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Zen Gold Label
« on: August 30, 2023, 12:49:37 PM »
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Introducing the Zen Gold Label, 900Global's cleanest and most responsive Zen ball to date! Meticulously handcrafted, this ball is designed to give you the freedom to widen your angles without worrying about missing the breakpoint. Equipped with our innovative Reserve Blend 801 Pearl Cover and the Meditate Symmetric Core, the Gold Label dominates on medium-heavy lane conditions like no other. The Meditate Symmetric Core, a proven performer, serves as the driving force behind the Gold Label. Its compatibility with the clean and responsive cover is evident, ensuring precision in every shot. Unlike skid/flip bowling balls that may struggle to hit the desired target, this single-density symmetric core excels in spot accuracy, thanks to its substantial size and readability. With a low RG/high differential configuration, the symmetric core perfectly complements the cover, harmonizing angularity for a balanced performance. The Reserve Blend 801 Pearl Cover has been meticulously engineered to deliver an exceptionally clean look through the front part of the lane, surpassing any other cover so far in the 800 Series. After extensive research and development spanning over a year and a half, 900Global carefully combined various additives with their existing cover formulations, resulting in a groundbreaking creation exclusive to the Global line. Enhanced with Reacta-Gloss finish, the Reserve Blend 801 Cover offers increased angularity compared to the original Zen's S77 Response Cover. Experience the unparalleled cleanliness, responsiveness, and versatility of the Zen Gold Label. It sets a new standard in performance, allowing you to conquer medium-heavy lane conditions with confidence and finesse.

Color: Deep Purple
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Meditate Symmetric (14-16#)
Coverstock: Reserve Blend 801 Pearl Reactive
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Hook Potential: Medium
Length: Long
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium-Heavy Oil
RG: 2.49 (for 15# ball)
Differential: 0.051 (for 15# ball)



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Re: Zen Gold Label
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2023, 02:08:04 PM »



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS

15 Mph
340 RPM
PAP 4 7/16> 5/8^
Right Handed
Ave 220-230
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Zen Gold
RG 2.49
DIFF .051

The Original Zen and I didn’t work well together. This one seems sharper in the backend and that’s good news for me. I think this will be a solid piece on house and sport. The Batch 801 Pearl cover and the Meditate Symmetrical core are clean enough but not too clean. I can jump in with this ball fairly easy. I could see this being a highly used league ball for sure.





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Zen Gold Label Review by Luke Rosdahl
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2023, 09:19:54 AM »
User Specs: Left handed, 375 rev rate, 17mph speed, 45 degree angle of rotation, 7 degrees tilt Layout: 4 1/2 x 2 The Zen Gold Label is a new symmetric ball in 900 Global’s 800 series line. It features the new Reserve Blend 801 Pearl coverstock, which is a cleaner cover than the S77 Response Pearl from the original Zen, and which creates quite a difference between the two ball reactions. The core is the Meditate core from the other Zen releases, which comes in at a 2.49 RG and a .051 differential in 15 pounds. The Gold Label reaction reminds me very little of the original Zen, and actually feels to me like a stronger and sharper version of the Fate. I’ve used the Gold Label on several different conditions with a couple different surfaces. First, the box Reacta Gloss surface hasn’t been great for me, so I resurfaced it to 1000 grit on a resurfacing machine, and then finished it with Storm’s Step 2 compound. The result was a clean round arc. Like the original Zen, it’s a very balanced reaction, clean without being too long, strong on the backend without being jerky, and the strong core is very stable and rolly which creates a lot of control. However unlike the original Zen, the Gold Label is easier down the lane, sharper, and more naturally continuous which makes it ultimately a quite different look. I ended up taking a worn 3000 pad to it by hand to crack the shine to blend it out a little but still retain the general reaction. The Gold Label has been a first ball out of the bag for league since I drilled it. The Fate had been that ball previously, but it wasn’t quite strong enough. The Gold Label cover feels extremely similar and the core is stronger, so the familiar feel but extra bit of strength and friction response put it in the perfect place for me to start with it in league. I’ve also been able to finish the set with the same ball as it handles angle exceptionally well, it might be the best symmetric ball at covering boards that I’ve ever thrown.
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Re: Zen Gold Label
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2023, 06:49:11 PM »
900 Global Zen Gold Label
Cover: Reserve Blend 801â„¢ Pearl Reactive
Core: Meditateâ„¢ (Symmetrical)
Color: Deep Purple

