Ball Review for the Lane Masters Terminator
I am posting this review to help clear the air about one of my all-time favorite heavy oil balls and to put this information in its proper perspective. This is not so much a technical review as it is a comment on ball selection choices I have seen by customers and other bowlers. Those who read this will get some solid feed back and information on which to make their Lane Masters equipment choices.
We get many e-mails from bowlers who read our reviews and want an opinion from us on many new ball releases. We have both a tournament and a pro shop staff at our disposal that tests and evaluates almost all new releases as soon as they come out. In that way, we are able to get timely and accurate on-the-lane feedback from bowlers with a wide range of skills and styles. We then pass this information to our pro shop customers so they can make good choices when it comes to their bowling equipment investment.
We strive to be honest and fair in all our assessments of all test equipment from any and all companies. But, at the same time, after a careful evaluation by our testers, our assessments will not “pull any punches” and will tell you exactly what we have discovered during this extensive testing.
Lane Masters has quickly become one of our favorite companies, especially when we get such complimentary feedback from both our testing staff and customers. Most comments included their top notch performance, hitting power, reaction predictability, coverstock quality, and the looks they get from the other bowlers when the ball hits the pocket.
We want to post this review to help set the information straight about the Lane Masters Terminator. We read too many review postings that lead us to believe that there are many owners of this great ball that just did not fully understand what they where purchasing.
Let's start out by saying that the Terminator IS NOT a backend personality ball!
The Terminator, as well as the majority of balls from Lane Masters, is built for a smooth and controlled hooking reaction. Lane Masters has determined that balls that have symmetrical cores and an arcing personality are more predictable and will score more consistently on a wider range of lane conditions. This is what helps make Lane Masters balls some of the best on the planet.
We get weary of reading reviews by bowlers who just do not understand the technology of core and coverstock combinations -- which provide a certain “personality” for every ball that is manufactured. Trying to make a ball do something that it is NOT designed to do is like running uphill on ice. Very few bowlers can overcome the built-in personality or intended lane condition for which a specific ball was intended. In other words – “Don’t try and MAKE the ball do what it wasn't meant to do on a condition it wasn't meant to be rolled on!”
The Terminator is one of the best and strongest HEAVY OIL balls on the market today! Don’t let the shiny coverstock fool you. Please keep in mind that the shinier the coverstock on this ball is, the more length and energy this ball will retain (i.e. a stronger move to the pocket). But again, keep in mind that the move that this ball will make for most bowlers will be an arching hook and roll reaction -- NOT A SNAP! The stronger your release skills are, the more you will be able to change the look and shape of the arc/hook that you will get from this oil monster. Also keep in mind that high flare/stronger pin placement layouts will also contribute to this ball using all of its energy early if there is not enough lane oil to help this ball get down the lane.
The only place that most bowlers will see enough lane oil for this ball to work well will be in PBA experience leagues, USBC sport leagues, or at local tournaments where you know they are laying out a longer or heavier oil volume. Attempting to use this ball on a typical league play house condition is very unwise and will result in a very frustrating experience for most bowlers. Even with this ball shined up, the amount of oil that you will get for a typical league play situation WILL NOT be enough for this ball to work as it was intended to.
The Terminator is a great ball for those special events or sport conditions where traction and controlled hook are essential.
If you’re looking for a great Lane Masters ball with the strongest finishing hook then we suggest that you consider the Big R Bang or the new Terminator Rebellion. Both of these balls will provide most bowlers with enough hooking board coverage that everyone around them will be asking – “Since when did you get that much hand in the ball?”
The Lane Masters Terminator is by far one of the best balls that we have ever experienced when it comes to conquering heavy oil lane conditions. As long as you understand where this ball fits in your arsenal, you will have a great tool for heavy or long oil lane conditions. We highly recommend this ball to anyone who wants to experience the power of a Lane Masters Ball.
To your continued bowling success,