General Ball Info
Purple / Blue Pearl
The Time’s Up is the first in a new series of balls from Radical which will be their mid-price line. The Time’s Up features a new, symmetrical core called Bull’s Eye. This ball gives Radical performance at a lower price tag than the Slants.
The easy length combined with the strong arcing back end matched up best with our medium test pattern for all three testers. The controlled movement of the Time’s Up! allowed both Cranker and Tweener to the play much closer to the track than they usually can on this pattern. Stroker had a good reaction on the medium pattern as well but the dry test pattern gave him an even better look. The extra friction this pattern offers gave him the necessary entry angle to knock all ten pins down.
The dry pattern forced both Tweener and Cranker about an arrow or so deeper than they were on the medium pattern. Since both of their rev rates are higher than Stroker’s, on the shorter pattern their Time’s Up! responded much more quickly to the friction. As long as both made good shots and kept the speed firm, they had no trouble getting to the pocket.
All three testers struggled with the Time’s Up on the oily test pattern. The combination of the length and volume of oil on this pattern was just too much for this ball. The combination of the the highest RG core from this brand and polished pearl cover will make this ball push too far down lane on this type of condition.
Our sport pattern offered a fair reaction for all three testers. Ball speed was key for all the testers. If we stayed slow and were nice to it at the bottom of the swing, the Time’s Up worked well. Where we got in trouble was trying to help it too much. That caused too much skid in the oil and a violent turn in the friction. Time’s Up will be best on sport patterns that have had a decent amount of play on them in addition to fresh patterns that offer more friction in the track
Strengths: The Time’s Up has excellent length with a controlled back end reaction. This is a ball that could work from start to finish for those who like to play in the friction.
Weaknesses: Shiny pearlized bowling balls are not designed for high volumes of oil. Longer, wetter patterns will make the Time’s Up slide past the breakpoint.
Overall Summary: This ball should work perfectly on fresh conditions for those with slower ball speed and on medium conditions for just about anyone. This is Radical’s first ball that is not a high performance release.