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Maxxx Zone
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Ball NPS Score: Not Available
- Coverstock: PlaZma Reactive Solid
- Ball Color: Black/Blue/Purple All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
- Ball Finish: 600 Grit Wet Sand
- Hook Potential: 175 (High) on a scale of 10-175 Low-High
- Length: 45 (Early) on a scale of 25-235 Early-Late
- RG Differential: 0.042 (Medium) on a scale of 0.0-0.080 Low-High
- RG Average: 2.522 (Medium-Low) on a scale of 2.43-2.80 Very Low-High Break Point
- Breakpoint Shape: 70 (Angular) on a scale of 10-100 Arced-Angular
- Recommended Lane Conditions: Medium to Oily
- A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
- Description: MaxXX Zone®, the ball to go to when you''''re looking for the Max. Maximum Hook, Maximum Traction, Maximum Performance even on oily lanes.
Core: The MaxXX Zone core uses the same inner core shape as the Smash Zone. However, the weight distrbution between the inner core and outer core has been adjusted to raise the overall RG, so even with its aggressive PlaZma coverstock, the MaxXX Zone will clear the fronts and provide maximum traction in the mid and the back-ends even on the tightest lane conditions..
Coverstock: To maximize the performance of the MaxXX Zone, Brunswick has developed the new PlaZma coverstock. PlaZma sticks to the lane and continues to traction strong when other coverstocks break loose from the lane. When combined with the MaxXX Zone core this gives an unbeatable combination to attack the oiliest lane conditions and provide unparalleled lane hugging traction and recovery.


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Re: Maxxx Zone
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2008, 07:42:07 PM »
Pin between and under fingers, mb @ 45, cg middle and about 1" right of center.
This thing hooks! If you are looking for a piece on long and or heavy oil look no further. Great midlane and continues very well.
Much stronger than the fury solid in which is a ball that i love and still save for tourney play.
To make a long story short for the money and the boards this thing covers from med. heavy to heavy oil other companies are going to have a hard time keeping up with this baby.
B has done a great job!

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Re: Maxxx Zone
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2008, 02:50:17 PM »
Zone Maxx
Ball Specs
The ball being drilled was a 3” pin out with 3.00 oz top weight.
Drilling: Pin 4 1/2" from PAP and Mb 4" from PAP, 1 1/2" in Buffer. Pin is above ring finger. Weight Hole on my axis. Factory Sanded.

Bowler Information:
Track diameter is 10 1/2.
PAP is measured at 5 1/4 over and 3/8" up.
Average ball speed (foul line to head pin) is 16 mph.
Axis rotation is typically 90 degrees
Initial rev rate is typically 300 rpm, "Tweener"
Lane Condition and Pattern:
Bowlero Lanes, HPL 9000 Panel. Oil Pattern: THS condition medium oil outsides, heavier oil inside, semi clean backends.

The Zone Maxx reminds me of the Brunswick Goliath of a couple of years ago, the ball has that same look, very early hook with a strong but smooth look on the back end. The ball has the core of the Ultimate Inferno which helps the ball rev quickly, but with the factory sanded coverstock the ball reads the lane early making it a great choice for heavy oiled lanes up front and clean backends. Great ball for spinners, speed dominant players or someone bowling on heavy oil. What I like about the ball is the cover does not loose the hook quickly like the Goliath did, the Goliath was a heavy particle Proactive ball. This shell as a dull reactive holds up longer with good general cleaning. Thanks for reading my review.

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Re: Maxxx Zone
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2008, 12:24:03 AM »
Mine is layed out 4 1/2 " from pin above the fingers.

Out of the box it's too rough for all but the oiliest conditions for many bowlers. I had to adjust the surface to 2000 abralon so I could use it more often. On fresh patterns it's extremely reliable. It does seem to be more angular than most Brunswick solids. This ball is all midlane and finish.

