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Zen Soul
« on: May 27, 2022, 09:33:03 AM »
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900Global has taken the success of the Zen bowling ball line and put it into a hybrid version. The 900Global Zen Soul combines the reliability of a solid coverstock with the aggressive nature of a pearl coverstock. The S77 Response Hybrid coverstock is wrapped around the large and aggressive Mediate symmetric core. This high-performance bowling ball will continue the unique shape that bowlers have benefited from the Zen ball line.

Color: Teal/Fuchsia/Black
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Meditate Symmetric
Coverstock: S77 Response Hybrid Reactive
Finish: 4000 Grit Abralon
Hook Potential: High
Length: Medium
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium-Heavy Oil
RG: 2.49 (for 15# ball)
Differential: 0.051 (for 15# ball)

 

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Re: Zen Soul
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2022, 05:20:17 PM »
This might be one of the best trifecta set of bowling balls to be released as each one of them fills it's need perfectly. The Zen Soul is the in-between option between the original Zen and Zen Master.  If the Zen Master is too strong and early and the Zen is too clean the Zen Soul will be the balance between the two. Two Part pearl one part solid you will see clean through the fronts and control in the mid's with some extra energy down lane due to the 2 part pearl cover component.
The Zen Soul will work well on a multitude of patterns. I can see myself using this not only on house but on medium to shorter oil patterns. The Zen Soul is finished 4000 out the box although reacts well to surface adjustments. I have changed mine to 2000 and it blends out the house patterns really well. This ball will be an excellent option for bowlers facing varying lane conditions.

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Zen Soul
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2022, 05:32:36 PM »
Global Zen Soul Ball Specs:

Cover stock S77 Hybrid Reactive
Meditate Core (Symmetrical)
Teal/ Fuchsia / Black
Finish 4000 Abralon

Bowler Specs:
Right Hand. PAP 5” Over 1/2 up
Rev Rate 300. Tilt 20. Rotation 50.
Speed at cameras 15.5


Review:
 The new Global Zen Soul is a big hooking Hybrid version of the Original Zen. The Zen Soul has quickly become one of my favorite balls to roll right now. The Soul reads the mid lane very well and then seems to pick up revs and drive as it makes the turn. The hit and carry are excellent. This is a ball you can trust to just roll good and hit. For me, the Zen Soul hooks almost as much as the Gem but responds stronger to friction. The Zen Soul, for me, hooks more than the Zen Master but I think it is because of the way it responds to dry boards. This ball strikes a lot and has a forgiveness factor for poor shots that I see in a lot of bigger core symmetric balls.  The Zen Soul would fit between the Gem and the Phase 2 in my bag. The Response to this ball has been good and demand has been very high. I see this ball being almost a must have for folks who love the original Zen. The Soul is also a ball you can stay with for a while before it goes back in the bag. Just make small adjustments and let it do its thing. You won’t be disappointed. I feel this is another excellent entry into the strong ball category.

Summary:
The Zen Soul is another very good and strong ball by Global.
The Ball reads the mid lane well and makes a strong back end move.
The Zen Soul is forgiving and hits like a truck!


