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DV8 Brutal Nightmare Reviewed By: j.stoudenmire@gmail.com 12/03/2013 12:33 ( stars)


About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
Experience    Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
League Average    200
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Tweener
 
Dual Angle Layout - 60º x 3.25" x 25º

Surface Prep - 500 grit SIAAIR (ended up removing the polish after a few games)

What I was looking for in this layout:
This layout may seem pretty tame but I through pretty high-rev so I needed to dial it back a bit. It's similar to my layout on my Mutant Cell Pearl, but I wanted this one to maintain good length, but transition a bit earlier.

I also jumped from 14lbs on my MCP, to a 15lbs Brutal Nightmare, to combat my habit of trying to muscle the ball too much.

What I ended up with:
First off, this ball hits like a truck... A absurdly, annoyingly bright, neon-painted truck.

For a while with this ball and layout I was having a lot of trouble finding a consistent line, and the motion of the ball just didn't feel at all predictable or comfortable. After trying all kinds of adjustments on the lane, my hand, etc., my pro-shop guy suggested we try knocking the polish off of the ball. Wow, talk about a world of difference...

The Brutal Nightmare still retained a lot of length, but with the polish gone, it started to transition beautifully coming out of the midlane and would get a bit more of an even arc on the back end. So it really is the best of both worlds for me now: Still plenty of length like a skid/flip ball, but great predictability and margin for error as if it were a symmetric-core ball.

Also, potential buyers should note that this ball is BRIGHT! Like, annoyingly bright (which I love). The pictures of it online make it look a lot darker than it actually is. It's one of those things to where it's so ugly I think it's beautiful :) I get a kick out of the old-timers in our league who tell me it's ugly as hell. I refer to it as the "Unicorn Turd."


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