March 16th, 2013 | Published in Ball Reviews
52.5 Hook 14.5 Length 15.5 Breakpoint Shape
Manufacturer’s Intent: “Our target was a hybrid between the original Meanstreak [December 2012] and C•(System) maxxed-out [September 2012],” says Billy Orlikowski, Brunswick’s product manager. “With its Rough Buff finish, the Meanstreak Brawler skids easily through the front part of the lane, revving strong in the midlane for a strong, continuous breakpoint. This combination of coverstock and core creates an extremely versatile motion on medium dry to medium oily lane conditions.”
Core Design: The medium RG symmetrical core incorporates more mass near the center to lower the RG to 2.53 and provide enough differential, .048. We saw nearly 5.5 inches of track flare with our 3.5-inch pin distance layout, perfect for those who want to increase total hook.
Coverstock: The Meanstreak Brawler’s cover formula is a hybrid, with a 500-grit sanded surface and a Rough Buff top coat. Brunswick calls this cover Addaptive (P+F), which stands for projection and friction. Colors are a vibrant mix of blue solid and gold and bronze pearls. Response time off dry is moderately quick and oil traction is average, yet stronger than the Meanstreak. The Ra is aggressive at 2.6, as is the effective surface grit of 5000.
Test Results: For those who felt the first Meanstreak may have gone a little too long or wasn’t quite aggressive enough through carrydown, your prayers have been answered. The new ball solves those issues with a more assertive mid-lane motion, due to the core and cover mix. Overall motion shape is more rounded (arcing) and plays well into the hands of those with firmer ball speed or lower rev rates. Testing also showed extended usability as the lanes transitioned. Moves inside still carried very well for our low, medium and higher rev rates.
When to Use: We had great looks on both fresh and slightly broken-down house or Sport patterns. The extra mid-lane motion played well into this early good look. As transition occurred, 2-1 moves or parallel moves allowed us to keep this ball in hand and continue to carry. We felt the original Meanstreak gave us a better look through later transition, as the all-pearl cover and slightly higher RG core retained energy better. The Meanstreak Brawler, as with the other three balls in the High Performance category — Meanstreak, C•(System) maxxed-out and C• (System) versa-max (March 2012) — are some of our favorite nuggets from the folks at Brunswick.