Bowler Ratings


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General Info

Name:Vandal Smash
Reviewed:August 2016
Coverstock Specs
Name:Composite Flip Solid
Type:Reactive Solid
Box Finish:500 / 4000 SiaAir
Color:Purple / Dark Purple
Core Specs
Name:Vandal Asymmetric
Int. Diff:0.011

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The Vandal Smash gives the DV8 brand a new solid-covered asymmetrical option right beneath the Grudges in price point. Its low RG (2.499″) and high differential (0.055″) asymmetrical core is identical to the core that was used in the original Vandal. It is paired up with the Composite Flip Solid coverstock, finished with a 4000 SiaAir pad. This dull coverstock stores a good amount of energy for the back end, while still creating a big footprint in the midlane. We had a lot of success with this ball across our patterns, with its best reaction coming on our medium oil test pattern.

On our medium pattern, all three testers could play almost anywhere on the lane they wanted. We had control off the dry that allowed us to play tighter angles through the front, but we also had enough hook to move left into the oil and open up the lane. This ball’s strong coverstock makes it extremely versatile. After seeing how much area we had, we

Additional DV8 Vandal Smash Resources

Click here to visit DV8's website to read the manufacturer-supplied information on this ball. Also, see below for the manufacturer-produced promotional video for this ball.

Please remember that our reviews are solely based on our own testing and that you may sometimes find differences between our comments and ratings and the manufacturer's claims. Links to these manufacturer resources are provided here strictly for convenience purposes.

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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.