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Brunswick Aura 15 16 Only Reviewed By: Upstateproshop-Chris 11/08/2012 16:38 ( stars)

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About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
League Average    230
Sport Shot Average    200
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Tweener
PAP    4 3/4x 3/4 up
Ball 1:
Pin Length: 4
Starting Top Weight: 2.8 oz
Ball Weight: 15 lbs 4 oz
Ball: 80 x 5 x 35
X Hole (if there is one): No Hole
Ball 2:
Pin Length: 3.5
Starting Top Weight: 3.2 oz
Ball Weight: 15 lbs 3 oz
Ball: 45 x 4.5 x 80
X Hole (if there is one): Hole in P2 area just down VAL
Rev Rate: 375 rpms
Ball Speed:17.5 mph
PAP/Track: 4 3/4 over 3/4 up
Grit: Ball 1: Box Ball 2: High Polish
Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Ball: 1 compound finish Ball 2:polish
Lengths of patterns: 41 and 46 feet house shots
Volumes: moderate to high
Type: house
Length: Clean through the heads, reads late in the midlane
Back End: Strong with lots of continuation....really hard arc
Overall Hook: A Ton!!!
Midlane Read: Late
Breakpoint Shape: Angular hard arc
Likes: Ability to open the lane and overall versatility from a ball of this type
Dislikes: Needs oil or you will be throwing it from the next lane
The Brunswick line of balls has been going through a change over recent times. Each ball seems to bring a reaction to the table to fill a void in the line. This ball continues that trend in taking Brunswick ball motion to a new place. When I first heard of the Aura I was wondering how a ball that seemed so similar to the Nexxxus was being released a few months later. I was eager to test the Aura to see how it matched up. The Aura is a different shape from the Nexxxus for me all together and simply will provide options the Nexxxus will not. It is cleaner through the front than the Nexxxus by 2 or 3 boards but what really distinguishes the two is the breakpoint and versatility the Aura brings to the table. The Aura doesn't use its energy until late in the midlane and then as the Nexxxus is taking off with that skid/snap motion The Aura just keeps hooking. I find it to be less skid snappy than the Nexxxus but have more hook and angularity some how. The ball seems to defy the laws of physics with the motion you see. The Aura compared to a similarly drilled Nexxxus hooks 2 or 3 boards more. The ball simply comes back from almost everywhere on the two patterns I tested it on. If it finds some dry it will turn the corner period. There is no doubt about whether the ball will find the breakpoint. It does so predictably every time. The Aura has a breakpoint that just doesn't give up. I liked the motion the first pin up ball provided but it was simply too strong downlane for me to use most of the time so I decided to drill a second ball with the pin down to provide a smoother transition. When the first Aura is going sideways the second one provides a smoother arc to the pocket. After applying a coat of polish I can move right with it some and play a little closer to my comfort zone. It takes surface adjustments really well. Between the two Auras there is a wide enough difference in shape to carry both balls in the bag. The ball has Versamax type versatility on moderate to larger volumes of oil. The Aura is the strongest ball Brunswick has ever produced with its strongest down lane motion! If you are looking for lots of hook with plenty of down lane motion on a wide variety of conditions then check out the new Brunswick technology at your local pro shop today!
Chris Garrett
Upstate Pro Shop
Greenville, SC 864-248-4737
PBA Member
Brunswick Regional Staff
Vise Regional Staff
The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer and not of Brunswick Corporation.

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