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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 #61 on: August 07, 2006, 08:33:47 PM »
I know everyone says this ball is not for heavy oil but i have to dissagree. My absolute works great in heavy whether it be the way i throw it or the way its drilled it still works great. i have mine drilled  with the pin under the ring finger with the cg kicked out at 4 o clock with a weight hole.i got my absolute in the summer of 2005 and have not had to resurface it. i keep the surface sanded at a very smooth 1000 grit level. i hardly ever have to through it on house shots only when i run into a tourny with oil inside or even a flat shot thats flooded. i cann play inside with this ball or down and in if the oil calls for it. in my opinion its a better ball the the famouse ultimate inferno,but thats just my word. although i throw mine on heavy oil and it moves alot it has a very controllable breakpoint. great ball!
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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #62 on: August 19, 2006, 06:56:57 PM »
Starting specs:
2-3" Pin
3.5 oz Top

Drilled with the pin under the ring finger, no extra hole making it roughly a 4.5" Pin to PAP.  I have used this ball with several different surfaces including OOB and it never dissapoints.  Because of the low rg core and layout, the AI is great when I need to control the midlane and backends on medium patterns.  It's definitely not a big backend ball and it can handle some oil, but doesn't work well for me when the oil gets down lane.  This is my first Brunswick ball in quite some time and it's quickly found a place in my bag.
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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #63 on: August 22, 2006, 03:07:12 AM »
JUst excellent°°!!
i drilled :
2L (medium oil)
Maximum hook potential for
Medium hook potential
for medium low RPM
Less mid-lane and more
backend than layout #2E.

Is a excellet ball for42 heavy oil long patterms.
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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #64 on: August 25, 2006, 02:11:22 PM »
Since my last review now I finally added this ball to my line up and it could also be my Primary ball on heavy oil or Sport shot. I brought this ball to the Pro shop to get it re-drill since I don't like it go long. But their advised is to just sanded instead. They are right! Now I have more control of the ball and more Predictable clean nice arc.


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #65 on: September 19, 2006, 06:55:10 PM »
I CANNOT believe I never reviewed this ball.  LOVE IT!  So much this ball I love 5 I already drilled and 4 virgins pristine in boxes they rest still.

Of all the great balls I've owned throughout my 3 decades of bowling, I rank this ball THE BEST!

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Yellow Dot
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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #66 on: October 12, 2006, 05:02:32 PM »
As of now, this is my favorite swing ball.  I've bowled more 700's with this than any other.  I have it drilled 4x4 with pin centered about 1" above fingers.  I keep it sanded to 600 smooth and it never dies.  I've had 200+ games on this one... I must be bowling on a wall everyday  

I have some competition for it coming... Storm Paradigm Domination and a Lane 1 Super Carbide Bomb... Wow, I'm not biased at all, am I???


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #67 on: November 05, 2006, 03:05:45 PM »
Best ball I ever bought hits hard and carries the best and never slows down.  I can hit high and this ball will carry every time.  I have this ball drilled for a big arch and this ball work on every oil pattern for me.


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #68 on: December 25, 2006, 05:20:26 AM »
I love this ball.....i got it drilled pin under the bridge to hook early....I threw it on a light oil shot with the coverstock being lightly polished and man does it hit the pocket hard......even when u hit low pocket and should of left a ringin 10 pin that head pin is nokin it down across the how it transitions and when u throw a bad shot it dosent leave bad results (spitls)


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #69 on: January 07, 2007, 03:08:56 PM »
I have had this ball since it first came out, and let me tell you it is one of the best balls I have ever thrown.  I have had 2 300's with it and many 750+ sets.  My best friend also bought this ball after seeing my success with it and bowled his first 300 with the Absolute.  What is funny about this is that we have identical hand spans and the drilling specifications for this ball were identical.  I definately reccomend this ball!!!  If anyone would like to see the drilling specs that I recieved for this ball let me know.  My e-mail is


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #70 on: April 29, 2007, 12:45:37 PM »
No surprises here!  Nearly everyones favorite ball...and join me to the list!

It is up there with the great ones I have used.

Drilled 4E(Hooking wet/drys(but ours is a long pattern!) pin under bridge 5 1/2 X 5 and cg under ring.   Pin out about 2 inches.

This is just a gem and one can tell that for virtually all mediums there is probably a drillpattern surface that will make this ball work.  UNLESS your situation calls for a sluggish backend!  Cause this ball gives you the opposite!
Move to the hole!

As a comparison I had a stronger drilled original inferno I called "just even".  It sort of usually moved sluggishly down the lane (maybe the drill pattern was too strong for local low volume conditions!) and then had even less left at the end(burnout?)!

