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BVP Wizard
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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BVP – Brunswick Value Performance – Exceptional Value and Great Performance
The Brunswick BVP™ series has been developed to provide the widest range of reactions available at the popular mid-price point.  The BVP series provides any bowler the ball performance they’re looking for at a price they can afford.

The BVP Wizard  targets one of the most popular reactions in the bowling ball industry, Reactive Solid Sanded.  This type of ball reaction is embraced by many bowlers as the best all-around combination of coverstock and surface finish.  Providing high hook potential with good pin carry and controllable ball reactions.  

Aggressive Reactive Coverstock: PowrKoilTM 18 has been on more bowling balls than any other Reactive coverstock in the bowling industry. PowrKoil18 has been used on some of Brunswick’s most successful balls including the Danger Zone, Red Alert and BVP Nemesis.  Aggressive in the oil and strong off the dry, PowrKoil18 is a perennial favorite among all styles of bowlers.

800-Grit Wet Sand Finish:The Wizard is finished with an 800-grit wet sand finish which will allow most bowlers to match-up to both freshly oiled and moderately broken down house conditions.  Plenty of traction on all but the oiliest lanes combined with a strong backend reaction.  

Reaction Characteristics
•Out of the Box: With its 800-grit wet sand surface, the Wizard matches up well on most medium to oily house conditions.
•When dulled:The  hooking action will increase and its arc will become more even, creating a better match-up for oily lane conditions and for smoothing over/under reactions seen on wet/dry lane conditions.
•When shined: With either Brunswick’s Factory Finish “High Gloss Polish” or “Rough Buff”, your Wizard will go longer in the oil and react stronger to the dry creating a more skid/snap arc.  High Gloss Polish creates more length than Rough Buff.

Reaction Setup
The BVP Wizard 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 BVP Wizard is finished with a dull 800-grit surface which increases its hooking action in the oil.  Dull surface  finishes can sometimes hook too early resulting in reduced backend reaction and hitting power.  To increase length, polish the surface with Brunswick’s Factory Finish Rough Buff.  To increase length and create and even more skid/snap reaction use Brunswick’s Factory Finish High Gloss Polish.

PowrKoil18 Reactive
Black/Blue Solid
Hardness: 76-78
Glow Engraving
Factory Finish
800-grit wet sand
More Information
Core Dynamics
Symmetrical core
RG Max: 2.580”  
RG Min: 2.536”
RG Diff: 0.044”
RG Avg: 4.6 out of 10
Hook Potential 125
Length 85
Breakpoint Shape 60
Available Weights
10-16 Pounds


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Re: BVP Wizard
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2006, 04:34:18 PM »
This ball is reputed to be a remake of the Nemisis. I layed mine out, 4x4 left the shell in box condition, and put a hole on the axis.  I found the Wizard to be a very rolly strong ball that minimizes the dreaded over under you get on short patterns or top hat walls.  I had very good luck with mine on a short sport pattern, and have found it useful on a variety of shots.  It also compliments the Rampage very well if you are looking for an arsenal in the mid price range


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Re: BVP Wizard
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2006, 09:36:38 AM »
I have drilled up a pair of these and please check my profile for stats:

Ball Lay out #1-Pin is 5 x 4.5(75 deg)above the fingers with a hole on the axis deep enough to hit the core. I left this box finish. I had to take the fingers deep because the CG was short and the ball was over on finger weight. I have thrown this on a couple of different conditions. One was a longer tournament shot that I also softened my speed to the 15.5-16 range. I also cut down my angle thru the heads and seemed to have the world with this ball. Hard reving and pin shattering is the best way to describe it. When I have had conditions where I could throw a "tighter" frozen rope type of shot, this ball has just murdered them. It does get back when I go to normal speed, but the "frozen rope" shot has been devastating with this ball for my style.

My impression of Ball one is a nice heavy rolling reaction. The surface seems to take the oil pretty well without slicking up too fast. It definitly seems to be a medium oil type of ball but also a versatile one as I have been able to soften my speed on the slick and also pick up my speed on the medium dry and still get the ball to hit with some authority.

I am still playing with ball two somewhat and will post when I have a better feel for the ball.
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Re: BVP Wizard
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2007, 09:44:50 PM »
Lane Conditions: Medium-Light Oil
Typical Conditions: House Shot
Type of Lane: All Synthetic
What part of the lane did you play? Fourth Arrow
Did the ball track out? Normal
Weight of bowling ball: 15
Surface of bowling ball: Factory/Box
What grit was the surface of the ball? 800
Likes: creates mid-lane recovery and stronger back-end power allowing the bowler more room
On most conditions.

Dislikes: Beside OIly Lane none at this time

The BVP Wizard combines PowerKoil 18 coverstock with the proven BVP medium-RG core system to create a ball reaction that superior compare to Nemesis and Punisher.
Wizard delivers more length and more angular and Backend Reaction
PowerKoil 18 coverstock and new blue color. .
Gives the Wizard bite and stronger back-end recovery.
Delivers more total hooking action than any of the BVP’s.
It rolls even and surefooted.
In My Opinion!!!
Med Lane is Amazingly constant, Even, and Readable.
Matches up well on medium-dry to dry conditions

When dulled:
The BVP Wizard hooking action will increase and its arc will become more even.
Creating a better match-up for oily lane conditions
The new BVP Wizard will send the pins into a frenzy
While most Medium hook potential balls struggle when encountering carry down,
The Wizard bites through it and still delivers pin punishing power.



