Bowler Ratings

PatternStTwCr
Oily:455
Medium:999
Dry:876
Sport:546

Bowler ratings are from 1 to 10 in order of Stroker (ST), Tweener (TW), Cranker (CR)

General Info

Coverstock Specs
Name:Addaptive f(P)
Type:Reactive Pearl
Box Finish:500 / 1500 SiaAir / Rough Buff Finish
Color:Black / Blue / Silver Pearl
Empty
Core Specs
Name:NA
Type:Asymmetrical
RG:2.502
Diff:0.056
Int. Diff:0.012

The cover and core combination of the Nexus f(P) allows this new release to scoot easily down the lane and save its power for the breakpoint. The Nexus Arrowhead core uses a higher RG than the core in the Nexus f(P+F).

Combined with a pearlized coverstock, the Nexus f(P) has maximum response to the dry. This type of reaction was best for attacking our medium test pattern. The back end reaction of the Nexus f(P) allowed all three testers to see plenty of recovery down lane. As the testing session progressed, the testers were able to chase the oil inside, getting as deep as they wanted, as long as they fed it to the track area at the breakpoint. The difference in rev rate dictated how far left each tester could get. Even going straighter on this pattern, Stroker’s ball showed a significant reaction once the Nexus f(P) saw friction.

The easy length gave all three testers a decent reaction when we moved to the dry pattern. The Rough Buff compound finish allowed the ball to be strong as it exited the pattern, but not jerk sideways as balls finished with polish sometimes do. No surface adjustments were made on any of the test balls on these two patterns.

When we moved over to the wet test pattern, we brought out the Siaair pads. Stroker used a 1500 pad, while Tweener and Cranker applied a 2000 pad to their Nexus f(P). The added surface helped the ball grip the lane, but it was still fairly easy to shoot this ball through the breakpoint. Conditions like this will be where the Nexus f(P+F) comes into play.

We struggled on our sport pattern with the box finish. Because of his higher speed and medium rev rate, Tweener’s ball was especially sensitive to the oil, and when he got too straight through the front, he could not control the ball in the back end on this flatter condition. We removed the compounded finish with a 2000 Siaair pad for all three test balls to give us added traction in the oil and a smoother motion off the friction.

Performance Ratings

NameValueComments
Torque7
This ball makes a big move off the breakpoint. The pearlized cover stores all its energy for release downlane.
Length14
The Rough Buff finish pushes the Nexus f(P) through the front part of the lane. This surface can be polished to gain additional length for drier patterns.
Back End15
Brunswick is doing everything it can to shed its image of early and rolly ball reaction. With this release, as we saw with the C System Ultimax, this ball provides the skid/flip reaction that was missing from the pro performance line up.
Total Hook48
The pearlized coverstock with Rough Buff keeps the Nexus f(P) from having a higher hook rating. Bowlers looking for more overall motion would want to look into the Nexus f(P+F).

Strengths

The pearlized reactive cover is what we noticed the most on this ball. The Nexus f(P) gets down the lane with ease. Even on drier conditions, this ball has plenty of length and power to carry the corner pins.

Weaknesses

Heavy oil will keep this release in the bag. We recommend saving this ball for medium type patterns. Higher ball speeds may need to rough the cover with a Siaair pad to remove the compound finish.

Overall Summary

Excellent length with a strong turn at the breakpoint makes this ball perfect for those with average and below ball speed. All styles will be able to use this ball when the conditions are medium or broken down.

The BTM Ball Testing Team

About The BTM Ball Testing Team

The BTM Ball Testing Team is led by Eric Martinez. Our team of three testers has thrown and reviewed hundreds of bowling balls for Bowling This Month. When not testing balls for BTM, Eric owns and operates University Pro Shop in San Antonio, TX and he is an avid competitive bowler. Click here to learn more about how we test and review bowling balls.