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Diamondback

Diamondback
Diamondback
Diamondback

Bowling Ball Specifications

Ball Line Advanced Performance
Release Date September 04, 2009
Discontinued Yes

Coverstock Specifications

Coverstock Name Activator
Coverstock Color Black & yellow
Box Finish 2000 Grit Micropad
Coverstock Type Reactive Solid

Core Specifications

Core Type Symmetrical
Minimum RG 2.496
Total Differental 0.043

Activator® Solid Coverstock: The Diamondback is the first ball with Activator Solid coverstock available at the Advanced Performance price point. The original Activator coverstock used on the Diamondback is a proven formula that provides proven downlane recovery, longevity of ball reaction and unprecedented durability with superior resistance to cracking.

Low RG Rocket Core: The Diamondback uses the proven Brunswick multi-sided Rocket™ core system, providing a low RG core that when combined with the original Activator coverstock produces a ball reaction that is unmatched at the Advanced Performance price point. Clean through the front with an aggressive move at the breakpoint, the Diamondback gives amazing back for the buck. There isn't another ball in this class that's even close.

Reaction Characteristics
Ball Motion
With its 2,000 Siaair Micro Pad finish, the Diamondback will provide good length with a strong continuous backend reaction that matches up on medium to oily lane conditions for a wide range of bowling styles.

Reaction Setup
The Diamondback can be drilled using the standard drilling techniques developed for symmetric bowling balls.

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4.8
Performance:
 
4.5   (2)
Versatility:
 
4.5   (2)
Durability:
 
5.0   (2)
Longevity:
 
5.0   (2)
 
 

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Purpose:

To fill the benchmark spot in the tournament bag. I have a couple of Copperheads that I’ve been using as bench pieces, and while they’ve served me reasonably well in this role, I’ve been looking for something that not only could be used to read a lane, but would also be strong enough to stay with as the condition transitions. I’ve also tried a Rattler in this spot, but I’ve been hoping to find something that would handle more oil.

Why this ball?

The solid Activator cover on the Diamondback has proven to be versatile, and I’ve always gotten consistent reactions from the lower-RG Rocket core. Also, for whatever reason, I’ve always had better luck with benchmark balls that have had solid covers.

Observations:

The Diamondback came with a 2 ½” pin, so I was able to use my favorite benchmark layout on it, with the pin at 5” from the PAP and below the fingers. The CG ended up in the thumb-positive quadrant, with enough static leeway to allow for a balance hole if I decide I want to tweak the reaction later.

The first time I threw the Diamondback was at a center with five-year-old Pro Anvilane, in a second-shift league. The pair we drew that night has been playing tighter than the other pairs in the league, and getting the right midlane read has been tricky. However, the Diamondback handled this condition extremely well, blending out the lane from front to back and side to side. It read the oil without squirting, and from the dry, it made a defined move to the pocket without jerking or over-bouncing. We did encounter quite a bit of transition during the set, but I was able to follow the oil line inward without losing recovery. I didn’t seem to have the same inside limitation that I’ve experienced with the Copperhead, as the ball continued to finish strong and kick the corners as I moved in.

I’ve also used the Diamondback at a center with HPL in front and older wood in back, on a fresh house condition. So far this season, this center has favored a more direct trajectory that is more even from front to back, and the transition comes in two stages, first with oil pushing down the lane, and then the fronts starting to burn up. To my surprise, though, the Diamondback read the friction in such a way that I could get my feet further left, allowing me to hook around the push, and keeping me further away from the burn in front. I did have to make several lateral moves over the course of the set, but I was able to do so without losing my angle to the pocket.

Conclusions:

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with the Diamondback. With the Snake line (as with the BVP line before it), the stronger pieces have been more even in nature, while the angular balls have been weaker overall. So you could imagine how pleased I was the first time I got the Diamondback wide of target, and saw the way that it came roaring back to the pocket.

It’s hard for me to draw a comparison between the Diamondback and other recent Brunswick releases. It’s not quite like the Ultimate Inferno remake, because the Diamondback doesn’t need to get all the way to the dry in order to make a defined turn down lane. It’s also not quite like a scuffed Rattler, because the move that the Diamondback makes at the break is noticeably stronger. The Diamondback definitely gives me a look that I don’t have in the bag right now, and that I haven’t seen in the mid-price line in quite a while.

NOTE: The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer and not of Brunswick Corporation.

Review Ball Specifications

Games Used 35
Coverstock Finish Box finish
Pin to PAP 5", pin below fingers

Reviewer Specifications

Bowler Type Tweener (275-375 RPM)
Hand Right
Ball Speed 17
PAP Horizontal 5 3/8"
PAP Vertical 3/16" up
Staff Member Yes

Lane Specifications

Lane Surface Other
Lane Condition House/Blend
 

The Diamondback by Brunswick

Overall rating: 
 
4.4
Performance:
 
4.0
Versatility:
 
4.0
Durability:
 
5.0
Longevity:
 
5.0
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Reviewed by devildog819
February 24, 2010
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Ball Name - Diamondback

Bowler Specs

Right Handed
Tweener
15 MPH
4000 Siaair Surface

Description - The Diamondback replaces and upgrades the Copperhead. By adding Activator coverstock along with the proven Rocket core, this combination will provide a stronger, earlier rolling addition to this line.

Drilling - I drilled this ball 4 x 2 with a small weight hole on the axis.

Reaction - FOR ME, this is the earliest rolling ball that I have in my bag. This ball rolls earlier than my Siege and C System 3.5. Even when smoothed out, I just cant keep it on the lane. I will be using this ball only while playing on longer patterns or on heavy carrydown.

Overall - If you want a very early rolling ball, you would be wise to take a long look at the Diamondback. I will drill another one weaker with the pin over the fingers to take advantage of the stronger coverstock in the near future.

Thanks to Billy O, new product rep Brian Bever, and all the good folks at Brunswick.
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Roger Harley, Jr
IBPSIA Certified
USBC Certified Coach
Brunswick Advisory Staff

***The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer and not of Brunswick Bowling & Billards Corporation***

Review Ball Specifications

Games Used 15
Coverstock Finish 400 Siaair finish

Reviewer Specifications

Bowler Type Tweener (275-375 RPM)
Ball Speed 15
Staff Member Yes

Lane Specifications

Lane Surface AMF HPL9000
Lane Condition the house condition - 39ft with dry outsides
 

Diamondback

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5.0
Performance:
 
5.0
Versatility:
 
5.0
Durability:
 
5.0
Longevity:
 
5.0
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Reviewed by baer300
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Well, the Diamondback brings back the traditional Brunswick motion with a bonus. This ball has a ton of midlane roll with a little pop downlane. I use this ball to even out ball motion downlane. It is good for these wet/dry THS patterns. I shot 300 with it out of the box. Great ball for a various of styles and conditions.

Adam Baer
Brunswick Staff
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Review Ball Specifications

Games Used 60
Coverstock Finish 4000 with polish
Drilling Angle 65
Pin to PAP 5
Pin to VAL Angle 40

Reviewer Specifications

Bowler Type Cranker (400+ RPM)
Ball Speed 18
Staff Member Yes

Lane Specifications

Lane Surface AMF SPL9000
Lane Condition ths