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Wild Ride
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Ball NPS Score: Not Available
Coverstock: ConneXion Reactive Pearl
- Ball Color: Black Onyx / Navy All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
- Ball Finish: Rough Buff
- Hook Potential: 145 (High) on a scale of 10-175 Low-High
- Length: 120 (Medium) on a scale of 25-235 Early-Late
- RG Differential: 0.036 (Medium) on a scale of 0.0-0.080 Low-High
- RG Average: 2.548 (Medium) on a scale of 2.43-2.80 Very Low-High Break Point
- Breakpoint Shape: 90 (Angular) on a scale of 10-100 Arced-Angular
- Recommended Lane Conditions: Medium to Oily
- A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
- Description: Wild Ride ConneXion!! The Wild Ride introduces ConneXionô, the new coverstock by Brunswick, that provides the wildest response at the break point ever seen in a Brunswick ball.
The Wild Ride migrates the proven medium RG Torsion Asymmetric core into the High Performance price point. This core/coverstock combination allows the Wild Ride to skid easily through the front part of the lane, dig in aggressively at the end of the mid-lane, then stick strong to to the back-end providing powerful traction hooking action off the break point. The ConneXion coverstock united with the familiar Torsion Asymmetric core provides a ride that is unbelievably wild.
Eighteen months in development, the new ConneXion coverstock has been fine-tuned to adhere to the lane providing unbelievable traction response from foul line to head pin. The Wild Ride pushes easily through the heads, staying on line to target on both light and heavy oil conditions both when the lanes are freshly oiled or when they''''ve broken down. The wild side of the ConneXion coverstock comes alive when the ball reaches the end of the oil pattern and then aggressively connects to the back-ends. The traction created provides a strong recoil reaction to the pocket that results in the most angular skid-snap reaction ever produced in a Brunswick ball. The aggressive connection of the Wild Ride to the lane surface inspires the confidence in the ball reaction that allows bowlers to play the lanes the way they want to.


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Re: Wild Ride
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2009, 03:34:27 PM »
Layout approx. 4" from PAP below fingers, MB at about 45 degrees, balance hole, factory finish (Rough Buff).

Condition - Freshly oiled house shot at 2 different centers (one older, higher friction surface, the other center with pro anvilane roughly 5 years old).

Simply put, I have never had so much area to play with on a fresh pattern with a pearl reactive... EVER! The other balls with this torsion asymmetric core have been good to me, but this one is unique due to (presumably) the new conneXion coverstock.
If I missed outside, the ball finished strong and carried. If I missed slightly inside, the ball did the normal skid, but then grabbed the lane and finished with enough entry angle to carry the corners (when the typical pearl might leave the flat 10 pin for me).

The Wild Ride offers everything I could hope for from a ball at an affordable price point. For me this ball is stronger (earlier) than the Rattler, and thus not quite as angular at the break point, but definitely a very strong finish. Brunswick has hit a HOME RUN with this ball.

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Re: Wild Ride
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2009, 12:23:17 PM »
Got one of these a little early, this past Monday, I have drilled several of the Twisted Fury series balls and w this one I opted to use a pin-high layout w strong pin, I put the pin 4" from PAP and a 65 degree mass bias with a 11/16 wt hole 2" deep Ĺ past my axis. This ball is everything I wanted the twisted FURY to be, it goes long, picks up the mids and has a very strong move down the lane where the ball seems to pick up speed off of the spot and blister rack after rack. I was able to play multiple angles on 3 different types of conditions with great pin carry. What impressed most was the fact that you could get this ball to the dry and it wouldnt over-react, and if you missed a little in, it still recovered and hit the pocket. I would highly recommend this piece, I will have another one in the bag when they come out on Monday.
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Re: Wild Ride
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2009, 10:33:50 PM »
Ball: Brunswick Wild Ride


