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Lane #1 Massacre Red Death Reviewed By: bowlingball.com reviews by Tony Ruocco 09/22/2009 09:56 ( stars)
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The Massacre Red Death isn't like the original Chainsaw Massacre, it's much worse - on the pins!
Pin to PAP(5 1/8" over 1/8" up) - 5 1/2" above ring finger
Mass Bias Position - n/a
CG Placement - 1 1/8" right of center of grip
Balance Hole - n/a
Surface Preparation - Out of Box (2000 Grit)
What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:
I was looking for a true test of a Lane #1 ball. This would be the first Lane #1 ball we have tested here at bowlingball.com. For me personally this was also the first Lane #1 ball I have ever thrown. I always heard they hooked quite a bit and typically did not need strong layout to help increase hooking potential.
I went with a very safe and somewhat basic layout. By getting the pin 5 1/2" from my PAP and placing it up I was thinking I would help increase skid leaving myself plenty of energy to see what the ball could do on the back end of the lane.
What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:
Lane #1 did not come up short on their first ball test with us. The Red Death Massacre delivered on every level. This ball is not for the faint of heart or those that bowl primarily on drier conditions. But if you want a ball that creates friction and does not seem to stop then this is perfect for you.
From the beginning of the test I was finding myself going deeper and deeper on the lane and not finding a spot where I could not get the ball back to the pocket. The one thing that really stuck out to me was that for a very strong rolling, higher hooking ball it did not seem to read the friction too early or roll out on me. If I tried to play right up the drier part of the pattern of course it would roll early and fade out but when I was in the oil the ball rolled strong and never jumped off the friction early.
Overall I am impressed with both the coverstock and core combo on this ball. Look for more great Lane #1 balls and ball tests from us in the future.