DV8: Misfit Neon Yellow Pearl

by Bob Johnson 0

46.5 Hook 16.5 Length 15 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “We wanted to give bowlers another option on lower oil volumes,” says DV8’s R&D engineer, Aaron Koch. “The Misfit Pearl, with its Class 1L cover and higher RG, lower differential version of the Misfit core, provides the bowler with extremely easy length to the breakpoint while maintaining a strong, continuous motion to the pit.”

Core Design: The symmetric high-RG core used in this Misfit has a 2.54 RG and .032 differential, which has been reduced by .008 from the original Misfit core to lower the flare. The maximum flare we saw was nearly 3.5 inches with 3.5- to 4-inch pin distance layouts.

Coverstock: The neon yellow color of this newest Misfit is sure to attract attention on the lanes. The factory surface of the Class 1L coverstock is sanded with 500-grit SiaAir pads, then Rough Buff and high-gloss polished. Response time off friction is moderate, and oil traction is very limited. The Ra value measures 1.4. The surface grit is 5600.

Test Results: We saw easy length with a reasonably strong back-end motion from the first Misfits we tested back in September 2011. The new 2013 edition incorporates a lesser-flaring core to help reduce total hook and back-end reaction. The beauty of all the Misfits is their uncanny ability to navigate burnt heads and midlane. While testing on our “fried” oil patterns, we decided to scuff with a 4000 pad. To our surprise, we still saw very good length. Hitting and carry power were very good with both good and not-so-good releases. In general, the Misfits hooked a few boards less than a like-drilled Reckless, yet with more length.

When to Use: The drier the pattern, the better our looks became with the Neon Yellow Pearl Misfit. The pearlized cover and tame core will give heavy-handed players a look on some medium oil varieties when a more direct line is in play. Slower speed players will also enjoy this ball’s ability to retain axis rotation and provide impressive energy at the pins. Ir further expands the range of motion for DV8 balls.

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.