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« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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Track technology gives you the Xception and the Rule. Complementing the power and performance of the Rule in heavier-oil conditions, the Xception offers exceptional hook potential in medium-oil conditions. Our new, evolutionary Goo-LS reactive coverstock houses the same high-revving, angular Morpheus 2.0 rev lever core as the Rule. Long and strong, Goo-LS retains energy and maintains mid-lane consistency better than the competitive high-performance products. Get the confidence you need to open up the lane as it transitions. Get the Xception. Performance you've grown to expect from Track.

Xception Specs
Hook Rating 38-28  
Length 6.0  
Backend 9.5  
Core Technology Morpheus Rev-Lever  
Core Power 8.5  
RG 2.53  
Differential 0.046  
Determinator Spin Time 6.0  
Flare Potential 5.5  
Coverstock Goo-LS  
Friction Rating 9.0  
Finish Compound  
Polish Magic Shine  
Reaction Shape Long/Strong  
Lane Condition Medium Oil  



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Re: Xception
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2004, 04:08:55 PM »
Track X-Ception
Weight: 15#
Pin: 4"
Top Weight: 3.75

Got this at a Track Seminar hosted by Del Warren, and I have been really wanting to get my hands on the X-Ception ever since I heard it was coming out.

5 1/2" Pin, Bias at 5:30 strong, Pin above ring finger

We chose this layout because I wanted to see if it was possible for this ball to have more backend reaction than my Phenom Unleashed, and the fact that any of my other Track equipment have ever been drilled like this one.

On a fresh shot, the X-Ception would make you think it wasn't coming back, but to my amazement when it touched dry it hooked a bunch! Tons of backend reaction, even more than the Phenom Unleashed! When the lanes started breaking down is when this ball came to life. In the past few weeks ever since obtaining the X-Ception I have shot a couple of 700+ series as well. It doesn't react very good with a lot of carrydown, but with a light coat of carrydown it eats through the oil and still kills the pocket!

X-Ception vs. Rule
The X-Ception goes longer and snaps a lot harder than the Rule. The Rule arcs quicker in my opinion but that maybe due to difference in layouts as well. As far as value for your buck, I would go with the X-Ception. It is a lot more consistent with read and carry than the Rule. I still like both of them though!

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Re: Xception
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2004, 10:01:58 AM »
Found this one under the christmas tree saturday morning.

The ball so far is great(i've only thrown it one day). It gets down the lane and snaps.Icouldn't control it, until i got my ball speed up at least 2mph from what it usually is. it worked, i went from 180's into the high 200's. Then my sixth game with this ball i snapped of a 300 (second of career,I shot the other one with my RULE)

On fresh oil this one works well,but after a few games i had to put it away.

i suggest u check this one out.

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Re: Xception
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2004, 05:44:50 AM »

Ball: ball#1- pin is below the ring finger 4 3/4 from PAP, MB is 1 inch right of the thumb 5 inches from PAP, surface is factory. Ball#2 pin is in the leverage position 2 inches above the midline and MB is on my VAL 3 3/4 from PAP, surface is 800grit scotchbrite.

Lane Conditions: various

Reaction: Ball#1 gets down the lane with ease and moves extremely strong on the backends. I tend to use this when I hit a shorter pattern or when the heads start to go. Ball#2 only rolls up about 5ft sooner than ball1, but what is great is that it still has that strong backend....not as "flippy", but definately angular. Ball 1 skid/flip, Ball 2 skid/roll/very strong arc

HOOK: Ball 1 covers all of the boards it is going to cover when it gets to the backend. It SHINES on mediums, and it ignores carrydown if you can find a dry area to get it drive from. When the lanes get too dry it will jump too strongly and when there is too much oil it will skate like Pavel Bure. 7.0
Ball 2 is where I usually go when ball 1 just goes a little too long. This ball will not handle heavy oil, but it covers medium heavy to medium light very well. You get a little bit of help from this one in the middle of the lane, but majority of the hook it is going to give you will be in the backend as well. When the backends are hooking too much for ball 1, ball 2 will often hook set and score like crazy. 8.0

Control: Ball 1 and control just do not go well together. It definately controls the heads and midlanes, but the breakpoint is too strong to consider this a control ball. 5.0
Ball 2 Control is everything this ball is about. Strong backend but not "jumpy". It gives a very predictable roll throughout the entire lane. 9.0

HIT: Both of these balls are like ticking time bombs going down the lane....and when they hit the pins they totally level everything in their path. I say this....but really need to add that they hit extremely hard when used on the conditions that they are meant to be used on. ball 1 will not hit very hard if you try to use it on too much oil, ball 2 will not hit very hard if it does not have the head oil to help it down the lane. 9.5

Readability: Ball 1 is too skid flip to read lanes with. 6.0

Ball 2 is perfect for reading the pattern. A ball that is as smooth as this one is exactly what I want when I read a lane condition. You can easily see the transition from heavy oil to buffed area to dry. If it does not roll up until very late down the lane then you know it is a longer pattern and vice versa. 9.0

OVERALL: This ball is not a heavy oil ball unless you have some serious hand, or throw the ball slower than my grandmother. Ball 2 is laid out as strong as it could be for me and it will not get the job done on heavy oil. Track knew what they were doing with this compliments the Rule perfectly. Goo LS is the ball that bowlers have been wanting from Track for a long time.

