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Apex Intensity
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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Coverstock: Particle

Color: Green/Yellow

RG: 2.50

Differential: .056

Factory Finish: 15 micron matte

Lane Conditions: Heavy Oil


Tony Glickley

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Re: Apex Intensity
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2001, 07:24:21 PM »
I've been throwing an Apex Intensity for 5 to 6 weeks and I find myself puling this ball out of the bag first.
 I have mine drilled with the pin at 5 " from my axis, CG in a mild/strong position , with the surface out of the box.
 The thing that I see different from the first red Apex is the core in this ball seems to rotate "free-er", reving up easier that the first, giving it the ability to turn the corner a little easier. If you thought the first Apex hit, you will realy like this one. The color atracts attention *Yellow/Purple* but I like it! We have a lot of happy customers throwing this ball with a varity of different drills, some left with the asymetrical neck of the core intact, giving a strong reaction, some toned down by choosing a layout that drills the neck out, giving a very smooth reaction. I give it a 9 out of 10   Tony


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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2001, 08:05:05 AM »
i have had this new Apex for about a month now, but only yesterday did i have it drilled.  i chose drilling pattern #1, which is for medium lenth, smooth backend, and a continuous arc.  
THERE WILL BE A FOLLOW UP REVIEW because i couldnt get this ball on my side of the head pin, only brooklyn side.  the ball starts to grip the lane about 1/4 of the way down, breaks in the midlane (more than my old Apex) and turns the corner about twice as much as my original Apex.  i did have 1 ball that i throwed that hit dead on the head pin (strike) and 2 brooklyn shots that carried all 10 pins.  in my opinion this ball is breaking machine, i was standing 5 to the left of the left dot on the approach throwing over the 3rd arrow from the right, and by the way the ball reacted yu couldnt have thought the lanes were medium oily like they were.
this ball will be thrown on heavier oiled lanes in 4 days, i will follow up then, FOR NOW:
midlane-very nice
heads-gets through them great till it starts to break
Control-very controllable due to it's early gripping of the lane
Versatilily-the only way i found i cuold throw this ball is from left side to right side and letting it come back


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Re: Apex Intensity
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2001, 09:41:48 PM »
this is a follow up review
i figured i should tell how my ball is drilled other than the pattern number...the pin is in about 1:30 position, cg on the grip centerline, bomb actually on the negative side straigt over from my thumbhole.  SIDE WEIGHT=3/8oz, FINGER WEIGHT=1/2oz, not sure of thumb weight. i polished this ball with ebonite factory finish polish and found that the breaks a little less, 5 boards, than the original Apex.  i was surprised, i actually got the ball to hit on the right of the head pin and in the 1-3 pocket.  the polish got the ball really far down the lane and still provided some backend, this polish cut over half of the ball's original break out and really sacrificed valuable hitting power,
with polish=7 out of 10
with out polish on dry lanes=6/10
with out on oily lanes=???? in my next review


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Re: Apex Intensity
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2001, 06:36:14 PM »

I actually bought this ball from a friend of mine. He had only used it for 10-15 games and he did not like it because he felt he was leaving too many ten pins. To date I have used it for 10 games in league, the low game being 196 (I missed three spares). It is a great ball for the lanes I bowl on. It does hook and it allows me to move 4-5 boards left from my usual starting point and swing it out. It does hit like a truck. The only problem I have had is when we start to have some carry down, I need to adjust my line to get just a touch outside the oil. If I dont't I will leave the occasional ten pin, but nothing out the ordinary. I'm sorry, but I really do not know the specs. I give this ball an 9 on a scale of 1-10.
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Re: Apex Intensity
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2001, 07:28:12 PM »
I received this ball from the Pro-Am that is around my location (Long Island Open) and immediately called Chris Keller to drill this ball up.  I brought my faithful sidekick (I HATE 10 PINS) with me to get his drilled too.  

We both wanted the same thing, and told Chris...."HOOK MONSTER!". He chuckled and did so.......ANYWAYS!!!

The ball was drilled with the cg low, the pin above the ring finger (2 inches up), the bomb about an inch down and a little to the right, and the label was tilted about 45 degrees.  

WOW!!!!!!! This ball hits like a tank, and HOOKS TOO!!!! It's like a snow tire!!(it tracks on anything!)

