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Cobalt Bomb
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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 new & terrible danger for bowlers worldwide, Lane #1''s Cobalt Bomb leaves a wide path of destruction on medium to drier lanes as it glides quicker and flips harder down the lane, destroying pins. More hazardous than Uranium238 due to it''s long half life. The Cobalt Bomb gains it energy from the combination of our Doomsday Dirty Bomb core with an intensely radioactive Fusion 105 coverstock. An Atomic force unmatched in bowling today, the Cobalt Bomb puts the pins and the competition in danger.

Remember...Nothing explodes the pins better than a Bomb..!!

"Patent No. RE 35,488"

Color: Cobalt Blue/Purple Pearl
Cover Stock: Fusion 105 Resin
Core: Doomsday Dirty Bomb and Mini Diamond Nugget.
Hook Rating: 65
Backend Hook: 90%
Flare Potential: 7”
Pin Placement: 12 O’ clock 1 4” out
Construction: 5 piece
Finish: Highly Polished
Available Weights: 13,14,15, & 16 lb.



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Re: Cobalt Bomb
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2006, 01:45:50 AM »
I drilled this ball on Wednesday and threw it a couple of games. I average about 210. I threw it this afternoon for 5 games on freshly conditioned lanes at our center. The pattern is roughly 65 units 8-8, 20 out to 4 and about 12 to the ditch. I am a tweener with high end revs for that category and ball speed is about 15.2-15.5. I basically stacked this ball when I punched it up and the pin is about 1/2 inch over and up from the ring finger. CG and MB straight below the pin. This ball has a fabulous back end reaction. There is no other way to describe it. It is forgiving as well on house conditions. Tug it up into the oil and it holds pocket, pitch it out and it roars back. Once I got my hand position right with it, my carry percentage went out the roof. The last three games I threw with it were all over 250. Can't wait to really get used to it. I think that the guys in Syracuse have hit a home run with this one. USBC better get the ring machines warmed up.


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Re: Cobalt Bomb
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2006, 11:50:51 PM »
Ball before drilling 15 Lb 6 oz 3" pin 2.7 top weight
Me Right handed
15-18 MPH 350-400 Rev Rate with 45 degree axis tilt.
To start off I would like to thank Chuck at lane 1 for the help he gave me in choosing a layout for this ball.

ball after drilling up 15Lb 3Oz 7/8 Oz positive side 1/2 oz thumb weight
No X-Hole
Layout i chose after discussing it with Chuck
Pin directly below the Ring Finger and Cg swung right 1 1/2"
After drilling it up I took it over to a house next to the pro shop which is notorious for being dry and being a new ball I was really unsure where to start with it I knew from talking to a couple of lane 1 ball testers it was going to be stronger than advertised so I elected to play the lanes with that in mind started out with right foot on 25 throwing to 15 at arrows and 10-8 at break point the first shot hooked off of my hand and went broklyn all the way left of the seven pin after talking to a house employ found out the lanes had not been oiled all day for that matter in a couple of days so I knew they were really dry next shot I moved from 25 to 40 on approach moved my line to 20 at arrows and 10-8 at break point the ball still went broklyn but I was on the head pin so I moved three more boards left standing on 43 on approach and kept the line the same on lane hit pocket but the ball was really hard to get a good read on for me I felt like it was burning up and the hit just was not there so I finished up and went over to another house in the area found it to be to dry for this ball also but I did bowl three games there like I said this ball for me was really hard to get a good read on,on dry lanes.

my second outing with this ball was a little different It was on my thursday night mens league the shot we get there is 41 feet of oil vary heavy on the heads Gutter to Gutter tappering down in the mids 10-10 with a lighter oil pattern and squeaky clean backends I have no idea how many units of oil
on this shot this ball really shined.

