February 20th, 2012 | Published in Ball Reviews
52 Hook 15 Length 17 Breakpoint Shape
Manufacturer’s Intent: “The 4000-grit finish was used to create the later, sharper breakpoint,” says Mo Pinel. “At 500/2000, like the DestroyR [April 2011], it hooked at least 4-and-2 more than the DestroyR during testing. Try it 360/1000 and you’ll see more hook than you’ve ever seen without the ball standing up too soon. The secret lies with the versatility of the surface. Once the lane opens up, it responds extremely hard.”
Core Design: The modified Unique asymmetric core has an RG of 2.49 with a .057 differential. We saw nearly 6 inches of track flare from this core. The intermediate diff comes in at .019 to help determine the desired motion shape.
Coverstock: The frosted cherry pearl Super Trac cover is factory sanded with a true 4000-grit Sia pad. It almost appears polished, but we know Mo loves to “hide the polish” by using a smooth sanding grit instead of polish. The response time off friction is quick and strong, while oil traction is limited. As stated above, sanding with lower grits will change the overall traction and response levels dramatically.
Test Results: Pinel developed the first Bowlers Journal International 60 hook-rated ball, the DestroyR. This year, Mo decided to complement the early-hooking DestroyR with the later, sharper-hooking HookR. With the 4000-grit factory finish, the HookR was easily 3 to 4 feet later with its breakpoint and noticeably more angular as well. Revving and hitting power were similar, but the shape is more like a hockey stick than a banana arc. Total hook was five boards fewer overall on oilier patterns with factory surface.
When to Use: We had great looks on all medium-volume Sport shots and medium to heavier-volume house shots. The HookR does need to see friction at some point; otherwise, it may react a touch late and not enter its final roll phase soon enough. More friction gave us a better reaction with superb pin carry. We also loved the look on broken-in patterns with friction in the late mid-lane area. Bowlers should pay close attention to their layout choice as higher ratio dual-angle layouts will noticeably enhance the quickness and angularity off the spot (breakpoint).