Linds Easy Flip Solid

by Bob Johnson 0

48 Hook 14.5 Length 15.5 Breakpoint Shape

Core Design: The earplug-shaped symmetrical core design encourages length and flip. The RG is rather high at 2.57 and the Diff is healthy at .047. These numbers add to the length and flip motion shape downlane.

Coverstock: The Easy Flip solid reactive cover is sanded at 2000 matte, which supplies ample oil traction. Colors are a mix of deep reds and black. Oil traction is above average and response time off drier boards is moderate.

Manufacturer’s Intent: Said Linds spokesman Gary Arntzen: “The Easy Flip Black and Red, with its solid cover stock and 2000 Abralon finish, will handle heavier oil patterns than the Pearl (reviewed on page 62). Our testing has shown these balls will perform as well as their mid-priced brethren, yet at an entry-level price.”

Test Results: This ball will offer a controlled move in medium oil with a strong arcing finish. On our test patterns, both house and Sport, the Easy Flip Solid was very usable and rewarded us with above-average pin carry. This ball was a few boards stronger than the earlier Easy Solid (July 2010). The breakpoint also was more angular for all three release styles. I wouldn’t classify this model as providing skid/flip motion in any sense, though. It offers more of a skid/hard arc shape when leaving the oil patterns. Linds also keeps the retail price very friendly in today’s competitive marketplace, a marketing plus for sure.

When to Use: Bowlers will find a multitude of uses for the Solid, somewhat contingent on layout choice. Higher pins will delay the response in the midlane while quickening the motion off dry boards downlane. The EFS had no problem on any of our medium volumes, house or Sport shots, regardless of pin up or down layout. We simply played a few boards inside the oil line and watched the core and cover do their thing. We particularly liked the 4” pin distances as they allowed the core to perform at maximum efficiency. Players on a budget, or those just looking for premium performance at mid-level pricing, should definitely give both Easy Flips a serious look.

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.