Brunswick DV8 Reckless

by Bob Johnson 0

50.5 Hook 15 Length 15 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Reckless fires on all cylinders in the style of a true benchmark ball,” says DV8’s Nick Smith. “Loft the cap or play the twig, right-handed or left-handed, eyes open or closed, it will strike. The Reckless was designed to be the workhorse of the DV8 lineup, made for a wide range of lane conditions and bowlers.”

Core Design: The Reckless’ symmetric core has a medium RG of 2.52 and a 5” flaring .050 Diff. We felt the conservative taller shape helped create easier length with some release forgiveness.

Coverstock: The blue and green color mix is fun and youthful in appearance. The reactive Class Three’s cover finish is factory 500 sanded and rough buff polished. Oil traction was moderate, while responsiveness off drier boards was moderately quick.

Test Results: Naturally, we compared the new Reckless directly against the new Hell Raiser and Misfit. The Reckless fits between those two, albeit a bit closer to the Hell Raiser. On most of our medium-volume test patterns, we needed to play only 2-4 boards closer toward the friction compared to the Hell Raiser, DV8’s strongest ball (so far). When stacked up versus the Misfit, the Reckless was about 2-3 boards stronger off drier areas on the lane while performing similarly in the oil. The Reckless also read the lane about a foot sooner than the Misfit on most patterns. Hitting and carry power was surprisingly close to that of the Hell Raiser on all but the longer (43’) patterns.

When to Use: The Reckless was the standout on the shorter 35- to 39-ft. medium-volume patterns; it easily out-carried the other two DV8s due to exceptional energy retention. Our power guy played about five boards deeper than our tweener, yet both of their shots came off the breakpoint similarly. The roll was heavy with more of a hard arc for those with 45 degrees of axis rotation and above. Our lone low-rev guy carried best with the Hell Raiser’s stronger dynamics. Our favorite layouts were the 4” to 5” distances either above or below the fingers, dependent on desired breakpoint shape.

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.