigued me.  I really like low rg pearlized equipment and this is the lowest rg ball Big B has ever put out.  I started with a 2 inch pin and set it up 4 inches to PAP just below my ring finger and slightly out.  I kicked the cg out to about 3 1/2 inches to PAP.  I have used this drill on a lot of equipment including my Red Fuze and X Factor.  I don't think I need a hole, but I haven't balanced it yet.

I tried the ball on fresh dressed anvil lane with about a 38 foot buff.  I immediately had to move in about 2 an 1 from where I had been playing my X Factor.  First few shots I got a strong mid lane flip with a little bit of burn after it turned.  I touched the ball lightly with scotch bright. I had to go another 1 and 1 left, but started to get a better reaction.  This is a much stronger reactive for me than the hype suggests.  In comparing the Inferno to earlier Brunswick resins, one thing really stands out.  I have always had much better luck with Brunswick staying behind the ball and letting it roll.  In essence don't fight it.  With the Inferno, probably because of the low rg, I can get much more to the side of the ball when I want to and the reaction is great.  I actually found this ball more comparable to my X Factor than my Red Fuze.  The big difference being that I need to keep a little more surface on the X Factor, and it still may not handle center oil quite as well as the Inferno.  I will be surprised if I don't find a few tournament conditions where this ball really matches up.


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Re: Inferno
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2003, 12:59:58 PM »
Rt handed
14-15 mph
300-350 RPM
high track

AMF synthetics

Oil Pattern:
Your guess is as good as mine.  Different day to day, let alone week to week.  Latest "shot De Jour" resembles a sport pattern.  5 out is O.B.  and gets progressively drier towards 20.  Left at box finish (highly polished)

Drill Pattern:  
Drilled ball 4.5 X 4  Pin just above and right of ring finger.  Ending with 3/4oz side wt.  No weight hole needed.  

A few shots up the boards in the OB proved this ball to not be enough (at least in box condition) to hook out of the heavy oil.  Lots of revs and it was trying but just didn't quite make it there.  

Moved in a little deeper towards the center of the lane setting the ball down at 20, crossing the arrows at 15 and swinging out to 10 at the break point.  Here I found the ball to rev very early but made it through the heads without a problem.  I got a pronounced snap on the backend when it hit the dry.  It was a little jumpy.

Move a little deeper on the lane (set the ball down at 25, crossed arrows at 20 and swung out to around 13 at the break point).  This line seemed to give the most area.  Inside it would glide to the pocket w/out over-reacting.  Still the ball revs early, and has a pronounced snap hitting the dry, but remained very continuous through the pins.  No problem at all carrying at this angle.  Best carry came from light pocket to flush hits.  Any "high-flush" hits typically  resulted in 4 pins or 4-9's.  Again I think this was due to the ball really driving through the pins.  

On a normal house shot, the ball would be amazing...  pitch it right, watch it come back hard, and "see the pins fly" type of ball.  I would say in general a very good ball for medium to medium heavy oil conditions, providing there are some sort of backends.  It seems to carry very well (with minimal 9 and 10 pins and virtually no 7 pins).  I'm excited to throw it on a normal shot.  The ball might be a little squirrely on heavy oil conditions or shots with large amounts of carry down (due to the polished box finish).  I'm not the biggest Brunswick fan in the world, but have to say, this is a very nice ball.  I would recommend anyone in search of a hard hitting "work-horse" ball to throw on most conditions.
My goal is to chop the head pin out of a full rack.  
Thats alotta ball!

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Re: Inferno
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2003, 02:13:36 AM »
This ball should put Brunswick back near the top.  For a pearl reactive, this ball covers as many boards as any other reactive I have used.  Drilled mine 4 1/2 by 4 1/2 with the cg 1/2" down from the midline.  A small weight hole was used to make the ball legal.  This ball moves, period!  It wasn't afraid of the freshly oiled lanes as it picked up a nice midlane roll.  Since the backends were clean, this ball gave a hard snap-hooking reaction down the lane.  Its been awhile, but the folks at Brunswick should be saying...


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Re: Inferno
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2003, 10:07:47 PM »
Brunswick Inferno
16 lbs
1-2" pin
3.5 oz top
Drilling:  Leverage pin at 10:30 (CG kicked away from grip)

Not since I first threw the Danger Zone in 1996, or when I threw the Red Alert in 1999, have I been more impressed with a bowling ball!  This Brunswick Inferno is amazing!  I can best compare it to the Red Alert, but cleaner through the front part of the lane.  It also revs earlier than the Red Alert, but it does not over-react or under-react.  I was a little worried with the ball that it may be a little skittish in oil since the word of mouth has stated it is so clean.  I thought Command Zone ARC which was very over-under for me, but this ball is nothing like that.  Still very powerful like PowerKoil 18, but a little more pop on the back end with strong early roll at the same time...UNBELIEVEABLE!  

First set out of the gate in league tonight:  247-230-226=703.  I was bowling on Brnswick Pro-Anvilane surface with 40 feet of oil playing ouside at the 7 board.  I'm a very direct player, but swing it out slightly to five-six it would hook back strong, but not snappy.  Tug it in to 8-9 and it would hold nicely, and this ball hits like a truck.  Right there with the Red Alert on hitting power, but this ball appears to be even more powerful!  As of right now, not one bad thing to say about this winner from Brunswick.  This is their next Danger Zone, but as I have told people I think this is the next Excaliber!  No matter what this ball..  I have never been this amazed by a ball rection..  Good luck, and thank you all at Brunswick for making the greatest bowling balls in the world.

