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BrunsNick

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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 #46 on: February 01, 2013, 04:40:15 AM »
The Meanstreak is a couple boards less than the Versa on the fresh, but as they transition you can actually get deeper than the Versa and have it retain energy better than the Versa. It was said on the conference call a while back and I see it almost everytime I use those two balls together.
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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #47 on: February 01, 2013, 08:21:36 AM »
I agree with Lane about the high gloss polish on the Meanstreak having a inconsistent reaction. I resurfaced my with a 500 pad and then put rough buff and not the high gloss polish. This gave me a stronger reaction when reaching the friction and a more consistent reaction. The Meanstreak is a higher RG ball which will get it down the lane farther than the versa-max. I my experiences, the Meanstreak works best when I can move in a little and sent it to the friction. Another suggestion was to lightly take a 2000 pad to it which would take some of the shine off of the ball. Don't give up yet, and good luck with the ball.
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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #48 on: February 01, 2013, 08:39:20 AM »
The numbers are about the same as the versa max.  Why haven't people who say they are on the bruns. advisory staff just explain the meanstreak is a pearl, the VM is a solid   If both balls are sanded the same grit the meanstreak is going to be longer BECAUSE ITS A PEARL IT WILL GO LONGER

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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #49 on: February 01, 2013, 09:39:20 AM »
The numbers are about the same as the versa max.  Why haven't people who say they are on the bruns. advisory staff just explain the meanstreak is a pearl, the VM is a solid   If both balls are sanded the same grit the meanstreak is going to be longer BECAUSE ITS A PEARL IT WILL GO LONGER

Because that is not necessarily the case anymore.  "Hook" means any deviation from a straight line.  Most people don't see the ball reading the midlane, because they are watching for the big back end move.
 
My Nexxxus pearl reads earlier than my Versa Max did with the same surfaces on some conditions.  The response time to (adequate) friction is different.  So while your assessment of a pearl going longer may be true most of the time, it's impossible to know what everyone is bowling on.  One person's definition of "dry" may be medium oil to the next guy.  Even the same lanes play different on different days... 

Many of us staffers try hard to help here on the site, but don't have all day to hang out and anticipate every possible angle to answer a question, but thanks for your insight.
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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #50 on: February 01, 2013, 10:29:25 AM »
I understand about time.  So if your going to advise then you should have the right facts.  The meanstreak is not a higher rg than the VM. This has nothing to do with it.  Nor does the  xxx coverstock.  In this case it has everything to do with the coverstock of the 2 balls we are talking about.

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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #51 on: February 01, 2013, 10:47:14 AM »
The Meanstreak is a couple boards less than the Versa on the fresh, but as they transition you can actually get deeper than the Versa and have it retain energy better than the Versa. It was said on the conference call a while back and I see it almost everytime I use those two balls together.

Well then I did read the specs/reviews right because that's exactly what I wanted it for. I will keep playing with the surface and report back.

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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #52 on: February 01, 2013, 12:01:06 PM »
I don't get caught up too much in the "numbers" of the balls. I actually use every one of them and report what I see, based on the conditions I see. 

I also share what adjustments I make that have enhanced ball performance, again, based on conditions I see.  I have spent countless hours in the past several years making surface adjustments in the pro shop on just about every ball that our shops sell, which currently includes Storm, Roto, Brunswick, DV8, and some from the Ebonite plant.  I try to pass my experience on, and do answer lots of personal messages from this site.  Although I am not perfect, I do try to help.

To sum it up, on the fresh my Meanstreak at factory finish was an over/under ball that was cleaner through the front than the Versa Max, and needed to be fairly close to friction.  Once I tweaked the cover it became a more forgiving ball with lots of recovery. 

The Versa Max has been an awesome ball that allows me to play straighter angles on fresh, with an outstanding read of the mid-lane and back end.  Not jumpy, and not as angular as the Meanstreak, but a great read of what's out there.  Both balls have been great as long as I use them at the appropriate time.

Now it's off to work. The bowling center I run is packed all afternoon and evening based on our current reservations, not to mention the walk-ins.
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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #53 on: February 01, 2013, 01:33:23 PM »
Prob. one of the best (advise )  reviews i"ve seen on this sight.  Most people have know clue about #s and choose to keep it that way.  So a review like this means more  to all of us
                                 Thanks



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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #54 on: February 01, 2013, 05:56:48 PM »
Lane: I really appreciate your insight into these balls and taking the time to share it. I am going to play around with the surface more. Either way I win because I know if I can't get the reaction you descrive then I can polish it up and strike down the far outside all day with this ball.

If that happens, then I need to look to line up for a stronger pearl to fit between the VM and Aura. Maybe the Brawler or an aggressively drilled Ringer. Or I wait to see what goodies Brunswick/Phil/Mo come out with this month!
« Last Edit: February 02, 2013, 11:09:27 AM by dougb »

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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #55 on: February 07, 2013, 11:33:59 PM »
Okay everybody so earlier this week I drop in on my pro shop and who happens to be in there but BrunsNick himself!  I pulled out my Meanstreak and he asked if it was one I was having problems with.  Took a quick look at it, grabbed the pro-sect and a grease pencil and drew up the measurements for a P3 hole.  My driller punched it up and BINGO!  BrunsNick unleashed the backend!

I have it at 1000 abralon polished and the ball still glides through the mids, gets good length, but has way more backend than before.  I can stand two boards left of my VersMax and throw this farther right when the lanes are breaking down, just like I wanted. 

Between the VersaMax, the Meanstreak, and the Aura I have three completely different lines to the pocket on anything from light to heavy -- and that's before I make any hand/wrist adjustments.  Next on my list to round out the arsenal?  RINGER!

THANKS NICK!

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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #56 on: February 08, 2013, 03:42:41 PM »
Great news Dougb. Good to hear its all figured out. Enjoy the great reactions you have.
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Re: Got to the throw the new Brunswick balls...
« Reply #57 on: February 12, 2013, 06:41:52 PM »
Tried out the P.A. and Brawler today and have to say I was impressed. Wanted the P.A. drilled for a local tournament this weekend and the ball is strong. Drilled identical to my Burning Siege and it has the same shape but will definitely handle more oil. It is drilled 55 x 4.25 x 40 with a p3 x-hole. It has good length before really turning over hard.

The Brawler is drilled 65 x 3.75 x 30 with a p3 x-hole. It really looks great on the lanes. It is stronger then expected. It gives me the same look as the P.A. but with less hook. A lot more controllable for when the lanes aren't as oiled or for playing a little more direct. Still a lot of hook to be had. Still have to get some more games in but have to say they have made a great first impression.
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