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Re: Zen Soul
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2022, 03:47:53 PM »
900 Global Zen Soul
Layout: 4.5 x 4 x 2
Rev Rate: 325 rpm, 7 degree of axis tilt, 40 degree of axis rotation
Testing information: 41 foot - 24.2 ml and 5.66:1 ratio
Bowling Center: Fulton Bowling Center
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The 900 Global Zen Soul utilizes the S77 hybrid coverstock with the Mediate core. Here we are reviewing another Zen.  It makes sense to combine the best characteristics from the Zen and Zen Master.  The Zen ball “good” and the Zen Master not as good for me but does have some good characteristics.  I must say though that I am going to drill another Zen Master with my favorite drill so it may become a favorite as well.  I have thrown the Zen Soul in a couple tournaments.  The Zen Soul looked really good playing straight, just inside the oil line at both tournaments.  It is definitely a little stronger and earlier than the original Zen.  The Zen Soul as a little rounder/longer hook spot than the Zen but still continuous.  I moved 2 and 1 right with the Zen from the Zen Soul and was lined up immediately.  I am interested in seeing what the Zen Soul will do on a little more oil and my normal release.  The Zen Soul has the Daredevil Trick color vibe going for it, which I like.
My final thoughts are I don’t think a person needs both the Zen Soul and Zen Master.  You could choose one of the two and pair it with the Zen for a nice 1-2 punch.
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Re: Zen Soul
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2022, 07:22:14 PM »
The Zen Soul is the newest addition to the Zen line. Featuring the S77 response hybrid coverstock and the meditate core, this ball gave me a great middle ground between the master and original Zen. It reads the mid lane very well along with giving a great recovery on the back end. This is going to be a great benchmark ball for my game along with being able to ball down to this when on heavier patterns. After bowling on a couple of sport shots I have found that this ball is a great step under the Storm Nova. If your nova is burning up or if you don't have a great look for the condition this ball will be a great step to go to.

Length:43 ft

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS



Likes: Great blend off the pattern very usable on most patterns

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Re: Zen Soul
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2022, 09:22:07 PM »
Zen Soul - Prime 800 Series
Core: Meditate Core
Coverstock: S77 Response Hybrid - Finish 4000 Grit Abralon
Weight: 15 lbs   RG: 2.49   Differential: .051
 
PAP: 6" Right, 1 3/8" Up
Axis Tilt: 16°
Rev Rate: 450-500
 
After the success of the Zen and Zen Master, there was no doubt that the Zen Soul would be phenomenal! It completes the “Zen Trilogy” with the S77 Response Hybrid Coverstock and is the perfect fit between its solid and pearl predecessors. The Soul looked amazing right from the start and will definitely have a spot in my bag for league and tournaments. It clears the front of the lane easier than the Zen Master and picks up sooner than the Zen, while providing great continuous motion through the pins. I can see the Soul being the first ball out of my bag in league because the Zen Master reads too early due to the high friction surface and the Zen can sometimes go too long on the fresh pattern. As the pattern breaks down I was able to migrate left without the ball losing energy and the coverstock does a wonderful job of blending out the wet/dry that is typical on most house shots. I have loved the Zen line since the first time I threw them. The Zen Soul does not disappoint and will become a benchmark ball for many bowlers.
 
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Re: Zen Soul
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2022, 10:22:32 AM »
Ball Review Zen Soul, RG: 2.49 Dif: .051 Cover: SS7 Hybrid at 4000 Abralon
PAP 5 1/8 over ¾ UP, Medium/Ball Speed Rev Rate 275-325  Layout: 4x3 1/2x 2

Its finally here!! What can I say but Zen Ball Good! The Zen has been my favorite go to ball this year with two 300s this year and a high series of 793. The Soul is going to be another game changer. This ball can be used as a benchmark with strong backend motion and can be played on varies patterns. The Soul reads the mid lane extremely with and has that nice smooth motion. This isn’t as quick off the post as the Zen and a bit faster than the Master which makes it very predictable. The Soul picks up on the back part of the lane hard but isn’t jumpy off the friction with strong continuation. For those of you that may not have matched up with the Zen or Zen Master this just might be the one the Check out your local VIP Pro Shop for the New Zen Soul!

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Re: Zen Soul
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2022, 01:06:35 PM »
Global Zen Soul Ball Specs:

Cover stock: S77 Hybrid Reactive
Core:  Meditate Core (Symmetrical)
Color: Teal/ Fuchsia / Black
Finish:4000 Abralon

Bowler Specs:
Right Hand. PAP 4 3/16” Over 1 1/2 up
Rev Rate 275 - 300
Ball Layout:  60 x 5 1/2 x 30
Blowing Style: In between a STROKER and a TWEENER (with a Storm Wrist Support)
Average: 182


I have been reading and watching on Youtube where everyone is raving about this Zen and Zen Soul. I've never owned a 900 Global bowling ball and this is my first.

