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Xcel Particle
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Ball NPS Score: Not Available
The Bomber Particle coverstock wraps the Xcel Particle and follows a strong mid-lane roll with an explosive backend reaction that delivers a knockdown performance in heavy oil patterns.

Length Rating: 8.75 (scale of 1-30, early to late)  
Overall Hook Rating: 30  (scale of 1-30, least to most)  
Breakpoint Angle: 9.75 (scale of 1-10, smooth to sharp)  
Color: Black/Blue/Purple  
Style: #029744-518  
Reactions: Dominates medium to heavy oil patterns, giving you a strong mid-lane roll and tremendous backend reaction.  
Target Line: Inside Angles and Track Area  

Coverstock: Bomber Particle  
Core: Scalien Core Design  



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Re: Xcel Particle
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2004, 12:21:09 AM »
This ball is the next best thing since slice bread.  I am not one to hype bowling balls, but this thing has got teeth!  This ball hooks and returns like no Ebonite ball I have ever seen.  Imagine the V2 sanded with massive backend hook.  Put some polish on it and you can wheel this ball from anywhere.  If there is one ball you need for hook, look no further.  I travel the world to bowl tournaments and this will be one I am sure to have in my bag.  If you have any questions feel free to email me.
Dino Castillo
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Re: Xcel Particle
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2004, 11:58:52 AM »
After talking with Dave Wodka and reading the specs about the ball, i decided to drill the ball with the pin under the ring finger with a stacked cg and a stacked bomb placement no weight hole. i decided to shine the ball because i was bowling on a typical league shot where the track area gets burnt up fast.

this ball hooks!! overall the ball rolls Xcel-lent! the ball revs up in the midlane and makes it move. if you get on this ball or get a little soft with the speed its goin thru the nose. by the 3rd game i had to put it away because the track area got burnt. i couldnt imagine throwing this ball without some shine on it. i recommend this ball to bowlers who are looking for that extra hook in their arsenal. cant wait to try this at the next regional.

thank you dave and ebonite.

paul smith
pba wild turkey west region

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Re: Xcel Particle
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2004, 02:54:32 PM »

XCEL’s by Ebonite,are a duo of balls that provide a very STRONG ball at the top price tag. The Killer Instinct’s had a tendency for the core to spin up fast but in a manner that visually appeared to forward roll at the backend. This issue is certainly solved with the XCEL duo. The core spins up fast and the hooking motion of the ball is stronger and continuous. The new Bomber coverstock also provides a cleaner path through the front part of the lane in both the particle and the pearl version of the XCEL.  This allows for stronger and more consistent hooking motion down the lane.

I have drilled one of each, both with the same layout pin at 5 inches from my PAP and the bomb 4 inches from my PAP in a hook /set position. Both balls started out with pins 2-3 inches out and around 3 top weight. My PAP is 5 ¼ by 3/8 down and the pins were both 2 ½  above the midline. Both balls required a balance hole at the PAP. My first experience with the XCEL’s were on a tight pair of lanes in late shift league on Proanvillane and an E pattern PBA condition on HPL synthetic’s. I was able to use the pearl XCEL in the late shift league pattern where I used an identical layout on a Killer Instinct sanded prior. The pearl XCEL reaction was like WOW. I truly underestimated the reaction of this ball all night even though from the same spot on the lane it motored back to split the 8-9 from the same spot the Killer Instinct sanded was leaving buckets, KI pearl left washout and the Game Time hit the 3 pin in the face. All of the other balls mentioned have the same layout as the XCEL’s.

The PBA tournament was similar experience. This particular tournament was on E pattern the shortest length but was playing very tough due to carry down.  I for some reason didn’t trust myself to use the new pieces and was en route for a quick trip home, after 2 games was -60 and was on pace for a 140 3rd game, then I switched to the pearl XCEL and it opened up what seemed to be the whole lane outside of 10 board. This reaction just was amazing, E pattern has always been labeled the easiest one but I couldn’t get my pieces to turn the corner well enough to strike on the pattern. I finished the 3rd game with 6 strikes for 195 the shot 760 for the next 3 and was literally not making well executed shots, it was all ball reaction. The next morning I decided to try out ONLY the new pieces and had slightly polished up the particle XCEL to use on the fresh condition and compare the two balls. The particle XCEL performed just a bit better as the lanes carried down a bit more and it was just so strong and continuous. If only my shot making had matched my ball reaction I would have done some damage.

Since that time the XCEL’s are the first pieces out of the bag.

 I can say that these two balls, the XCEL particle and the XCEL pearl truly are the best balls to come from Ebonite in a long time, and may well rival or replace the Vortex series as the trademark ball. Any and all Ebonite fans please drill either or both of these with your favorite layout and you will be happy. And for those who have not been Ebonite fans try the XCEL and they will make a believer out of you.

Jim Lewis
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Re: Xcel Particle
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2004, 11:30:03 AM »
I drilled this ball to try and combat the fresh wet/dry problem caused by over/under in many other newly released resin balls.

I have been looking for a reaction similar to the Apex Addiction and have seemed to have closely duplicate it.

Drilled with the pin 1.5" above my bridge and the CG about 0.5" from my axis and a monster hole, this ball rolls quite hard but doesn't hook a whole lot, which allows you to control the midlane with ease and allows you to take advantage of any surface tendencies there seem to be.  

