Bowler Ratings

PatternStTwCr
Oily:999.5
Medium:87.57.5
Dry:544
Sport:778

Bowler ratings are from 1 to 10 in order of Stroker (ST), Tweener (TW), Cranker (CR)

General Info

Coverstock Specs
Name:ConneXion Grip
Type:Reactive Pearl
Box Finish:500 / 4000 SiaAir
Color:Purple Pearl / White Pearl
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Core Specs
Name:Jack
Type:Symmetrical
RG:2.558
Diff:0.054
Int. Diff:0.000

The Revolver is the newest ball from Brunswick in their upper mid-price category. It features a new core shape, which retains energy longer than previous cores at this price point. In addition to the new core, the Revolver’s outer shell is also a new offering from Brunswick. This latest cover is called ConneXion Grip. It’s a modified version of the ConneXion cover used on the Wild Ride. It comes out of the box at a 500/4000 SiaAir finish, giving it some traction in the oil.

The Revolver needs some head oil and gave us our best look on our heavy oil test pattern. All three testers experienced a strong move in the midlane and an equal if not stronger move at the breakpoint. This is one of those balls that will always make the turn. As the pattern broke down during the testing period, all three testers could easily make two and one adjustments to chase the oil line. As long as we found enough oil to get it down the lane, the Revolver continued its strong hooking motion. Players who have more speed than revs, such as our Stroker, will get plenty of use out of the Revolver on medium patterns as well.

All three were able to use the ball at first on our medium pattern from lines about an arrow deeper than they were playing on the oily test pattern. Those with an above average rev rate will benefit by having some polish applied for medium conditions. They won’t need a super high gloss finish, just enough to push it through the front more easily.

The dry test pattern didn’t offer much of anything due to the lack of oil. We strongly suggest you stay away from the dry stuff with the Revolver. We feel it has plenty of potential when it comes to sport patterns. There needs to be a decent volume of oil to use the ball with its box finish. Polishing will get the length necessary on medium to dry sport patterns but the angularity will be increased, which isn’t what you want on a fresh sport pattern.

Performance Ratings

NameValueComments
Torque7
The midlane read is comparable to the Wild Card. The difference between the two is the amount of angularity at the breakpoint.
Length12
Even with the 4000 SiaAir finish, the Revolver can handle more oil than any ball in the Wild line. The 500 grit surface underneath the 4000 final step surface helps provide the extra traction.
Back End17
This new release has the potential to make it back to the pocket from places where no Brunswick ball has previously recovered. Make sure that if you miss, you miss wide.
Total Hook53
Most bowlers will find the Revolver matches up best with oilier lane conditions. The ball will find its way out of the bag on some medium patterns for players with below average revs. It is one of the strongest balls on the market from the midlane to the pins.

Strengths

The new core and cover combination of the Revolver offers a large amount of hook in the midlane and back end where most bowlers want to see it. The Revolver brings a different and much needed look for Brunswick.

Weaknesses

This ball needs oil in order for it to perform at its highest level. Surface adjustments will help on medium patterns, but there isn’t much that can be done for the short and dry stuff unless you like the hook out shot.

Overall Summary

The Revolver doesn’t have the look of the typical Brunswick ball as it rolls down the lane. We experienced something totally different. This new release is less about reading the front of the lane, but rather all about the back of the lane.

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