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Re: Inferno
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2003, 02:14:37 AM »
Update on Inferno.  

I bowled league again tonight and the scores were:  247-268-215=730.  Averaging 239 with a new ball out of the box the first six games with it is not too bad !  This bowling ball is phenominal!  I have only left THREE 10-pins in six games with the Inferno, and to top that I had managed to throw seven shots in the pre-game practice and all of those shots struck.  This is really unbelieveble, and I am almost in shock with amazement at the carry power and predictablity of this ball.  Again THANK YOU Brunswick for making such an amazing bowling ball!!!

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Re: Inferno
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2003, 08:07:05 PM »
Hey everyone!  I'm a new member from Canada and I just bought a
Brunswick Inferno last week.  I operate a pro shop out of my house,
so I like to tinker with new equipment and new drillings all the time.
I drilled my Inferno rev-leverage with the pin about 1" to the right
and 1/2" up from my ring finger(I'm right-handed).  I heard that the
Inferno was quite an aggressive ball so really didn't want to follow
the "true" rev-leverage rules and drill out the side weight to 1/2 oz.
negative so I ended up with 1/2 oz. positive instead.  Balance hole is
6" from my grip center through the CG and almost straight right of my
thumb hole. Enough info?  Well, let me tell ya how great this ball is...
It has the most aggressive reactive coverstock I have ever used...the
tackiest I've felt as well.  Get's through the heads great, reads the
midlane unbelievably and has a STRONG continuous ARC into the pocket.
It absolutely CRUSHES the the writers of BTM always say....
"more scouts than at a jamboree!!!"  My personal opinion, and I've drilled
and tried many many balls over the years, this is by far the best reactive
ball Brunswick has ever made.  Period!  I own the Storm X-Factor, Dynothane
Vendetta(reactive), the Visionary Gryphon and Green Gargoyle, which are all
great reactive balls, but I just like my Inferno the best because I can do
more with the ball with different hand positions. One last thing, I bowl on
synthetic lanes and the oil pattern is 38' and it's not a "gimme" up here in
Winnipeg.  The track is drier than the middle part of the lane but if you
pull the ball, you might not even hit the 1-2 pocket.  As well, we have an
OB area outside of 5 board.  I have around 320 rpm and ball speed is 17mph.
PAP is 5 3/8 straight across.  Hope I've given you some good info on the ball
for you to be your own judge.  All I know is I love my Inferno.  A big "CHEERS"
to Brunswick and their R&D team.  Nice job guys!
"You may not like it now........but you will LEARN to like it!"


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Re: Inferno
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2003, 09:59:23 PM »
Bought this ball last sunday....shot 750 last night, and tonight i shot my first 800. (254 263 286 = 803) push it wide, it comes screaming back blowing out 10's.  keep it in and it this ball damnit, i cant say enough good things about it.
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Re: Inferno
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2003, 11:15:56 AM »
Test Ball: 15 lb., pin 3-1/4", drilled with pin 5" from PAP; CG kicked right, approx. 3/4 oz. positive side weight, no X-hole (yet).
BOWLER: RH, 'rotationally-challenged', medium ball-speed.

THIS, is an amazing ball.

I have tried it on several different patterns in several houses, both wood and synthetic. The results are uniformly good. The only drawback I have found, and it's manageable, is that if the midlanes are spotty, the ball can move too early; but this is easily adjusted by a small move left.

The ball gets through the heads easily and cleanly,whether they're freshly oiled or fried to a golden crisp. It gets plenty of distance down-lane, except (as noted) when it hits dry too early. And the move is a STRONG, arcing hook, not a 'snap' but not too far short of one. The thing is, I've been able to do almost ANYTHING with this ball-- I've pointed it to the pocket on fresh, long patterns with no problems of overreaction or corner-pins; I've played down the boards and arced it to the pocket flawlessly; I've played deeper, TIGHT lines, very direct, and it handles this beautifully; and I've stood left and swung it out and it bends right on back with the best of 'em. I've even shot 10-pins with it! It's almost an ALL-PURPOSE bowling ball.

And the HIT!! This ball hits and carries like Sherman took Georgia. The reaction is a strong, continuous arc, very controllable, and it REALLY hits.

Oh, yes, one more thing: A decade ago, another company came out with a coverstock material (beginning with "A"), and advertised that it "would not track up like reactive resin". They were right-- it tracked up THREE TIMES FASTER than reactive resin. Now, Brunswick claims this ball is much more durable than conventional resin. THEY ARE CORRECT. I have about 60 games on mine, and I have yet to be able to discern ANY tracking on it at all. NOT A SCRATCH. Amazing.

OVERALL: AT LEAST a 9. Absolutely amazing ball. A MUST-HAVE weapon. Might be the ONLY ball you'll need, apart from perhaps some 'special-effects' stuff for really radical conditions. So far, I haven't found a condition I couldn't use it on and be comfortable.