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Through the Brunswick Vintage line of bowling balls they have brought back yet another legend, the Danger Zone. To celebrate this iconic ball's 20 year anniversary Brunswick has combined the Vintage Lightbulb Low RG core with a newer coverstock, the PK 2016 (a modern version of the PowrKoil 18). This combination brings the retro Danger Zone motion of skidding through the heads while saving axis rotation for the backend to bring that memorable Danger Zone reaction to modern lane conditions.
Reaction: It's back and new and improved. With its low RG light bulb core and new Solid PK Coverstock this is a must have ball if you liked the original version. This ball is very clean through the front of the lanes with a continuous back end motion. It does not quit when it goes through the pins. It likes to split the 8-9 a lot. For me this ball allows me to keep my angles straighter and in front of me. Because of my ball speed, I average 18-19 mph, I had to hit the cover with a little bit of surface to get the reaction that I wanted. I am currently using 1000 SIAR pad with no polish on it. I will probably have to tweak this by either adding some polish to it or bringing it up to 2000. The 1000 worked very well for me but it became too much after game 1 and I had to switch to something with some polish on it. I have only thrown this on a 41 foot 10:1 house pattern so the oil goes away very quickly especially with surface on the ball. The out of the box finish will work very well for bowlers with lower ball speed.Overall: If you are looking for a ball where you can keep your angles straighter to start this is the ball for you. Once the lanes break down you will be able to move in and the ball will not quit. This ball does not lack hitting power and has a very good continuous drive through the pins.Troy LaBrieBrunswick Staff PlayerThe opinions expressed are solely those of the writer and not of Brunswick Corporation.
Brunswick Vintage Danger ZoneBowler Stats:Speed: 18-19mphRev Rate: 400-450mphAxis Tilt: 7degreesAxis Rotation: 30-60 degreesLayout: 45 degrees by 4.5" by 70 degrees (hole 2" down VAL)Intent: The original Danger Zone was a little bit before my time. Even without the nostalgia in my heart, I knew this was THE ball of the mid to late 1990s. With the updated core and cover, the DZ looked to be an all-purpose ball that would see a lot of play. I went with one of my favorite layouts with this one to help make for an extremely versatile piece. On the lanes: The DZ is easily one of the most versatile balls I've thrown. Low RG cores and solid covers always tend to be very forgiving, more so on fresher patterns. With the DZ, it's now my benchmark ball and tends to be my go-to on anything remotely around medium-ish length and medium-ish volume. The DZ is the strongest ball in the Vintage line with the LT-48 being a nice complement on the lower side. Just above the DZ I'd place the Melee Hook if you're looking at the range of solid symmetricals. I have the DZ at about 4 boards stronger than the LT-48 and about 2 weaker than the Melee Hook. The past few weeks this ball has been destroying my house shot. I believe that the DZ is one of the most practical options for house shots. The versatility allows for following the shot throughout the night and will succeed at multiple angles provided that you aren't on something extremely dry or flooded. Outside of house shots, for those bowlers looking for something on tougher patterns, it's hard to not have a low RG solid in the bag.Final Thoughts: The legend has returned and it's only proper to relive history with this piece. The well-roundedness of the DZ makes for a great value since the ball has such as large window of capability.
The best ball ever made in my lifetime is back on the lanes introducing the new Vintage Danger Zone. I have had mine for a few weeks and drilled it right under bridge and kicked the cg out just a little from middle of span. This ball only strikes and hits like a ball should. The Danger gives you that great mid-lane reaction and a ton of hook on the back. If you are wanting to go back in time or want to see what the fuss is all about go drill this now. Eric Wagner Brunswick Advisory Staff
Pin Length: 2.5Starting Top Weight: 2.1 ozBall Weight: 15 lbs 4 ozDRILL PATTERNBall: 50 x 5 x 75X Hole (if there is one): small xhole low on valBOWLER STYLERev Rate: 375 rpmsBall Speed:17 mph off handPAP/Track: 4 3/4 over 3/4 upSURFACE PREPGrit: 4000 SiaairType: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): SandedLANE CONDITIONSLengths of patterns: 41 foot houseVolumes: ModerateType: houseBALL REACTIONLength: Clean through the front with a strong and smooth midlane readBack End: strong continuous arcOverall Hook: moderately aggressiveMidlane Read: smoothBreakpoint Shape: strong arcCOMMENTSLikes: smooth predictable reaction and all around versatilityDislikes: noneThe Danger Zone Vintage is an updated version of the original Danger Zone that was wildly successful in years past. The last version was before my time but if it was half as good as this one it must have been pretty darn good. This ball is the symmetrical piece most successful tournament bowlers are looking for. It has good length, a smooth strong read down lane, and is very consistent. You can play inside with it, outside with it, and anywhere in between. This ball has already proven to be a good option on our house shot and at a local sport shot tournament. I use it a step down from my melee hook. It hooks a few boards less and has a little better length. If you missed out on it before don't miss out now. Get in the Zone with the new Vintage Danger Zone and enjoy the versatility of the new Brunswick technology!
