Originally Posted by rexus31
Any feedback from the BCA and/or US Open regarding the new balls?
The balls play pretty good.
I was actually dubious about them when it was announced they were replacing Aramith as a CSI sponsor. But at the US One Pocket Open, I did not see any ball roll off and saw fewer skids than normal. I would say that they play a bit different, but then all ball sets, even the different sets from Aramith, all have slightly different playing characteristics. I think once you have a few hours with these, you're going to like them.
As to the colors, only six of the balls are different than the traditional colors.
Lastly, by way of background, these balls have been in development for five years. What happened was that Cyclop bought the old Hyatt centrifuges and I believe other equipment. Hyatt was the company that made the Centennials back in the 60's and I believe was the preferred set of balls Willie Mosconi would take with him on his exhibition tours.
The kicker is that Cyclop even found one of Hyatt's guys, he's like 92, and he taught them how to run the equipment and perhaps about the phenolic resin formula and the art of making pool balls. Lastly, the first batches are reputedly coming out of the Cyclop factory at higher, tighter tolerances than Aramiths :-o
Now the question is one of durability and how they will play over the long haul. I'm guessing these are going to become very popular balls and may become the new industry standard. And believe me: I was not a believer before.