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Icon 300
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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Core: Dense Polymer Core Dense Energy Block

Coverstock: Muscle Plus

Hardness: 75-78

Color:Purple/Red/Orange with Gold Sparkle Engraving

Finish: 1200 Grit Fine Finish

Track Flare: 3-5

Total Hook: 55

Hook Potentail: 35


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Re: Icon 300
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2003, 09:24:02 AM »
Columbia's ICON 300 is a nice compliment to the first two ICONs.
The 300 breaks earlier and a few boards more and squares up on
the pocket better. With a good shine ball reacts stronger at the
back end. Mine was drilled 3 3/8 by 3 3/8. I tend to use it more when
I can go up the boards on heavier oil and have enough finish to


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Re: Icon 300
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2003, 06:34:28 PM »
Ball digs into even the heaviest and longest patterns. Hit's like a truck. Polish it and delay the hook for maximum carrying potential.


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Re: Icon 300
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2003, 11:06:46 AM »
The New Icon 300 is by far the most aggressive in the Columbia Line. It plows through even the heaviest oil. This ball in the out of the box configuration rips through the pins as well as any I have rolled. Polishing the ball delays the hook, and results in a devastating back end reation with great carry potential.


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Re: Icon 300
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2003, 01:04:36 PM »
Just got this ball a week ago, because I got the 1st ICON and I was satisfied with it to an extent. I use mostly Columbia equipment, with my favorite being the ROCK-ON. I practiced only 2 games with this ball before taking it into league play, something I usually never do.

The hits were beautiful and powerful. If you think this  ball is not coming back from the outside, believe me - you're wrong.
So far on 2 different lane conditions - heavy and medium oil. I was hitting a lot better on the heavy condition, shooting  706 . On medium condition, I shot 665 (I have a combined average of 197). If you like the Columbia Line, this is a good one. After two nights of league play, it's already paid for.

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Re: Icon 300
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2003, 09:19:30 PM »
Drilled this ball at the ABC Masters.  The lanes were too much for its box dull, so I had to shine it up a bit.  Shiny, the ball gets through the heads very well, rolls up nice in the midline, and explodes with a powerful but controllable backend.  It's not a skid/snap and it wasn't arc.  It was the perfect middle of the two.

When I got home I put a 600 scotch brite pad to the ball to get it back to dull, as the house conditions here tend to be very wet-dry with a bunch of oil in the middle.  The ball reacts much the same way, just earlier and more even.  It's a very powerful ball at the pin deck, throwing wood everywhere.

It is drilled with the pin above and to the right of the ring finger (4 3/4 X 4).  


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Re: Icon 300
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2003, 03:35:16 PM »
Just got the ball after a major back order problem. This ball is an exciting piece of equipment. Let me stress this YOU NEED OIL IN THE HEADS. Ok, shot with it out of the box with a leverage weight drill, weight hole drilled out just above my axis point for a little bit more on the back end. My first three games in practice were 254 245 239 for a 738 series. Strike or nine count for 36 straight frames. Now just as the reports have said strong arching backend, but it is not a strong over powering backend it is a steady arch with no loss in speed or energy. Bowled in my Monday night league with it and shot 555 (I had a really hard time tripping out 10 pins, two 4-9's, and a missed bucket doesn't help). My league condition has tripled oil heads because they are so worn out, we would have no oil with a regular pattern. But even with all that oil the ball still came back strong and hard. I recommed this ball to anybody who is comfortable swinging it. Straight up players might have a hard time controlling it without the proper drill. By far the best in the ICON series to date.


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Re: Icon 300
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2003, 12:17:58 AM »

The review below was on a super fresh league pattern (I later found out) with waaay much more oil up front than usual.

This ball has been a real disappointment since I first threw it.  I've tried it dull and shiny on just about any amount of oil you could think of...I have yet to see anything that resembles hook.  It grabs as soon as it hits the lane and that's's done.  

Like the WOW, I'm not a big fan of balls that die before they get halfway down the lane.  If you have any hand at all, avoid this ball like the plague.

15 lb.
3" pin
3.75 oz. TW

Drill specs:
Label leverage (CG in positive thumb area, MB under thumb)
3/4 thumb, 1/2 positive side
Box finish

Looks like the third time is the charm for the Icon series.

I picked up this Icon 300 in a trade with BigKG (thanks, Kevin).  I was looking for a big hooker...and I got it.

I've really avoided Columbia particles ever since my Extreme Chaos went through some serious TEC death after 50 games or so.  With the Muscle covers looking better, I figured I would give the boys from San Antonio another shot.

It's early, but for now I'm glad I did.

The Icon 300 delivers a lot of hook, but much like several strong particles today, it's hook you can use on a wide variety of conditions.  As long as you have oil up front, the Icon 300 will turn the corner.  

