Elite Yellow Jacket

by Bob Johnson 0

54 Hook 14 Length 15 Breakpoint Shape

Core Design: The Grenade-shaped symmetric core has an RG level of 2.48 and a Diff of .043. We saw fast revs and about 5” of track flare with stronger drillings and lower quadrant weight holes. The core shape will hide slight release errors for most styles.

Coverstock: The 1000-grit wet-sanded SG90 reactive cover reads the lane quickly and aggressively in oil. The response off drier areas was somewhat tempered due to the earlier motion. Colors are a mix of yellow, silver and black. This cover was our favorite on heavier volumes coupled with cleaner backends in the final 20 feet.

Manufacturer’s Intent: “Yellow Jacket introduces the Attack, and its Super Grip 90(SG90) cover is finished with a 1000-grit wet sand which is ideal for most medium to heavy oil conditions,” said Nick Melnikoff, the Elite boss. “The extremely dense Grenade core assures a true-rolling bowling ball from start to finish.”

Test Results: The Yellow Jacket Attack supplied the earliest and smoothest motion of the four Elite products introduced this month. The low RG core was the fastest revving and more arcing in nature, even on patterns with very clean backends. The Grenade core shape was also very release-friendly, with above-average pin carry on less than ideal releases by our testing team. We also found this ball to be our favorite on the longer oil patterns because its aggressive cover texture (1000) read the midlane the easiest. The YJA’s strong arcing motion shape also was the best in allowing us to read transitional phases in the oil.

When to Use: The YJ Attack played great from outside angles on the majority of the medium and heavier volume test patterns. Its motion shape allowed it to go through the pins consistently from these angles of attack. Deeper inside angles provided more of a challenge for all but the higher rev rate clientele. From inside angles, the Pearl Alien was the clear-cut favorite of all the Elites. The core/cover came alive with pin distance drillings of 3 or 4”. These closer pin drillings allow the core to rev the easiest through the midlane.

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.