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Brunswick Wild Card Reviewed By: bowlingball.com reviews by Tony Ruocco 11/04/2009 10:13 ( stars)
The new Wild Card offers another great look to Brunswick's High Performance line up.
Pin to PAP(5 1/8" over 1/8" up) - 4 1/2"
Mass Bias Position - n/a
CG Placement - 4 1/2" from PAP
Balance Hole - n/a
Surface Preparation - Out of Box (2000 Siaair Micro Pad)
What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:
If you have read my review of the Diamondback you know that I drilled both of these balls identical. My intention was to see how they matched up together. This layout is a fairly basic layout and allows me to see a lot of what the ball can do. It also happens to be a very popular layout for most league
bowlers so i thought this would be a good idea.
What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:
I would have to say this is my favorite of the three "Wild" balls in the High Performance line from Brunswick. I think the core/cover combo finally matched up well for me. I still saw that classic Brunswick ball motion signature but it seemed to match up well for me this time.
In the heads the ball was surprisingly smooth and did not seem to over react to friction in first part of the lane. The 2000 grit cover provided enough roll to get the ball through the heavier volumes of oil in the middle part of the lane without skidding too far through it.
In the body of the lane the ball really started to make it move. This is the part of the lane where Brunswick typically shows most of their reaction. The Wild Card was the same way but instead of really getting up and setting for the backend the ball increased friction and made a smoother motion into the back part of the lane.
I still saw plenty of continuation on the back and the ball had plenty of energy going through the pins. I do not know if I said in the Diamondback review but I actually found these two balls to be very close. If you are a hard core Brunswick person and you decide to try both of these balls, I would vary the layouts or play with surfaces to see a larger gap in ball motions between the two of them.
All in all another solid release from Brunswick and the Wild Card really fits into the line up well.