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Hell Raiser
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
High Performance
- Color: Black/Red/Yellow
- Coverstock: Class 5 Reactive
- Weight Block: Hell Raiser Core
- Factory Finish: 500; 1,500 Siaair Micro Pad; Rough Buff Finish
- Flare Potential: High
- Radius of Gyration (RG): 2.537
- Differential (Diff): 0.054
- Intermediate Differential (Mass Bias): 0.016

Ball MotionFinished with a Rough Buff Polish, the Hell Raiser skids easily through the front and mid-lane with a very quick response to friction on the backend creating a highly angular motion that rips through the pins on medium oily to oily lane conditions.
Reaction SetupThe DV8 Hell Raiser can be drilled using the standard drilling techniques developed for bowling balls with asymmetric cores.
Ball MaintenanceTo reduce oil absorption and remove dirt from the surface of the ball, clean your ball with a cleaner designed for reactive bowling balls.
WarrantyLook. We don’t screw around. DV8 bowling balls have been manufactured to the highest standards of workmanship and material. We warrant that they’ll be free of defects in materials and workmanship for a period of two years from the date of purchase. We agree to repair or replace the ball you bought if at any time during the warranty period it’s found to be defective in material or workmanship.


 

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Re: Hell Raiser
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2011, 01:42:37 PM »
BALL SPECS

Pin Length: 4

Starting Top Weight: 3

Ball Weight: 15

 
DRILL PATTERN

Pin to PAP: 5

CG to PAP: 5

X Hole (if there is one): None
 

BOWLER STYLE

Rev Rate: 475

Ball Speed: 17.5
 
PAP/Track: 4 3/4 and 1" up

 
SURFACE PREP

Grit: OOB

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): OOB
 

LANE CONDITION

Length: 39 Ft
 
Volume: Medium

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

 
BALL REACTION

Back End: STRONG
 
Overall Hook: STRONG

Midlane Read: CLEAN

Breakpoint Shape: AGGRESSIVE

 
COMMENTS

Likes: 
 
- Unbelievable Color Scheme!
- The ball just never stops. Extremely Continuous from the break point all the way through the pins
- The ball moves pins around like nothing I have ever seen before
- You can stay right in the track if you keep the ball speed up and hand soft without sacrificing hitting power
- If you want to get in and wheel the lane, all you need to do is slow the ball speed and let the ball roll. The hitting power is absolutely not compromised when doing this. I almost feel as if the ball hits harder the more you let it roll through the pins
- Hook. Hook. And More Hook! 

Dislikes: 
 
- Not having a second one in my bag yet!
 
 
OVERALL:
 
 This ball is extremely surprising. The DV8 Equipment does not roll or hit like your typical Brunswick Equipment. It needs to be conveyed that these balls are different. These will be a great addition to anyone's arsenal looking for longer and stronger ball motions. The Hell Raiser definitely has strength to handle a higher volume of oil than I have used it on so far. I will be looking for more juice to see how this thing handles it. I will also be working with some surface changes and hopefully making a reaction video on house shot and Sport Shot. When the Misfit and Reckless come, I will do a comparison review between the equipment. So far, DV8 is surprising and is definitely going to make a bang in the market!
 
Kudos and will pop another review soon,

Mason Sherman
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Re: Hell Raiser
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2011, 07:56:38 AM »
BALL SPECS
 
Gross Ball Weight: 15lbs 6 oz
Pin Position: 2"-3"
Top Weight: 2.1 Oz
Surface:  500; 1500 Siaair Micro Pad,
 
DRILLING PATTERN
 
Pin placed 4 1/2” to the axis, below the fingers.  The Mass Bias is placed on the VAL at 40 degrees.  A Weight hole was required, using a 25/32 bit and going 3” deep.
 
BOWLER STYLE
 
Multiple, Watch Video
 
LANE CONDITION

Length: 39ft
 
Volume:23.36 ml

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): challenge

 
COMMENTS

Likes: incrediblely aggresive move to the pocket.  great traction of the wet

Dislikes: NEEDS OIL.  Its a beast of a ball and will HOOK!
 
