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Brunswick Fanatic BTU Pearl

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  • - Old-school Pearl urethane ball motion with improved consistency.
  • - Length along with a smoother ball motion
  • - Control the pocket with enhanced hitting power on high friction lane conditions.
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Brunswick Fanatic BTU Pearl

The Brunswick Fanatic BTU Pearl bowling ball combines the Low Differential I-Block Symmetric core with the BTU (Better Than Urethane) pearl coverstock to offer a "urethane" ball reaction with better consistency. This core and cover combo offers more length, smoother ball motion, control at the pocket, and bigger hitting power when facing high friction lane conditions. Get the smoothness of urethane but with more!

  • Color: Silver All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
  • Coverstock: BTU (Better Than Urethane) Pearl
  • Core: Low Differential I-Block Symmetric (14-16#)
  • Finish: 500; 4,000 Siaair Micro Pad
  • Hook Potential: Medium 120 (scale: 10-250)
  • Length: Middle 130 (scale: 25-235)
  • Breakpoint Shape: Smooth Arc 40 (scale: 10-150)
  • RG: 2.631 (for 15# ball)
  • Differential: 0.030 (for 15# ball)
  • Recommended Lane Condition: Medium to Light Oil
  • A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
  • SKU: BRU60105947
  • Product ID: 10683
  • Brand: Brunswick
  • Category: Bowling Balls
  • Ball Performance: Upper Mid-Performance Balls
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By from Greenville, SC
5/5 Stars
control with backend
Best Uses:
Wet/Dry conditions, dry lanes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

longer with more backend than the original

Pin Length: 3.5

Starting Top Weight: 2.3 oz

Ball Weight: 15 lbs 4 oz


Ball: 65 x 5 x 35

X Hole No Hole


Rev Rate: 375 rpms

Ball Speed:17.5 mph off hand

PAP/Track: 4 3/4 over 3/4 up


Grit: 4000 Siaair

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Sanded


Lengths of patterns: 41 foot house

Volumes: Moderate

Type: house


Length: Clean through the front with a strong and smooth backend

Back End: strong arc

Overall Hook: mild

Midlane Read: smooth with length

Breakpoint Shape: arc


Likes: Length and predictable motion

Dislikes: none

The Fanatic BTU Pearl is the newest compliment to the successful Fanatic BTU. This version is a little longer and has a bit more of its reaction down lane. I went with a quicker transitioning layout to better compliment the differences in this ball compared to the original. Out of the box, the ball was a little stronger than I had in mind so I sanded the ball down to 4000 Siaair finish. This one has not disappointed and so far, has allowed me to play a little straighter and further right than my original BTU. The BTU Pearl is a little stronger on the backend and recovers a little better on errant shots wide on our house condition. I plan on using my original BTU on fresher shorter conditions and transitioning to this one later in the blocks. If you are looking for a better option on drier conditions than Urethane and you like a little extra movement on the backend, check out the BTU Pearl.

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By from Bellerose ny
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Great for drier lanes

The pearl btu is the newest urethane type reaction that Brunswick has.  Comparing it to the original btu, I would say the pearl is a good foot longer with more backend.  The original was great for lower volumes or flatter patterns or shorter lengths and the pearl is also.  For me the original was great for keeping my angles closed and sometimes had trouble turning the corner when I got too deep. This is where the pearl comes into play.  You can move a good 5 boards and open up your angles without sacrificing any carry.  Highly recommend this ball for drier conditions or shorter length patterns.

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By from Warren< Michigan
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This was an outstanding choice

As senior bowler, 70+ with a speed of 13-14 this ball gave me a much improved strike ratio for any lane conditions. I can move 5-7 boards with a consistent bang to the pocket. Great choice that i will use in the Michigan Senior Olympics.

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By from Green Bay, WI
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is the ball I've been waiting for!

I drilled my BTU Pearl pin down to maintain the smooth urethane look I was looking for. I throw 17 mph with 400 rev rate and good forward roll on the ball. This Ball is exactly what it's advertised as! Traditional urethane reaction with the hitting power of reactive. I bowled on a tournament pattern and I was a little over under with my reactive equipment so I moved right up the boards with this ball and there it was! Shot nearly 700 and had a major advantage over the rest of the field! The ball is so gradual and hits like a truck! It's the perfect solution for wet/dry, light oil or broken down patterns! Perfect for the league bowler or tournament bowler alike. Get yours today and gain your advantage!

Jake Johnson

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By from Northern Virginia
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Totally Surprised By This Ball!!!

When I got the Brunswick Fanatic BTU Pearl in the mail, I took one look at it and thought "retro". It's got that classic silver look you would see back in the 70s. OK - it looks nice :-)

Knowing the specs on this ball, I wasn't entirely sure if I was really going to find a place for it in my arsenal. I'm not a high rev player so why would I want something that goes really long and really straight?

But after practicing with it, this ball definitely has a very specific place in my arsenal and here's why. It's super straight in the front part of the lane because of its cover and low differential symmetric block. When I'm bowling on a high friction pattern where the right handers get left and into the left handers' lay down point, this ball will work well for me as long as the back ends have friction.

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Question: I am a 70 year old bowler with a 13-14 mph roll and have encountered too much hook on regular oiled lanes. Will this ball give me more control w/o too much hook?

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Answer: Yes, this should be a good ball. If you need more control over your ball you might want to look at getting a 2-3 in pin so you can have more control over the ball.

8/3/2017 - By

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