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Vintage Danger Zone

Average Customer Review: 4.96 of 5 stars
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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)
Brunswick has another Vintage ball Yes Danger Zone. I love this ball it even looks like the original but the performance of the new Danger Zone. Drilled mine pin up to give me control and smooth roll in the backend. First ball out of my bag very easy to read the lanes with the Danger Zone helps me with control and all the power I need to get that ten pin out.

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

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PAP:
4 5/8 over, 5/8 up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Danger Zone Vintage is the type of ball you buy a case of! I drilled my first DZ with the pin above the bridge, and it is as predictable as anything I have ever thrown. On our local house pattern, I can play any part of the lane comfortably. I can play in the friction with a weaker hand position, and the DZ does a great job of picking up into a roll. If I slow the ball down a little and move inside, the ball skids through the front and picks up strong at the end of the pattern. The Danger Zone is a perfect benchmark ball for all types of bolwers.

Barry McKee
Brunswick Regional Staff
The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer and not the Brunswick Corporation.

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League Average:
220
PAP:
4-1/2x3/8 up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
190
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
PAP 4-1/2 over up ½


Experience Advanced, Drilled 45x4x40 This ball is just as advertise old core great cover stock. Rolls like old Danger zone with a stronger backend. I use this ball on a 41ft house pattern.
You can play a lot of different angles with this ball. DZ is my go to ball

Advisory Staff Steve Beam

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League Average:
180
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Slow
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
214 (adjusted)
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Before I started a PBA Experience league, I wanted a ball that would handle the PBA Animal patterns without having 5 different balls.

Thanks to my PSO, Johnny Petraglia, Jr., he had no hesitation on recommending the VDZ.

It was drilled pin up at 45x5x45, and this ball is nothing short of great!

First of all, I use Brunswick & DV8 equipment, and I felt that my Vandal & Thug Unruly were going to be too much for the PBA Animal patterns (Viper, Scorpion & Cheetah).

While my average is only in the 180's (200+ adjusted), this ball has been everything I wanted an then some!

From the front, to the mids, to the backend, this ball is as smooth and predictable like nobody's business.

This ball not only looks like it's picking up energy on the backend, but it hits the pins like a Mack truck. And considering this is the first time I have EVER bowled on sport patterns, I don't think I've done a bad job.

I give my PSO all of the credit here because it was he who recommended the VDZ and he drilled it for what he thought would work best for me.

I you're looking for a very affordable ball that can handle pretty much anything out there, the Vintage Danger Zone is a ball you gotta have in your bag!

DISCLAIMER: I am not a paid endorser for Brunswick and/or DV8. I use and review the products that I own or have thrown.

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Brunswick Vintage Danger Zone
Bowler Stats:
Speed: 18-19mph
Rev Rate: 400-450mph
Axis Tilt: 7degrees
Axis Rotation: 30-60 degrees
Layout: 45 degrees by 4.5” by 70 degrees (hole 2” down VAL)
Intent: The original Danger Zone was a little bit before my time. Even without the nostalgia in my heart, I knew this was THE ball of the mid to late 1990s. With the updated core and cover, the DZ looked to be an all-purpose ball that would see a lot of play. I went with one of my favorite layouts with this one to help make for an extremely versatile piece.
On the lanes: The DZ is easily one of the most versatile balls I’ve thrown. Low RG cores and solid covers always tend to be very forgiving, more so on fresher patterns. With the DZ, it’s now my benchmark ball and tends to be my go-to on anything remotely around medium-ish length and medium-ish volume. The DZ is the strongest ball in the Vintage line with the LT-48 being a nice complement on the lower side. Just above the DZ I’d place the Melee Hook if you’re looking at the range of solid symmetricals. I have the DZ at about 4 boards stronger than the LT-48 and about 2 weaker than the Melee Hook. The past few weeks this ball has been destroying my house shot. I believe that the DZ is one of the most practical options for house shots. The versatility allows for following the shot throughout the night and will succeed at multiple angles provided that you aren’t on something extremely dry or flooded. Outside of house shots, for those bowlers looking for something on tougher patterns, it’s hard to not have a low RG solid in the bag.
Final Thoughts: The legend has returned and it’s only proper to relive history with this piece. The well-roundedness of the DZ makes for a great value since the ball has such as large window of capability.