Even with the 600 grit factory finish it's cleaner through the heads than you'd expect, but I adjusted the surface on mine to give me a faster response on the back end. When the lanes dry out you should probably put this one away. I have not tried any polish on it yet. This one is a keeper!

Lane Carter, Strike Zone Pro Shops - Salt Lake City, Utah
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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2008, 11:08:27 PM »

The Brunswick Maxxx Zone comes 600 grit out of box. Ball is way to strong out of box. Drilled mine pin below ring finger, polished to 2000. Ball is very strong & smooth, excellent carry. I would suggest anyone looking for a great oil ball, look no further than the Brunswick Maxxx Zone. Took this ball yesterday, ran scores of: 236, 244, 290, 213, & 246 for total of 1229. So in closing, run to your local pro-shop & buy one today!!!!!


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Re: Maxxx Zone
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2009, 08:16:41 AM »
Pin Length - 3"
Starting Top Weight - Don't Know
Ball Weight - 15lbs

4.5 from PAP, Pin up. CG out near 45 degrees, 3X3 Flare increasing weight hole down 2 1/4 from PAP.

Rev Rate - Tweener
Ball Speed - 15-16 mph
PAP/Track - 5 1/8 over 1 up

Grit - 1000 Abralon
Type (Matte, Polish, Sanded) - Sanded

Length - 41
Volume - Medium
Type (Wall, Xmas Tree, Sport) - wall

Length - 8/10
Back End - 8/10
Overall Hook - 8/10
Midlane Read - 8/10
Breakpoint Shape - 8/10

Carry - This ball hits very hard and keeps the pins low on the deck. The PlaZma cover stock reacts very quickly (well) to friction so, you need to control the breakpoint. If you get this to the dry too early you will get a monster return from the ball. It stores a lot of energy to explode the pins on the deck. This is angular for a solid but, can still leave some flat hits causing corners.

Likes - Works very well on medium fresh patterns. The MaxxX is very responsive to hand changes, speed and angle changes. It is a very versatile ball that takes cover alterations very well. For a ball with such an aggressive cover stock it gets through the heads surprisingly well even when they start to fry a bit. The cover and core combination seem to complement one another very well producing a ball that is fun to throw and watch. It reads the  pattern well.

Dislikes -The box cover is 600 grit and is just way too strong for most shots. Still, it got though the heads fine but used up a lot of energy in the midlane which caused deminished reaction on the backend. took the ball to 1000 Abralon and it really came to life. Based on a couple of cover alterations it seems to me that by taking some cover off the ball 1000 - 2000 Abralon will create a medium condition monster with a lot of versatility.

Overall: This is a great ball and is a lot of fun to watch. It did take some getting used to. Expectations on the ball is that it is a huge monster that is "maxxed out". No doubt there are stronger balls on the market that can create more backend angle than the MaxxX Zone. But, once you work with this piece a little you find a real hidden Gem. Yes, it is very aggressive and strong. The best way I can describe the look on this ball is by comparing it to either the Ultimate Inferno or the Schorchin' only much stronger. Same general look on the lane with an even better read, harder off the spot and more angular. Hard driving arc and very controllable. One careful that you don't get to the dry to quickly! If you do then fasten your seatbelt! Not the most flashy ball on the planet but, a definite "work horse" as far as I am concerned. It is a great addition to a tournament player's bag and for the casual league bowler as well. Brunswick has a winner here.
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Re: Maxxx Zone
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2009, 07:41:41 PM »
Left handed Tweener
275-325 rpm
15-17 mph
4 1/2 x 1 1/4

Ball specs
15 lbs 6 oz
3.2 oz top wt
1.5-2 pin

Drilled 4 1/2 pin down
Surface on this is 2000 abralon

Wow i bought this ball absolute money, hits the pins flush keeps them low i shot  300 with it yesterday second game after getting it, surface prep friendly but the oob is too strong for my condition. Will finish review after sunday league.
yes i sandbag im left handed.
Typical house bowler
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Re: Maxxx Zone
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2009, 06:01:31 PM »
Just Exxxcelent !!!!!
You should have one of this, what're you waiting?
Exxxcelent ball, always from Brunswick.

