No question the Omni is definitely reminiscent of the venerable Gamebreaker balls. Beautiful smooth shape.
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James Kasee (Righty)
Style: Power Player
RPM: 425 rpm
PAP 4 1/2 & 1/4 down
Average Speed: 19 mph (at release)
Axis tilt: 19 degrees
Axis rotation: 60 degrees
Test Equipment: 15 Pounds
Layout: 45 x 5 x 65
“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: 40ft, 23ml
Sport: 2019 Don Johnson 40ft, 30.7 ml, 2.4:1 ratio
The Ebonite Omni uses the Omni Core (asymmetrical) core inside the GSV 2.0 Solid coverstock.
15 pound = RG of 2.501, diff of .050, mb of .013
14 pound = RG of 2.527, diff of .050, mb of .013
Coverstock finish SOLID: 360, 500, 2000 Siaair Micro Pad
Coverstock finish PEARL: 500, 2000 Siaair Micro Pad
The Ebonite Omni is one of the first balls for the Ebonite brand under the Brunswick umbrella. What I can say is that Brunswick did a fantastic job coming out of the gate swinging for the classic brand by releasing a ball so close to the well-known Gamebreaker series shape. The color scheme is identical to the V2 and Gamebreaker solid balls. It has an instantly familiar look physically but more importantly it does on the lanes as well. It has that smooth but aggressive arc the V2 core is well known for but now with the asymmetric Omni core. You could call this the first asymmetric Gamebreaker. No black and blue ball this dark could ever be bad is the saying. It’s just such a lovely motion. Reads the end of the pattern in a smooth way but arcs into that booming move. Don’t mistake smooth for lack of angularity, far from it. It is angular but in an understandable and not surprising way. The only time it does surprise you is as the pattern transitions. When it starts to read early, you instantly notice how strong it is because it jumps. If you can stay ahead of it great. Otherwise it’s a clear signal to move or ball down. James had to move at least 7 boards with his feet just in the test session so it definitely starts chewing up the oil relatively quickly.
James tested on the 2019 40ft PBA Don Johnson pattern, what was used on the TOC this year. Again here you can see the traditional GB shape out of the Omni. Here the asym nature is a bit more obvious as stands up a bit more in the more defined dry at the end of the pattern. However, there is still decent pocket control. Sometimes you want smooth when the pattern is tough. Other times you want more aggressive ball reactions.
I’m giving the Omni a B+ on value. It’s a B+ bordering A on house shot. Those loving the traditional GB motion will edge higher in their own personal score. It also gets a solid B on sport due to its smooth controllable arcy nature. Bottom line this is a very good release for the new world of Ebonite.