Watch the Video, It will SHOW you how incredible this ball is!

 
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Edited on 18/08/2011 at 11:29 AM

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Re: Hell Raiser
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2011, 04:10:57 PM »
BALL SPECS


Pin Length: 2.5"


Starting Top Weight: 3 ozs.


Ball Weight: 15 lbs.


 

DRILL PATTERN



Pin to PAP:  Dual Angle: 60 x 4" x 40
 
CG to PAP:


X Hole (if there is one): On PAP

 





BOWLER STYLE


Rev Rate: 325


Ball Speed: 16

 

PAP/Track: 5 1/2" over 1/8" up


 




SURFACE PREP


Grit: OOB


Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded):

 




LANE CONDITION


Length: 42'

 

Volume:


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


 



BALL REACTION


Length:  Good


Back End: Very Strong and Continous

 

Overall Hook: Incredible


Midlane Read:  Strong


Breakpoint Shape: Strong Arc


 



COMMENTS



Likes: This is a incredibly strong ball that will hook from just about anywhere. Drilled this with a pattern that I've had good success with over the years, 60 x 4" x 40. After drilling threw on a lightly used pair and could not believe how strong the Hell Raiser is no matter how deep I moved it still made the corner with ease. Excited to see how this ball works on a fresh house shot as well as on The Team USA patterns and some of the Kegel patterns. 
Raise Some Hell with the Hell Raiser.



Dislikes: None this ball is everything advertised and then some.



 


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Re: Hell Raiser
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2011, 01:03:40 PM »
BALL SPECS
 
Ball Weight: 15

Pin Length: 3 - 4

Pin above bridge with Mass Bias kicked just to the right of thumb hole and no extra hole.
3/4 oz. positive side weight and 0 finger/thumb weight.  Vise Vacu Inserts and Vise 1 3/8"
IT thumbhole.
 
SURFACE PREP

Grit: OOB

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): OOB
 
BOWLER STYLE

Rev Rate: 450

Ball Speed: 16.5
 
LANE CONDITION

Length: 43
 
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): 2011 Nationals with 30% more volume and 2 feet longer
 
COMMENTS

Likes: Very strong back end. When the Hell Raiser hits friction it goes dead left. The ball is continuous through the pocket and makes the pins fly. This ball gets through the heads with ease and saves ALL of its energy for the backend.

Dislikes: I'm not sure yet if it is due to the very oily condition I was on, but the ball doesn't seem to have much midlane roll. This can be looked at as good or bad depending on the shot you are bowling on. I have a strong feeling if I throw this ball on a THS it will be perfect midlane but on the heavy oil shot I was bowling on, it started to make its move just a little late.
I will update this post once I get a chance to bowl on a THS as I expect this ball to be a complete monster on.
 
UPDATE: Today I went and bowled on a THS and wow was this ball a MONSTER! It definitely is the opposite of any Brunswick ball I have ever thrown. It goes plenty long, gets through the heads great and when it hits friction, it is a dead left turn. This ball may just be the HARDEST hitting ball I have ever thrown. I was just throwing shots with it for over an hour and literally got tapped less then 10 times and even when I did get tapped, it involved messenger's and a lot of stone 9 pins. I would definintely recommend this ball as a first ball out of the bag on any THS and I expect a lot of honor scores from people around the country throwing this ball. Good Job DV8!
 
Jared Lawrence
 
Edited on 9/2/2011 at 6:40 PM
And Then...........

I left another 10 pin

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Re: Hell Raiser
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2011, 11:12:43 PM »
BALL SPECS

Pin Length: 3 inches
 
Starting Top Weight: 2.8 oz

Ball Weight: 15 lbs 2 oz


DRILL PATTERN


http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l525/gilesdtg/DV8%20Bowling/IMAG01242-1.jpg 


BOWLER STYLE


Rev Rate: 350


Ball Speed: 16 mph


Track: Medium to Low


SURFACE PREP


Grit: Multiple surface grits used in review


Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Multiple finishes used in review


LANE CONDITION


Length: 38 foot, 43 foot


Volume: medium to medium/heavy, heavy


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS and PBA Shark pattern


BALL REACTION


Length: 8/10.  Out of box finish this ball provides great length and recovery.  Also this ball takes great to surface adjustments.  Don't be afraid to adjust the Hell Raiser's surface to get more or less length.