The Legend is back! The Danger Zone is the new arrival in the Vintage line. Same ball motion, same performance with the latest technology. The vintage light bulb core is wrapped with the new PK2016 coverstock. For those who had the chance to throw the original, you'll recognize the same feeling the original provided.Mine was a test. I drilled it pin over the finger with a Motion hole. The result is a ball that goes through the front very easily with lot of control on the backend. It complements perfectly my Ridiculous, whose pin down. For now, I tried several surface but the best result was at 4k. It's about 5-3 left stronger for me than my vintage Rhino Pro Gold.For the one who wants a glimpse of the greatness that was the original Danger Zone, the new version will provide you the same feeling the original has given to you.
The Vintage Danger Zone gives us the same reaction as the original danger zone 20 years ago on todays conditions with todays technology. I was not fortunate enough to be able to throw the original danger zone but I can see why EVERYONE else did. When I want to play straighter and more behind the ball the ball is smooth and predictable. What surprised me was when I needed to move inside, I am able to and the ball still splits the 8-9! The box finish of the ball is 500 siaair, royal compound. Yet another great addition to the Vintage line and a ball every bowler should have.
My name is Doug Cutler and I am a DV8 Regional Staffer. I am left handed and my ball speed is between 15-17 mph. I remember how I drilled the my original Danger Zone and I drilled the New Danger the same. I had the pin just above my ring finger and the CG kick out just a little to the left. I had a 2-3" pin. The surface I took the original surface and just took a 4000 pad and lightly took the shine off. The Danger Zone is all that it is said to be. I was fortunate enough to throw the Original Danger Zone back in mid 90s. It was one of my favorite ball and I had 2 of them. Today's version with the tweaked PowerKoil 18 coverstock gave me the length I saw in the Original with a stronger arc motion on the back.I have the Vintage Danger Zone about 5 boards stronger than my Diva XOXO and 3 more than my DV8 Vandal. The DV8 Vandal was my Benchmark Ball until now. The Vintage DangerZone is my new Benchmark Ball now. It's cleaner in the front and stronger arc on the back that my Vandal.This is a ball that will let you close your angles without losing any reaction . The Danger Zone is a great ball for lower ball speed players but higher ball speed player might want a little surface on the ball. The Danger Zone is very controllable and predictable, and that is what I love to see.I highly recommend the Vintage Danger Zone to anyone that is looking for that special Benchmark ball to add in their bag when the pattern tends to break down. So get to your local pro shop and get your Danger Zone Today. You will not be disappointed. #brunswickbowling #vintagedangerzoneDoug CutlerDV8 Regional Staffer
The Vintage Danger Zone is everything that the original Danger was +.With the new Vintage Danger Zone, I am able to get great length with a strong predictable back end reaction on many lanes conditions. I mainly use this ball bowling tournaments but as league bowlers this will be a great addition with control and hit.
The ball is so smooth and strong, it brings back memories from the original.
The Danger Zone is the most recent addition to Brunswick's Vintage line of balls. While I never had the opportunity to throw the original Danger Zone I'm honored and excited to throw this one! I chose a layout 70x5x75 with the weight hole 1.5" down the VAL. I absolutely love the power and control of this ball! Now I know what my father was talking about when he reminisces about how great his Danger Zone was. My Danger Zone is clean through the heads, reads the mid lane smooth and has a strong continuous roll through the pins. I've thrown the new Danger Zone on both house and sport patterns and if you have an appetite for strikes... this is your ball!
