Show’s off Some Swag…
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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 Swag Show Me The Money uses the Contagion V2 Core (asymmetrical) core inside the Dazzler 2 Solid coverstock.
15 pound = RG of 2.51, diff of .053, mb of .023
14 pound = RG of 2.55, diff of .055, mb of .024
Coverstock finish: 3000 grit abralon
I’ll let you choose the value score for yourself. It’s a very strong ball meant for heavy conditions. If you face those conditions often, you will find more use for the SMTM.
As we’ve recently described our nomenclature, this ball fits in the Strong Defined Category. It’s one of those big strong top of the bag type balls.
Jumping in, it seems this color combo is pretty popular for strong pieces. Several brands have used it in their top end pieces so I guess it’s apropos. The Show Me the Money is a good looking ball. More importantly, how does it roll. This is easy. It’s a very strong, early, smooth, heavy forward rolling piece. I found the spot and struck a lot. I’m testing on a wood surface and with big pieces in the past I struggled a bit to get them to store enough energy to hit. This ball did not seem to struggle with that. This ball looks balanced. Meaning it wants to get into a hook and roll early. It reads early and transitions fairly smoothly from skid to hook to roll. It is very forward rolling and seems to drive straight back through the pins. I’ve seen this type of blocky core shape and it does exactly what I expected. When I started testing, I struggled to push it to the spot because it reads so early.
Here’s a little on the nuances. You have to really watch your launch angles. It’s strong so you can’t be extremely direct but at the same time you can’t have huge angles. Well the angle you can use is commensurate with your rev rate. When I try to move in and test the angle, you can immediately see it’s not going to make it up hill. So once I start to approach the 4th arrow, it says no thanks. But the best look was 15-16 to 7-8. That’s where you do see what appears to be good angle downlane and good drive. To be fair when I was a little deeper and pulling the breakpoint in, it still drives pretty well through the pins.
Our first look on wood and this ball looked very good. Wood plus a ball this strong usually is not much of a tasty recipe. However, the Swag Show Me The Money worked quite well. Keep you angles on the shallower side and you take advantage of the heavy forward roll through the pins for very high carry percentage. We’ll be back with a look on a sport shot.