900 Global: War Eagle

by Bob Johnson 0

52.5 Hook 14.5 Length 16 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “The War Eagle uses the same core shape as the Eagle [May 2011], but has been modified to produce a higher RG and lowered differential,” says Paul Figliomeni, 900 Global’s new director of sales and marketing. “The coverstock and surface are unchanged, so the War Eagle provides more length with more angularity to the pocket. It is also the first multi-color ball in the Eagle Line.”

Core Design: The newly modified asymmetric core’s RG has been raised from 2.48 to 2.50. The differential and PSA have been lowered to .047 (from .058) and .019 (from .024), respectively. We saw upwards of 5 inches of track flare with stronger flaring layouts such as our 65x4x30 and 60x4.5x60 dual angle varieties.

Coverstock: The War Eagle has the same S-70 cover formula and 4000-grit finish found on the original Eagle and Black Eagle (March 2012). Colors this time around are a mix of red and sky blue. Response time is moderate off friction, and oil traction is slightly above average. The Ra is 4.6. The effective surface grit is 4550.

Test Results: The War Eagle matched up on most fresh house and medium Sport patterns. The entire Eagle lineup provides an impressive array of aggressive motion choices for most medium to medium-heavy oil conditions — in other words, about 80 percent of the typical house or Sport lane conditions that most bowlers will see. The S-70 coverstock can be polished by those looking for a more skid/flip motion shape, or sanded with lower grits for even heavier oil patterns. The War Eagle has a well-balanced core/cover, and emphasizes moderate mid-lane traction with a continuous breakpoint in the last 20 feet. 900 Global covers have proven themselves to perform (roll predictability with good carry power) and last longer than some others on the market.

When to Use: Use the War Eagle when facing either fresh or slightly broken-down patterns, requiring an assertive down-lane motion. We are seeing more and more examples of asymmetric core designs excelling on fresh patterns — more so than on severely beaten-up patterns. The fact that asymmetric cores can provide a quicker breakpoint read in the midlane is likely the reason. Another plus is the versatility of the S-70 coverstock, one of the strongest formulas available when surfaced at 500 or 1000 grit.

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.

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