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Brunswick C.(System) ulti-max

The Ulti Max is the latest Pro Performance ball from Brunswick. The Ulti Max uses a new breakthrough in CFT ( Chemical Friction technology) which is a high concentration of the friction additive which enhances projection down lane saving axis rotation so that the ball has more energy and angle going through the pins. This ball works well on medium to heavy oil volumes.

CFT ULTI-MAX Pearl Coverstock

CFT ulti max pearl is our newest breakthrough in Chemical Friction Technology. The CFT ulti-max pearl coverstock uses the highest concentration of the friction additive in order to maximize the chemical system. The key to CFT is creating more traction with chemical friction instead of mechanical friction. By using less mechanical friction to produce hook, the CFT ultimax pearl coverstock provides enhanced projection down the lane while saving axis rotation for more energy on the backend and through the pins.

Dual Flip I-Block Core

The new Dual Flip I - Block core incorporates a top and bottom flip block over a centered mass. The centered mass creates stability while the dual flip blocks keep the core revving to the backend all the way through the pins for improved pin action.

Ball Motion

With its Rough Buff Finish, the C · (System) ulti-max skids effortlessly through the front, saving axis rotation in the mid-lane to grab the backend for strong continuous response to friction that cuts easily through the pins on medium to medium-oily lane conditions.

Reaction Setup

The C·(System) ulti-max can be drilled using the standard drilling techniques developed for asymmetric bowling balls.

Lightweight Engineering

At Brunswick, the unique core shape of each individual ball is used for weights from 14 to 16 pounds. This approach to lightweight ball engineering provides bowlers with consistent ball reaction characteristics across this weight range. At 12 and 13 pounds, Brunswick uses a generic core shape with a RG-differential that is close enough to the 14 to 16 pound shape so the same drilling instructions can be used.

The Brunswick C (System) ulti-max is currently selling for $154.99 and rates a 219.6 on the Perfect Scale®.


Brunswick Lethal revolver

The lethal Revolver is the newest ball in Brunswick’s High Performance category. This low Rg/ high Differential core helps increase flare allowing for a stronger back end motion. The Lethal Revolver is a good choice for medium to high oil volumes it also benefits lower rev rates by giving them more angle to the pocket.

The Brunswick Lethal Revolver is currently selling for $94.99 and rates a 209.5 on the Perfect Scale®.


Brunswick Massive Damage

The latest addition to the Advanced Performance category for Brunswick is the Massive Damage. The Massive Damage uses Activator plus cover on a low Rg/ high differential core to provide a ball motion that has a strong mid-lane with a controllable back end. This ball is well suited for medium oil volumes.

The Brunswick Massive Damage is currently selling for $114.99 and rates a 186.5 on the Perfect Scale®.


Brunswick’s Siege

Brunswick Siege is a new high end ball designed to combat heavier volume oil patterns. The Siege has a asymmetric core named M.A.C.E. (Mechanical Asymmetric Core Engineering) which is a very Low RG core designed work with a new coverstock call Recoil. The M.A.C.E. core’s High differential will assist traction in higher volume patterns and the High RG asymmetric differential will allow the Siege to respond quicker to friction. Brunswick’s Recoil cover is designed to improve mid-lane and backend reaction that allows you to combat today’s oils and lane surfaces.

I smoothed the Siege down to 4000 abralon then drilled it 45x5x65 with a weight hole about one inch from the mass bias mark. On the house pattern this ball created surprising length, strong but controllable move at the break, and it went through the pins with amazing energy. I was able to use this ball for 2 out of the 3 games in league competition before it became too much ball. I then tested my Siege on the 2009 USBC pattern even though I had to play the lanes straighter the ball still gave me a really good reaction, but I wanted to see what the Siege would do if I took it back to 1000 abralon. After The quick surface adjustment the Siege really showed its teeth I had more area at the break point (a good 2 to 3 boards) with this ball than I have had with my other equipment. I found it really great that even at the 1000 abralon finish the ball still cleared the heads and maintained energy at the pins. I would have say that I have found my new favorite ball to use on high volume patterns.


Brunswick Wild Thing

I Finally got a chance to throw my Brunswick Wild Thing with the ConneXion coverstock and it did not disappoint. I drilled my Wild Thing with a dual angle of 45X 4 3/4x 70 with a 4000 abralon finish( have same specs on my Wild Ride). I was looking for the Wild Thing to be stronger in the mid-lane and to have more angle in the back. Even though on our fresh house shot I was 5 and 3 left of my Wild ride and because of its quick response to friction this ball was almost too angular in the backend. After a few games even with the heads starting to dry up and the backends starting to tighten up my angle to the pocket got was never better. After a 2 and 1 move left with the Wild Thing which was still very clean through the heads. The ball gave me tremendous amounts of forgiveness at my down lane target and incredible pin carry. I was a little apprehensive about this ball (for THS) because it has a lower RG and a bigger differential(.045) than my Wild Ride and because sometimes I lose continuation to the pocket and carry power when trying to use stronger ball on THS. My Wild Thing was absolutely amazing never once while I was throwing it did I have to worry about the ball losing its energy and hitting flat. The Wild Thing is a great addition to Brunswick’s High Performance line and a definite plus to your arsenal.


Brunswick Wild Ride

Brunswick’s Wild Ride is definitely a new ball reaction for them. I know you have heard it before about how this ball will go long and break hard but those words describe this ball to a T. I drilled my Brunswick Wild Ride using a dual angle layout 65 X 5 X 65 which puts my pin under the bridge and the locator pin about 1 1/4 right of my thumb hole. I threw this ball with its box finish (Rough Buff), and boy did it get down the lane with ease then make a really strong move to the pins. By the the way I was bowling on a burnt up THS and was able to stay about 5 boards right with this ball than any thing else I had. The Wild Ride’s carry was phenomenal I carried light hits as well as trip 4s because it did not seems to matter where I hit the pocket as long as I was close.If you are wondering how this ball will handle oil. After my 3 games I moved left about 8 boards and the still had a tremendous recovery, and I still had great carry even though my angle had changed a little. Brunswick wrapped a new cover (ConneXion) around the Twisted Fury core to produce one of their most angular ball reactions to date. Two Thumbs up for this ball. Get one in your hands, hold on, and enjoy the ride.