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Ebonite Pivot Point Reviewed By: Jim Lewis 02/09/2014 15:33 ( stars)


About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
Experience    Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
League Average    215
Sport Shot Average    193
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Tweener
PAP    5 3/8 by 3/4 up
 
Pin Length:3.5
Starting Top Weight:3.0
Ball Weight:15


Pin to PAP: 50 degrees by 4 1/2" by 35 degrees
X Hole (if there is one): no balance hole to start, motion hole was drilled afterwards.


Rev Rate:320
Ball Speed:17mph
PAP/Track:5 3/8 by 3/4 up


Pivot Point has been used with the "out of box" surface used so far on 38 foot THS and 43 foot Dead Man's Curve with moderate volume.
Pivot Point is much cleaner through the front/applied oil. Probably need a bit of surface for the pattern that I have played on so far. Backend is crisp and very similar to the Pivot. The overall hook is large, but just like many other balls, depends on the ball surface finish/lane condition/bowler's ball speed matching up. Pivot Point has a defined motion in the midlane, with a strong banana to hockey stick shape breakpoint.

Likes: Ebonite is contributing $5 per ball from the Pivot Point sales to the Folds of Honor Foundation. This is a wonderful cause and the Pivot Point is a very good looking ball with performance characteristics to match the looks. The Pivot Point does make a clean path through the applied oil and should be versatile with tweaks of the surface finish for individuals that are more speed dominant. Pivot Point rolled a bit more aggressively in the midlane
and backend after adding the balance hole, but still maintained the clean path up front. Some minor surface adjustments are likely needed for me to maximize the potential of this ball in this particular center. Overall, I say that anyone who has had success with the Legacy or Source and wants a bit cleaner path through the front part of the lane than the Pivot should definitely go for it with the Pivot Point.

Dislikes: None so far from the ball, the center that I do most of my bowling has significant topography issues and is usually stripped very aggressively. This usually has an adverse effect on asymmetric balls having a consistent read with the "out of box" surface in comparison to other centers.



Jim Lewis
Sports Plus/Carmen Don Pro Shop
Ebonite Amateur Staff


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