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Absolute Inferno
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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 #16 on: April 06, 2005, 03:15:51 PM »
I have thrown all of the Inferno line except the Blazing.  Prior to the Absolute, the Original provided the best combination of power and versatility for medium to low rev players of any ball I have thrown.  After throwing the Absolute, I believe it gives me just a bit more hitting power on the oily end of the scale while sacrificing little of the versatility that I found in the original.  All of the other Inferno balls have their place, but are much more niche balls compared to the Absolute and the original.  The Absolute is a ball that I will weaken my release with and still get more hit than from weaker equipment on more broken down conditions.    

For the record my Absolute came with a 3 inch pin that I set up in about a 5x4 stack with the pin just above and right of my ring finger.  Unlike my original which performed best with the aid of a light gray scotch bright touch up, the Absolute matched up well for me in box condition, even on heavier oil.


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2005, 05:32:06 AM »
This ball wasnt short of amazing, Probably one of the best balls i have baught in a long time. I am a high rev bowlers and i throw it about 19 mph. i have been bowling for about 5 years and i average around 210. this ball comes back from anywhere for me, as well as holds its line very well. Out of the box i shoot 9 in a row, as well as a good 714 series. 2 days later i go to practice i shoot 244 300 279 268. It still hooks like the first time i baught the ball and i have probably already put about 75 games on it.


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2005, 12:00:48 AM »
I have really fallin in love with this ball.  I seemed to have trouble finding a ball that would be super clean up front with a strong smooth turn in the back.  This ball has done it to the max.  My Classic was too hook set off the oil, and the time zone was too strong overall.  

I bowl on sport patterns a few times a week and this ball seems to always have the best look.  It allows me to have a true read down the entire lane and I can make small moves as the pattern developes and the pin carry just increases.  It's so solid through the deck.  

I have it drilled with pin right above the fingers cg, 2 in. pin half inch right of gripline.  

I definetly recommend it if anyone is looking for that first ball out of the bag that will give them all the control they want.

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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #19 on: April 22, 2005, 04:10:10 AM »
Bowler Specs:
Style: Stroker
Speed: Between 17.53-18.18 MPH at hand release, 18.18 MPH at pin deck
Revs: between 232.5-247.5 RPM
PAP: 3 ¾ over, 7/8 up
Axis Tilt: 24 degrees
Axis Rotation: unknown to date
Weight (pre-drill): 15 lbs., 3 oz.
Top Weight (pre-drill): 2.5 oz
Pin to CG distance: 3”
Surface Prep: left in box condition

Pin to PAP distance: 4”, CG to PAP distance: 4”, pin above bridge.
Conditions bowled on:
1) 35 foot top hat on an all wood surface- heavier concentration inside of 10 (probably 65 units) than outside of 10 (probably 6 to 8 units) placed down with the latest Phoenix lane walker. Strong, clean back ends, strong side wall action.
2) 39 foot reverse block on an all wood surface- heavier concentration of oil 6 and out (probably 60 units) and lighter as you go inside (to probably 35 units at the lowest point). The oil is applied with an older Galaxy 300 machine, 2 passes at 15 feet buffed to 39 feet- a third pass merely going to 15 feet and back. Moderate movement at back ends, poor side wall action.

Description: Having not entered the Brunswick equipment market in a long long time (the Black Phantom would be the last time, my first resin offering) I was really looking forward to see how the Absolute Inferno would perform given my game as of late. I first was able to bowl with the Absolute on condition 2 for league the last few weeks of the season. Even with the warmer weather this ball was able to go for all 3 games, typically having to play 8 at the arrows out to 5 at the breakpoint with slower ball speed and more of an up the back release. The ball would make a slow but steady arc to the pocket, and I could actually open up the lane a little more as the night went on more so than with the Rule (my previous go to ball for this house). Very rarely would I leave corner pins (more 10 pins than 7 pins in this house…but that could be due to the side wall action) and even when carrydown entered the picture, the ball would adjust well to hand positions changes to still carry the pocket effectively. Condition number one is where this ball really shined from the get go. I was able to play deeper on this condition than I could with anything else in my bag- targeting 13 at the arrows out to 5 or 6 at the breakpoint. I had to make sure to put plenty of speed and more side turn on the ball to keep the ball online- if I got it out too early or threw the ball a mph or two slower, the ball would really make an aggressive turn at the end of the pattern and usually go through the face or Brooklyn. Typically on condition number one I’ve had to change equipment after a game because the heads dry out quickly and carrydown makes tough navigating for aggressive equipment- but not so with the Absolute Inferno. Once again I can make quicker moves and hand release changes and still be in business with this ball.

