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Kingpin Max
on: March 07, 2018, 05:19:10 PM
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
The Brunswick Kingpin Max bowling ball is taking everything to the max! This bowling ball offers maximum hook, continuation, as well as overall performance. We didn't know it was possible but this ball offers more hook and continuation than its predecessor. The Kingpin Max was designed to react earlier in the mid-lane in order to provide more overall hook and the increased continuation through the pins. This ball introduces the ECA-X coverstock which offers max traction. This ball also features Brunswick's DynamiCore which is exclusive to Brunswick. This outer core technology boast to be more durable and has increased hitting power that translates into pin carry. This outer core is uniquely blue and surrounds the Kingpin Ultra Low RG core.

Color: Navy/Green/Light Blue
Core: Kingpin Ultra Low RG
Coverstock: ECA-X (Enhanced Composite Adhesion)
Finish: 500/1,000 Siaair Micro Pad
Reaction: Earlier mid-lane reaction with more hook and max continuation
RG: 2.518**
Differential: 0.055**
** RG and Diff are based off of 15 lb. balls
Hook Potential: 310 (scale 10-250)
Length: 100 (scale 25-235)
Breakpoint Shape: Angular
Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy Oil

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Re: Kingpin Max
Reply #1 on: March 14, 2018, 01:51:56 PM
Drilled my Kingpin Max 70x4.5x70 (pin below bridge on a 0-1" pin ball)
The easiest way to describe my ball reaction with the Kingpin Max is snow tires.  This ball gives me that 4 wheel drive reaction through the heaviest of oils with a controllable rounded motion down the lane that is ideal for fresh HEAVY oil conditions.  I personally love early rolling equipment as I have a tilt/roll that naturally pushes well down the lane and is very responsive to friction.

The slickest house in town uses Anvilane with a Flex Machine + Ice oil and with challenge patterns is tough to create the correct shapes as most balls want to push too far down the lane.  We are currently on 41' Tower of Pisa (which is a high volume pattern) and the Kingpin Max has given me the kind of roll and early recovery to give me room even when the track is flooded.  As the league session goes on, I can open the lane up by getting my hand around the ball for a little while before it is time to swap to something a little cleaner through the fronts (lately it has been my pin down Tremendous or original Kingpin).

On our house shot (42' Stone Street) I have had a great look on fresh these past couple of weeks.  I start further into the puddle around the 3 arrow and can trust this ball right without much concern about over reaction.  What I like most about the Kingpin Max (especially with this layout) is how controlled it is off the friction keeping me in the pocket on balls that I either hit or get into the dry early.

The Kingpin is the earliest rolling ball in my arsenal and can handle the most oil in the heads/mid lane.  When balling down to my Tremendous or original Kingpin, I typically move 3 boards right with my feet and am able to back off on the axis rotation.  The last time I have seen a ball hook this much compared to anything else in my bag would be the Endless Nightmare (which was far more hook/set than the Max).

As great as this ball has been for me, it has its kryptonite:  dry lanes.  The Kingpin Max has given me amazing looks in practice and through the first game or 2 in that slick house, but after that the ball either starts picking up too early for flat 10's or forces me to move too far left trying to work my hand too far around the ball to be playing the pattern ideally.  Use the Kingpin Max exclusively on the slickest of oil patterns and it will be a very welcome addition to your bag!
Brandon Riley
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Re: Kingpin Max
Reply #2 on: March 21, 2018, 12:15:55 PM
Drilled mine 40 x 5 1/2 x 40, basically pin above bridge for me.  Small hole on my axis.  I have used this ball for a few weeks now consistently. Very strong rolling ball allows me to play the oil line on my house shot.  New dynami-core seems to be proven in this ball and og Kingpin.  Looking for a oil ball with good over all strength this is the one for you.  Great ball upcoming Nationals

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Re: Kingpin Max
Reply #3 on: March 26, 2018, 10:04:31 AM
This is a great advancement to the King Pin line.  I was at first expecting this to be the same ball but boy was I wrong.  The Max is a flippy King Pin.  I love using the original King Pin on oily lanes and flatter patterns because it is so smooth and predictable.  Its a great up and at em ball.  The Max comes into the picture when I need to open up the lane or play left on a long oily pattern and need the ball to cover a few boards in a short amount of time.  This is what the definition of a high end bowling ball should be.

