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« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
Watch out! The Hornet''s been released from the nest and is ready to attack. Introducing Evolution Pearl HD. A higher pearl durometer pearl reactive designed to thrive in the driest conditions. Leaving the competition green with envy!

Coverstock: Evolution Pearl HD (reactive)

Ball Color: Dark Emerald All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.

Finish: Polished

Flare Potential: 3-4" (Medium)

RG Average: 2.586 (Medium-Medium High) on a scale of 2.43-2.8 Very low-High Break Point

RG Differential: 0.031 (Medium-Low) on a scale of .000-.080 Low-High Flare

Recommended Lane Conditions: Medium-Dry Oil


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Re: Hornet
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2007, 09:21:17 PM »
Thanks to lane masters, we got the Hornet test balls in early to get an idea of their performance.

I drilled the test ball 4 3/4" x 3", with a balance hole in the positive/thumb quadrant.  

The Hornet is supposed to be Lane Masters' answer to dry/short oil patterns, and uses the same core as the Buzz with a harder version of the Evolution reactive coverstock.  

After testing, I realized you can not try to bring a lawsuit against Lane Masters for false advertising...the Hornet performs exactly as advertised.  The mellow coverstock provides easy length and the popular core provides for consistent moves off the breakpoint.  If you are joining a PBA Experience league or just are struggling with over-reaction, give the Hornet some strong consideration for the short patterns.  The smooth roll off the breakpoint is key in keeping the ball in play on the hooking stuff.

One thing i noticed is that due to the harder coverstock, oil does not get absorbed into the ball very quickly, so it is imperative to wipe the Hornet with a micro-fiber towel to maintain consistent reaction.


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Re: Hornet
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2007, 04:01:14 AM »
Just got the Hornet in, and am very impressed so far.  Had it drilled pin under the ring finger, and CG kicked very slightly out to the right.  Wasn't sure exactly how much hook I was getting as I've heard mixed amounts of hook from this ball, but it wound up being exactly what I wanted.  Used it in my Thursday scratch league which has been giving me grief with way too much dry than I'd like, and after seeing my Thunderstuck Pearl going high by the 2nd game, and even using plastic and shooting games in the 220-240 range with my Spare Tire ball, thought I would give the Hornet a go on this condition.  Didn't get to it until the 3rd and final game, but was very impressed by the length I got, and a nice, smooth arc into the pocket.  No flip, just stayed on line, and had great hitting power.  Shot 223 that last game, with a tugged 4-6 split in there.  When I got it a little far outside it didn't quite make it back, or hit a bit behind the head pin for a corner pin leave, but that's bowler error, and this ball is not purchased for recovery, it's for length and control, and that's exactly what it gives.  Bit expensive for a dry lane ball, but if it provides this type of reaction on what can be difficult and frustrating conditions, well worth it.  Late games in league and tournament blocks is where bracket money and tournament cashing is done, and this can be a great help for those situations.  Great job Lane Masters, fine compliment to my World Class Reactive.


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Re: Hornet
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2007, 02:20:08 PM »
Best dry lane / short oil pattern ball on the market.

3.5 inch pin
Pin over the ring finger
CG stacked below.

On dry lanes or second and third shifts, this is exactly what the ball doctor ordered.  Gets through the head life plastic. Read the mid-lane only as much as necessary. Returns a very controlled and predictible move to the pocket consistently with no over under. Hits super hard with explosive pin action like all the other Lane Masters balls.

On my two PBA sport shot leagues this summer, it is the first ball out of my bag.  Even over my Black Pearl which I love.  The Hornet rules for me especially on the Cheetah and Viper pattern.

I definate must have in your bag!!!

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Re: Hornet
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2007, 08:30:46 PM »
4X4 drilling(pin right of ring and cg stacked below)
pin is half inch higher than ring finger, no XH
Lane conditions: lite oil- late afternoon/ open play
Lanes: Synthetic

Man o man! LaneMasters did it! This is what I have been looking for in a dry lane ball. Gets thru the heads clean as a whistle. Doesn't read the mids much at all, and just when you think this thing is just gonna scate on forever, it slowly an controllably arcs straight to the hole.

This is one bowling gem for real. Great power at the pocket and excellent carrying power! Just to make sure it was the ball and not me, I also tested a leverage drilled Roto SuperSonic to see the differences. The Hornet carried, ....EVERYTIME. My SS actually carried well too, but did leave a couple of ten-pins.

I am impressed.....and I don't impress easily, so this will be a must have for my arsenal in coming weeks.