Back End: 9.5/10.  Back end is what the Hell Raiser is all about.  I cannot tell you how many times I have sent the Hell Raiser wide and watched it fly back.  This ball brings a new definition to back end...from your THS to the heaviest of sport patters this ball will find its way back to the pocket.


Overall Hook: 9.5/10  Right in line with its back end hook potential, the overall hook of the Hell Raiser is second to none!


Midlane Read: Midlane is one of the first things I look for in a ball, and the Hell Raiser fits the need.  The Hell Raiser gets clean through the heads, and ever cleaner though the mids.  For a high end ball you will find yourself in awe of how clean this ball is, even on your medium ths patterns. 


Breakpoint Shape: Aggressive Continuous Motion


COMMENTS



Likes:

Where do you start with the Hell Raiser?  From its flashy attractive color scheme to its unmatched high end performance, this ball is second to none!  First let me comment on this balls performance on my ths pattern.  I bowl on a 38 foot medium ths, and the Hell Raiser has found its place as the first ball out of my bag.  I love to take advantage of the strengths the Hell Raiser offers and show off its versatility in league.  The H.R. allows me to get in deep and wheel!  This ball surprised me quiet a bit with how clean it was through the front part of the lanes and how much hitting power it saved for the pins.  Being used to most other high end balls I have ever thrown I was expecting to have to put the Hell Raiser away after the first game, but I didn't.  This ball never burned up or lost energy, rather it seemed as the night went on the Hell Raiser found a way to come around the corner harder.  As much as I have enjoyed this ball on my house shot, I enjoy it even more on the heavy volume patterns.  Last week I had a chance to throw this ball on the Shark pattern, and it did more than I could have ever asked for.  The Hell Raiser allowed me to get 2-3 boarders deeper than anyone else with ease...which is a big advantage because it let me play in an area by myself...so all I had to do was make the shots.  There were a couple shots I put in what I thought was no mans land, but the Hell Raiser proved me wrong.  There is not a better ball for heavy volume patterns on the market!  With all of the strengths talked about so far, I have yet to mention its best strength yet.  This ball takes to surface adjustments very well, which is essential to all bowlers.  I feel like having this ball in my bag is like having 3 balls in 1 because it takes so well to surface adjustments and gives me any motion I need.  And the messengers....oh the messengers!  Do yourself a favor and go raise some Hell with a DV8 Hell Raiser.


Dislikes: 

The only dislike that could even be considered about the Hell Raiser is that it didn't come out sooner!

PICTURES AND/OR VIDEOS


See Direct Link above listed under drill pattern.


Also visit Link listed below for full album of my DV8 Hell Raiser before and after drilling:


http://s1122.photobucket.com/albums/l525/gilesdtg/DV8%20Bowling/


 Video Review soon to follow! 


-Denny Giles


 




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Re: Hell Raiser
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2011, 09:42:35 AM »
BALL SPECS



Pin Length: 2 1/2"



Starting Top Weight: 3oz



Ball Weight: 15



 




DRILL PATTERN



Pin to PAP: Dual Angle 60x4"x40



CG to PAP:



X Hole (if there is one): On PAP


 









BOWLER STYLE



Rev Rate: 325



Ball Speed: 16


 


PAP/Track: 5 1/2" over 1/8" up



 






SURFACE PREP





Grit: OOB





Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): OOB


 









LANE CONDITION



Length: 42'


 


Volume:





Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS - League Armadilla 2 Houston, TX 





 






BALL REACTION



Length: Good



Back End: Excellent


 


Overall Hook: Excellent

 
Midlane Read: Very Smooth





Breakpoint Shape: Very Strong Arc





 








COMMENTS




Likes: 221, 290, 299 = 810
This was the first time I've used my Hell Raiser and the first time in 2 years that I've bowled at this center. I was thoroughly impressed at how well the Hell Raiser cleared the front part of the lane, read the mid lane and made a Strong arc motion to the pocket. The pins stay very low and mix up extremely well which I consider a Major plus for this ball. Looking forward to trying the Reckless and Misfit in the near future.  




