Bowler Ratings

PatternStTwCr
Oily:999.5
Medium:87.57
Dry:554
Sport:887

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

General Info

Coverstock Specs
Name:Tilt Solid
Type:Reactive Solid
Box Finish:800 / 1000 / 2000/ 2000 Abralon
Color:Black / Orange / Blue
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Core Specs
Name:NA
Type:Asymmetrical
RG:2.54
Diff:0.055
Int. Diff:0.017

This mid-season release is the latest high performance ball from Columbia 300. The World Beater features the new Arrowhead core shape which has a medium RG combined with a high differential and medium intermediate differential. The Super Tilt Solid reactive cover is a new cover from Columbia 300 that offers plenty of traction at the back end of the lane. With the 2000 Abralon finish, this cover creates the necessary traction in the oil to be successful for all on heavy and long patterns. Going with a medium intermediate differential in the Arrowhead core gives the World Beater extra traction in the midlane without taking away anything from back end reaction.

This ball’s core and cover combination gave all three of our testers their best reaction on our oily test pattern. All were able to play a touch deeper due to the strong overall reaction the World Beater provided. Our semi-aggressive layouts created plenty of flare, providing fresh surface contact with every revolution. Creating entry angle into the pins was never a problem.

We usually find balls that match up extremely well with our oily test pattern to be too much for our medium test pattern. Unlike many others, the World Beater gave all three testers an above-average reaction on this pattern. Although each tester was forced to move in quite a bit, the Arrowhead core pushed the World Beater through the front part of the lane, allowing for enough energy to get the job done at the back end. Those with higher rev rates bowling exclusively on medium patterns will want to go with longer pin placements so that they can make it through the entire league session.

Stronger layouts will be okay for those with lower rev rates, even on medium oil patterns. Those who choose to drill this ball with strong layouts will find that raising the finish to 4000 Abralon will provide more length if needed. Drier patterns will force this ball back into the bag for all except those who have more speed than revs. Even those might need to look into a polished finish.

Sport patterns on the medium-oily to oily side will offer the best overall reaction for the World Beater.

Performance Ratings

NameValueComments
Torque6.5
We found the World Beater to be aggressive from the second it comes off the hand. The aggressive midlane reaction sets up the equally aggressive breakpoint and back end.
Length10.5
The 2000 Abralon finish will provide plenty of traction on medium and heavily oiled lanes. Those finding this ball to start up too soon will be able to raise the finish to 4000 Abralon to achieve the necessary skid through the front of the lane.
Back End16.5
Recovery down lane should never be an issue with the World Beater. The medium RG core design provides just enough lope through the front of the lane, which helps store energy for the back of the lane.
Total Hook54
The World Beater offers a ton of overall hook potential. This is one of the most aggressive balls we have seen from Columbia 300 in some time. Many have had traction in the oil or at the back end but the World Beater has it all.

Strengths

The best way to describe the World Beater would be strong and consistent. The core/cover combination gives the user plenty of traction in the oil without giving up the strong reaction down lane that bowlers look for today.

Weaknesses

Those bowling on drier conditions will want to keep this ball in the bag. Even with surface adjustments, the World Beater will prove to be too much ball on true dry patterns. Those with higher rev rates might need to adjust the surface even on some medium oil patterns.

Overall Summary

A ball that boasts the name “World Beater” better be just that. Columbia 300 feels that this is the best ball that they have made in a few years and we might have to agree. This new release combines both a new core and cover to provide this impressive look on the lanes.

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.