Brunswick Prism Warp Hybrid Ball Review
by Jeff Ussery at Total Bowling Gear
Layout: 45 degrees x 4 1/2" x 70 degrees
Surface: 1000 grit compound polished
Core shape: Asymmetric
Brunswick's newest entry into the Prism series completes this lineup with completely different ball motions in their pro performance line. The original Prism Solid and Prism Hybrid were outstanding launches that provided two completely different motions. The Solid offered superior performance on super heavy oil conditions with a formula and finish combination that dug into the mid-lane unlike other balls on our wall. Prism Hybrid was one of my favorite products of last year's shortened bowling season. The original Prism Hybrid was very long with extreme movement downlane. Prism Warp Hybrid will fit right in between these two options offering a great combination of length with controllable but strong downlane continuation.
Prism Warp Hybrid starts with the Portal core used in the first Prism Warp. This is a super low rg core system with high differential, creating a high revolution look with a large amount of track flare. Both of these components help you create hook. Combined with an A.C.T. 2.0 Hybrid cover with a compound finish, you've got just enough kick down lane to backend more than a solid, while also offering far more control than high polished pearl covers.
I drilled my Prism Warp Hybrid with my standard pin down layout. This layout has been excellent on recent asymmetric balls without having to use the balance hole that increased track flare even more. I've tried this piece in several different centers on house lane conditions, and my preference so far is for the medium to slightly heavier oil environment. There's not quite enough surface friction here for heavy oil, but you've got plenty of other Brunswick options for that. This one is best on your average medium oil league condition. I especially like it when the backends are still crisp at the start of the night, and Prism Warp Hybrid has no problem make it through a couple of games before you have to start changing angles.
Once the lanes break down a bit, this one still has enough pop downlane to turn the corner at reasonably high launch angles. You will find a limit when you get too steep with this one, but again, Prism Hybrid is the go to there when you really need to bend it around the lane pattern.
I did try changing the finish here to a duller look, and ended up very close to my Prism Warp ball motion. After that, I tried a high gloss finish, and while it did increase length I still preferred the backend motion of the original Prism Hybrid at that finish. So my recommendation is to keep the Warp Hybrid at its box finish and let it play on medium to heavier oil conditions.
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