Overall I would rate the Absolute Inferno a 9 out of 10 on heavy oil and medium-heavy oil conditions. I can’t place any ratings on conditions below that as of yet because I haven’t seen lighter conditions in my league or tournament bowling to rate how this ball would do on those shots. I consider this ball a first ball out of the bag type of ball, a good indicator to see how the lanes are in a particular house and the Absolute provides awesome hit, carry potential and has given me a great look on the lanes when other people seem to be struggling around me. Makes me want to investigate other balls in the Inferno line now…



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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2005, 11:34:46 PM »
Im not to sure about all that pin alignment and size. But i will do my best. I got this ball about 3 Months ago. AMAZING, the other day i shoot a 876 series my games were 298, 298, 280. This ball can hit the pins. I threw the ball out around the 1 board and it came in and took out the pins like a demolition.



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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2005, 12:32:24 AM »
This ball is great. Another great ball by brunswick. It is a good ball if your other balls aren't hooking. It sould only be used on fresh patterns because this ball is VERY unpredictable. Its a great ball but leaves weird splits and a lot of ten pins. It seems like my monster bruiser has better pin action.

I only recomend this ball to bowlers that are experienced and know what there doing. If you are a 140 bowler looking for a ball that you know will get hook than don't get this one. This ball will hook but you won't be able to control it and it probably won't help you much. I am a 165 average bowler and i wish i got something less agressive because its really hard for me to control. It is usually just sitting in my bag. Try something like the Brunswick Monster Brusier. But if you think you can handle than be my guest and try it.

Lane Conditions: Heavy oil (fresh oil)
Lanes: Synthetic

Ratings Scale (1-10)
Drive 9
Hook potential: 10
Versaltility: 8
Recovery: 10
Pin Action: 9
Backend: 4
Length: 4
Overall: 9


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #22 on: May 09, 2005, 11:59:46 PM »
Layout # 1
4 1/2 by 55 degrees (using mass bias of 6 3/4 inches)
Pin below fingers
no weight hole
surface: changed to 1500 no polish

Layout # 2
5 1/4 by 35 degrees
Pin above
no weight hole
surface 800 (polished with ebonite particle)

Brunswick definitely hit the mark on this one.  The first layout that we used turned out to be the most versatile, especially once there was carrydown present.  Even with no polish on the ball, it still cleared the heads extremely well, and still conserved energy well.

The second layout was way more skid flippy but was still able to be thrown better on the fresher patterns.  It did not however handle carrydown as well.

I would definitely say this is best ball Brunswick has released in quite some time.  Any type of player can benefit from this bowling ball, and will fit into their arsenal.  

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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2005, 01:56:02 PM »
After lurking this site for about 6 months the AI motivated me to finally register and post a review. I've only been bowling for a year now so I'll do the best with what I've learned. In that time I've thrown a Storm Super Charge, UI, Full Throttle, Richochet Rebound, Big Bully, A WD for spares and now the Absolute. I've had varying degrees of success with those balls but the AI has been the best, by far, up to this point. I knew it was going to be great even when I was throwing it like a hack my first set with it. I will preface this review by saying The AI is my first 14lber after starting at 16 and then to 15lb. I took the Ron C tip to heart and decided to try fourteen. I was throwing a decent ball at 15lbs but felt I could do better. He referred to it as a possible "sweet" weight for alot of people. So, the performance of this ball may have something to do with the weight change. I'm definitely throwing a much tighter, higher revving, controllable ball now. You might want to give it some serious consideration if you're in that medium/low rev range throwing fifteen. Believe me, fourteen will carry just fine, if not better. if it's your "sweet" weight too.

