Brunswick Knock Out Bruiser Ball Review by Jeff Ussery
Layout: 45 degrees x 4 1/2" x 70 degrees
Surface: 2000 Sia Air Sanded
Core shape: Symmetric
Brunswick is excited to add the Knock Out Bruiser to the proven Knock Out line. The Knock Out has become one of Brunswick’s most reliable products, providing easy length and a strong move on the backend for a ball with a solid coverstock and surface. The new Knock Out Bruiser uses the updated Savvy Hook 4.0 Solid coverstock for plenty of hook and more change of direction at the breakpoint than bowlers expect from a ball like this. The Knock Out has been a go-to on medium to heavier conditions for any style of player and has been a great one-two combination with the Melee Jab series since they share the same proven Melee core.
Knock Out Bruiser features a low rg, symmetrical core, which is an automatic pin down layout for me. These types of balls, especially with sanded covers, have always rolled fantastic for me with pin down layout in the past. The lower pin layout in this ball design always gives me an earlier and smoother motion, while still having a decent amount of continuation in the backend. Knock Out Bruiser does exactly that for me. The biggest surprise for me right out of the box was the continuation the ball had downlane. Some of the previous Brunswick launches with this design intent have been a bit slow off of the spot but Knock Out Bruiser is far more continuation than previous efforts.
This increase in continuation is likely from a formula tweak to the Savvy Hook coverstock base. Knock Out Bruiser features version 4.0 of this cover. I was also a bit surprised by the length in the ball with the 2000 grit finish. Normally I would have to touch these surfaces up in grit just a touch. But I did nothing to the Knock Out Bruiser and it was a big hit first night out.
In the Brunswick family, Knock Out Bruiser is going to fall a step down in hook from the Defender/Quantum series balls. It will definitely outhook the Knock Out Black/Blue and Melee Jab Carbon as well. Overall this seems like a large upgrade to the Knock Out Black/Blue, which is likely headed toward discontinuation soon. In my current bag, the Knock Out Bruiser is definitely longer than my Katana Assault, but earlier in hook than both the Black Widow 2.0 Hybrid (review coming soon) and the Bigfoot Hybrid. I also have the total hook falling in that same order, which means the Knock Out Bruiser fits in my bag well and should stick around for quite a while.
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