Bowler Ratings


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

General Info

Reviewed:July 2012
Coverstock Specs
Type:Reactive Pearl
Box Finish:Polished
Color:Burgundy / Gold with Mica
Core Specs
Int. Diff:0.000

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The Torrid uses an older core design and combines it with newer resin base with the addition of mica. Some density alterations to the core have been made over time and with this version we get a lower RG core and a higher differential. This core, combined with the upgrade of the cover, creates more traction than the Time’s Up! pearl and a more rounded motion at the breakpoint. The hook potential of the Torrid puts it right between the reaction shapes of the two Time’s Up! offerings.

All three testers had their best reactions on the medium test pattern. The extra traction allowed the ball to play further left than we did with the Time’s Up! pearl. Cranker really liked this ball on the fresh and, as the pattern broke down, he could keep getting deeper and deeper with this one. Tweener and Stroker were not far behind and their look also improved as the pattern went through transition.

Our look on the heavy oil pattern was not very good at the box finish. We removed the polish with a 2000 Abralon pad on all three test balls to give them added traction and open up the pattern. The Slant line of bowling balls are more suited to the heavy oil patterns but our reaction only improved as the track area opened up.

On the dry pattern, our look was better than on the wet. Stroker’s lower rev rate and Tweener’s ball speed allowed each to move a few boards left of where they attacked the medium pattern and still get to the pocket. Cranker had to try and back his hand off and roll more up the back at release.

Our sport pattern offered an above average reaction for all our testers. We are seeing two types of reaction that really give us success on our sport pattern – balls that are smoother at the breakpoint or balls that can overpower the oil on this pattern. The Torrid fits into the first category.

Performance Ratings

This ball makes a left turn when it reaches its breakpoint, but not the sharp move of a ball that is designed to snap more. The Torrid brings the breakpoint just slightly closer than the Time’s Up! pearl.
The polished coverstock gets down the lane rather easily. The addition of mica to the cover gives this ball a little more grab than the Time’s Up! pearl.
Back End14
The Torrid can hold its own in back end motion. A large sweeping motion is what all three testers saw on our medium test pattern.
Total Hook46
The total hook of the Torrid is similar to the Time’s Up! pearl, but with a different motion. The addition of mica to the pearl resin coverstock gives it more traction and less wiggle at the breakpoint.


A classic core shape returns in the Torrid. This core surrounded by an updated coverstock makes the Torrid an easy choice to put in any bowler’s line up.


All pearl reactives will struggle in oil. The Torrid is no exception. Stick to the medium and lighter patterns that this ball was designed for and enjoy the exceptional pin carry.

Overall Summary

The Torrid is the newest mid-price release to the Radical line up. It joins the Time’s Up! and Time’s Up! solid as an option for medium conditions.

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.