Bowler Ratings

PatternStTwCr
Oily:345
Medium:556
Dry:9.59.59.5
Sport:333

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

General Info

Coverstock Specs
Name:Reactor
Type:Reactive Hybrid
Box Finish:1500 Grit Polished
Color:Black Solid / Cherry Pearl
Empty
Core Specs
Name:NA
Type:Symmetrical
RG:2.57
Diff:0.009
Int. Diff:0.000

The new Tropical Breeze Black Cherry uses the same Camber core as the previous three Breezes. This latest offering surrounds the high RG, low flaring core with a hybrid version of the Reactor coverstock. This Breeze Black Cherry offers more length than the Breeze Solid and less than the Breeze Pearl.

The tamer ball reaction matched up nearly perfectly with our dry test pattern. All three testers had more than impressive reaction on this pattern. They could move in to slow it down and hook it or move further right and increase ball speed. Neither adjustment had a negative reaction on pin carry.

Moving to the medium test pattern, only Cranker was able to keep the ball at the 1500 grit polished box finish. When the other two testers moved right on this medium pattern, they saw too much length before this Breeze made its turn. Tweener and Stroker took a 4000 Abralon to the cover and immediately saw the added motion they lacked with the box finish.

The long test pattern is not the environment to breed success with the Tropical Breeze Black Cherry. Even using a 1000 Abralon on all the test balls, the nature of the core and cover did not match up. Even on shots that got to the pocket, the angle was not optimal for carry.

Like with the previous Breezes, the cover and core are just too weak for our liking on our sport pattern. Bowlers who use this ball for what it was designed for, short or drier patterns as well as broken down patterns they come across, will find one of the better balls on the market for these conditions.

Performance Ratings

NameValueComments
Torque6.5
The hybrid formulation of the Reactor coverstock is quite strong when it sees some dry boards. This one is more responsive to the friction than the Solid or Pearl Breeze.
Length16
The 1500 grit polished box finish allows the Breeze Black Cherry to easily glide, even on drier conditions. Bowlers who need less length can remove the polish with Abralon pads.
Back End15
The Breeze can make up some area in the back end of the lane. It is not a  ball to stand left and throw to the gutter. Squaring angles up through the front will allow for decent recovery down lane.
Total Hook43
The total hook is low in comparison to other entry level balls and that makes it an excellent choice for bowlers in need of a dry lane ball. This ball offers as much hook as the Breeze Solid and more than the Pearl Breezes.

Strengths

Length, length, and more length. This might be one of the best balls on the market for the drier conditions. The hitting power is unbelievable for a ball with a core with minimal dynamics.

Weaknesses

Oil. Plain and simple, the Breeze does not like volumes of oil. Use it on broken down and shorter patterns.

Overall Summary

The Black Cheery Breeze completes a foursome of Tropical Breezes. This latest addition is the first using a hybrid coverstock.

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.