I tested the Icon 300 along with a Storm LRG with a similar drill on a house shot and the Icon was about 2 feet earlier and 4-6 boards stronger.  Like the LRG, the Icon 300 was responsive to release and speed changes.  

Don't be mistaken, this is a big bowling ball and probably too much for most players on a regular house shot.  However, for tournament players, this ball would definitely find a place in many bags for the slick/long conditions you often come across.

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Re: Icon 300
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2003, 12:25:20 AM »
This is a tale of 2 balls...

I got this ball 2nd hand from my uncle who hated it.  The pin is above the fingers; cg stacked below, right of center and under the midline (the pin is long). I got it rather dull and I absolutely hated it with a fiery vengeance!!!  It started to roll around 15 feet and had rolled out by the time it hit 40 feet.  I was leaving nickels (with company) on every shot. I had to check the label to make sure it didn't say "Zone".  ;-)

The next day I highly polished it (20 minutes in the machine) and it was like a totally different ball.  It actually got an extra 6 or 7 feet of length and didn't roll out but rather got into a very strong continous arc.  The carry was tremendous whether light or high.

Though it hits, the ball is not versatile at all.  It won't cross that many boards (i.e. doesn't recover well when you swing it) because it rolls too hard.  It requires you to play fairly direct to the pocket (for us guys without hand) yet the ball's tendency is to check up early so it's as if the ball minimizes the hold you have to the pocket (for me anyway).

Overall I'm not very impressed.  I think if you want heavy roll for heavy oil Brunswicks, Buzzsaws, and Ebonites would be a better choice.  I've become very dissapointed with Columbia lately.  I loved the Bosses, Surges, and Rocks but the Reaction line and Icon line have produced balls that IMO are too condition-specific.  This Icon 300 is no different.

If there's heavy oil and the shot is direct this ball will work well but as soon as the lane opens up even a little, put this thing away.  Also you need to keep it shiny because when its dull it gave me the worst ball reaction I've ever gotten from a bowling ball.

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Re: Icon 300
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2003, 02:15:42 PM »
It's been a while, but I'm back. I bougth my 15 lb. Icon 300 about 2 weeks ago. I have it drilled with a Stacked Leverage layout. This is with the pin
3-3/8 x 3-3/8 with the CG. I have a balance hole about an inch under my axis.

I bowl on brand new Brunswick AnviPro synthetics. The lanes are oiled heavily and the backends are pretty clean. The pattern is a typical house shot, but the wall is out around the 5 fifth board and the middle of the lane is flooded.

This ball definitely bites through the oil which is due to the Muscle Plus coverstock. The layout causes the ball to rev up HARD in the midlane which is a must due to my ball speed. The ball has a continuous roll on the backend and provides extreme HIT.

Great ball for medium to heavy oiled lanes!!


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Re: Icon 300
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2003, 06:42:17 PM »
have this ball for 3 months now...its still goin'

this ball is great for flooded lanes i would reconmend it to almost anyone

considering it is a ball that moves a lot it is fairly easy to use as long as the oil is there

if you have a lot of hand get this ball scotch brighted like i did

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Re: Icon 300
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2003, 06:01:32 AM »
THIS BALL DESTROYS PINS.  I was practicing with my TI Messenger when my pro shop guy finished drilling my ICON.  I threw the first ball on the same line I was already using and took out the 4-7-8.  I made one adjustment and threw the next 16 in a row.  That was 5 months ago.  Last Wednesday I shot 1057 for four.
Like a car needs oil, your ball needs to be kept clean and it will continue to perform.  I can use this ball from medium to heavy oil.  Make a line and slight hand position change and rip racks all night long.  The ball almost isn't fair.


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Re: Icon 300
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2003, 02:09:04 AM »
This is the biggest piece of crap i have ever had. It does not react the way it is suppose to on my house shot or in heavy oil. In heavy oil, i have to throw it right at the  pocket and little reaction takes place.The best reaction is when the ball is thrown in med to light oil only. This ball i would not have in my bag, and is not one of columbia's best ball created on their line.


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Re: Icon 300
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2004, 04:27:08 PM »
This ball has two faces. One side is the good side. nice flare, good backend. Any house is good for this ball in oob condition but when you get about 25 games on it, the ball finishs just a bit week just use polish. When i got about 75 games on it the ball stoped hooking. im now playing strait. My Groove more than it. So after you get about 60 games on the ball, SELL IT!!!!!!!!


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Re: Icon 300
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2004, 09:00:07 AM »

yesterday i drilled my icon300 and the first game i bowled 256.
this ball carries a lot of power into the pins when you´re on the right conditions.
when the lanes break down, put it back into your bag or it will burn out at 45 feet.
great ball like most other columbia balls.