900 Global The Nuts

by Bob Johnson 0

53 Hook 15 Length 15.5 Breakpoint Shape

Core Design: The Nuts’ asymmetric core encourages late midlane revs and downlane angularity. The RG is medium high at 2.55, the Diff strong at .050 and the mass bias is .017. We saw nearly 6” of flare with strong layouts.

Coverstock: The S70 reactive cover is formulated for medium to heavier volumes, dependent on the surface texture chosen. Factory finish is sanded to 4500 with 900 Global’s new NEAT (natural engineered abrasive technology) system. The 4500 grit is designated with a capital T in the word neaT, which is engraved on the ball. Colors are a deep blue and red mix. Response time is quick off dry and average in oil.

Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Nuts will fill in at our Break/Eagle performance and price point,” said 900 Global’s Eric Thomas. “The combination of the core, cover and finish will provide bowlers with moderate length and one of our most violent back-end reactions to date. Think Eagle reaction, but longer and stronger.”

Test Results: The Nuts was one of our favorites this month, testing on both house and medium volume Sport patterns. The core appeared to be what set this ball apart from some of the others as it kicked into high gear near the 35-40’ portion of the lane. On heavier volumes, we preferred a lower grit surface as the T finish (4500) went a bit long at times. This core responded well to hand position adjustments: it carried great with an end-over-end release and it can really bust a move when we created more axis rotation. The cover is strong enough to handle medium oil, but not too strong (no hook-outs or flat tens).

When to Use: Play the T-grit sanded ball on many medium to medium-heavy oil volumes. Sanding with a lower grit (500-700 grit) increased traction in oil significantly (7-to-9 boards). Yet with box finish, the Nuts can be played just inside the oil line using moderate to steep launch angles. The core/cover match is very good; we saw above average pin carry, especially from some lower rev rate testers. Our higher rev rate guys had to use more forward roll and less side turn to control the backend motion.

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.