The Zen line is quickly becoming a staple line similar to the Hy-Road or Phaze lines. We were happy to see another successful Zen release after we thought it hit a bit of a plateau with the ‘Master’ and ‘Soul’ just kind being okay pieces. Going back to a more similar shape to the original, the Gold Label picks up just a touch later and a touch more overall. We drilled this ball with our normal layout: tweener, 350-375 revs, 16.5mph, layout of choice is 4x4x2 (pin is above bridge). Although the SPI market is a bit flooded with pearls, this is our current favorite of the entire collection.  The Meditate weight block really creates some continuous power through the pins that is not comparable. Pair that with an incredible cover and its game over for the competition.

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900 Global Zen Gold Label review by Ethan Fiore
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2023, 11:07:37 AM »
Lane Condition
Length: 40
Volume: Medium
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

900 Global brought us the Zen Gold Label which features the 801 Pearl Coverstock with the same core as the original Zen, the Meditate Core. As I was a big fan of the original Zen, along with everyone else, I was really excited to throw this one. The New 801 cover is clean and very responsive downlane. As the new league season starts, this is the ball for you!

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Rev Rate: 500
Speed: 17.5
PAP: 4 1/8 up 7/8


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Re: Zen Gold Label
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2023, 12:39:21 PM »
Zen ball good! The Zen has been one of my favorite balls for the last 2 years and I am confident that the Zen gold label will be a great addition to the Zen family. The gold label is a little cleaner than the original Zen with more downlane shape. If you are a fan of the Zen, but you would like to have a cleaner option, then you need to get out and get a Zen Gold Label. I personally do not think that I would have both the Zen and the Gold Label in the same bag because they have too similar of an option. I have loved what I have seen out of this ball so far and I look forward to adding this ball to my tournament and house shot arsenal. Go out and get yours today!


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Re: Zen Gold Label
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2023, 01:11:50 PM »
900 Global Zen Gold Label - 800 Series

Coverstock: Reserve Blend 801 Pearl - Reacta Gloss

Core: Meditate Symmetric

RG: 2.49 Differential: .051 (15 lbs)


The new Zen Gold Label had the Meditate Symmetric Core that was in the original Zen, with a new Reserve Blend 801 Pearl Coverstock. With this new  cover, you will see a clean reaction through the fronts, getting plenty of length, with a sharp backend reaction. The original Zen was used more on fresh or heavier oil patterns, but the new Gold Label is a perfect complement to the Zen when the lanes begin to break down. On a house shot, typically I will go to this ball around the end of game 1. Once I switch, I can move left and start to open up the lane. This ball has no issues getting down the lane but has so much recovery on the back end, you won't believe your eyes. I also have found I use this ball quite a bit on some of the shorter sport patterns. I do not have to overthrow the ball through the dry in the midlane, which helps keep the ball around the pocket.


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Re: Zen Gold Label
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2023, 01:11:05 PM »

Length: 44'

Volume: 22.5 mLs

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS


Likes: Between the 2 balls, they cover A LOT of bases

Dislikes: None!

Unpopular opinion…I wasn’t a huge fan of the OG Zen.  Call me crazy, but I just didn’t gel with it.

The Gold Label is NOT the OG Zen.

The Gold Label is finally a piece that I feel we have missed for a long time.  A strong, bigger piece that is clean and angular.  The last ball I thought did this was the Phaze4.  The Phase 5 didn’t do it for me…but this Gold Label does it all!!

I did drilled 2 of them.  One of them is pin up and the other is pin down.  The pin up one is 5x5x2 and I keep it at box surface.  It’s clean and angular.  When I need to get in and wheel it, this ball eats!