Dislikes: 
Doesn't like dry lanes with OOB finish.




 





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Re: Hell Raiser
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2011, 12:37:47 PM »
BALL SPECS

Pin Length: 3 inch  

Starting Top Weight:1.8 oz        

Ball Weight: 15lbs

 
DRILL PATTERN

Pin to PAP: It was layed out 55 X 5 X 35

CG to PAP:

X Hole (if there is one): x hole about 1/2 inch above my pap
 

BOWLER STYLE

Rev Rate: 320  

Ball Speed: 16-17
 
PAP/Track: 4 1/4 right

 
SURFACE PREP

Grit: 2000

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): abralon pad
 

LANE CONDITION

Length: 36ft     
 
Volume:

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): house shot

 
BALL REACTION

Length: It gets good length. Almost to good. Very speed sensitive even with the surface change I made to 2000. It is sometimes speed sensitive.

Back End: It has a lot of pop on the back end. A lot more of a check mark then a lot of the Brunswick stuff that I am use to throwing. But not really that much of a difference. I really have to stay behind the ball to get it to read sometimes
 
Overall Hook: The overall hook reminds me a lot of a ulti max. Not really the biggest hooking thing out on the market but it has its place

Midlane Read: The only time I get some mid lane read is when i'm really on top of the dry and send it right quick (a house shot of course).

Breakpoint Shape: Strong arc

 
COMMENTS

Likes: I like the length the ball gets and the more pop then the brunswick stuff. I sometimes have trouble getting there stuff around the corner. Makes me really stay under the ball, which helps on sport patterns.

Dislikes: Sometimes this ball is a tad speed sensitive and really doesn't hook a lot on the fresh. (my dark star out hooks it) However on the burn when I move in I can get deeper with this ball

 
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Re: Hell Raiser
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2011, 03:00:08 AM »
PLAYER STATS
Style = Stroker/mild tweener, right-handed
Speed = ~14-16 mph
PAP = 5" over & 7/8" up (high track)
Axis tilt = ~20°
Revs = ~275-325 RPM at release
For more details, check out my profile, please.

BALL SETUP
Ball was 15.04 lbs. with 3 ounces of TW before drilling and a 3” pin . I had preferred a longer pin (placement above the fingers, for extra length), but the 3" pin specimen was the only thing available at the moment. My ball driller, Michael Kraemer from Michaels Pro Shop in Duisburg, Germany, suggested to simply drill the pin out with the ring finger hole, though, and that's what we finally went for, with the MB set at almost 90° and avoiding any extra holes due to a CG slightly shifted left from the pin-to-MB line.

Dual angle specs:
60° drilling angle
4.75" pin to PAP
55° angle to VAL

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+ = Pin (placed in ring finger hole)
# = CG
m = mass bias/PSA marker

Surface was left OOB to see what the orb is capable of.
For ball and layout pictures pls. refer to the video included at the review's end.

LANE CONDITION(s)
Length: typically 37-40'
Volume: 18-24 ml
Type: fresh and worn THS, as well as a mild sport pattern (~5:1 ratio), all on synthetic surfaces (Brunswick, Qubica)




COMMENTS
I bought the Hell Raiser out of curiosity, without a true gap in my arsenal. It had been some time since I tried a ball with an asymmetrical, high mass bias core (an Awesome Finish). But I wanted to try (again) a state-of-the-art coverstock which offers less traction up front but a more responsive reaction in the dry back end than, say, classic PK18. Another aspect: strong low RG cores tend to be pretty rolly and erractic for my style. But the Hell Raiser's higher RG core with a medium strength MB looked promising. And so far, this ball is... impressive.

