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Harsh Reality
« on: February 16, 2024, 10:10:42 AM »
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The 900Global Harsh Reality is an upgraded version of the original Reality with A.I. Core Technology! Featuring the Disturbance A.I. Asymmetric Core, this ball offers a familiar lane appearance but delivers enhanced overall performance compared to its predecessor. With a lower RG, higher differential, and increased intermediate differential, the Harsh Reality maintains the shape of the original Reality while excelling on the heaviest oil patterns. The Reserve Blend 902 Solid Cover finished with 2000 Grit Abralon, is specifically designed for the toughest conditions, making it the most powerful ball ever produced by 900 Global. The unique Reserve Blend 902 Solid Cover ensures maximum oil absorption and displacement for increased hook potential.

Color: Atomic/Graphite/Black
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Disturbance A.I. Asymmetric (14-16#)
Coverstock: Reserve Blend 902 Solid Reactive
Finish: 2000-Grit Abralon
Hook Potential: High
Length: Medium
Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy Oil
RG: 2.48 (for 15# ball)
Differential: 0.054 (for 15# ball)



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Re: Harsh Reality
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2024, 11:51:52 AM »
Harsh Reality - Ball Specs
Cover Stock: 902 Solid
Finish: 2000 Grit Abralon
Core: Disturbance Asymmetric
Layout: 60 x 5 x 70
RG: 2.48
Differential: 0.054
Intermediate Diff: .019

The Tour Engineered 900 Series all new Harsh Reality utilizes the Reserve Batch Blend 902 solid coverstock combined with the Disturbance Asymmetric A.I. Core to give you the strongest ball in the 900 Global line. Yes, I believe the Harsh Reality is stronger and more versatile than the Original Reality. I drilled my Harsh Reality pin down and was surprised how much energy it had down lane. I tested this ball on a 44 feet sport pattern. As a mid to low rev player, I was able to play straight up the outside and move left and play inside 10 with success. For me the Harsh Reality is two to three boards stronger than the original Reality.  The Harsh Reality will be my first choice on heavy oil patterns. This is a great ball for all levels of bowlers. Order one from your local pro shop today! My ball review videos are posted on YouTube channel Stanley Waite.

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Re: Harsh Reality
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2024, 05:34:14 PM »

Volume: Med-High
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS


Core: Disturbance A.I. Asymmetric
Cover: Reserve Blend 902 Solid
Finish: 2000 Abralon
RG: 2.48 (15)
Differential: 0.054 (15)

Right-Handed Tweener
Speed: 12-13 mph
Rev Rate: 315
Axis Tilt: 14°
Axis Rotation: 74°
PAP: 5 1/8 R 7/8 Up

Ball Layout: Pin Over Ring 5 1/2 X 4 1/2 X 3 VLS

The new 900 series release from 900 Global is an upgraded replacement for the very successful Reality. The new Harsh Reality uses the Disturbance Assymetric core newly wrapped in AI technology. The Reserve Blend 902 solid cover helps create more motion in oil, making this ball a powerful upgrade to what was already one of the best heavy oil balls on the market.

I tested the Harsh Reality in my league. I didn't have alot of hope that I would get more than a game out of the Harsh Reality due to the lane condtions in my center. While they use a longer pattern with a high volume of oil, the lane panels are pretty beat up in the front and the pattern tends to play much shorter depending on how long the oil has to sit. In my experience the balls that are very strong in the front of the lane tend to burn up with the early friction, taking them out of play as soon as the lanes begin to transition. My immediate impressions were a bit of surprise as to just how much the ball hooked over-all. To place that in context I was a full arrow left with my feet compared to where I would start with my Eternity Pi. I was surprised at how well the ball hooked and hit from that deep so early. My biggest surprise came in games 2 and 3. Our lanes transition quickly and the I kept waiting for the ball to start losing it angle through the pins. 2nd game went as well as the first and it wasn't until game 3 that I started to notice any let down. I made the small adjustment of getting the ball a little further out on the front panel and it kept me right in play. I may have sacrificed a minimal amount of carry the 2nd half of the game, but it was miles more playable than any other big solid i've tried to throw in there.

I lucked into catching a FRESHLY oiled lane when I went to shoot video with it. This lane played tighter than any time I've probably ever bowled in this house and it was really a perfect condition for what I wanted to test the ball on. I don't think I've ever gotten every shot I needed for a video so quickly. This ball is going to be the go to on the highest volume patterns and I think its incredibly versatile, taking well to hand position changes.

As a pro shop guy I can see this ball being a staple at the top of the line that will rival the original Reality. It matches up well to even guys with more hand and less speed and it's the money ball for anyone who needs help getting the ball to hook on oil.

