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Ringer
« on: January 10, 2013, 11:22:13 AM »
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
Description: For the Ringer, Brunswick pairs their Medium RG symmetrical core with the CPT (Chemical Projection Technology) coverstock to create a ball that works best on lighter oil conditions. This ball is great for bowlers with high rev rates and slower speed because of it's length and responsiveness to the friction at the breakpoint.

Brunswick Ringer Ball Specs:
- Core Type : Ringer Medium RG Symmetric (14-16#) - The new Ringer Medium RG symmetrical core features top and bottom offsetting flip blocks over a centered mass. This core design promotes skid through the front, stability through the mid-lane and flip on the backend.
- Coverstock: CPT Reactive Coverstock - The CPT / Chemical Projection Technology reactive coverstock describes our newest formulation for a low friction coverstock. The benefits of using our Chemical Projection Technology allows us to produce a less aggressive reactive coverstock that easily projects down the lane without making the coverstock highly sensitive to the dry and oily parts of the lane.
- Color: Burgundy Pearl All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
- Factory Finish: 500 Siaair Micro Pad; Rough Buff; High Gloss Polish
- A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
- RG max: 2.572
- RG min: 2.534
- RG diff: 0.038
- Hook Potential: 115 (Scale 10-225)
- Length: 160 (Scale 25-235)
- Typical Break-point Shape: Angular 90(Scale Smooth Arc 10-Angular 100)
- Recommended Lane Condition: Light Oil
- Ball Motion: With its High Gloss box finish, the Ringer Burgundy Pearl will provide excellent length with a medium to quick response to friction at the breakpoint. The Ringer Burgundy Pearl is great ball for rev dominant and slower ball speed players on light oil conditions.

 

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Re: Ringer
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2013, 06:02:42 PM »
LANE CONDITION

Length:42 ft

Volume:50 ml

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):Kegel's stone street


COMMENTS

Likes:Laid out 90 X 2 X 45. One of my favorite condition layouts for short patterns/dry lane conditions. Had the laneman put out Kegel's Boardwalk for this test. Very even and predictable with no over/under on a short gutter shot. Fantastic ball with a variety of layouts for drier conditions. More angular on the backend than the Karma Pearl.

Dislikes:None yet...

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Re: Ringer
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2013, 09:34:44 PM »
BALL SPECS

Ball 1:

Pin Length: 2 3/4


Starting Top Weight: 2.8 oz


Ball Weight: 15 lbs 5 oz



DRILL PATTERN


Ball: 65 x 5 1/2 x 35


X Hole (if there is one): No Hole



BOWLER STYLE


Rev Rate: 375 rpms


Ball Speed:17.5 mph



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



SURFACE PREP


Grit: High Gloss


Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Polished



LANE CONDITIONS


Lengths of patterns: 41 foot house shot and broken down shark pattern



Volumes:  moderate



Type: house




BALL REACTION


Length: Clean through the heads and the midlane.....very long



Back End: Strong skid flip


Overall Hook: little on the fresh but a good bit on the breakdown


Midlane Read: very little


Breakpoint Shape: skid/flip



COMMENTS


Likes: overall length and recovery once the lanes breakdown



Dislikes: can be too strong at the breakpoint



The Ringer is the first affordable performance ball from Brunswick to feature their new cover technology.  The ball is new from the inside out and it shows.  The new technology in the Ringer allows it to be the cleanest Brunswick ball to date.  This ball is several feet longer than the Karma Pearl pink/black and a few boards stronger on the fresh house condition.  It is surprisingly strong for a ball at this price point.  Where this ball shines is once the condition breaks down.  As I moved inside and the pattern broke down the ball retained its length while becoming stronger and stronger at the breakpoint.  There was not a place on the lane I felt the Ringer would not come back from.  This was also apparent after the Shark pattern I was practicing on continued to breakdown and I picked up the Ringer.  The new release was very strong and made it back from left of fifth arrow.  Simply put, the Ringer has the strongest change of direction down the lane of any ball I have ever thrown.  If you like a skid flip ball motion with great hitting power this is your ball.  This ball, in my opinion, may be the surprise release of the year.  If your looking for game changing recovery on broken down lane conditions, check out the Ringer and kick your game into high gear.
Chris Garrett
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Re: Ringer
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2013, 07:36:07 PM »
The Ringer is the newest release into the Affordable Performace line. Well let me tell you what. This ball is alot of bang for the buck. Very clean and a lot of motion down lane. This ball is best used when the lanes breakdown and you need a ball to get through the fronts. A few weeks ago in a tournament after a lot of bowling the lanes were on fire. Usually I am forced to start lofting over the gutter. When I went to this ball I did not have to. It blew through the front and gave me plenty of backend flip with great continuation through the pins.

I have one drilled 70x5x40 which is one of my favorite layouts. This provides me the the cleanest most angular motion I have ever seen from a Brunswick ball. When compared to a similar drilled Karma Pearl the Ringer is a about a foot longer and more motion down lane.

