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Ultimate Defender Hybrid
« on: February 23, 2024, 10:23:28 AM »
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Meet the Brunswick Ultimate Defender – the go-to ball for conquering oily lanes with finesse and power. Its clean and robust cover, coupled with a dull surface, guarantees exceptional hook potential in oil-rich conditions. What sets it apart? The Ultimate Defender boasts impressive continuation on the backend, delivering a sharp response that outshines competitors like the Mindset. When facing oily challenges, this ball isn't just a choice; it's the ultimate choice. Elevate your game with precision and power – make the Brunswick Ultimate Defender your winning companion on the lanes.

Color: Violet/Pink/Navy
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Portal X (14-16#)
Coverstock: HK22 - A.C.T. 3.0 Hybrid Reactive
Finish: 500, 2000 Siaair Micro Pad
RG: 2.473 (15#)
Differential: 0.054 (15#)
Hook Potential: High
Length: Middle
Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy Oil
Reaction: Strong Hook with Continuation



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Re: Ultimate Defender Hybrid
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2024, 12:48:13 PM »



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS 


Likes:  The Brunswick Ultimate Defender has nice roll shape & continuation. You want to avoid getting too deep on the lane. If you have to get to 4th or 5th arrow, I think there are better options for getting up the hill and kicking corners.  The dull surface picks up in the oil nicely. Keep your angles in front of you and this ball will shine.

Dislikes: Little lazy if you get too deep.



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Re: Ultimate Defender Hybrid
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2024, 09:18:43 AM »


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Re: Ultimate Defender Hybrid
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2024, 09:16:06 AM »

Ball: Brunswick Ultimate Defender
Coverstock: HK22 A.C.T. 3.0 Hybrid
Core: Portal X
Factory Finish: 500, 2000
Layout: 50 x 5 x 15

The Ultimate Defender is proving to be the logical step down from the Brunswick Mindset, which sits at the very top of my Brunswick bag. The Defender has a similar overall hook potential to the Mindset but provides more continuation. Even though the surface is on the dull side, the cover still provides quite a bit of backend. The most impressive characteristic of the Defender is its versatility. I have used it on more of a typical house pattern, a heavier volume house pattern, and a shorter challenge type pattern with success.

I view the Ultimate Defender as the Ultimate matchup ball for a variety of styles. If you are rev challenged, it is strong enough to help out. If you struggle throwing high end balls due to rev rate or slow ball speed, it has a perfect blend of control while still having length and backend.

Chris Freeland
Average Rev Rate 400
Average Speed 18 mph
PAP: 4 1/8 over 3/4 up


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Re: Ultimate Defender Hybrid
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2024, 09:07:31 PM »

Ball Weight: 15 lbs


Ball: 80x 5 x 45

X Hole (if there is one): none


Rev Rate: 375 rpms

Ball Speed:17.5 mph off hand

PAP/Track: 4 5/8 over 3/4 up


Grit: 4000 Siaair


Length: Earlier Hook

Back End: Smooth Arc


The Ultimate Defender is a very strong ball.  It is a combination of the best parts of the previous two Defender series releases.  This one is earlier than the Defender Solid but later than the Defender Hybrid.  I find this ball to cover more boards than both.  It slots in between the Perfect Mindset and the Mindset in the current lineup.  This one is more responsive down the lane than both of those balls with a fairly quick move at the breakpoint.  Out of the box it needs Oil.  It worked best for me with a smoother surface.  I decided to leave it at 4000 grit so that I could use it more during league play.  Overall, the Defender Hybrid is a great responsive option on oilier lanes.
Chris Garrett
Upstate Pro Shop
Greenville, SC  864-248-4737

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Re: Ultimate Defender Hybrid
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2024, 07:56:34 PM »
Out of the box this ball looked like it was blending the pattern. On a fresh house pattern it may have been too much for the early outside friction but worked well staying to the inside in the oil. The next week after adding some polish, this ball could be a must have in the bag. It is working so well in the oil, in the friction and not having issues with corner pins. This will increase the power in your bag.