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Snakster

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Ebonite Demo Day Experience
on: March 06, 2018, 10:26:39 AM
My son and I attended a Ebonite family ball demo this past Sunday at a local lane.  I've had limited exposure to these brands and my son had virtually none.

Past experience: A couple years ago I was throwing both Black Widow Legend on the black and gold spike.  I liked them both; especially the Spike.  Kind of wish I had drilled the widow differently.  The first ball I bought when I started bowling was a used Ebonite Signals.  The span was drilled about 1/8" too long  (I don't go to  that pro shop anymore), but I still liked that ball.  I also briefly had a 919C (also used).  Meh.


Demo Balls:

GB3:  This may have been the one I liked best.  I really liked the control and predictability.  I was great when I tried it early in the fresh.  About an hour later, not so much.  Would be a great first ball out of the bag, but maybe not so much later.  Good value on this one.  Even though they only had house shot down, I get the sense it would be good in sport shot by the way it was reading the mids.

Rip'd:  This was the opposite of the GB3 for me.  Early on it was WAAAAAY too long for me.  I picked it back up late and then it was really good.  It finally starting reading a little early, but still easy length and a nice strong move.  I was able to play 5 boards left of my normal comfort zone.

Rip'd Solid:  Didn't like this at all.  Maybe it's an illusion, but some balls come off my hand very well and other just do not.  They seem to lope and labor down the lane.  This was the case with this ball.  Took about 5 shots and put it back in the box.  Never gave it another thought  (The Rip'd hybrid, came off my hand VERY well.  I don't get it)

Alias Symmetric drill:  This was okay but also seemed to labor on me a little.  I had to play pretty direct  and it was fine.  Just didn't move the needle much.

Alias Assym drill:  I like this drill much better.  It just gave me a little more on the back end that really opened things up for me.  Felt better coming off my hand and just gave me a much nicer shape.  This was a top 3 on the day for me.

Lit Pearl:  This ball didn't do much for me.  It was pretty 'meh'.  Didn't like how it was getting down the lane most of the time and was unable to hold the pocket with it.  Since i liked others better, I quickly put it back and never picked it up again. (My son liked it a lot the first time he threw it, not as much later on)

Ultra Heat:  I really liked this one a lot as well.  It was much stronger than I was expecting which leads me to label it the house shot killer of the group.  It much up very well for my tweener game on this house shot.  Just felt like I could throw it  down lane and it just did what it needed to do.  Auto pilot.  Definitely top 3 on the day.  I think the GB3 would have more condition versatility, but this ball was a gem among some much higher priced balls.

Verdict pearl:  This ball grew on me each time I picked it up.  Definitely liked it better than the Lit Pearl.  It wouldn't be the ball I grabbed in warm-ups, but I could definitely see it's usefulness in game 3.  For the price I'd want more usability, but it is a very nice ball when the time is right.

Fierce Phobia:  I liked this ball a lot too, just not enough. Gave me a decent shape and carried pretty well, it just didn't wow me.  I had thrown the original in a brief demo over the summer.  I liked it better.

Very enjoyable experience and the reps there were all very helpful.  We didn't end up buying any that day.  If I was to pick one to buy, it would be the GB3 (and I still might...we were given a card as proof of attendance and can still get 20 off).

For the record, almost without exception, the all looked amazing in my son's hand.  He was having his way with each one.  Later on, when going back to them, some of them lost their earlier look for him, but we don't know if it was simply fatigue setting in.  He had bowled eastern PA High School regional's on Friday and Saturday.
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Re: Ebonite Demo Day Experience
Reply #1 on: March 30, 2018, 07:39:01 AM
That is awesome!!!  Thank you for coming out to the Demo Day.  I have been working demos for about five years now and I think this is the first review I have come across.  I am going to present this to our staff, hopefully this is something we can encourage bowlers to do. 
When you get a chance please check out the track recommendation tool however before doing so I will strongly suggest you go to your local pro shop and ask for assistance with getting your Rev Rate, Tilt, Axis Rotation and Ball Speed.
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Re: Ebonite Demo Day Experience
Reply #2 on: March 30, 2018, 09:16:01 PM
I went to a EBI Demo Day yesterday, in Sacramento. I really enjoyed it. I liked the Rip d pearl, strong ball , The GB 3 was just ok for me. The Lit pearl also was good. I also liked the Fierce Phobia and bought one. The Track Ultra Heat was also a good ball . I had fun throwing all the new stuff from EBI.

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Re: Ebonite Demo Day Experience
Reply #3 on: March 30, 2018, 11:25:45 PM
Thanks for the comprehensive summary Snakster. I appreciate your insights.I'm looking to add a GB3 to my bag in the near future and, perhaps, a Verdict Pearl. Currently, I use a Maxim spare ball, a GameBreaker 2, a Warrior Supreme and a Verdict. They each have a place in my bag and progression: Solid equipment.

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Re: Ebonite Demo Day Experience
Reply #4 on: March 30, 2018, 11:47:50 PM
I'm happy Ebonite is finally getting back on top. For a while there, it was looking kinda bad.
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Re: Ebonite Demo Day Experience
Reply #5 on: April 01, 2018, 08:31:37 PM
I think I was at this same demo day and I say my comments are bit different.  I am a higher rev tweener to cranker.  My thoughts are as follows:

Favorites:  GB3 and Rip'd Hybrid have purchased both and will be throwing them tomorrow night for the first time.  GB3 was amazing for me.  I loved the origninal v2 and this ball was very close for me.  Even as they broke down I just moved left and still had plenty of recovery for a solid.  Loved the motion.  The Rip'd got down the lane better than the GB3 but had amazing recovery.  Get in throw in right and watch it come back.

Ultra Heat was a nice house ball or later shift ball.  I have many of these and similar looks with other ebi balls (Sideswipe, VOW, others). 

The Lit Pearl was close to the Rip'd pearl for me. I like the shape of the Rip'd better but a good piece. 

The Verdict Pearl was also nice but for me very similar to my Scandal Pearl and I love my Scandal Pearl so did not need this one. 

The Rid'd Solid was good but the GB3 was just better for me and my game. 

I HATED the Alias in both drillings.  It was too early for me and not enough continuation down lane. 

Fierce Phobia decent ball but I have other balls that are very similar.  This was a little on the early side for a pearl if you ask me. 

I personally match up better with EBI balls than other companies (of course with a few exceptions). 

I love Demo days, it is a great time to try out many balls on fresh and broken in conditions especially if it is your "home house." As you can get a good gauge on what will work well in leagues and tournaments. 

Jeff S.
 

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Re: Ebonite Demo Day Experience
Reply #6 on: April 02, 2018, 12:38:44 AM
Sounds like you had a good time. Cant believe you tried that many balls, Im only able to to get 3 or 4 in. But posting your experience is a plus and I can see the EBI staff was excited to get positive feedback.
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Snakster

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Re: Ebonite Demo Day Experience
Reply #7 on: April 02, 2018, 10:09:36 PM
Sounds like you had a good time. Cant believe you tried that many balls, Im only able to to get 3 or 4 in. But posting your experience is a plus and I can see the EBI staff was excited to get positive feedback.

My son and I basically had a pair to ourselves. So it was very easy to get in a bunch of shots and move on to another ball.
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Motiv Jackal Ghost