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League Average:
233
PAP:
4/12 5/8 up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Brings back memories. Love the old school roll. The ball is very predictable
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finally, Brunswick has remade the danger zone! and this ball picks right back up where the last danger zone left off. without a doubt the most versatile ball in my bag. Its in our vintage line and has al low rg light bulb core with a solid pk 2016 coverstock to really bring back that old danger zone movement. No matter how far left I move I expect it to lay down eventually, but not this ball it keeps trucking and throws the pins around like I haven't seen! This ball is getting a lot of hype, and trust me it holds up to all of it. I would recommend this ball to any bowler looking to increase there average. The new danger zone is GREATNESS REBORN!!

Brunswick Advisory Staff Member, Seth Carden

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League Average:
210
PAP:
4 3/8 over by 1/2 up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:::: 40 X 4 1/12 X 45
Ball Surface:::: Box Surface
Condition:::: 40 ft. House condition
Rev Rate:::: 325
Ball Speed:::: 16 MPH

The Danger Zone is all that it is said to be. I was fortunate enough to throw the Original Danger Zone back in 1996. It was one of my favorite balls.
Today's version with the tweaked PowerKoil 18 coverstock gave me the length I saw in the Original with a stronger arc motion on the back.
I have the Vintage Danger Zone about 4 boards stronger than my Vintage LT48 and 3 more than my Diva Pearl. The Diva Pearl is my Benchmark Ball until now. The Vintage DangerZone will be my new Benchmark Ball . It's cleaner in the front and stronger arc on the back that my Diva Pearl.
This is a ball that will let you close your angles without losing any reaction . The Danger Zone is a great ball for lower ball speed players but higher ball speed player might want a little surface on the ball. The Danger Zone is very controlable and predictable.
I highly recommend the Vintage Danger Zone to anyone that is looking for that special Benchmark ball to add in their bag when the pattern tends to break down.

Jim Sabatell
DV8 Regional Staff

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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 Brunswick Danger Zone is a great compliment to the LT-48 and Gold Rhino, this ball gets down lane and has a nice strong back end motion, also with the core and cover stock match up this ball is very versatile.

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

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League Average:
225
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
212
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
My name is Doug Cutler and I am a DV8 Regional Staffer. I am left handed and my ball speed is between 15-17 mph. I remember how I drilled the my original Danger Zone and I drilled the New Danger the same. I had the pin just above my ring finger and the CG kick out just a little to the left. I had a 2-3" pin. The surface I took the original surface and just took a 4000 pad and lightly took the shine off. The Danger Zone is all that it is said to be. I was fortunate enough to throw the Original Danger Zone back in mid 90s. It was one of my favorite ball and I had 2 of them. Today's version with the tweaked PowerKoil 18 coverstock gave me the length I saw in the Original with a stronger arc motion on the back.
I have the Vintage Danger Zone about 5 boards stronger than my Diva XOXO and 3 more than my DV8 Vandal. The DV8 Vandal was my Benchmark Ball until now. The Vintage DangerZone is my new Benchmark Ball now. It's cleaner in the front and stronger arc on the back that my Vandal.
This is a ball that will let you close your angles without losing any reaction . The Danger Zone is a great ball for lower ball speed players but higher ball speed player might want a little surface on the ball. The Danger Zone is very controllable and predictable, and that is what I love to see.
I highly recommend the Vintage Danger Zone to anyone that is looking for that special Benchmark ball to add in their bag when the pattern tends to break down. So get to your local pro shop and get your Danger Zone Today. You will not be disappointed. #brunswickbowling #vintagedangerzone

Doug Cutler
DV8 Regional Staffer

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League Average:
232
PAP:
5 1/4 right, 5/8 up
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
210
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Legend is back! The Danger Zone is the new arrival in the Vintage line. Same ball motion, same performance with the latest technology. The vintage light bulb core is wrapped with the new PK2016 coverstock. For those who had the chance to throw the original, you’ll recognize the same feeling the original provided.

Mine was a test. I drilled it pin over the finger with a Motion hole. The result is a ball that goes through the front very easily with lot of control on the backend. It complements perfectly my Ridiculous, whose pin down. For now, I tried several surface but the best result was at 4k. It’s about 5-3 left stronger for me than my vintage Rhino Pro Gold.

For the one who wants a glimpse of the greatness that was the original Danger Zone, the new version will provide you the same feeling the original has given to you.

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The ball is flat out amazing. The predictability and down lane motion is unprecedented. If you want a ball that you can throw on basically anything, go get one!

These are my own views and not those of Brunswick.

