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Manufacturer’s Intent: “The DV8 Hell Raiser Revenge expands the range of ball motion in the DV8 product line,” says Brunswick R&D engineer Aaron Koch. “The new cover and core allow the ball to traction in medium to heavy oil conditions while still delivering the back-end reaction bowlers have come to expect from DV8 products.”
Core Design: The lower 2.48 RG of this version of the asymmetric Hell Raiser core helps it start up sooner. The .056 Diff produces nearly 6.5 inches of track flare with strong layouts and lower quadrant weight holes. The .018 mass bias can be used to fine tune the desired motion shape.
Coverstock: The ball’s cover is a solid reactive mix called Class Seven. The factory finish is Sia air-sanded with 500 and 2000 grits. This profile creates very strong oil traction, yet we still saw a quick response off drier boards downlane. Colors are a fusion of purple, orange and black solids.
Test Results: The mantra from DV8’s premium product line is all about back-end attitude. The original Hell Raiser hybrid (September 2011) incorporated a quick response cover for medium to medium-heavy oil. The new HR Revenge extends this motion range to handle heavier oil volumes in the midlane and backend. When compared directly to a similarly drilled HR hybrid, the Revenge has four to six boards more total hook. Even with the stronger mid-lane motion, we still saw angularity off the spot, which is not always the case with low-grit solid reactives. This entry may be DV8’s top seller in an already impressive lineup.
When to Use: We had great matchups on all of our heavier (25- to 33-ml.) oil volume patterns, with pattern lengths between 37 and 47 feet. On Sport patterns we were able to play three to five boards deeper than with most products, thereby taking advantage of newly developed hook spots. On most of our typical house shots, we would see ample miss room right, but rarely more than one board of miss area inside our intended target. The aggressiveness of motion, the attention-grabbing look and the history of long-lasting coverstocks is sure to make this ball a very popular choice among top players.