The Digitrax Analysis on the Brunswick Wicked Siege was taken with Coach T as the tester. The test was performed on a medium THS.
I am launching the ball 17 mph and it enters the pocket at 15.4 mph. I’m targeting just inside the 3rd arrow out to 7 at the breakpoint, at 41 feet. For me, the Wicked Siege has a Hook Power of 52, which is just under the Alpha Max. As is typical, lefties will tend to be a little more direct than righties. As you can probably tell, I use more angle than a typical lefty. The Hook Power can give you a relative sense of a ball’s power compared to other balls. The comparison above gives a good idea of that, with the Alpha-Max being the strongest ball. The Loaded Revolver is not weak but rather an anomaly which can be explained in its own review.
As you can see, the Wicked Siege is capable of generating a fair amount of entry angle. It is very similar to my benchmark V2, not only in the amount of angle and overall hook it generates, but its overall ball reaction. What you don’t easily see in the Digitrax analysis is how a ball finishes off the deck. If you watch the videos, you will easily see that despite creating strong angles, it rolls out at the right time, allowing good energy transfer into the pocket. If you compare that to the entry angle generated by the Damage, it is a half degree less. So as the lanes breakdown, you could go from the Wicked Siege to the Damage, but be prepared for a steeper entry angle, which risks leaving 8 and 9 pins.
To compare the Brunswick lineup, we can also use the information above. You can match up the colors in the second chart to the tracks in the first chart. The Alpha-Max is clearly the big dog. The Wicked Siege would be next, followed by the Damage. These balls I find have similar overall reactions that are recognizable, just covering progressively less volume. The Loaded Revolver has a quite different overall look and ball reaction. It likely fits somewhere in between the Alpha-Max and Wicked Siege in overall strength, but you can see that it preferred to be in the oil a bit, both at the arrows and breakpoint. That’s why it covers less boards overall.
In my opinion, the Wicked Siege is the clear benchmark ball in the Brunswick lineup. Truth be told, it is a flat out proper benchmark across manufacturers. It’s the kind of ball that will be a go-to ball, first out of the bag for many people. Then everything else fills around it. Brunswick has a very good crop of balls from which to build a complete arsenal from. If you had to start with only one, the Wicked Siege would be it.