I threw the ball from 25 out to 3......AND IT HOOKED TO THE 2-4 (and the sad thing is that I'm a straight up player  hehe!)

Great ball from Ebonite!

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Re: Apex Intensity
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2001, 09:02:29 AM »
This is the best Ebonite since Nitro R.
I shot a perfect game the first tournament I used it.
This ball hooks alot.


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Re: Apex Intensity
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2001, 12:47:21 PM »
AWESOME with a capital "A".  Had this ball drilled with the #4 drilling chart off the Ebonite website.  Wanted this drilling to go long and then snap with "Intense" backend.  I got it with the out of box finish.

Bowled in the state tournament after only throwing (3) games the night before the tournament.  The first set was team on a set of wood lanes that were drier than the Sahara desert from the first squad.  Shot 622 playing over board 25 to 8 and back like a freight train.  For me this shot is extreme, but playable.  The next day was at a house for singles/doubles with synthetic lanes that had just had the heads oiled 15' and the then buffed to 40'.  Shot 638 in singles and came back after the oil had settled in alittle with 708.  Awesome power playing over 15 to 8 and back like a train.  Not sure of the length the ball goes down, but has to be at least 40-45' before it snapped back.

Monday night on our house shot the ball reacted super and with some adjustment shot 704.  Wednesday afternoon bowling in the senior league where there was significant carry down, after minor adjustment shot 701.

I also have the red/black Apex and now with the Intensity have a major arsenal of balls that I have lots of confidence in.  Ebonite you have produced and AWESOME ball when you designed and built the INTENSITY.


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Re: Apex Intensity
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2001, 05:31:21 PM »
I am Back BABY!
Now its time to review one of the most GODLIKE balls on the market, the APEX INTENSITY by Ebonite.  If you thought the original APEX hooked like a biatch, then just wait until you see this one.  I got mine (my first 16 pounder)drilled at AMF Bayshore Bowl by Chris Keller, Wow he is good.  After drilling up one of these monster balls for my friend/nemesis (Chris Postel), I handed him the ball and said "Chris, I have got two words to describe how I want this ball drilled:
then he went and did his thang.  When he was finished I took my original APEX, threw it and then took my INTENSITY and threw that one.  Well let's just say I only had to add some speed and move left about 8 boards from where I was throwing the original to get the INTENSITY to hit jersey on freshly oiled lanes.  I was really impressed, but that was about a month ago, now the ball has a pretty good resume.  One such acheivement with it was my first 700 series that I bowled tonight (11/28/01).  I shot 255-256-211 for a 722, not too bad considering my previous high was a 680.  Anywho, this ball goes about 3/4 of the way down the lane and then turns.  It turns HARD.  The pins explode, not many stone 10 pins, or 7 pins for that matter.  Unfortunately, I can find one flaw in the ball, because of how sharp the angle that it drives through the pocket with, I seem to be leaving much more stone 9 pins.  Not a problem; picking up a 9 pin beats picking up a 10 pin any day.  So in conclusion, BUY THIS BALL BECAUSE IT IS BUENO (and because it looks absolutely SICK going down the lane).  To all you bowlers out there:  PEACE OUT and for the the love of GOD, may the 10-pins go down.

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Re: Apex Intensity
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2001, 01:22:01 PM »

I drilled this one pin 3-3/8 inches bomb puy at 3/4 inch left of the val. Extra hole 7 inches pitched 1-1/2 inched down. This ball reved fast through the mid lane and was a little stronger and continuous from the break point. This was a pleasant surprise. This drilling made this hook more than my regular Apex. This
turned out to be a great oil ball.


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Re: Apex Intensity
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2001, 11:05:31 PM »
Bought one of these "hook monsters" today for $150.00 drilled.  It was worth every penny.  

Ball specs:
weight:15lbs. 4 oz.
top weight: 4 1/4oz.
Pin out 3"

Had it drilled 4 1/2 pin to pap.  I wanted it to give me some length before it snapped.  It does get through the heads well and also gets down the lane.  What I wasn't expecting was the amount of boards it covered when it snapped.  

Started with some carrydown, crossing 12 out to 5 and the Intensity just turned and headed for the pocket destroying everything in sight.  I then decided to throw it up the boards.  Stood 16, up 8 and I turned up the speed and took away some hand to get this ball to hole.  It carried well all night long.  

