Track: 912T

by Bob Johnson 0

57 Hook 12.5 Length 15 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “The concept behind the design and creation of our latest 900 series release was one that was quickly agreed upon,” says Track’s Rich Hanson. “Our goal was to create a ball that simply out-hooked and out-performed every ball ever made in the history of Track. This was no small task, but one that R&D quickly accepted and accomplished.”

Core Design: The Legion Turbo asymmetric core returns for the Track 912T. The RG is medium-low at 2.50 and the differential moderate at .046. The mass bias strength is moderate at .012. We saw 5.5 inches of track flare with the 3- and 4-inch pin distance drillings above the fingers with no weight holes.

Coverstock: Track’s strongest hooking ball ever gets an all-new cover, Gen ET (extreme traction). This aggressive hook monster is factory-sanded with 800 and 1500 grit Abranet soft, which allows for more efficient disposal of sanded reactive material. Oil traction is above average, while response time off dry is moderate. Cover coloring is a blend of blue, red and orange hues.

Test Results: Our most angular layout incorporated a 3.5-inch pin distance with a 70-degree drill angle and a 35-degree VAL angle. Polishing the surface with Powerhouse factory polish gave us a skid/flip shape with this drilling. Our arc/roll layout featured 45-degree drill and VAL angles with a 5-inch pin distance layout. The Gen ET cover was two to three boards stronger than the recently reviewed 716T (March 2012) and cleared the fronts easier as well. Once past the 25-foot mark on the lane, we saw the aggressiveness take over on all of the test patterns.

When to Use: Bowlers will be able to play in the oil on many medium to heavier patterns with the 912T. The ball reads the midlane securely and will stay continuous for most releases as it leaves the oil. The 912T also is a very good match for the PBA Sport Shark pattern, both fresh and beaten up. The earlier read in the midlane and strong, continuous breakpoint shape are both easy to read and easy to stay with through transition.

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.