General Ball Info
500 SiaAir / Royal Compound / Royal Shine
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.
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.