DV8 Trouble Maker (WWRD 4/20/2023)

April is bringing some great equipment to round out your bag on medium and more friction from Track Bowling. Both are built with HK22 (first 2 for Track), the hottest topic in the industry. The big game changer is the DV8 Trouble Maker. There is a lot of tech on this release, but it’s easy to drill and relate to bowlers who are looking for defined ball motions. Be sure to check this one out and get a pre-order in for 1 or more as this will be a hot seller. Core numbers noted below are at 15lbs. All bowling balls (except Polys) have a 2 year warranty from the date of purchase.

DV8 Trouble Maker

The R&D team has built the first core designed for 2-handed/no thumb bowlers.  But one handed traditional bowlers have seen great success in testing and staff reviews. We cannot explain the entire tech here, but all the information including videos explaining each step of the way is on the DV8 website link below.

As with all new equipment that you drill, your bowler specs are needed to give your shop technician all the information so they can fine tune core orientation to give you the desired ball motion you’re looking for. This includes your Positive Axis Point (PAP), Axis Tilt, Base Axis Rotation and Range, Total Ball Speed, Base Rev Rate.

With bowlers who only use 2 fingers the center of the grip is directly in the middle of the finger holes and split vertically. To assist shops in understanding how to drill the balls, DV8 has added a downloadable program named the No-Thumb Dual Angle Converter Tool.

There are various videos online with different Staff members (no thumb and traditional) who are seeing great results. The following statement is mine alone-

If you’re a bowler who uses 2 fingers only and are purchasing a DV8 Trouble Maker, consider getting 2.

If you don’t have a ball drilled for your PAP and tilt, get your numbers from a reputable shop or coach and drill one with the base number. If you are a seasoned bowler and have equipment that you understand, think about a replacement for your base (benchmark) ball and one for the motion you may be missing in your bag. 

I say this as a former shop owner and over 45 years in the business. This technology is new and at this period in time, the way balls are designed is more exact than any other time in the industry. If you get more than one, drill one as a base reaction and bowl with it for awhile. Get to understand what adjustments can be made and how it affects your ball motion. 

Box Finish- 500/2000 Siaair Pads Colors- Light Blue/Black/Blue

Recommended Cleaner: Ultimate Black Magic Rejuvenator


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Juan Fonseca
Fill The Frames Bowling Services
Hammer U.S. Staff – California