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Brunswick Total Inferno Reviewed By: Brian Halstrom 02/03/2008 09:21 ( stars)

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About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
Experience    Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
League Average    233
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Cranker
PAP    4 1/2" x 1/2" Up

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The Total Infernoâ„¢ is the second ball to take full advantage of Brunswick's new Urethane casting machine. By fusing a new additive with new processing technology, Brunswick has created a version of Octane coverstock with more back-end grip.

Pin to PAP(4 1/2" over 1/2" up) - 5 1/2"
CG Placement - 1/2" right of grip center
Balance Hole - None

Surface Preparation - 500 Abralon, Rough Buff Polish

What I Was Looking For In This Layout: With this layout I was expecting to clear the heads smoothly and take advantage of the mid lane revving action this ball provides.

What I Ended Up With In This Ball Layout: Out of the box, it took some time for me to get used to. Making the right moves at first was key in carrying the corners. Once I got this ball broken in, simply unbelievable. one of the BEST Brunswick balls I've ever thrown. The mid-lane reaction is unparalleled, consistently reading the lanes shot after shot.

The reaction this ball gave me was exactly what I was hoping for. On the fresh, the ball works best when the surface is left a bit duller, around 500 to 1000 Abralon with no polish, or a light Rough Buff finish. If it's too shiny on the fresh, I found that it would skid through the mids easily without utilizing the power it had to rev up in the mid lane. When left dull, this ball surprised me. Typically when a ball uses energy in the mids, you end up leaving a lot of corner pins, primarily flat 10's. Not the case with the Total Inferno. Revved up nicely in the mids and gave me a strong backend motion. This ball is very forgiving when you miss right, yet also holds the line when you miss in. I find that to be an important aspect of a ball when it allows your margin of error to increase and not have to make perfect shots.

One thing I must add about this ball is its proven success to carry shot after shot. I have been using this ball for over a year now and it is still one of my top 3 balls that I throw. On March 10, 2007, this ball helped me set the Florida State record with games of 289,300,300 for 889. I'll admit that this wasn't a perfect set where I made perfect shots every shot, but this ball gave me the ability to miss right and make up ground and hold the pocket when I missed in. From both angles, the ball still recovered with enough power to carry 34 out of 36 shots. If you are wondering what pin I left, it was a stone 2-pin (So it can't carry every bad shot you throw!)

Overall, this is one of the best balls I have ever owned. A versatile ball that I believe you are going to want to have in your bag.

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