Brunswick DV8 Hell Raiser

by Bob Johnson 0

53 Hook 15 Length 16 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: Nick Smith, Brunswick’s Northwest product specialist, says, “The DV8 brand is all about attitude, and Hell Raiser is the Daddy. This ball is not just another option for performance; it will be the standard. This ball was designed to retain energy and unleash hell on the backend with its hybrid reactive coverstock and all-new asymmetric core design.”

Core Design: Supplying power to the new Hell Raiser is a new asymmetric shape with impressive numbers. The RG is 2.53, the Diff .054 and the mass bias is .016. We saw nearly 6” of track flare with strong 3” and 4” layouts.
Coverstock: The Class Five reactive cover is all about aggressiveness off drier boards. The responsiveness off dry is quick, while oil traction is moderate. Box finish is sanded with 500/1500 grit and then rough buff shined. Colors are a youthful red, yellow and black mix.

Test Results: We tested the new Hell Raiser with much anticipation and expectations. This was due to the hype surrounding this super-backend polished reactive from the folks at the Big B. Brunswick-made products have owned the distinction of control and smoothness off the back-end portion of the lanes, so could they produce a skid/flip motion? The simple answer: Yes. The new Hell Raiser was clean through the fronts with no signs of oil wiggle downlane. The reaction off dry was quick and decisive, especially for a Big B-made product. It wasn’t the strongest we’ve ever seen, but it wasn’t tame either. It reminded me of a stronger Intense Inferno (July 2004).

When to Use: We saw our best looks on medium to medium-heavy volumes. Too much oil and the Hell Raiser may over-shoot the breakpoint. A scuffing with a Sia air pad between 1k and 2k will help players see an earlier, stronger midlane read while maintaining an aggressive breakpoint. Most styles will easily be able to play 3-6 boards inside the oil line and send this beast toward friction areas. Our favorite layouts used 4” and 5” pins above the fingers, which quickened the response off friction.

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.