I give the Xception a 9.5 overall rating. This ball does exactly what Track says it does.

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Re: Xception
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2005, 04:39:44 PM »
Pros:  Get down the lane and has a great strong move on the back ends!  
Cons:  none as of yet  

Lane Condition bowled on= fresh oil 42ft on new synthetic hpl lanes.

Bowling style= Right Handed semi Cranker, 18-19 mph ball speed.

Ball condition= Brand new in box surface condition

layout= drilled fingertip, pin above and in between the fingers, cg moved right toward pap,MB rt of thumb about 1". My PAP is 5" over, and 3/4" up.

The Xception is a great ball for someone that wants a long and sharp reaction. It has no problem getting down the lane, and has a great strong recovery. Compared to my Freak-A-Zoid, I'd say it 's about 4ft in length further down the lane b4 it starts to hook. I shot 300-836 with it sunday 1-9-05, only the 2nd time i used it.

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Re: Xception
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2005, 10:41:04 PM »
pin 4"
top weight 3.5 ozs
(my specs are in my profile)

 Well i made a trade with a buddy of mine for this ball. I kept the same drilling he had on it pin next to ring MB about 2" right of thumb and axis was 4  1/4" from pin. First night i had this ball i shot 757 out of the gate (267-248-247). This ball is very angular an hits like a truck. Exceptional ball..It will make a serious running for ball of the yr.
 Little follow up Reviews.. 1 week an 1 day after rolling the 757 with this ball, I rolled it again different shot, different house, different league.. (259-244-268=771) WHAT A BALL!!


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Re: Xception
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2005, 08:48:50 PM »
I absolutely loved this ball out of the box. I give the ball alot of hand and speed. Basically when I very first got this ball, I could throw it anywhere and it would go incredibly long and make the turn to the pocket.  
CG and pin stacked. Pin 2" from CG.
 I had a friend buy this ball and his reaction at the end of the lane compared to other balls is tremendous.
 I found that the ball takes up alot of oil early like most track balls and you won't find this type of reaction after 20+ games.  But overall the ball really turns the corner like no other ball i've seen.

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Re: Xception
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2005, 05:41:43 AM »
Bowler stats:      

24-28 km/h
45 axis tilt (varies dependant on condition)
14-16 revs per shot

Ball specs:  
15lb 4
PIN: 4”
Top weight: 3 3/4lb
Surface:  Box (Polished)

Drilling:  PIN under bridge, MB on VAL, Balance hole 1 1/64th  2 inches down

I have loved every single pearl release Track has produced, in particular, pearl balls with a Mass Bias core.  I knew this ball was going to be special, especially anywhere I could play up the edge

The drilling I chose was the same as the GP2, the aim, to use both balls as a 1-2 combination.  But after bowling them together, they couldn’t be further apart in the characteristics.

The GP2 (see review) gave me raw hook, early, with a strong controlled movement.

The Xception, quite the opposite, it was 8-10ft longer on the house pattern I tested it with a neck snapping movement to the pocket.   Quite amazing and it looked awesome!  Surprisingly though, it covered the same amount of boards of hook as the GP2, just a completely different look on the lanes.  The movement was so strong it scared me.  Had I discovered the best pearl ball ever? lol

On the house pattern this ball easily out carried the GP2 but the GP2 was not really suited to the house pattern so it was hard to judge.  The Xception showed no signs of rolling out and responded to different angles, tilts and speeds when I tried different parts of the lane.  I tried but I couldn’t fault this ball, it was simply amazing.

I’ve used this ball in 2 tournaments (National Ranked Events) now  with 2 x 2nd placings to show for it.    Both times I thrown down the gutter, ball gets 40ft and then goes right in a hurry.  The carry percentage from this angle is impeccable, probably the best ball I have ever thrown for this shot.

So in summary, the Xception is truly an exceptional ball.  Its ability to adjust to angles, tilts and speeds is in the hand of the bowler.  If you ask, it responds!  Best suited for medium conditions however I’m sure if you drilled one low flare you could use it on heavier patterns but why would you if owned a GP2?  An amazing ball, a must have!  

10/10 again………  Between the GP2 and the Xception how can Track better this?  The bar is set extremely high

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Re: Xception
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2005, 02:23:58 PM »
I throw med-fast with high revs. Lefty, 15#, Pin left of ring finger 1", Pin 2", drilled with cg out for leverage. MB on thumb.

