I recently obtained a Visionary Midnight
Scorcher Particle Urethane ball!
I have done some research since I got the ball and learned some interesting things about its construction and performance.
Scorcher is a super strong Particle Urethane ball made by Visionary Bowling.
The specs of the DC core are: a high RG of 2.63 but also a very high Differential of .063.
The ball is actually a weak asymmetric with an intermediate differential of .006.
I laid this ball out as a symmetric, which is ok to do because of the weak asymmetry.
The ball is drilled with a strong Full Roller layout with pin at 3 3/8”.
These core specs, combined with the super strong cover, make the ball very smooth and controllable with a very heavy roll.
According to Visionary Bowling the particles in the ball are a very tough, but soft Polybutadiene compound, somewhat similar to the rubber used in tires.
The particles have the ability to absorb small amounts of oil and expand slightly to create even more traction in the oil, and that is why the ball feels like it has beard stubble once it gets some oil on it.
The Particles act like tire treads and allow the Scorcher to hook in even the heaviest oils.
The stock grit is 320 wet sand, but this was way, way, way too strong for me on a house shot regardless of the density of the oil volume.
After experimentation, I settled on 1500 grit. This suits my slower ball speed and full roll.
Remember, when changing the surface of this ball, only use Scotch-Brite pads or you will sand down the particles and lose the reaction.
In the test video below, I am bowing on the Big Ben pattern and the lane surface is the very slick Brunswick Anvilane.
This particular lane is very, very smooth as it never gets league play and has not been tracked in.
Compared to the same pattern on the league lanes, this lane has 6 boards less hook for me with this ball, so I had to stand more right and go down and in.
Please feel free to comment if you have more technical information on this unique ball which seems especially made for my vintage style of play.
I have attached a photo which allows you to see the particles which shine like stars in the Midnight
Enjoy the heavy rolling, hard hitting Midnight
Scorcher which I have dubbed: “The Dragon!”
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