Pin 5Ē from PAP below fingers
45-degree locator line angle
(Dual-angle:  45 by 5Ē by 70)
XH on VAL, 4Ē below PAP, 31/32Ē by 2 1/2Ē deep

Initial Surface Preparation:

Box finish


To use on conditions where I need to open up a tighter track, or manage the reaction from front to back.  I have been using a Red Zone and an Ultra Zone for this spot.  The Red Zone doesnít run from volume, and is great for opening up the midlane on tighter conditions, but it tends to labor when I have to give up the pocket.  The Ultra Zone has a 30-degree PSA layout, and while it is adept at smoothing out the reaction from front to back, it has some difficulty with higher volumes.

Why this ball?

Although I do compete occasionally on Sport and other ďtougherĒ lane conditions, the vast majority of the conditions that I see in league and tournament play are house-type patterns. Of this majority, most of the patterns are reasonably fresh and reasonably blended, to where I usually donít have to give away much of the pocket in order to play for a hard bounce off of the dry. In general, Iíve had success with asymmetrical pieces on this type of condition, as well as on conditions where there is some wet-dry from front to back. Also, if Iím not getting the right reaction, I can usually get a good enough read to where I know which way to go in the arsenal.  With its stronger cover, the Wild Ride was a logical choice for this spot in the bag.


I first threw the Wild Ride in a second-shift league on at a center with fairly new Pro Anvilane.  We drew one of the drier pairs, and thus I had to get my feet further left than normal, but the Wild Ride was up to the task.  I typically canít use an asymmetrical ball with a stronger cover on this second-shift condition, as the ball will typically want to burn at the turn.  However, the Wild Ride remained clean in front as I moved left, and still retained enough energy to carry the corners.  The one issue I had with using this ball on this condition was that it wanted to break the lane down too quickly, thus forcing me to move more frequently than I would have liked.  If I were to drill a Wild Ride for this condition, Iíd probably want to go with a pin-above layout, and use some polish, so that I could play the lane more left-to-right.

Iíve also thrown the Wild Ride a few times at a center with HPL in front and older wood in back, on a fresh condition where the reaction tends to be very abrupt from front to back.  On this condition, the Wild Ride was very impressive, as it navigated the front cleanly, and then picked up the midlane without jumping or skidding, and then was strong in back without being too flippy.  I did have to watch the ball speed, though, for if I got too fast, the ball would react too late and leave corners.  However, I could get softer with the shot without losing the cleanness in front.

I also used the Wild Ride in a tournament at a center with older Murrey synthetics, on a condition that played like a tube shot in that there was some out of bounds to the outside.  When the pattern was fresh, it was imperative that I have control of the break from front to back, and the Wild Ride gave me this control, as it read the lower volume in the track area and started up quickly enough to where I could avoid the out of bounds.  As the condition broke down, I was able to make parallel moves, using the oil to the inside to hold the ball, and when I did miss to the right, the ball read enough to recover, but not so much to give me an over-under reaction.  For the later blocks, though, the Wild Ride was reacting too strongly to the dry, and I had to put it away.


For me, the Wild Ride combines the best of the Zone Classic and Strike Zone.  It stays true through the front part of the lane, and it goes into a strong continuous arc down lane without squirting through the push.  Unlike the asymmetrical Zones, the Wild Ride doesnít seem to flutter in the midlane.  However, it does exhibit the same ability as the Zone Classic does of being responsive to changes in my release, and of being able to recover from dry boards when played from multiple angles.  So if Iím playing more of a soft-hand stroke and Iím not quite getting enough at the break, I can make a move to the left and put more hand into the shot, and get the added response that I need to increase the carry angle.

The asymmetrical zones tended to have an ďinside limitationĒ for me, as Iíd reach a point on the lane from which the ball wouldnít recover enough to where I could get a consistent look for carry.  I havenít seen this yet with the Wild Ride.

