53 Hook 13.5 Length 14.5 Breakpoint Shape
Manufacturer’s Intent: “Our goal was to create a stronger version of the highly popular C(System) versa-max [March 2012],” says Brunswick’s Billy Orlikowski. “We also wanted a ball motion with mid-lane control and strong continuation after the lane pattern has broken down. We achieved these goals by transferring the technology in the CFT versa-max coverstock to a new base and designing the new Ultra Low Dual Flip I-Block symmetrical core to achieve the targeted performance.”
Core Design: The symmetric core of the maxxed out is modified from what was used in the very successful versa-max. It’s basically a shorter, fatter version. The RG is lower at 2.46 (compared to 2.52) and the differential remains strong at .056. This design revs quickly and easily off the hand and produces a smoother move downlane. We saw a maximum of 6 inches of track flare.
Coverstock: Surrounding the new core design is the CFT maxxed-out solid reactive coverstock. Colors are a subdued blend of cobalt blue and teal. The factory finish is sanded with a 4000 Siaair pad, which improves usability on wet/dry patterns as well as overall traction. The response time off friction areas is moderate, while oil traction is slightly above average. The medium Ra reading increases the oil read and lessens any over/under tendencies.
Test Results: Brunswick offers Pro Performance products (the Nexus balls), High Performance (the versa-max and the new maxxed-out), followed by Affordable and Entry Level lines, which provide various hook and motion shapes at different price levels. The maxxed-out rolls sooner and hooks stronger than the versa-max. The new solid cover and lower RG core create faster revs and quicker transitions throughout the midlane and backend. Our benchmark layout of 60x4.5x40 gave us extended usability on our heavier and medium-heavy volumes, but labored when the mids went away and we were forced deeper inside. This is the “bag-it” time when the versa-max should make an appearance.
When to Use: Use when an earlier breakpoint and a smooth down-lane breakpoint are warranted. We also loved our looks on a fresh Sport pattern from 12-board to the gutter. Speed-dominant and/or rev-challenged players should give this ball a serious look.