Likes:

First of all, this ball is STRONG! Even as a shiny pearl ball, it handles long and high oil well - very impressive. The 'Class 5 Reactive' coverstock (unique to the Hell Raiser, not a recycled Brunswick cover) reminds me somehow of Activator+, just cleaner overall and with a more spontaneous reaction to friction. Overall, the Hell Raiser reminds me of a less rolly, more light-footed Shock & Awe – with a certain twist: its ‘steam’ is hidden in the cover, not in its core.

For such a strong coverstock the stuff is pretty clean through the heads, and the Hell Raiser can be used even when a track has been played into the lane's front part. It needs head oil, though, but not lots of it - you quickly recognize weak hits and can adjust.

Probably due to this cover-dominance I found the Hell Raiser easy to read, esp. when trying to control the breakpoint through hand and wrist position changes. It reacts well and responsive to such adjustments.
Taking hand out to delay the breakpoint and control the amount of hook works pretty well. Even if you play only with a 70% release, the cover and the core still help getting the ball through a proper skid/hook/roll transition for good carry. On the other side, moving deep is no problem at all. Give it hand, and it will break as if someone literally kicked it from the side. The true challenge is to keep the ball's entry angle in effective measures, though. Beware! With so much 'power reserve' the ball offers a lot of room for different lines and lane strategies, it is surprisingly versatile.

With my setup, the ball shows clearly defined reaction phase transitions from skid to hook and roll, and this seems to be an innate trait since a friend's Hell Raiser shows a similar behaviour, even more extreme than mine. I hardly dare to imagine what this beast can do in the hands of a player with more hand and speed, and with a more powerful layout!





The ball even handles long oil and carrydown situations. It won't hook a lot on higher volumes, but you can easily play the oil line. With its good traction and high RG core the ball will show some pop at the pattern's end and still turn the corner, with good carry. Here, its asymmetrical core is IMHO a true benefit.

A final thing to mention is the ball's garish design. There are some balls on the market with a yellow/red/black cover, but with its huge and well defined colour bands the ball not only stands out in the shelf or on the ball rack. This design also makes reaction observation easy.


Dislikes:

Not many, only typical things so far. This is supposed to be a higher end pearl reactive with a mid-powerful, asymmetrical core. Hence, do not expect a smooth control ball - this thing wants to move, a LOT, rather violently, and it IMHO needs some experience to be properly exploited. It will appeal to those who just want a “hook-out-of-the-box”, but the Hell Raiser has much more potential. I can understand why Brunswick staffers are disappointed because they are not allowed to use this ball officially.

The ball’s carry is impressive, but I found that the line between powerful 'collateral damage' strikes and wide splits can be very thin - due to the deep entry angle the Hell Raiser can create, esp. when you take speed out. 'All or nothing' could have been another appropriate name for this product. But if you stay alert, trouble can be easily mended.

I cannot tell anything about durability yet. With the few games I have on my NIB specimen, tracking appears to be normal, but its OOB surface already shows first signs of wear. I suppose it needs frequent surface maintenance, and I hope that I can effectively replicate the original "500; 1,500 Siaair Micro Pad; Rough Buff Finish" when I touch up the surface in the future? But with so much power, I might even try to use some Trizact rubbing compound, for even less surface than the Rough Buff finish.
Another thing that needs to be mentioned in this context is that the ball literally attracts dirt, dust and grime. Maybe it stands out against the bright yellow, but I have the impression that ANYTHING the ball encounters on the lane and in the pin machines adheres to it!
Anyway, frequent and thorough cleaning is recommended, as with any current high end piece.

Finally, I am a bit sceptical about overall integrity and longevity: the cover is only 0.5" thick at best. I am afraid that I might lose this one rather sooner than later through cracking... we'll see.