I've had this ball for 2 weeks now and have thrown it at 5 different houses and the reactions from the ball have been the same. When it is a fresh shot the ball goes long and then turns on a dime. If you can hit the break point this ball is coming hard to the hole and destroys the pins. After a couple of games when there is carry down and heads are beginning to go you can go deeper and there is little less skid/flip and more arcing to the hole. As the games go on the ball is more forgiving for me.

By far the hardest hitting ball and the best carrying ball in my stash.

My friend has one and he needs to pull it back out so we can compare reactions. I know the dirty bomb is working good right now but come on bring it back so we can battle it out. Lefty vs. Righty. I'll win since he will foul in the 10th.

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Re: Xception
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2005, 04:14:21 PM »
Ball specs
15.3 lbs.
2 3/4 oz. top weight
3" Pin

Drilled with the pin above the ring finger and MB next to the thumb, strong position from what I understand.  It has 3/4 oz. side weight and 5/8 oz. finger weight.  The surface is sanded to 1500 grit, highly polished.

Since I got the Xception, I've been lucky enough to throw it on several different lane conditions as well as on both wood and synthetic lanes.  With the drilling I have, I get excellent length and awesome hook on the backend.  The hitting power and pin action of this ball seems to be a bit better than that of my Rule which surprised me.

On heavier oil is where this ball shined, especially if there was some carrydown.  While my other balls would hang because of the carrydown, the Xception never quit and made the turn up to the pocket.  When on medium oil and clean backends, I felt that this ball was too much and had to put it up.  Once there was some carrydown, I got it back out and played 17 out to 5 or 6 board with success.

I highly recommend the Xception for those who are looking for a ball with some length and pop on the backends.  This is an incredible ball made by an incredible company.  Thanks to tenpinspro, aka Rick Leong, at Ten Pins Pro Shop in Alameda, CA. for punching this beast out for me.
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Re: Xception
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2005, 12:25:49 PM »
I drilled my Xception 4.5 x 3 with the pin under my fingers and balance hole on my axis. This ball rolls very even and hits like a truck. This is my go to ball when the track starts to hook and there is a little carry down. Great ball for the 2nd shift. This is one of the best balls I have ever seen that rolls through the midlane without over reacting. This ball does not like a ton of oil and it also does not like super dry heads but for everything else in between this is a great ball.

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Re: Xception
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2005, 09:50:40 PM »
I have 2 Xceptions to review. The Xception is great at getting down the lane with allot of recovery.

Ball#1 - Pin above middle finger and mb in position #2 next to thumb. I use this ball when added length is necessary. This drill allows me to get the ball through the burnt heads easily and not lose any recovery or carry.

Ball#2 - Pin under the fingers on grip midline mb in position #3 right of thumb. This drill allows me to get the ball started sooner and still has allot of back-end. I use this when I want to cover allot of boards. I can throw this ball coast to coast.
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Re: Xception
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2005, 01:38:33 PM »
Drilled a 3" pin, 5 x 5, (pin above my ring finger, MB under my thumb). I left the cover with the box finish. My axis is 5 1/2 up 1/4 with a rev rate around 400.

The Xception is one of my favorites.  It has a roll much like the Phenom Unleashed, but is cleaner through the heads with the same snappy, angular movement at the break point.
I used it recently on the PBA Chameleon (D) pattern, and the pearlized cover, matched with the strong core, allowed me to play further left at the arrows, and open up the lane going left to right, which favors my swing plane. The ball pushes through the heads very easy, and makes a great move on the backend.  It has been one of the hottest and most talked about balls in my shop.  Bowlers of all different styles have liked this ball.  It’s a winner.

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Re: Xception
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2005, 09:50:35 PM »
I have 2 exceptions 1 I left out of the box the other
I scuffed with an old beat up green pad.

Both balls have exceptional backend movement.

For med-med/dry conditions I use the box finish.
I drilled this ball with the pin below and between my fingers
cg 1 1/2 inches to the right x hole inch past my PAP.

For heavy-med/heavy conditions I use the scuffed ball.
I drilled this ball with the pin below my ring finger cG 3 inches to the right
x hole 2 1/2 inches below my pAP.

Both balls allow me to open up the lane.
They never seem to lose energy on the back.

One very versatile ball.

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Re: Xception
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2005, 11:35:52 PM »
I drilled this ball with the pin above the ring finger, with the cg kicked an inch right, and the MB an inch right of the thumb.  In my opinion this is the biggest skid/flip ball available from Track. It is very clean through the front and mid lane, with a strong backend, yet it doesn't jerk on the backend. This ball allowed me to be able to play left when the lane breaks down, and has the backend to allow me to open up the lane.  Avoid long and heavy patterns with this ball, the Rule and Slash are better options.
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