By the way, the Rattle will be outstanding, be prepared for his letal bite !!!

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Re: Maxxx Zone
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2009, 10:58:34 AM »
Ummmmm WOW! I drilled this last week for heavier oil. I put the pin 4in from my PAP. CG is kicked out almost 3in. Which puts the Mass Bias(again, in theory)right on my VAL. My PAP is 4 and 1/2 inches over with 0 up and down. So I do have a 1 and 1/8 inch XH about 2 in deep. The XH is 1 inch past my PAP and 1 inch down. OOB finish is way to dull so I brought it up to 1000 with an abralon pad. Man this ball moves. The abralon pad let me get a little length out of the ball, but yet it does not burn up in the midlane like most dull balls do for me. Put one of these in your bag. If you like Brunswick you should be very pleased. BUT......know when to put it away! The ball does not like dry lanes.


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Re: Maxxx Zone
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2009, 08:38:14 PM »
Bowler Stats:
350-375 RPM
17.5-18 MPH
Low tilt
Axis: 4 7/8 right, 0 up/down

Lane Surface:
1 year old ProLane
A22 oil

Ball 1:
2” pin to Pap
OOB surface

Ball 2:
5” under the fingers
x-hole 2” down VAL
2000 Abralon with light scuff of a 1000 pad

Ball 1:
The only pattern that I’ve thrown this ball on so far is Kegel’s Dead Man’s Curve (43ft at 50uL per board) just because of the length and volume. I had an excellent look playing 13 at the laydown to 11 at the breakpoint. Carry only became a factor once it started checking up a bit early. The ball was insanely smooth through the entire lane but still had plenty of energy left at the pin deck. Like I mentioned above, once the corners started popping up, I had to make parallel moves in with more forward roll. This worked until I couldn’t move any further in and still carry due to the early rolling layout wanting to leave weak 10s. But the ball reacts EXACTLY like what I was looking for: smooth, early roll for longer, tougher patterns.

Ball 2:
I bought this ball to help smooth the midlane on the Nationals shot. OOB I knew it would be way too much surface so I took it to 4000 without even throwing the ball first. On the Vegas pattern, I was playing 24 (laydown ) to 9 (breakpoint). The shot was decent but with that surface, it was sliding past the end of the oil line, grabbing hard, and going straight left. That’s not quite what I was looking for on this pattern. I took the ball to the spinner and sanded it to 2000 abralon and finished with a VERY light pass of 1000. With this surface, I saw the midlane I wanted and knew this was the perfect surface for me. On the fresh, I was playing 20 (laydown) to 10 (breakpoint) with a great look, great midlane, and awesome power through the pins. Trying a couple of different lines, I also had an interesting look down the 3 board at this surface with a little extra speed (I say interesting because I didn’t think the shot could be played very well from there). This layout also let me move in and not sacrifice carry like Ball 1 does just because it is so smooth.

If you are looking for a ball with a smooth, predictable roll, this IS your ball. Also, never be afraid to adjust the cover. Even though 4000 was too much length for me on these patterns, I can see myself going 4000 plus polish for some THS in the future and then knocking it back down for tougher patterns. Don’t get me wrong, THIS BALL HOOKS. But it’s a controlled reaction that I can see working at the more aggressive end of any arsenal. It looks to have no problem competing with other companies “Big Boys” when it comes to reaction and I can’t wait to see how it looks on the tournament lanes in Vegas.

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Jonesboro, AR
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Re: Maxxx Zone
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2009, 06:15:05 AM »
The Maxxx Zone is a great ball! When I bought my MZ the pin was drilled under the finger with a cg kicked out, this would last for one game and it went into my bag. I re-drilled my MZ with the pin above and in the middle of my fingers, what a surprise. This get my through the heads and into the pocket all night. The reason for my re-drilling is that I watch CDB throw hers to win the ladies championship.