PERSONAL RATING SCALE

Length/through the heads:
Easy oooooXooooo Needs head oil

Breakpoint shape:
Arc ooooooooXo Angular

Hook potential:
Low ooooooooXo High

Control:
Stable oooXoooooo Erratic

Durability:
Poor oooooXoooo High

Suited for…
Dry ooooooXooo Oily

Range
of utility/lane conditions:
Limited oooooooXoo Broad

Subjective overall rating of this ball:
Poor oooooooXoo Excellent


This scale is inspired by popular rating methods and the results ultra-subjective. Surface prep, layouts and different playing styles will change the results for sure - it is just personal experience with the reviewed ball at OOB finish

LANE UTILITY CHART (Pattern length vs. oil volume)

|S M L
|h  e o
|o  d n
|r     g
|t
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|0 0 +| Light volume
|+ X X| Medium volume
|X + 0| Heavy volume


Legend:
X = Best suited with effective control & carry
+ = Fairly suited (works, somehow, but can lack control and effectiveness)
0 = Unsuited (ineffective, either slips helplessly or burns up)

The chart’s concept is borrowed from Storm's 2003 print catalogue. Surface prep, layout or a different playing style will change the result

VIDEO
For those who wonder what a ball does in the hands of a mediocre league bowler... Taken in my club's house, on Brunswick 2008 synth surface and with a modified THS, 38' long and with 22ml of oil. Nothing fancy, and the buffed outside area really blends out the much stronger and sharper reaction, esp. in the comparison with my benchmark Revolution Renegade.







 


Source:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zlner8Xlw8U


As a side note, in direct comparison the lines for the Hell Raiser and the Renegade look very similar, but don’t be fooled: I had to play the Hell Raiser with much less hand and more axis rotation (the Renegade is played rather ‘normal’), therefore it also shows less revs than usual. Even on this virgin 38' pattern and on rather slick new synth surface I had to use such release tricks in order to keep the line tight and controllable and prevent the ball from running Brooklyn!

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Re: Hell Raiser
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2011, 07:56:51 PM »
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BALL SPECS



Pin Length: 2-3in pin



Starting Top Weight: 



Ball Weight: 15.2



 


DRILL PATTERN



85x4 1/8x80




X Hole (if there is one): 4 over (31/32 x 2.5 in)

 






BOWLER STYLE



Rev Rate:



Ball Speed: 16.5

 



PAP/Track:



 




SURFACE PREP



Grit: Factory



Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Factory

 





LANE CONDITION



Length: 39

 


Volume: THS



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS



 



BALL REACTION

 

Line:  23 (lay down) 15 (arrows) 10 (break point) 



Length: Med/Long




Back End: Very Strong Rolling

 


Overall Hook: 85/100



Midlane Read: Reads the midlane very well



Breakpoint Shape: Arc



 




COMMENTS



Likes: Great colors, Awesome ball reaction, Most hooking ball I've thrown in atleast a year, Carries very well in heavy oil and 



Dislikes: It got dirty pretty easily.... thats all I got



 


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Re: Hell Raiser
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2011, 04:23:32 PM »

 


DV8 Hell Raiser


Bowler Specs:


18-18.5mph


375-400revs


Axis Tilt: 11 degrees


Axis Rotation: ~40 degrees


 


Layout:


60* by 4” by 30*


 


OOB Surface


 


Purpose:


I’d heard all the reports about the insane backend response on this ball so I decided to use this to help make the reaction where the ball would be guaranteed to flip on basically any condition I bowl on. Thus, this ball is to check up hard and roll strongly through the pin deck and the layout it to bring out that reaction. I wasn’t really concerned about the layout enhancing continuity, as that would come with the ball regardless.


 


On the lanes:


            39ft THS on Pro-Anvil:


            My THS has medium-low volume so the OOB surface is really needed for me to get the ball down the lane on this THS. I was able to play with a laydown of 28 out to 7 and never have to worry about it not coming back. When this ball flips, it flips hard. No doubt about that. It gets back from almost anywhere. Several times I would miss it at the bottom and send it right and it would STILL find a way to make it back flush to the pocket. I took a hint from Nick Smith and, for fun, kept trying to have a mixer strike. I’m not going to say it’s impossible for this ball to not come back flush, but it’s difficult. It always wants to flip up flush. Can’t complain about that.