I'm not great with layouts so here is what I do know.....
3inch pin.
The pin is below and directly between the finger holes.
The little mark near the pin is about one inch directly over (right) and two inches above the right side of the thumb.
No weight holes.
The coverstock is in the factory finish.
The lanes I'm on are synthetic and medium, but leaning towards heavy, on the oil.
I'd say I'm probably a stroker but becoming more of a power stroker as my game improves.
I average between 182 and 187 in the 3 leagues I'm currently bowling.

Obviously, this ball revs up right out of the gate. After throwing this ball I think I'm beginning to better understand what it means for the ball to read the lane. This ball looks so smooth revving and skidding through the mids. When it  gets to the breakpoint it stays very smooth, not jumpy, and goes into a heavy, tight roll. The carry is ridiculous. If you flush the pocket it's an absolute explosion. This ball carries like nothing I've thrown so far. I've been amazed at some of the light hit, garbage I've thrown for strikes and nine counts I didn't deserve. With that in mind, this ball still makes a nice, smooth move if you miss outside (will roll-out slightly if you're too wide)and holds quite well if you miss in as long as the release is firm and true. If you miss in and get around it even a little, turn for the spare ball because she's taking off though you might be surprised when you turn around. If it touches the headpin you have a better chance than you might think. I've also pancaked the rack on a number of shots that are usually pure evil with other balls.

I am so pleased with this ball. That combined with my very first ball (UI) have me considering going strictly Brunswick, though the Ricohet has been a great long/skid/snap ball for me. The AI is the best piece of equipment I've bought. Again, I do think the switch to 14lbs has something to do with it but I can't imagine anything else performing any better. Tonight, practicing, the 5 games that weren't outright spare practice were 279, 236, 234, 217 and 178. That included 11 in a row over two games. My second best run ever other than a practice 300/14 straight, months ago. My first league set with this ball was horrid as I'd never thrown, even practiced, with 14lbs and was working the thumbhole between shots. Not to mention this ball had me farther inside than what I'd ever played before. Even then, I was quite pleased when I did hit it right. My second set was 645. Same day, same house. Which reminds me, not only was I able to use this ball second shift, I scored well and I usually struggle to find a line in that second league. The AI was consistent from a fresh shot to the lanes breaking down. I'm looking very forward to set #3.

I love this ball..... other than the fact it isn't real comfortable to sleep with.

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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #24 on: May 17, 2005, 12:20:10 PM »
Since my down fall from my intense I was a little leary on getting the absolute over the vertgio. One of my summer league bowlers who i talk to had purchased it and i watched him bowl a 289 with it. He recommended me to get it and i did. my local pro shop had a sale on it because of the state tourny.
Let me tell you WWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!! This ball cuts through synthetic like a hot knife through butter!!!!!! So much pin action... carries the 10 quite well. i have bowled one series in summer league and shot 591 the first time out with that ball!!!!!!!! For me thats goood!!!
i love it and around the house i bowl at im trying to get everyone to get it... the only thing i dont like is i tend to leave or almost leave 8's and 9's


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #25 on: May 20, 2005, 04:58:01 PM »
I never thought I would say this but the absolute inferno makes my x-factor which i shot 2 800+ series with, the 2nd ball out of my bag.

I just got the absolute, bowled on a fresh medium oil league shot last night, was very inconsistent with my release.....and shot 300 the second game out of the box.  I have shot 2 300's previous to this one but was actually consistent in those games.

