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Brunswick Karma Urethane Reviewed By: brunswick802 07/27/2012 22:45 ( stars)


About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
Experience    Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
League Average    228
Sport Shot Average    205-210
Ball Speed    Fast
Style    Tweener
PAP    4 7/8" right
 
Brunswick Karma Urethane
Bowler Stats:
Right handed
PAP: 4 ¾” right
Speed: 18-18.5 mph
Rev Rate: 450 rpm
Axis rotation: 20-45 degrees
Axis Tilt: 15 degrees

Ball 1 Layout:
40* by 5” by 45*

Ball 2 Layout:
30* by 4.5” by 80*
Hole through cg

Purpose:
There are two reasons to love urethane balls like this Karma. 1) They provide the most consistent reaction you can possibly have, save for plastic. 2) They give you a look on drier and/or shorter patterns that many other bowlers will not be able to have. Between the two Karmas I drilled, I’m confident that on patterns from 33’ to 38’ I will have a great look and a smooth reaction that basically no one will be able to match with reactive equipment. While Ball #1 will be smooth, Ball #2 will be slightly stronger and even smoother

Observations:
On fresh THS, I was surprised of the overall movement out of these two balls. I was able to play closer to the friction, anywhere from 2nd arrow to 3rd arrow, very comfortably. Just seeing what all the ball could do, I took Ball #2 and really really hit it at the bottom and had a shockingly good look slow hooking 4th arrow. In comparison to the retired Urethane Avalanche, I’d say that the new Karma Urethane hooks about 1-2 boards more overall and is even smoother. This ball doesn’t know what overreaction is. So smooth and so forgiving, you can’t expect to find a more controllable ball. This ball is all about a smooth arc through the whole lane and you know what this ball is going to do as soon as you set it down. Those of us with higher rev rates might require sanding the surface up to 3000 or so to get the ball a little further downlane. I haven’t touched the surface on either of these yet because I want to first see how they react on short sport patterns, as is. Even on Scorpion, I could throw both of these up 9-10 and have a predictable look to the pocket. No doubt, this is a look that only urethane can provide.

Final thoughts:
The Karma Urethane is ideal for short sport patterns and scooting closer to the friction on house shots. Bowlers with high rev rates and/or slower speeds will find this to be more truthful and that a ball like this can really create predictability and confidence on the lane. There’s nothing like the feeling of knowing exactly what to expect out of a ball and how consistent that ball is going to react time and time again. If you need a smooth ball for the lower end of your arsenal (and possibly to double as a spare ball), the Karma Urethane is the ball for you.

Thanks for reading. Good luck and good bowling!

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer and not of Brunswick Corporation.


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