The only drawback to this ball was I had no hold room inside.  I tugged it a couple of times and it was very unforgiving.  

Overall, a great one from ebonite, if not the best one so far.  I called my Matrix TPS III a "hook monster", but now it fails by comparison.  Bowl to Win!




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Re: Apex Intensity
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2001, 01:10:25 AM »
I drilled the Intensity with the pin 5" from my PAP, Bomb one inch down from PAP on VAL, weight-hole on PAP partially thru Bomb.

I tested on a very long oil pattern. I started with a 600 wet-sand Vortex2 and simply couldnt catch enuff roll in the midlane.  Out came the Intensity, at first it rolled very similiar to the V2.  So I went to the ball spinner and hit the Intensity with a burgandy scotch-brite pad. It worked out great! Surface on the Apex made it catch the midlane where I lacked roll from the V2.  The Intensity rolled long and smooth, with no sign of over-reaction or roll-out.  In the end, I got exactly what I was looking for, a stronger, earlier version of the Vortex2.  Great addition for Ebonite.

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Re: Apex Intensity
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2001, 05:36:27 PM »
we attempted to create a ball in my "set" that would read the midlane
and show a continuous arc to the pocket.
laid it out with the pin 5" from pap and bomb on the pap.
with the patterns we have been using lately a coating of Ebonite particle
polish was applied. this one certainly has been no disappointment as in
the early blocks the ball gives a very predictable midlane with a stronger
arcing finish than the original apex. plenty of hit too!
it would appear that for the strong side of your arsenal,
this ball is a great choice.
matt ballard
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Re: Apex Intensity
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2001, 02:07:29 AM »
The Apex Intensity is very strong particle ball. This is a ball I would love to be able to use more often. Due to a shoulder injury earlier in the year I have had trouble using non-pearlized particle balls, and I have played on mostly hooking conditions this year. I have drilled one Apex Intensity with a similar layout to an original Apex, a label layout with pin at 3 3/4 from PAP and the bomb just below the thumb on the Intensity, and bomb was 12:00 on original Apex. This is a common layout with many league bowlers so I decided to try it out that way first. Both Apex's were just too strong and early for me unless polished on conditions that I felt required to use resin balls. However, the Apex Intensity was able to get through the front part of lane and recovered better than original Apex. The Apex Intensity has been popular with customers who want a particle ball that grabs the lane and has an angular midlane hook.

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Re: Apex Intensity
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2001, 09:16:29 PM »
i think i have made some earlier reviews of this ball.  since the time that i have owned this ball, my house conditions have hence become dry, so dry that throwing this ball is the equivalent to rubbing 2 pieces of sand paper together.  my average has dropped from the 199 that it once was to the heart breaking low of 170.  this has happened in the last 5 or so months and the "alley guy" (this is what we call him) says that the lanes will be this way, a christmas tree pattern (heads being the base of tree) till probably early spring.  the lanes i bowl on are 100% brunswick synthetic.  

a block pattern was used at the time i bought this ball and both it and I felt like a sure combonation.  now, the ball seems as if it starts to check up just as soon as it touches the floor.  i can throw my red/blue Apex on my regular line (standing on 2nd dot, throwing over 8 board) and it does fine, pull this one out and im lucky if it hits the 2 pin (right hander), and flattered if it "accidentally" touches the head pin.  

i am not a drill pattern wiz but I'll tell you what i can about my pattern:
pin is about 1 1/2 inch out, about 5 o'clock in reference to my ring finger hole

cg looks to be directly on my center of span line (from finger holes to thunbhole) or maybe, actually, a little to the left???

bomb is actually on the LEFT side of my thumbhole at about 8 o'clock (my driller said this would give me want i "wanted", which was a ball that didn't react at all in/on the heads or the midlane, and took a hellacious backend turn.

instead i got a ball, that breaks about 4 boards by the time it leaves the heads, 5-8 boards in the midlane (pines), and still breaks fairly hard on the backends.  nevertheless, i have scooted and scooted and am actually clueless of whatelse to do.  i have polished it with particle polish also...

in closing, if anyone would instruct me, in Layman's terms, on how to have this ball redrilled and it do what i want, please reply to this post, very, very sorry for the long post

thanks in advance
pre-college bowler