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Re: Maxxx Zone
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2009, 01:56:10 PM »
It's safe to say that I LOVE this bowling ball!!! I have had much success with this ball and decided to drill 3 of them with different layouts and surfaces to accommodate different needs of mine. I find this ball to work best on medium to heavier patterns it gets through the heads and still saves energy to have a smooth finish on the back and get through the pins. A very nice addition to anyones arsenal.

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Re: Maxxx Zone
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2009, 11:29:13 PM »
Drilled this ball with the pin above middle finger and CG 1/2 in out. Took cover to 2000 wet sand with a light polish. I was expecting to have to add more polish, not the case this cover is very smooth. Do not let the appearance that the Maxxx Zone is instant hook from stopping you from adding this very versatile ball to your arsenal. I have used this ball on Viper and the Kegal 39 FT sports shot along with Chameleon. This cover stock is by far the best kept secret in the industry. This cover shines with ease and will allow you to clear the heads with ease.

Strength: The plasma cover, it will do it all.

Weakness: Extremely burned heads, I dont mean second shift, I mean complete toast.

This ball is one of the first I pull out of the bag, the Maxxx Zone is what I turn to when I just cant get comfortable. The Maxxx Zone is by far Max performance.

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Re: Maxxx Zone
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2010, 05:13:10 AM »
Bowler Stats:
Right Handed
Speed:  17-18 mph on Qubica
Revs:  350-375
Rotation:  60 Degrees
PAP: 5 and 3/8 straight over

Lane Surfaces:
House 1-Roughly 15 year old AMF synthetics
House 2-30 year old wood with guardian overlay
House 3-35+year old wood

Ball Layout:
63 x 3 3/8 x 60 (known as rev leverage)
Surface=OOB (600 grit wet sand)
Weight hole: placed in the “double thumb” position

Intended Purpose:
I wanted this ball to fill a particular spot in my arsenal, even it ended up being very condition specific.  I wanted an early revving aggressive oiler that would allow some ability to move as the oil line transitioned (I had another MAXXX last season that fit this spot, and had some great success with it).  I placed this drilling to help the cover start up earlier (due to previous experience, I knew that this cover and core could get through the heads pretty easy on its intended purpose).  

Carry - This ball hits very hard and keeps the pins low on the deck. Considering the fact that this ball uses a modified version of the Inferno core, carry is quite good.  Due to the higher RG, the ball maintained carry as I moved in with it.

Likes - Works very well on heavy conditions. Cover can be altered for various conditions.  Cover and core seem to be very complimentary.  For an oiler, it maintains energy well.  For me, this ball is very good at blending conditions from side to side and due to the drilling, the ball is good at blending from the front to the back of the lane as well.  

Dislikes –Due to the aggressiveness of the drilling, it is very condition specific.  Due to the surface and drilling, there is definitely a limit to how far I can move and keep carry.

Overall: A good ball for tournament bowlers.  It is smooth and it easy to read when to throw it and when to put it away.  Carry is above average.  It will not wow a lot of people, unless you throw it on its intended condition.  Even though it maintains energy, it is still an oiler and should be thrown as such.  This ball hit what I was looking for when I drilled it up to a tee.  From my perspective, that is all you can ask for.  

Thanks for reading my review.
Dennis Rhodes

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Re: Maxxx Zone
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2010, 12:04:55 PM »
I bought this ball on e-bay used. Plugged it and kept the basic drilling that was in the ball, pin under on center line, cg 45 degrees right, on horizontal line. put a wt hole on axis bringing ball to 1/2 positive. I then sanded ball to 500/2000 abralon. Went out on PBA league, it was USBC shot. I lined up 15 to 10 and shot 234. Very smooth ball. Very controllable, great for an arsenal. Filled the hole in mine.
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