Featuring the Eruption Pro - release date 11/05/13. Video by Columbia 300 Ambassador 2012-14 and Junior Team USA 2012 member Tyler Vostry. Blind the competition with the Eruption Pro! #emergencyorange http://www.columbia300.com/products/balls/mid-level-performance/eruption-pro
First thoughts: My very first thoughts when I opened the box was holy orange! This is a very exciting color and really gets noticed inside bowling centers. As for the ball reaction, I think Bugsy Kelly and the team at Columbia 300 have found a winner here. The first 12 times the ball hit the lane, it struck! Multiple staffers had 300's out of the box, and there has been a lot of excitement already for this ball to be released to the public. The Eruption Pro is very clean through the fronts, and for me, does not flare a lot for an angular but predictable motion. Bowlers with more hand will be able to get this ball to flare a bit more than me, something I have been searching for since I put holes in the two shown above and have since fixed with some weight holes.
The first one shown in the video is a flat out monster. It's drilled 70 x 4 x 40 with a weight hole in P3 7/8" wide and 2" deep. The stronger drilling and stronger weight hole has given me some extra flare, something I have been dying for lately. Out of box 300 on house, 778 for 3 on Route 66 (45 foot sport pattern) and 289 on cheetah, along with a tournament win and another 2nd place finish in just a week and a half of owning it. Even with the stronger drilling and some additional surface preparation - 2000, 3000, 4000, and a small dab of shine - it is still cleaner than anything in our arsenal and corners with ease once it hooks. I have yet to throw it through the pattern with this ball because of the stronger drilling, but it has never hooked instantly because of the core and cover combination. I tried a hole in the PAP and saw some wiggle down lane, so I plugged it and put the lower hole in and it became this monster. I highly suggest a stronger drilling and a lower weight hole, especially for bowlers that don't have a high amount of revolutions.
The second one is drilled 55 x 5 x 45 - a copy of one of my favorite balls ever, the Violent Eruption. It has a weight hole right on the PAP (5 1/4 over, 1/2 up), 7/8" wide and 2" deep. The cover is out of box. I am actually going to plug the weight hole as I did on the previous one and move it lower. I need an earlier and stronger down lane motion as it is so clean with the weaker drilling. So, this one is still a little bit of a work in progress. However, I was in this position with the first one and made it into a great piece, so I don't see any reason why I could not do it again with this one. The weaker drilling and weight hole makes it clean and smooth, a reaction I don't look for very often with my 320 rpms but can be good for some high rev players.
Overall, this is a motion that Columbia 300 has not offered in a long time and I am excited to continue to have fun throwing these Eruption Pros!