900 Global Burner Solid Bowling Ball Review

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First Impressions
The 900 Global Burner Solid is a surprising little rock star.

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Tamer Elbaga (Lefty)
Style: Tweener
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 x 30

Sean Jensen (Righty)
Style: Power player
RPM: 475 rpm
PAP: 5 1/2 & 1/4 up
Average Speed: 18.5 mph (at release)
Axis tilt: low
Axis rotation: medium
Test Equipment: 15 Pounds
Layout: 5 x 50

“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: TBD

The 900 Global Burner Solid uses the Centroid Symmetric core inside the S62 Solid coverstock.

15 pound = RG of 2.53, diff of .037
14 pound = RG of 2.54, diff of .038
Coverstock finish: 1500 grit polished

I’ll just jump in by saying clearly, this little ball was a bit of a surprise. I really wasn’t expecting tons from the Burner Solid in the sense that it’s an inexpensive entry type ball or for experienced bowlers is down stream in the arsenal. Alas, this ball really delivers. I just wasn’t expecting it to be so good on fresh. I start out on the direct side as usual and the ball basically finds a home up the 2nd arrow. That’s just about the track for the left side. I just found it really easy to strike that I didn’t want to leave that spot. It got downlane through that typically dry outside and had a balanced responsiveness. We recently tested the Raw Hammers which serve a very similar purpose but the big differences are this is a polished solid and it is a bit quicker off the friction as compared to the Raw Hammers. In that regard I recall saying that the Raw Hammer Hybrid which is a bit more comparable had a clear limit moving in, the Burner Solid wasn’t quite as constrained because it can deliver a bit more backend. I was able to keep moving in and did strike but you can see the hit was starting to soften. With that said, the Burner Solid was so at home from direct, I had no reason to get in. But if this wasn’t fresh and I needed to get in, it’s nice to know there is some giddyup there.

Finally, in terms of arsenal, this falls somewhere in the Mid Control (-) to Mid Late. I honestly shouldn’t have been surprised by the reaction. But I can say in the one sense, I sometimes expect anything from Utah to be so responsive, it doesn’t like playing direct. I was wrong here. Then I turn to a weak ball probably has some significant limitations covering boards. I can also say my assumption was partially wrong there. This is probably the kind of ball I would like in the Mid Late or Mid Control for the higher friction houses. I think the 900 Global Burner Solid is a winner.

The Power Player’s Perspective
Hopefully you’ve watched the primary review of the 900 Global Burner Solid by now and you know I feel this ball fills some surprisingly big shoes. This time we have Sean testing it so how does he fair with it? Honestly, it was spectacular for him on this house shot. Just like was the case for me, he found a shot going through the 2nd arrow and it looked so good, he could sit there and strike all day long on this fresh shot. The video speaks a thousand words. The Burner Solid has a comfortable length that doesn’t over-respond to the dry it is very close to. It’s smoothness sort of comes off looking like a bit of early roll and then just a heavy walk to the pocket. Sean did move several boards in but really didn’t bother trying to get past the 3rd arrow. It was crystal clear this ball was going to play direct and it did such a great job, there was no reason to show you something it really doesn’t want to do. With this type of reaction the Burner Solid places itself somewhere in the mid control (-) or first out of the bag for a medium-lower volume house shot. Really easy sell here.

The Stroker’s Perspective
This is our 3rd installment and by now you should have seen Sean and I test the Burner Solid. It looked really quite good for both of us. So what does Bryan see with his style? Would it really be a big surprise to say that the Burner Solid looked really good for Bryan as well? It shouldn’t be. Bryan was a little more direct than Sean and I and again, we have a fresh shot with a medium weak ball. However, the ball found a home between the 1st and 2nd arrow, really quite on top of the friction more or less and it really had no issues coping. Bryan could get it downlane even that close to the friction and the ball had that sort of smooth mid lane read but clear pop down lane that really helped the carry percentage. I talked about how it compared to the Raw Hammers and while those didn’t generate big entry angle but carried the scatter hit, the Burner Solid just turned hard enough to not need the scatter hit. Low end balls can be a crap shoot for Bryan or fit in Specialty slots in the arsenal but the Burner Solid really acquitted itself in way he would need to consider it as potential mid late type look.

Sport Shot = Dead Man’s Curve
Welcome back. Is it weird to come back to a ball that we reviewed 6 months ago? Well I have to say, pulling the 900 Global Burner out of the box it was sitting in was clearly a good decision. It reminded me of why I so fond of it the first time we tested it. But the Burner even made a bigger impression easily handling the Dead Man’s Curve sport pattern. This is a medium volume 43ft 3:1 pattern. It is a very playable pattern so while finding a usable ball isn’t too hard, finding one that opens it up a bit is a nice little find. I usually crack the 1500 grit polish that comes on Storm family balls and while I didn’t for the original house shot test, I touched it with a 2000 pad for the sport pattern. I tried varying the break point and the Burner gave me plenty of room. Almost made this feel like a house shot. This feels like a really good mid control ball, if not a bit stronger than you would think. This ball definitely punches above its weight.

Final Thoughts
900 Global is on a role with some really good pieces. The original Zen is a spectacular benchmark with a clean look but lots of shape. Putting a solid on a very good large core turns the Zen Master into a higher volume benchmark. There will be a lot of self-fulfilling prophecy here given how much people like the Zen. With that said, I don’t see a lot of disappointment coming from folks who decide to jump on this ball.

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