Brunswick: Nexxus f(P+R)

by Bob Johnson 0

59 Hook 12.5 Length 15.5 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “Our newest additive, Recovery (R), adds another dimension to the Brunswick arsenal with more hook and back-end recovery,” says Billy Orlikowski of Brunswick. “The Nexxus f (P+R) projects easily through the front part of the lane, maintaining axis rotation while delivering the strongest overall hook motion ever seen in a Brunswick ball. We’ve gone past the original Nexxus f (P+F) [November 2011].”

Core Design: The aggressive Rotor asymmetric core has a 2.48 RG, a .056 Diff. and a .017 mass bias. We saw nearly 6 inches of track flare with our high-flare layouts, and 5 inches with our tame 5.5-inch layout.

Coverstock: Brunswick’s adaptive f (P+R) solid reactive coverstock is colored with deep shades of red and black. The factory surface is sanded with 500 and 1500 Sia air pads. Oil traction was well above average, and response time off friction was moderate with factory finish. With a smoother 4000 grit, the response improved noticeably off friction. The Ra level is moderate at 3.5.

Test Results: The third ball in the Nexxus line fits between the first two versions in motion shape, according to our testing. We saw a similar read in the midlane to the purple Nexus f (P+F), and a touch stronger breakpoint shape off friction. When we polished both balls with Brunswick’s factory polish, the Nexxus f (P+R) was noticeably more angular off the spot on all four test patterns. The back-end recovery and usability in medium-heavy to heavier oil show off its strengths. We never saw the new Nexxus over-shoot the midlane unless we just totally missed it at the bottom (at release).

When to Use: With its aggressive coverstock formula and Sia air finish, this hook monster will only work for the majority of bowlers when there’s a good amount of oil volume present. Speed-dominant types will surely love the strong mid-lane grab and continuous back-end reaction. The strength of the Rotor core just adds to this powerful arcing motion. Players opting for added push should consider using smoother grits and/or polish to ensure adequate length. Using drilling layouts with higher drill angles and higher sums also will help the new Nexxus retain axis rotation longer. Players with matched rev-to-speed ratios can simply apply their favorite asymmetric layout and enjoy using this striking machine.

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.

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