 


            41ft 6:1 ratio pattern on AMF HPLs:


            The house I bowled this tournament in recently might have the least hooking HPLs I’ve ever bowled on. Many had troubles getting their equipment to finish on the backend and to not still be trying to hook is it hit the pins. Not with me and my Hell Raiser though. I could throw this ball in the meat of the pattern and still have a reaction that would stand up and go through the pins correctly and not leave all the corners that plagued everyone else. That day there was no doubting the Hell Raiser on the fresh.


 


            Highway to Hell Kegel pattern on HPLs:


            This house with HPLs actually has the amount of friction you’d expect. That being so, the Hell Raiser still projected down the lane nicely and really helped me open up the lane as the day wore on. I could move further inside into the oil and throw the ball out to the burn and just keep watching it come back.


 


On average, I’d say the ball is about 3-4 boards less than the Nexus Solid, the same overall amount of hook as the Alpha Max but with more backend, and about 3 boards more than the Ulti-Max with an equivalent backend motion. That being said, if you have an Alpha Max but are looking for more backend or if you have an Ulti-Max but want more overall hook with the same reaction shape, then the Hell Raiser should be the first ball you consider.


 


Conclusions:


This is a terrific ball regardless of the price tag. All other high-end balls are now pushing higher and higher but the Hell Raiser is about $30-40 less than the competition with all the ball reaction you want. It gets down the lane easy, ever so slightly picks up in the midlane, and then roars back with authority on the backend. All doing so with tremendous hitting power and plenty of hook to recover from almost everywhere. This ball would be able to fit in everyone’s bag because of the attributes that it has that are unique to it. The amount of length and backend recovery is hard to find is hard to find in such a strong ball. So much so, that I’d be willing to put


 


this ball up against any other strong asymmetric and prove it.


 



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Re: Hell Raiser
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2011, 09:42:54 PM »
LANE CONDITION






Length: 39 ft

 

Volume: Medium


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


 



COMMENTS





Likes: Drilled this ball up 1 day ago and from the get go I was in awe.  This ball has great length and huge hook potential.  I drilled this ball stacked for good length and a sharp backend.  Excelent to move left and swing the ball.  DONT PULL IT.  If you do its gone.  But I absolutely love this ball straight out of the box.  May need to polish the ball but if you want a ball to open the lane up this is the ball you want.


Dislikes:  NONE


 


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TamerBowling

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Re: Hell Raiser
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2012, 04:00:40 PM »
LANE CONDITION

THS: 38ft modified Kegel Easy Street
Sport: 42 ft Kegel Autobahn 

 
COMMENTS

The bowler is a medium speed, rev and speed matched style.  Originally, the ball was intended for a specific pattern, but we found more flexibility.  Ultimately, this ball is pretty strong and works very well on heavier, longer conditions.  The ball worked very well and made a consistent move on the Autobahn pattern.  This is a heavier pattern.  The OOB finish worked perfectly on this condition.  For the house pattern, this ball is quite honestly too much ball for this style, at least in the out of box.  It just struggled to carry because of how much energy it used up.  If you are faster with your speed, it would certainly work better.  However, with 4000 abralon and polish, the ball worked much better as expected.  It took to the surface change easily enough.  
In the end, the preference for such a strong ball is going to be heavier patterns, be it sport or house.  Don't be afraid to make some surface adjustments if you want to use it on different conditions.  
 
 
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Re: Hell Raiser
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2012, 08:52:42 PM »
I have drilled 2 Hell Raisers 
 
Hell Raiser 1

DRILL PATTERN

 

 

 

5 7/8” x 5” x 2 ¾” Pin Buffer

 

 

 

X Hole (if there is one): None

 

 

 

 

 

BOWLER STYLE

 

 

 

Rev Rate: 525 – 550 RPM

 

 

 

Ball Speed: 20 MPH at Release

 

 

 

PAP/Track: 5 ¼ x ¾ Up

 

 

 

Axis Rotation: 65*

 

 

 

Axis Tilt: 12*

 

 

 

 

 

SURFACE PREP

 

 

 

Grit: 1500

 

 

 

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Sanded

 

 

 

 

 

LANE CONDITION

 

 

 

Length: 42 Ft.