My second one is drilled 65x2.75x40. I drilled this ball for the shorter patterns and haven't been able to use it yet. I threw it a few shots just to see what it did. Is still as clean but smoother. I will probably add a little surface to this just to get it a little smoother yet.

When looking for a ball that is super clean and plenty of backend motion look no further. This will be great for the tournament bowler for the late games of a block and for drier house shots.
If anyone has any questions please let me know. I will be happy to answer them.
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Ringer
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2013, 11:52:39 AM »
BALL SPECS
Pin Length: 2-3
Starting Top Weight: 2.9 oz
Ball Weight: 15 lbs 4 oz

DRILL PATTERN
Ball: Pin below middle finger, CG below ring finger

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X Hole (if there is one): No Hole

BOWLER STYLE
Rev Rate: 400 rpms
Ball Speed: 17.5 mph

PAP/Track:

SURFACE PREP
Grit: High Gloss
Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Polished

LANE CONDITIONS
Lengths of patterns: 38 foot house shot and broken down Tokyo pattern
Volumes:  moderate
Type: house/sport


BALL REACTION
Length: Clean through the heads and the midlane
Back End: Strong arc
Overall Hook: continuous backend
Midlane Read: very little
Breakpoint Shape: arc

COMMENTS
Likes: Great ball for house shot, and broken down sport shot. Clean through the front, with lots of recovery in dry, and hold in oil.

Dislikes: Maybe allergic to oil, but that is not why I got this ball.


To be honest, I have not been a Brunswick fan for the past few years. The balls were either hit or miss on a given night, and I always seemed to wander back to my Storm/Roto equipment. With the Ringer, I wanted to try and replace one of my favorite balls the Rotogrip Darkstar. I drilled this ball pin down to try and get a smoother reaction.

After a few games, here is what I see. On the broken down Tokyo sport pattern, this ball was clean through the front, and recovered great. I was able to stand about 27-28, and throw the ball straight up 7-10. The ball was clean for the first 42 feet, and once the ball hit the dry made a strong arc to the pocket. Every ball that hit the pocket struck, and the carry was amazing.

I then moved to a fresh house shot a few lanes over. The first ball on the fresh house shot, I tried to play 15-7, but I dropped the ball on the lane. Ball floated to about the 2 board, and came screaming back to leave a weak 10 pin. I proceeded to throw the next 4-5 balls moving deeper until I was standing 40-42 and playing anywhere from 15-25 at the arrows to the gutter. Every ball that I threw well struck, and the carry was amazing.

Based on the limited amount of testing I have been able to do with this ball, I think on typical house shots, this will be one of the first balls out of the bag, just so I don’t have to stand in the left gutter. And from what I see, I can use this ball to play many different angles on the lane (from straight up 7 to going coast to coast). My friend who I have been bowling with a lot paid this ball the best compliment I have heard in a long time: “This ball reminds me of your Cherry Vibe”. As an FYI, the Cherry Vibe is one of the top 5 balls of all time for me….


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Re: Ringer
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2013, 11:39:25 AM »
Ball Reviewing: Ringer
Ball Surface:  OOB
Layout used:  75 x 5 x 65

How did the ball roll & react:  By far the most ball you can ask for in its price point.  Itís extremely clean through the front part of the lane with out jerking off the spot down lane.  A lot of lower end balls either hydroplane in the midlane or go sideways when it sees friction.  This ball allows me to play closer to the friction when most balls would lose energy.  I can even move in and throw it to the spot and not have any doubt that itís gonna come back.



Did you compare this ball to another ball? If so which one:  Comparing it to the pearl Karma, the Ringer gets down the lane about 2 feet further.  The Pearl Karma was a little too sideways off the friction and tended to hydroplane a little when it saw oil down lane.  The ringer reads the lane so much better than the Karma its not even close. 

Strengths & weaknessís of the ball:  A strength is its versatility for a lower end ball.  You can play closer to the friction, when other balls canít even get close to it.  You can also jump inside and throw it to a spot due to its smooth motion in the midlane.  Itís an absolute advantage to anybody throwing this later in tournaments.  Itís like throwing a high end ball for all 10 games when someone else is putting theirs down in game 5.
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Re: Ringer
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2013, 09:16:03 PM »
Bowlerís Stats:
Right handed
18.5 mph
450 rpm
7 degree tilt
35-45 degree rotation

Layout:
50 by 5.5Ē by 50
No hole
OOB surface

Purpose:
Itís finally happened! I think I speak for the masses when I say that we were waiting for the same technology used in high performance balls to be used at the lower end of the price scale. Before even throwing it, I know I have in my hand a high performance ball at a great price. The same chemical friction technology used to create covers in Brunswickís higher performance categories is now available in the Ringer. I struggle late in tournaments when the pattern is blown to bits and people start getting wayyyy inside and possibly start lofting the gutter. With my rev rate and tilt (or lack of tilt I should say) I need a ball to go really long and still pop off the spot so I can play right as long as possible. Hence, I went with the weaker layout to help aid in that.

