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Lane #1 Droid Reviewed By: bowlingball.com reviews by Tony Ruocco 01/23/2012 12:24 ( stars)

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About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
Experience    Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
League Average    225
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Cranker
PAP    5 1/8" over 1/8" up
 

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Short-Circuit the pins with the DROID, from Lane #1.


Pin to PAP(5 1/8" over 1/8" up) - 5"
Dual Angle Layout - 45* x 5" x 65*
Balance Hole - 7/8" x 2" on PAP

Surface Preparation - Out of Box (2000 Grit Abralon)

What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:
I have to admit when I first saw the Droid I was a little worried that it was going to check at my toes and go dead straight. It looks so strong out of the box, even though it is only 2000 grit Abralon, it just feels and looks like it is going to move as soon as it hits the lane.

After speaking to Lane #1 about the ball we decided to lay this ball out the same way I have my last few Lane #1 balls to get a good comparison. This layout keeps the pin and mass bias in a stronger position but allows me to place a weight hole on my PAP to smooth out the ball motion through the front part of the lane. Sine Lane #1 tends to focus on the higher performance balls this layout works well for me.

It allows me to see just how strong the ball is down lane and helps me read the ball off the break point instead of seeing any early motion.

What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:
I really liked this ball. As far as Lane #1 goes for the last 5 releases I would say that the Droid has been my favorite. I like everything about this
ball from the way it rolled to the way it hit the pins and how cool it looked going down the lane.

Even on the fresh pattern the Droid handled the heads easily. Making a very strong consistent roll and transitioning into the middle part of the lane very well. From this point on the Droid really started to shine for me. It go into the backends so clean that it made a strong but very controllable move towards the pocket. I kept trying to find a spot that I could not get this ball back from and I really couldn't until I got in so far that the oil just sent the ball too far downlane before it read the friction.

Overall I think this ball is deceiving by its looks and needs to be considered with other high end ball purchases this year. The Droid for me was right up there with many of our recent high performance ball tests. Lane #1 fans will love the new look and reaction of the Droid.


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