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Re: Kingpin Max
Reply #4 on: March 27, 2018, 07:40:41 PM
BALL SPECS


Pin Length: 3"


Starting Top Weight: 2.7 oz


Ball Weight: 15 lbs 4 oz



DRILL PATTERN


Ball: 85x 2.5 x 35


X Hole (if there is one): none



BOWLER STYLE


Rev Rate: 375 rpms


Ball Speed:17.5 mph off hand



PAP/Track: 4 3/4 over 3/4 up



SURFACE PREP


Grit: 500, 1000 Siaair


Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Sanded



LANE CONDITIONS


Lengths of patterns: 41 foot house shot and



Volumes:  moderate



Type: house



BALL REACTION


Length: Early reaction



Back End: Strong almost skid/snap


Overall Hook: Strong


Midlane Read: Aggressive


Breakpoint Shape: Strong arc with a quick move at the breakpoint



COMMENTS


Likes: Overall strength in the oil, Big Hook


Dislikes: none


The Kingpin Max is a very strong ball. It is a little earlier than the original Kingpin with a quicker move at the breakpoint.  It is so fast that if it were not early it would appear to be skid flip shape.  I chose a weaker layout for this particular ball so that I would be able to use it a bit more on the conditions I see most often.  This is a ball that I will use on the fresher conditions and then transition to something with a bit less surface.  As stated by others, this ball is great when there is oil present.  When the heads fry out there are better choices like the Tenacity or Magnitude 035.  This ball is ideal for the speed dominant player because it slows down so quickly.  They will likely never put it down.  In short, if you are speed dominant or face oilier lane conditions, the Kingpin Max is a fantastic choice.
Chris Garrett
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Greenville, SC  864-248-4737
Upstateproshop@charter.net

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Re: Kingpin Max
Reply #5 on: April 24, 2018, 09:37:37 AM
The Kingpin Max is simply a superb bowling ball.  Its performance on long and/or heavy oil is unmatched in the Brunswick family line.  Mine is drilled pin above ring finger and used out of box surface.  I used this ball in sport league on 52' Badger and it really performed.  Carry was terrific and ball reaction aggressive but predictable.  Can't say enough good things about it.  Longer and move aggressive than the original Kingpin.

Do beware of a couple of things, this is probably not an all-condition ball unless it's shined or if you have a lot of ball speed.  For a medium rev, low speed player like me it needs to see oil, but it really works well on conditions where you wish you'd like to see more shape.  Also, like most all modern balls, it will lane shine over time, so taking a 1000 or 1500 pad to it on occasion will keep it fresh and performing at it's finest.

A great ball that fills a missing spot in a bowler's arsenal.

Jeff Poholsky

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Re: Kingpin Max
Reply #6 on: May 17, 2018, 06:30:25 AM
BALL SPECS

Ball Weight: 15 lbs


DRILL PATTERN

Dual Angle: 50 x 4 3/4 x 60

X Hole (if there is one): Yes


BOWLER STYLE

Rev Rate: Medium , between 250-275 rpm

Ball Speed: 17-18 mph

PAP/Track: 5 1/2" over and 1/2" down


SURFACE PREP

Grit: Box Finish

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Sanded


COMMENTS
The Kingpin Max is the big guy in town for the Brunswick line.  Its so strong rolling through the front and nasty angular motion on the backend.  This is the ball you want for super high oil volumes in competition.  Laid mine out strictly for longer, flatter sport shots and this ball has not been a disappointment.  Need to attack some tough sport patterns, add a Kingpin Max to your arsenal.



Charles Withers II
Brunswick Advisory Staff