December 1st, 2009 | Published in Ball Reviews
58 Hook 12 Length 15.5 Breakpoint Shape
Core Design: The Red Death’s symmetric Bomb Massa-core delivers an RG of 2.52 with a .038 Diff. We saw 4.5” of track flare with the 4” and 5” layouts, whereas the 6” pin still produced 3” of flare. Available in 13-16 pounds to preserve the core dynamics.
Coverstock: The Red Death’s cover is a hybrid — Pure Grip reactive. Colored in blood red and death black, it is sanded with a 2000 Abralon pad. Response time off friction is quick and above average in oil.
Manufacturer’s Intent: “Most of our balls have a heavy mid-lane roll and smoother backend, which is good for more control,” says Richie Sposato, Lane #1 honcho. “The Red Death is designed for bowlers looking for a more angular backend on oily lanes. The ball comes with the same core as the Chainsaw Massacre, but we put an all-new solid hybrid coverstock on this one to cut through oil with a big backend. Long-time Lane #1 users might recall our Black Cherry Bomb with its red/black solid cover combination and strong angular move.”
Test Results: The Red Death delivered as promised: big backend, big hook and plenty of pin carry thanks to the Diamond-shaped core. The aggressive breakpoint motion compared to that of the Dynamo series, as its move is quick and sharp. This will help rev-challenged players who have carry trouble due to a lazy breakpoint shape. Power players likely will prefer the Dynamo series as these balls tend to react more slowly and predictably to friction.
When to Use: The Red Death craves oil; without enough of it, the ball will roll up far too early for most styles. Higher speed and lower rev players will find many uses with the box finish; others will prefer 4000 or some polish to facilitate easier length and/or more backend attitude. Our favorite layouts were pins positioned above the fingers between 3.5 and 5” from the PAP. For added length, Sposato says balls should preserve at least ½-oz. positive side weight. He also says earlier and smoother downlane moves can be accomplished with near zero or negative side weights.
– Joe Cerar Jr.