With the Alias you can have it drilled weak or strong. I currently have two of them. One drilled strong and another drilled weak. Just seeing the different motion with the ball drilled symmetric compared to asymmetric is unbelievable. The Alias is definitely one of my favorites right now in my arsenal.
The Track Alias is unique with being able to drill asymmetric or symmetric. I gave both a try with the first ball being asymmetric with a layout of 35x5x30 the second symmetric with a layout of -10x5x30. At my home center the pattern is pretty dry and have quite a bit of friction so I had to adjust the covers to 3000 with factory finish polish to get both the fronts better, The asymmetric layout has a much more angular motion down lane with good continuation the symmetric version is earlier and smoother. Overall the asymmetric probably out hooks the symmetric by about 3-5 boards with very different shapes in motion. If you bowl in a center with much oil the out of box finish would be great on volume and if not the cover is very acceptable to change.
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MBW #30 manager
My Asymmetrical I used my favorite pin up drilling and left it at box finish. This ball is very strong and needs a lot of oil. It was fine at the start of league, however, you really need to stay ahead of the transition as the ball really responds off of the friction. I will be using this for the high volume patterns.
Ball: Alias - Symmetrical
Layout: -30 x 5 x 45 – Pin above bridge
Surface: Box – 500/2000 Abralon
The Symmetrical I went pin up and left it at box finish to do a comparison to the Asymmetrical drilling. I was able to play the same part of the lane, however the ball had a different shape to it. This layout revved much quicker off my hand and pushed down the lane much further.
I preferred the Asymmetrical over the Symmetrical as I carried much better with it. I highly recommend this ball due to its versatility.
The Track Alias has a lot of versatility, not only in the drilling options (symmetrical vs. asymmetrical), but also in the use of the coverstock. This ball definitely likes/needs oil to be the beast it was created to be, but the coverstock takes very well to surface changes and adapts well to polish.
I had 2 drilled up, one symmetrical and one asymmetrical. The asymmetric layout was 70x5x30 on a PAP of 4 ¾” over x 5/8” up. I decided to leave that surface alone OOB and gave it a go on some pretty slick lanes. The coverstock did not grab too soon and the mid-lane/backend was controlled but powerful. I actually saw a greater change of direction with the symmetric layout – which was (-20)x5x30, with the PAP reversed (see drilling instructions and recommend short pin to CG ball for this layout). After throwing this ball a few times, I applied polish to the 2000-grit coverstock – which gave me the cleaner roll through the front that I needed – but was still a monster in the backend. Compared to the Paradox Black, the Alias for me overall is cleaner through the front-end and stores more energy for the back.
If there was any high performance ball that you should really have 2 – THIS IS THE ONE – using each of the layouts to your advantage. This also may be the best high performance ball I have been able to use on a league night in a long time, as I have been using mostly mid-performance in league the past couple years.
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Ball 1: 75 by 4 1/4 by 60
This ball reads the mid lanes a little sooner then a paradox but more back end motion. This layout was my asymmetrical one.
Ball 2 : -15 by 4 1/4 by 60.
With this ball you subtract 90 by your first angle and it gives you a symmetrical layout.
This layout reads sooner then my first layout. It also hooks about 3 more boards than the first layout.
Review by Russell Anderson MBW 31 /
(Posted on 1/19/2018)