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Tamer Elbaga (Lefty)
RPM: 375 rpm
PAP: 5 & 3/8 up
Average Speed: 18.5 mph (at release)
Axis tilt: low
Axis rotation: medium/high
Test Equipment: 15 Pounds
Layout: 4.5 x 40
“Keep in mind that coverstock accounts for 70% of ball reaction, but the core creates the dynamic shape of the reaction. Your driller will alter the shape to suit your game.”
THS: 43ft, 27ml: 6.79:1
Sport: 2019 TEAM USBC Open Champ 38ft, 20.7 ml, 1.98:1 ratio
The 900 Global Volt Solid uses the Charged™ Symmetric core inside the S72R Solid coverstock.
15 pound = RG of 2.56, diff of .047
14 pound = RG of 2.64, diff of .023
Coverstock finish: 2000 grit abralon
The 900 Global Volt Pearl offers an average value in terms of usability to price.
The 900 Global Volt Pearl fits in the Mid Control Category.
The 900 Global Volt Solid is an interesting ball. I had to think a little bit about what to say with this motion. It’s sort of a benchmark with a medium strength solid cover and a lightbulb shaped core with a flip puck. I usually don’t read what manufacturers say until I see it for myself so as I was evaluating I did check it out and 900 Global used this description of a “meandering motion rather than a linear one” and this actually makes a lot of sense if not a little complicated so let’s break it down. The Volt Solid does have a smooth reading reaction. We are on wood here so I temper this a little. With that said it didn’t feel like it was a struggle to get it downlane, until sometimes it went high. It felt like it could be angular enough even with the smooth more control shape. This was the one ball in the test session that didn’t seem to have its own forced shape. Meaning it’s a bit of a chameleon. This might sound strange but it reminded me of the Roto Grip Wild Streak motion. Basically, you can manipulate it and it responds. But the knock I had on the Wild Streak which I also have on the Volt Solid a bit is that it is a bit release sensitive. If you get on it or slow it down a touch, it can definitely turn over harder and jump. That happened to me a couple of times. If I didn’t hit it, it can labor off the spot. Did that once or twice. So I started to feel that while I enjoyed throwing this ball, I couldn’t help but feel like this ball kind of telegraphs your release which is good if you are good and exacerbates your poor release if you are not consistent. And that brings me all the way back to the perfect word “meandering”. That’s kind of what the Volt Solid does. So if you put it in your bag, it fits in the Mid Control spot. And if you are really good at manipulating your release this ball can be a star. If you are middling, it may expose you a bit.
One comment to make here as I have with other 900 Global balls that do not use filler, I think we’ve discussed the 14 vs 15lb specs before. I am testing a 15lb ball here as I was concerned the 14lb ball specs would not offer a fair representation of what you might see from the Volt Solid in 15lb.
And that brings me all the way back to the perfect word “meandering”. That’s kind of what the Volt Solid does. So if you put it in your bag, it fits in the Mid Control spot. And if you are really good at manipulating your release this ball can be a star in that control benchmark spot right in the middle of the bag. If you are middling, it may expose you a bit.