This latest addition to the Encounter line is definitely the best I have seen to date. IT gives a better mid-lane read than the Dark Encounter, flips as hard as the original Encounter, but hits better than either of them. I was very impressed with this being a new hybrid version of the Elastin coverstock and still being able to pick up so well in the oil.
I have one drilled pin-up, which just burned up a little much for the THS in my area at the factory 1500 abranet finish. I took this ball to 1000 abralon, not a huge change, but it was enough to get the ball down lane and still make the corner with enough power to drive through the pins. On lighter, long oil patterns and on most medium oil patterns, this ball is great to start with, even being pin up. I think I could even coax a little more out of this ball if i took the surface up to 1500 or 2000 abralon.
My other Wicked Encounter is basically a shifted pin-down layout of my pin-up. Now you would think with the pin up version being so strong, a pin down version would be even stronger and quite possibly roll out a lot. that it a total MYTH with this ball. NEVER have I owned a ball that will let me stand left, throw right, and pray that it won't overhook the pocket...on a burned up house shot! This ball simply refuses to quit on the backend, even at the factory 1500 abranet finish. Having said that, I believe this ball is great for heavy oil sport patterns where getting a good read in the midlanes is crucial, and I also believe this ball will be a great addition for the typical league bowler who loves to stand left and throw right.
Cliff Barnes Pro Shop Lafayette, IN
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