The one drawback that Iíve seen with this ball is that it is not particularly forgiving.  If I donít quite catch the ball at the release point, I can still get away with it to a degree, because of the strength of the cover and core.  However, if I hit the ball a little bit too hard, it will respond too quickly to the friction.  This really wonít be a problem for me, though, as my intent is to use the Wild Ride on conditions that are tighter from side to side.

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Re: Wild Ride
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2009, 01:06:29 AM »
4.5" pin to PAP above ring finger
60 degree MB angle, about 1" from my thumb to the right
No Hole, OOB finish

I try not to get too excited with new releases so I can give an honest review without bias, but after throwing this ball I can't wait for the next tourney. I did go 1/2" closer to my axis than normal to account for the lower diff.

Our house shot isn't a typical wall, but it is high scoring. I really like how this ball goes through the pins. It reads the dry and turns hard to the pocket without the snap like the TFD. I can play a tighter line to the pocket with a strong move through the pins.

I have a TFS, TFD, and TF all drilled very similar and I threw them all at the same time to get an idea where they all fit together. Obviously the TFS is the strongest and hooks the most. The TFD was the most angular of the bunch. The TF and Wild Ride are similar in reaction, but the Wild Ride has a more continuous drive through the pins. The TF is angular but less than the TFD and more than the Wild Ride.

On Viper I played 14 to 6 to start with a great reaction and as the lanes transitioned I made two board moves right with my feet and one with my eyes, and by the fourth game I was playing up 10 with a very small swing. I never left one ten pin all night!

Brunswick really matched up the new cover with this core to get an extremely versatile ball!
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Re: Wild Ride
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2009, 05:26:34 PM »
Brunswick Wild Ride
Ball Specs
The ball being drilled was a 3Ē pin out with 3.00 oz top weight.
Drilling: Pin 4" from PAP and Mb 45 degrees from PAP. Pin is below ring finger. Weight Hole on my axis. Factory Rough Buff then sanded to 2000 Abralon Pad.

Bowler Information:
Track diameter is 10 1/2.
PAP is measured at 5 1/4 over and 3/8" up.
Average ball speed (foul line to head pin) is 16 mph.
Axis rotation is typically 90 degrees
Initial rev rate is typically 300 rpm, "Tweener"
Lane Condition and Pattern:
Bowlero Lanes, HPL 9000 Panel. Oil Pattern: THS condition medium oil outsides, heavier oil inside, semi clean backends.

Out of the box at Rough Buff the ball was very clean through the fronts but labored at the break point and had a smooth back end reaction. For me did not finish off the friction like Brunswick said it would. After sanding the ball to 2000 Abralon pad the ball was completely different, still clean through the fronts but stronger off the friction with harder back end reaction and quite a bit more hit on the pins. I love this ball now for fresh oil league shot sanded to 2000. Out of the box the ball reminded me of the Twisted Fury Destruction or a Zone Maxx Polished, for me definitely better motion sanded to 2000. I am very encouraged by this new cover stock for it's ability to easily adjust to different grits and it's tackiness to the touch even sanded. Thanks for reading my review.


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Re: Wild Ride
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2009, 12:02:28 AM »
Brunswick Wild Ride
- 15 lbs
- Drilling used - Morich strong forward roll drilling for High Trackers
with 5 1/2 PAP or more
- Finish is @ 4000 Abralon
- PAP 6 over and 1/2 up

I was excited when I heard about this ball due to the Torsion Core that was used in the Twisted Series and has given me good results ..With the new coverstock though, it is very forgiving not as aggressive.   For me, it is not one of those that you can just swing and watch it come back.  If you do swing, have you ten pin ball ready because you will need it. What that means is control is your friend and when properly applied, it will have bowlers running for exits.   For me, jury is still out on this one as I have only bowled about 2 games with it... But at this point, things look good.

