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Lane #1 Curve Reviewed By: Brian Halstrom 01/12/2010 16:16 ( stars)

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About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
Experience    Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
League Average    233
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Cranker
PAP    4 1/2" x 1/2" Up

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Brian Halstrom Lane #1 Curve Bowling Ball

They say this to watch for the big back-end, well they're not lying!

Pin to PAP(4 1/2" over 1/2" up) - 3 7/8" under ring finger
Mass Bias Position - 2" right of center line
CG Placement - just above mid line and right of center line
Balance Hole - none

Surface Preparation - Out of Box

What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:
It's been a while since I've thrown a particle pearl coverstock ball, and with the pin being 1" from the CG, I decided to stack the pin & CG below my ring finger. This also put the mass bias in a strong position.

I expected this layout to give me a good mid lane reaction and strong back end action. By placing the pin closer to my PAP, I knew this would make the ball start up a little faster allowing me to play on oilier lane conditions.

What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:
Another solid release from Lane #1 and a new heavy oil ball. I expected this ball to be aggressive, but words cannot describe how aggressive this ball actually is. You have to watch our video review of the Curve to have a full appreciation of just how much Curve this ball will give you.

With the particle pearl coverstock, I was able to move in farther left into the lane and really create a lot of area at the break point. As you would expect from a particle ball, this ball really bites it's teeth into friction. You are going to need some oil on the lane to get the best performance out of the Curve.

This ball and layout gave me exactly what I was looking for and more. I feel comfortable using this ball on the heaviest oil patterns out there and I'm confident that it has the potential to get back from wherever I throw it. I haven't thrown many particle pearl balls that I've liked, but that has definitely changed with the Curve. You have to check out this beauty and it's big back-end!

Added after the initial review. I have not seen a ball move this much and still store up energy like this for the back end - ever. Keith Spear CEO bowlingball.com

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