DV8: Nightmare

by Bob Johnson 0

55 Hook 14.5 Length 16 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “We wanted to generate something special for DV8’s new pro performance line with the Nightmare,” says Aaron Koch of Brunswick. “The new Class 8 reactive coverstock was developed to create good length and more total hook. The combination of this new coverstock with the new asymmetric Nightmare core delivers extremely quick response to friction with the most total hook of any DV8 ball to date.”

Core Design: The Nightmare core has a low RG of 2.50, a differential of .052 and an intermediate Diff of .013. Combining this core with an aggressive coverstock will help encourage an earlier revving action with a smoother down-lane motion. A high-ratio layout, such as 60x4x20 dual angle, can help sharpen the breakpoint shape.

Coverstock: The Class 8 solid reactive coverstock is super-aggressive. The color combination is an eye-popping mix of black, purple and lime solid. The surface comes Sia Air sanded at 500, 1000 and 4000 grits. Oil traction is slightly above average and response time off friction is quick and strong. The Ra is medium, which is best for medium to medium-heavy oil patterns with the strong asymmetric core.

Test Results: The Nightmare will offer a motion range similar to that of the original Hell Raiser (September 2011) and the recently released Hell Raiser Terror (August 2012), albeit with more total hook. With the coverstock material being more aggressive, we saw a stronger late midlane presence with a quicker move when leaving the pattern and encountering fiction. Even our 0x4x40 dual angle layout provided us with strong backend continuation and above-average usability through transition breakdowns.

When to Use: DV8’s Nightmare will excel on medium to heavier oil patterns for players with matched speed-to-rev rate games. Those with more speed than revs will likely find more success with lower surface grit sanding such as 500, 1000 or 2000. Players with slower speeds may use some polish, which increases length and breakpoint angularity. This ball will be a welcome addition for those liking long and strong ball motion.

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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