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League Average:
228
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
I drilled mine 75 x 4 1/2 x 35, putting the pin above the fingers.
I wanted my drilling to match the characteristics of this ball. The great job Brunswick did was improve the successful PowerKoil 18 coverstock and combined it with a bulb shape low RG core. I think consumers will be surprised at the high performance level of this vintage ball. The Danger Zone easily clears the fronts, and when it enters the end of the oil pattern uses its stored energy to provide a strong continuous ball motion through the pins. Brunswick has been killing it with the release of the Vintage line and this might be the best performing ball of all them.

Troy Schaefer
Brunswick Regional Staff Player
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Ball Specs: 3 inch pin, 2.0 oz top. Bowler Specs: Lefty Two-Hander, Speed- 17mph, Rev Rate- 500. Layout: Full Roller length and backend. Pattern: House and 37 ft sport pattern. Wow was I blown away by this ball. I've only heard stories and watched video of the original but I can definitely tell why people fell in love with the Danger Zone. On house I saw easy length through the fronts and a steady build up of energy in the mids, then a very strong backend motion. It was very easy for me to migrate right of fourth arrow and swing the ball or use some speed and get the ball out to 5-6 and watch it come back with ease. On the 37ft pattern, it allowed me to really open my angles and snap the 7 pin out. I found myself around 4th-5th arrow just to keep it in play. If I had another I would opt for more of a midlane and smoother backend for shorter patterns. Benchmark house shot reaction for me! #TeamBrunswick. Justin Knowles- Regional Staffer
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Wow was I blown away by this ball. I've only heard stories and watched video of the original but I can definitely tell why people fell in love with the Danger Zone. On house I saw easy length through the fronts and a steady build up of energy in the mids, then a very strong backend motion. It was very easy for me to migrate right of fourth arrow and swing the ball or use some speed and get the ball out to 5-6 and watch it come back with ease. On the 37ft pattern, it allowed me to really open my angles and snap the 7 pin out. I found myself around 4th-5th arrow just to keep it in play. If I had another I would opt for more of a midlane and smoother backend for shorter patterns. Benchmark house shot reaction for me! #TeamBrunswick. Justin Knowles - Regional Staff Member
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Wow was I blown away by this ball. I've only heard stories and watched video of the original but I can definitely tell why people fell in love with the Danger Zone. On house I saw easy length through the fronts and a steady build up of energy in the mids, then a very strong backend motion. It was very easy for me to migrate right of fourth arrow and swing the ball or use some speed and get the ball out to 5-6 and watch it come back with ease. On the 37ft pattern, it allowed me to really open my angles and snap the 7 pin out. I found myself around 4th-5th arrow just to keep it in play. If I had another I would opt for more of a midlane and smoother backend for shorter patterns. Benchmark house shot reaction for me! #TeamBrunswick.
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League Average:
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PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Style:
Bowling Hand:
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Can definitely see this as being one of house bowler's favorites. It gives all the features a bowler can ask for from hook control to strong continuation.
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Revs: 350+
Pap: 4 11/16 x 1/2 up
Speed: 14.5-15 mph
Style: Rev Dominate player
My Danger Zone is drilled up 70x3 1/2 x70 with weight hole 6 ¾ from midline 7/8 bit 2 ¼ inches deep. The Danger Zone was drilled to be used when I run into wet/dry conditions, or when the back ends are flying. This ball clears the fronts really nice and starts a great mid lane read with continuation. This is a house shot killer whether you bowl on light oil house pattern, or a modified house pattern like I do. This ball gives me the most forgiveness down lane as it does not over react when it hits the dry, and allows me to not have to fight carry down. When others are struggling to find the right ball I know I can switch to my danger zone and keep striking. This ball has seen several 700 series and I recommend that you try this ball if you are looking to stand out from the crowd. I loved the original and I love the remake Brunswick did a great job with the remake of this ball. This core and cover combo give you a very versatile ball that is able to be used on multiple patterns IMO.

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League Average:
232
PAP:
5 right 1/4 up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
207
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Danger Zone is back and its a force to be reckoned with medium - light oil. Out the box I shot 299 in league playing 13-7. I gave me stupid room on the house shot. On a sport shot its great benchmark ball. It lets you keep your angles closes and allows you to stay in the track area longer. High rev players will like the length this ball gives while still having that smooth arc motion off the end of the pattern. Low rev players will love it cause it lets them stay in there comfort zone for another game or 2.

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Best ball at the price in the market! Smooth midland with great continuation through the pins. Pin grip line below bridge, drilled 65 x 4.5 x 55
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This ball is ridiculously good. I shot my first 300 with the original Danger Zone!! Get one of these in your bags today!!! You won't be disappointed.
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The Vintage Danger Zone is everything that the original Danger was +.
With the new Vintage Danger Zone, I am able to get great length with a strong predictable back end reaction on many lanes conditions. I mainly use this ball bowling tournaments but as league bowlers this will be a great addition with control and hit.

