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Katana
« on: October 26, 2017, 04:22:46 PM »
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
The Radical Katana was named after a Japanese sword that has a curved single edged blade with a long grip. This bowling ball uses an asymmetric core design that really smashes through the pins. Radical feels that this is their most angular high performance ball to date. This core is paired with their Forged coverstock to make this ball very responsive.

Color: Black/Charcoal Pearl
Core: Katana Asymmetric
RG: 2.503**
Differential: 0.050**
** RG and Diff are based off of 15 lb. balls
Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy Oil

 

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Re: Katana
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2017, 09:13:42 AM »
Join #TeamLSR as they CUT through the competition with Radical Bowling Technologies's newest, the #KATANA!


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Re: Katana
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2017, 03:37:39 PM »
This is my 2nd Radical ball and I'm impressed with the performance of the Kantana. I drilled mine 50x 4.5 x40 with a P3 hole. Threw this on a THS in a tournament out the box and shot 246-300-298 = 844, for 9 games I shot 2282. Ball was very clean through the lane with nice strong finish but not jerky. I would recommend if your look for a pearl ball when you solid is too strong and not getting down lane.. Now that's Rad

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Re: Katana
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2017, 03:49:29 PM »
BALL SPECS

Ball Weight: 15 lbs


DRILL PATTERN

Dual Angle: 45 x 5 x 50

X Hole (if there is one): Yes


BOWLER STYLE

Rev Rate: Medium , between 250-275 rpm

Ball Speed: 17-18 mph

PAP/Track: 5 1/2" over and 1/2" down


SURFACE PREP

Grit: Box Finish

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Polish


COMMENTS

The Radical Katana is a outstanding benchmark ball that every bowler HAS to have in their arsenal.  The ball is clean through the front and picks up a early midlane read and strong flip in the backend.  Laid this one out to complement my Hitman when the Hitman becomes too angular, I can go to the Katana which rolls pretty close and slows down the motion in the backend.  The Katana is a must to have in the bag.



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Re: Katana
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2017, 10:10:42 AM »
LANE CONDITION

Length: 42'
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

COMMENTS
I used my go to drill 45x5-7/8x40 (Pin up). This layout allows the Katana to shine! I've been very happy with the smoothness at which the Katana clears the front part of the lane yet doesn't over react in the mid-lane and then shows its muscle on the backend as it makes its aggressive move off the spot and devours the pins. The Katana is another piece that shows the genius of Phil and Mo. 

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Re: Katana
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2017, 01:19:49 PM »
Check out our video and complete review.  3 testers on THS and sport pattern:

http://tamerbowling.com/radical-katana-bowling-ball-review/

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In the end, the Radical Katana looks to be a pretty versatile piece. It has a nice downlane motion that isn’t skid/snap but punchy in a way that a lot of bowlers will enjoy. That motion will be accentuated on the typical drier conditions many are facing but at the same time, we found it very nicely usable on the tough stuff as well. Every tester liked what they saw.
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Re: Katana
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2018, 10:57:35 PM »

BALL SPECS


Pin Length: 4"


Starting Top Weight: 3.2 oz


Ball Weight: 15 lbs 4 oz



DRILL PATTERN


Ball: 65 x 5 x 35


X Hole (if there is one): none



BOWLER STYLE


Rev Rate: 375 rpms


Ball Speed:17.5 mph off hand



PAP/Track: 4 3/4 over 3/4 up



SURFACE PREP


Grit: 500 Grit with Rough Buff


Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Compound



LANE CONDITIONS


Lengths of patterns: 41 foot house shot



Volumes:  moderate



Type: house



BALL REACTION


Length: Clean through the heads with a very angular reaction



Back End: skid/snap


Overall Hook: Strong


Midlane Read: Very little


Breakpoint Shape: Skid/Snap



COMMENTS


Likes: Super strong with great entry angle



Dislikes: none


The Katana is a long and strong skid snap ball for those looking for more backend reaction.  This ball is super clean through the front part of the lane with a quick revving core.  Once this ball stands up at the breakpoint look out!  I think this could be a game changer for the rev challenged looking for more entry angle.  The Katana is several feet longer and considerably more angular than the True Nirvana it replaces in my bag.  The main difference seems to be the new cleaner cover that was used on the Katana.  In spite of the quicker revving core the cleanliness of the overstock allows the ball to maintain its axis rotation longer.  I can roll this one more off my hand and not have to worry about the flat ten reaction on the backend.  This thing really scatters the pins and also takes surface adjustments well.  The Katana can be used anytime there is friction present.  There are better choices for fresher slicker patterns like the Kingpin or the More Cash.  If your looking for greater entry angle and excellent recovery check out the Katana.
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Re: Katana
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2018, 09:09:22 AM »
The Katana is simply an outstanding bowling ball.  This core and cover are a perfect fit together to create back end motion and hitting power.  Mine is drilled 55 x 5 x 65 and that gives me the feel of controllability along with strength.

I use this ball on most everything except heavier longer patterns.  But for house shots and medium length sport patterns it works as well as anything I have ever thrown, plus helps to create mistake area downlane.

Phil and Mo have a real winner here, don't miss out on your chance to add this to your arsenal.

Jeff Poholsky

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Re: Katana
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2018, 08:01:55 PM »

BALL SPECS


Pin Length: 4"


Starting Top Weight: 3.2 oz


Ball Weight: 15 lbs 4 oz



DRILL PATTERN


Ball: 65 x 5 x 35


X Hole (if there is one): none



BOWLER STYLE


Rev Rate: 375 rpms


Ball Speed:17.5 mph off hand



PAP/Track: 4 3/4 over 3/4 up



SURFACE PREP


Grit: 500 Grit with Rough Buff


Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Compound



LANE CONDITIONS


Lengths of patterns: 41 foot house shot



Volumes:  moderate



Type: house



BALL REACTION


Length: Clean through the heads with a very angular reaction



Back End: skid/snap


Overall Hook: Strong


Midlane Read: Very little


Breakpoint Shape: Skid/Snap



COMMENTS


Likes: Super strong with great entry angle



Dislikes: none


The Katana is a long and strong skid snap ball for those looking for more backend reaction.  This ball is super clean through the front part of the lane with a quick revving core.  Once this ball stands up at the breakpoint look out!  I think this could be a game changer for the rev challenged looking for more entry angle.  The Katana is several feet longer and considerably more angular than the True Nirvana it replaces in my bag.  The main difference seems to be the new cleaner cover that was used on the Katana.  In spite of the quicker revving core the cleanliness of the overstock allows the ball to maintain its axis rotation longer.  I can roll this one more off my hand and not have to worry about the flat ten reaction on the backend.  This thing really scatters the pins and also takes surface adjustments well.  The Katana can be used anytime there is friction present.  There are better choices for fresher slicker patterns like the Kingpin or the More Cash.  If you ar looking for greater entry angle and excellent recovery check out the Katana.
Chris Garrett
Upstate Pro Shop
Greenville, SC  864-248-4737
Upstateproshop@charter.net

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