Radical Zing Hybrid Bowling Ball

Radical Zing Hybrid Bowling Ball Review

Radical Zing Hybrid Bowling Ball
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First Impressions
Zing baby. This ball just works.

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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: 4.5 x 40

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: 14 Pounds
Layout: 5.5 x 45

Bryan Hoffman (Righty)
Style: Higher Tilt Stroker
RPM: 280 rpm
PAP: 4 1/4 & 1/8 down
Average Speed: 17.5 mph (at release)
Axis tilt: high
Axis rotation: medium
Test Equipment: 14 Pounds
Layout: 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: 40ft, 23ml
Sport: 2019 TEAM USBC Open Champ 38ft, 20.7 ml, 1.98:1 ratio

The Radical Zing Hybrid uses the Asymmetric core from the Katana inside the Forged 2 Hybrid coverstock.

15 pound = RG of 2.499, diff of .051, .020
14 pound = RG of 2.512, diff of .051, .020
Coverstock finish: 500, 1000 Siaair / Crown Factory Compound

The first impression should give you an idea of where this review is going. I try to stay as objective as possible but I am human so sometimes can’t help but show my enthusiasm for a ball reaction. We tested the Katana a couple of years ago and thought that was a great piece. The generically named asymmetric core just works. I can say Radical has never had issues with core design. This particular design just seems to enable the strong hook reaction that’s not too smooth and not too flippy but just right. There is a trust it’s going to make the turn. The Zing Hybrid never felt like it was going to go too long. It was very amenable to hand adjustments. If I played it more direct, it looked great and controllable. As I moved in and added some axis rotation, it obliged. The test pattern is a heavier type of house shot that also plays a bit walled. As I play it direct, 10 to 5 it looks great. As I move in it continues to shape. This video is not the one where you just show only strike shots. This is actually unedited straight through. I threw the first 9 strikes in a row. I kept chasing in but eventually through a couple of bad shots.

Final Thoughts
What can I say, the Zing Hybrid just matched up very well. It has an extremely reliable shape. It’s length is just right. It’s angularity is just right. It gave me a ton of confidence. If you watched the 2020 PBA Indianapolis Open, it gave Shawn Maldonado tons of confidence as well. You can see it’s versatility as he uses it on both patterns. For me this is easily an A+ on house. It obviously works on sport shots as well. The Zing Hybrid is definitely a hit for Radical.