Seismic: Insignia Dominion

by Bob Johnson 0

52 Hook 15 Length 15.5 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Dominion has been in the works literally since 2009, with the concept developed at the same time as the Epicenter [October 2009], our first-ever asymmetric cored ball,” says Seismic’s Ryan Press. “Since then, we have formulated new coverstocks and advanced the initial concept to what we have today. And after overwhelming demand from our customers for a hybrid coverstock, we are delighted to announce the release of the Insignia Dominion Hybrid.”

Core Design: The Insignia Dominion incorporates the Insignia asymmetric core design. The RG is medium with a 2.50 reading, the differential moderate at .045, and the PSA strength average with its .015 mark. We saw nearly 5.5 inches of track flare with both 4.5-inch layouts.

Coverstock: The newly formulated LNC/R hybrid cover was born from the LNS solid cover of the Solaris Blackout (February 2011) and the LNS pearl cover of the Euphoria. This edition brings out the best of each. The color is a fusion of alizarin red and black. The factory finish is 4000-grit Abralon. Response time is moderately quick off dry, while oil traction measures slightly below average.

Test Results: The selling point of this new ball from our friends across the pond (Ireland) is the usability and control it offers. Most hybrids offer easier length than a solid, with more control downlane than many pearlized covers. The Insignia Dominion is one such product. The core revs quickly and the cover was controllable and arcing in nature at the end of the pattern. We saw slight front-lane lope from this core, but it recovered nicely during the mid-lane hook phase and late-lane roll phase. We also experienced no carry issues through medium amounts of oil carrydown with the box 4000 grit.

When to Use: Down-and-in player styles should consider longer pin distances from their PAP and lower position pin locations below the fingers to help this core/cover combination roll more smoothly in the final 30 feet of the oil pattern. More heavily oiled environments likely will require lower sanding grits to improve mid-lane grab and overall total hook. Players looking for a skid/flip breakpoint shape should apply their favorite polish and use higher-ratio drill-to-VAL angles, which further increase length and quicken response time.

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.