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Blue Heat
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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Blue Heat

Someone turned up the Heat another notch! Introducing the Blue Heat, the strongest of the mid-priced Heat series. Designed for heavier oil and synthetic lanes, the Blue Heat uses a 1200-grit sanded, light-load version of the potent WOW 2â„¢ particle coverstock to provide traction. Inside is the multi-piece, high flare Heat 2â„¢ core, which combines a high-density egg with a dense flip block to provide more mid-lane reaction and a stronger hook potential in heavier oil.

Drill Patterns
Magic 8  

Blue Heat Specs
Hook Rating 32-25  
Length 6.0  
Backend 7.0  
Core Technology Power Rev Technology  
Core Power N/A  
RG 2.54  
Differential 0.052  
Determinator Spin Time N/A  
Flare Potential 7  
Coverstock WOW II Medium Load Particle  
Friction Rating N/A  
Finish 1500 Smooth Sanded  
Polish Magic Shine  
Reaction Shape Strong Arc  
Lane Condition Heavy to Medium Oil  



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Re: Blue Heat
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2005, 10:07:31 AM »
Track International introduces the Blue Heat to its Mid Price line. Mid Price certainly doesn’t equal mid performance. Track scores another victory with its latest release, the Blue Heat. Read the full review @'s+Synopsis/1615.aspx


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Re: Blue Heat
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2005, 03:49:36 PM »
I drilled my Blue Heat 4 3/4 x 3 with the pin in the middle of my grip. I put the extra hole at 3.5 over and 2 down. This is a new drill pattern for me and I wanted to see if this would help me get the ball started a little earlier and start rolling through the midlane and not save up so much energy. I have a fairly low track and I get into trouble when there is a lot of oil in the midlane. This ball has a very nice even arc to it and is very tame in the backend. This is exactly what I was looking for and the ball still hits great. I am bowling a regional this weekend and they are using pattern #5 (44ft) and I am really looking forward to seeing what this ball will do on the long pattern. This is another great offering by Track, high performance with a very reasonable price tag.

I used this ball in a Regional last weekend on the 44ft pattern and finished 3rd.  The ball had the EXACT reaction I was looking for.

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Re: Blue Heat
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2005, 12:28:33 AM »
Drilled  5 X 4 ¾ Pin Above Ring Finger

Patterns Used: House and PBA Regional Pattern #2 & #4 (42 and 44ft)

Medium rev player with average ball speed

The Blue Heat is a very predictable symmetrical particle ball.  This ball is very strong, but very controllable and predictable.  This ball will need some oil to be effective.  On shorter, lighter patterns this ball isn’t quite as effective unless you really tweak the cover.  The Blue Heat rolls gives me a very strong predictable roll on longer oil patterns.  The Blue Heat hits like a tank, and leaves nothing behind.  The Blue Heat performs like a high performance with a mid price cost.  I would definitely recommend this ball for anyone looking for a solid particle.  

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Re: Blue Heat
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2005, 11:47:53 AM »
I am a right handed power tweener.  Approximately 30 degrees of tilt, 17 mph ball speed and a rev rate in the area of 370.  Axis coordinates of 4 3/8” over and 27/32” up.
Blue Heat:

Drilled my Blue Heat with pin on midline just over fingers.  Pin is 4 ¾ from PAP with CG 2 7/8” from PAP (a 2 ½” kick off midline).  This drill equates to a 45 degree layout.  There is no extra hole.  Left this ball with the box surface and man, what a ball.  The combination of the WOW II medium load particle coverstock with the Power Rev core lends to a very strong ball reaction.  I used this ball on two conditions, a house pattern as well as a 40 foot PBA lane condition (both on AMF synthetic surface, 1 year old).  On the house shot I was able to move right into the slop in the middle of the lane. I had plenty of rev and coverstock traction to rip through the puddle and deliver a nice, predictable midland roll and read while still storing a ton of energy for a super strong backend arc and splattering of pins everywhere.  On the PBA pattern, the only look I could manage was playing 18 to 10 while upping my ball speed and staying dead up the back of the ball.  This ball was simply too much on a stripped and oiled surface.  However, I would not hesitate to say that a Blue Heat with some Track Magic Shine on the surface would still produce a terrific midlane read with a powerful backend when squaring up your line.

