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Absolute Inferno
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
Think you can handle Absolute Power?

Find out with the new Absolute Inferno from Brunswick. Combining the red-hot performance of the original Inferno's Ultra-Low RG core with the aggressiveness of a rough-buff, pearlized Activator+ coverstock, the Absolute Inferno sets a new standard for traction that leaves other balls behind. For improved hook potential, a more angular breakpoint, and better mid-lane recovery and forgiveness, there’s only one absolute you can count on – Absolute Inferno.

Brunswick’s Activator® overstock has quickly established a reputation for excellence in ball reaction, durability and longevity of ball reaction. On the lanes, Activator coverstock balls are clean through the heads with excellent mid-lane recovery and strong arcing back-end reactions that create powerful pin action. Owners of the original Inferno have reported that it requires less frequent resurfacing and/or rejuvenation and is more resistant to cracking than other reactive coverstock balls.

Activator ® + is a more aggressive version of the original Activator coverstock formulation that maintains the durability and longevity of ball reaction that are characteristic of the Activator coverstock family. The rough-buff, pearlized version of Activator + coverstock used on the Absolute Inferno creates more traction in the oil, increasing the ball’s mid-lane and backend hooking action, while still being clean through the front end. When combined with the more angular breakpoint of the Activator + coverstock, this creates a ball with excellent mid-lane recovery and strong back-end power that is very forgiving, allowing the bowler more room for error.

Out of the box: The Absolute Inferno is an ideal ball for medium-dry to medium-oily lane conditions.
When shined: Using Brunswick’s Factory Finish High Gloss Polish the total hooking action of the Absolute Inferno can be reduced and the arc made more skid/snap.
When dulled: The hooking action of the Absolute Inferno will increase providing a better match-up for oily lane conditions.

Reaction Setup
The Absolute Inferno can be drilled using the standard drilling techniques developed for two-piece balls, see the included drilling instructions for reaction characteristics and layout details.

The Absolute Inferno is finished with a new rough-buff compound finish. To bring your Absolute Inferno back to its original factory finish use Brunswick’s new Factory Finish Rough Buff. Available from your local Pro Shop.

Blue Pearl/Orange Pearl
Hardness: 76-78
Glow Engraving
Factory Finish
Rough Buff
More Information

Core Dynamics
Symmetrical core
RG Max: 2.513”  
RG Min: 2.463”
RG Diff: 0.050”
RG Avg: 2.6 out of 10
Hook Potential 130
Length 100
Breakpoint Shape 85
Available Weights
12-16 Pounds



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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2005, 12:24:12 AM »
This ball is horrible!


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2005, 04:40:30 AM »
I got mine and had it drilled 5-1/4"X4" Pin 1-1/2" up with the Axis 5-7/16 and zero. X-hole located 2-1/4 from the Axis for increased track flair.

I am a right handed high track with medium to high revs player with a ball speed in the 16-1/2 to 17mph range.

After bowling with it for a few leagues I have to say I like the ball a lot.

It took a few surface adjustments to get it right for me; I settled on 400 wet sand and then polished it to a high gloss with Brunswick factory polish. That allowed the ball to get through the heads and read the mids correctly for me, at 220 ruff buff the ball wanted to go too early in the heads.

With this drilling, for me, the ball gets into a nice strong roll and makes a definite arcing turn to the pocket at the breakpoint but not a jump. It hits like all new B'balls do, throwing the pins around and carrying just about the world, however on pure shots the ball stays clean in the pocket and blows the whole rack into the pit.

Brunswick rep said that the Absolute would be close to the original Inferno but a with little more length and a little more angular. I would have to agree.

As I see it, definitely a good complement to the Ultimate.

If you liked the original Inferno then you will like this one when you are ready to replace it.



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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2005, 08:08:25 PM »

    Here is my review. I'm 14 years of age and I average 191, before I bought this ball i was looking for a back ball. So I was thinking of purchasing the Storm Hot Rod Pro Stock, since its a good ball for the price. While I debating on getting this ball Mike Clement (couch / driller) told me that, that the ball wouldn't hook enough for me on those slick conditions since my average ball speed is about 16.5, So he drilled the Absolute Inferno. He drilled the ball to go long then break at the end. I got the ball last thursday (2/17/05) since then I cant seem to put the ball down. It holds its line then at the last it breaks for the pocket hitting it HARD!!! and nearly caring everything. when I throw the ball out it comes in. when I use the same line and throw it inside it HOLDS its line then goes for the pocket. No matter what the ball DOES NOT burn it self out. It stores all of its energy for the last then hits the pocket SO HARD.


