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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
I’ve been bowling for years with different manufacturers before I settled down with Motiv. My average flexed between a 186 and 190 from year to year. Got the Alpha Jackal the week it was released and, aside from the first week I threw it, I haven’t bowled a single game under 200. My average, over the past six weeks, has gone from a 186 to a 199 and I’ve flirted with two 700 series in the past three weeks alone. I'm leaving fewer 10 pins as the ball carries through the pocket with nearly zero deflection. I just ordered two more the ball is that good. Only drawback...people think I’ve been sandbagging all year. Fortunately he was an early adopter of the Alpha Jackal as well and recently bowled his first 300 so he’s been vouching for just how amazing this ball is. I am a Motiv convert and strongly recommend this ball.
I did not think I would like this ball. I do better with angular balls. However, this ball gives me enough bite in mid-lane to throw the ball out and it will come back. I haven't had a ton of time with this ball, but I have also thrown it up the second arrow on a heavy oil in the inside shot.
The biggest thing is that it retains energy and motion. I am hoping to use it more often and it will be one of the balls I take to USBC Open.
The ball has became my best friend and is amazing. I'm getting higher scores and my average is improving after switching to the Alpha. I switched to a different ball after I made my LE a spare ball and it had a negative effect on me. I was fortunate to receive the Alpha as a Christmas gift and it's getting me back on track. This ball is madly aggressive and it's the ball I have been looking for. 5 stars and I will always recommend this to my friends.
Probably the best bowling ball out there, have multiple 279 games and just shot my first 800 series on Monday 2/24/2020 with this ball.