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Brunswick Melee Cross Reviewed By: laserboypa 07/17/2014 11:09 ( stars)

About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
Experience    Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
League Average    220
Ball Speed    Fast
Style    Cranker
Ball Weight: 16 Lbs
Dual Angle Layout: 45 x 4 1/2" x 55
X Hole (if there is one): No
Rev Rate: Higher, between 370 and 410 rpm, aka Cranker
Ball Speed: 16.50 mph
PAP/Track: 5 3/8" over and 7/8" up with a high track
Grit: Box - 2000 Siaair
Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Sanded
Length: Multiple
Volume: Multiple
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): Multiple
Length: 7 / 10
Back End: 7 / 10
Overall Hook: 8 / 10
Midlane Read: 8.5 / 10
Breakpoint Shape: 8 / 10 (More of a midlane roll reaction)
Likes: The new core and cover combination makes it a little stronger than the Melee
Dislikes: None
The Melee Cross is a great addition to the Brunswick line that has a stronger midlane roll and it has that classic teal coloring. Comparing it to the Melee, the Melee Cross is stronger in the midlane and stronger in the backend. The Melee Cross will give your that smooth controlled reaction like the Melee, but continue stronger through the pins. I have used this ball on the 43 ' Tokyo sport pattern, and it gave me a strong midlane read and continuation to combat the heavier oil. I could see the Melee Cross being used for first out of the bag to help break down longer or slicker patterns.

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Brunswick Melee Cross Reviewed By: Upstateproshop-Chris 07/04/2014 17:16 ( stars)

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
Pin Length: 3.3
Starting Top Weight: 3.8 oz
Ball Weight: 15 lbs 5 oz
Ball: 60 x 4.5 x 35
X Hole (if there is one): none
Rev Rate: 375 rpms
Ball Speed:17.5 mph
PAP/Track: 4 3/4 over 3/4 up
Grit: 1000 Siaair
Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Sanded
Lengths of patterns: 41 foot house, 42 foot Scorpion, 35 foot Cheetah
Volumes: Moderate to Higher
Type: house
Length: Clean through the front with a strong midlane read
Back End: strong continuous arc
Overall Hook: aggressive
Midlane Read: strong
Breakpoint Shape: strong arc
Likes: Strong move off of friction and smooth reaction
Dislikes: none
The Melee Cross is an excellent complement to the original Melee from Brunswick. The teal machine is about an arrow stronger than the Melee on our house shot and its all in the midlane. The Cross is also more aggressive and more angular down lane than the Meanstreak Beadown that preceded it. The Melee Cross has worked well for me when I need a ball to step down from the Mastermind that will still read sooner than other options in my bag. This ball is an excellent choice when you need a symmetrical ball that will create friction on slicker patterns. I had no problem getting it to read the slickest part of the lane on Scorpion. It seems to have a lot of versatility and is playable from most angles on the lane. I can see it being the ball I start out with on our house shot in the coming fall leagues. It also works well on higher volume shorter patterns when you need something to blend out the lane condition. If your looking for excellent value and performance on oilier lane conditions try a Melee Cross!
Chris Garrett
Upstate Pro Shop
Greenville, SC
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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Brunswick Melee Cross Bowling Balls 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 2 user reviews.