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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 #31 on: June 17, 2005, 05:16:48 PM »
This is my first review on this ball . The ball is amazing . I had this ball drilled for Max Flare & medium condition w carrydown . Even though I am not sure about the carry down . But this is a good ball to have in arsenal . Today I was playing inside around 25 to 30 swinging it out . The ball is amazing coming off around 10 board and hard to the pocket . Some shot thrown good pin action messenger , some love taps to the 10 pin . One thing I notice about this ball , do not get it out too far , it might not come back . But overall I give this ball a 8.5 out of 10 rating .

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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #32 on: June 29, 2005, 08:30:40 PM »
My Specs:
2 hander no thumber
High rev rate between 500-550 rpms
Ball Speed 17-20MPH

Ball Specs:
2 inch pin
3.5 top weight
label drill

  .cg     (no thumb hole)

(pattern c)
Tried this ball first of all on PBA pattern C
the breakpoint most people were playing to was about 10
most were about 15 to ten then 20 to 10 when the lanes broke down.
This ball allowed me to play from 25 and use 5 as my break point any farther
left and it was gone I don't belive this is the best ball for this pattern or pattern D for that matter. I belive this ball would be more at home on A or B as these seem to play like a more oily condition

(40 foot house shot)
This is where this ball really shines for me
on this pattern I use 5 as my break point and throw at it any where from
30-35 when the shot is fresh and as carry down builds up I usually end up moving right with my feet and using the same breakpoint.

Ball reaction:
This ball is clean through heads on all but the worst broken down crap
It isn't huge on the backend but if I had to describe the motin it would be
A long skid followed by a nice even hard arc to the pocket not as early as my fear factor but nothing close to my dirty bomb which is more of a 55 foot and side ways reaction. the carry is excellent only frequent leaves are 9 pins which are better than 10 pins.

This is always the first ball out of my bag
10-10 pins  

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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #33 on: July 11, 2005, 12:47:22 PM »
Drilled: 4 x 5

This ball is amazing. I have tried it on a couple of conditions. It works well on all types of shots. I can use this when the lanes are fresh and when there is carrydown. I can see why many say this ball is so versatile. The cover is easy to change too. It might not be for Heavy oil but from Med Heavy to medium dry it's great.

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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #34 on: July 17, 2005, 05:24:35 PM »
Had my Absoute since March and with about 30-40 games on it time for a review:

2 1/2" pin
2.7oz top to start
3 3/8 x 4 1/2
Weight hole almost on the PAP
Surface is 1200 sanded with Brunswick high Gloss polish

After deciding I needed a ball that would go a bit longer and be more angular than my Ultimate, Scott and I laid out this Absolute. After getting warmed up with my Ultimate, grabbed the Absolute, stood in the same spot, playing 12-5 on a THS and threw away. The first 5 balls I threw left 3 6 pins, 1 8 pin and a 6-8 split. Ball got down the lane very clean and at about 45 feet seemed like it made a very angular move towards the pocket going a bit high every time. Moved 3 left and opened up a bit more playing 15-7 and railed off about 10 shots in a row flush in the pocket leaving 1 7 pin and 1 9 pin. After trying it out in league found out that it (all lefties skip forward) was too much ball for our Thursday night league shot. Had to put it away or else play 4th arrow with it which at that time wasnt too sure about (carrydown causes the outsides to get sloppy). Used it a bit on my Friday league when my UI didnt turn up enough and worked out with great success. Used it this summer a lot in our sport league, playing anywhere from up 5 a few weeks ago (along with my UI) to last week playing 5th arrow throwing it at the gutter (got out to about 7-8 before it found dry and kicked right). Ball is very clean up front and smooth through the mids but once it hits the dry it makes a violent move to the pocket, most angle I have ever had out of a bowling ball. Overall a wonderful compliment to the UI and the entire Inferno line for that matter. Usually thrown in practice every night and depending on the shot depends on when it comes out (right away or during transition).

Have tried the surface at box condition, 1200 sanded, and currently at 1200 sanded with high gloss polish.

