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« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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The ball is equipped with a modified version of the DC weight block encased with a truly unique retroactive coverstock. The ball is designed for medium to heavy oil and is characterized by a very heavy, even roll. As the coverstock name states—retro (opposite or reverse)—this ball doesn’t over hook in the dry like a reactive and its specially designed textured surface grabs better and earlier in the oil than any reactive. There won’t be a big jump or snap on the back end and it won’t over skate in the oil. This combination of reactions allows for much better control, especially on touchy conditions with out of bounds, etc. Also, as oil carries down to the bowler’s break point area, there is little effect on the ball because the difference between the ball’s reaction on oil and dry is much smaller than with any other ball. This allows the bowler to make fewer moves to adjust to the changing lane conditions and often lets the player have more of an opportunity to play a shot closer to what they prefer instead of always being force to play what the lane dictate.



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Re: Scorcher
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2000, 02:00:00 AM »
I have my Scorcher drilled 3 3/8 stacked.  This is the heaviest rolling ball that I have ever had.  It will not skid and flip, or cover every board in the house.  What it does is roll down the lane like a heard of hungry cattle looking for the green pasture.  This ball along with it's heavy roll has a hard-heavy arch on the backend. Don't be fooled (YOU NEED OIL) or it will burn up in the heads.  If you like the skip flip style then stay away from this ball, try a Gargoyle with a strong drilling,  but if you want a ball that enjoys the soup of the day, then this is the ball for you.

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Re: Scorcher
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2001, 08:49:30 PM »
Although this ball has been around for some time I must say it is the best oil ball I have ever thrown.

I received the ball used from a friend. Drilling is a basic 12:00 drill with the grip shifted 1/2 inch for some side weight and a tad finger.

This ball is just a plain beast.

I started my summer scratch league last week and was told that our "new" normal house shot would not be there...32 feet tophat, buffed to 40, 1-day old backends. Instead, the lane man went to more of a flat oil shot with a severe out of bounds.

Since the Scorcher was too long I got out my X-it (see previous review). The ball didn't move. I was standing 10, throwing 12 if that gives you any indication. So I figured why not try the ball?

Not only did the ball hook, it went past the headpin and clipped the 2 pin on it's way to drill the 4. I now had AREA. This ball makes my X-it look sick!

The coverstock is a very fuzzy feeling cover and it loves oil. The more oil it gets on it the better it reacts. Very strange but very cool as well.

If you need a ball for the soup, find one of these. YOu will not be disappointed.
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Re: Scorcher
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2001, 10:17:41 AM »
When I got this ball I intended to use it only on heavy oil conditions.  This ball does exactly what I thought it would do and that is hook better then any other ball that I have tried on heavy oil.  It has great hitting power and carries as good as any ball I have tried.  I would not recommend this ball if you can only afford one ball.  If definitely is not a ball I would try on dry or very dry conditions. If there is lots of oil out there then this ball is a great choice.


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Re: Scorcher
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2002, 06:07:37 PM »
just a quick update on the our last review. my 11 year old used this in a little more oily lane condition. 235-222-159.I truly think his average is now about 155-160, a significant 40-50 pin increase. I highly recommend this ball esp. if you have a junior bowler that exibits good bowling mechanics, hand speed and consistent release form. He has bowled as many as 10 games of practice at a time without having to change where he stands or what mark to hit , no adjustments necc. this bowling company is the best kept secret in all of bowling. We own 4 of there balls, all different and couldn't be more impressed thanks visionary, keep up the good work!


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Re: Scorcher
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2002, 06:06:34 PM »
What a hooking to real wet lanes. I have a high ball speed,lots of
revs,and my scorcher is drilled maxed out for me.The only suggestion I have
is not to max it out.With my speed I believe the shell burns up on me before
it has time to react.But all in all I think this is a great ball.
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Re: Scorcher
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2002, 11:41:28 PM »
My review is similar to everybody elses.  This ball hooks really early and is big.  I haven't found enough oil to really get lined up with it yet.  Has anybody shined this ball?  I tried to shine it once and the shiner wasn't working or something.  It hardly changed.  I'll probably just wait until I find a soupy shot to actually throw this ball.

Update:  Still very much a condition ball for me.  It still gets an A out of me just because it carries so well.  93% grade.

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Re: Scorcher
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2002, 07:17:34 PM »
My stats:
Right Handed Tweener
15.0 to 16.5 mph (typically, but dependant on shot)
Above avg. Hand

Likes: Best oil ball ever created.

