I've thrown balls from many manufacturers. I've thrown many balls. I have loved most of the Radical balls I've bought since the summer. I watched Phil's video (as well as past ones, and Mo's). I highly respect both of them. I was on here talking about getting the Fix and putting motion hole on it, and being accused of falling for marketing... Ridiculous Pearl (with motion hole) is my go to ball right now. Below are my opinions.
Phil kept talking about producing the strongest balls on the market and everything else is considered medium. They keep pushing these perception vs. reality videos. Here's the problem: those shots are clearly set up so the radical balls are being thrown at optimal angles. Some videos you see other balls rolling too early. Some balls too late. The Radical ball? Just right. As Phil stated, they are pushing a certain spot down lane as a break point. And for me, this motion is a match for the most part. However....
My Guru Supreme had a hook/stop motion - and he kind of confirmed that yesterday with one comment. I own a Hammer Scandal and Motiv Jackal LE. Both balls outhook the Supreme. Scandal picks up earlier with a strong, smooth motion to the pocket. The LE gets further down the lane and is very continuous. Both balls provide more hook than the Supreme, as I stated, but they also provided better shapes. Yet the Guru Supreme received one of the highest ratings before the Cash, and other companies are far behind? Don't see it.
Yesterday, I finally had the Radical Fix drilled up. Went with the "big dog" layout - as Mo put it in some of his videos. Strong asymm with motion hole. I also had a Storm Code Black drilled up. Drilled it fairly aggressive for downlane motion. On the house shot, fresh, burnt and otherwise (based on last night on 2 different pairs), the balls are fairly comparable. Code Black gets a little more length, but they cover similar number of boards. I played my usual down and in with a little speed, I got left and played a little loft, and I got further left and reduced speed and let them roll. I'd say the Fix is a tad stronger overall, but not a ton. Yet we are to believe no one comes close to Radical?
I'm sure the Alpha Crux isn't far off from the Cash. Scandal, Jackal Ghost, No Rules, Maverick, etc., etc... all probably comparable, just might hook at different points on the lane. A true perception vs reality video would show different lines being played with different surfaces, rev rates, etc. And multiple patterns.
As I said in the opening, I respect Phil and Mo. I'm constantly telling others about the brilliance of Mo's scientific background when it comes to ball motion. Yet I will not sit here and fall for the hype. The Cash may very well be the strongest ball on the market, but to saying other companies produce medium balls in comparison? Blatant lie or arrogance. My medium hook Radical balls do not compare to the competition's aggressive balls. No, they compare to the competition's medium balls. And I would argue that other companies have as stronger, or stronger equipment available. Bowlers Journal is not the be all, end all. Other sites suggest what I'm saying.
Edit: I know I went off topic from the OP. This response was more addressing some things mentioned in some subsequent posts as well as what was said in the web stream yesterday. Just my honest opinions, and I do love some of the Radical balls I own - particularly the Ridiculous Pearl.