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Fanatic
« on: June 16, 2016, 11:53:38 AM »
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
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The Brunswick Fanatic bowling ball combines the I-Block Symmetric core with the Relativity V coverstock to offer a versatile ball. This purple/light blue ball provides great length with an angular backend reaction as well as strong hitting power. This ball is best used on medium to light oiled lanes.

Color: Purple/Light Blue All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
Coverstock: Relativity Max Reactive
Core: I-Block Symmetric (14#-16#)
Finish: 500 Siaair, Royal Compound, Royal Shine
Hook Potential: Medium/High 185 (scale: 10-250)
Length: Middle 130 (scale: 25-235)
Breakpoint Shape: Angular 120 (scale: 10-150)
RG: 2.540 (for 15# ball)
Differential: 0.052 (for 15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium to Light Oil

 

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Re: Fanatic
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2016, 08:41:44 PM »
Bowling Ball- Brunswick Fanatic
Coverstock- Relativity V Max
Factory Finish- 500 Siaair, Royal Compound, Royal Shine
Ball Layout- 65x4.75x35
 
The Brunswick Fanatic is a great all-purpose bowling ball that will fit really well on most medium oil patterns. The Fanatic is very clean down the lane, and responds extremely well off of the friction. Iíve had the Fanatic for a week now, and it rolls great on both wood and synthetic lane surfaces. I found the fanatic to be extremely good when the lanes started to transition. With the royal shine, the ball gets effortless length, but thanks to the core design, the ball makes a nice strong predicable backend motion.  Compared to the Brunswick Danger Zone, I have the Fanatic just a bit cleaner down the lane, with more response to the friction. Compared to the Brunswick Melee Jab, I would say my fanatic is just a touch more predictable. Both the Jab and the Fanatic have a similar length, but the fanatic is just a touch smoother. The fanatic has already won me over, and I know that the ball is going to get back, and give me a great look to strike a lot on medium volume oil patterns. Make sure you check this one out July 12th!

Dave Rice

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Re: Fanatic
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2016, 04:20:16 PM »
LANE CONDITION

Length: 40

Volume: 26ml

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


COMMENTS
Ball lay out is pin above and 4" from PAP with no extra hole.  Factory surface kept for now. 

Likes: I love that I can stay close to friction and get the predictable Brunswick read of the lane.  Strong and smooth off the friction.  After using it on two different house shots I'm reminded of the motion of the Danger Zone, except it goes a little longer before making the move.  Strong enough to handle some miss to the outside, and clean enough to handle some tug room inside.  Compared to my favorite Melee Jab, it's less angular late, but still strong. 

This could easily be the proverbial "first ball out of the bag" for people who like to play straighter lines through the front.  This one impresses!!  The colors are also a nice plus.  Very nice looking.

I'm not high speed or high revs anymore.  For my bowling style this ball is close to perfect.  Time will tell... Thanks Brunswick!!

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Re: Fanatic
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2016, 07:57:23 AM »

Brunswick Fanatic Review.

The Brunswick Fanatic uses the I-Block Symmetrical core with the Relativity V cover, which provides outstanding length with angular ball motion.

My Specs...17mph off the hand, PAP 4 13/16 over 1/2 up...Rev Rate 350...Tilt 11 degrees

For this ball, I chose the Rico Drill, which I had used previously in the Melee Jab. This layout places the pin near the center of the grip, CG at 45 degrees relative to the pin, with a weight hole 6 3/4in from the pin. I found good success with it in that ball and with the Fanatic being similar I thought it was a good choice.

The first week I used it with the OOB surface, I found that the ball picked up a little quick in the midlane and my reaction was not the best. I still managed to avg 205 first time out which is below my norm. I decided to change the surface to 4000 and add factory finish polish. 2nd week....what a difference. I played the lanes tight in the fronts and with the change in surface the look I got was fantastic. The length was unreal and off the spot the ball just carried the world. Almost like I could not miss. July 7th bowled 231, 279, 288 for a 798 series. At one point, had 17 strikes in row. I cannot say enough good things about this ball. Thank you to Brunswick for allowing me to be a part of the family.

