This is a Melee for sure…
This is going to be a great piece from Brunswick. I like seeing low RG cores still around. Maybe it’s a bit selfish but I love the heavier roll these balls create and the Brunswick Melee Cross is no exception.
Brandon Hinderer is a PBA Member as well as Brunswick and Vise Staffer.
Power Player: 450 rpm
PAP: 5 3/8 & 7/8 up
Axis tilt: 10-15 degrees
Axis rotation: >45 degrees
Layout: 45 X 4 1/2 X 55
Kerry Smith is a top notch bowler and Brunswick Staffer.
Stroker: 250 rpm
PAP: 5 1/8 & 3/4 up
Axis tilt: 13 degrees
Axis rotation: ~45 degrees
Layout: 50 x 5 x 50
Jeffrey Smith is a Brunswick and Vise Staffer and Co-Owner of Pure It Pro Shop.
Power Player: 450 rpm
PAP: 5 & 0 up
Axis Tilt: 13 degrees
Axis Rotation: 60 degrees
Layout: 50 x 6 x 45
41ft THS, 12:1, 26ml
41ft THS, 10:1, 24ml
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.
Sitting in Brunswick’s All-Purpose line, the Melee Cross offers good versatility and good value.
The Melee Cross uses the Melee Low RG Symmetric core and Savvy Hook Solid Reactive coverstock. This is in contrast to the original Melee which uses a medium RG core and slightly weaker cover. It has an RG of 2.487 and diff of .050. The Melee had a core that looks like a bullet while the Melee Cross looks like a “fat” bullet. Simply put, the Cross offers earlier and smoother roll. The cover is finised with 500 and 2000 Siaair.
All bowlers found this ball to be on the stronger side of medium. It’s probably on a similar order of strength as the Mastermind Genius but with an earlier and smoother read. Everyone saw a nice smooth motion. The ball starts up a little earlier than the other pieces while creating this backend that seems to get stronger as it continuously punches through the pocket.
For Kerry and Jeffrey, it added a nice amount of control to the slightly heavier house pattern they tested on. Kerry had a great read in her test. The ball just read the pattern and trucked to the pocket. Same thing with Jeff. When the Fortera was a little over/under, the Melee just read every time and punched through the pocket. Even when Jeff got deeper and the ball pushed slightly, it had enough energy to knock all ten down.
Brandon saw a reaction that was quite strong on the medium shot he tested on. There’s no need to take this ball out on a medium condition if you have Brandon’s hand. However, the ball had such a nice read, he can throw it from anywhere on the lane and you can see that in the video.
The Melee Cross is very continuous through the pins. It always seems to read the breakpoint. It rarely blew through the breakpoint. If anything, it can read a little earlier because of it’s intrinsic low RG and rough surface.
The track above is for Brandon. His “ideal” line on the test lane with the Melee Cross was 20 to 8 at 19mph at release. The breakpoint is 42ft and the ball generated 6 degrees of entry angle. This is one strong ball which gets into a roll quickly. There’s a very clear difference between a heavy rolling ball like the Melee Cross and skid/flip ball like the Fortera Exile. The Melee Cross needs to have the target at the breakpoint a bit further in as it will labor a bit off of too much friction. The early roll also tames down the entry angle to just about ideal angle of 6 degrees.