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Pathogen

Average Customer Review: 4.85 of 5 stars
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High Score Are Infectious with the new Pathogen from Pyramid

Ball #1
Pin to PAP(5 1/8" over 1/8" up) - 5"
Relation Weight Layout - 5" x 4 1/2" x 2 1/4"
Balance Hole - n/a
Surface Preparation - Out of Box (2000 Abralon/Factory Polish)

Ball #2
Pin to PAP(5 1/8" over 1/8" up) - 5"
Relation Weight Layout - 5" x 4 1/4" x 4 1/4"
Balance Hole - n/a
Surface Preparation - 500/1000 grit Abralon


In this review we reviewed the new Pathogen at both at the out of box surface and with matte finish.

I had been able to use the Pathogen for a few weeks prior and got some games in league with the ball using both the pin up and the pin down layouts.

The Pathogen marks the first Advanced Performance (6) that Pyramid has had in over a year. The makeup of this ball was pretty simple, the GPS Navigational

Solid cover was used and wrapped around the New Era 139 symmetric core from the Path Rising series. This will give the ball great length with plenty of movement down lane. Up until this review, I had only thrown the ball with the OOB surface.

Ball #1:
The Pathogen with the pin up and OOB surface was amazing from the first time I threw it a month or so ago. It glided off my hand not reading any friction early. The ball maintained this motion through the mids and just popped off the spot on the backends. I have thrown this ball on everything from the fresh to third game burn and it reacts amazing on both. The video was shot on the fresh and you can tell the Pathogen lets me stay further right and open up the pocket a bit.

I am still able to create really good angles with this ball which enhances the already great carry you get with Pyramid balls. Overall this ball fits right where Pyramid wanted, it is a great benchmark ball. Whether its the first ball out of your bag or what you go to late in the night you will love the Pathogen.

Ball #2:
So I never threw this ball with anything but the OOB surface. With a little grit added the Pathogen turns into a hook monster. I was able to really get into the oil with this ball it handled it with ease.

Obviously we showed an extreme change with the 500/1000 grit surface but when you watch the ball motion you will see that there is still plenty of energy retention with this ball as it transitions to the back part of the lane and through the pins. The Pathogen with some surface is plenty of ball to handle the fresh oil conditions you would run into in league or tournament play.

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I have pretty much the full line of Pyramid stuff. I started with them years ago because my budget was so tight. Lucky me. I now have a great full time position and make great money but still stick with Pyramid because of the quality, roll, and overall carry.

Got this ball on release date and was not disappointed. It rolls fantastic, first three series out of the gate all over 680 and then a 722. Not bad considered I have only been bowling a few years and am one of those two handed guys. Got me a Pyramid Path spare, that has helped ALOT.

Great stuff, if you haven't tried Pyramid, now is the time.

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Extremely impressed with this bowling ball. Works very well on slick oil patterns and recovers exceptional well on the backend. Carry is better than anything I have thrown and I have thrown them all.

Intense reaction for a ball that is priced for everyone with the middle men.

Pyramid is the brand for the 21st, no high frills advertising, no distributors or pro shop to mark up the cost 100%. Great value, great prodcut.

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Great ball at a great price.

I took a chance since I had not thrown Pyramid before. Loved the look of the ball and the price. I am a new Pyramid fan especially after having bought two more different Pyramid balls.

Great ball, great brand.

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Without a doubt this Pathogen is the most versatile ball on the market.

Strong through the heads
Maintains roll through the mid lane
Carries like nothing I have seen

It is insane. I let about a dozen friends try it after league one night. It became kind of a game. From two handed bowler to old school down and in guys they were all throwing the same ball from about 20 different lines and could strike with power from any where. The lanes weren't hard but we couldn't do it with any other ball we tried and we tried everything we had there.

It was truly amazing. This ball seems to have a mind of its own.

I know this isn't a detailed review with a lot of information that many don't understand or a review with high tech information but with just enough variables left out that it doesn't tell you anything anyway.

This ball is awesome. I and most of my league recommend. There are now at least 30 of these balls in my league of about 150 bowlers.

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About the Bowler

League Average:
215.00
PAP:
4 1/2 x 0
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
0.00
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Pin to PAP (4 1/2" over) - 4"
PSA Layout –
Ball 1: 4 5/8" x 4" x 1 7/8"
Ball 2: 4 3/8” x 4” x 3 3/4”

Surface Preparation -
Ball 1: Out of Box (2000 Grit Abralon/Factory Finish Polish)
Ball 2: 500/1000 Grit Abralon

What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:

The Pathogen uses the core from the Path Rising and the coverstock from the Blueprint... two of the balls I've used the most over the past year! I'm expecting the Pathogen to fall in between these two lines, which is much needed in the Pyramid line.