Normaly on this shot I start with a BCB or Pearl U and then as the shot starts to breakdown I switch to my TSU but I elected to start with the Cobalt I was really unsure where to even start with it as my first outing I could not really get a good read on the ball. I started out in league practice  standing on 20 on approach and targeting 10 at arrows and 7-6 at break point the ball hit high but it was on the right side of the pins left an easy spare to cover but I knew I was close with my shot. being as how this is a five man team league we only take 1 shot and give the next shot to the person waiting in practice the next shot I moved 1/2 board left and and kept my line the same started flushing the pocket got three more practice shots all flush pocket strikes with this being two five man teams on one pair I had it in the back of my mind my reaction was going to change the funny thing is it really never did this ball completly ignored the heavy heads and read the mids better than any ball I have ever used when it hit the backend this ball makes a big move and seems to always find its way back to the pocket no matter how far out I got it the bad part its not real forgiving if you tugg it left it will make you pay
started out in league play, (after practice shots) playing same line
started out with a 212 followed up with a 256 and finished up with a 245 for a 713 series never had to switch balls all night long in three games with it i ended up making a hole total of another 1/2 board move left in the three games in league. the hit of this ball is nothing short of awesome I feel. as long as you have some kind of oil but if they are dry put it away its way more aggresive than Lane 1 addvertised for me its a great heavy medium to medium ball for those of you wanting to use this ball on dry shots put a mild layout on it when you drill it up

here is a pix of the layout I chose

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Re: Cobalt Bomb
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2006, 04:47:07 AM »
I'm not real savvy on drill specs and such so I'll spare the details on that. But I will say that the pin is over ring but slightly to the right.

I threw the ball right out of the box at a tournament that was oiled 35 feet and buffed to 38. Oiled from 8 to 8 and tapered to the gutters so there was some out of bounds.

Mind you I hadn't even practiced with this ball whatsoever, truly out of the box. I stood at 26 with my feet and aimed at 14 board and looped it out to the 5 board and the Cobalt flipped very strong to the pocket. This ball is stronger than advertised for sure and it rolls sweet. The core/cover combo makes for a skid/flip reaction but not where it's jerky and uncontrollable. So OOB first time I shoot 209, 201 and 254.

The carry of this ball is what really stood out as well, keeps pins low and sends messengers flying. Another good thing that I noticed is that if you tug the ball somewhat it'll still hold it's line pretty well and not go flying left, that's not the case from what I've seen with the smoking and intense inferno or the backyard bully.

Lane 1 has created one of their best balls in the Cobalt Bomb hands down, I think it is much better and will become what the pearl dirty  bomb was supposed to be.
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Re: Cobalt Bomb
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2006, 10:47:25 AM »
First of all I would like to thank drillwizard (David Schoen) for laying out and drilling this ball.

Ball Specs; 15 lb. 4 oz, Pin 2-3, TW 3.6

Pin under ring, CG stacked directly underneath with X hole. This drilling promotes a strong backend, but with pin under you won't get too much length and squirt through the breakpoint.

Style; Medium Rev Rate, Semi Spinner, 15/16 mph, PAP 4">, 1/16 Down

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Surface was OOB

Synthetic Lanes, 36 ft. buffed to 44 ft. , Medium oil in middle tapers out to gutters light/almost dry.

Have used this ball twice now in subbing on a league, and WOW !!!!  Ball is much stronger then what Lane 1 has advertised.

Does not have a flip for me but a very HARD STRONG  arc.

In subbing the 2 weeks I have yet to leave a ten pin, most of the time (unless operator error) hardly any pins are left on the deck, pins are kept low and the hit and carry are unbelievable, Light, Heavy or Brooklyn hit !!! This was using the outside shot.

Very foregiving ball, go too far outside and the ball seems to make it back to the pocket, pull the ball and it just sits and then that hard move to the pocket !!!

Also tried on lanes the next morning  after two leagues, lanes were dryer with a little spotty backends; used more speed, moved left (right handed), and the shot was still there. Tried the deeper inside shot, and with slowing the ball speed and my feet carry was OK but not as pronounced with the outside shot, did leave a couple of ten pins with this shot.

Over all I think this ball will be great for Medium to dryer lanes, or a typical house shot (THS).


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Re: Cobalt Bomb
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2006, 04:28:15 PM »
ball is 15 lbs 2-3 in pin drilled stacked lev. and im avg speed to med revs.  This ball is an amazing ball and i have to say the same thing ball is stronger than lane 1 advertised.  
thought it was going to fit between my cherry bomb and bullet but really because of the backend of the ball overhooks the cherry. Really it fits between my black cherry and my cherry.  When the backends get extrem it reacts hard and leaves splits so be careful on the way u get it drilled.  It is one amazing ball and fun to watch and has to be one of the best looking balls ever.  Typical lane 1 hit and carry but can come at extreme anges in dry and leave major splits.
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Re: Cobalt Bomb
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2006, 12:46:33 PM »
The cobalt bomb is a great addition to anyones arsenal..glides quick through the fronts and smashes through the pins leaving toothpicks the ball so much i have 2, first one is stacked 2" to the right the 2nd is pin under ring finger with a half oz neg. side weight. I recommend this ball for anyone that plays house type conditions.

