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Brunswick Melee Hook

The Brunswick Melee Hook combines the Melee Low RG symmetrical core with the Relativity Max Reactive coverstock and finishes it with 500 grit then 2000 grit Siaair Micro Pad. This combination provides versatility on different lane patterns for different style bowlers. This ball revs big at the mid-lane but stores enough axis rotation for the backend to offer a larger margin of forgiveness at the pocket. Due to it's chemically designed surface texture the Melee Hook offers better traction on several different lane patterns.

  • Color: Midnight Blue Solid All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
  • Core: Melee Low RG Symmetric Core (14-16#)
  • Coverstock: Relativity Max Reactive
  • Finish: 500, 2000 Siaair Micro Pad
  • Hook Potential: High 235 (scale: 10-250)
  • Length: Early 70 (scale: 25-235)
  • Breakpoint Shape: Medium
  • RG: 2.537 (for 15# ball)
  • Differential: 0.050 (for 15# ball)
  • A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
  • SKU: BRU60105774
  • Product ID: 9669
  • Brand: Brunswick
  • Category: Bowling Balls
  • Ball Performance: Upper Mid-Performance Balls
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12/3/2015
By from VA
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:

Big Hook at a dicount price

For anyone looking for a lot of hook at a bit less price point....The Brunswick Melee Hook is it !
The Melee Hook has a nice heavy roll with the hook potential of a high end ball and retains that awesome Brunswick hit.

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12/3/2015
By from Toledo Ohio
4/5 Stars
Pros:
Hooks Very Hard, Best in medium to heavy oil, Good for carry down oil
Cons:
Needs oil
Best Uses:
Best in Medium to heavy oil
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Strongest Melee out!!

All I can say is strong. I have mine drilled with the pin up and out for max hook and I have to wait until the oil carries down in order to throw it. It does 'ok' on fresh house shot oil, but really does need a medium to heavy oil condition to pick up. If you get the ball and notice it is too much hook, I would hit it with a 1000 grit shine to get it down the lane a little more before breaking. Overall it hits really nice but like I said you need some oil out there or at least some carry down. I would recommend this ball for people that do not hook the ball a ton but want to be able to open up the lane more.

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12/3/2015
By from VA
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Melee Hook has high perf hook at mid upper $$

For anyone looking for a lot of hook at a bit less price point....The Brunswick Melee Hook is it !
The Melee Hook has a nice heavy roll with the hook potential of a high end ball and retains that awesome Brunswick hit.

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12/12/2015
By from Lowell, AR
5/5 Stars
Pros:
Strong, Smooth, Consistent
Best Uses:
League, Tournaments
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Your new benchmark ball

Bowler Stats:
18-19mph
425-475rpm
5-7* tilt
40-60* axis rotation

Layout:
45* by 4.5 by 70* (with hole 2" down VAL)

Intent:
The Melee Hook is designed to be the perfect benchmark ball. Solid, low-RG symmetrics tend to be the first ball out of my bag on most patterns (unless they are super short or super long).
Combine that with a layout that smooths out the shape a little and a hole that brings it a little closer to me, and what I have is a ball to carry around to most events.

On the lanes:
I've had the pleasure of throwing the Hook on several different patterns at different houses. These include Beaten Path on Pro-Anvilanes and house and Athens on AMF HPL. Each time the Melee Hook gave me a consistent look to the pocket, especially on the fresh. The Melee Hook gives me a stronger and earlier shape than my Deviant with the same layout and I see it as being a more consistently rounded shape than the Einstein with about the same hook potential. Basically it's the bigger ball with the same shape in my Melee hook, Deviant, LT-48 combo (all have the same layout)

As with most low-RG solids with my low tilt, the Hook does tend to struggle when I want to get really deep. However, that's not really what this ball is for. The Hook is designed to be that stable rolling staple in your bag when you need a strong midlane read.

Closing Remarks:
The Melee hook is that strong, smooth ball reaction that Brunswick is widely popular for being able to provide. The midlane roll makes this ball very forgiving across the board, from wet-dry house shots to the tighter sport patterns. I imagine this ball being a favorite for most people at Nationals this next year provided that the pattern is anywhere in the 38-43ft range (which 99% of the time it will be). The stable and predictable reaction will keep the Melee Hook in my bag for quite a while.

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7/6/2016
By from San Antonio
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

go to ball from the start

No matter the pattern I was able to use this ball. The Melee Hook is a smooth rolling ball that still has some pop in the backend. I have been able to score on a flat pattern keeping angles straighter and the Nationals pattern from around 15 to 6 with no problem. This ball is aggressive, but at the same time it makes its move in the mid lane and just does not stop. If you are looking for a benchmark reaction that can still handle some oil, this is the ball for you
My Melee Hook is drilled pin above the ring finger with the cg kicked out about 1/2 inch and no weight hole. I will be drilling another one with the pin below the fingers to give me a much stronger look.

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