What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:

Ball 1: I've said in past reviews that my favorite type of bowling ball is a polished solid reactive. I'm a sucker for a great benchmark reaction – decent length with a strong but smooth backend reaction. The Pathogen is the perfect benchmark ball with its OOB finish. Here's why I say that:

It's perfectly suited for medium oil. This is what you want in a benchmark ball. Something exactly middle of the road in terms of hook and length. Most “benchmark” balls these days are way too strong.

This is a ball that is going to be a favorite of tournament bowlers. When the lanes get tough, you want a ball that is easy to control. The Pathogen is the most controllable, polished solid I've thrown since the Zone line of the 90's. It's that good.

Ball 2: Much the same as the Chosen One, this ball became a different animal when we put the 500/1000 grit abralon finish on it. It was much stronger with an earlier roll and just as smooth. Crankers and rev dominant players, you will love the Pathogen with this finish on heavier conditions. Speed dominant and low rev players will love it on house conditions.

Every bowler should have a benchmark ball. It's so helpful in making adjustments and finding out where to play on the lane. The Pathogen is as good as any I've ever used. #chooseyourpath

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About the Bowler

League Average:
220
PAP:
4 1/2 over 1/4 up
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Pyramid has another benchmark ball Pathogen. The one I have is drilled 75x3x65 the pin is down for my pap 4 1/2 1/2 up rh handed. The surface is box with a little polish this gives me length with a controlled backend. Great ball for the patterns that need length but the same move in the backend. If you need a ball that will read the front and make the same move get your Pathogen and watch the pins fly.
If you need any help with the best way to drill for your game you can e-mail or call our shop we will help you with any drilling options.

Ormond Pro Shop Manager
ormond@bowlingball.com
386-672-2529

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OMG, I cant believe a ball this good sells for $89.00 shipped! I'm able to play deep inside angles without sacrificing hitting power on a 3rd shift THS pattern, thank you Pyramid for placing the Rising core inside the Blue Print cover.
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About the Bowler

League Average:
210
PAP:
3 15/16 Right
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The new Pyramid Pathogen is great for transition inbetween games or when the lanes are starting to tighten up, this ball out of box gives you a nice ball motion through the fronts and middle part of the lanes and when it hits the break point the ball really comes into the pocket.

Deltona lanes pro shop manager
386-774-2800
deltona@bowlingball.com

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About the Bowler

Average 220
Tweener
Medium Ball Speed
Medium Rev Rate

Before I get into this review I will just say WOW! This ball is a lot of bang for the buck.

I ordered this ball because I needed a ball that read the midlane strong and had solid yet controlled backend motion. My plan was to use it for a tournament shot that is a 38ft modified house shot (slightly flatter in the middle. The house uses lane shield which is a high friction lane surface. So when it is bowled on the heads are quick to go and the high volume of oil can push down lane which can cause an over under reaction. I layed the ball out 50x3.75x40. With this layout I expected the ball to pick up a solid roll and then check up into the pocket. I wasn't sure how long I would be able to use the ball when I started with it today because this ball can cover some boards! Yet as the tournament progressed and I moved deeper and deeper I never saw any deflection. The ball is very release friendly and hit the pocket with ease even when didn't roll it exactly like I wanted to. The ball took me all the way to the final four and more than paid for itself, so needless to say I would recommend this ball to anyone that is looking for a ball that will roll great on medium to medium dry conditions. Glad I decided to give Pyramid a try and I'm looking forward to trying more equipment.

Mycaiah Maestas
Hays, Kansas

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one of my best balls I own strong backend will not go to a tournament or to league without it
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My first thoughts of the Pathogen were WOW, that ball is very lime green. When I threw this ball, I was amazed at how great it rolls. I went with the Triangle drilling on this ball, where I receive six different layouts on this ball. The pin up and pin down layouts were the most aggressive layouts, my favorite layouts were the 8-9 and 10-11 layouts, they were smooth through the mid lane, and the continuation on the backend and through the pin deck is UNREAL. This is a controllable ball with a great benchmark reaction that is for sure going to be the first ball out of my bag in league night. Get yours today. I HIGHLY recommend it.

Nick Pollak
Brooklyn Ball Reviews Staffer

Two Handed Bowler
17 MPH Ball Speed
425-450 RPMs

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About the Bowler

League Average:
Not set
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Intermediate (I hook the ball a little)
This is my first bowling ball; I bought it thinking that with time I will grow into it. I took it yesterday for its first game. When I missed to the left of the target arrow, the ball did not hook much, and usually hit the left side of pin 1. That was really weird because I feared it would go left gutter when it hooked up, but it didn't really hook up. When I missed a little right, it hooked up too much and hit dead center. When I missed hard right (nearly in the gutter), it came in right in the pocket. I'm guessing the variation has something to do with the oil pattern, as well as my own inconsistent releases. Also, the ball was not nearly as shiny out of the box as the picture makes it look. Still, this ball is way better than the banged-up plastic house balls.
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