Linds Easy Flip Pearl

by Bob Johnson 0

46 Hook 16 Length 16 Breakpoint Shape

Core Design: The Easy Flip Pearl houses the same cylindrical core shape of the Easy Flip Solid. The RG is 2.57 and the Diff .047. We saw nearly 5” of track flare with our 4” layouts and lower quadrant weight holes.

Coverstock: The Easy Flip Pearl’s coverstock is smoothed with 2000 grit, then highly polished for more skid in oil. Colors are a medium red swirl blend. Response time off drier boards is quick and strong, while oil traction is limited with the box polish.

Manufacturer’s Intent: ”The Easy Flip Red Pearl has been designed with a more aggressive coverstock and stronger weight block than our Easy Pearl,” says Linds’ Gary Amtzen. “It will open up the lane more and give a stronger and more continuous back end reaction.”

Test Results: As expected, the Pearl was noticeably longer in oil and quicker off drier boards. The easy length is best suited for light to medium volumes when an angular downlane finish is desired. Do remember that for a ball to be classified as a skid/flip version, it must have limited traction in oil and be responsive off friction. This ball reminded us of the Banger Hole Pounder Pearl from January of 2007. It offers easy push through the fronts and mids, followed by a strong arc/flip toward the pocket. Pin carry was excellent when used on the appropriate lane condition; i.e., light to medium oil with clean backends.
When to Use: Use when trying to open up the lane and increase your launch angle through the fronts. The strong pearl cover responds quickly and strongly off friction areas while showing very good downlane continuation. Heavier and longer patterns will cause some downlane wiggle or inconsistency off the spot. Clean backends will provide the best environment for this highly polished pearl. Our favorite layouts were the 4 and 5” pins from the PAP located above the fingers. Lower pin positions did help temper the reaction a tad, which can help those with higher rev rates and faster ball speed. Think of the EFP as a double dose of length and flip at a bargain price. With each Linds ball, the performance characteristics are improving.

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.