Weight = 16lbs
Pin = 4 inch Pin
Top Weight = 2.6oz before drill
Layout = Pin over Bridge, cg at 75 degrees, 5 x 4 1/2
Weighthole = None
Surface Finish - 1) OOB 2) 2000 abralon 3) 1200 abralon w/Storm Reactashine (mmm...banana)
19-20mph of hand
PAP - 5 > 1/2 ^
Axis Rotation - 10*-60* degrees
Axis Tilt - 0*-15* degrees axis tilt
I ordered this ball as soon as it was announced as a compliment to a Paradigm I had. I liked it so much that the Paradigm was sold to a buddy. It's been used across the Southwest, from Texas, to Vegas, to Sacramento, to Los Angeles. It's seen tournaments, leagues, and Nationals. It has the honor as the first ball out of my bag anywhere I go.Versatility
This ball is meant for mediums, both heavy and light, but can handle a little more oil than medium-heavy. OOB will squirt with heavy oil, carrydown, OB etc. The OOB surface with this drilling loves longer, lighter patterns, and short heavy patterns. On fresh backends the move can be quite angular, but as the mids start to go the ball smoothes out nicely. I end up not having to move much over 3 games as the ball just smoothes out and still powers through the carrydown, a nifty trick if I do say so.
At 2000 grit abralon the ball picked up a roll a bit sooner on the fresh and allowed me to square up and play with everyone else, but the moves were sonner and bigger. But carrydown becomes less of a problem. This is the same characteristic I've seen with all of my Reactor coverstock balls, the Pyro, Tropical, and Hot Rod Hybrid.Hook
Pin over my bridge is my favorite drilling. It normally fends off the early hook i see sometimes and allows for a sharp controlled move. This drilling on the Agent looks as if the pin is in a lower/earlier position, maybe 4-4 1/2". The move is fairly early for a 5" pin as a result of the large, round EMC core. The move is large, but not snappy. I think this is one of the true arc balls out there. There's arc, snap, and rolly...this definatly not the last two.Length
The OOB surface gives easy length, and the core won't let you push through the breakpoint. I'm looking forward to seeing this core in heavier oil balls, you'll get super roll. Of course taking the surface down allows the ball to read earlier, but the backend move didn't suffer as much as other pearls when you sand them, a definite plus.Control/Readability
Even with the big backend potenial, the core allows this ball to be classified as a control ball. Put your favorite rolly drilling on this and be treated to area on a flatter shot.Patterns played
Regional 3 38' crown
This pattern gives you a fake shot on the gutter, and a more manageable shot up the track. This ball was to violent on the fresh, inside or out, but shined in the mid games when they opened up. A duller surfaced would have helped but that's what the Trifecta is for
Regional 5 44'
This pattern was too heavy to start with and that where the Brunswick Strike Zone comes in handy. Once things calmed down the Agent (OOB) slotted right in behind the SZ on the same line with a little more room the miss right with it's recovery.
What a day I had in singles...
Started out on 5 with my Trifecta, it's looking good since the Agent is sqirrly inside from round 25 to 10. I go 215, 150 first two. Obviously the shot is no longer there, so the last ball of the 150 I grab the Agent slide on 45, lay down at 40, and send it to 10 at 40ft...crushed 'em. And I proceed to not miss and shoot 300. I had at least 4-5 boards of room to miss. 1-2 at my laydaown and 2-3 at my breakpoint...I got one out to 7. Crush. One into 11. Crush. The ball crossed the lane marker, stood up and the pins were gone. Very fun.Compared to Other Balls in my Arsenal
Paradigm - same drill, cg @ 45 degrees. The Paradigm is a magnitude stronger on the backend and gets almost a foot more length. True skid flip compared to Agent.
Strike Zone - 4 1/2 x 4 drilling, 800 grit abralon. The SZ is earlier, but the backend reaction is similar, the SZ does the Agent's job on heavier stuff.
Hot Rod Hybrid - Stacked drill, OOB
Hybrid gets 2 extra feet but stronger and smoother break, The Agent can handle more oil than Hybrid, but the different hook shape is the key.Overall Impressions and Final Thoughts
This ball was fantastic OOB. I couldn't put it down. After 3 months of use, with regular cleaning (I work in a Proshop) it developed a little track. No biggie, i've used it a lot. I took it down to 500, then 1000, then 1200, and added Storm ReactaShine polish as per Storms reccomendation. The ball has lost the punch it once had. What used to be a noticable move off dry has really diminished. I'd have to knock the rating of the ball down to medium and light medium duty. I hope once I get rid of some of the polish it'll come alive again. I can't wait to get the forgivness of the EMC core working again. A super ball in a hopefully super line of Agents. I'll be passing on the Double Agent since my Trifecta hardly sees action, but i'mlooking forward to the solid and particle pearls.
PS - Thanks to Ramtart for the use of his review format. Makes it easier than trying to remember to include everyhting.
*...Got the 5 out clean!
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