December 6th, 2011 | Published in Ball Reviews
53 Hook 15 Length 16 Breakpoint Shape
Core Design: This ball’s Full-Swing asymmetric core configuration supplies a medium-low RG of 2.51, a strong Diff of .056 and a versatile mass bias strength of .015. We found this core can create nearly 6” of track flare with aggressive layouts using weight holes positioned 3” or more from a bowler’s PAP.
Coverstock: The Super Tilt 2.0 coverstock formula handles moderate amounts of oil with aplomb and finishes with a quick, strong move off drier boards. It has a versatile medium to medium-heavy oil volume cover with enhanced angularity downlane. Colors are a fusion of black and crimson and comes in 800, 1k, 2k and 4k grits.
Manufacturer’s Intent: Says Bugsy Kelly, Columbia Brand Manager, “The Ransom Demand was designed to give bowlers more performance at the upper mid-performance level. Plus, we are donating a portion of the proceeds from each ball to four great bowling charities.
Test Results: The core shape and quick-responding cover formula join forces to create easy push and a strong arc/flip motion. We compared the Ransom Demand directly to the new Eruption (July 2011) and a World Beater (Feb. ‘11). You’ll be happy to know there is zero overlap among these most recent Columbia releases. The World Beater is their best on heavier oil, with its strong midlane motion. The Eruption was great on light to medium volumes with its skid/flip motion. The Ransom Demand fits sweetly between as it handles oil better than the Eruption, yet has more length and backend than the World Beater. Many women bowling in the 2011 Women’s U.S. Open used this ball and the new Eruption as deeper inside angles were the norm all week.
When to Use: The ball gave us our best match-ups on the medium volume house or Sport shots. Its inherent long and strong motion characteristics played best when we opened up our launch angles and played inside the oil line. Drier patterns should be considered only by those who possess higher speed-to-rev ratios as the Ransom Demand is extremely angular when it sniffs dry areas on the lane.