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Re: BVP Wizard
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2007, 08:58:06 AM »
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Lay Out: 5.5" from PAP(on grip line,under bridge), 45deg angle. 7/8", 2 " deep Wt hole on axis point.

Surface: Box w/Ruff Buff. Changed to 1000abr, then 500 abr

Purpose: To give myself a compliment to the earlier Wizard I drilled.

Observations: I shined this lightly with Ruff Buff and this ball went forever down the lane. I was pretty limited carrywise until the lanes got very dry. I then decided to take this down to 1000abr. It picked up a little earlier. I then took it down to 500abr and used it on a couple of longer shots in the 42' range. It read earlier, but was still sensitive to speed adjustments. I tried this on the US Open pattern and couldn't get it to wrinkle unless I threw about a mile and a half slower than normal inside of 15.

Final thoughts: I think the best surface for this will end of being 2000abr with no shine. The ball does try to read early, but when shined it just skids too much with the layout I have on it. The Wizard is still a great value for the price. I see it as a benchmark type ball left somewhere around 1000-2000abr(depending on ball speed) with out shine. Shining it up puts it too close to the Rampage skidwise and the Rampage holds energy better for those type of conditions
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Re: BVP Wizard
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2007, 10:07:34 PM »
Got one of these about a week ago and love it. Changed the surface out of the box.  Added some polish to it and boy does it roll good.  The ball gets down the lane with no real problems but then makes a really strong move towards the pocket.  Reads well and doesn't use a lot of energy to get down the lane.  Very very clean through the fronts and mids.  Opened the lane up for me a ton when I finally got myself lined in with it, but wow does some polish do worlds of good for the ball.  Simply a good ball overall without a doubt


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Re: BVP Wizard
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2007, 06:18:39 PM »
Ball:  BVP Wizard


“4E” from the Brunswick drill sheet;  pin 5 ľ” from PAP, below middle finger
CG in thumb-positive quadrant

Initial Surface Preparation:

Six sides with 1200 CAB
Six sides with 2000 Abralon
Six sides with Brunswick Factory Finish High Gloss Polish


For drier medium conditions where there is still some oil to the inside, and where playing a more direct line is advantageous or where the pattern is transitioning in parallel lines.
Why this ball?

I had drilled a 4L-drilled BVP Nemesis for this purpose (which I still have, but it’s in the league bag now), and while I like the predictability of the reaction of the Nemesis, I was seeking a smoother reaction at the breakpoint while retaining the clean look in the front part of the lane.  The Nemesis had a tendency to be just a bit too pushy on conditions where there wasn’t a well-defined dry area in the track, and seems to get a bit unpredictable when I have to cross boards with it.

Despite the obvious similarities between the Nemesis and Wizard, I’ve seen a few people throw them side by side, and the Wizard has pretty consistently been just a bit longer and just a bit sharper than the Nemesis.  I thus went with the pin-below drilling, as I wanted the Wizard to pick up the midlane a bit sooner than the Nemesis does.


The first time I threw the Wizard was at a tournament at a center with synthetic fronts and wood in back, when there was too much wet-dry down the lane for the Radical Inferno.  I tried to play the lane from left to right as I had with the Radical, and to my surprise, the Wizard was much stronger than I expected off of the dry, almost as much so as the Radical.  I thus tried to square up more and go straighter through the oil, which really wasn’t an option with the Radical, and this was where the Wizard began to shine.  The reaction was very predictable, and the ball rode the oil line well, and carried the corners even from that deeper angle.

I also used the Wizard in the later blocks of a tournament on an older wood surface.  Again, the Wizard was extremely strong off of the dry boards, but when I got my feet to the left and tried to fall the ball back off of the inside oil, it gave me a great look with good pin carry.

Because of its status as a dry-medium ball, I haven’t had as many opportunities to throw the Wizard as I might have liked.  I’ve tried it on patterns that are longer, and that don’t have a lot of built-in hook, and the Wizard didn’t stand a chance on either.  Because of the surface preparation, the ball never read the midlane, and offered no recovery in back.  But this wasn’t really a surprise, as this wasn’t the condition for which I drilled this ball.