I give full credit to the ball on this 300 as it made all of the corrections for me.  It reads the lanes better and hits harder then any ball I have ever used before. AMAZING


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #26 on: May 21, 2005, 04:38:48 PM »
The Absolute Inferno is Absolutely AMAZING!

i got this ball drilled up yesterday to take the place of my hammer vicious so i could have a ball with a little stronger back end.I was a little worried it might not do the trick but it was great.The first game i threw, on heavey oil i was sending the ball all the way out to almost the 5 board and it was snapping back in just like i wanted it to. it was very consistent on the lanes i was on and i could pull it inside and it would hold or i could send it out and it would come back in like a tank and it carried every ten pin that any other ball in my bag would leave. This Ball is amazing. i also have a ultimate Inferno which is also a great ball but the Absolute was the best ball in the inferno line that i have used. Great job Brunswick and i cant wait for the next inferno to come out


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #27 on: May 25, 2005, 12:37:47 AM »
I reviewed this ball earlier and scratch what i said this ball is awesome. I might be unpredictable but it can get you some huge scores if the lanes are just right. I recently bowled my high game of 277 and my high series of 723. So everybody go out and get this ball if you think you can handle it.


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #28 on: May 25, 2005, 01:04:08 AM »
I recently purchased an Absolute inferno and am very excited to try it out.  I have not gotten the ball drilled yet because it is almost summer and all the fat lazy ball drillers in the area are on their summer sabatical.  Unreal! (JR, Pull yourself away from the buffet for 5 min to drill my ball!)  
Anyway, I have been using an Ebonite Omega Lion (from the flintstone era,  it was actually fred's ball, its that old) and have been doing decent, so hopefully this ball will put me over that 200 ave.  I will update when i find a lazy slob to drill my ball, and hope this ball performs like everyone says that it does
[update]  I finally got this ball drilled and i stormed out of the box with a 112 game.  Then i rolled a 179,190,212...not bad for a ball that wasant drilled right for my hand! u know who u R..u made me get red inserts.


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #29 on: June 13, 2005, 08:08:00 PM »
Well, having had this ball for well over a month, I feel that I can post an honest review. So here goes:

Had it drilled with pin above bridge 5 inches from PAP with the CG an inch up and an inch right of the center of grip. What that does I have no idea. Ball was left in factory/box. I wanted to see what it could do right out of the box, so I decided to wait for league night where I could test this baby out. Well for the first game, it showed its muscle and I shot a 279 first game. That's when things started to go downhill and ended up  606, wonder whose fault that is.

The thing that stands out for me, in this ball, is the late revving backend, drive and continuation through the pins. I must say I'm starting to like the Activator+ coverstock very much. This ball is very versatile with hand and release changes as the lanes break down while never losing hit and carry. I've never had a ball that drives the pins to the left as does this one since I dont have a ton of revs but this ball can make rev-impaired bowlers look like a strong handed.

Anybody who had the Ultimate which hooked very little, I'd give the Absolute a try as it hooks about 15 boards more than the UI(which is burning up) in my house. As I've made clear, the cream has risen to the top in a very short amount of games. Now that I've experienced the power of Brunswick's balls, you can be sure that this one won't be the last. Thanks Brunswick and BrunsRich for helping me choose a layout. Works just like you said.

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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #30 on: June 15, 2005, 09:59:09 AM »
Brunswick Absolute Inferno
Weight 15.1 lbs before drilling
Top Weight 3oz
Pin is two to three inches
Drilled pin next to the ring finger (pin slightly drilled into) and cg under it with a weight hole.

This was one of my friend’s balls, but he is moving to Cal and will not have time to bowl while he is out there. It has about thirty to forty games on it. I just plugged the thumb and moved it. This balls reaction is skid snap, very over under. I got this ball because this fall I am going adult and felt I needed to build up an arsenal a little bigger than six balls. I am going to ten to twelve. This ball gets a ton of length on shots I have trouble-getting length on.

32ft buffed to 40ft house shot
First, I started with normal grip pressure and getting side roll on the ball. At the arrows, it was hitting 15 out to 10 at break point. The ball did not even stay right of the head pin. I was surprised so I moved to 22 out to 10 board with normal grip pressure. This tended to work better, but this ball tended if you pulled it a little it would roll early and if you got it a little out it would not finish as well. Not as forgiving as publicized. I loved the reaction because it is something different then what I had. Next, I moved right, took hand out of it, and keep my hand up the back of the ball. I went to up 10. To my surprise this ball hooked way to much. I had to move to 15 to 10 to keep it right of the head pin.

Gets great length

Very touchy ball

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