Seismic: Aftermath Pearl

by Bob Johnson 0

49.5 Hook 15 Length 15.5 Breakpoint Shape

Core Design: The powerful assymetric Insignia core provides a low RG range (2.48), a hefty Diff (.054) and mass bias strength of .016. We saw nearly 6” of track flare with the 3 and 4” layouts.

Coverstock: The pearl cover supplies average oil traction and a quick response off dry boards. Coloring is a blend of royal blue and red copper. The surface is smoothed with 4000 grit, then polished to a high gloss.

Manufacturer’s Intent: Seismic’s Ryan Press offered the following description of the new Aftermath Pearl: “Combining a new medium strength AVC-ET Pearl coverstock and a modified version of the Powerful Insignia core, the Aftermath Pearl is the perfect ‘go to’ ball for all medium and medium-heavy oil patterns.”

Test Results: The Aftermath rolls very smoothly, even though there is a pearl additive infused into the cover formula. The fact that this pearl additive is light helps the ball have slightly better traction in oil while tempering its quickness off drier boards. The core revved easily and made more of a hard arc than a flip motion when sniffing the drier boards after leaving the oil. One could say the Aftermath lineup offers a benchmark ball’s predictability with just a touch more power downlane. We also felt the Aftermath displayed better-than-average continuation downlane despite the fact its core is asymmetric in design.

When to Use: Most release styles will find a multitude of uses with the Aftermath Pearl thanks to its stronger core dynamics and average coverstock strength. The result of a stronger core-to-shell ratio is easier length through the fronts and midlane, with a touch more attitude at the breakpoint. Our favorite layouts enhanced this ratio; we loved the 60x3.5x30 layout with a P-3 weight hole. Our most conservative layout, which revved very fast with a slower move downlane, was a 35x5x65 layout with a P-2 weight hole. These two layouts were about 3-4 boards apart in total hook. Those encountering heavier oil volumes need simply scuff the 4000-grit surface with a 1500 or 1000 grit to see about 4-5 boards added hook as well as an earlier breakpoint read.

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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