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

Dry lanes bring even the greatest bowlers to their knees. Don't sweat it! Designed to retain axis rotation and down-lane continuation, the Desert Heat is the lowest flare two-piece in Track's storied history. The high-luster polished, pearlized Power Plus EX reactive coverstock enables the Desert Heat to get through the dry fronts and mid-lanes and still provide strong hitting power.

Drill Patterns
Magic 8  

Desert Heat Specs
Hook Rating 22-17  
Length 9.0  
Backend 4.0  
Core Technology Modified TRI-CORE Technology  
Core Power N/A  
RG 2.57  
Differential 0.020  
Determinator Spin Time N/A  
Flare Potential 3  
Coverstock Power Plus EX Reactive  
Friction Rating N/A  
Finish High Luster Polish  
Polish Magic Shine  
Reaction Shape Arc  
Lane Condition Light Oil  



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Re: Desert Heat
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2005, 04:05:27 PM »
Track Desert Heat
Pin: 3'
Top Weight: 3 oz.

4 1/2" X 5 1/2" Pin above with a weight hole. Polished to 2000 grit factory finish.

By the time I traded my II for the Dry Heat, the Track market was ready to introduce the Desert Heat so I decided on getting this one when it hit pro shops.

If a true dry lane ball from Track is what you were looking and asking for then look no further than the Desert Heat. I have thrown this ball on the driest of lane conditions and it was very convincing what Track has set out to do with this piece. On the dry lanes I could play where I would set out to play at first with a more aggressive ball and it would not over jump the gun. The Desert Heat is designed for bowling on a 'desert' and if your having problems conquering dry lane conditions where you bowl at, the Desert Heat is sure to meet expectations on battling dry lanes. A great second shift ball and an excellent tournament ball to have in the arsenal if your involved in a big amount of games.

On a medium to light oil condition I would give this a 6/10. The ball tends to leave a lot of tens because of how light it hits the pocket.
On the driest of dry I give this a 9/10...I was able to swing it and it recovered great to the pocket. As this is what it was designed for!

I really love this ball, what a true dry lane ball, and it showed in league tonight. Pulled it out in the 3rd game because the back ends were booming and there was no head oil for my Rule, X-Ception, and Triton Elite. I pulled out the Desert Heat and put together an awesome 249 game for a 690 series! This is the real dry lane ball from Track!
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Re: Desert Heat
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2005, 10:48:09 PM »
Ball came in at 16lb, 2 inch pin, and 3 oz top.  I chose this ball because I wanted a dry lane ball that did not jump on the back.  I purchased the ebonite ice, but it just jumped to much when the lanes dried out.  

This desert heat was drilled the the pin inbetween and below the fingers with the cg stacked.  This ball goes very long and does not jump at all.  It is super controllable, and goes very long.  This ball needs to be played in the track area only, I'm a high end tweener and I couldn't get it to come back at all from wet to dry.  This ball is made for dry lanes only, it hits great suprisingly for a dry lane ball, and combined with the other heats it makes a perfect arsenal.  This is yet another winner from TRACK.


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Re: Desert Heat
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2005, 10:10:27 AM »
Track International’s newest release is the answer  many bowlers have been looking for. Finally, a ball truly for dry conditions. Read the full review @'s+Synopsis/1616.aspx


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Re: Desert Heat
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2005, 03:50:18 PM »
I drilled my Desert Heat 4x4.5 with the pin over my ring finger and the CG in my palm, no extra hole. All I can say is WOW. Most dry lane reactive balls still have a hard move on the backend because they save up so much energy in the front and mid part of the lane. The first few times I threw the Desert Heat it got through the front and midlane so good I was waiting for a hard move and it never happened. This is exactly what I have needed in a dry lane ball, a ball that will get down the lane and still have a nice smooth move in the back. We went down to our local center on Saturday morning knowing that the lanes had not been run since the morning before. These lanes were TOAST and the Desert performed like a champ. I could not keep my Original Heat on the lane so I pulled out the Desert Heat and it was game on. The ball got down the lane and made a nice move toward the pins and hit like all Track balls do, HARD. This ball is a MUST for everyone’s arsenal.