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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #35 on: July 20, 2005, 07:57:50 AM »
A real quick word or two about the A.I.

14lbs, 3-4" pin, don't know the topweight, box finish.
Layout as follows. Pretty standard and laid out the same as my Original Inferno (O.I.) and Ultimate (U.I.) Pin above and in the middle of my fingers, CG kicked out to the right of the middle of my grip, weight hole even with the CG kicked out to what would be the side of the ball.

On a very easy house shot on good wood lanes went 246, 233, 212 and then a few 200somethings in match play in a sweeper first time out with this ball. Here's what it does. It goes longer than the O.I. and seems more continuous on the backends. Even though this ball still reved up in the midlane it really didn't want to hook until about 5 to 10 feet longer than the O.I. When it did come left it hit hard just like the rest of the Inferno's so no carry issues. Good hold on pulled shots, decent recovery on stuff pushed right. As the shot was burned up I had to move left or add speed. No surprises there. I'll add more as I go to another 2 houses that are completely different. All in all another good ball by Brunswick.

More Info, 11-1-2005.

Still using this ball. Depending on the house and how the shot is, I either use this ball first or my Impulse Zone. On some houses I have to put this away as it it TOO strong and go to my Original Inferno. On US Open, ABC Masters and other flat and heavy patterns, I can go straight up 5 or 10 and the ball will turn left HARD at 50 feet depending on my speed. As far as house shots go, I'm able to play 15 to 10, 20 to 10 or either of these to 5 when the shot allows. This ball will come back if you're not too fast for your revs. I can also play the oil line in some houses and as long as I don't pull the ball left and can find oil all night, I can use this ball for all 3 games.

All in all another very good ball from B-Wick. This one stays in my bag for a long time.

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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #36 on: July 31, 2005, 03:50:04 AM »
Me: Right handed power stroking ninja bowler (can't hear it hit the lane)

16lbs, pin above bridge 5' from PAP with 2" cg kicked slightly right, no hole

I have had the ball from 600 grit to highly polished with Storm X-tra shine and have had the best success with the ball at 1000 grit with a coat of the shiny stuff.  It is a great benchmark ball that will tell you ecaxtly how long an oil pattern is and how backend you've got.  

I have a medium 39' house shot here in Santa Barbara on newer Anvilane surfaces with a Kustodian + lane machine and get great recovery from our 'softer' backends.  With most of the house using some surface to get the ball to make the corner, I'm able to move a little left and skip out on the fun of adjusting to the shifting pattern all night.  Even bowling late at night (bowl open 24 hours) after 'comic' (cosmic) bowling I can still get this ball through the heads with enough energy to carry.  This is a great ball to build an arsenal around, as I did mine.

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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #37 on: August 07, 2005, 12:26:56 AM »
ball is awsome bowled 230 right out of the box drilled pin next to ring finger. ball has greeat pin action rarley left any corners. if your think about getting this ball i recommend it. i'd give it 5 out of 5.
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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #38 on: August 08, 2005, 02:27:23 PM »
Love It! Love It!
First brunswick ball I have bought in years, love the coverstock,and durability. Mine has the pin above fingers,and cg below ~1 inch. Aggressive ball,gets down the lane about 35-40 feet then make nice flip to the hole.Only hold back I have seen if you play with speed is in long oil.Cant get enough dry to flip over.But for most condtions you can play this one.

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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #39 on: August 09, 2005, 05:52:14 PM »
I can't say anything else that hasn't already been said about this ball. I haven't use any Brunswick balls since the early Zone days, and decided to stay away from Brunswick after getting balls that hit like sponges. I got this one last night after reading some reviews here and had another guy shot his first 300 with one 2 weeks ago. I'm a cranker about 17 mph, had the pin above my ring finger and CG 2 inches below, box finish. On a 40 ft. oil 5-5, I lined up with the far left gutter and just swung this monster to the right gutter and crushed the pocket all night long. I carried almost everything. After 8 games, avg. around 245, I still had a good reaction without moving and the carry down didn't seem to bother it, still rolled up nicely. If I hit the pocket the strike % was at least 90-95. Best ball I've had in awhile. I'll write more after I experiment with it more and shot a few 300's with it.

