I had the opportunity to pick up an Encounter at a very reasonable price and have been testing it out over the last four weeks on various conditions and houses. I tried using it during two 6-game doubles tournaments but the conditions weren't suitable for the ball. It was a low-volume modified house condition which I dont see all that often but the ball hooked way too much and I had to ball down. In another house where I see plenty of oil I tried playing the slow bender but the ball either wouldn't hook up enough or would plow through the nose. I then played my A-game hard and straight up the boards and WHAM.....11 out of 12 dead flush. This ball for me is very rolly for a pearlized ball. With pearlized equipment I am more used to long and snap hard in the back but that is not the case with the Encounter. This ball has great mid-lane and solid continuation through the pin deck. I am looking forward to using this ball during league when we start in two weeks. It is also the first Columbia ball I have purchased since the Bedlam & Noize. I still use the Bedlam but have since retired the Noize. The Bedlam is a great ball and I have had much success with it. I really think the Encounter is going to be an awesome ball for me this season.