900 Global Eternity Bowling Ball Review

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First Impressions
The 900 Global Eternity is the real deal shiny asym we’ve grown accustomed to over the years from the Storm family.

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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: 14 Pounds
Layout: 50 x 5 x 45

Bryan Hoffman (Righty)
Style: Stroker
RPM: 280 rpm
PAP: 4 1/2 & 1 1/2 up
Average Speed: 18.5 mph (at release)
Axis tilt: high
Axis rotation: medium
Test Equipment: 14 Pounds
Layout: 50 x 5 x 45

Tyler Church (Righty)
Style: Power Player
RPM: 450 rpm
PAP: 5 1/2 & 1/2 up
Average Speed: 19 mph (at release)
Axis tilt: med
Axis rotation: medium
Test Equipment: 14 Pounds
Layout: 50 x 5 x 45

“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: 42ft, 23ml
Sport: TBD

The 900 Global Eternity uses the new Epoch asymmetric core inside the S84 Response Pearl coverstock.

15 pound = RG of 2.49, diff of .050, mb of .014
14 pound = RG of 2.51, diff of .044, mb of .011
Coverstock finish: Reacta Gloss

As I promised previously, we completely resurfaced the ReactaGloss finish on the Eternity with 500/1000/Step 2 compound. This still gives it some shine but with teeth underneath. That out of the way, I want to start with Tyler in this review given I am still in hip replacement recovery mode. For Tyler, the Eternity simply looked spectacular. Now I will say this is a bit of that skid/flip type category. Clean, angular, heavy roll that you get from a bigger asym core. Tyler immediately saw that big angular motion downlane and immediately scooted further left. Once he made that move it was trust city. Yes this is more ball than Tyler typically uses. He doesn’t usually reach for balls with this much downlane bang but he still really enjoyed tossing the Eternity as it really was a simple stand left/pitch right. He could get pretty deep into the 5th arrow and beyond if needed. There wasn’t much of a limit in terms of recovery. Yes there are a couple of shots where he pitches out a little wide and it didn’t fully recover but really we’ve grown accustomed to how this particular house pattern plays here. If you get out to the friction too deep like beyond 40ft, the balls just stop and die. Doesn’t matter which ball. The Eternity fits in the Mid Defined category for Tyler and the rest of us for that matter. So does the Exotic Gem which we happen to have with us. That’s also a big pearl asym but you can clearly see the MicroTrax and different core create a pretty different shape on lane. Exotic is earlier and rollier. Less of that skid/flip look. Exotic Gem has a little less board coverage but a rounder look that is probably a little easier for Tyler to manage if he were to choose between the 2.

So I’m up next and yes I’m still only maybe 70% after hip replacement. However I can still test and get a good idea of what the ball can do. I had a bit of a challenge with the Eternity for a few reasons. 1. some inconsistency on my part. 2. the sharper downlane reaction exacerbating that. 3. the house pattern itself due to the extreme over/under. What I should’ve done was actually scuff the final refinished surface with a 3000 pad to take a little shine off. This house shot has become very non-conducive to shiny stuff for me. Nevertheless, firstly it physically looks a lot like the Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused. Even more reason for me to want a little surface as the Fused had a little roll in the midlane and less skid/flip look. Somewhere right around the 3rd arrow was ideal for me. At the end of the day, as a rev/speed matched lefty, I can see a clear mid defined motion that can slot right in the bag. I do like a little more rolly look since the left side has less built in friction which causes sharper balls to be a bit more over/under. It would be a tough call for me between the Eternity and Exotic Gem but I will try a little surface on the Eternity and see if it brings it closer as I do like what’s going on here.

Next is Bryan. We’ve talked previously about Mid Defined balls for him and they can tend to be tricky. Why? Because while they are clean and have some downlane motion, the more forward roll of most asyms seem to limit how much he can move with them. So there is a clear sweet spot where the Eternity looks magical. He played through 12-13 at the arrows with a small belly to about 10 and that looked great. Can’t really miss 2 boards in as it will go high and 2 boards out will not make it back. He tried to move a little left but the Eternity reaction is just a little thin or shallow to recover. Core just stands up a little too late. Just a touch too clean. He also tried a bit more direct, from say 10 to 8 and that also looked good but he started to find a little over/under near the edge of the house shot. Overall he found the ball pretty arcy which gave him that nice look from a bit further in but he felt like it was a touch too small a zone he had to play with. Looking quickly at the Exotic Gem and you can immediately see how the earlier and rollier nature of that ball makes it look so different to the Eternity. Ultimately the Exotic looked quite a bit stronger for Bryan and covered more boards.

Final Thoughts
The 900 Global Eternity returns that famous shiny asym long and angular look to the Storm family. Personally I like a little rounder shape out of the 900 Global side but no matter. The Eternity is clearly a mid defined ball. You can manipulate the cover as you see fit. Just be aware that if you are rev dominant, the Eternity will be pretty sideways. Rev/speed matched will still see the long and strong motion. If you’ve been longing for a grip it and rip it type shape again, 900 Global delivers that.

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