Overall, the Blue Heat is an incredible addition to Track’s midprice line.  It complements the Heat wonderfully well by handling oil like a champion. This ball may be midpriced but it certainly is high performance.  I expect this to be a ball that can handle various surface adjustments quite well, due to its strong symmetrical core.  If bowling on medium to heavy oil, give this ball a look.  Those with a lot of hand may find it a bit too strong, but for everyone else….WOW!

Lee Aiezza
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Delmar NY
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Re: Blue Heat
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2005, 11:36:20 PM »
Big oil performance at a not so big price!

My ball:  15.2 oz, 2.75 oz of top

I have drilled this ball for a summer sport shot league.  We are playing a
variety of shots, including 50' taper, 44' flat, inverted trees, flooded
tracks, Pattern "C" and some older National patterns.  This calls for a
variety of ball reactions and the ability to adjust to a new shot shape if
necessary.  I have the BH drilled pin over middle, 2.25 over grip line and
CG is on the grip line 3" from PAP....5.5x3 to PAP.  Balance hole on PAP
drilled down.  I am using this as a control ball, kind of a safety valve
backup on all patterns...The versatility of the BH shows in that it works
well on all patterns encountered so far.  It does exactly what I ask of it
-...It's extremely smooth on the backend, very consistent, predictable, and
readable.  It can be used as a benchmark ball based on drillings, something
not normally expected out of particle balls certainly not in this price
range.   Once again, one could purchase the entire HEAT series and get a
great starter arsenal offering big performance at a not so big price.

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Re: Blue Heat
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2005, 09:46:35 PM »
16lb, 3.5 inch pin, and 2oz top.  

I purchased this ball to be stronger and be able to handle more oil than my Freak a Zoid, in my tournament arsenal.  I drilled it the same (as the Freak a Zoid), pin above and inbetween the fingers with the cg kicked to the right.  This ball has a very nice look on the lanes, has a nice even roll, very strong midlane, it is easily controllable, and a rather strong backend reaction.  Its keeps the pins low and carries quite well. It needs head oil to work at its best, of course this being if it is in box condition which is 1200 fine.  It seems to me that this ball will start sooner and hook more than the Freak a zoid, the ball overlaps a lot with the arsenal aggressive, and probably with the upcoming arsenal reactive, and also has about 5 boards less overall hook than the GP2.  

Don't be fooled by this ball, it is very aggressive yet controllable, just like the other heats or other track symmetrical core equipment.  This one is a winner if you want an aggressive but not totally aggressive ball, or if you are a rev challenged player and want a benchmark ball.
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Re: Blue Heat
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2005, 10:56:00 PM »
First off I can't believe this ball is
a particle ball. It reacts more like a resin ball
than any other particle ball Track has ever made.

I drilled mine with the pin an inch above my ring
finger cg shifted a 1/2 an inch to the right no extra
hole. I left it box finish as I was looking for a strong
reaction at the breakpoint.

This is a very versatile drilling for me, as I'm able
to play most any part of the lane.

On a house shot I am able to cheat more into the oil
without losing hitting power and can send it to the dry with
out a violent reaction. The few times I have used the Blue Heat
on a house shot it did nothing but strike.

On the 2 longer PBA patterns I used it on the Blue Heat
reacted very well and my carry was excellent. It seemed to get through
the front very easy and rolled nicely in the midlane with a strong arc
on the backend. The reaction of this ball for me was exactly the reaction
that is advertised.

I believe this is a ball you can use on PBA or tournament patterns
early or late in the block depending on the drilling and surface adjustments.
Early in the block I believe a pin under cg shifted an inch and 1/2 or more with an extra hole below your axis will do the trick or late in the block with my drilling described above. My personal preference would be to leave the surface as is to get the full reaction this ball is designed for.

In my opinion the Blue Heat and the Arsenal Angular are 2 of the best mid price
particle balls Track has released to date.

