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Vintage Phantom
« on: October 03, 2019, 04:57:04 PM »
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Brunswick is reaching back to old school sucess with the Vintage Phantom bowling ball. They have added some modern touches to the look of the original Phantom. This ball introduces the Cynosure core with DynamiCore, DOT which has a different reaction shape due to the low RG and low differential. This upper mid-performance ball features an updated version of the Savvy Hook with an aggressive finish offers a consistant and powerful sweeping reaction through the backend.

Color: Black/Steel Grey
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Cynosure
Coverstock: Savvy Hook Solid 2.0
Finish: 360, 1000 Siaair Micro Pad
Reaction: Predictable and strong sweeping motion throughout the backend
RG: 2.471**
Differential: 0.032**
** RG and Diff are based off of 15 lb. balls
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium to Heavy Oil



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Re: Vintage Phantom
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2019, 09:50:01 AM »
SMOOOOOOOOOTH and STRONG!!! Having a reactive ball as a rebirth of one of the best urethane balls in history I was a little skeptical, but they NAILED IT!! This ball reaction feels like a smooth strong urethane ball how is sets up off of the spot and gets into a roll. The best part is you get the hit of a resin ball. The ball looks like it going to over hook and go through the face, but it stands up at the last second for a high flush hit. The Dynamicore in combination with consistent high flush hits is a beautiful thing to watch go through the rack. This will definitely have a spot in my bag; especially for PBA events. Very predictable ball motion. I'm glad I didn't touch the surface as Eric Krauss suggested. I was nervous with a 360/1,000 out of the box, but it fits this ball perfectly. Brunswick Bowling is knocking the new symmetrical balls out of the park!! ...Did I mention it has DOT Technology with a 4 year warranty.


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Re: Vintage Phantom
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2019, 05:43:55 PM »

Ball Weight: 15 lbs


Dual Angle: 45 x 5 x 65

X Hole (if there is one): No


Rev Rate: Medium , between 250-275 rpm

Ball Speed: 17-18 mph

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


Grit: Box Finish

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Solid

Never threw the OG Phantom, but this Vintage Phantom is phenomenal.  The Phantom rolls very smooth through the midlane and a smooth flip motion on the backend.  Anyone that threw the original Phantom, trust me you will not be disappointed with the remake Vintage Phantom

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Re: Vintage Phantom
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2019, 12:13:55 PM »
The Vintage Phantom is in some ways a throwback ball and in others it's on the cutting edge of technology.  Featuring industry leading concepts like DOT technology and DynamiCore, the performance of this ball is outstanding when an option is needed for controllability and continuation through the pins.

The low differential in this ball means that it will not flare nearly as much as most new balls; a tribute to the original Phantom.  But it hits hard and goes through the pins properly to provide the bowler with maximum opportunity to strike.

For me, this ball is great on sport and tournament type patterns as it keeps me from getting into trouble with either early hook or a big flip off the the back of the pattern.  You won't see either of those reactions with this ball.

It's a piece that every bowler should own, and a reaction that every arsenal needs.

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Re: Vintage Phantom
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2019, 05:24:51 PM »
I was super excited to see this release because this ball fills a great spot in the Brunswick line as the new benchmark, all-purpose type ball. The Phantom has a low RG and low DIFF, and with Dynamicore and DOT Technology, this ball is going to give you that predictable shape without sacrificing pin carry. Iíve thrown this ball on house shots and sport patterns. I can play straighter with it or open the lane, and all of the results are good. I really enjoyed the Magnitude .035 and this ball is all of that and then some. Itís a classic-looking ball, with a great legacy, thatís been updated for todayís game.


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Re: Vintage Phantom
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2019, 03:05:43 PM »
This is probably the most comprehensive review we've done here at Lane Side Reviews. In preparation for the release of the #VintagePhantom from Brunswick Bowling we managed to get our hands on the ORIGINAL 3 (Black, Slate and Crimson) and put them through their paces across 3 different days on three different patterns and compiled the averages for your viewing.
Does the Phantom live up to the hype or the history? You decide!

#TeamLSR #TeamBrunswick #LogoInfusion #TurboGrips #CreatingTheDifference #DoubleJBowlingSupply #DOT #Dynamicore #Symmetric #Brunswick #NotUrethane

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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2019, 06:00:04 PM »
Drilled my Vintage Phantom 45x4x50 (pin in ring) and have kept it at box surface.  My intention for this ball was to have something to be a step up from my tired grey BTU as my struggles have historically always been on fresher patterns when I need to stay straighter.  The idea of this ball being marketed as Brunswick's IQ Tour was very appealing to me as I haven't had anything that has given me that shape as the Mag035 Solid was just a little too touchy given my ball roll.

Out of the box the Phantom was very easy to read.  It gives me plenty of traction, doesn't flare too much in the midlane and gives me a soft, controllable angle down the lane.  So far I have used it on our house pattern along with 2 Challenge Patterns (40' Mercury and 36' Pegasus).  The Phantom has been in play on all 3 patterns allowing me to get closer to the track, controlling my response off the friction and not doing very much down the lane.

I have found my best success keeping my speed up while getting right on top of the friction.  The further right I got my feet, the better my carry would be.  Softening up, circling the ball and moving in gave me plenty of predictability to get to the pocket, but I have struggled carrying once I have gotten past 3rd arrow, particularly on balls that were late seeing the friction.

Compared to other balls in the bag, it is one step cleaner and more angular than my Jagged Edge Solid, while being a little less responsive to the friction against my Mag035 Solid.  The general shape reminds me a lot of my BTU Solid, but able to handle heavier volumes of oil without relying on so much sandpaper.  I can definitely see the comparison between the Phantom and the IQ Tour and my eye tells me that the Phantom can handle just a tad more oil volume.

This is a great ball for staying straighter in the track, particularly when the lanes are a bit touchy and I recommend the Vintage Phantom for anybody looking to straighten out their angles. 
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Re: Vintage Phantom
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2019, 02:43:15 PM »

Pin Length: 3"

Starting Top Weight: 2.5 oz

Ball Weight: 15 lbs 4 oz


Ball: 55 x 4 x 35

X Hole (if there is one): none


Rev Rate: 375 rpms

Ball Speed:17.5 mph off hand

PAP/Track: 4 1/4 over 3/4 up


Grit: 360/2000 Siaair

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Sanded


Lengths of patterns: 41 foot house shot

Volume:  Moderate

Type: House


Length: Midlane

Back End: Smooth

Overall Hook: Moderate

Midlane Read: Strong

Breakpoint Shape: Smooth


Likes: Predictability and Versatility

Dislikes: none

The Vintage Phantom is a great medium condition type house shot ball.  This could very well be the benchmark ball for most bowlers.  It excels in any situation where a smoother reaction is needed.  This one likes straighter angles and will be the first ball out of the bag when controlling the friction.  This Phantom also possesses some of the characteristics of the urethane balls with the ability to better open angles once the lane breaks down.  Watching this it definitely reminds me of the IQ Tour type shape going down the lane.  If you are looking for a ball to blend out over under reactions on league and tough sport patterns the Phantom is your answer.
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Greenville, SC  864-248-4737

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Re: Vintage Phantom
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2020, 12:24:33 PM »
The Vintage Phantom was designed to perform on todayís lane conditions while reminding you of yesterdayís ball reaction. The low RG and low differential core paired with a strong cover and finish create a predictable, must-have ball motion.

I drilled this ball specifically for the lower RG and Diff numbers as I was looking for a predictable ball motion from a strong cover bowling ball. This ball is as advertised and I love the ball motion and hitting power it provides.