DV8: Hell Raiser Revenge

by Bob Johnson 0

60 Hook 12 Length 16 Breakpoint Shape

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.

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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