On the lanes:
My 39í medium volume house shot was absolutely no match for the Ringer. I saw incredibly easy length through the heads and midlane before an angular move to the pocket. I started the day crossing 15 at the arrows out to a breakpoint of 5-6-7. Although the ball looked great on the fresh, the reaction became untouchable as the practice session wore on. Once a bit more friction was created, I could pipe it up the track area or jump in and really hit on it at the bottom and send the pins flying either way. While moving in and ripping on it after some burn was created, it was unfair how much miss room it gave me. Shots sent seemingly out to no-manís land scrapped and came up dead flush. Most importantly, shots pulled into the puddle of oil in the middle werenít squeamish to the lack of friction and would still face up enough to send all 10 straight back. Compared to the Meanstreak on the fresh, the Ringer for me needs a 2 board move outside with my feet but I can throw it to the same spot downlane if not a board outside (keep in mind my Meanstreak is drilled with similar angles but about 1Ē stronger pin placement). My Ringer pushes further past the start of the friction (about a foot or two) than the Meanstreak before making its move back to the pocket. However, when the pattern becomes more burnt up, the Ringer will hook the same about of boards as the Meanstreak but it will actually push downlane and still give a big backend move whereas the Meanstreak might begin starting its motion sooner and lose energy. Now when the Meanstreak becomes a bit too much ball or starts a little too early, I know I can automatically jump into the Ringer, stand in the same place, target the same spot, and be very close to being perfectly lined up without any guessing games. Except for bowling on a very long and heavy pattern, this ball is not going to be scarred to hook up to the pocket. Some weak balls have to have a ton of friction to strut their stuff. Not this ball! The Chemical Projection Technology cover lets the Ringer get really get downlane before the cover grabs hold for a consistently angular backend.

Overall thoughts:
I predict this ball is really going to save me some pins when I have to get deep in long tournaments. I know the cover will let me throw a comfortable shot and still consistently check up where I want it to without me having to force it through the fronts. The Ringer adds the weaker half of a 1-2 punch with the Meansteak. Tom Smallwood said it best in Brunswickís Video: The Ringer doesnít hydroplane past the breakpoint and actually reads the proper spot downlane. Combine that with the fact that Brunswick has put their latest and greatest chemical coverstock technologies into a ball in a lower price point and you have a ball that should be a no-brainer to add to your bag.

Good luck and good bowling!
Jared Wolf
Jonesboro, AR
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Ringer
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2013, 03:31:08 PM »
LANE CONDITION

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): 41' THS, 35' Cheetah


COMMENTS

The Ringer is an amazing ball for it's price range. It gets through the front part of the lane with ease, and makes a sharp turn when it hits the friction down lane. I find the Ringer to be great on lighter/shorter lane conditions, and later in the day at tournaments. When my Karma pearl is reading a little early, or it is using too much energy going down the lane, the Ringer really steps up and does the job. Oh yeah, did I mention this is one classy looking ball, with it's burgundy pearl cover and yellow label. This ball has a simple old school look, with new school technology, and you can't find a better low end bowling ball.

Barry McKee
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Re: Ringer
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2013, 10:06:13 AM »
Ball Roll - From the very first time I threw this ball I knew it was going to be a special ball!  I was a little worried about this ball being a little to clean for me because of my lower track and higher ball speed.  I went with the philosophy of drilling the weaker balls strong to all the shell of the ball to project the ball down lane to conserve itís energy.  This ball is probably the biggest surprise out of the three new balls.  The ball got down the lane super easy and made a very controllable and predictable backend reaction.  I was a little surprised that with this layout the backend reaction was as flippy as it is. 

Iíve thrown this ball on anything from our THS to the PBA Cheetah pattern on old wood lanes with Lane Shield over the top.  On the THS pattern I was able to get this ball to work because of the amount of backend this ball provides.  It was a little longer than I like to see, but a simple move close to the gutter cured that problem.  On the PBA Cheetah pattern, which is where I really wanted to use this ball, it was a little to clean and angular off the fresh!  Once the oil started to carry down I was able to go to the Ringer and throw it towards the gutter and have the confidence the ball get far enough down the lane and get back.

What I compared this ball to - I compared this ball to my Karma Pearl (Pink/Purple).  I found the Ringer to be cleaner and longer than the Karma Pearl with a more continuous and angular backend.  I canít wait to get another Ringer and drill it pin up!

Strengths: PRICE!  This is a heck of a ball for the price!  Pearl cover stock allows the ball to be the cleanest ball in the Brunswick line.  Another strength of this ball is the controllability of this ball, as this give me even more confidence.   

Weakness:  Only stating the obvious as this ball does not perform well on longer/heavier oil patterns

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer and not of Brunswick Corporation.

Jason Jones
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Bloomington, IL