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Melee Jab Blood Red
« on: August 27, 2020, 02:48:59 PM »
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The Brunswick Melee Jab Blood Red combines the Melee Low RG symmetrical core with the Savvy Hook 2.0 Pearl Reactive coverstock. This combination provides an ideal ball motion on medium oiled lanes for different style bowlers. This ball provides medium length by skidding through the fronts with a strong mid-lane rotation and a powerful backend reaction. The chemically designed surface of the ball provides more traction for a pearl ball on medium to oily lanes.

Color: Blood Red Pearl
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Melee Low RG Symmetric Core (14-16#)
Coverstock: Savvy Hook 2.0 Pearl Reactive
Finish: 500, 1000 Siaair/Crown Factory Compound
Hook Potential: Medium-High
Length: Medium
Breakpoint Shape: Medium
RG: 2.487 (for 15# ball)
Diff: 0.050 (for 15# ball)



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Re: Melee Jab Blood Red
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2020, 02:19:06 PM »


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Re: Melee Jab Blood Red
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2020, 01:11:11 AM »
Likes: Smooth, Continuous

Dislikes: None

Drilled 45x4.5x45
Ball has a smooth overall continuous motion thru every phase of the shot.
Hard hitting and solid drive thru the pins
Great for any lane conditions you can roll this ball on

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Re: Melee Jab Blood Red
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2020, 03:16:45 PM »

Pin Length: 3.5"

Starting Top Weight: 3.5 oz

Ball Weight: 15 lbs 1 oz


Ball: 65 x 5 1/4 x 45

X Hole (if there is one): none


Rev Rate: 375 rpms

Ball Speed:17.5 mph off hand

PAP/Track: 4 1/4 over 3/4 up


Grit: 500 Siaair with Compound plus Polish

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Polished


Lengths of patterns: 41 foot house shot

Volume:  Moderate

Type: House


Length: Fairly Long

Back End: Continuous

Overall Hook: Mild

Midlane Read: Smooth and Controlable

Breakpoint Shape: Strong Continuous Arc


Likes: Backend Recovery

Dislikes: none

The Melee Jab Blood Red is basically a new take on an old favorite.  This is a red version of the popular Melee Jab SE.  I also have a Jab SE with a similar layout.  With the same surfaces I find this ball to be almost identical in motion with a more rounded shape at the breakpoint.  Overall, it is that same predictable continuous Jab motion that made the first Melee Jab so popular.  This ball will be playable for most styles and should work on most moderate conditions with friction present.  This could be a great benchmark pearl ball.  If you missed out on the first two make sure you catch this one.
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Re: Melee Jab Blood Red
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2020, 10:08:45 AM »
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Re: Melee Jab Blood Red
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2020, 07:59:26 PM »
The Melee Blood Red is extremely clean through the front of the lane, with plenty of respone and angle off the breakpoint.  Mine is drilled 4 1/4  X 25.  As soon as I see the pattern start to transition,  I am able to move to the Blood Red.  Giving me plenty of clean length down the lane with a strong move on the back, while continuing its strong move through the pins.  This is definitely a must have in your bag. 


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Re: Melee Jab Blood Red
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2020, 12:56:27 PM »
The Melee Jab Blood Red is a perfect follow-up to the earlier Melee Jab balls from Brunswick.  This ball is not only attractive, it performs as well as any symmetrical for medium to lower volume conditions.  It moves off the spot as if it had a much stronger core than it actually has.  I have used this ball on short to medium sport patterns and on league patterns when the heads start to go.  It retains energy until just the right time.  This ball won't hook as much as many on the market but it will hit just as hard and provide control on demanding conditions.

My layout has the pin above and to the right of the ring finger and as a lower track bowler this matches up well for me.  I'm sure you will find the perfect layout for your game and this extremely versatile ball.  Stick with a proven performer the next time you're in the market for a ball, select the Melee Jab Blood Red.

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Re: Melee Jab Blood Red
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2020, 03:33:26 PM »

Ball Weight: 15 lbs


Dual Angle: 55 x 5  x 40

X Hole (if there is one): No


Rev Rate: Medium , between 250-275 rpm

Ball Speed: 17-18 mph

PAP/Track: 5 1/2" over and 1/2" down


Grit: Box Finish

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Polish


The Melee Jab Blood Red is a must if you love the Melee Jab SE.  The Blood Red to me reads the midlane about 2 feet sooner but has a more smooth arcing motion than the SE.  The Blood Red is a outstanding benchmark ball if you are looking strong symmetrical piece to add to your arsenal.

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Melee Jab Blood Red
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2020, 06:46:20 PM »
The Melee Jab was one of the best Brunswick balls ever made. The new Melee Jab Blood Red pearl is an updated version using the same core and cover stock as the Melee Jab SE but with Dynamicore, this ball hits like a truck.

Given its pearl coverstock, this ball is going to be very clean through the front. However, this ball is going to have a strong backend reaction once it exits the oil pattern. This ball is great when you want to get through the heads and midlane, but not sacrifice backend reaction. As a medium rev player, this ball is a must in my bag because I know it won’t lose energy on a burned up pattern.

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Re: Melee Jab Blood Red
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2020, 07:16:34 PM »

Length: 42ft


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS


Likes: The good match between core and cover

Dislikes:None so far, but it’s still early


 Looking for something to compliment my classic black quantum, and had not tried anything with this core in it. After hearing all the good stuff from this core in virtually all its iterations, I talked my wife into an early Christmas!

 Actually have two black quantum’s, one 5.25 X 3, and one short pin to pap at 2 X 5, and a pin up rhino 5.75 X 4.

 Wanted something to fit between the quantum’s and the rhino, so we went 80 X 5 X 80. Ended up pin down, cg close to thumb 5 X 5.25.

 This ball is good. Not just because I say so, but because of the characteristics it has due to the core/cover match. It is clean enough through the heads that it will get through until they get kind of burnt out, but responsive and strong enough to chase the oil line in as you move in deeper. It has plenty of “pop” at the breakpoint without giving you that “somebody kicked it left” look, and seemed to exhibit above average pin carry.

 And, it fits almost perfectly between the stronger quantum’s and the weaker rhino, while being both strong enough I could use it instead of the quantum unless it was flooded, and clean enough I could use it all the way until the rhino became a necessity.

 Looking for that one ball that’s versatile enough you might be able to use it all night? If so, you might want to give this one a look. Worked well on the fresh, worked well in the middle game, and could still get to the pocket at the end of the night.

 Shot 240-222-266 right out of the box with it, and I hardly ever do that with a brand new ball.
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