Brunswick DV8 Misfit

by Bob Johnson 0

47 Hook 15.5 Length 15 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Misfits will appeal to a wide range of bowler, from the strike machines looking to fill an arsenal all the way to the Cosmic bowler, looking to make a statement with an ultra high-def black light glow,” says Nick Smith. “The Misfit offers outrageous colors for bowlers seeing lots of friction.”

Core Design: The Misfit’s symmetric core is short and stout. This helps round out the hook shape. The RG is medium at 2.51 and the Diff conservative at .040. We saw nearly 4.5” of track flare with the 3” and 4” layouts.
Coverstock: The Misfit is available in two color combinations: an orange surface with blue, and a yellow with magenta. Both look great under black lights due to special color-enhancing additives. The Class One reactive surfaces are 500 sanded with both rough buff and high-gloss polish applied. Oil traction is limited, while the response off dry is moderately quick.

Test Results: The Misfit is most definitely the tamest and easiest of the three new DV8 releases to play near the friction. We still saw some spark off friction zones, but not nearly as quickly or as pronounced as the other two balls. The Misfit will be great for beginners or down-and-in players who love to play closer toward the second arrow, where most of the lane friction lives. Hitting and carry power was contingent on the consistency and power created by the individual. This is likely due to the conservative nature of the cover and core dynamics.

When to Use: Use on light to light-medium volumes when there’s a defined friction area and/or clean backends. In other words, when your stronger ball reads too early or hits flat, the Misfits will come to play. Tame covers and cores do not equate with weak hitting power; it generally means they simply require lower amounts of oil for length through the fronts and midlane. Weaker cores/covers also can have problems fighting through oil carrydown, but a light surface scuffing can remedy this minor annoyance for most release styles.

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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