BRUNSWICK MASTERMIND GENIUS REVIEW
Brunswick Ball Tester
PAP: 4 3/8” x 0”
18.0 – 18.5 MPH
Brunswick Mastermind Genius
Layout: 42* x 5” x 38*, pin over grip center
X-hole: 9/16” wide x 3” deep, 1” past VAL, ¾” above midline
41ft. House Pattern, Medium-Heavy Blend
I drilled the Mastermind Genius to be a longer, more violent version of the original Mastermind, and that’s exactly what I got. Using this ball on fresh THS is almost like cheating, it creates that much area and “miss room”. Being on the left side, I am able to plat straighter with more aggressive equipment, which is why the Genius was a perfect fit for my game. My first three game set on league was an 806 with games of 278, 269, 259. The ball reaction is very clean through the heads and mid lane, but still gives a strong heavy roll into the pocket. I believe the combination of the strong motor of the Genius core, as well as the hybrid cover stock, both allow this ball to avoid that “hockey stick” type of hook, which can lead to big splits and an over / under type of reaction. You see neither of those with the Genius, and that’s a very good thing indeed. As far as comparison to other equipment, I played 3 boards further left with my feet, and 2 boards further left with my eyes than with the original Mastermind with a similar layout. I was also about 4 boards further right with my feet with the same target at the arrows as my Melee, showing just how much stronger the Genius really is than the Melee. If you’re looking for that benchmark ball to judge the others in your lineup against, then pick up a Mastermind Genius.
Team USA Mexico City Oil Pattern
I was curious how the Mastermind Genius would handle the longer oil patter (45ft.) that Mexico City lays down, and was actually pleasantly surprised with the results. Even with a 5” pin over layout, the Genius still starts its move early enough to give a true readable reaction on this oil pattern. Carry percentage was the only issue on this pattern when it was fresh, but after throwing a few games, and breaking down the pattern, the Genius really shined. It’s a perfect compliment to the original Mastermind, which worked great on Mexico City until they broke down, and then I could move right to the Genius and pick up where the original Mastermind left off, playing a similar part of the lane. On this pattern, I played 3 boards further left with my feet and 2 boards further left with my target than the original Mastermind. Also, I was 4 boards further right and 1 board further right with my target than I was with the Melee on Mexico City.
Team USA Los Angeles Oil Pattern
The Team USA Los Angeles oil pattern is a 36ft. pattern, which was a great test to see how the Mastermind Genius would react to the shorter length, and it really shined on the fresh oil. I was able to start left, placing the ball down around 11, catching my break point at the 5 board down lane, and the ball reaction was incredible. Even as I had to move inside as the oil pattern wore down, I was still able to get tremendous pin carry, which is something that many balls struggle with as you increase the angle off of your hand. I was able to play much straighter than I could with my original Mastermind on this shorter oil pattern, and having that pearl blend in the cover stock mixed with the solid really makes a huge difference, especially on these types of shorter oil patterns. I played 5 further left with my feet and 4 further left with my target than the original Mastermind, and I was able to play 3 further right with my feet and the same target as the Melee. Overall, I was very pleased with how the Genius held up on this shorter pattern, and it will be the ball I start with going forward, and if they break down I can go to my Melee and then the Ringer Platinum Pearl when they really break down.
I would say that overall the Mastermind Genius is a must own for any bowler looking to add a ball that can handle a wide variety of lane conditions. The cover stock is very surface adjustment friendly, so don’t be afraid to sand or polish the cover stock to your liking. This ball fits perfectly between the original Mastermind (very aggressive) and the Melee (medium oil monster) in my arsenal, and it will be in my bag for a long time. If you’re a one day a week bowler, this ball will help get you the most bang for your buck, as the hybrid cover (part solid, part pearl) will maximize the amount of lane conditions you can hit with one ball. Also, if you’re the serious, competitive bowler such as me, then this ball HAS to be in your bag at all times. I can’t wait to use it on an even wider variety of tournament conditions and see this ball shine. If you’re looking for your next benchmark ball, or looking to fill that gap between the super aggressive stuff and the milder reacting balls, check out the Brunswick Mastermind Genius, you’ll be glad you did!
James Goulding III
Brunswick Ball Tester