reasons why I LOVE this ball

2. SHATTERS the pocket
3. Doesn't burn it's self out EVER
4. Holds it's line. It doesn't skid all over the place before breaking toward the pocket.
5. Carries Light, Carries Flush, Carries Heavy
6. Very controllable


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2005, 09:18:53 PM »
Got this one drilled up on friday 2/18 and tried it in league. I thought it was going to give me some kind of crazy long skid/flip reaction, but I have come to realiize that it simply wasn't drilled that way. GOOD. That's not my style anyhow. I play straight up 10 most of the time 16-17 mph, med revs. That is my "A" game.I wanted to belly the ball a little more and get some more backend(a "B" game), but my driller talked me out of it. He used a leverage drilling on a ball with a 1-2" pin. This didn't give me the desired "B" game. However what it DID do was it took my "A" game to another level. My hits were stronger, my carry was greater and the arc was SO strong. The strikes were SO loud. The loudest i've ever heard. And I don't throw it that hard. The cover grabbed at the breakpoint and never let go. The AI went straight through the deck. No taps all night. If I hit the head pin- 10 in the pit. No doubt. Even brooklyn. I had 6 Brooklyn shots all night. All down, every time. 1st game 234,2nd- 188 3rd- 176. Current avg. 169. If I put it there they all went down. Ten out of Ten. Fantastic. It worked for my game. *FOR ME*
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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2005, 02:12:46 AM »
I got this ball out at the Mini. My specs:

Med-High rev rate
16-17mph at delivery
PAP 5 7/16 x 5/8

Ray Edwards laid this ball out.  I have an Intense Inferno with a 4.75" pin, 45 degree pattern, and while I liked the reaction it gave me, it tended to be over under.  My request was for something similar, but a tad bit more predictable.  The end result was a 5" pin with a 70 degree pattern.  The pin is placed under the ring finger.

My first experiences with the ball were that of over / under.  The patterns I attempted to use the ball on (mostly the brunswick shootout and mini) were thick and medium to long, and with the box surface, even though it is polish on a low grit, I had problems controlling it with my slower ball speed and high rev rate.  After talking to one of their product reps, i used gray scotchbrite on the ball simply to even out the reaction.  After about 2 games, the ball settled in to about a 600 matte finish.

To compare, this ball seems to have the predictability of the original Fire & Smoke, the late revving characteristics of the Ultimate, and the back-end traction of the Intense.  Across product lines, I get a similar look out of my Bully, but with a more angular break (drill pattern is very similar).  I have to believe that they tweaked the Activator+ coverstock for this ball, because it seems to come off the end of the pattern a lot smoother than my Intenses did.  The success I've had with this ball has been down the lane, as the ball reads the mid lane fairly well but doesnt bounce off the track, storing enough energy for a strong finish.  I have seen guys wheel this rock, but I have yet to match up with it that way.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to email me.

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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2005, 10:40:46 AM »
This is, by far the BEST Inferno to date!

#15 lb
Medium/high rev rate
15-16 mph at release

Drilled it simple, pin right thru the ring finger on a 2-3" pin with 3.3 oz of top wt.  Small weight hole, left it in box condition.

Threw it for the first time in a AMF sythetic house.  Oil pattern is 42 feet with the new Brunswick oil.  Had to get used to the ball at first, it hooked more than anything I'd thrown in some time.  Back end move just had no quit, VERY continuous.  Shot 212, 244 with the first 6 and 299 on the end with a stone 8 on the 12th shot!!  Ball just does the same thing every shot.  Rolls in the midlane and has a hard, continuous flip thru the pins.  Comes back from anywhere.  Carry is outstanding!!  No ten pins all night.  Leaves 4 pins easy.  If you get lined up with this one watch out cause it's like cheating!!  A buddy picked one up the same night and shot 300 the second game right next to me and another guy got one the week before and had 300 with it too!!!

Go get this one it's got to be one of the best of all time!!  Great job Brunswick!!!


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2005, 02:54:22 AM »
Weight: 15.3lbs.
Top: 3.2oz
Pin: 3-4”
Drill: Since this was my 1st one I wanted the ball to do what big B said it would so I stacked off the ring
Lane Condition: Day 1>>> med oil syntheds, broken down shot
           Day 2>>> med oil syntheds, fresh shot
           Day 3>>> med-heavy, broken in but not down
Bowler: Right handed tweener, med high revs, speed is questionable

So here I am once again looking to tell all you looky-loos the truth about a ball. Today’s class will convene on the subject of the Absolute Inferno.

