Ebonite: Endure

by Bob Johnson 0

52 Hook 14 Length 14.5 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “With the all new Ebonite Endure, we have a ball that would be a great complement to the Elevate [January 2012],” says Ebonite Brand Manager Ed Gallagher. “The Endure is a heavy rolling, very continuous product. It’s a great option for bowlers to get a read on the lane conditions.”

Core Design: The new Endure uses the same V5 symmetric core as the Elevate. The core dynamics remain strong with weights 12 through 16. The RG is medium at 2.50, while the Differential is rather beefy at .051. Stronger drill layouts can produce nearly 6 inches of track flare, especially when including flare-increasing weight holes.

Coverstock: The Traxion .039 reactive coverstock is colored with yellows, blues and black. The factory finish is sanded with 500, 1000, 2000 and 3000 grits. Oil traction is above average. Response time off friction is moderately quick. The Ra level measures medium on our optical scanner.

Test Results: The Endure was a pleasant ball to test on our various typical house shot (THS) and Sport patterns. I say pleasant because it was easy to use from various angles of attack, and rarely surprised us with ove or under-reactions. The V5 core revs quickly and evenly through the entire lane, while the cover strength is matched perfectly. On THS patterns we needed to play slightly inside the oil line and just send the Endure toward friction. Its recovery was predictable and strong, but not too strong. On Sport patterns with heavier oil volumes, we just squared up and used a more roll-oriented release, which produced an earlier read and slightly tamer back-end motion. When polished, the ball lost some of the predictability, but we also were able to cross fewer boards. The vibrant coloring seemed helpful when watching its overall hook motion; this typically is not the case.

When to Use: The Endure is designed for medium oil volumes with box finish. This is especially true for those with matched ball-speed-to-rev-rate ratios. Those with speed dominance will either sand the surface with lower grits or use the Endure on shorter or lighter volumes. The opposite holds true for those with rev dominance. Players also will find the Endure has little trouble entering its roll phase quickly when using lower VAL angles, so choose your layout wisely with the help of a qualified IBPSIA pro shop.

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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