June 4th, 2012 | Published in Ball Reviews
48 Hook 16 Length 15.5 Breakpoint Shape
Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Ebonite Innovate was designed to offer a really long and angular motion that people typically do not associate with the Ebonite brand,” says Ed Gallagher. “We used the Verve core design with its lower differential and lower intermediate differential numbers. This is a really fun ball to throw when you need a ball to corner really hard.”
Core Design: The Verve asymmetric core was first used in the Warning Sign (December 2011). With strong dynamics in weights 12-16, the RG of 2.49 and .046 Differential offer ample motion options for any style of bowler. The intermediate diff strength is .010. We saw nearly 5.5 inches of track flare with our 3-, 4- and 5-inch layouts.
Coverstock: The Innovate HTR 3.0 reactive pearl coverstock supplies the strong move off friction. This third-generation HTR cover is factory sanded with 800, 1000 and 2000 and then polished to a high gloss. Oil traction is limited, while friction responsiveness is moderately quick. Coloring is a fusion of red, navy and purple. The ball’s low Ra level enhances the ease of length.
Test Results: As with most smoothly polished pearlized coverstocks, the Innovate displayed easy length, even when seeing some burned friction areas. In fact, we purposely created these high-friction areas to better see the energy retention and back-end shape offered by this month’s products. The Innovate was definitely one of our favorites, as it rarely hooked too soon or ran out of hitting and carry power. It created an angular breakpoint on some oil patterns but not on all, which is not a detraction in any way. Fact is, the smooth motion made the Innovate easier to read downlane. The overall hook motion and ease of length reminded me of the Ebonite One pearl (March 2009).
When to Use: The Innovate did not perform well on any of our heavier oil volume patterns. It did, however, play great on a longer 44-foot pattern when drilled with a 60x4x30 layout. This quick-response layout allowed for a decisive and angular move when playing deeper inside angles. Most bowlers, though, will find more uses on light- to medium-volume oil patterns or those with shorter oil distances.