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Columbia 300 Burst Reviewed By: The_Cheese 08/28/2010 14:18 ( stars)

About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
Experience    Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
League Average    235
Sport Shot Average    200
Ball Speed    Fast
Style    Cranker
PAP    4" Right, 3/4" Up
Ball Speed - 18-20 mph
Rev Rate - 475+
PAP - 3 1/4 right, 1 up
Layout - 40/3-3/8/40
Given my past success with the Resurgence a few years back, I didn't think there would be any way I wouldn't like this ball, and I was correct! The release of the Columbia Burst with its polished OOB surface finish makes this ball an absolute beast on medium-heavy and medium-light lane conditions. It is impressive to watch this ball pick up so strong at the point of friction and still flat out hook on the backend. Plus, since the coverstock itself is so aggressive, I find that there are times where this ball can be utilized with much success on fresh long and heavier volume patterns. The Burst and the Pure Swing are two of the only balls I have thrown in the last number of years that react this strong and consistently on fresh heavier volume patterns. I wasn't afraid to use a stronger drill pattern on this ball knowing that the polish would give it enough length to separate it from my reaction with the Pure Physics, but when the Physics is just a little too strong or too early, the Burst picks up the slack. It works great for playing wide angles and trying to cover a lot of boards for more high and medium rev players, and also works great for playing inside and tight angles on heavier and flatter patterns. There is no wasted motion with the Burst, medium length but a strong move and amazingly continuous reaction. This ball has no quit. The best part of all is that the Burst is released in Columbia's mid-performance line of bowling balls, therefor it sells for quite a bit less than the high performance products and performs at close to the same level. Best bargain on the market. This ball will be great for a lot of styles and my feeling is that it will be a great ball for novice and younger bowlers who are looking for more performance and technology without wanting to spend the extra money to buy something in the high performance line. I still like the Pure Physics better, but the Burst is not far behind!
Columbia 300 Regional/Amateur Staff
Mike Marks Pro Shop
Wyoming, MI

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