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League Average:
Not set
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Brunswick Danger Zone has returned!!! This ball is very controllable and predictable. From my experience, it rolls great on medium oil patterns and allows me to play to the right longer. For me, I can play the same area of the lane as I would with the LT48 but the danger zone is a bit cleaner off the break point but still conserves energy, I have it drilled pin down under my middle. If you loved the original Danger Zone than this is the ball for you!The Brunswick Danger Zone has returned!!! This ball is very controllable and predictable. From my experience, it rolls great on medium oil patterns and allows me to play to the right longer. For me, I can play the same area of the lane as I would with the LT48 but the danger zone is a bit cleaner off the break point but still conserves energy, I have it drilled pin down under my middle. If you loved the original Danger Zone than this is the ball for you!
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The strong continuous arc was exactly the shape I was looking for out of it…the out of the box coverstock is stronger than expected and I had to tune it with a higher grit and a touch of polish to tame it a little. This ball drives through the pins great…not as much as some of the recent asymmetric balls I have recently thrown, but it certainly has no issue with dying on the backend and leaving the corner pin.
The versatility of this ball should make it a favorite in the bag, as the coverstock is tunable and the shape produced gives a combination that will fit most bowling styles and gives the ability to play much of the lane when necessary. On the traditional house shot (THS) this ball will likely become your benchmark to read the lanes. Very solid ball for light to medium oil and all skill levels.

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League Average:
220
PAP:
4 1/2" Over and 1 1/2" Up
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
205
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The latest addition to the vintage line is the Danger Zone. It has a very similar shaped light bulb core to the original, but the coverstock has been updated to handle today's slicker oils. The motion of the ball has a very similar shape to the original with a stronger arcing motion. I have used this ball for the 3rd game of league when they transition and I need a smoother reacting ball. I have also used this ball on a flatter sport patter which allowed me to play straighter angles with strong continuation. It would be a good ball when the Melee hook is too strong and you don't want to mover farther left to open up your angles. If the box surface is too clean or too angular, it would work well at 2000 or 4000. If you liked the original, you won't be disappointed with the new Vintage Danger Zone! Here is a video of me throwing it:
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League Average:
219
PAP:
4 3/4"
Ball Speed:
Slow
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
210
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
I don't think I've had a better benchmark ball in a long time. This ball is so predictable and versatile, really makes you feel like you're back in time throwing the original version. Although, its cover is modified to reflect modern oil volumes and viscosity, the symmetric core allows the ball to roll very true and consistent across a variety of styles.

Mine is drilled pin below ring finger, out of the box finish, and I've used it on sport patterns (PBA World Championship, Boardwalk, Autobahn), and USBC Blue with equal success. This is a MUST ball for any fan of the Brunswick line, or for anybody who had success with the original.

Jeff Poholsky
Brunswick Advisory Staff

The opinions above are mine, and not necessarily those of Brunswick Bowling

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League Average:
229
PAP:
4 5/8 over
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
I laid out my Vintage Danger Zone with pin up 60X5.25X40 layout. For me this put the pin above the fingers in the grip line. I am probably one of a few who bowled during the time of the Original Danger Zone that never owned one, so I can’t say it rolls exactly the same as the one did 20 years ago. What I can tell you is this ball is very good. It is a very nice compliment to my Melee Jab’s as a go to ball when my pin down Jab is too early or to flat in the back. I left the box polish on mine which makes the ball a few feet cleaner and about 3 boards stronger off the spot than the pin down Jab. It is a little earlier and again 3-4 stronger than my Vintage Gold Rhino Pro. It is not my go to on fresh with me being a little speed dominant and using the box finish on the ball, but when the lanes start to transition after a few, this ball will see plenty of time during the second and third game of league and in the middle of the block for tournaments.

Mike Freundel
Brunswick Regional Staff
This post is the view of the writer and not Brunswick Bowling.

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League Average:
230
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
I drilled my Danger Zone Old School 1/2 side 1/2 finger. The ball has excellent length and is very aggressive on the backend. Just Like the original. No big scores yet but is very consistent 220 to 240+. I’ll take that in league every night.
Good Luck and keep hitting them hard.

J. Dudley
Brunswick Regional Staff

"This review is my opinion and does not necessarily reflect that of the Brunswick Corporation."

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