Radical Slant

by Bob Johnson 0

51 Hook 15 Length 16.5 Breakpoint Shape

Core Design: The Booster asymmetric core shape may look conservative, but the numbers and performance prove otherwise. The low RG rating of 2.47 insures quick and easy revs. The 0.47 Diff and .025 mass bias allow for a multitude of motion shapes contingent upon layout choice.

Coverstock: The Slant’s copper and purple pearl coverstock is factory polished in a high gloss. The aggressive coverstock nature supplies a quick and decisive move off drier boards, yet oil traction is slightly limited due to the out-of-box finish process.

Manufacturer’s Intent: “My intent was to create a strong asymmetrical core ball that would be ideal for the league bowler, matching up perfectly with the house shot at box finish,” said Phil Cardinale, Radical Bowling President and ball designer. “The coverstock does not have a name; it is simply a friction-enhanced pearl. The cover has a friction enhancer, the pearlized cover clears the front, but the additive allows it to be strong mid-lane, not a normal pearl characteristic.”

Test Results: Long and strong describes Radical’s debut ball. The coverstock’s traction additive pretty much alleviates any wiggle when used well inside the oil line. The mix of the additive and pearl enhances the quickness of the Slant’s response off friction. The ball’s strength is its ability to read friction and create angularity. Even our pin-down layouts displayed some skid/flip tendencies, but the pin above the fingers was decidedly quicker at the breakpoint. When we scuffed the surface to 1000k, the Slant could hang in there with many super-hookers with 55-58 real world hook ratings.

When to Use: Consider the Slant when looking for an aggressive pearl reactive to open up the lane pattern. Down-and-in players will need pin distances near 6” and below the fingers to induce more forward roll in the final 20 feet. Pin distances near 4 and 5” will retain axis rotation longer and add to the sideways motion of the Boost core design. Scuffing the surface with Scotch Brite or a sanding pad will increase traction up front and reduce the flip off dry, beneficial for speed-dominant types.

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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