Bowler Ratings

PatternStTwCr
Oily:556
Medium:9.599.5
Dry:777
Sport:554

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

General Info

Coverstock Specs
Name:Luxury MA
Type:Reactive Pearl
Box Finish:500 / 1000 / 2000 Abralon / Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish
Color:White Diamond
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Core Specs
Name:DNA
Type:Symmetrical
RG:2.58
Diff:0.055
Int. Diff:0.000

The 400A Special Edition is the newest symmetrical cored release from Track. The white color of this ball will not be confused for anything else sitting on the rack or going down the lane. The 400A Special Edition is a combination of the DNA core first used in the 300C Solid with a new pearlized cover formulation called Luxury MA.

This shiny coverstock provides a long and strong ball reaction that was best for us on our medium test pattern. The 400A Special Edition wastes little energy getting to the breakpoint where it unleashes a powerful left turn. Stroker and Cranker liked this one just a bit more than Tweener on this pattern. Tweener had a good reaction, but was just forced a little too far left to give him as good a reaction as the other two testers.

We were able to have success on our dry test pattern as well. We left the 400A Special Edition at the box finish and made sure to get more up the back of it at the release to keep it from jumping too much at the back end. The length from the box finish was a big help on this pattern.

We were able to make the 400A Special Edition work on our heavy test pattern after some surface work on them. We removed the polish on all three test balls with a 2000 Abralon pad. While we got the extra hook we needed, there are simply better ball options from Track for these types of patterns.

The same goes for our sport pattern. We have had minimal success with “A” series balls because of their intent to offer a skid/flip reaction. We like the reaction shapes from the “C” and “T” lines of balls on this pattern much better. We made the same adjustment to the 400A Special Edition cover on this pattern that we did on the heavy pattern to give us extra hook in the oil and smooth out the violent back end reaction.

Performance Ratings

NameValueComments
Torque7.5
The new pearlized coverstock saves lots of energy for the breakpoint. This is an “A” series ball for a reason.
Length17
The polished coverstock uses minimal energy until it sees the friction down lane. Bowlers on medium to dry conditions will find this type of reaction most useful.
Back End17
We have yet to be let down by Track with their naming system. Any balls carrying the “Angular” name in them have made a significant move in the back end.
Total Hook49
The 400A Special Edition provides the same amount of total hook as the 300C Solid, but goes about it in a totally different way. This ball is cleaner through the front and much stronger down lane.

Strengths

This ball provides a long and strong reaction in addition to giving Track users an additional symmetrical core option. Its best on medium to dry conditions.

Weaknesses

Heavy volumes of oil are not where “A” series balls were designed to be effective. Find a “Traction” ball for the slick stuff.

Overall Summary

The 400A Special Edition provides an angular motion on medium to dry lane conditions. This marks the first 400 series release to the US market.

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