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Brunswick Wild Thing Reviewed By: DCNetBoy 08/04/2009 20:31 ( stars)

Pin to PAP - (5 1/8" over 11/16" up) - Pin is about 5" over and directly under finger bridge
CG Position - about an inch below and 1 1/2" to the right from center of the grip
Balance Hole - P3 position in thumb quadrant
Surface Prep - None - Out of Box (4000 abralon finish)

What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:
I wanted a ball from Brunswick that would replace my old original Inferno which had died a slow cover death. What I was looking for in this layout and ball was a strong ball that would get into a roll just a little bit quicker than my old Inferno. Since Brunswick claimed that the Wild Thing (WT) would be quicker off of the dry, I wanted to drill the ball to help get it into a roll.

What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:
I ended up with a very smooth reaction on the backend. The drilling sort of smoothed out the backend reaction so much that I really would not call it a "wild" reaction at all. The ball makes a hard arch type of move that does not appear as violent as some of my other balls.

The WT retains energy well and it hits like a tank! Hit the pocket and you will strike with this ball. The hit is hard and continuous. Right out of the gate, I shot a 703 with the ball. The WT gets down the lane very easy and I don't have to work hard to get it to the breakpoint.

The WT comes alive on a medium oiled pattern. And, on a THS with fresh back ends, you should have the time of your bowling life. The ball loves this shot as long as there is head oil. I can play all day with terrific hold and plenty of area.

However, the WT is slightly speed sensitive if there is a heavier volume of oil on the lanes. It can fight through carrydown as long as there is dry boards at the end of the pattern, but it will became a spare ball on a heavily oiled lane. Heavy oil is not a friend of the WT. The WT needs dry boards!

Compared to the old Inferno, the WT is a little bit more angular, yet smoother. I don't see nearly as much over/under like I did from the older ball. The WT seems to handle carrydown better, too. The WT is not a dry lanes ball. It is too strong for a drier lane. If you encounter a dry lane with this ball, put it back in your bag and go home.

In closing, I would say that Big B. has a nice mix with the new Paragon core and WT coverstock. The combination has proved to be a winner so far. I think the WT will not be the last ball with the Paragon core. The core is very strong and it has some serious hitting power. Use the WT on medium conditions and you will strike all day long. The WT should prove to be a great choice for league bowlers. However, I believe the real test will be how well the cover holds up over time. For me, the Big B. covers seem to die pretty quickly, but I am hoping that this one holds up for a very long time because the WT's reaction that I get is just what I need in my arsenal.


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