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Re: Blue Heat
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2005, 03:26:18 PM »
Yes people I am back for another review, here it is the awaited review on the Blue Heat.... Ball is drilled 3" X 2", pin 3"above midline, balance hole on VAL 29/32 3" deep. Tried this ball out of the box finish and let me say this ball hooked right off my hand, even on the fresh the ball just started up right off my toe... Hit the ball with Clean and Polish, and let me say this ball is golden now... Absolutely great through the fronts of the lanes with good transition in the mids, and in the backs it is explosive... For those bowlers with higher Rev Rates polish the ball up, for those bowlers with low rev rates leave it out of the box.... Great ball to have for tournament season. Its a high end ball at a mid end price... Do not attempt to try this ball on short patterns or burnt lanes, you will be picking 3 counts all day lond... LOL!!!!! Are you looking for that strong high end ball at that mid end price. WELL here it is.... I find that with this ball it fits very well between my GP2 and my Arsenal Aggressive. It is also a great compliment to the Slash with alot more bite. Well I am outtie from Canada everyone stay tunned and check my review on the Dessert Heat..... I am outtie from Canada!!!!!!
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Re: Blue Heat
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2005, 12:47:42 AM »
I drilled my Blue Heat 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 with a hole below the axis and the pin in a low posistion. I was looking to get this ball to roll early for longer patterns. It gets in to a roll early and doesn't lose any power at the pins. The shape of the hook that this ball has is a very even arc. This is a great mid-priced ball for someone looking for that extra bit of hook without paying premium price. Another great addition to the Track line from Del and the guys at Track. Thanks.

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Re: Blue Heat
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2005, 01:15:52 PM »

Player specs are on my Profile.....

I have found that on symetrical equipment that a pattern with at least a 4 1/2 pin to pap and also cg to pap works best for my type of release.

Decided to punch this up 5 X 5. This places the pin above my ring finger and places the CG about 1/2 inch right of center of grip.  Left this in Box Condition.

Condition used on was a 38 foot pattern (32 feet with 6 feet of buff), 40 units of oil from 10 to 10, 30 outside.  Lanes are old Brunswich Synthetics.

Started out playing the twig, pretty much straight up 5 board.  Ball moved through the heads quite well, started to read the lane at about 30 feet and made a strong but controllable move to the pocket.  I was able to play this line for a game and a half until it started to read the lane a bit too early. Moved 3 boards in and was back in the pocket for a game.  Last part of game three had to move deeper and play a more inside line *20 to 10*. If I got it out to the dry would burn out and leave a flat 10.  Hit was the usual you would expect from Track..very solid indeed.

This ball is easily 4 to 5 feet earlier than my Xception with a more controlled arc on the back.  This ball will actually start up a little sooner than my GP2 but not as strong a movement on the back end.  This looks like an excellent choice for the medium to heavy medium condition.  Looks like even though it is particle, it will be my benchmark ball as very easy to get a read on the lane with this.

For the price, this has to be one of the best options out there.  Great performance for a great price. What more can you ask for....

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Re: Blue Heat
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2005, 03:00:40 PM »
Ball: Drilled 4x4 pin 2 1/2 above my midline, lightly polished with magic shine weighthole 1 inch inside of my VAL and 2 inches below my PAP.

Lane Conditions: VARIOUS. Primarily thrown on the shot at my center which is a THS. 36ft buffed to 44ft and the oil tapers out to the gutter.

Heavy- Currently Track has a few different balls to use on heavy oil, but I feel that is done purposely in order to fill a few different arsenals at different price points. The Blue Heat flares more than any other ball I currently have. The core/cover combo is awesome. It is a few boards less than some of the big movers like the GP2, Rule Delta and Arsenal Aggressive.
9 out of 10

Medium- The Magic Shine makes this ball useful on medium all of the way through Heavy. On mediums it offers up area that some other equipment won't. If you tug it into the soup it will still roll enough to carry corners and if you dump it into the dry it doesn't react violently.
8.5 out of 10

Light- FORGET it! This ball is not meant for light oil. When I have tried to use it the results were weak hits, and flat reaction into the pocket.
3.5 out of 10

Total Hook:
Medium/heavy through Heavy oil patterns and you will be able to use the Blue Heat. The total hook is just slightly less than the Arsenal Aggressive.
8.5 out of 10

Slapping some Magic Shine on the surface easily made this ball somewhat of a control ball. Due to the polish the BH doesn't read the lane too soon yet due to the coverstock it is not super flippy on the backends. It transitions very well from oil to dry.
8.5 out of 10

Expected Reaction:
I drilled this ball wanting to see the coverstock work....and it did, almost too much thus the reason I applied the Magic Shine. Bowlers can expect the Blue Heat to read the lane early, and give a strong consistant reaction in oil.

