i threw this bad boy at a Pro Shop Employee demo day. As all hammer and ebonite demo day balls are drilled, this one was stacked with pin below the ring finger. Let my just start off by saying, i was bowling on more of a medium condition, and even though this ball is for heavy oil, it had been used in demo's so it had a slight polish to it from lane usage and oil. Anyway, by no means is this ball good for playing up the lane the way this is drilled. Totally for playing deep inside lines.
So, my first impression on this ball is that it over hooks. The reason? well the fresh backends were over come by this balls coverstock and new core, so it just took off like someone kicked it in the other direction. This sharp angle was WAY to strong, and i was leaving wack splits, and pins ive never left before, and everyone else using it had the same problem.
BUT....one you hit carry down THIS BALL SHINES. It didnt flip or ark, it was inbetween depending on how many revs u have, or how u throw it. anyway, i was carying every shot near or on the pocket, and i was getting amazing pin action.
Comparison between xcel particle and xxcel:
The xcel particle is a great ball, but it is not as aggressive as the xxcel. The xcel is more of a arc ball by far, and teh xxcel by far is more of a flipy ball. Both were great in the heavy oil, but i liked the xxcel better (once there was carry down)
My overview of this xxcel, is that it is a great ball added to an already great line up of balls by ebonite. if u dont have a heavier oil ball, and u need one, consider this ball...you wont be sorry. the only downside to this ball is that it isnt a good first game ball. If u bowl in a first league with fresh backends, hold this ball till the second or third game, because it will over react. none the less, a great ball.
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