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« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Ball NPS Score: 100.00

It's back and in its pure, original form... the Heat! The innovative tri-core technology contains three components: the Rev Core to lower RGs and create a higher rev rate, the Flip Core for increased flare potential and backend transition, and the Balance Core designed to provide increased dynamics throughout the weight range.

Drill Patterns
Magic 8  

Heat Specs
Hook Rating 26-21  
Length 8.0  
Backend 7.0  
Core Technology TRI-CORE Technology  
Core Power 7.0  
RG 2.56  
Differential 0.037  
Determinator Spin Time N/A  
Flare Potential 5  
Coverstock Power Plus with Mica  
Friction Rating 6.0  
Finish Compound  
Polish Magic Shine  
Reaction Shape Arc  
Lane Condition Medium to Light Oil  



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Re: Heat
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2005, 02:51:28 PM »
Here's my review of the HEAT.

SMOOTH AND STRONG. Gets good length, has strong hit and good carry. Easily clears the heads, even when they begin to burn up. Not good for anything over medium oil, best suited for more light/medium or second shift shots. Once again another great (re)addition to the TRACK family!!

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Re: Heat
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2005, 02:28:18 AM »

Speed:  17 mph
Rev Rate: 540 rpm
Axis point: 5 1/2
Conditions:  Brunswick Proanvil 38 feet buff to 42
Layout:  Pin is 4 1/2 from PAP, located below the ring finger, if there was a MB locator on the ball, it would be 2 1/2 from PAP, weight hole 7/8 drill bit, 2 1/2 inches deep, thumb quadrant 4 inches right of thumb
Ball:  16 pounds, pin out 2-3, with 2 ounces top weight

The ball weighed out at 1/2 ounce side with 1/8 ounce thumb weight.  I had an old version of this ball and was my favorite.  With the stories of how the old and new were identical, I matched the 2 up the best I could.  I could not be more impressed.  These ball are EXTREMELY close.  I have thrown both side by side and was amazed at the results.  The new ball gets through the heads really clean.  But what impresses me the most is how well the ball reads the midlane and makes a strong but controlled move to the pocket.  The backend is not at all "flippy".  To get a better picture, the midlane and backend remind me of a Freak A Zoid, same look, but just a little farther down the lane.  I am so impressed with this ball that I am going to get a couple more and drill them differently.  This ball may not work too well for those who are rev challenged on oilier conditions, but a must have for tweeners and crankers.
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Re: Heat
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2005, 02:29:27 AM »
I never had a Heat when it first came out several years ago, but now I wish I had drilled one then!

I drilled this ball with the pin 4-1/2" from my PAP just over my ring finger and left it with the box finish.

This ball gave me good length - about the same as my Arsenal Angular, but less than my Crash - and made a very smooth backend reaction that never rolled out.

This ball is the smoothest pearl reactive ball I have ever rolled. This makes it perfect on the typical wet-dry house shots where most shiny reactive balls overreact to the dry boards. Great for house shots as they start to break down.

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Re: Heat
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2005, 03:40:06 PM »
An old winner comes back!!! This is good because I never owned the original.

Pin 5inches from PAP, CG kicked 3/4 of an inch right of grip line and 1 inch below midline. I left the ball with the factory finish.

Lane Conditions:
THS 36ft heavy oil buffed to 44ft, the oil tapers out to the gutter. Shorter sport pattern.

Heavy oil- With the factory finish this ball is not meant for heavy oil. Crankers that can find the dry quick enough may be able to use this on heavier patterns. Tweeners and Strokers should keep this ball in the bag on heavy oil. 3.5 out of 10

Medium- When you have oil to carry this ball down the lane and fresh backends to bring it back the HEAT will shine. When the oil starts moving down the lane (on a house shot) you will be able to move right and square up more, but the HEAT will be most effective if you can find dry. 7.5 out of 10

Light- This is where the HEAT sets itself apart. Overall hook is similiar to the Brunswick Reactive Grooves or C300 Reactive Scouts----only the HEAT packs more punch at the pins. I tried the HEAT on a pair that had 7 bowlers each bowl 3 games and the HEAT had no problem getting through the heads. Most of the Carrydown was gone so it still finished predictably. 8.5 out of 10

Total hook- 6.5

With the factory surface I do not see the HEAT as much of a control ball. If the gloss was taken down and the breakpoint were more predictable I think it would work alright. The backend move is too strong for most bowlers to be able to control the breakpoint. 6.0 out of 10

Expected Reaction:
Most bowlers will be able to expect the Heat to give a skid/flip type reaction. Sails in oil and grabs the dry. On the THS I was standing around 27 with my feet targeting 14 at the arrows with my breakpoint at about 6 board down the lane.

