Jet Bowling Jet

by Bob Johnson 0

45 Hook 15.5 Length 14.5 Breakpoint Shape

Core Design: The symmetric core shape is both conservative and effective. The dual flip blocks enhance flare and flip while the body provides roll consistency. The 2.52 RG is medium and the Diff strong at .052. We saw nearly 6” of track flare with 3 and 4” pin distance layouts and lower quadrant weight holes.

Coverstock: The Jet’s Durastock NF-1 Nano-particle solid reactive cover is formulated for increased durability. Colors fuse purple, blue and black. The surface is 2000 sanded and polished. Response time off drier boards is moderate and oil traction is slightly limited.

Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Jet is a durable ball, and the Nano technology (Durastock/NF-1) provides strength in this mid-performance ball,” says company President Chris Crossett. “This ball packs a punch, and is suited for a high-friction environment.”

Test Results: The Jet was a pleasant surprise as the initial offering from a new player in the highly competitive ball market. I enlisted help from all eight of my amateur tersters for their opinions regarding the ball. The general consensus was: control, excellent hitting and carry power, best suited for light to medium oil. My test staff never experienced any skid/flip tendencies or downlane wiggle through carry-down. The moderately slow response off friction added to the controlled nature in the back-end, yet pin carry was above average, from third arrow to the gutter. Light scuffing created a slightly earlier read, but the breakpoint motion remained smooth and continuous.

When to Use: The Jet will match up well for down-and-in players with either pin-up or pin-down layouts. The overall hook warrants play near the friction areas of the lane for most rev rate styles. Only our higher rev rate testers were successful when moving well inside the oil line and sending the ball toward friction. With sanding of 500 or 1000k, the Jet matched up fine on some heavier volumes, but we needed to keep our launch angles a tad closed due to the conservative nature of the particle coverstock formula.

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.