I wanted something to replace my Storm Flash Point, something stronger in the back and of the same basic cover, but outside of Storm. Into play came the o g Inferno, V2 Sweet, Rule and Xception. Then about a week later when I was sure I was going to go ahead and replace it, the A I was then up on the Bruns site and since I was leaning towards the O G Inferno, I decided then I would get this one based on its stronger cover. Also because this ball would be a replacement I drilled it just like my F P.

Day 1
Like most people when they get a ball they hit the lanes to try it out and sometimes they returned disappointed, at least until the ball gets a track. But this was not the case with this ball at least for me. I put 4 games on this ball first time around and in the first game I was just goofing off, but even then the ball was showing an impressive read and a strong break. But when I saddled up and when full in, I really got a show. The shot was a broken down medium shot. With that nothing inside of third arrow was good. So I was forced out to stand 35, set it down round 28-30, going through just outside third arrow, and riding out on 8. Now this I have never been able to accomplish. The ball rode and revved and then smashed back to the deck.

Day 2
Figured that this would be the shot to play on seeing how day 1 was untamable. Well I was wrong I quickly found myself back out at 35 and playing that same shot. I ran into a lot of problems though so I had to put the ball away and go with something tamer. Needless to say the ball needs oil.

Day 3
Went to an oil house and the end of the night and by golly did this ball show off. It took me a game to see where I needed to shot and turned out to be my basic shot. Stood 24 and rode over the fourth dot, sliding to about five and recovering like no other. Went for some high scoring and a whole lot of smooth strikes. So I guess the ball really needs some oil to do its thing.

Not a whole lot to say other than beware of this ball. It is a beautiful ball and it still has not settled in that I even have this ball due to its aggressiveness. The ball carries well and can strike for you. But it does not have a mind of its own, if it catches too much dry it will take off on you and hard. I’ve seen this ball just shot past the head and carry Brooklyn due to a dry pin deck. The only time I've seen a single pin standing was when the carrier didn’t clean the deck or when I received some solid fours, don’t ask me how it was just like that. I think depending on the house the carry will differ anyway. All in all this would be a great buy for anyone who loves to be aggressive on the lanes. Awesome ball but defiantly be aware!
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Re: Absolute Inferno
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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2005, 10:35:43 PM »
For those who despise attention, look elsewhere.
Lane Conditions: Medium-Heavy Oil
Typical Conditions: House Shot
Type of Lane: All Wood
What part of the lane did you play? Third Arrow
Weight of bowling ball: 15
Surface of bowling ball: Factory/Box
What grit was the surface of the ball? 800
Likes: Uncompromising recovery capabilities. Insane hitting power. Evil pin-crushing brute.
Dislikes: Puts more power on a shot than I ever thought possible. With all of that power, comes 9-pins.....

15.5 pounds
2.75" pin
3 oz. TW
Drilled 4x4 w/ small, deep fourth hole 1/2" past my PAP to bring the ball back to legal.

Had a chance to receive one of these beauties from Ron Bragg at Brunswick Bowling. Aside from the fact that it took nearly two weeks to get here, wonderful people to work with. BTW, it's not his fault that Brunswick cannot keep up with production of their equipment, otherwise the ball would have gotten here sooner. I was a tad worried, to say the least, about this ball. I had just had the honor of being the fourth person in North America NOT to like their Zone Classic while tearing it up with a new Impulse Zone(nearly 245 for first six weeks of ownership) and was aprehensive about trying a new piece of equipment while performing so well with another. Hear this now, if you're not confident enough in your game or your ability to properly strategize a layout on a new ball, you'll may never find a new piece of equipment that you'll score better with. A motto that's seen me try an infinite amount of equipment while maintaining a solid average and tournament monies won over the past six or seven years. So, after seeing most Big B staffers push women and small children out of the way to throw these pills in the past two months, I simply had to place my faith in the product and put it to work. The 4x4 drilling is a favorite and it plays right into the ball's intended theory of use for my game. Drill strong equipment to hook, drill weak equipment mildly, etc. This drilling allows for just the right amount of bounce off of the cushion if I'm dialed in. If my speed is off, the ball with come back with a vengeance and bisects the head pin and leave a grocery list of pins to pick up. Not the ball's fault, by any means. This thing is still not "PBA player in a box". You're still responsible for the ball's performance. However, if you're an accurate and consistent player, strap in and hang on for the ride's about to start. Smooth through the heads, gentle midlane read, gathers momentum at the transition, then it's hide the aforementioned trampled women and children. The entry angles that are created with this ball are simply awesome. That's where your carry is established. When thrown correctly, Brunswick's Absolute Inferno freight trains through the hole and pulverizes everything in it's path. Sometimes, it is too powerful. Leaving a fair amount of 9-pins. I know, I know. Complain, complain, complain. I'm left with the hope that the USBC increases pin weight and our house puts out more oil so I can sweep every pot game and bracket I enter. My advice, get together with your local drilling guru, pony up the ching for this bling, and make it happen.
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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2005, 10:03:23 PM »
This ball HAS TO BE one of the best balls I've ever thrown.