Out of the box and on a FRESH House shot playing cross lanes. I was standing on 25 and Target 15 and BP at 7 boards. The ball would go down the lanes and blend into the oil in the middle of the lane really well. As soon as it hits the Breaking Point (BP), it would make its move to the left (not violently as pearl balls do) and went straight to the pocket. 1st game 278 with the 9th frame leaving a 6 10. Total of 3 games, I shot 758. If I had picked up those 3 spares, I would've shot an 800 with it right out of the box.

This ball is now my favorite ball in my bag and the first ball will use in any league condition. I highly recommend this ball over the original Zen. I've never own one, but I've seen a lot of people throwing it and it snaps to the packing too hard, and based on my style of bowling, it might not be as controllable as the Zen Soul. The Zen Soul is also way more forgiving if you miss left or right or tug your shots.

Hope you guys enjoy this review and it's useful. Thanks.


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900 Global Zen Soul Review by Luke Rosdahl
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2022, 07:43:55 PM »
The Zen Soul is the 3rd entry in the Zen line and is the hybrid version of the S77 Response coverstock on the strong symmetric Meditate core.  I find it to be closer to the original Zen than to the Zen Master, but not overwhelmingly so.  The overall shape and look on the lane is very close to the Zen, just earlier and stronger, but only marginally smoother.  The result is what I think is a more balanced and versatile look on the lanes.  It smooths out the edges of the original Zen and removes or reduces the few flaws while not introducing any of its own, so in my opinion it’s a more refined original Zen. The Soul is a good ball sideways from the weaker asyms like the Nova, UC2, and RST X-2, and the stronger syms like the Phaze 2 and Helios.  It’s a ball down from the bigger asyms like the Dark Code, Gem, Reality, and Proton, and a ball up from the Phaze 4, IQ Tour Solid, and Hyped Pearl and Hybrid.  It fits well as a first ball out of the bag on regular house shots and medium length and volume sport patterns. 
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Re: Zen Soul
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2022, 09:43:02 AM »
900 Global Zen Soul
Coverstock: S77 Response Hybrid Reactive
Core: Meditate Symmetric
Layout: 5 x 3 x 2.5

Video Review Link:
https://youtu.be/vy3nSlnqeMA

The original 900 Global Zen is one of my favorite balls in my bag. The Zen Master is still in my bag as an earlier option due to the cover, but it is much different than the Zen in overall reaction. With the Zen Soul, I have a ball to fine tune the reaction around the Zen. Out of the box, with the same 5 × 3 x 2.5 layout as my Zen, I have an overall stronger piece than the Zen, but not early like the Zen Master. The Soul will blend more than the Zen and that will be important when picking the time to throw the Soul or Zen. The Zen has more pop and length, but that is not always optimal when trying to control flatter patterns or hooking house patterns. I'm going to really love the 1-2 punch of the original Zen and Zen Soul!
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Re: Zen Soul
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2022, 10:14:36 AM »
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Zen Soul

Coverstock:  S77 Response
Finish:  4000 Grit Abralon
Core:  Meditate Symmetric
RG:  2.49
Differential:  0.051

Layout: 5.5 x 40
Tester: PAP 6 1/2 R, 1 1/4 D

Review:
The Zen Soul features a hybrid version of the S77 Response cover combined with the famous symmetric core that was first featured in the Zen.  The hybrid version provides more length and sees more backend reaction down the lane compared to the Zen Master. 900 Global has covered it all with the Zen line by offering a nice 1-2-3 combination to fit an arsenal.

For me, the Zen Soul OOB finish is more complimentary compared to the Zen Master due to my slower ball speed as a thumbless player. The Soul gets through the front part of the lane much easier and the shape down lane allows me to be more open with my angles. The Zen Master, until I shinned it up a bit, was a bit early for me on a few patterns and has had limited use in my bag for the majority of surfaces I bowl on.

