December 6th, 2011 | Published in Ball Reviews
57 Hook 13.5 Length 15.5 Breakpoint Shape
Manufacturer’s Intent: Brunswick’s Billy Orlikowski described the difference between the Nexus f(p) and the Nexus f(p+f). “In the first implementation of the Addaptive Chemistry technology, our design team developed two new coverstocks that project the balls easily through the heads without losing friction downlane,” he said. “The Nexus f(p+f) has an extra kick of the friction additive which makes this a great ball for heavy oil lane conditions. The use of the Addaptive Chemistry technology allows the surface texture of both balls to be adjusted across a wide range without losing the ability to clear the front of the lane, essentially allowing the bowler to ‘pick their grit.’”
Core Design: The asymmetric core for this solid version of the Nexus series provides a low 2.48 RG and a .060 Diff. The mass bias comes in at .020, which can enhance mid-lane or back-end motion shape. Testing saw nearly 6.5 inches of oil-munching track flare with a 60×3.5×40 dual angle layout and a P-3 weight hole.
Coverstock: The Nexus f(p+f) solid cover formula is sanded with both 500 and 1500 Sia air sanding pads. The two grits create deeper grooves with easier push compared to just using a 500 pad. Colors are a conservative mix of blues and violet hues.
Test Results: The Nexus f(p+f) solid rolls similarly to the very popular Alpha-Max (February 2011) in the front 35 feet of the lane, with the differences being in the late midlane and back-end portions of the lane. On most of the patterns, the ball started its motion sooner than the Alpha-Max and followed this with a slightly more angular move. Now, by no means is this move as well-defined as in the pearl Nexus; it’s just more of a stronger arc. The lower RG core of this Nexus also starts up easier, while the new cover is slightly quicker off friction.
When to Use: Use confidently when looking for a solid mid-lane breakpoint with a continuous hard-arcing finish. We found it imperative to stay in the oil pattern to help conserve axis rotation and hitting power as the lanes began to transition (burn up). If we sent it to early friction, we sent it to early death as well. Higher speed-to-rev players should find many more uses than will rev-dominant types. This ball ensures strong mid-lane motion, even on the heaviest of patterns.