Brunswick: C(System) Maxxed Out

by Bob Johnson 0

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.

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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