The other one is pin down 4.5x4.5x3.75 with the surface cracked at 3,000.  This one is earlier and smoother.  I recently started a night of league with 300-300 with this ball! When I want to keep my angles a little more closed, this is the ball I pick up!

Zen Gold Label- 5x5x2 (pin up) box surface
Zen Gold Label- 4.5x4.5x3.75 (pin down) 3k surface

Other balls in the bag:
Virtual Energy Black Out- 5x4x2 box surface
Journey- 5x5x2
Hustle RIP- 5x5x2 box surface

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900 Global Zen Gold Label by Casey Murphy
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2023, 09:07:46 AM »
Orientation:  Right Handed
Rev Rate:  400 RPM
Speed:  16-17 MPH
PAP:  4 ½ over and ½ up

Location:  Enterprise Park Lanes, Springfield MO
Pattern:  High Volume THS
VLS Layout: 
Layout 1:  5 x 4 x 2 ½  (pin above bridge)
Layout 2:  4 ½ x 4 x 4 1/8 (pin below bridge)

NEW ZEN!  Cleanest and Snappiest Zen by A LOT.  I loved my OG Zen but it’s very strong.  There were times I wanted the Zen to be quicker downlane.  Zen Gold Label solves that.  IT HOOOOKKKS on the back.  Need I say more?


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Re: Zen Gold Label by Keith Cordy
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2023, 02:12:57 PM »



My Specs:
PAP: 4 7/8 R 7/8 UP
REV: 350
LAYOUT: 4.5 X 4.25 X 1.5 VLS

I have been bowling with the 900 Global Zen Gold Label for a few months now and I am very impressed with its performance. This ball is smooth through the front part of the lane, angular on the backend and dominate on medium conditions. Smoother and less rolly to my eyes than the OG Zen.
I did not like the reacta-gloss finish, so it is at 4000 Abralon no polish. It has a great combination of length and hook potential, thanks to the Reserve Blend 801 Pearl coverstock and the Meditate symmetric core. The ball reacts well to different hand positions and release angles, allowing me to open up the lane and create more entry angle to the pocket. The ball also hits hard and carries well, especially on the light hits. The Zen Gold Label is a versatile and reliable ball that can handle a variety of lane patterns and transitions.

It is definitely one of my favorite balls in my arsenal and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a high performance pearl ball that can handle some oil. The Zen Gold Label is the cleanest and most responsive Zen to date as per SPI.

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Re: Zen Gold Label
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2023, 06:24:04 PM »
900 Global Zen Gold Label Ball Review by PJ Haggerty

The Zen Gold Label by 900 Global is one of the newest additions to the 800 batch and it’s been impressive so far.  After drilling the original Zen and having a ton of success with it, seeing a pearl version has created a perfect 1-2 combo in the line.  With a black, pearl coverstock and a massive, symmetrical weight block, the Gold Label is perfect for creating length through the front part of the lane, storing energy, and creating an extremely quick response time into the pocket.

I’ve drilled one so far and think it rolls great.  It’s mapped out as 5.5 x 4 x 3.  This puts the pin above my bridge with a decent sized shift of the CG toward my PAP.  From a surface standpoint, I’ve left the surface alone and let some oil get in the coverstock.  The Gold Label has stayed extremely shiny but I know when I go to it, I’m going to need to stand left and expect a lot of angle in front of the pins.  As lane surfaces get older and as bowling centers put out less volume, the Gold Label is a perfect ball to drill for some of those drier conditions.  It’s been a perfect compliment to my original Zen, the Xponent, and Eternity.  I’ve had the most success once patterns break down and stretch, while still needing something to read the body of the lane.

If you drilled an original Zen and liked it, or if you need a symmetrical piece that will fly through the front and create a fast response time down-lane, go drill yourself a
900 Global Zen Gold Label!