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Re: Harsh Reality
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2024, 03:06:51 PM »
The Harsh Reality is 900 Globals newest 900 series ball. For anyone that was a big fan of the Reality like myself, as soon as you heard it was discontinued, I was hoping the Harsh would be close. The Harsh features the same core as the original but is now wrapped in reserve blend 902 solid. The Harsh for me is just a touch earlier and stronger overall but still allows me to play in the same zone as my Reality. The Harsh having AI core technology slightly increases the overall diff and reduces the RG. The Harsh for me is going to be the perfect ball down from my GEM and ball up from my Summit.

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Re: Harsh Reality
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2024, 10:11:13 AM »
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Harsh Reality
Coverstock: Reserve Blend 902 Solid
Finish: 2000 Grit Abralon
Core: Disturbance A.I. Asymmetric
RG: 2.49
Differential: 0.054
Int Diff: 0.019

Layout: 5 x 4 1/2 x 3 1/2
Layout Extras:  3" Finger Depth, "X" - 4 1/2 D and 1 Inch Left
Tester: PAP 6 1/2 R, 1 1/4 D

The 900 Global Harsh Reality offers an optimized core design with an aggressive coverstock. This specific design is intended to maximize control with more hook potential then its predecessor the 900 Global Reality. This ball is definitely a number one ball out of the bag you are looking for but with a twist. The Harsh Reality just like the OG will allow you to continue to open the lane up as transition occurs a bit more than some other offerings.

At times, "big asyms" tend to quit and the next ball down is not quite enough yet. The Harsh Reality should fill the gap on longer and higher volume patterns and will allow you to stay in a bit longer then previous releases.

You should expect a continuous, strong reaction throughout the lane. Also, 900 has kept the Int diff lower on the Harsh Reality to achieve some length down lane so the ball as designed does not "hook at your feet" and "quit". This has been the legendary wow factor of the OG Reality and it continues on here. Plus being the first A.I. offering in the 900 line makes it even more attractive to possibly catch that up to five percent carry difference being discussed around Amplified Inertia.

As previous noted above, the Harsh Reality will work best on longer and higher volume patterns. If your desire is to stay in your big asym longer as the lanes transition this ball will not disappoint. If you want the biggest hooking and most powerful 900 ball today in your bag this is the one!  Don't hesitate to try out the 900 Global Harsh Reality today.

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Re: Harsh Reality
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2024, 07:47:16 PM »
900 Global Harsh Reality – WWRD 2/16/2024
Cover: Reserve Blend 902 Solid Reactive
Core:  Disturbance Asymmetric A.I. Core
RG: 2.48
RG. Diff.: 0.054
Finish: 2000-Grit Abralon

900 Global’s new Harsh Reality is an Asymmetrical Solid piece that is good for Heavy Volume patterns.  PAP is 5 5/16 R 1 3/16 Up. Rev Rate: 400.  Speed: 16.5.  This piece received a major upgrade with the Disturbance A.I. Core Technology.  Drilled this piece with the Pin up between the fingers, CG kicked out 1” from the palm, and the Mass Bias an 1” right of the Thumb.  Out of Box ball motion clean through the fronts with a strong backend reaction on the Fresh 43’ House Pattern.  I compared this to Reality, the Harsh was a little sooner and stronger by a few boards on the backend.  This piece will be good for all types of styles.  If you are looking for a strong solid Asymmetrical piece this is it.

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Re: Harsh Reality
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2024, 09:21:32 AM »
Harsh Reality
Cover: 902 Solid Reactive
Core: Disturbance + AI
RG: 2.47 RG
Diff: 0.054
Int Diff: 0.019

My layout: 4.25 x 4.75 x 2.5

The Harsh Reality is a big solid asymmetrical ball that I see working best on heavy to med-heavy conditions. The 902 solid cover on the Harsh is not quite as early as I was expecting, but still digs hard. It reads the fronts even in heavy oil without getting off line too quick. The AI plus the high diff of this big asymm core really shines, because it makes a strong medium response move down lane. I was expecting the Harsh to be more of a replacement of my original Reality, but the core definitely tips a bit harder. Because of this I will probably keep mine at 1000 - 1500 grit as my go to finish to best fit in my bag. 

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PAP: 5 x 1/4up
Rev rate: 400


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Re: Harsh Reality
« Reply #7 on: Today at 09:31:17 AM »
The Harsh Reality takes the core shape we all loved from the original Reality series and combines it with A.I. core technology. When you combine this more dynamic core with the 902 Solid cover, the result is the strongest Reality I've thrown. This cover creates more traction than the original, and even backends more than the Reality Check due to the A.I. core. This ball is gonna be my first choice on heavy oil conditions, and also a great option to blend out the "cliff" on those over/under house conditions. This strong solid asym is early, blendy, and surprisingly tippy. This ball outhooks all the soild asyms I've had in recent years. The DNA, Gem, and Eternity Pi are all overall weaker and less dynamic downlane than the Harsh Reality.

-Chase Valenzuela