Brunswick Diamondback

by Bob Johnson 0

53 Hook   13 Length   14.5 Breakpoint Shape

Core Design: The Diamondback’s Rocket core provides an RG of 2.53 with a .043 Diff. This core is also used in the Rattler and Copperhead. Testing showed an average 4.5” of track flare with stronger layouts.

Coverstock: This is the first ball with the Activator cover formula offered at the Advanced Performance price point. This edition is sanded with a 2000 Micron pad. The cover is a blending of blacks and yellows. Response time is above average off dry, and traction in oil was good.

Manufacturer’s Intent: The Diamondback is a solid color alternative to the Rattler. This ball is first finished at 500, then directly jumped to 2000 Micron pad. It has the Rocket core and Activator, with the differences being the color and finish of the ball. “The Diamondback is very complementary to the Python, Rattler and Copperhead. These four balls create a wide range of ball motions in our Advanced Performance line,” says Bill Orlikowski.

Test Results: The Diamondback is one heavy-rolling solid reactive. Its roll characteristic is decidedly stronger than the other three snake entries from the Big B. The closest ball reaction of the three was the Copperhead, but the Diamondback hooked 3-4 boards more and had slightly more angularity. The Diamondback gave us predictability and power on oilier and medium volumes, but we all preferred our looks on the oilier patterns most. The D-back’s strongest features are its secure read in the midlane and lack of any late lane wiggle. Brunswick’s four mid-priced choices let anyone create an extremely versatile arsenal.

When to Use: The Diamondback rolls quickly and strongly in the midlane, coupled with a strong, continuous arcing breakpoint shape. We needed to stay inside the oil line on all of our medium patterns, or the ball could hook-out some. Higher speed players could overcome this better than those with more moderate speed, plus have more applications for this mid-priced super-hooker. Slower speeds will likely need to smooth the surface to 4000 or higher to help clear the midlane and delay the rotational forces.

— Joe Cerar Jr.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.