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Activator vs Powerkoil (old school versions)?
« on: December 05, 2018, 01:57:50 PM »
Long story short the only reactive ball I had that survived my last long bowling layoff was a BVP Rampage that I still use and absolutely love (put up zip codes with it).  Still oh so viable on modern conditions with some surface.  Love that Powerkoil 18 cover inverted bell core combo so much that I picked up a used BVP Nemesis to pair with it.  I know the BVPs were basically entry level balls and aren't spoken in reverent tones like the Infernos but curious which people like more as far as Powerkoil vs activator back in the day.  Went with what I know and like but see some old Infernos on ebay.  I can say from experience that the Powerkoil 18 is fairly low maintenance, and doesn't fade with use and is built like a tank (Storm Shift I had to next to it in bag cracked all the way around in the years the two stored to together in garage).  Do the infernos hold up well as well?  Thanks.
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Re: Activator vs Powerkoil (old school versions)?
« Reply #46 on: April 04, 2019, 03:18:40 PM »
Any of you guys throwing the vintage inferno (remake) with the 2.0 activator pearl cover? Just picked one up on eBay nib for $70. With shipping.

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Re: Activator vs Powerkoil (old school versions)?
« Reply #47 on: April 04, 2019, 03:53:49 PM »
Ooops, Ncontrol Powerboost was on one of my favorite balls the Revolution Rebel ECX!

Bring back that smooth powerful solid!  Phenomenal ball@

As to the Ncontrol Powerboost.  I almost think the pearl version was/is on my Control Zone which REALLY gets down the lane both because of the cover and the High RG core for a 2 piece ball!

If I can find enough friction outside I will roll this thing a long way in the dry, then it turns up really hard smooth and stong and smashes!

Let me know, is that N. Control powerboost on that Conrol Zone from a long time ago! 

Sometimes iit is just a wonderful answer!

Sincerely,

Luckylefty

Ok will admit can't judge a coverstock by one ball but at least with the Avalanche core pearlized N'Control I am not impressed.  There was a reason they put out a pearlized PK18 black/green Avalance version instead very shortly after release of blue white.   To also be fair haven't played with surface and and used on different conditions a lot but can already tell at best its going to be condition specific at least for me.  Got ball shipped for like 50 bucks (just needed new inserts luckily) and wanted an Avalanche which are hard to find (urethane aside) so no biggie.  Still its the only older Brunswick ball haven't really liked so far.
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Re: Activator vs Powerkoil (old school versions)?
« Reply #48 on: April 04, 2019, 04:11:43 PM »
Does anyone know what kind of cover the “Ambush” has? I have one nib and have no idea what to expect. I do know it is a particle pearl but other than that, I have nothing.

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Re: Activator vs Powerkoil (old school versions)?
« Reply #49 on: April 04, 2019, 04:15:40 PM »
Does anyone know what kind of cover the “Ambush” has? I have one nib and have no idea what to expect. I do know it is a particle pearl but other than that, I have nothing.

Ambush fits between the Rampage and the Nemesis in the BVP line (strength and length wise).  Heard good things about it.  NIB means also no worries about particle death also.  That ball should tear it up on house shot.  Pretty versatile from what I understand.

https://www.ballreviews.com/brunswick-125/bvp-ambush/
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Re: Activator vs Powerkoil (old school versions)?
« Reply #50 on: April 12, 2019, 02:55:55 PM »
Finally got to roll my Ultimate Inferno today but had limited time so only one game but it was a 240 with a 7 bagger which I think is best first game ever had with a ball (tend to do not so good with new pieces unlike most).  The ball reaction was great but since went cheap and didn't replug it, span slightly funky so could have done better I believe.  Also just learned the trick (big props to Joe Slowinsky's writing once again) about how to distract your logic brain (reduce working memory he says) on approach by counting (some say to count down but I count up also some hum song in head instead) to get your body to fire on muscle memory only.  Want some more samples of both but could be big missing piece for me (mental game has always been weak point for me as fairly athletic on physical side).  Also got to try out my Pathogen blue dot plastic ball for spares.  Very impressed so far.  Can visually see how much more hit you get than pancake.  Pyramid's plastic balls rule.  Super durable and price rules.
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