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Lane #1 Gemstone Reviewed By: reno-mike 10/30/2009 13:21 ( stars)

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The Lane #1 Gemstone may be the best dry to medium-condition ball ever! Due to health reasons, my ball speed is down about 3 mph. I am now extremely rev dominant. Every ball and everywhere I bowl now hooks way too much. I have been searching for, and trying, just about every company's balls for drier lanes. I have tried just about every layout. I have tried every surface prep.Nothing has worked remotely well. Everything has either flat out hooked way too much, or has been uncontrollable on the backend. Carry has been non existent, when I do occasionally get to the pocket. I really miss my high performance balls, that I can no longer get down the lane. It may be too soon to tell, but initial tests look very good! I drilled the Gemstone 5x 3 3/8, with a 2" pin buffer. Pin high.
The ball glides cleanly through the heads,reads the midlane smoothly, and then arcs hard, but controllably into the pocket! Carry is above average. Urethane(Natural) and plastic(XXXL) were becoming my ONLY option. It looks like the Gemstone may have given me a controllable reactive look back!
One house in particular, I have been standing on 34 setting the ball on 27 to have any chance of getting to the pocket. Getting the corners out from there at my speed has been 50-50%. I will report back on how it does there. But for now, the Gemstone has given me a look back that I wasn't sure I would ever have again. Michael Stewart

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