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Re: Zen Gold Label
« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2023, 02:34:25 PM »
The Zen Gold Label is the newest big pearl symmetrical from 900 Global. This ball goes SIDEWAYS for me on our local house shot. The original Zen was even, controllable, and cleaner than our solid symmetricals (though not by much). The Gold Label is clean, but when it does hit the spot, it comes off of it harder than any other symmetrical pearl currently in the SPI family. 900 Global has taken the big, strong core from the Zen and wrapped it in a clean and angular cover akin to R2S Pearl on steroids. The Zen Gold Label is the classic big pearl symmetrical that Storm is known for. Just when you thought there no room for improvement upon the Zen, the Gold Label shows just how much further 900 Global can go. Don't miss this one!

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Re: Zen Gold Label
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2023, 09:48:26 AM »
I drilled up my ZEN GOLD LABEL with a 5.25 x 4 x 4 layout. This put the pin over my middle finger. This is a layout I prefer when the fronts are starting to go and my bigger balls are picking up too quickly and forcing me into larger angles. I slightly have glazed the cover with a 3000 CTD pad which is almost like 2000 SiaAir pads.

I have put this up against my EXOTIC GEM, CLONE, & DUO which are my shinier choices for most medium/slightly wetter conditions. The ZEN GOLD LABEL did exactly what I needed in that it just glides thru the front of the lane much easier than the EXOTIC GEM and CLONE. My DUO was the same length in the front but a more slower move in the back compared to the ZEN GOLD LABEL. On slightly slicker patterns, the CLONE and EXOTIC GEM were better looks but I could get really shut down angles and try to force it up the gut so to speak. Even then, I had to be too perfect to justify not using the EXOTIC or CLONE at that point.

Drill this one up if you have a tougher time getting your bigger pieces to get thru burnt front panels and want something that still has some pop on it downlane.
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Re: Zen Gold Label
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2023, 04:37:07 PM »
900 Global Zen Gold Label Ball Review

Bowler Stats:
Speed: 15.5 MPH
Rev Rate: 275 RPM
Tilt: 3-5 degrees
Axis Rotation: 60 degrees
PAP: 5 ⅜ over 1 ¼ up

Layout: 5 X 41/2 X 2

The latest Zen release the Gold Label features a new cover, the 901 Reserve Blend Pearl. In relation to the original Zen this cover is weaker and cleaner than the pearl cover on the Zen. With this release and the removal of one of my favorites, the Phaze V from the line, I wanted my
Gold Label to replace it in my arsenal. Since this is a weaker cover, like the R2S pearl that is featured on the Phaze V, I drilled it with a higher pin buffer to get the ball to read the lane earlier.

The higher pin buffer and a stronger symmetrical weight block allows the ball to read more in the mid lane and be more responsive off the end of the pattern. The only drawback is that if I get too steep with my angles the ball does tend to roll forward on the house shot. I picked this layout to use this ball when the lanes transition on the longer PBA 50 patterns. But this ball also gives me a stronger symmetrical ball when I bowl on house patterns with a lot of friction.

This piece is not an exact replacement for the Phaze V but gives me a comparable shape in my arsenal. I removed the Reacta Gloss with a 1000 abralon and have let the ball shine back up to give me a ball surface that is easily repeatable.

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Re: Zen Gold Label
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2023, 01:18:35 AM »

Length: 42 feet

Volume: 26 ml

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Layout: 5 x 4 x 2 VLS

Unlike many people, I didn’t get the hype with the original Zen.  It was okay, but I think I tried to make it something it wasn’t with a pin-down layout and it just didn’t match up for me.  The Zen Gold Label keeps the same symmetric Meditate core from the original, but put it into the new Reserve Blend 801 pearl overstock.  The 801 overstock is weaker (meaning it goes longer) and is more angular than the original, giving it more of a skid/flip or hockey stick shape.  This is a great option after the lanes start to break down and you need to move deeper and still have enough energy to kick the corners out. 

My Specs -
Speed - 16 mph,
Rev Rate - 315. 
PAP 5 1/8 x 7/8 Up.

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