Bowler Ratings

PatternStTwCr
Oily:345
Medium:8.58.59
Dry:887.5
Sport:765

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

General Info

Coverstock Specs
Name:CT Reactive
Type:Reactive Pearl
Box Finish:800 Abranet / 1000 / 2000 / 4000 Abralon / Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish
Color:Green / Purple Pearl
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Core Specs
Name:NA
Type:Symmetrical
RG:2.51
Diff:0.042
Int. Diff:0.000

The Grape Vibe is the seventh ball to carry the Vibe name and uses a brand new formulation of the CT Reactive coverstock. Hammer has included a high load of pearl into this coverstock which makes it stronger and more angular than the Midnight Vibe. Although this ball is super strong at the breakpoint, it reads the rest of the lane just enough for the user to keep it under control.

We found it will work best on our medium test pattern. The polished 4000 Abralon finish matched up perfectly with this condition. The Grape Vibe easily offered length for this pattern. Adjusting with this ball is rather easy. We made small moves with both feet and target as the oil pattern transitioned without any loss of power at the breakpoint and back end.

We were able to use the line we played after the medium pattern broke down as a starting point on the dry pattern. This move proved to be exactly where we needed to be on this pattern. All three testers were about seven left with our feet and around four left with our target than where we started on the medium.

The Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish created too much length for our oily test pattern. This condition made controlling the breakpoint rather difficult. For this type of pattern we would suggest a change of surface to 1000 Abralon finish with no polish for those with higher speeds or lower rev rates, like our Stroker.  Players with more equal speed to rev rate ratios will prefer a 2000 Abralon finish, as our Tweener and Cranker did, to combat the higher volume pattern.

The quick change of direction off the friction from the Grape Vibe leaves little room for error on flatter conditions. Balls with this reaction don’t fare well on patterns like our sport condition.

Performance Ratings

NameValueComments
Torque6.5
The Grape Vibe provides a moderate read of the midlane and a stronger move at the breakpoint than the Midnight Vibe. This is one of the most angular Vibe balls we’ve thrown.
Length16.5
The 4000 grit Abralon with Powerhouse polish, combined with a new formulation of a pearl coverstock, gives this Vibe the most length of any in this series.
Back End16
All the energy stored from the length has to come out somewhere and the back end is where the Grape Vibe has all of its motion. The strength at the breakpoint transfers into a big back end movement from this bowling ball.
Total Hook45
The Grape Vibe goes about its hook in a similar fashion as the Midnight and the Emerald before it. Medium and dry patterns will be no problem for the new Vibe

Strengths

The massive back end movement is a ball motion that is very useful on a vast amount of lane conditions. A ball with a back end move as hard as the Grape Vibe, while not overskidding on oil, can easily find a place in almost any player’s arsenal.

Weaknesses

Heavy oil patterns will offer very little for the Grape Vibe. On our heavy volume pattern, it was very sensitive to speed changes and could easily be thrown through the breakpoint.

Overall Summary

The Grape Vibe uses a new formulation coverstock that gives it the most pearl used in a Vibe cover. This cover makes the Grape Vibe longer and stronger than the Midnight Vibe and will be a great choice for players looking for a skid/flip reaction on medium volume patterns.

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.