Brunswick Nexus f(p)

by Bob Johnson 0

52 Hook 15 Length 16 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Nexus f(p) is designed for medium oil lane conditions. As friction develops on the lane, the ball motion stays long and strong,” Billy Orlikowski of the Brunswick design team told us. “We now have a new coverstock technology called ‘Addaptive Chemistry.’ Our intent was to be able to precisely control both the projection of the ball through the heads and the response to friction of the coverstock down-lane. This advancement has allowed us to create a ball line with a well-defined reaction on the lane, both front to back and side to side. With this technology we can create reactions with strong mid-lane roll and also more skid-snap reactions.”

Core Design: The Mils asymmetric core has a medium 2.50 RG and an industry-max .060 Diff rating. The intermediate Diff (mass bias strength) is low at .010. We saw nearly 5.5 inches of track flare. This core can create numerous downlane shapes.

Coverstock: The Addaptive f pearlized formula is colored in a blue, black and silver mixture. The surface is 500/1500 sanded and then rough buff polished for its medium shine. Oil traction was limited, but the responsiveness off drier boards at the breakpoint was both quick and continuous.

Test Results: The Nexus f(p) was quite nice on our medium fresh patterns and on oilier patterns that had broken down due to heavy play. Once there’s a defined hook spot, the Nexus f(p) is right at home with both its mid-lane read and great back-end motion. On broken down patterns with moderate carrydown, the ball still displayed adequate back-end punch, but it was even stronger after a light scuffing. Hitting and carry power were better than we’ve seen from some of the more muted “Big B” products with similar core and coverstock finishes. This reinforces that the new Addaptive cover formula is decidedly stronger off friction.

When to Use: Bowlers will be able to use this pearl Nexus as either an open-up-the-lane ball or as a down-and-in workhorse. The pearl cover and strong-flaring core are factory set to go long and flip hard with most stronger ball layouts. To subdue the response, we needed to use longer pin distances positioned below the fingers and surface the ball with smooth grits such as 4000 Sia air pads.

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.