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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #40 on: August 25, 2005, 07:51:45 PM »
i agree i left a couple of 9s when i through it but it is a very aggressive ball shot 618 right out of the box may not be good for u but im a 12 year old and had a 130 avrage but its helped me raise it 25 pins


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #41 on: September 13, 2005, 05:40:19 PM »
Well, after 2 months sitting at home (recovering from surgery) searching for my perfect Benchmark ball, I decided to try out Brunswick with it's Absolute Inferno.  Had the ball drilled 4 1/4" from my axis, (pin ended up on the side of my ring finger) with the CG on my midline.  

After getting back into my normal routine and getting the feel for the game again, I started throwing the ball better than ever and really got a better read on my equipment.  My first comfortable 3 game set with this ball was for a career high 714.  The next was for a good showing of 675.  The following week on the first night of Winter League, I shot a career best 277 game for a total of 704 (first sanctioned 700).  In two weeks I shot two 700's, something I had previously done only once in two years of dedicated bowling.  

The ball is very clean through the heads, with an unbelievable reaction off the dry.  However, here's the catch, the reaction is more predictable than hard hooking balls ever have been.  One word to describe this ball:  VERSATILE.  I bought 2 other balls (Track Heat and a Storm Vertigo) just incase I needed another look on the lanes, and still haven't needed to use them.  Previously being a Storm fan, this ball alone has showed me that Brunswick has the goods to deliver a super-versatile hard hitting ball.  All you have to do is grab a bottle of Rough Buff, use it after every 6 games, and this baby will be your first out of the bag for a long time.  I give it a 9.5 out of 10, when it gives me a 300, I'll come back and make it a 10.  LOL


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #42 on: September 16, 2005, 06:18:09 PM »
Absolute inferno Absolutely the best... Most versatile inferno still on the market and i mean versatile on sport and house conditions i recently shot 719 on a 39 foot sport pattern.My Ai is drilled w/ the pin under the ring finger cg stacked as all of my equipment i beleive the top weight was 2.5 oz but i cant remember i got it when it was first on the market


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #43 on: September 27, 2005, 04:30:09 PM »
First off, I'm a stroker, not to many revs, and medium speed.  I bowl on a shot on new Brunswick synthetic lanes with about a 38 foot house pattern.  I had the shot covered with my classic Storm Trauma and my XXXTreme, but that paycheck from work had to go somewhere.  I didn't have a sport shot ball yet, and recently qualify for junior gold, I needed a ball to fill the void.  

I asked my proshop guy, and he strongly recommended the Inferno, but few of the online retailers still had them.  The ball was still on Brunswicks website, and stayed on for months after I re-decided on the Absolute, but I'm glad I got the Absolute.  

We laid it out for sport shot, and brought it down to 1200 grit, just to take the shine off.  I was bewildered at this balls power, as it out-hooked the Goliath, (a feat when it was new, but read my disappointing review there).  After some getting used to, the ball became a perfect fit for my game, and though has an interesting path to the pocket, it seems to angle out a lot more than anticipated, it carries very well.  As its not drilled for house shot, it finished a little early, so I don't use it much there, but its the first ball out on wooden lanes or sport shot.  Nice little ball, holds surface well, and carries well.  9 out of 10.
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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #44 on: October 06, 2005, 02:39:05 PM »
Great ball,I shot 298 first game off the drill press. What else need be said? Go Brunswick!!


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #45 on: November 01, 2005, 09:53:40 AM »
I've had the absolute for about three months and love it.  Gets good mid-lane roll and has a nice strong arc on the backend.  Within the last two weeks with it, I've shot 793(including a 300), 813, 805, 724, 703.  It's so versatile that I can use it on most conditions.  It does get a little spotty on heavier oil, so you might want to break out the Ultimate Inferno for that.  Overall, great ball and a great line of bowling balls from Brunswick.  Got the smokin inferno on the way, so we'll see how that one does.