Initial thoughts are this is a strong ball. I have noticed that it doesn't quit in the back of the lane. I have gotten a chance to use it in a couple of places. When the HALO is in play, it is outstanding. Very continuous on the back of the lane. I did notice for my game, the HALO does not grab immediately coming out of the skid. It still transitions well and doesn't have that big early grab. I have thrown it on sport and house. On house I can bank it off the puddle in the middle pretty well, but when it is time to put it away, the HALO starts leaving 9 pins and 4 pins. You can only 3 and 1 left so many times before you get too big of an angle. The HALO also hits very well on lighter hits. All I have to do is line up to get a piece of the headpin and the HALO does the work. Compared to the IDOL which it shares the cover with, the HALO is a lot more ball. I have tried to ball down to the IDOL and that is not the move as the IDOL is still a lot of cover also. I have been dropping to the INTENSE FIRE next instead. This should be the straighter/tweener ball of the year. It seems like it takes the 2-8-10 out of play on many longer conditions.