Lord Field: Jacked

by Bob Johnson 0

52 Hook 14.5 Length 15.5 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “We created an asymmetrical ball with a low-medium RG so that the ball will be consistent and have a different motion than a symmetrical ball,” says Lord Field’s Tony Martin. “We didn’t want a ball that over-reacted, but still wanted the qualities of an asymmetrical angle. With Jacked, you get consistency and angle in the same ball.”

Core Design: Lord Field describes the Jacked’s new Guillotine Ping Pong paddle-shaped core as asymmetric. The USBC, on the other hand, deems this a symmetric core due to the intermediate mass bias being less than .008. The actual RG is 2.53, with a .045 differential. We saw a maximum of nearly 5 inches of track flare.

Coverstock: The solid Eliminator coverstock is blended in rivers of pastel navy blue and tangerine. The surface is factory-sanded with 3000 grit. Response time off drier boards is moderately quick, and oil traction is average. The surface’s Ra texture is low, creating easy length. The responsiveness off drier boards is quick, while oil traction is limited.

Test Results: Players can easily strengthen the reaction downlane by choosing a double-thumb layout technique. We did this and saw a very strong and quick motion on medium-heavy to heavier oil volumes. A more typical layout with the pin above the ring finger and no weight hole made the look longer and much smoother off the spot. Roll predictability and down-lane continuation were very good with either layout. Sanding with a 1000-grit pad increased total hook 4 to 5 boards and slowed down the responsiveness off friction.

When to Use: Most players with matched rev rate and ball speed will find quite a few uses for the Jacked. Its smooth surface and hard-arcing back-end reaction create a visual effect many players enjoy seeing. Players with higher ball speeds should use the Jacked on lighter volumes, or sand its surface with grits low enough to create an earlier ball motion. We feel the Jacked offers Lord Field’s most “American” look in regard to back-end character. A 60x4x40 dual angle layout with a P-4 gradient line weight hole was our favorite layout. (Please ask your favorite IBPSIA pro shop operator to help explain this terminology.)

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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