The Igniter Solid is smooth, round, and forward.
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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: 60 x 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: 40ft, 23ml
The Brunswick Igniter Solid uses the Brink Symmetric inside the Relativity 2.0 Solid coverstock.
15 pound = RG of 2.508, diff of .043
14 pound = RG of 2.525, diff of .043
Coverstock finish: 500, 2000 Siaair Micro Pad
Given what I said about the Brunswick Igniter Solid in the first impression, I’ll follow on that this ball does fit “in the middle”. Let’s get into it. The ball looks dusty out of box. It has a good bit of surface out of box. That plus the basic characteristics of the ball really make it what I call even. In other words, it feels like the transition from skid to hook to roll are evenly timed making it look very smooth and round shape. No sharp transitions. This means it’s very predictable. It also means it’s not a ball you would use to loop the lane. On the house shot, that surface can make it a little tricky because it will read sooner. I’m sure as it settles and lane shines, it will push a bit more. The thing is the surface makes it seem like a strong ball but it’s really a medium ball. I think this ball will be more appropriately matched to where it would fit in an arsenal without so much surface. If you recall my arsenal building, with this much surface, for many people that would push it to strong control but honestly, that may or may not be the right place for this ball for you. I think it will fit better with less surface slotted into the Mid control spot. With that said back to the round shape. I don’t want to pigeon hole any brand but this is hallmark Brunswick shape traditionally anyway. As you can see James testing it, whenever he got this to about 10 at the breakpoint, it never holds. The cover is just reading too early to miss there and it’s almost the identical leave every time it happens. But at the same time, moving in to catch more oil and trying to wheel the Igniter Solid proves it has a limited range of recovery down lane. I think this is the type of reaction that would benefit lefties quite a bit since we don’t have the built in track on our side, we tend to play more direct, and it can smooth out the over/under without worrying about a surprising reaction. That’s a positive hallmark here, the reaction doesn’t surprise you.
At the end of the day, it wasn’t the easiest thing to toss on a house shot for James as it simply feels a little too strong surface wise but too little shape downlane to be used effectively on a house shot that might be playing a little lower volume in the summer. However, when he switched to the Igniter Pearl, that ball was strikes all day. You can see a quick comparison here and I will have a separate video. But with the Pearl, you obviously get a longer motion with more backend. Still hallmark smooth motion but one immensely more usable on this house shot.
The Brunswick Igniter Solid is interesting and scores around a B. I would really like to see it lane shined and we may have more thoughts in the future when we do get to. I think this could be a very interesting Mid Control ball in that state. If less surface can give it a little cleaner look and a touch more angularity, it could be a great lynchpin ball in someone’s arsenal. It is super predictable and I personally love balls like that in my bag.