December 6th, 2011 | Published in Ball Reviews
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.