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That's basically what my layout looks like, pin above my ring finger and kicked outside a bit, with a 1 1/2 inch pin and CG kicked out a bit passed the pin.

This ball is totally insane. First time I went out and threw the ball was on my JOG Premiere League shot. The league changes the shots often, and the shot I so happened to bowl on that day was the PBA Viper Pattern. I took my Absolute and just revved it and let it run up 5 and have it charge REALLY hard back to pocket. The cool part was, was that I may have left 3 or 4 10 pins over the course of 4 games. Ended up shooting 214 237 215 201 for 4 games. Considering I'm only 15, and I can rev the ball pretty nice, that's not too bad.

If you're looking for a very aggressive ball, one that is VERY good on heavy oil, sport, and PBA shots, I recommend this ball to you. It's clean through the heads, not too skid, snappy, and it holds it's line very well. In the backends it just straight out makes a left turn and crushes pocket, one of the hardest hitting balls I've seen. Just be sure that when the lanes break down a bit, put the ball sense in burning up your coverstock on a nice ball like the Absolute


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2005, 03:25:43 PM »
I am a lefty cranker and I don't know a lot about ball drillings, but I'm starting to learn some of the weaker ones, simply because of the way I throw the ball. I ordered the Absolute Inferno and punched it up last night. I threw it on my league pattern, a 39 ft X-mas Tree. Ball specs are as follows:

3oz top
3in. pin
Drilled this thing with pin under my middle finger, cg kicked 90 degrees left, and a high axis hole.

I'm a low tracker, so I thought this drilling might be pretty good. It's a weaker drilling, and I thought it might give me a more mellow reaction on the back. BOY WAS I WRONG!!!!!! This thing is one of the strongest balls I have ever thrown. What a boomerang off the dry! I have just the smallest bit of finger weight in this thing, and I'll be removing that tonight. I've never seen such a weak drilling give me such a strong reaction. I guess that goes to Brunswick's credit, creating an amazingly aggressive core and coverstock. This ball has immediately become my heavy oil/tournament ball. It rolls a little like the original Inferno did for me, which I also drilled farely weak. Wondering if anyone had any other drilling suggestions for a high speed, high rev, low track cranker who wants a more mellow ball reaction, besides buying a less aggressive ball. It gave me an extremely aggressive arc, too strong for what I need. Any suggestions to tame that down besides taking the finger weight out of it? Polishing didn't work, nor did sanding. Thanx a lot.

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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2005, 12:40:25 PM »
Specs: 15lbs
Pin 3-4"
Box finish
Drilled pin slightly under and right of ring, cg stacked in line. No weight hole needed

Well, this ball has certainly opened my eyes. I really didn't think that I needed another pearl reactive, but the chance to pick this used one up at a good price was too good to miss. I'm glad that I did.

Pros: Good length, better-than-average grab in oil for a pearl, creates a lot of room, excellent hit

Cons: The aggressive nature of the cover and core cause me to lose the midlane more quickly than with most pearls when the lanes begin transition, sometimes hits too hard--several 9-pins (RH)

Overall: This is just an excellent all-around ball. It delivers what it promises. It offers the same clean, smooth and predictable reaction as the original Inferno, but, in my opinion, with better midlane and read in the oil.

To me, the mark of a good ball is how "user friendly" it is. This one hits the mark in that category. I could easily see drilling and prepping 3 of these differently to cover all but the extremes of heavy and light. A great all around ball. At least a 9 out of 10.
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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2005, 05:07:15 PM »
15 Pounds
RH, Pin near palm under ring
Box Finish

This ball is amazing.  Have completed two sets with this ball and here goes my review.

Set 1:
The lanes were extremely dry, and it kept burning the heads and coming in brooklyn.  Needless to say I had to go to a different ball, not a good judgement of the ball to say the least.

Set 2:
Lanes were medium wet to heavy.  Ball was amazing.  The ball read the lane perfectly, and it was just smashing the pocket time and time again. This is the type of ball that you would use for the first two games and then either make a major adjustment, or go to my intense.  Which by the way, is the next review I will be doing.  

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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2005, 08:42:54 PM »
ive had this ball for about 4 months now. its an awsome ball if u like throwing a huge hook. but sometimes i have 2 use a less aggressive ball because this ball is to strong 4 some lanes. but ya id recommend this ball to anyone whos kool. like me. jk. later