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Re: Wild Ride
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2009, 06:13:48 PM »
15# Wild Ride
2Ē pin
2.9 TW

70* by 4.25Ē by 30*
Hole on axis

Bowler Stats:
18 mph
350-400 rpm
Axis: 4 7/8Ē > by  0^

Lane Conditions:
39í THS on Pro-Lane
19.2 uL
8:1 ratio


I was utterly amazed at this ballís reaction on the very first shot. With varying ball speed, itís easy to get the versatility shown in the video at I could force it up the track playing 14 (laydown) to 8 at the breakpoint or slow wheel it 30 (laydown) to 5 at the breakpoint. The ball was a little too much for me on this pattern but I had fun throwing it anyway. Ridiculous messengers and 3 pins tripping 4s after banking off kickplates makes it hard to put the ball up. I can see myself scoring well on longer and heavier THS with this piece.

When forcing it up the track, it would tend to burn up rather quickly when pushed out too far, but thatís not what the ball is supposed to do, especially on medium THS with so much dry outside.

Also, when playing as far in as I was, it seemed to struggle just a bit to turn the corner when kept in the oil too long. However, I believe that is due to bowler error in the fact that my release has a lot of forward roll. Carry was not an issue as long as I made sure my hand got out from behind the ball.

This could be the huge backending ball youíre looking for if you drilled it as strong as I did. And donít be afraid to adjust the cover!!! I took the rough buff off with 4000 abralon. Even though I only threw a couple shots with the change, it did read the little bit sooner that I was looking for with an even more continuous look.

It fits nicely as a step ASIDE from the TFS but itís a step with a larger backend. The overall hook was close for me but the shape was drastically different.


I just picked up the Tour Edition and its reaction rivals that of the original but is a little more forgiving for me. It is drilled 40* by 5.5Ē by 45* with a weight hole 1Ē past my axis to open up the flare rings a little bit. I havenít thrown it on the THS listed above but I threw it on Kegelís Dead Manís Curve and had more miss room than what I expected playing up 11 and was able to swing it with excellent results after a couple games.

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Re: Wild Ride
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2009, 03:21:25 PM »
I have been waiting to review this ball until I got a real good read on it. I have had this ball about 3 weeks now. I love this ball, it is the first ball out of my bag. Drilled this ball 65* x 4 1/2 x 35*. The ball turns hard on the back part of the lane, not a big flip but a very strong move with a ton of carry. The ball goes through the pins better then I have ever seen from a Brunswick ball prior. With this layout it gives me different options on how to play the lane. I can play deep and straighter up the lane. I have used this ball the last 2 weeks in my one league and shot 844 and 806. Just a great all around ball. Don't get caught without one in your bag.
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Re: Wild Ride
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2009, 12:49:33 AM »
Specs:  18MPH, 5 1/2 x 0 PAP, 500+ rev rate

Ball:  16#, 2.5 top weight, 2.5 inch pin

Layout:  65 x 4 x 65, weight hole at P2

When I first tried the ball, the ball got down the lane with ease but did not make the turn I was looking for.  The ball really was flat on the backend.  After consulting with my pro shop owner, Dannial Cohen, he suggested that first we do a surface adjustment, so I took the ball to 2000 abralon and Magic Shine.  The ball just went longer and still, nothing.  Puzzled, we then decided to make the weight hole bigger.  I took it from a 13 hole to a 63 hole.  The ball is now everything I wanted.  Compared to the Rattler, the WildRide is now about 5 feet earlier and has a strong, continuous arc with no quit through the pins.  This ball with the right layout will handle more oil and carrydown better than the Rattler.  I believe they complement each other pretty well.
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Re: Wild Ride
« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2009, 06:54:25 PM »
Lane Conditions: Medium-Light Oil
Typical Conditions: House Shot
Type of Lane: Combination
What part of the lane did you play? Second Arrow
Did the ball track out? Normal
Weight of bowling ball: 15
Surface of bowling ball: Sanded
What grit was the surface of the ball? Grey Scotch Brite
Likes: Creates a very strong angulared motion off the break point. Clears the heads with easy.
Dislikes: Goes way to long in oil, rolls out when applying any surface past 2000 grit.