Dislikes: This ball stinks so badly, it can give you a headache. It would be nice if they could have added smells to it, like Storm has done to cover up the stench.

I went out and tried this one on fairly oily synthetic heads, and wood backends. This ball hooks a ton, and needs a lot of oil. Like all the other stuff I have thrown from Visionary this ball hits the pocket like a ton of bricks. From the other reviews I have read on this ball I expected it to hook early and set in the pocket. From my experience this ball arcs back into the pocket much stronger than one would think, and doesn't over/under like a lot of stuff on the market today. The Schorcher hooks a couple feet earlier than my Granite Gargoyle, but as I said doesn't lose any hitting power. I believe that Visionary's particle technology is far better than any of their other competitors in the industry. I'll give this one a 8.5 out of 10. It deserves a much better rating, but I don't bowl anywhere that I would need this thing any more than about 6 frames of the first game (but that's why I have my granite). If you bowl on a ton of oil or don't have any hand by all means buy this ball. Visionary is definitely the best kept secret in the bowling industry. Try one and you won't regret it.

The Midnight Scorcher has become one of my favorite ball for oily lanes. I added a little polish to this thing, and the ball is incredible It arcs the entire lane, and hits as good as anything else on the market. If you want a ball for the soup I believe this is the best thing on the market. I'll increase my first review of this ball to a 9 out of 10.


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Re: Scorcher
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2002, 10:53:50 AM »
T.W. 2.75 oz.
Drilling: 3.5x4    extra hole on val   mass bias just below and right of thumb  
Lefthanded stroker w/ low to med revs and med speed
Typical house shot: 38 feet with dry backends

I had trouble with this ball rolling out on my typical house shot until I sanded the ball with the track instead of across it. This is the best oil ball I've ever to try it on heavy oil at the state tournament in the team event and shot 660. I would recommend this ball to anyone looking for a heavy oil ball

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Re: Scorcher
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2003, 10:49:46 PM »
Ball Specs
Weight: 15.05#
Top Wt: 2.4 oz.
Pin: 2-3"

Drilled using an approx. 10:30 pattern--pin directly above the ring finger, CG mark about 1.5" right of center, and mass bias slightly below and to the right of the thumb hole.  Kept ball in out of box condition (320 Wet-sanded) This drilling gets the ball farther down the lane before getting into its roll in the back part of the midlane.  The DC [offset] core produces a large flare, and combined with the aggressive nature of the "retro-active" coverstock allows the ball to make a hard arc into the pocket and hit with little or no deflection.  If you're looking for a skid/flip reaction, I would not recommend this ball.  THIS BALL NEEDS OIL!!!!  It is very condition specific, so I don't get to use it often; nonetheless I feel that my arsenal would not be complete without it.  I give it an 8+ out of 10 due to its lack of versatility.
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Re: Scorcher
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2003, 08:53:30 PM »
pin 1-2"

Drilling:  pin below ring finger, cg at 6:00

This ball needs a lot of oil.  I have not met any conditions in league or tournaments in which I need this ball.  For me, this ball rolls early and very heavy.  It is fairly forgiving, but does tend to roll out if it hits some dry on the lane.  This ball does seem to kick out a lot of 10 pins.  I would not recommend buying this ball unless you are having a problem getting the ball to hook, because of excessive oil.
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Re: Scorcher
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2004, 11:59:15 PM »
Info/specs on me are in the profile.

My Scorcher is 16 pounds, has a pin out distance of 2-3" and is drilled pin next to the ring finger with the CG kicked out far enough to the right to put the MB on the VAL.

I needed an early rolling drill on a very high load particle ball to combat my Thursday synthetic league.  The oil pattern is 40 foot flat no buff, sometimes walled 10-10 sometimes not.  No matter what carrydown forms after the 6th frame of the first game.  To compensate 90% of the league playing up the five or ten board and creating a wall, I use the Scorcher and play deeper than everyone else.

On the lanes this ball rolls extremely heavy and early, it gets about 20 feet down the lane before it digs into the surface and starts to roll.  The reaction shape is a very even arc that is continuous until it falls off the pin deck.  The Scorcher doesn't cover very many boards, probably about five in the heaviest oil and carrydown which is more than enough to get the job done.  It flares a decent amount, around the vicinity of 4+" even in sludge.  

The point I was trying to make with this ball on this condition was to use something that started very early, utilizing the heavy head oil, and also something that wouldn't go beserk once it hit the dry.

It's possible for me to play a tight line like 15 to 10 staying inside other bowlers, or play deep like 20 to 10 with slow speed as well.  As long as you have a ton of oil the Scorcher is managable from many angles, and won't loose carry or hit from that.

