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Ball Review Jet: Turbulence Hook 49 • Length 15.5 • Breakpoint Shape 16.5

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“Turbulence is Jet’s first asymmetrical ball,” says Jet co-owner Chris Crossett. “This ball is clean throughout the lane, reads at the break- point and drives through the pocket from any angle. More impressively, the ball stores a tremendous amount of energy as it accelerates through the pins.”

Core Design: The

Turbulence houses a proven asymmetric core that helps pro-

vide length and an aggressive breakpoint shape. The tall design produced some front-lane lope, but enhanced angularity downlane, compared to the other two Jet releases this month. The RG is medium at 2.50, the differential is strong at .054 and the .016 PSA is moderate. We saw upwards of 6 inches of track flare with both the 3.5- and 5-inch test layouts. Coverstock: The Lunix NF-40 pearl reactive cover is a beautiful sky-inspired medley of titanium pearl and deep sky blue colors. The factory finish is sanded with 4000 grit and highly polished. We saw very limited oil traction, yet a strong and quick response on friction areas. The cov- er’s Ra value is a conservative 1.40. The effective surface grit is 5450.

Test Results: The Turbulence is Jet’s newest long and strong asymmetric design for medium oil volumes. The strong pearlized cover and core combo make this a true skid/flip ball, with easy length and an aggressive flip motion. Our highest flaring skid/flip drilling was a 70x3.5x35 dual angle with the pin above the ring finger. We tested this layout both with and without a P3 weight hole. The P3 hole added two to three boards more total hook and increased the entry angle 1.5

to 2 degrees. Scuffing the surface down to 4000 and lower helped the oil traction and only marginally reduced the breakpoint angularity with this layout.

When to Use: With box finish, the Turbulence will match up best on most light-medium house or Sport shots with clean to moderately clean backends. We felt the usability and hitting power of the Turbulence to be its strong suit, especially when playing inside the 12th board. From outside lines of attack, the Turbulence had a tendency to respond too aggressively for our liking, making the Jet Pilot a better option. The smoothest layout option we used was a 40x5x65 dual angle which had the pin positioned below the middle finger, with the PSA 3 inches right of the thumb hole.


Jet: Pilot Hook 47 • Length16 • Breakpoint Shape 14.5

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“This ball is the perfect com- plement to the Turbulence, and best suited for light to medium conditions,” says Jet co-owner Shellie Crossett. “The ball goes long and is extremely smooth and controllable. High-rev play- ers and lower speed play- ers will absolutely love this ball.”

Core Design: The sym-

metric core found in the Pilot boasts an RG level of 2.60 and a

differential of .030. The core creates very easy length, with a conservative down- lane breakpoint motion. We saw only 3.5 inches of track flare with the 3.5- and 5-inch pin distance layouts.

Coverstock: The Pilot’s solid cov- erstock is the SR-95 NF reactive blend. It’s sanded with 2000 grit and factory polished for length and backend. We rated this cover formula as moderately quick off friction and limited on oil. The Ra measured a conservative 1.65, with the effective surface grit measuring 5300. Colors are a youthful mix of inferno orange and mercury pearl.

Test Results: The Pilot is classi- fied as a mid-performance ball in the ever-growing Jet lineup. This simply

means that the best matchups are intended to be on light to medium oil volumes. We agree. On our fresh house and Sport shots, the Pilot displayed inconsistency in the midlane and generally read the pattern too late. The low-flaring core surely contributed to this. So we nat- urally waited for our patterns to break down after about three to four games of heavy use. In this environment, the Pilot was one of our better performers, with roll predictability and pin carry power. The Pilot never turned into a super-ag- gressive skid/flip ball, but it did negotiate dry heads and midlanes very nicely for all three testers.

When to Use: On our beaten-up lane test patterns, the Pilot gave us very easy length and a smooth and controllable arcing breakpoint shape downlane. Oil carrydown was an issue for the Pilot (and other conser- vative test balls), as the surface was still a touch too shiny. A light surface scuffing eas- ily solved this and improved motion and pin carry. Heavy-handed players should find the Pilot a nice step down from Jet’s more pow- erful Turbulence and Burner. For down-and- in players and those with slower ball speed, the Pilot is the best option when you want a more controlled reaction leaving the pattern.

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