Pin 5” from PAP, above ring finger
CG on midline, ¾” to right of grip center
Initial Surface Preparation:
To add a reaction to my arsenal that would allow me to play more direct on medium to drier conditions. More specifically, I wanted something in the bag that I could use when the Anaconda was starting to burn up too early, and when the Damage was either pushing too far through the midlane or bouncing too hard off of the dry.
Why this ball?
The Wicked Siege has been a good ball for me, with its midlane control, back end power, and versatility. So it seemed to me that the combination of the Propel X cover from the Wicked and the Jack core from the original Revolver could give me the reaction that I was seeking.
I have an Anaconda and a Damage that are drilled with the pin above the fingers, 5” from my PAP. Both of these balls let me keep the ball on a line through the front part of the lane, and I wanted to be able to do this with the Loaded Revolver as well. I thus chose a Loaded with a pin-to-CG distance of 3 ½”, so that I could use the same layout.
I’ve been throwing the Loaded quite a bit in both of my leagues. One of these leagues is at a center with a new SPL lane surface. At this center, we usually have quite a bit of friction to the outside and in back, and the reaction at the end of the pattern can be quite abrupt at times, so I’ve found it to be a good idea to carry something in the bag that won’t overreact to the dry. The Loaded is right at home on this condition, as it will move effortlessly through the front part of the lane, and when it does pick up the dry, it does so more gradually than the Anaconda and Damage. Because of this, I can play this pattern more direct, and when we do start to encounter some push, I can make small moves to the outside to get the ball up into the pocket.
The other league is a second-shift league at a center with an older Pro Anvilane surface. Because of the way the back ends can tighten up at this center, taking a more direct line to the pocket is the best approach for attacking the condition. Here, the Loaded Revolver was also very useful, as I can square up and float the ball through the front part of the lane, and let it tumble off of the end of the pattern. Because of the smoother reaction of the Loaded off of the dry boards, I can get the ball right of target and not have it break sharply and go high. When I do encounter a transition in the pattern, I only need to make moves to the left, and the Loaded will react strongly enough in back to give me a good carry angle.
So far, the Loaded Revolver has done a good job of giving me a more even reaction for mediums and drier mediums. One concern that I had before I drilled the Loaded was that its reaction shape would be so smooth that it wouldn’t have the strength to recover when I got the ball wide of target, but I haven’t found this to be a problem. The Loaded will surprise you with its ability to recover without overreacting, as well as with the way it goes through the pins.
For me, the Loaded Revolver has been a great complement to the Damage. The Damage is straighter through the midlane and has a strong change of direction for me, thus making it well suited for conditions where I have to give up the pocket, or keep the ball on a line to a breakpoint that is further outside and further down the lane. With its more even trajectory, the Loaded works best when I need to tame down a condition that is more wet-dry from front to back or side to side, or when I want to play direct from closer to the oil line.
NOTE: The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer and not of Brunswick Corporation.Ray Salas
Brunswick Amateur Staff