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The alpha jackal is hands down one of the best asymmetrical balls I’ve ever seen. I’ve drilled two of them so far. The first one being 50x5.5x20, and the second one being 50x4x20. I drilled them both so close to the fact that I absolutely love this layout on this ball. For an asymmetrical it is extremely clean through the fronts for me and has a much faster response than I anticipated. The second one we drilled up to roll just a tad sooner since the first was a little cleaner than anticipated. Comparing this ball to the Jackal rising, I would definitely say this ball is much cleaner ,faster and stronger overall. This is a must have in your arsenal and can be used on any condition.
I ended up buying two of these, and used two different layouts.
My pap (4 5/8" R by 1/2" U), measured off a Jackal Rising drilled 40 x 5 x 40.
The first one was drilled 90 x 2" x 25, the short pin layout. This allows me to shape heavier oil patterns, playing straight right out of the gate. The ball flared a maximum of 2" in the oil and flared over 6" in the dry before hitting the pins. That means it can skid just about anywhere, and it gives you a ton of flip motion in the dry. A very strong skid/flip layout. My A-game is playing up the boards and further right than others. I have a Supra that's drilled the same. Comparing the Alpha Jackal to the Supra, the Alpha hooks off the dry about 5 boards more than the Supra.
The next ball was drilled with favorite all around layout. 40 x 5 x 40. The pin was above both fingers not just one or the other. Mb is about 1 1/2 right of thumb hole. That aids the ball picking up into a roll earlier. Now when it flared, it was 6" max in the oil, and 3 inch max in the dry. This is a strong mid-lane ball. When i have to migrate left this ball will read the mid-lane in higher volumes but wont over/under react once in the dry because the ball is already picking up into a roll. Both layouts showed minimal deflection from both angles.
This has to be one of their best core/cover combos. The ball pays for itself and then some, as long as you put up the cash to get it. And then get it done.
A+ rating for versatility. So you have more shape options and plenty of drive from any angle you're looking for. And again these two layouts, both polar opposites, show very little deflection. If any at all. Get an Alpha.
The Alpha Jackal is the newest addition to the Jackal line. It has the Predator V2 core along with the Coercion HV3 Solid Reactive cover. This ball is extremely smooth going down the lane, but it also shows its strength on the backend of the lane and this continues through the pins. This piece is one of my go to pieces when the lanes are playing wetter or on the longer volume patterns. This ball should be in your bag if you are planning on bowling on longer patterns with higher volumes of oil.
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The Alpha Jackal has been a staple in my bag since it was released. With the same Predator V2 core as the Jackal Ghost, and a stronger Coercion HV3 Solid Reactive cover stock, the Alpha Jackal provides me with an earlier and rounder shape in heavier oil conditions than the original Ghost.
Even though the Alpha Jackal is very strong in the middle part of the lane, it's very continuous and doesn't give up any energy down lane through the pins. This ball is also great for the house shot puddle because it allows you to get into the oil without any worry. If you don't already have the Alpha Jackal in your bag, visit your local pro shop and pick one up today!
The Alpha Jackal,
So as everyone knows by now this is the most recent release in the famous Jackal series from Motiv. Normally I do my reviews very shortly after receiving the ball and this time around I wanted to get a bunch of games on the ball so I could be a little more in-depth with what I'm seeing from the motion of the ball and my likes/dislikes. So let's start off with my layout. I did my favorite Asym pin-up layout which is a 60*5*30 This normally gives me good length and still has lots of power down lane.
Using that layout I left the Jackal at its box finish which is about a 2k abralon finish. This ball got down the lane much easier than I thought it would being that it has such a strong cover. Shape wise downlane is tougher to explain it's not as long and snappy as the Ghost and not nearly as early as a Jackal Rising. So I've put I dunno about 60 games on this ball so far and man it's been pretty solid for me so far. It lets me open the lanes on higher volume house shots and lets me get in the middle of the lane when I move left on dryer lanes.
As I've owned it the ball has got well kinda dirty. That has been easily resolved. Anytime the ball gets some lane shine on it I just hit it with a fresh 2k pad and its back to normal!
All and all this is what you would expect from a High-performance piece of equipment. It loves the heavier volumes and has plenty to offer downlane for such a big hooking ball!
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Specs PAP 4 over 1/2 Up
Tilt 20 degree
Axis Rotation 50