Elite Insanity

by Bob Johnson 0

53 Hook 15 Length 15 Breakpoint Shape

Core Design: Elite chose an all new symmetric shape for the Dual Image core of its Insanity. The core boasts an RG of 2.49 and a Diff of .038. Our testing showed nearly 4.5” of track flare with the 3 and 4” layouts and lower quadrant weight holes.

Coverstock: Surrounding this new core is a hybrid-type reactive cover called FX95+. The aggressive oil cover is sanded with a 1500-grit, which promotes moderate length with a stronger midlane presence. Oil traction was slightly above average, while response off friction was quick.

Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Insanity features both a new cover and core,” says Elite chief Nick Melnikoff. “The FX95+ cover is extremely clean through the front part of the lane, yet stronger than the FX95, creating a big move toward the pocket. The Double Image core enhances this reaction.”

Test Results: The strength of the Insanity is its coverstock formulation. The FX95+ presented us with superb oil traction, while its core took over in the final 20 feet. With its lower flare amount, the core will help slower speed or higher rev rates see added midlane push. All of this month’s Elite products performed very well on our medium and heavier oil volumes, but each had its own personality as to motion shape. The stout-shaped double-image core was the smoothest transitioning, especially for our higher rev testers. Our lower and medium rev guys preferred the core strength of the Phantom, as it cornered stronger through carrydown. Total hook was surprisingly close, but downlane shape and motion through the pins was not.

When to Use: Players looking for a more direct line for medium to heavier volumes may prefer this Elite product. The core/cover combo is true and smooth through oil transition, and is easy to stay with until there is too much carrydown. Handed high-rev types will find the most uses due to the core shape and slightly lower differential. Our low- and medium-rev rate test group preferred stronger core to PAP layouts of 3 and 4”. Higher rev rates loved the 5” distance; it retained axis rotation longer.

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.