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I got the required number of strikes to make my ball review video (generally I use 5-8 depending on what keeps it under 2 minutes) in under 5 minutes, so I kept the camera rolling and actually ended up with so many strikes that I could literally make a 1:50 video of me only throwing strikes after I edited down the initial 12 minute video.
I’m editing the video as I write this, and I can tell you that this ball is running over the 8 pin almost every single shot as I rewatch them, and there’s a couple ways you can look at that; either I need to move left, or the ball doesn’t quit while going through the pins. Once the video is published, you’ll see that I eventually move about 10-15 by the end, and the 8 pin still has zero chance, so the ball might just be insane.
My early experiences with this ball was that it was too much for everything we had on the machine to throw at it, it actually was too much for Route 66 at box, but looked awesome at 5500~. At that surface I was also able to use it on the house shot effectively.
I took it back to a fresh 2k by resurfacer before shooting the video, then threw it on this year’s US Open 4 pattern after I got done shooting and made it look like a house shot, so that was pretty fun. No further surface adjustments before going front 8 in league on Thursday with it, so it seems that this one is also VERY surface friendly. All in all, this one’s pretty good!
A new leader of the pack has arrived! The Alpha Jackal boasts an even stronger version of the Coercion cover stock with the newly formulated Coercion HV3 Solid. The vibrant colored cover stock makes a huge footprint in the oil and manages to provide continuation through the pin deck. I drilled two, a pin down 50-4 ¼-61 which creates a round and continuous motion. The second is a pin up drilled 60-5-35, this one revs a little later and goes forward off the spot. No matter the layout if you are looking to dominate heavy oil the Alpha Jackal is a great choice.
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The Alpha Jackal is the latest addition in the historical Jackal line from Motiv. My initial thoughts of seeing this ball was that the colors are incredible. Cosmetically this ball is amazing and is eye catching to anyone who sees it go down the lane. But this ball isn’t just pretty, the performance you get out of this ball is beyond worth it. I got the chance the first week with this ball to throw it on 45ft Mexico City and 2 different house patterns and I determined in the first week that it’s never leaving my bag. The overall hook was great but the continuation it offers even in the heaviest of oil conditions is what stood out to me. Not seeing the ball deflect and continue through the 8 pins is music to a bowlers eyes! On house conditions, I was playing left of everyone but the ball never rolled out and I got to keep moving left, kept throwing it right and kept seeing it continue. If you bowl tournaments or only bowl league, the Alpha Jackal will surprise you and offer you versatility you didn’t know you had!
The layout I used on the Alpha Jackal is 65-5-30. I’ve never been a big fan of asymmetrical bowling balls but this one I’m a huge fan of. Normally I have problems with asymmetrical balls rolling out and stopping but not with this ball. This ball reads the middle part of the lane perfectly and still continues through the pins. I will be using this ball a lot to start tournaments on longer patterns and some medium patterns when there is enough volume. This is definitely one of my favorite balls in my bag.
The New Motiv Alpha Jackal is something that I've never seen before. This ball is so strong and early, yet it still has a ton of pop on the back-end and unreal continuation thru the pins! The first one I drilled with a 60x5.75"x30 layout, allowing me to circle the lane and get it to the right with ease when there's a lot of volume in the middle. The second one I drilled at
120x1-5/8"x70, which allows me to keep the ball in front of me and play straighter angles. Both have great reactions. This is a must own ball!
Ball Speed 17
Rev Rate 329
PAP 4-7/8 over, 1/8 down