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Re: Cobalt Bomb
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2006, 02:50:07 PM »
Well this is the second Lane #1 ball I have bought, the first was the Black Cherry Bomb.  I drilled the ball stacked with pin and cg about 4 1/2" from pap with pin under slightly to the right and underneath my ring finger.  The ball was 15# with about a 1" pin.  It definitely is stronger than advertised.  The flips hard almost as soon as it contacts dry boards, which is a problem in the center I bowl in.  The shot is very inconsistent and almost reacts like a reverse crown.  This was causing me all kinds of problems with an over/under type of reaction, but I finally found the solution to this, a gray scotch brite pad.  Hit the surface with the gray pad for Thursday night league, just to take the polish off.  This helped turn the ball into a completely different animal.  It took the ball to an over/under to a little more of a controlled arc, and gave me just the look I needed.  Definitely a keeper.  Stats: Ball speed around 18mph, med-high track with around 300 to 325 revs.


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Re: Cobalt Bomb
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2006, 08:13:23 PM »
Nice ball, rolls smooth, highly recommended
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Re: Cobalt Bomb
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2006, 11:14:47 PM »
I'm a right handed tweener, with ball speed approximate 15. This piece was drilled with the pin under the ring finger and the c.g. kick out with a wgt. hole. The ball gets down the lane well with strong backend reaction (Very Strong) I have used this ball on freshly oil lanes with a down and in shot. The ball was also used in a tournament with a more inside line. Very versital ball. My friends and I are very impress with the pin carry and the backend reaction. This is my fourth lane #1 bowling ball and I have not been disappointed with this new addition.

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Re: Cobalt Bomb
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2006, 05:33:33 PM »
I drilled this one the same as my Tsunami to get the same reaction, but longer and sharper and that is what I got.

Pin= 4 3/8" from pap x 3 1/2" from the val
cg = 3 3/8" from pap
x hole on pap

this ball flares a bunch and is not as weak as I thought. I used it in the Nationals in singles and shot 635 on fresh oil. This ball reads the midlane well with this pattern and plays a house shot (the house I bowl at) better than any ball I have owned to date.


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Re: Cobalt Bomb
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2006, 11:12:28 AM »
ball spec before drill = 16lb ,top 4oz ,pin3-4"
drill CG out lev
see picture>>>

i use this ball for a few months
nice ball
skid long and aggressive backend
hit hard
I recommend this ball for anyone that plays on medium oil lane or THS conditions.


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Re: Cobalt Bomb
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2006, 07:29:27 AM »
This ball is quite incredible. I had never owned a lane1 ball before but i heard they were the best so i looked around for the ball thaqt fitted my style best. I throw the ball around 15.5-16.0 mph and i can play down and in or throw it out and let the ball scream back to the pocket. This ball allows me to do both. If the conditions are medium to heavy oil this ball will need to be thrown down and in because it cannot deal with the oil. However between light and medium oil the ball can be thrown out very hard and it will come back! The first time i used the ball i got a 609 series and my best ever series came several months after in the form of a 711. I didn't have to change my line all night and almost every good ball was a strike, no solid 7 or 10 pins. I am not very good with the specs but the pin is above the ring finger( i am a lefty). I would recommend this ball to anyone who has light to medium oil conditions who wants to bring a higher octane rating to their game. Good luck and good bowling.

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Re: Cobalt Bomb
« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2006, 09:26:42 AM »
This ball is really an amazing ball!  It explodes like a bomb once it hits the pins.  I am highly recommending this ball because of its superb perfomance on the lane.


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Re: Cobalt Bomb
« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2006, 07:47:55 PM »
Hi All

I just want to let you know my comments about this ball... this is my 2nd Lane1 ball (the Hybrid Dirty Bomb was the 1st one, not impresive at all)

Pin under the ring finger
CG kicked out w/balance hole

In fresh (house) conditions this ball OOB finish goes too long with a strong arc (no flip), once the lanes starts to dry out this ball gives me good reaction and good control.. in a month I'll be playing in a more demanding conditions.. I'll post a comment after.

To me ... a very good ball

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