Track: 811 C/T

by Bob Johnson 0

49 Hook 14.5 Length 14.5 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “When we designed the 912T [July 2012], we created a ball that simply out-hooked every ball ever made in the history of Track,” says Track Brand Manager Rich Hanson. “The next initiative in our high-performance category was to design a ball that would excel on the widest variety of lane conditions possible. Our R&D team accomplished this with the 811 C/T by creating our brand new Gen X C/T Hybrid cover and wrapping it around our Legion 2 Turbo core.”

Core Design: With the Legion 2 core’s 2.50 RG and .046 differential, bowlers will find just enough power for medium oil environments. We saw 5 inches of track flare with the 3- and 4-inch pin distance layouts. The Legion has been one of our favorite Track symmetrical core shapes.

Coverstock: The new Gen X C/T hybrid coverstock screams “benchmark” roll characteristics with its factory finish of 800, 1000, 2000 and 4000 sanding grits. Colors are a blue, yellow and black ménage a trois. The response time off drier boards is moderately quick. Oil traction is moderate. The 3.90 Ra level is perfect for light-medium to medium oil volumes.

Test Results: We first compared the 811 C/T to a like-drilled 811A (January 2012) and 716C (December 2011). The C/T was more even off drier boards near the breakpoint than either of the others, and provided an earlier rolling motion in the midlane. In other words, the cover was less assertive downlane, yet showed more mid-lane contact. Hitting power was spot on, and now with added control. Players looking for more skid/flip motion potential should choose the 811A, 706A (August 2012) or even the 508A (February 2012). Those looking for more total hook need only look at the 912T, which we feel is Track’s best yet for oilier lanes.

When to Use: The 811 C/T will play great on light-medium to medium volume house patterns with steeper oil-to-dry ratios. The ball will blend out side-to-side touchiness and is nicely suited for those with medium and slower balls speeds and average rev rates. Those with higher rev rates and speeds also will find many uses on similar type lane conditions. Track has steadily improved the product line and has quite a few Ball of the Year candidates.

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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