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Re: Desert Heat
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2005, 01:05:06 PM »
Great dry lane ball from Track. I drilled my 4 x 4 with the pin below the ring finger. This ball is great for lanes that are toast or light volume, shorter oil patterns with flying backends.
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Re: Desert Heat
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2005, 11:48:36 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
Desert Heat:

Desert Heat was drilled with pin on midline over fingers 4 7/8” from PAP with CG 3” from PAP (a 2 ½” kick off midline).  This drill measures out at 45 degrees.  An extra hole was placed one inch from my PAP, to weigh out legal.  Simply put, if you need something to get down the lane but still retain hitting power, this is your ball.  Squeaky clean through the fronts and powerful on the back, provided you still have some backend to work with.  Don’t expect this guy to power through carry down.  This ball has been fantastic on numerous conditions for me.  Playing 10 to 3 on a house shot, squaring up 3 to 3 on PBA regional pattern #1 and this past weekend 15 to 3 on PBA regional pattern #2.  I was using my Heat but, the pattern started drying up towards the last half of game 7.  Took out the Desert, threw the back 4 in game seven and 256 in game 8 to qualify 10th.  I can’t say enough about this as a fried lane, drying heads, allow you to play right ball.  Another great addition to the Heat line, making a wonderful 3 ball mid price arsenal.  Blue to Heat to Desert, a great 3 ball combination.

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Re: Desert Heat
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2005, 11:34:14 PM »
Finally, a true dry lane ball from Track.

Dry lanes are an issue for those of us that bowl in the Northeast.  Dry is
a relative term, but the houses here have a patent on dry.  The Desert Heat
is a welcome answer for those who have to bowl on toasted lanes, or various
sport/PBA patterns.

My ball:  15.3 oz, 3 of top

I have this drilled 5.5 x 4.5 with a small hole on my PAP  (5.25 flat).
Comparing this ball to the Dry Heat yields the following:  The Desert goes
longer and is about 5 boards less than the Dry Heat.  This is a good thing,
the ball is exactly as advertised.  The ball still gets to the hole
allowing me to play more of where I'm comfortable, than having to adjust
out of my "A" game just to get to the pocket.  Once there, carry is pretty
good,  every now and then a corner pin would remain standing, but all in
all a welcome addition to the line.  The Desert, Heat and Blue Heat would be
a great starter arsenal, giving mid to high performance at a low price

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Re: Desert Heat
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2005, 10:11:29 AM »
This ball had me excited more than any ball I have ever purchased. I was in desperate need of a dry lane ball. This ball is all that and then some!!

Ball Specs: 15 lbs 2 oz, 2"pin 3 oz tw.

Drill Pattern: Pin below bridge, cg stacked below.

Lane conditions: Dried up track area on second shift ths.

Lane surface: AMF HPL Synthetics

I desperately needed a ball to use when the track area dries up. I can move deeper with other balls but tend to ping alot of corners due to the entry angle. The Desert Heat allows me to square up and play up the boards or a small belly to the pocket.

First night the ball was drilled, the lanes I was practicing on were pretty dry on the outside. I had been playing inside, chasing oil, but my friend was also playing there, so I grabbed the Desert and moved outside. I stood on 21, pitched the ball out over 11 hit 8 as my breakpoint and the ball came back and slammed the pocket. I was amazed that I could square up in the dry and get a reaction like this. The Desert goes long and is very smooth on the backend. It is not jumpy at all.

Since then, I am able to square up and play right up the track area whenever I want without a problem. The ball just continues to impress me. Long and smooth. I had a Barrage and that was a great ball for dry, but it didnt carry the way the Desert does. The Desert really hits the pins well. It retains alot of energy for the pins and just pushes them straight back. I am in heaven, a dry lane ball that hits!! AMAZING!!

Overall, this ball is made for dry stuff. I havent thrown it on anything else because it isnt designed for that!! On dry lanes and in the track area, this ball will give you a long and controlled reaction with plenty of pop at the pins. Definately a winner here. I picked up a second one NIB because I loved the first one so much.

9.5 out of 10 for this one!!

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Re: Desert Heat
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2005, 11:27:01 PM »
The Desert Heat is a very strong dry lane ball.

I drilled mine to skid flip as much as possible for me.
I put the pin right next to my ring finger with the
CG 3 inches below the pin extra hole 2 inches past my
axis. I left the surface box for now but over time the
Magic Shine will be out.

First time I used it was a PBA pattern put on top of a
house shot. The ball was not designed for this type of
condition but I was still able to stand right and square up
the ball went a long way then made a sharp move to the pocket.
I was actually surprised that the Desert Heat didn't skid 60 feet.
As soon as it released from the oil it made a nice move to the pocket with decent carry. I knew the ball wasn't designed or drilled for this type of
condition so I waited to test it on burned lanes to get a better idea about this ball.

Next I used it on older wood lanes that weren't oiled for a couple of days.
The Desert Heat was in it's element on this condition. It cleared the front and midlane with ease then made a sharp left turn towards the pocket.
The ball never gave up as it went through the pins and my carry was phenomenal. The Desert Heat made me wish I bowled on burn more often.

The next time I bowl on fried lanes I know what ball is coming out of the bag
the Desert Heat!!!

