Columbia 300 Ransom Demand

by Bob Johnson 0

53 Hook 15 Length 16 Breakpoint Shape

Core Design: This ball’s Full-Swing asymmetric core configuration supplies a medium-low RG of 2.51, a strong Diff of .056 and a versatile mass bias strength of .015. We found this core can create nearly 6” of track flare with aggressive layouts using weight holes positioned 3” or more from a bowler’s PAP.

Coverstock: The Super Tilt 2.0 coverstock formula handles moderate amounts of oil with aplomb and finishes with a quick, strong move off drier boards. It has a versatile medium to medium-heavy oil volume cover with enhanced angularity downlane. Colors are a fusion of black and crimson and comes in 800, 1k, 2k and 4k grits.

Manufacturer’s Intent: Says Bugsy Kelly, Columbia Brand Manager, “The Ransom Demand was designed to give bowlers more performance at the upper mid-performance level. Plus, we are donating a portion of the proceeds from each ball to four great bowling charities.

Test Results: The core shape and quick-responding cover formula join forces to create easy push and a strong arc/flip motion. We compared the Ransom Demand directly to the new Eruption (July 2011) and a World Beater (Feb. ‘11). You’ll be happy to know there is zero overlap among these most recent Columbia releases. The World Beater is their best on heavier oil, with its strong midlane motion. The Eruption was great on light to medium volumes with its skid/flip motion. The Ransom Demand fits sweetly between as it handles oil better than the Eruption, yet has more length and backend than the World Beater. Many women bowling in the 2011 Women’s U.S. Open used this ball and the new Eruption as deeper inside angles were the norm all week.

When to Use: The ball gave us our best match-ups on the medium volume house or Sport shots. Its inherent long and strong motion characteristics played best when we opened up our launch angles and played inside the oil line. Drier patterns should be considered only by those who possess higher speed-to-rev ratios as the Ransom Demand is extremely angular when it sniffs dry areas on the lane.

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.