Bowler Ratings

PatternStTwCr
Oily:8.58.59
Medium:877
Dry:433
Sport:777

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

General Info

Coverstock Specs
Name:GEN XT
Type:Reactive Solid
Box Finish:500 / 1000 / 2000 Abralon
Color:Orange / Yellow / Black
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Core Specs
Name:NA
Type:Asymmetrical
RG:2.51
Diff:0.057
Int. Diff:0.016

The 716T is the newest addition to Track’s upper mid-performance line. This is the newest “T” ball in this line. The 716T combines the brand new Gen XT solid coverstock with the modified Robot core.

The result is an early, strong, and consistent ball reaction that we found to match up best with our heavy oil test pattern. The box finish creates early traction that will gnaw through oil in the front of the lane. All three testers saw no problem getting the ball started. The length of this pattern was enough to keep the 716T from using too much energy before it reached the pins for Stroker and Tweener. Cranker saw his ball start to have trouble tipping over as the oil in the front of the lane started to go away. He raised the surface to 4000 Abralon and was able to get more back end motion without giving up any of the hook in the midlane.

Moving to the medium pattern, each tester saw after only a few shots that this ball was going to need some help getting down the lane. Stroker and Tweener raised the cover of the 716T up to 4000 Abralon, while Cranker added a coat of Powerhouse Factory Finish polish on top of the 2000 Abralon box finish. With these adjustments all three testers were able to get the 716T down the lane without it checking up early or losing its hitting power.

All three testers had success with the 716T on our sport pattern at the box finish. The strong motion in the midlane allowed all three to control the back end on this flatter pattern. All the testers were able to play further right to start, without worrying about the ball over-reacting when it saw friction. As the pattern broke down, the testers were able to move left to catch more head oil and still use the strong midlane to control the pattern.

The short test pattern offered little reaction for the 716T. The ball is too strong and early for success on these types of patterns.

Performance Ratings

NameValueComments
Torque5.5
This cover and core combination creates a tremendous read of the midlane that makes it really smooth at the breakpoint. The 716T will be the ball for flatter, slicker lane patterns.
Length11
The 2000 Abralon finish of the Gen XT coverstock makes the 716T live up to its traction name. No one should have trouble getting the ball to start hooking.
Back End14
The smooth nature of this bowling ball keeps the back end rating low. The benefit of a ball hooking early is that it nearly ignores carrydown.
Total Hook51
The 716T wants to start hooking as soon as it leaves your fingertips. The majority of the hook is in the front and middle sections of the lane.

Strengths

The ball offers traction in the oil. The control as the ball exits the pattern is also an added benefit for slower speeds or higher rev rates.

Weaknesses

The 716T will struggle on dry lane conditions. It is designed for medium to heavy oil patterns and will have the most success on those patterns.

Overall Summary

There are few balls that can create as much traction as early as the 716T. Those looking to replace their 715T or who haven’t tried a “T” ball before should look into the 716T.

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.