My surface on this ball is 2000 abralon with Storm Reacta Shine.

This glazed up surface and weak pin position give me the penetration down the lane for even my very heavy roll and on this sometimes concrete surface in the midlanes.  THEN when it's time to move this ball moves as strong as any ball I have had with this type of weak pattern on our local always carrydown on the left!  Most days on this lefty killing condition it carries and this I believe is due to the Absolutes stronger reacting coverstock versus the Inferno.

I am convinced I could buy 4 of these (like Tonyckgee before me) and cover all mediums with different surfaces and drill patterns.


PS I rank this with some of the best bowling balls I've ever Crimson Sledgehammer, My X factor Deuce, and my Sonic X solid.
PPS had this same drilling on a Columbia Shock and had some good sets...but this ball makes it so much easier for me to push it to the breakpoint!

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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #71 on: May 12, 2007, 01:17:42 PM »
Player Profile:
PAP: 5 3/8ths right, 9 1/6ths up
Release Speed: 17.5 mph
RPMS: 315 on average
Axis Rotation: 45-55 degrees

What more can you say about hands down the best ball to come out from the Big B?

Mine is layed out with the pin 5" to the PAP and 1 1/2" above the midline.  For me it looks like this:


The Absolute is the Absolute epitomy of strength, consistancy, and versatility in the Brunswick line-up.  Balls like this come few and far in between where it is such a good matchup to just about any lane surface or lane pattern.  Anything medium and up and transitioning mediums, the Absolute Infeno is a rock.  Strong from the midlane to the pindeck defines the Absolute.  It's cleaner up front than the Original Inferno but is grabbier in the friction.  The Absolute rolls like it's "stuck to the lane", but in a good way.  The ball is really grabby in the midlane and strong in transition.  It's not too jumpy out of the friction, instead the Absolute will face up early when there isn't enough oil for the first 30 feet.  If there's one thing you can bet on, is the consistancy of the Absolute in its path to the pocket on many different conditions.  Not matter what surface or pattern I am on the motion of this ball stays the same.  Push...roll..tilt..strong arc.  The only variance from pattern to pattern is where the Absolute does it.  For me this is a great ball on wood surfaces with alot of head oil present.  On high friction synthetic surfaces the motion of the absolute appears stronger, but the control is still there.

In two or three years time, I think that the Absolute will be as sought after as the Original Inferno was(before the remakes).  There's not alot of balls out there that roll this true and that is this versatile.  I actually use mine and like it better with the rough buff compound removed and an application of Brunswick High Gloss factory finish polish.  This makes the Absolute a bit cleaner up front without the sometimes early burn of rough buff.  For alot of different styles, the Absolute will be your favorite ball on most medium to heavier house patterns and longer sport patterns.  This is also a great option on PBA patterns Scorpion, Viper, and Shark.  Higher speeds will be able to use it on all of the PBA Patterns with ease.
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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #72 on: May 18, 2007, 07:41:19 PM »
After throwing this ball for a week or two, I've decided to post a review about it. I had the ball drill with pin above ring finger, cg kicked out, and a hole drilled on the side

Ball has quite a bit of back end. It curves a bit mroe than I thought it would. All in all, this is a great ball. The ball hits hard too. It carries the light hits ok. I haven't left many ten pins with it yet. This ball looks awesome going down the lane. I got it used for $40 plus plugging and drilled which ended up to be around $90. It was well worth it. This has become my second favorite ball in my arsenal so far.

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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #73 on: April 28, 2008, 11:42:45 AM »
I have had this ball for about a year now. I got it from a friend, I traded my total inferno for it because the total wasn't working out for me. The ball is drilled to go long and snap on the backend. It's reaction is very similar to my Intense Inferno except it's a few boards stronger. Overall i'm glad I made this trade because I find the Absolute be to stronger than the total, at least for me. Absolute Inferno rating-10/10.
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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #74 on: May 24, 2008, 04:52:09 PM »
this is the best ball from brunswick hands down. i have had it for 2 years and this ball is still money. gives me a greast reaction not too strong not too weak but on house shot when the lanes are broken down a lil this is the ball to go to. its the best ball from brunswick. 10/10 rating


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Re: Absolute Inferno
« Reply #75 on: January 20, 2011, 08:55:33 AM »




Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):ths



Likes:monster back end run, hits like a mack truck. Have thrown 6 games with it, bought it used and did not need any work done with it. i threw it straight and it just hooked perfectly. im starting at the 1st-2nd arrow and letting the ball do the rest. i would recommend this ball to anybody. i dont have high revs or a powerful throw, just around 16-17mph and i do not know my revs. this ball does all the work itself and takes out the worry of what do with lane conditions. will work on any condition

Dislikes: none so far