I drilled a Hy-Road strong, (6 3/4 half way between my VAL and track) with the pin in my ring finger, and balance hole 1" down my VAL. (15lbs., pin 3-3.5 with 2.8oz top)
One thing about my release and ball roll, is that every hybrid ball that I drill has a tendance to not do what it is advertised to do. Examples, the Hot Rod hybrid for me hooked all over the lane, and this ball was for drier conditions. The Sure fire for me was a "TON" stronger than the Spitfire, and this ball was supposed to give me more control on more oil. The Secret Agent for me went longer than all the other Agents, with a very smooth backend (it ended up being my benchmark ball). All of those bowling balls were great balls for me (I drilled 2 hybrids, 2 surefires, and 4 secrets), just not what I expected based on advertisements.
With that said, I drilled the Hy-road with no expectations as to ball roll or characteristics. What I ended up with is a ball that is "AS ADVERTISED"!!! The Hy-Road glides through the front of the lane like the pearl, reads the midlane like the solid, and then finishes very strong like the pearl. This a very unique reaction on the left side of the lane, as we do not have as much breakdown in the fronts, or as much carrydown in the backends. This ball will see the lanes when I need to go straighter up the boards, on flatter patterns. I have used it in a few different houses, as well as with a few different surface adjustments, and have found that this ball is the strongest of the T-Road line. This ball will be the first ball out of the bag when the scores are very low, and keeping the ball in play is a priority. The easy length through the fronts is a bit much for most house conditions in my area (most of the centers use a ton of oil in the middle with bone dry outsides). I use lower RG balls to get into a roll and stay in the oil, and away from the screaming outsides.
The Hy-Road will be in my bag at tournaments. This will be my go to ball when the lanes play a little flat, and there isn't alot of hold. I also see this ball as being a great wood lane ball, as it will clear old wood heads easier than a solid, but not skate through the middle of the lane the way a pearl may on fresh oil.
Please note, I use 15lbs, so those who throw 16lbs may see different results, as 16 has a lower RG, and higher diff. than 15lbs in the T-Road line.
15lbs.= 2.57 RG, .046 diff.
16lbs.= 2.52 RG, .058 diff.
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