Rule the lanes with the Brunswick Kingpin! The Brunswick Kingpin produces the most hook potential in Brunswick's history to date by combining their ECA (Enhanced Composite Adhesion) coverstock with the Kingpin asymmetrical core. This high performance ball reigns supreme on the heaviest of oil conditions. The Kingpin ball reactions is good length through the front, strong mid lane traction, and powerful backend motion. This ball also features Brunswick's DynamiCore which is exclusive to Brunswick. This outer core technology boast to be more durable and has increased hitting power that translates into pin carry. This outer core is uniquely blue.
I'm a 166 average in my league and have a Hammer Widow Legend that I have used predominantly over the past 6 months. Good ball... That being said, the Kingpin is much better for me. I have bowled 6 league games with it and have averaged 200 with my lowest game being a 178. Hopefully a larger sample size will yield the same results. The biggest difference with this versus my Widow (and Track Paradox) is I can throw in harder and still hit the pocket. Pin carry/scatter is much better with higher velocity. It feels much more natural to me so I'm not constantly slowing down or speeding up, but instead use position on the approach and lane to adjust. Fantastic ball for this amateur!
Pin Length: 3.5"
Starting Top Weight: 3.0 oz
Ball Weight: 15 lbs 3 oz
Ball: 70 x 5 x 35
X Hole (if there is one): none
Rev Rate: 375 rpms
Ball Speed:17.5 mph off hand
PAP/Track: 4 3/4 over 3/4 up
Grit: 500, 1500 Siaair
Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Sanded
Lengths of patterns: 41 foot house shot and
Length: Early reaction
Back End: Strong continuation
Overall Hook: Strong
Midlane Read: Aggressive
Breakpoint Shape: Strong arc with a quick move at the breakpoint
Likes: Overall strength in the oil, Big Hook
The Kingpin is flat out strong period. This ball is flat out impossible to get past the breakpoint. On our longer slicker house shot I am able to start at fourth arrow with this ball. It is very stout and would work great for those players that are speed dominant or have trouble getting the ball to slow down at the breakpoint. This ball will be the first ball out of the bag on longer higher volume patterns. If you need a ball that will slow down and make the corner on the slickest conditions, the Kingpin is your ball!
This ball is a hook monster. Strongest ball I've thrown in a while. The kingpin gets down the lane and retains enough energy to make the turn. Great ball for heavier oil house shots or sport conditions.
Purchased this ball as my first Brunswick ball that wasnt a plastic ball. Did quite a bit of research of various balls and brands. Purchased this around thanksgiving and started was able to start using it a few weeks later. I was impressed with the videos of it in action. Wrote rave reviews on it before somewhere, as i was very pleased with the hitting power along with the follow thru and carry instead of ball deflection upon entry into the pocket. I have about 9 or 10 weeks with this now and i am losing confidence in it. Right out of the box it carried practically everything. Last week i left 16 or so single pins. I was hitting the pocket pretty consistently, duplicating my shots. Not sure why its not carrying with not very many games on it so far. I havent given up on the ball but im slightly concerned if this will be the norm.
Dear Brunswick Bowling - After having nothing but problems with your very first Kingpin release, and after receiving absolutely no help from anyone within your company in regards to any of those issues, in spite of my reaching out via all available channels multiple times, and now, most importantly, after rolling so many other manufacturers' balls with so much more success and without issue, it is with the utmost disrespect that I must now highly, HIGHLY recommend that all bowling consumers stay far, far away from any and all Brunswick bowling products, forever. Inferior products from an inferior company. Who knew??
Is this a good ball to use at national Bowling tournament.10/25/2017 - By Hero
Is this ball for straight ballwrs11/25/2017 - By Ray
is this a good ball for bowlers with slow speed11/29/2017 - By lane
If you throw around 15.50, will this ball hook too much?2/8/2018 - By Fast Eddie
I bowl with two fingers, not using thumb.... and bowl around 14-15mph, would this ball be hooking too much?2/26/2018 - By AB
I like 12 to 13 miles an hour. Is this a good ball for me?4/16/2019 - By Joe
What is the difference between high performance ball from upper and mod performance balls?9/13/2019 - By Joe
Typically the higher performance balls will have a stronger hook rating and are usually more suited for heavier oil. Mid performance balls are more for a medium amount of hook and range closer to medium oil conditions in a lot of cases. Upper mid falls in between the high performance and mid performance group.9/24/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
Is 12lbs. Will do strikes as the 16 lbs? Does it have the same hooke the 16 lbs?11/15/2019 - By Joe
The 12lbs will not have the hitting power of a 16lb ball so you may have to come into the pocket with more angle to get the same result. The 12lbs has the same cover as the 16lb but they have different weight blocks. This will make the 12lb ball usually hook a little less than the 16lb.11/15/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
What's a good spare ball and high performance balls for 145 lbs bowler?11/17/2019 - By Joe
The Brunswick Kingpin would be a good high performance ball if you needed something for heavier oil and you like the ball to have a smooth arcing hook. For spares you could go with something like the Brunwick Tzone.11/20/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff