General Ball Info
U3S Hybrid Urethane
1500 Grit Polished
Red Pearl / Red Solid
The Super Natural might be the first hybrid urethane covered bowling ball ever. It is certainly the first ball ever marketed as a hybrid urethane. The half pearl/half solid blend comes at a shiny 1500 grit polished finish.
The tame nature of urethane, especially a polished one, was a natural fit for our short dry test pattern. The hybrid cover, combined with the polished finish, created a different look than we have seen from the “modern urethane” releases the last few years. The Super Natural still gave us urethane motion in the front and an early smooth, arc-shaped hook in the midlane. The big difference we saw was the continuation from the Super Natural. The added motion down lane allowed the testers to cheat left as the pattern started breaking down, something we could not do with other urethanes and get the back to the pocket with any kind of power.
Cranker was able to move to the extreme outside line on the medium pattern and had to be sure to slow his speed down. We removed the polish on all three balls to try and give our testers a better reaction. The 2000 Abralon pad gave us more traction, but also took away the back end continuation.
If we had a lower volume or shorter sport pattern than we use for testing, we would have had a better reaction. We made the same 2000 Abralon surface change with some success.
Our only chance to strike on our heavy test pattern was trying to throw the Super Natural directly at the head pin. Seniors or other players with minimal ball speed, who struggle to keep anything reactive in the pocket, could look to this ball as a possible solution.
Strengths: The added motion at the breakpoint compared to other urethane releases is what really stands out about the Super Natural. Short patterns will provide the perfect environment for this ball to show its stuff.
Weaknesses: Oil will be disaster for most players trying to use the Super Natural. Only the slowest ball speeds should attempt to use this ball on medium or slicker conditions.
Overall Summary: The Super Natural provides more angle down lane than the Natural and Natural Pearl. Bowlers who would like more length with a stronger down lane reaction than either of these releases will find what they are looking for with this ball.