Obviously a higher track will make the ball start earlier than a low track will, it's semi speed sensitive because we're talking about the floods here.  Since this ball wasn't designed to cover many boards you can't swing it way out and expect it to bounce back.  YOu can tug the line some and it will hold, but once dry becomes more apparent the ball will move sooner.

The more oil you see the better the ball will play, it will grow a beard after the first game once it absorbed more oil, which will cause it to roll harder and earlier.  As I said before it will hit and carry like all other Visionary equipment does on the floods, which is a plus.

The only down side is that since the ball abosrbs all this oil, it makes clean up a pain in the rear.

If you need more hook/roll apply some oil to the ball before league starts, where you'll get that is beyond me but Visionary says to do so...

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Re: Scorcher
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2004, 12:25:05 AM »
This was one of my first finger-tipped balls. I got it 13# 3.72 top weight 3-4 pin(I think? lol) Got this ball a few years ago but I sold it. I had this one along with a Crimson Executioner. And this ball is meant for the straight baller.When I was starting out I loved this ball. I shot my first 600 series with it and averaged 150 at age 12. As I grew I wanted to hook the ball more and got a X-Factor. The Scorcher could not compete with it. Yes the Scorcher is a very good oil ball though. It is about in the same league as my Fuel. Like I said if you throw the ball straight this is a dream ball, if you hook it STAY AWAY!! ( unless you want a spare ball)  
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Re: Scorcher
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2004, 12:22:42 PM »
After a great deal of digging, my driller found this ball from one of  his distributors. That was no easy task, seeing as how Visionary was out of them! On to the review:

Specs: 16.12 lbs
             Pin 3-4"
             Top 2.6 oz
Drilled: pin next to ring, cg stacked below, small weight hole on pap, box finish

  Have not thrown this ball in competition just yet, as it is intended to be my flood ball. I have, however, tested it in a couple of patterns.

Condition 1: Medium-heavy volume 10-10 taken down to 40 feet.

  On this pattern the Scorcher could be played from a variety of angles, but carry was off an on, as the ball dug its teeth into the clean backends and lost a bit of energy.

Condition 2: Heavy volume up front 10-10 and taken down to 36 feet.

  On this pattern the Scorcher was simply an animal. It got rolling very early and gave a smooth and predictable arc to and through the pocket. The ball could be played anywhere from down and in to deep inside on this pattern, as the heavier volume up front allowed the ball to do what it does best: chew through oil.

  Overall this ball is impressive. It appears that the more oil you have, the more this ball will impress you. I've heard that it doesn't polish easily, and I would not advise trying. This ball was meant for oil, thick, soupy, oil, period. If you throw it on the conditions for which it was designed, you will not be disappointed. No surprise, this is another winner from Visionary.
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Re: Scorcher
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2005, 09:47:36 PM »
The only Scorcher here is the rank smell

Ball Specs::
13.6lbs after drill
Flip Pin Location- Leverage (3 3/8" from axis) - for best length / hook combination.
Locator Pin Location- 1:30 ( / ) - (Strong Arc) - place the locator pin to the left of the thumb

Lane Conditions- Various, ball seems to hook more as my alley put more oil out.

Reaction from the Scorcher was just how I drilled it. It had a very nice arc right to the pocket. Could not possibly make this ball snap if I tried. Very nice rolling for all types.

Hook out of this ball wasnt really what I was expecting, but yet again I was about 11 at the time. I also was using a brace. Doing so I probably hooked it a good 10 boards or so. Shot 6.. something with this ball my 3rd time out in league.

Control with the Scorcher is terfreckinrific! I could not miss with this ball. It had always found a way to recover. Threw it to far right, it would get a few boards more, threw it to far left, it held line and came in flush.

Hit with the Scorcher wasnt to grand because of the obvious that it was only 13 pounds. But for a 13 pounder it sure did get me allot of strikes. I had to keep the ball a little bit higher in the pocket because it would just bounce off the pins cause of weight.

Readability can be related to the control. I always knew what this ball was going to do once I threw it. I knew if I threw I horrible shot, of course I would not get a good result, but if it was somewhat close to my line, I knew I had a good chance of striking.

Overall this ball has been a great one. It was my second finger tipped ball and it helped me practice my mechanics and such. It was a sad day when I had to sell it cause it was WAY to light for me A great ball by Visionary though. If you have the chance to pick one of these stink bombs up, do it! If you dont, well, your Stupid
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