The Vintage Danger Zone is just like the hype about it was. It rolls just like the orignal Danger Zone. The ball is clean and very continuous through the midlane to the backend. I laid mine to provide and little bit more length and more angular motion. This ball to me is gonna be the game changer ball of the year
Should have ordered a 3/4 pin not 2"
This ball works just like the original now as it did in the 90's on shorter oil. The reaction when it hits dry is a nice arc to and through the pins. House shot 42-43 ft. of oil with a speed of 12-15 MPH and about 300 revs pin up about 1/2 inch and it is deadly on the pins! If you are a 17-20 MPH high rev bowler you might have to play more outside or drill it pin down to get it to the pocket.
This balls motion is amazing in the front part on the lane , it's so clean it's ridiculous! Nice midlane pop to go through the pins
Great ball! I Never give ANY ball a 5 star. This one gets a 4 star simply because it is super versatile. If has the same feel that the original Danger Zone had. It does have more back end reaction than the original. I really like how I can actually use the ball all night long instead of changing balls. I usually start throwing straight up 10-12 board then move left when the lanes break down. The nice thing is that I can still play track or go all the way left and wrap it all the way out and still have enough energy to get back to the pocket.
The Brunswick Danger Zone has returned!!! This ball is very controllable and predictable. From my experience, it rolls great on medium oil patterns and allows me to play to the right longer. For me, I can play the same area of the lane as I would with the LT48 but the danger zone is a bit cleaner off the break point but still conserves energy, I have it drilled pin down under my middle. If you loved the original Danger Zone than this is the ball for you!
I purchased the ball for my 16 year old son, the first time he bowled with it he bowled a 225, he loves the ball.
I love this ball!! It's always my go to whether I'm bowling league or bowling a tournament! It's so versatile. It gets down the lane and has the energy to blast through the pins! It's a must have!!
Wow was I blown away by this ball. I've only heard stories and watched video of the original but I can definitely tell why people fell in love with the Danger Zone. On house I saw easy length through the fronts and a steady build up of energy in the mids, then a very strong backend motion. It was very easy for me to migrate right of fourth arrow and swing the ball or use some speed and get the ball out to 5-6 and watch it come back with ease. On the 37ft pattern, it allowed me to really open my angles and snap the 7 pin out. I found myself around 4th-5th arrow just to keep it in play. If I had another I would opt for more of a midlane and smoother backend for shorter patterns. Benchmark house shot reaction for me! #TeamBrunswick.
Drilled 2 of these . One was pin in the ring finger , the other was pin above above the bridge . Gave me best of both worlds . The ring finger allows me to play further right and control the front part of tbe lne , the bridge layout lets me move my feet left and play more of the lane. Ball stores energy very well.
Drilled nearly pin even for early roll. Love the back end reaction. Been out of the competitive game for nearly 10yrs. Grabbed the Vintage Danger Zone for a taste of the good old days. Has not let me down. Glad it's back, loved every roll back in 1996-97 and working towards some more great things in 2016-17.
Used this ball in my league and so far I'm shooting in the 600 serious each week.
I have used it form 20 to 10 getting soft at 15mph on fresh oil to 15 to 12 when the lanes break down using a more conventional suitcase grip. I tried to compare it to the original but I don't have the speed or rotation I had 20 years ago but this still seams like a very stabile ball
If you loved the original Danger Zone then this is the ball for you! Statements like these seem dumb and annoying to me. I bowled with the 16 lb. Danger Zone Black Ice for many years. Since I retired it, I've bought over a dozen different brand balls, but when Danger Zone was re-introduced, I quickly bought a 15 lb. ball. It releases off my fingers so smoothly, I don't need dry powder and grip tape anymore with this ball, and the cover feels totally different than all my other balls when I clean it. My average is finally going up, and I feel very confident with it. My only problem was 15 lb. got heavy beginning my 3rd game, causing me to miss my target, since I've been retired for 7 years and age catches up to you. I ordered a 14 lb. so I can bowl comfortably and hit my target more consistently on my 3rd game too. It isn't snazzy looking but the scores make huge difference. I would strongly recommend it to friends and family.
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