Specs are in profile. I picked this ball up drilled (although I'm not 100% convinced it had ever been used) from jkiser01. The span was very close, so I decided to adjust the thumb a touch and keep the current layout. Ball has the basic label layout, cg near the center of grip and pin even and just right of ring, no weight hole. For me this is approximately a 3.5 X 5 layout. I wanted this ball for lighter oil conditions..something with length and backend. I hit the surface with a couple coats of Jimdex polish and headed out for league.
First of all, the ball doesn't look anything close to the stock photo. It is not any shade of red, but rather HOT PINK with a little teal mixed in... Its a rather feminine color...for most people that alone would be enough to pass on this ball, but I always seem to have a knack for finding the ugly ones (Apex Intensity, Primal Instinct, Visionary Warlock, etc). As a throw out to Pechee, the ball was able to attract a few women from neighboring lanes though. To me, it most closely resembles a giant gum ball.
Threw this ball on two conditions. First was a second shift (after ladies league) 40ft medium house shot on AMF synthetics. Second was a fresh 41ft medium-heavy house shot on old wood lanes with clean backends. On shot #1, the ball cleared the heads (and mids) easily, but struggled in the carry down (basically all the oil from board 10 to about board 22 is pushed down to the backends). As long as I was able to get the ball to the extreme outside at the break point (outside of the 5 board), it came roaring back... Anything inside and the ball didn't have enough to make it back to the pocket. The hit and carry were surprisingly good for an entry-level ball. This ball/layout combo may have not been the best choice for this condition, but was definitely playable.
On the second condition, the ball just didn't have enough cover (it was highly polished) to handle the volume of oil inside. I was able to play this ball up the boards out around the 5 board. It seemed to go 50ft and then make a dramatic right turn... If ever there was a case of getting too much entry angle, this was it! I was able to get to the pocket, but the angle was so extreme, carry wasn't the best. I think the best was what appeared to be a dead flush stone 6 pin. After that, I switched to something more aggressive and moved into the oil a bit and went back to the normal pitch right and hope to carry routine. Overall I was surprised with the ability of the Mercury to recover WAY down the lane. Much more than I had expected for an entry level ball. I think once I find the right conditions (light oil), this ball will be tough to beat. If you are looking for a low cost ball with some punch (and a core), take a look into this one (or its cousin the Saturn). These balls seem to perform very well for the price point.
-Strapper SquaredAlias Generator