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Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« on: January 24, 2013, 03:08:11 PM »

Paranormal Aura // (60x5x30) // Shiny - I saw this ball like a Versamax, only stronger. As the lanes got beat up, I was able to move more left and hook around it all. I had to keep mindful not to power it through the front, as it needed little help to clear. If I fed it to the dry too quick, it responded very fast and went face. This is what a Pro Performance ball should be all about, hook on tap.

Meanstreak Brawler // (30x5.25x65) // Shiny - This ball is impressive. Even with the more even layout, the recovery on the backend was fun to watch. I could let loose with this ball, and go coast to coast because it never missed the hook spot. This is a ball I can really open up the lanes, it is not allergic to oil. I compare it a Brutal Nightmare, they share a lot of the same traits. Colors are amazing.

Ringer // (60x4x65) // Box Surface - I was reminded of my Fire Quantum with this ball, not only by shelf appeal, but how it cut through every rack. On fresher, I was about 5 right of the Brawler as it glided through the oil. When the lanes broke down, I could move left and the ball really shined. Every shot... pack! pack! pack! High flush, snap ten, trip 4, it did everything.
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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #31 on: January 30, 2013, 08:34:53 AM »
How does the Paranormal compare to the orginal Nexus (p+f)? I have one of these and while it hooks I don't see the outrageous hook that a lot bowlers were talking about on these boards. I am about 375 RPMs and ball speed is about 19 MPH, with a tilt of 26 degrees. I am thinking about trying the Paranormal for our Sport league, but not if it similar to Nexus, no need to double up there. Thanks for your help.

Jorge,

The Paranormal is cleaner through the front and stronger downlane.  I agree with Lane, it's about 2-4 more depending on conditions.  What I like about it more is that I can chase the oil MUCH longer with it and have it not quit.  I've been using mine box on a heavier THS to blend out some of the over under and it's worked well.

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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #32 on: January 30, 2013, 11:00:15 AM »
Thanks Lane, Tony. I'll keep the Paranormal on my radar.
 
Nice to hear from you again Tony, been a long time. You were and I assume still are one of the best I have ever seen. I am a little bit farther away now, living in Calgary at the moment. One day maybe we can get together again and relive the old days, lol. Take care my friend.
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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #33 on: January 30, 2013, 02:03:56 PM »
Jorge,

As Tony and Lane said I find i to be cleaner through the front than the Nexus you are speaking of.  It hooks anywhere from 2-5 more boards depending on how I am throwing it and likes to play more angle than the Nexus P+F.  The newer coverstocks used in the Aura series are cleaner through the front with more recovery down lane when compared to the nexus balls.
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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #34 on: January 31, 2013, 03:54:44 PM »
Brick, that layout sounds good for your game. That is the one great thing with the newer Brunswick releases is they can be drilled stronger without sacrficing hitting power. I have been drilling alot of the new ones stronger than I have drilled in the past. The Meanstreak will provide you with good length and nice pop down lane. With the layout you describe there should be a weight hole. Is there one in it now? Also where is it? If you feel the ball isn't doing what you want it to, you will be able to plug the weight hole and move it to a stronger position to open up the flares more and get more out of the ball. Let us know how it works out for ya.

Ball has a 3 1/8" Pin. I have it in the pro shop right now getting thumb plugged and re-drilled to lengthen span to fit my hand. Here is a picture of it's layout and weight hole.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll178/PBAJS/2012_05270358_zps462c6f45.jpg

Got to try my Meanstreak today and will have to use it more for a final judgement, but initially, I am a bit disappointed as it was too smooth with no "pop" on the back end and the hit was soft with poor pin carry. I resurfaced the ball to Brunswick's initial NIB finish of 500 grit-Rough Buff-Brunswick Factory Gloss Polish. May have to change the surface to????? Open to suggestions.

This ball needs some thing to make it "pop" a little bit at least on the back-end. As it is, it has nothing and is simply blah. I was really surprised at this as it is not what I expected.
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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #35 on: January 31, 2013, 04:07:21 PM »
Brick, that layout sounds good for your game. That is the one great thing with the newer Brunswick releases is they can be drilled stronger without sacrficing hitting power. I have been drilling alot of the new ones stronger than I have drilled in the past. The Meanstreak will provide you with good length and nice pop down lane. With the layout you describe there should be a weight hole. Is there one in it now? Also where is it? If you feel the ball isn't doing what you want it to, you will be able to plug the weight hole and move it to a stronger position to open up the flares more and get more out of the ball. Let us know how it works out for ya.

Ball has a 3 1/8" Pin. I have it in the pro shop right now getting thumb plugged and re-drilled to lengthen span to fit my hand. Here is a picture of it's layout and weight hole.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll178/PBAJS/2012_05270358_zps462c6f45.jpg

Got to try my Meanstreak today and will have to use it more for a final judgement, but initially, I am a bit disappointed as it was too smooth with no "pop" on the back end and the hit was soft with poor pin carry. I resurfaced the ball to Brunswick's initial NIB finish of 500 grit-Rough Buff-Brunswick Factory Gloss Polish. May have to change the surface to????? Open to suggestions.