The Lay-Out: 3 3/8 X 3/38 (MB 2Ē right from centerline)

The Wild Ride reminds me of the Twisted Fury Destruction. Creates the same amount of length and hitting power, but the Wild Ride does come back a few boards more. Both had a problem with oil and if you added to much surface it would puke to the pocket. I love how the Wild Ride gets down the lane, makes a great ball for rev dominate players, or softer ball speeds. Speed dominate players will see to much length and not enough time to recover. Overall itís a really good ball, but Iíve only been able to use it in drier lane conditions.

Compared to my bag:

Twisted Fury Destruction: Pin Under Both Fingers, MB 3Ē Right of Centerline
Balls are almost identical! Wild Ride recovers maybe 4 boards more and might create a tough sharper entry angle.

Rattler: 4 x 4 (No Weight Hole)
Rattler gets into a roll about Ĺ foot sooner and is much more angular and recovers 10 to 15 boards more than the Wild Ride.

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Re: Wild Ride
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2009, 03:34:30 PM »
I drilled a Wild Ride up about 5 weeks ago.  I haven't had much luck with Brunswick since the Fury line came out.  So far this ball is giving me the kind of power and versatility I haven't seen since the Vapor Zone.  The first thing I noticed is that I can utilize some different releases that I often have not been able to do with the recent Zones or Furys.  My best outing has been on a Chameleon pattern at an old anvil lane house.  I was able to get good length, and a strong continuous move with great carry from about 12 board.  

The Wild Ride has a core shell match up that is really good for my game, something that has been lacking the last couple of years.


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Re: Wild Ride
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2009, 01:05:37 PM »
Drilled this beauty up a little bit ago (along with 6 other Brunswick balls).  This clears the front part of the lane extremely well and is the most angular of my brunswick ansenal right now.

drilled this ball with the pin over and slightly to the left of my middle finger, and the mb 2in to the right of the thumb.  (right handed)

I bowled league at 3 different centers(cities) and was able to use it with the most success at the lower oil volume house.  was able to project the ball through the lane without any concern about it checking up too early, where my other stuff would, and made the corner nice and sharp.  My first 3 sets in this center with it were all over 720.  

Another great ball in the B-line.   And if you're looking for one with great backend, this is the one for you.
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Re: Wild Ride
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2009, 02:58:24 PM »
I drilled the wild ride to very clean through the fronts and to be very strong at the break point.I drilled it with pin 4 1/2 x55x20.The wild ride is very clean trhough the fronts and very angular at the break point.This ball hits the  pins like a freight train.I sanded this ball with 4000 abralon and lightly polished it with magic shine.If you want a ball to move in and open up the lane this is the ball to do it with.
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Re: Wild Ride
« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2009, 01:57:52 AM »
Brunswick's Wild Ride is definitely a new ball reaction for them. I know you have heard it before about how this ball will go long and break hard but those words describe this ball to a T. I drilled my Wild Ride using a dual angle layout 65 X 5 X 65 which puts my pin under the bridge and the locator pin about 1 1/4 right of my thumb hole. I threw this ball with its box finish (Rough Buff), and boy did it get down the lane with ease then make a really strong move to the pins. By the the way I was bowling on a burnt up THS and was able to stay about 5 boards right with this ball than any thing else I had. The Wild Ride's carry was phenomenal I carried light hits as well as trip 4s because it did not seems to matter where I hit the pocket as long as I was close.If you are wondering how this ball will handle oil. After my 3 games I moved left about 8 boards and the still had a tremendous recovery, and I still had great carry even though my angle had changed a little. Brunswick wrapped a new cover (ConneXion) around the Twisted Fury core to produce one of their most angular ball reactions to date. Two Thumbs up for this ball. Get one in your hands, hold on, and enjoy the ride.