Brunswick Mastermind Review:
Ball Weight: 15 lbs.
Drill Pattern: 57* x 4 x 49*
PAP: 4 3/8 x 0
SPEED: 18.0 18.5 mph (release)
I drilled the Brunswick Mastermind to be the most aggressive ball in my bag, and it has not disappointed. With the 57* x 4 x 49* drill pattern, the pin ended up in my ring finger with the PSA about 1 to the left of my thumb (Im left handed). I did not need a weight hole, but have the option to add one if needed. I have used the Mastermind on a wide variety of lane conditions. I will post them below, as well as a brief synopsis of how the ball performed.
41 FT. TYPICAL HOUSE SHOT:
As you would imagine on a typical house shot (THS), I was able to play inside and create a lot of area with the Mastermind, with a good amount of miss room. The great thing about the Mastermind is that I am able to keep migrating further into the lane with my target and my feet and still have very good pin carry, which is not always true of other, high end, aggressive balls I have reviewed and used in the past. Being on the left side allows me to stay further out longer, but having the ability to move inside and know you can carry is a valuable tool for all bowlers to have, and the Mastermind gives me that peace of mind.
KEGEL ABBEY ROAD OIL PATTERN:
This 40ft. Challenge Series pattern proved to be a very interesting pattern for the Mastermind. I tried it on the fresh, and found that even with 40ft. of oil, the Mastermind was getting too early of a read to get consistent pin carry. But, I bowled a (5) game block on the pattern, and by midway through game three, I was able to get further inside with the Mastermind and found a very nice ball reaction, where other balls were laboring to get back to the pocket. This was very impressive to me, and having the Mastermind to go to later in a block when others were starting to struggle with pin carry and angle to the pocket, gave me a leg up on other bowlers. In the tournament I used it, I was out of the cash cut until I took out the Mastermind the last game and a half, and ended up pulling out a check when it looked like I might not cash. The Mastermind will be my go to ball going forward on carry down and late block adjustments when I need to get further inside.
KEGEL ROUTE 66 OIL PATTERN:
This 45ft. Challenge Series oil pattern is by far my favorite oil pattern for the Mastermind. I was able to bowl a (6) game block, all with the Mastermind. The extra length of this pattern brought out the best in the Mastermind, as I was able to start deeper, around 17-18 at the arrows, and actually migrate left, out the about 13-14 at the arrows as the block progressed. Pin carry was phenomenal, and the ball never made the herky-jerky type of motion some balls do as the oil pattern breaks down. It was a very readable reaction, and strong off the back of the pattern. The Mastermind has to be your go to ball on longer and/or heavier blend oil patterns.
KEGEL BROADWAY OIL PATTERN:
I used the Mastermind on this 37ft. Challenge Series pattern, and found that this was the only pattern where I had a hard time using the ball for an entire block at box finish. I believe the shorter length of the pattern really steers away from the strong nature of the Mastermind, and I was able to get to the pocket from multiple angles, but pin carry was not as good as some of the longer or heavier oil patterns I have used the Mastermind on. But, the Mastermind takes to cover changes very well, and I applied some Brunswick Royal Shine to the cover stock, and transformed the Mastermind from a ball I had to leave in the bag, to one that dominated the Kegel Broadway oil pattern. The extra length provided by applying the Royal Shine allowed the Mastermind to get through the front part of the lane easily, while retaining enough energy to strike consistently from multiple angles. This is another great reason to own more than one Mastermind, keep one dull for the heavier patterns, and have one shined with Royal Shine for the shorter and broken down oil patterns. I was pleasantly surprised with the results after the cover change, and shows that the Mastermind really is a great all around bowling ball.
In closing, I would like to thank Parker Bohn and everyone at Brunswick Bowling. Brunswick truly has the best, most versatile lineup around. Showing what the Mastermind can do across a variety of oil patterns, from THS to long and short Challenge Series patterns, will help bowlers see the versatility of the Mastermind, and just how easily this ball can be used on a wide array of conditions. It is the first ball out of my bag on heavier patterns, and when the lanes carry down, I grab the Mastermind, move inside and have fun. I hope you enjoyed my review of the Brunswick Mastermind bowling ball, good luck and good bowling everyone. Go get your Mastermind today!
James Goulding III
Brunswick Advisory Staff