Columbia 300: World Beater

by Bob Johnson 0

54 Hook 14.5 Length 15.5 Breakpoint Shape

Core Design: The new Arrowhead asymmetric core has a 2.54 RG, a .055 Diff and a .017 mass bias strength. The core revs easier than the RG would indicate, and the breakpoint shape is a strong arc. Flaring was nearly 6” with all three drilling layouts, all of which incorporated lower quadrant weight holes.

Coverstock: The World Beater’s Super Tilt solid reactive cover is going to attract attention with its three-color fusion of blacks, blues and orange. The surface is sanded with 800, 1000 and 2000 grits. Response time off drier boards was moderately quick and oil traction was well above average.

Manufacturer’s Intent: Said Columbia 300’s Brand Manager, Bugsy Kelly, “Our R&D department set out to make a very strong yet versatile ball that, out of box, will handle heavy oil conditions, yet can be modified to work great on medium to medium-dry conditions.”

Test Results: The World Beater’s new core shape creates a slightly different down-lane look than seen from the lower RG cores of the Pure Physics and Outburst. On average, most release styles will see later rev action near the mid-lane with a more angular move when encountering friction. Not that the WB core is lopey; it’s just not as fast off the release. The cover formula is aggressive enough to handle most medium to heavier volumes as we saw no signs of carrydown wiggle or hook-out. The core/cover combo is matched for players with a consistent read in the midlane and back-end portion.

When to Use: The World Beater gave my test staff its best looks on 42’ and longer patterns with box finish. On shorter patterns, the aggressive WB required higher sanding grits or some polish to delay its powerful motion between 35’ and 40’. The higher drill angles were best for slower speed, rev-dominant types and medium volumes of oil. On THS patterns, the World Beater needed to start inside the oil line and get sent just into the friction areas for its best look. Our lone speed-dominant tester could play closer toward the friction area and still see enough length and angularity.

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.