For the video review I tested the Zen Soul on 48 foot PBA Shark. After a few shots the Soul really found its groove on this animal pattern.  The Soul was very easy to read as it transitioned down the lane and as with the Zen line in general provides alot of miss room to carry pins. Also, PBA Shark does not necessarily mean you want to use a super sanded oil soaker type ball. In fact, due to oil volumes used today you want to still get through the front part of the lane and have a ball read the end of the pattern. In this case the Zen Soul OOB surface finish worked great.

I recommend the Zen Soul for the player looking for an edge on the fresh and desiring a ball to continue with the transition as it occurs. I'm definitely excited for this ball from 900 Global. Grab a Zen Soul today!

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900 Global Zen Soul review by Trevor Roberts
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2022, 06:28:24 PM »
Lane Condition
Length: 40
Volume: Medium
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

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The Zen Soul is the third ball in the Zen line, and it could be the best one! We all know the original Zen is a great ball for any style and this ball compliments it very well. For me, the Zen Master had too strong of a cover and even with polish, I never got a great reaction out of it. But with the hybrid cover stock on the Zen Soul, it is way closer to the original Zen, just slightly stronger. I believe they could compliment each other very well because of how similar they are. I compared the Zen Soul to the Phaze 2, and the Phaze 2 read the lane a foot or two sooner, and was overall stronger by a couple boards. This ball is going to be special, you don’t want to miss out on having one!

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Zen Soul review by PLL
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2022, 07:48:49 AM »
The Zen family is a sign of succes for me. The 900 Global Zen Soul features the S77 response hybrid reactive cover and the Mediate core. When I saw this ball was a hybrid, I was Thinking that ball would fit in between the Zen Master and the original Zen and it fits right between them. The Zen Soul react a litle bit later on the lane as the Zen Master but has more shape down the lane off the friction. Compared to the original Zen, the Zen Soul is a bit earlier and smoother. The Zen Soul allows me to control the lane like two others with not too big reaction. 900 Global has made another great succes ball with the Zen soul. It's for sure, a ball that will follow me on the tournament road. #strikingworldwide #900globalquebec

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Re: Zen Soul
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2022, 05:03:18 PM »
900 Global Zen Soul
Cover: 4000 S77 Response™ Hybrid Reactive
Core: Meditate™ (Symmetrical)
Color: Teal/Fuchsia/Black

Review:
The Zen line is quickly becoming a staple line similar to the Hy-Road or Phaze lines. This is a great addition to the original Zen if you want something that revs up a little quicker with smoother shape down lane. This is our current favorite hybrid out of the SPI collection It is incredibly smooth and the Meditate weight block really creates some continuous power through the pins. When comparing it to the original Hy-Road you can expect the Zen Soul to be slightly more forgiving if you miss left. Being slightly smoother down lane, it creates a bit more hold for us. With the shortage of Hybrid covers in the SPI line this is definitely a must have in your bag.

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Re: Zen Soul
« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2022, 02:03:53 AM »
Core: Meditate Symmetric
Coverstock: S77 Response Hybrid Reactive
Finish: 4000 Grit Abralon
Hook Potential: High
Length: Medium
Lane Condition: Medium-Heavy Oil
RG: 2.49 (15# ball)
Differential: 0.051

Drilled 65°x 3.75x 15°

My go to Symmetric layout same as the Zen Pearl this is the latest release in the Zen lineup. Much anticipated S77 Hybrid bridging the Zen Master and Zen to mere perfection.

After 20+ games this ball for me is definitely stronger down lane with the same motion as the Zen and a better choice to begin league on the THS. With the Zen Master better suited for more volume with a greater midlane shape the Soul is much more controllable for me.

Best reaction I have on 38-41ft patterns. Then I can ball down to the Zen. Possibly the best 3 ball arsenal in the 900 Global lineup.

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