900 Global: Jewel P/P

by Bob Johnson 0

47.5 Hook 16 Length 16 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Jewel P/P was specifically designed with the female player in mind, but is a great option for any bowler who has a speed/rev rate matching discrepancy,” says Eric Thomas of 900 Global. “Bowlers with higher speed and lower rev rates that are looking for a ball to react favorably downlane will enjoy the higher RG of 2.55 and medium differential of .045, paired with our pearl S65 cover. If you want length and a smooth motion, Wisdom is the choice, but if you’re looking for a similar motion through the heads and a stronger pop downlane, check out this Jewel.”

Core Design: The Jewel P/P shares the tall core design and long and strong dynamics of the original Jewel (August 2011). The core shape guarantees length and enough back-end motion for many release styles. The RG and differential are both medium. We saw a maximum of 5 inches of track flare with stronger layouts.

Coverstock: The Jewel P/P’s S65 cover blend is a medium to medium-strong formula, colored in a mix of purple and pink pearl. The factory finish is highly polished, and has limited oil traction and a moderate response on dry. The Ra value measures low with OOB polish.

Test Results: The Jewel P/P extends 900 Global’s range of motion on lighter to medium volumes of oil. Both this ball and the original Jewel lope in the fronts and pick up back-end revs near the breakpoint area. Rev-challenged players desiring more angularity, regardless of their gender, should give the Jewel P/P a serious look. Hitting power was crisp and strong as long as oil carrydown kept its distance from our clean hook area. Those requiring more mid-lane reaction could sand with 500 or 1000 prior to polishing.

When to Use: The ball is a light- to medium-volume pearl with an angular backend in mind. The S65 cover is strong but not early, thanks to the factory spec surface. Down-and-in players may prefer pin positions below the fingers to help slow down the response off friction and preserve a longer, more continuous hook motion. Players who love a skid/flip motion should apply a pin position above the fingers.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.