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Re: Desert Heat
« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2005, 03:27:09 PM »
Yes People once again I am back for another review from Canada... Here it is the missing link for the drier conditions the DESSERT HEAT. What can I say about this ball, everyone remembers the Dry Heat, it had great length but way too much backend. The DESSERT HEAT gives that length everyone needs but now it is just a mellow reaction the backs. Drilled
5" X 2" pin 0" above midline, balance hole 7/8" 3 1/2" deep. Yes you read it right 0" above midline. The pin is in the centre of my grip... didn't require a balance hole, but put one to move the flare... This ball is the true dry lane ball everyone has been waiting for. This ball just absolutely clears the fronts with no effort at all, very smooth in the backend does not overreact at all... for that tournament bowler that is looking for length, especially during the later stages of a tournament here it is. For that begginer bowler that is looking for something that will not overreact and at a inexpesive price here it is as well.... WARNING DO NOT TRY THIS BALL ON OIL, HYDROPLANE IS HTE ANSWER IF BALL IS THROWN IN OIL...LOL!!!! Thats the review on the DESSERT HEAT stay tunned people for the upcoming reviews on the Arsenal Reactive, Delta 1 and the Solutions... I am outtie from Canada.....

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Re: Desert Heat
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2005, 12:50:55 AM »

I drilled my Desert Heat 5 x 5 pin above fingers and no hole. The Desert Heat works great when the heads get fried. I threw this ball straight out of the box with no surface adjustment. After they had bowled two sessions of league I could still play in the track with ease. This ball lets you stay right longer. Just keep it in your bag until the heads are gone. If you need to use it on the fresh, I just moved right and bounced it off the wall. The Desert Heat will be a great addition to the Track line-up. If your Heat is still to much go pick up a Desert Heat and burn up the lanes.

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Re: Desert Heat
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2005, 03:15:15 PM »
Ball: 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 pin above ring finger, I left it with the OOB finish

Lane Conditions: ONLY used on burned up house patterns. Though I love the ball, it is not made for much more oil than that.

Heavy- The Desert Heat is not made for oil.
2 out of 10

Medium- Particularly on a medium house shot where the outsides are usually pretty dry to start the Desert Heat could be successful. If you tug it into the oil you will not see any recovery.
5 out of 10

Light- Track has their dry lane ball now and it is better than any other dry lane ball I have thrown. Burnt heads, problem.
10 out of 10

4 out of 10. The Desert Heat is meant for dry lanes and that is where you will see it flourish. It is less in every part of the lane than the Dry Heat was.

It is very controllable on dry patterns. The Desert Heat will not overreact off of dry backends like many other reactives do. There is not much control in oil, it just flat does nothing in oil.
7.5 out of 10

Expected Reaction:
I expected a dry lane ball and that is what I got. The Desert Heat practically ignores the heads and reacts almost URETHANE like off of the dry backends. Bowlers will be able to square up on shots when they were not previously able to with other equipment.

With the Desert Heat you sacrifice hook, but you don't lose that "TRACK" hit that we all love. If you are using it on dry enough lanes it will punish the pins.
8 out of 10

I believe this ball is far too weak to read a pattern with. If you throw it on fresh oil you will see it try continuously to make a turn, but as long as there is oil present  it will keep on trying and never make it back.
5 out of 10

Lanes with Dry midlanes, dry heads or dry backends or all 3 and the Desert Heat should be fine.

OIL....enough said!

I have been throwing Track Equipment for some time now and I have heard over and over how much people wanted them to release a weak ball....this is it. My second game with it I took it to a pair that hadn't been oiled in 2 months(place shuts down over the summer) and I shot 300 with it.

Overall Rating:
9 out of 10. The Desert Heat does exactly what it is meant to do.

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Re: Desert Heat
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2005, 12:10:01 AM »
Drilled over the label, pin below ring finger, cg in gri center.

This is an awesome ball for dry lanes. It gets great length, with a good solid arc and great hit/carry. If you are looking for something with more length for fried conditions, this one is for you! Not reccomended for anything over medium oil. It's much to long and weak(coverstock) for oil above medium. I drilled this ball for one house in particular, and have used it there with good success.
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Re: Desert Heat
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2005, 04:04:55 PM »
specs 15.3 pin 2-3 2.5 oz top.

 I bowl in a house where the heads are cooked and backend are bone dry. Drill mine with the pin 2.5 inches above my grip line. pin is above the ring finger no kick. This ball get great length and still very strong on the backend end. It works well for me on bone dry lanes. It lives up to its name. Much less aggressive then the Dry heat both on hook rating and backend reaction.. Another great ball by Track Int. Inc.

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