Roger Harley, Jr.
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Re: Fanatic
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2016, 12:35:11 PM »
I cannot tell you how excited I am about this Fanatic. The C System Versa Max was easily my favorite ball out of the last 10 years of throwing only Brunswick products. I could throw this ball on any pattern medium and shorter. It was my benchmark ball in my bag for a long period of time. I could change the surface of the ball to score on most conditions. Great news is I can see all of this resurrecting with the Fanatic. This ball has the same core as the Versa Max with the new composite cover technology. After throwing this ball for a short period of time I can see this ball becoming a legendary favorite of mine like the Versa was. The ball is going to be a superstar in league due its even shape with awesome energy hitting the pins. This is a must have in your bag when you are going to bowl somewhere where you donít know what pattern is down. It is going to be a reliable scout to let you know where you need to be playing on the lane. Get to your local proshop and grab one today!
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Re: Fanatic
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2016, 12:40:25 PM »
LANE CONDITION

Length:

Volume:

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):


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Re: Fanatic
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2016, 07:22:35 AM »
LANE CONDITION

Length:  41 ft.

Volume:

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):  THS


COMMENTS

The Brunswick Fanatic is a great all-purpose bowling ball that will fit really well on most medium oil patterns. The Fanatic is very clean down the lane, and responds very well to downlane friction. Iíve had the Fanatic for two weeks, and it rolls great on both wood and synthetic lane surfaces. When the lanes started to transition is when I see the ball work well for me. With the royal shine, the ball has great length, and matched up the core design the ball makes a strong predicable backend motion.  I compare it to the Versa Max from a few years ago.
the layout I chose was 55X5X45, which worked & matched up well for my PAP.

You will not be disappointed with this ball in you arsenal.

Dick Dube
Brunswick Advisory Staff

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Re: Fanatic
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2016, 01:39:45 PM »
I drilled this ball pin above ring finger and left it at the out of the box finish.  Threw it for the first time on PBA Viper during our sport summer league.  Many good bowlers in this league and most were struggling on the pattern but I was able to use the Fanatic o create a very controllable reaction and didn't have to move much at all as the night moved on.

It should be a terrific benchmark ball, and one who, if you're a straighter player like I am, should be able to stay outside and /or up the track longer than you might normally.  Or, the big-handed players will find the recovery they like to see, and the important mid-lane push.

All-in-all, a very versatile ball, good match of cover an core, one that all serious bowlers should consider adding to their bags.

Jeff Poholsky
Brunswick Advisory Staff

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Re: Fanatic
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2016, 01:54:42 PM »
BALL SPECS

Ball Weight: 15 lbs


DRILL PATTERN

Dual Angle: 30 x 4 3/4 x 70

X Hole (if there is one): Yes


BOWLER STYLE

Rev Rate: Medium , between 250-275 rpm

Ball Speed: 17-18 mph

PAP/Track: 5 1/2" over and 1/2" down


SURFACE PREP

Grit: Box Finish

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Polished


COMMENTS
Brunswick Fanatic is a ball i have been waiting on for a long time.   It's a polished version of the Brunswick Versa-Max.  This ball gives outstanding length with a stronger backend motion than the Versa-Max. I drilled this one 30 x 4 3/4 x 70 just like my Versa-Max to give me that length with a smoother continuous motion in the backend.   This ball is a must if you loved the Versa-Max, you will not be disappointed.



Charles Withers II
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Re: Fanatic
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2016, 08:52:34 PM »
Pin Length: 3.5


