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57 Hook 12 Length 14.5 Breakpoint Shape

Core Design: The beastly symmetrical core for the OMG (one of our favorite internet acronyms) also has been used in the Shred-It and Shredder balls, albeit this edition has a higher RG and lower Diff. This half-metrical core boasts an RG level of 2.52 and a 5” flaring .044 Diff rating.

Coverstock: The F84 cover is the strongest to date from AMF. Coloring is a mix of purples and blacks. The factory finish is sanded to a 1000 grit. Oil traction came in at well above average, while the response time downlane off friction was moderately quick.

Manufacturer’s Intent: Said AMF spokesman Eric Thomas, “OMG is the follow-up to our Mega Friction release. It has the most hook potential we have produced to date. What makes this ball unique is that it is very strong in oil, yet will not roll out or expend energy too early. It has great retention. The Mega Friction provided us with the most hook in oil; this takes it to the next level.”

Test Results: The OMG provided excellent traction in heavier oil while maintaining above-average downlane continuation, as long as the oil holds up. When the OMG encounters early friction, some loss of back-end motion will almost certainly show up, except for players with extreme speed dominance. The 1000-grit factory surface further enhances oil traction, but also lessens the angularity one would see with a smoother grit application. We found the OMG to have more uses and longer use times with 2k- or 4k-grit surfaces while still hooking plenty overall. At 4k grit, the total hook rating only reduced to 55.5, whereas the breakpoint shape rose to 15.5.

When to Use: With box finish (1k), use on heavier/longer patterns utilizing 3 to 4.5” pin distance drilling to maximize back-end motion in oil. Slower speeds or higher rev rate styles will prefer longer pin distance drillings of 4.5 to 6” to help lessen flare for added push and energy retention. Skid/flip layouts can also work well for those looking for later flaring and a more angular breakpoint motion. Drilling with higher drill-to-VAL angles will help this coupled with the appropriate pin distance and surface.

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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