August 5th, 2012 | Published in Ball Reviews
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.