Like the BVP Nemesis, the Wizard works best when I use a more direct line.  This ball doesn’t seem to be built for recovery, for when I do give away the pocket, I either get an inconsistent reaction in the midlane, or the ball labors to get back to the pocket and doesn’t carry well.  Also, like the Monster Bruiser before it, the Wizard seems to like to be thrown through the oil;  if it hits dry boards too early, it has a tendency to either bounce off of the dry or burn up too soon, even with a polished surface.
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Re: BVP Wizard
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2007, 10:11:04 PM »
Bought one bout 4 Months ago and really struggled with the hooking ability since i was so used to bowling with a plastic ball but now i have got the hang of it,
since the season has started my average has gone from 141 to as of last night 158 and over the last month it has been 169 so for me it has been fantastic
Have gone from the worst bowler in my team to best bowler but there is still a lot to improve
my ball is 15lbs and i use slow revs around 26kpm which is i think 13 or 14 mph in U.S terms
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Re: BVP Wizard
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2007, 07:15:32 PM »
Hey all been some time since I have posted. I  bought this ball back in oct of 06 after comming back from a deploymet in iraq. I have this ball with a 3 inch pin topweight not sure pin is drilled out through ring finger cg close to span midline no weight hole. I love the way this ball hits its very forgiving when it hits lite gets great mix and when hiting solid dosent leave very many corner pins I had this ball in box finish and it worked great with a smooth arc and was my benchmark ball for a while it is a great ball for med oil conditions i think this ball is one of the most underrated balls on the market. Now I currently have the ball at 4000 aberlon and the ball still rolls amazingly


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Re: BVP Wizard
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2007, 09:41:40 PM »
well its been bout almost 2 months since my last review and i am now killing it with the wizard my average is now 165 and over the last 1 etc my average has been around 189  i just cant get enough of this ball is so strong on the backend and if i misbowl it, it has enough turn to kick back into the pocket even if i slow it down i can go from the edge of the lane to basicaly pocket or even brooklen its bloody fantstic


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Re: BVP Wizard
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2007, 04:14:16 PM »
Layout: Brunswick layout 2L with no X-hole

Surface: Some Ultimate Black Magic polish

Purpose: To be my first real hooking ball.

Observations: I first kept the 800-grit surface on the ball, but because of my slow and revvy style that i had developed while trying to hook a plastic ball, it was way too strong for me, so i got some polish applied onto the ball.

After getting the ball polished, the reaction got far more skid-snap and the ball didn't hook so much, which meant that it allowed me to play a straighter line to the pocket, which i had learned with the plastic, and started scoring much better.

With my current style, the Wizard is a great ball to work a more worn shot. Compared to my Radical Inferno, it hooks a bit less, and is somewhat smoother. I haven't tried putting the sanded surface back on the ball, but i might try that as well.

Final thoughts: The BVP Wizard is a great ball for playing a worn shot (fresh shots here tend to be fairly oily here, though short, 38" and 39"), but i find it slightly weak for a fresh shot. It goes along well as a follow-up to the Radical.


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Re: BVP Wizard
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2008, 07:52:56 AM »
Layout is pin 2" from axis similar to layout 3E on the drill sheet.
Surface is 4000 abralon.

I drilled this ball with the intention of controlling the backend on a wet/dry and using on a short oil pattern.

The ball has excellent recovery in the midlane and the backend is very predictable.  This is exactly what I need when playing breakpoints near the gutter or just outside the oil line.  On Cheetah, the ball was a little too strong so a surface adjustment would be in order.

For the price, I think this is one on the most agressive balls available.  For the league bowlers who like to get in the track and bump it off the dry, I think this ball would excel with a pin under drill and surface tweak to match revs and speed.

This ball is a keeper.
Speed: 17.0 (Quibica)
Revs: med-high to high (@400 RPM)
Axis: 5-3/4"  3/16 down

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Re: BVP Wizard
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2008, 12:12:36 AM »
This ball is incredible! picked up one of these off of for $85 and i'm glad i did. This ball has a very similar reaction to my scorchin inferno i love it. The only problem though is it needs oil, if the lanes are burned up the ball over reacts going right through the head and leaves harsh splits. another great ball from brunswick! BVP Wizard rating 9/10.
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Re: BVP Wizard
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2010, 01:45:25 AM »
Ball Weight - 13.75 lbs to start


Medium revs/speed

Grit - 800
Type (Matte, Polish, Sanded) - polished
PK18 cover

THS (fresh to dry)

Length - long
Back End - very strong
Overall Hook - very strong
Midlane Read - excellent
Breakpoint Shape - arc

Carry - incredible
Likes - carry, even on bad shots.  How strong the ball revs up and just keeps going.
Dislikes - 2 drills into it before I discovered the rico drill.  Looks ugly (except when it hits the pins!)
Other -This was the first ball I ever purchased.  Had it drilled conventional, and after a few months went to fingertip.  The ball hooked well and had a gentle, predictable arc.  Carry was nothing special.  I eventually shelved it for some Storm equipment as I got more into bowling.

When I heard about the rico layout, I figured this was a good ball to experiment on.  Rico made this ball come alive!  I don't own anything that revs as hard as this ball... it forced me to learn to play a deeper line inside.  Carry is sick on this thing.  Despite being such a light ball it carries light hits and brooklyns like nothing else.

The legendary PK18 coverstock is so easy to tune.  Sand it down and it can handle the oil, polish it up and it can do medium and light.  At this surface and with this layout it was a perfect benchmark ball and could handle anything but really light oil and toast.

Just made the jump up to 15, so this ball is retired.  But if I ever get injured, I look forward to picking it up again.  Makes me want to try the rico layout on another ball some day.