 

 

 

Volume: 19 mL

 

 

 

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): USBC Blue 1

 

 

 

Surface Type: Synthetic

 

 

 

 

 

BALL REACTION

 

 

 

 

 

Overall Hook: Strong

 

 

 

Breakpoint Shape: Smooth Roll

 

 

 

 

 

COMMENTS

 

 

 

At out of box surface the Hell Raiser pushed down the lane too far for my high ball speed.  At 42 ft, I needed that ball to pick up sooner.  The Hell Raiser made a strong move at square angles, however once I had to try to open up the lane, it pushed too far.  So I adjusted the surface from OOB (1500 Rough Buff) to 1500 sanded.  The Hell Raiser game alive at this surface, and I could get as deep as I wanted as long as there was head oil.  When the head oil started to burn up, the Hell Raiser burned up early.  As with most High Performance equipment, this ball needs oil to perform at it’s best.  I would describe the ball motion as a strong arc.  At 1500 sanded surface, the Hell Raiser rolls strong and smooth. 

 

 

 

I can see the Hell Raiser working on many different lane patterns.  It will perform it’s best on heavier volumes and longer patterns.  It could also be used to blend out an extreme wet/dry condition found in many house shots.

 

 

 

Likes: The strength and recovery in oil.  And the strong controlled move at the break point.

 

 

 

Dislikes: At OOB surface, it was a little “squirty” for my high ball speed.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hell Raiser 2

DRILL PATTERN

 

 

 

55* x 4 ½” x 40*

 

 

 

X Hole (if there is one): None

 

 

 

 

 

BOWLER STYLE

 

 

 

Rev Rate: 525 – 550 RPM

 

 

 

Ball Speed: 20 MPH at Release

 

 

 

PAP/Track: 5 ¼ x ¾ Up

 

 

 

Axis Rotation: 65*

 

 

 

Axis Tilt: 12*

 

 

 

 

 

SURFACE PREP

 

 

 

Grit: 1000, High Gloss Polish

 

 

 

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Polish

 

 

 

 

 

LANE CONDITION

 

 

 

Length: 39 ft.

 

 

 

Volume:

 

 

 

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

 

 

 

 

 

BALL REACTION

 

 

 

Breakpoint Shape: Angular, Skid/Flip

 

 

 

 

 

COMMENTS

 

 

 

This was my second Hell Raiser I drilled.  My first Hell Raiser struggled when the heads started to burn up, so I wanted a ball that made a similarly strong move at the break point but gets through the heads much cleaner.  This ball did not disappoint! At this surface the Hell Raiser glides through the heads with ease, and when it gets to the break point it makes a strong angular move to the pocket.  This is the ball I switch to when the heads are breaking down, but there is still volume at the end of the pattern.  This ball hooks from the deepest angles and does so with vengeance. 

 

 

 

This will be my go to ball on longer sport patterns when the heads break down but I still need a strong ball to make the corner.

 

 

 

Likes: Ease through the heads, and strong angular break point.

 

 

 

Dislikes: None

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Hell Raiser
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2012, 08:51:38 PM »
BALL SPECS

Pin Length: 3.5"   

Starting Top Weight: 2.5 oz

Ball Weight: 15 lbs.

 
DRILL PATTERN

Dual Angle Layout: 65* x 4" x 35*  
 

BOWLER STYLE

Rev Rate: 475 rpm

Ball Speed: 17 mph
 
PAP/Track: 4" > 1/2" ^

 
SURFACE PREP

Grit: Out of Box

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded):
 

LANE CONDITION

Length: 43 ft   
 
Volume: Medium/Heavy

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): 1.3 : 1 ratio sport

 
BALL REACTION

Length: good

Back End: strong
 
Overall Hook: strong

Midlane Read: clean / smooth

Breakpoint Shape: Angular

 
COMMENTS

Likes: The color scheme is awesome! Ha ha but seriously this ball is very clean through the heads and makes a very strong move on the back end with great continuation.

 
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Jordan Harrison
Strike Zone Pro Shops
Salt Lake City, Utah
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