It is like a broken record here....but as with every Track release the HEAT pounds the pocket. It is a little less than the Xception or Arsenal Angular, but it clears the deck. One thing I noticed is that corner pins are rare, when I hit flush if anything is going to stand it would be an 8 pin or 9pin.
8.5 out of 10

Personally I do not like to use skid/flip equipment to read lanes. I prefer a smoother overall reaction out of a ball to tell me what the lanes are doing. As I mentioned above, if the finish was adjusted the readability of the Heat would probably be rated higher. 6 out of 10

Throwing this ball makes we wish I had tried the Triton Heat when it was released. For those of you that have thrown the Dry Heat this ball is longer down the lane and slightly more angular. The HEAT currently fills the slot for my dry lane ball. It definately finishes hard, but chasing the oil line with this ball is easy. The HEAT clears "fried" heads better than any ball I have thrown in the last few years.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10 The HEAT works on dry lanes, and at its price point you have a ball that will not empty your wallet and can be used on anything medium or less.

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Re: Heat
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2005, 08:11:27 PM »
I drilled my Heat with the pin under the bridge and the cg in the center of my grip. This ball is only a 1" pin in. This Heat is awesome on the house shot. I can play almost anywhere on the lane with slight speed and release adjustments. The Heat also works on tougher conditions when the heads go away. I can get this ball through the front part of the lane with ease and still have enough energy at the pins to carry. I would recommend this ball for someone just moving to reactive, as well as the tournament player looking for a versatile ball.
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Re: Heat
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2005, 12:49:27 PM »
Whats up everyone, I am back again, here from Canada posting my review on the Latest edition....THE HEAT!!!!  The ball is drilled 5 1/2" by 4 1/2", pin 2 1/2" above midline with a balance hole 21/32" 1" deep....Out of box I hit it with Clean & Smooth and then with Delayed reaction... This ball is superior length, I like the way it controls the lane, and is not aggressive in the back, it is just a controlled arc...  Great ball for those shorter patterns or when the lanes are starting to fry out...  I think the greatest part about this ball is how well it clears the front part of the lane...This piece of equipment fits perfectly with my Hex-Plosion, when the Hex-Plosion is too much out comes the HEAT!!!  This ball was tested on a house shot 38ft fresh, was not a good choice on the Fresh but when the lanes brokedown and began to dry out, the HEAT was on a mission... Tested on a sport shot 32ft the ball was great I had the length on the ball that I needed as well with a gradual arc to the pocket, not a aggressive snap...This ball is just great, its a must have for all levels of bowlers...Well that is my review on The HEAT, check back soon for my next review.... I am outtie from Canada!!!!!

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Re: Heat
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2005, 07:46:31 PM »
WOW, The Track HEAT is an Oldy but definitly a Goody

PAP:6" 5/8 up

Drilled: 6" x 5 3/4" pin 2 1/2" above midline, no balance hole.

I left this ball box surface and used it on a open bowling night.  one word to describe this ball is Unbeatable.  The amount of length I got on this ball, to go along with the great continuous arc in the backends, and not to mention, the great impact on the pins is definitly what bowlers are looking for.

The Heat doesn't over react in the dry, infact, it's very controlled and not so aggressive.  This ball also compliments my Hex-plosion very well.  The heat goes longer and doesnt over react as much as the Hex-plosion would on the back ends.  And it also clears the heads alot easier, making if the perfect ball once the Hex-plosion starts to burn up.
I also put this ball up to the test with the Threat.  The Threat tends to react harder in the dry due to the particle cover stock.  The Heat is more controllable through out and has a harder impact on the pins.

Hook - 8 out of 10
Length - 9 out of 10
Control - 10 out of 10

Over all = 9 out of 10

Amazing Ball, and well recommended for lighter/shorter conditions and broken down lanes.

Feel free to msg me with any questions.

Are you ready to HEAT up the Lanes?
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Re: Heat
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2005, 12:17:39 AM »
The Heat is back again.I have to say i was surprised that this ball hooked as much as it does.Due to our heavier oils i thought this ball would go too long.Boy was i wrong, it read the midlane and smooth,but contious backend.I drilled this ball with the pin 4 3/4 from my axis and the cg 4, with a hole on my axis and pitched.When i tested this ball i had my slash as comparison(slash was also the same layout as the heat above).The heat read the lane a little sooner than the slash and just as much backend.
Guys this is a great ball.I think everybody should have one of these in their arsenal.
Very glad the boys back at the ranch decided to bring this favorite back.