This ball needs some thing to make it "pop" a little bit at least on the back-end. As it is, it has nothing and is simply blah. I was really surprised at this as it is not what I expected.

You took the words right out of my mouth, Brick.  I resurfaced mine to 1000 polished (down from 500+compound) and tried it today.  Same reaction. 

I want to be able to move slightly left of my VersaMax and open up the lane just a little with this ball... a slight bump off the friction and a little angle into the pocket.  My VM is drilled for a down and in shot, but it actually had more room on the outside and holds oh so well on the inside. 

I have a 60x4x65 drill on the Meanstreak and need to play with more surface.  Maybe take the polish off or try a maroon scotch brite plus polish.  Eventually I may need a more aggressive drill.  BrunsNick suggested a weight hole but my driller frowned on it. Bottom line is It doesn't turn the corner as well as I'd like.

My other option is to polish it up and use it as a light oil ball when I want to move right and get something else to fill this spot.  I have a Massive Damage and a Gold Rhino Pro that would need to be plugged and redrilled to accomodate a recent change in span and pitches.  Or maybe I look at the Ringer, which is reportedly skid/snap. 

What do you guys think?
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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #36 on: January 31, 2013, 05:55:05 PM »
The ball dosen't hook as much as your versamax   pinhead      so why would you think you could move left  unless your left handed.  Maybe I"m missing something but with the mean
streak you should want to move right not  left 

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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #37 on: January 31, 2013, 06:08:08 PM »
The ball dosen't hook as much as your versamax   pinhead      so why would you think you could move left  unless your left handed.  Maybe I"m missing something but with the mean
streak you should want to move right not  left 

Wow, thanks for reminding me why I don't post here often!

My VM is drilled weak. I stand two boards left of it with Meanstreak and six boards left with my Aura. The Meanstreak hooks earlier exactly as I wanted, it just doesn't have much backend action or recovery from the outside as I expected. Anyone else want to insult me next lol?

On another note (and the original topic) the Aura is amazing for it's continuous drive through the pins and I think the VersaMax might be the best ball I've ever thrown. If the new stuff is anything like these two they are sure winners!
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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #38 on: January 31, 2013, 06:33:35 PM »
I have a Ringer on order from my pro shop.  It looked a little cleaner through the front part of the lane with a better defined, yet not flippy, response to friction compared to the Mean Streak.  Hopefully it's what the doctor ordered for some of patterns I'm struggling on.

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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #39 on: January 31, 2013, 08:45:27 PM »
Sorry about the pinhead.  Even if your VM is drilled weak the meanstreak is not going to out hook it.  Instead of moving 2 boards left move 2 boards right  then it will recover.  You are trying to make a ball do something it can't.

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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #40 on: January 31, 2013, 08:49:31 PM »
I bought my Meanstreak to fit under my Versa-Max for lighter oil, which is where I tried it  on today. Maybe there was too much carry down? I am at a loss at the moment.
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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #41 on: January 31, 2013, 08:59:24 PM »
Sorry about the pinhead.  Even if your VM is drilled weak the meanstreak is not going to out hook it.  Instead of moving 2 boards left move 2 boards right  then it will recover.  You are trying to make a ball do something it can't.

Yes, I'm afraid I bought the wrong ball for what I wanted. It is a great light oil piece though, so I need to find something to fill that slot.  I think redrilling my Massive Damage might be the ticket. Curious about the Ringer.

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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #42 on: January 31, 2013, 09:07:33 PM »
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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #43 on: January 31, 2013, 11:40:41 PM »

Guys,

Keep throwing the Meanstreak.  The factory finish was a little hit/miss for me until I burned a little of the high gloss off, then it came to life.  Mine is now at 500, then a SMALL dose of Rough Buff and it still recovers well once it finds some friction. Feel free to P.M. me if I can be of further help.

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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #44 on: January 31, 2013, 11:58:33 PM »

Guys,

Keep throwing the Meanstreak.  The factory finish was a little hit/miss for me until I burned a little of the high gloss off, then it came to life.  Mine is now at 500, then a SMALL dose of Rough Buff and it still recovers well once it finds some friction. Feel free to P.M. me if I can be of further help.


Okay Lane, I won't give up. I haven't exhausted every surface variation yet anyway.

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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #45 on: February 01, 2013, 12:19:47 AM »
Doug,

Grab a 2000 pad in your hand and just spin the ball around lightly. Sounds simple, but sometimes it's all you need to wake up a polished ball.  It will still look polished after a few throws, but it usually gives you that little bit of forgiveness when the lanes are fresh and you want it to read more consistently.