Bowler Ratings

PatternStTwCr
Oily:446
Medium:999.5
Dry:9.58.56
Sport:555

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

General Info

Coverstock Specs
Name:CPT Flip
Type:Reactive Pearl
Box Finish:500 SiaAir / Royal Compound / Royal Shine
Color:Platinum
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Core Specs
Name:NA
Type:Symmetrical
RG:2.534
Diff:0.038
Int. Diff:0.000

The Brunswick Ringer Platinum Pearl is the second installment in the Ringer series. This ball uses the same core shape as the original Ringer, but the coverstock has been changed to the more angular CPT Flip. These balls are designed for medium to lighter lane patterns.

We had our best reaction on our medium pattern. We were able to line up and not have to move much at all on this pattern. We had added length and back end compared to the original Ringer provided by this new formulation of coverstock. This ball was much more angular than the first Ringer.

We had our next best reaction on the dry test pattern. The polished coverstock still gave us good length despite being a shorter pattern. Stroker and Tweener had a better reaction than Cranker because of their lower rev rates. None of the three testers needed to change the box finish on either of these patterns.

We did not have much success on our heavy or sport test patterns. Balls that are designed for good length and an angular back end are not what we like to see on the sport pattern. We removed the polish with a 1500 SiaAir pad on all three test balls to give us added traction and to help smooth out the response to friction.

We went even lower on the surface on the heavy pattern, using a 1000 SiaAir pad on the three bowling balls. While the rougher surface gave us more hook, we would much rather have the Mastermind in our hands on the slicker conditions.

Performance Ratings

NameValueComments
Torque6
We will use this time to remind readers that our ratings are based on Tweener’s reaction on our medium test pattern. While Tweener saw the Platinum change directions about the same as the original Ringer, our other testers saw it turn over harder than the original.
Length15.5
The polished pearl coverstock on this Ringer gives it more length than the original. Bowlers looking for more length and recovery than the original Ringer will like what it offers.
Back End16
Once again, Tweener had this ball similar to the original Ringer at the back end. Cranker and Stroker saw added movement and a stronger down lane reaction.
Total Hook48
All three testers saw the same amount of total hook from this ball as the original Ringer, but a different shape going down the lane.

Strengths

The Ringer Platinum Pearl adds a bigger change of direction at the end of the pattern to the predictability we loved out of the original Ringer. This ball is still weaker than the Mastermind and Melee.

Weaknesses

Heavy volumes of oil will make it difficult for the Ringer Platinum Pearl to pick up fast enough to keep it from going past the breakpoint. Keep this one on medium or lower volumes of oil.

Overall Summary

This Ringer Platinum Pearl gave us added pop at the back end and a bigger back end move than the original Ringer. This ball is best on medium to lighter conditions.

The BTM Ball Testing Team

About The BTM Ball Testing Team

The BTM Ball Testing Team is led by Eric Martinez. Our team of three testers has thrown and reviewed hundreds of bowling balls for Bowling This Month. When not testing balls for BTM, Eric owns and operates University Pro Shop in San Antonio, TX and he is an avid competitive bowler. Click here to learn more about how we test and review bowling balls.