Description in profile.Ball
NIB 15lb Cheetah with a 4-5" pin. Probably would have never bought one, but prices were reduced on the Elite web page and I had a gift car to use up.Layout
I placed the pin 4" from my PAP and the cg in the center of the grip. Ball weighed out to be statically legal, no weight hole necessary.Surface
I left the ball in the box condition. Appeared to be either a compound finish or a finely sanded matte finish.Lane Conditions
I've thrown this ball on a number of conditions now. First was a 40' house shot on HPL synthetics. I've also thrown this ball on the Cheetah and Viper patterns during my Experience league.Reaction/Impressions
On the house shot, I was able to line up standing at 18 on the approach and throw ten at the arrows out to around 5 at the breakpoint. The ball got easy length and a hard arcing backend reaction. If I pushed it out a couple boards, no problems, the ball didn't over react, but instead just made a hard arc back to the pocket. Tugs inside resulted in the ball floating down the lane and a little pop on the backend into the pocket. Although this is an expected reaction for a house shot, I seemed to have an extra board or two of area compared to other bowlers. The ball reacted well while the shot was fresh. After a game and a half when some carry down set it, I started to leave a few 10 pins. Overall, above average reaction on the house shot.
On the fresh PBA Cheetah pattern, the ball performed quite well. It had a nice read at the end of the pattern, with a strong arc type of reaction. As long as I kept my speed fairly consistent, I was all over the pocket. I did notice that if I got a touch fast with my ball speed, the Cheetah would push a little further down the lane and "flip" back coming in a little behind the head pin. The reaction was easy to read when changing pairs. Above average reaction on the Cheetah pattern as well.
On the fresh PBA Viper pattern, the ball just skated too far before it picked up reaction. I was able to get to the pocket playing straight up the boards, between first and second arrows, but the ball seemed to push just a touch too far for optimal carry. Able to go the the pocket, but not optimal.
Overall, the ball performs well, providing there are some dry boards to create enough friction. With the box surface and the layout I chose, this ball seems to work best on fresh shots with clean backends. If the oil volume to too high or pattern too long, this ball pushes too far down the lane. I think this ball will work well once the lanes start to break down and you are looking for something to get down the lane, but not over react off the dry.Comparisons
The Elite Cheetah most closely reminds me of my Rampage (when it was at 2000 grit and polished). Both balls would easily clear the heads and had same type of hard arcing reaction, however, the Cheetah started up about 5'-6' later than the Rampage.
Compared to my Neptune, the Cheetah reacts about 3' sooner than the Neptune and had a smoother reaction.
"This kind of inconsistency play against a team like New England will get you completely blowed out."
- Emmitt Smith 11/18/07
-Not only is he a poor commentator, but he fails to show basic knowledge of the English language- fire him!