Starting Top Weight: 3 oz


Ball Weight: 15 lbs 3 oz



DRILL PATTERN


Ball: 60 x 5 x 35


X Hole (if there is one): small xhole low on val



BOWLER STYLE


Rev Rate: 375 rpms


Ball Speed:17.5 mph off hand



PAP/Track: 4 3/4 over 3/4 up



SURFACE PREP


Grit: 4000 Siaair with polish


Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Sanded



LANE CONDITIONS


Lengths of patterns: 41 foot house



Volumes: Moderate



Type: house




BALL REACTION


Length: Clean through the front with a strong and smooth backend



Back End: strong arc


Overall Hook: moderately aggressive


Midlane Read: smooth with length


Breakpoint Shape: strong arc



COMMENTS


Likes: Length and predictable, strong backend motion



Dislikes: none

The Fanatic is a new controllable symmetrical ball featuring the core from the great C System Versamax.  Many bowlers including myself have been hoping this core would return and it doesn't disappoint.  It is about two boards straighter through the front and a foot or so longer than a Danger Zone.  I can see this ball allowing me to stay closer to the friction on our house shot throughout this season.  I also see the Fanatic being used on medium and shorter tournament patterns for long periods of time.  The Fanatic is very versatile.  I can change speeds and rotations and move throughout the lane.  The Relativity V Composite cover should also enhance durability and extend the balls life span.  Overall, this a great benchmark type ball that will perform for most bowlers on a wide variety of lane conditions.   
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Re: Fanatic
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2016, 09:31:20 AM »
I drilled mine 70 x 4 1/2 x 40 to put the pin above the fingers.  The intent was to match the angular back end motion of this ball.  This will be a great ball for most house patterns, or medium to light oil pattern.  I found I could play more direct angles with this ball because it delivers a predictable angular motion off the spot.  In my arsenal this ball will most likely be a ball I go to when the pattern breaks down and there is a lot of traffic on the lane.   I also see this as a ball that will allow great predictability on lighter oil sport patterns.

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Re: Fanatic
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2016, 05:05:42 PM »
This ball stores energy so well.  I put my favorite pin up layout with a hole and this ball is so angular its not even funny.  This ball for me is gonna be my bench mark ball when traveling from house to house as to know which way to go in balls whether it be up in balls or down in balls.  On patterns, this ball is gonna be amazing when the front gets chewed and its time to get in a wheel it.  I know I will have total faith in this ball later in the block.
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Re: Fanatic
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2016, 04:03:44 PM »
With my Fanatic I can move either outside straight up the boards on fresh or a short sport condition and it holds its energy. I love it.... Also, with the Fanatic with pin up 3-4 in pin I can play on just about any shot inside and I don't have to worry about not having enough to get back to the pocket. Great ball for just about any condition.

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Re: Fanatic
« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2016, 02:50:17 PM »
Brunswick Fanatic
15lb 1oz
Top 2.4oz 3-4"
Out of the box finish

This ball is absolutely amazing.  Drilled and picked up on Saturday Aug. 6th.  I practiced a little - shot 212,288.  Then Sunday the 7th in a tournament shot 290,222,278 for 790.  Then Monday the 8th in a tournament shot 289,249,269,246 for the WIN!  I am left handed and the pin is just under the ring finger.  Playing about 20 to 10 the Fanatic holds the line really well with a nice even arch on the back end.  I love the length it gives when playing a medium to direct line.  I can also move another 10 right and play the whole lane with great recovery on the back end - no skid flip, a very nice round hook.  When I was playing the whole lane and maybe missed a few boards "in" the ball held the line well and still struck.  I really felt that no matter what I did wrong from time to time the ball seemed to reward me.  I just love the evenness about this ball and just might have to get another soon.

Jason Peery
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Re: Fanatic
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2016, 07:06:10 PM »
The Fanatic uses the much acclaimed Versa-Max I-Block core. This core is super stable, very dynamic and readable at the breakpoint with a very early midlane read, the absolute perfect benchmark type reaction.

The Fanatic features a composite relativity v max coverstock that is 100% pearl. Out of the box is 500 siaair with royal compound and shine, the surface on my piece was changed to 4000 siaiair spinner followed by royal shine.

Drilled the Fanatic with my benchmark symmetrical drill of 55 x 4 7/8" x 55 with a 3/4" x 3 1/2" P3 weight hole

This ball is a perfect benchmark type reaction for the medium to heavy side of lane conditions in my hand. With the polished cover it will glide very well thru lighter oil conditions as well. The Fanatic has a very mellow and controlled breakpoint with a very early midlane read and tons of continuation, hitting the ball with a 4000 pad on the spinner will smooth it out even more. Shot 703 with this ball first league set I encountered the perfect lane condition to use it on, left 3 corners all night. This is a perfect all purpose ball motion that will fit in the middle of your bag, with slower ball speed and some rev dominance you could easily use it on heavier lane conditions, especially with some of the shine knocked off. A benchmark masterpiece that I will be looking to add more of to the bag with some different drills


-Gary Murrell
Brunswick Regional Staff
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