March 11th, 2011 | Published in Ball Reviews
58 Hook 14 Length 16 Breakpoint Shape
Core Design: The 1.0 asymmetric core shape offers a low RG of 2.49 with a Diff reading of .050. The mass bias strength comes in at .013. Testing showed nearly 6” of track flare with all three pin distances (3”, 4”, 5”) all with lower quadrant weight holes.
Coverstock: The XL1300 reactive cover is colored in black pearl. The factory finish is 800, 1, 2 and 3K grits. Oil traction is above average and response time off drier boards is moderately quick. The original red Mission used XL1200, while the Mission 2.0 featured XL1250.
Manufacturer’s Intent: Ebonite Brand Manager Ed Gallagher said, “The intent on the $250 K was to create a line extension for the successful Mission Series that enhanced the mid-lane strength and reinforced the back-end continuation. This was accomplished with the new XL1300 coverstock. The strength of the series has also been its 1.0 core design.”
Test Results: With the success of the two earlier Missions, it was inevitable that a third edition wouldn’t be far off. This new oil monger appears somewhat similar to the fast-revving, strong-arcing motion shape of the first two models. The subtle difference we noticed was a touch more total hook and angularity in the back-end portion of the lane. My suggestion to those owning one of the earlier releases would be to utilize a different layout or surface prep so as not to experience any overlap in total hook or motion shape. All three Missions offer a very secure midlane read on medium to heavier oil volumes with a strong arcing motion downlane.
When to Use: The Mission line handles oilier volumes and longer oil patterns easily. To create an aggressive, late breakpoint, bowlers may need to delay the dynamics with higher drill angles or varied pin distances, contingent on your release. It also may be necessary to polish the coverstock due to its aggressive nature. Our favorite layouts had 4” pin distances both above and below the fingers. Speed-dominant players and rev-challenged release styles are perfect fits for the Mission lineup.