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Re: Heat
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2005, 06:35:54 PM »
It's Back!!!!!!!!!

Awesome Medium Dry - Dry lane condition ball.

I drilled mine with the pin under my ring finger
CG shifted a 1/2 an inch right no hole.

This ball has nice length and backend reaction.
The drilling allowed me to take the squirt out of the ball.
The ball seems to arc down the lane while storing
enough energy for the back.

Due to the volume of oil that is being used nowadays
I have only been able to use the Heat on a few occasions
but when I have, my results have been very good.

If you bowl on burn or just looking for a dry lane resin ball
the Heat is an excellent choice.

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Re: Heat
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2005, 03:57:35 AM »
Track Heat
Weight: 15#
Pin: 3"
Top Weight: 2.25 oz

5 1/2" Pin -- Pin above the bridge

Never threw the Heat series back when Track had them out in the old days but I decided on purchasing this one once I learned it was designed for medium to light oil. I needed something to go really long and this layout was perfect for this ball and complimented my style. It goes long through the heads and saves the last 10 feet of the lane for all its late hooking action. This ball I can play mostly direct angles, but have played as far left by standing on the 25th board and playing the 12-8 line. Ball does not over jump the breakpoint. Mostly mixers on strike shots, but this ball does its job as advertised on medium to light head oil. This would be a great ball for 2nd shift conditions!
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Re: Heat
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2005, 06:54:32 PM »

Mine was drilled with the pin under the ring finger, drilled to go long and snap at the backend. Weight 15#. I did polished the ball not to long because it was really making friction on medium conditions.

The ball works on what it was intended for, it kills dry backend with amazing movement. With the help of this ball I have been able to expand my game to outer board (meaning 1-3) this means shattered pins and almost no 10 pins. I love this ball. ON medium conditions I play the outer board searching for the dry boards and the breaking point then when the lanes start to break down I move toward the inside and use the inside angles. This balls gives me no over/under reaction 95% of the times I know what reaction this ball will have.
Again I LOVE this ball I call it my SHAQ for two reasons: The power that this ball have just like Shaq and second its called the Heat what you expected

My Ratings
Control 10 of 10
Backend 8 of 10 (on dry 10 of 10)
Expected Reaction 10 of 10
Impact and Carry 9 of 10
Hook 6.5 of 10 (it is intended to go long)
Length 10 of 10

Overall Rating 9 of 10 Great Awesome piece of equipment (mine was free I mean I am 15 I wasnt going to buy it but for its price its a gift


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Re: Heat
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2005, 10:55:19 PM »
Ball came in at 16lb, 3 inch pin and 2.75 oz top.  Drilled it the same as my desert heat, pin inbetween and below the fingers with the cg stacked.  

Both balls match up very well together.  The heat has a very controllable arc, and goes very long.  It is about 6 boards stronger than the desert.  I wish it didn't go as long, but what-a-ya goin to do!  Ball plays very well in heavy light oil to medium oil, a shorter pattern also is a must.  The longer patterns require a very direct line and a lot of hand.  The ball must get on line fast, it will not recover a lot from errant shots.  It hits well and is yet another winner from track.

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Re: Heat
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2005, 02:34:36 PM »
Inherited from ACHAPPY as a gift, I was looking for something to replace my BSP messenger and all I can say is Sweet! It did exactly what I expected it to do, smooth, controllable, and like all  TRACK gear it HITS F'what you heard TRACK HEAT brings the HEAT
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Re: Heat
« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2005, 11:32:32 PM »

The long awaited return of the HEAT.

My ball:  15lbs. 3oz, 2.75 oz top weight.

I have this drilled for what I like to call controlled length.  Pin is 5"
from PAP over the bridge leaning towards the ring finger.  CG 4" from PAP
1" above and to the right of grip center.  In my home house, (38 foot THS
wood, burnt heads- which gives new meaning to the word toast), this type of
drill is very effective.  My favorite ball for this condition is my
Crunchtime, but when the backends are flying, or the track area spent, then
it's Heat time.  The ball gives a very solid midlane read with a nice
strong arc on the backend.  Not quite as angular as the CT, but an
excellent complement.  This can be the 1st ball out on second shift squads,
or an option on short sport shots or Pattern "E" type patterns....  People
who bowl tournaments shouldn't be without one.....

For any questions, please PM me...

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