The Blue Heat hits extremely well when it is used on the proper amount of oil. If you throw this ball on a house pattern you better have warp speed on the ball or you won't be taking advantage of the "hit" you can get out of the Blue Heat.
8 out of 10

With the Magic Shine I have nearly turned the Blue Heat into a very good benchmark ball, but for most it is still going to be too strong to read the lanes with. With the OOB surface forget reading the lanes with the Blue Heat it will roll much too early.
5.5 out of 10

Early roll and smooth reacting in oil. Think back to the Red Particle Enforcer and you will get similiar ball reaction....just more of it.

Dry lanes. The Blue Heat reads the lanes much too soon to be able to use it on dry lanes.

Track offers up a great oil ball at an extremely reasonable price with the Blue Heat. For what the Blue Heat was made for it is awesome. To use it on a house shot more than likely you are going to need to apply some heavy polish. Crankers are going to only have a chance of using this ball on heavy patterns.

Overall Rating:
8 out of 10
The Blue Heat is strong, consistant and does what you make it do. If you release the ball properly and have enough oil this is a bargain ball. Unfortunately it is probably going to be overlooked a bit, but those of us REVOLUTION members know that balls that end up being overlooked by bowlers could end up being a gem.......Havoc or Slash ring a bell?

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Re: Blue Heat
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2006, 08:08:03 PM »
I like the entire Heat line of bowling balls and this is the strongest of the Heat line.

I have the Blue Heat drilled with the pin 4.5" from my PAP under the ring finger with the CG right of the center line and no weight hole.

Even with this layout, this ball provides a ton of flare.  I have had the chance to use this on some very oily conditions and this ball gave me the best mid-lane reaction on oil.  The next strongest balls on oil for me were the Rule GP2 and then my Robo Rule.  Both of those asymmetric cores provided a little more backend reaction, but I needed the midlane hook of the Blue Heat to maximize carry on such heavy oil.

On my typical house shot, balls like the Robo Rule and Rule GP2 and even my purple Solution can out hook the Blue Heat.  But I will keep this ball in the bag just for the heavy oil conditons where I need a strong roll in the midlane.


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Re: Blue Heat
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2007, 12:16:00 PM »
Well when I saw this ball was going to be released I was really excited because I have been a huge fan of the heat line and could not wait to have this ball punched out and on the lanes

Layout-3 3/8 x 5

I really thought this would be a ball would go right up at the top of my arsenal for heavy oil, but I was a little shocked.

Heavy Oil- Not the ball I thought it would be, dosent handle the heavy oil I wanted it to. Just not enough reaction on the slick stuff never quite worked to the pocket.

Carrydown- Not a great ball on carrydown either still didn't make the turn to the pocket

Medium- Here is where my blue heat made its home. Had a real nice reaction nice backend on hit like any other Track ball (like a truck). One thing I noticed it really fitted in the hole of benchmark ball for me. Its reaction is really smooth nice backend and of course really easy to read the reaction

Light- Easily put not for light oil

Overall- Not the heavy oil ball I thought I was getting but the Blue Heat did become my new benchmark ball.

I hate the 7 pin.

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Re: Blue Heat
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2008, 07:52:37 AM »
i am 14 years old and all of my bowling carreer(i have been bowling since i was three) I have had either a brunswick our a storm nothing else. but the other day Karl Wolf of Hi-Roc lanes in Saratoga Springs New York gave me this ball beacause it was a sixteen unit and he bowls fifteen now and we where both tweeners and we had the same hand spain. so as soon as i got the ball i immediatley went to practice with it. and god i love this ball. and from now on i will be more open about what my next ball will be.