Advantage - ability to roll in the correct place to control the midlanes and to control the fresh extremely well.
Weakness - the only weakness I can see with this drilling is when the heads bust down and the particle surface causes the bucket/3-6-10 reaction.

Tim Penner

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Re: Xcel Particle
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2005, 07:41:33 PM »
I started bowling again about 7 montha ago after a little over 6 years off. Had a violet hook quantum get damaged at a center so they let me get this to replace it. nice. I love this ball. Want this to combat a pretty crappy 3rd shift league on sundays (2 adult youth leagues before us) Had only 1 previous 700 series in 10 years and now have 2 in the 2 months I've had the xcel. Only think I can say bad is that it doesn't hook as much as my morich weapon.


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Re: Xcel Particle
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2005, 06:52:53 PM »
I got this Xcel Particle because my V2 was dying, even after revival measures. I throw my ball about 16.5 mph and have medium revs I like playing inside lines and real arched lines. I threw the X.P. on absolutely flooded lanes the first time. There was no less than 42+ feet of solid oil. I had the ball drilled with the pin about an inch above my ring finger. No weight hole. I started throwing an inside line because oil was from wall to wall. My previous balls had just skidded through, and not even gripped the lanes.

The XP really could carry and hit HARD. It didnt hook too much, (because of the flood of oil) But it hooked enough playing a nice inside line to really pound the pocket, time and time and time again. Just when I thought I left a 10 pin or a 7 pin, it would fall. Light pocket hits were very forgiving also. Insted of leaving a bucket or a nasty split, I'd just leave a 2 or a 4, nothing too hard to pick up. I can see where this ball would be great for heavy-medium oil. You must regulate your speed, naturally, or it wont grip, nor will any ball for that matter.

I am very satisfied with this ball, I'd reccomend it to anyone.


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Re: Xcel Particle
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2005, 09:05:26 PM »
Well i got this ball for christmas when i first used it i wasnt impressed didnt hook too much not really what i was looking for, so i got it redrilled, and man did this ball hook it came back strong and scorched the racks, but after about 20 games the ball was starting to die. Now this ball doesnt hook. it was good while it lasted, great for the oily conditions.


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Re: Xcel Particle
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2005, 01:04:31 PM »
I got this ball about three months ago and got it drilled 3 3/8 from PAP with a weight hole on the PAP.  I did not like the reaction or inconsistent reaction of this ball, so I sanded the ball with 1500 wet sandpaper.  Then shined with track clean and shine.  For some reason I did not loose much hook on the ball, but I was getting the same reaction everytime.  After a time and messing with the cover this ball is just great and has been getting me consistent 650's in a league shot.

I throw about 15mph and throw a lot of revs on the ball.  

Chris Leftwich
League Bowler in the military.
Ave = 205

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Re: Xcel Particle
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2005, 04:00:37 PM »
Ebonite X-cel Particle:

Ball Specs
The ball being drilled was a 3” pin out with 3.00 oz top weight.
Drilling: Pin 4" from PAP and Mb 5" from PAP (approximately 60 degrees) pin is Above Ring finger, 3" above grip midline. Weight Hole 2" past my pap.

Bowler Information:
Track diameter is 10 1/2.
PAP is measured at 5 1/4 over and 3/8" up.
Average ball speed (foul line to head pin) is 17 mph.
Axis rotation is typically 90 degrees
Initial rev rate is typically 300 rpm, "Tweener"
Lane Condition and Pattern: Village Bowl in Memonomee Falls WI. Wood Lanes Oiled to 40 feet, semi-clean backends. Bowlero Lanes. HPL 9000 Panel. Oily up front, semi clean backends, carry down issues all year.

This ball definately did not like the wood like center. Tended to spin up quick , hook early and does not make the turn on the back ends. On the HPL Panel, the ball reacted well, again, it spins up quick, it makes you look like you have 3-4 more revs on the ball. But if the ball encounters carrydown, it tends to lay off. I love the predictable roll, but it does not have the big boomming backends I was expecting. This would be a great ball for that freshly stripped backend shot where all if your other equipment is snapping to hard. Great ball for the spinner type of release because of it's earlier breakpoint and roll rate. Ebonite needs to improve the backend on this ball to make it a winner.

Compared to my other Balls:
Big Bully. The X-cel spins up quicker than the Big Bully, the Big Bully has more backend. Both I consider a smoother arching ball. The Big Bully out hooks the X-cel by 3-4 boards on the same pattern.

Thanks for reading my review.


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Re: Xcel Particle
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2005, 02:09:23 AM »
40' of very slick oil (Prodigy) and this thing never quit turning, I placed the pin over my ring finger and stacked it at 5" and still had to move left every game. Now usually the oil in this house stays for 3 or 4 games but with this ball you better be ready for something that keeps going. It got through the heads clean and through the midlane and never once slid through the breakpoint, I could swing from 20 -10 or keep it tight up 12 and the ball flipped at the breakpoint each and every time. The ball does not notice carry down so plan on going right through it each time without a wiggle. It has been awhile since I have thrown any Ebonite equipment and very impressed with what I have seen so far. Special thanks to Dave & Jason for giving me a chance to see what great products are being offered today.
Better stock up on them before they change all these rules as they have to be illegal the way they hook and carry.