February 13th, 2010 | Published in Ball Reviews
53.5 Hook 14.5 Length 16 Breakpoint Shape
Core Design: Powering this edition in the Chemical Friction Technology series is the same asymmetric core design used in the original 2.5 ball. The RG is medium at 2.53, the Diff strong at .050 and the intermediate Diff reads at .017. We saw 5.5” of fast-revving track flare with the 3.5 and 4.5” layouts. The 5.5” layout showed 4” of flare.
Coverstock: The pearl-infused cover is called CFT 3.5 and it garnered Brunswick’s most angular rating of 95 (out of 100). Coloring is a fusion of purple pearl and yellow pears, sanded with a 4000 Micron pad. This cover provided more traction in oil and off dry than the CFT 2.5.
Manufacturer’s Intent: “Our intent for the 3.5 was to develop a ball with a higher friction factor that still had a quick response to friction,” said Brunswick Product Manager Bill Orlikowski. “How we achieved this was to alter the CFT additive in the coverstock. By increasing the size of the molecule, the CFT 3.5 coverstock is able to traction easily through high viscosity oils, higher units of oil and heavy carry down.”
Test Results: The 3.5 is a supercharged version of the 2.5 — one of Brunswick’s most successful balls last year — as it gave us an average of 3-4 boards more total hook, with slightly more attitude off the dry. Rev action is fast and continuous with both balls, and the core/cover combo is designed for length and flip on oilier patterns. We also found slight adjustments in hand position changed the axis rotation enough to see dramatic motion changes downlane. The C System series creates length, traction and an aggressive breakpoint shape off friction.
When to Use: Both C System balls will work well on medium to heavier oil volumes and can handle oil carrydown well, normally not the case for many pearl reactives. This anomaly will disappear some if you’re inclined to polish either ball. Leaving the surface with its box 4000 or lower will provide a more secure midlane breakpoint and preserve traction through late lane carrydown. We enjoyed the 3, 4 and 5” layouts, and saw three distinctly different shapes with each ball.