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gilesdtg

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My DV8 Hell Raiser Ball Review (Reckless ball review added)
« on: September 10, 2011, 12:36:55 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 patterns 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



 
Edited by gilesdtg on 9/12/2011 at 8:35 AM

 

gilesdtg

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Re: My DV8 Hell Raiser Ball Review (Reckless ball review added)
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2011, 08:37:06 AM »
 Reckless Ball Review
BALL SPECS

Pin Length: 3.5 inches
 

Starting Top Weight: 2.1 oz
 

Ball Weight: 15 lbs 3 oz
 

 
DRILL PATTERN
 
http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l525/gilesdtg/DV8%20Bowling/537-1.jpg
 
BOWLER STYLE

Rev Rate: 350
 

Ball Speed: 16 mph
 
 
PAP/Track: Medium to Low
 

 
SURFACE PREP

Grit: Box Surface.  500 Siaair Pad with Rough Buff
 

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Rough Buff
 
 
LANE CONDITION

Length: 38 foot
 
 
Volume: Medium to Medium/Heavy
 

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS
 

 
 BALL REACTION

Length: 7/10.  The  out of box surface of this ball provides for medium length.  If more  length is desired adjustments can be made with a higher surface pad  and/or polish.  As the Reckless comes out of the box you will find this  ball clears the heads very clean (even with the rough buff finish) and  picks up quickly in the midlane.   
 

Back End:  8/10.  The Reckless provides for a strong continuous back end motion.   This ball does all the right things on the back end.  It seems like you  cannot put the Reckless in the wrong place.  The Reckless finds a way to  pickup when you put it wide and it holds line when you pull it in.
 
 
Overall  Hook: 7/10.  Although this is not the ball you will be going to on a  fresh heavy oil lengthy pattern, its serves its purpose very very well.   This is a ball that will be able to be thrown on an array of patterns  and will allow you to play out or play in.  The only patterns you would  really want to keep the Reckless away from is your "burn patterns" and  the higher volume lengthy patterns, but thats what the H.R. and Misfit  are for!
 

Midlane Read: 10/10.   This ball deserves much credit and praise for its midlane performance.   This ball is second to none when it comes to reading the midlane the  right way.  As I have already expressed the Reckless seems to find a way  to pickup where you don't think it will and push when you don't think  it will.  Another great asset of the Reckless is that it will quickly  allow you to identify what the midlane is doing...which will help you to  make the decision to ball up, ball down, or stay with it.
 

Breakpoint Shape: Smooth heavy rolling motion
 

COMMENTS

Likes:  This ball is the definition of what I look for in a benchmark bowling  ball.  By definition a benchmark bowling ball is one that will allow us  to get a good read on the lane and will work on multiple patterns from  multiple angles, and the Reckless does it all.  The reckless has proved  to be a ball that will be first out of the bag and performs on most  patterns.  I can honestly say I have never had a more valuable ball in  my bag.  The Reckless works on 80% of the patterns that I see (including  tournaments).  Not only does it work on so many different patterns, but  I can play numerous angles with this ball.  I find myself being able to  play from out around the first arrow all the way into the fifth arrow  with no problem.  Even on the patterns that the Reckless does not work  on, I still find alot of value in the Reckless.  For those patterns the  Reckless doesn't work on I bring the Reckless out and throw it down the  lane a couple shots.  The Reckless will give me a quick read on where  the oil is at on the lane and what ball I need to go to.  Another mark  of a great benchmark ball.  DV8 really got it right with the Reckless  core in this ball...I see this core being in many DV8 balls in the  future.  The Reckless core in this ball gives it much of its versatility  and is driller friendly. 
 

Dislikes: The only weakness of the Reckless is the extreme oil patterns (the burn patterns and the high volume patterns) 
 

PICTURES AND/OR VIDEOS
 
Video to follow 
 
-Denny Giles
 
Edited by gilesdtg on 9/12/2011 at 8:35 AM