Great job LanesMasters. Now I have something to add to my Fantasy X's.
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Re: Hornet
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2007, 11:58:16 AM »
After throwing this ball for a few weeks thought it was time to review.  Drilled mine with a 5 ½ X 5 drill.  If glideability is a word that is what this ball does.  Effortless through the front part of the lane with a nice sustained move on the back.  Great companion to the Buzz.  Does need some dry boards to get it to react.  I can see this ball working great on a second shift league or when the lanes really start to go away.  If your tired of always moving left, left, left through the night as the lanes breakdown, try this ball.  Another great product from a great company.


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Re: Hornet
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2007, 11:54:50 PM »
drilled mine at a 60 degree layout from my PAP.  Pin just below my middle finger.  Had some positive side left in it.

The way this ball glides on dry is IMPRESSIVE.  Way better than my RS-48 (elite).

One of the things I noticed (for me) was that the ball can sometimes get too angular on the backends.  I was able to tame this down with a weight hole on my PAP, taking the ball slightly negative side.

The ball is PERFECT now, just waiting for the Sahara conditions.

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Re: Hornet
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2007, 10:18:34 PM »
15 lbs Hornet with a 5 1/2"pin above the fingers ; CG on gripline.

The ball works great on fresh oiled but drier lanes or short oil patterns. If you like to bowl down the boards on outside lines, you will love this ball ! But as soon as you ll hit carry down, the ball starts to hook less and you will leave a lot of 10th pins. The hornet needs dry boards, and you have to wipe off the oil! The ball is also a little bit sensitive to speed changes.  

I bought this ball to bowl late at night, but I have to say , this is the wrong Ball for conditions you will find late at night. The Hornet isn t a strong hooking ball and when you still have a little bit carry down, the hornet won t hook enough. This ball hates carry down!

I like the hornet, but I don t use this ball very often.
This ball has great hitting power, but it is very special and very hard.

I don t think it is a good ball for a beginner. As a beginner ball, I would recommend the Buzz.

The Hornet allows you to bowl further right on drier lanes and can be your secret weapon !!


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Re: Hornet
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2007, 12:16:45 PM »
ball specs - 14.3 lbs 2in. pin 2oz. top

layout - went with the low track players layout. pin left of middle finger, CG kicked 45 deg. angle left of pin. weak, low flaring layout.

I LOVE THIS BALL. CAN USE THIS BALL ALL NIGHT LONG. not jumpy at all. just a smooth hooking hard hitting ball. loves light hits. thrown high scores with it already and only had it for a week. this is my new secret weapon. we dont see much oil around here so this ball will be able to be used 70% of the time. cant say enough good things about this ball!
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Re: Hornet
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2008, 12:21:53 AM »
Layout: Pin 1/2" to right of and above ring finger; CG 1.5" right of ring finger hole, centered; Medium hole center of VAL. 15 pounds.

OK, if you've read any of my reviews, you are well aware that I am a HUGE LM fan. This ball simply intensified my love for this company!

When the lanes are absolutely FRIED, I pull out my Straight Flush. But before they get to that point, when my other stuff is taking off on me and the SF doesn't hook enough, this baby is SWEEEEET!!!

Last night I started with my Terminator and rolled a 257. Halfway through the second game, I put one through the nose, but I assumed it was bowler error. Nope, lanes had transitioned and like an idiot I stayed with it for two more frames--two more splits (picked up one). I switched to my Visionary Crimson Executioner and pulled out a 4-bagger and a nine count for a 206. A third of the way through the third game, the CE started biting on me and not carrying. Pulled out The Hornet to roll a strike, 9/, and five bagger to pull out another 206 for a 669 series on a pair where 9 other accomplished bowlers struggled to roll low to mid 600s and high 500s.

If I were to roll the second flight, this would be the first ball out of my bag. I've noticed a few complaints that it doesn't hook enough or handle heavy oil. It's not SUPPOSED to -- it's for drier lanes, when you don't want a lot of hook. It does hook considerably more than the Straight Flush, and is simply a wonderful go-to ball when the lanes are transitioning.

Also, I disagree with the previous reviewer regarding this ball's ability to handle carrydown. I've used it several times when there was a TON of carrydown, and the ball didn't even "notice" it.

Another great, great ball from a great, great company.
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Re: Hornet
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2008, 01:58:51 PM »
I must say this ball has proven to be a perfect dry lane compliment to my Xcelence (benchmark ball).  Clears the heads beautifully and doesnt knife the backends...even when they are flying.  Perfect option to have when the lanes start drying up.
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Re: Hornet
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2008, 10:57:58 AM »
just drilled up a #15 hornet pin above fingers for a length layout (should have gone even farther and maybe negative side )with a weight hole,wow ! was i surprised when this ball started checking up in the mid-lane on a second shift league.I chose this drilling because i read the reviews here and was worried the ball would just skate if i drilled a weak layout.this ball hooks a ton and hits hard too on med-dry cond.its just a shame i may have to plug and re-drill this one. so if you are a strong handed bowler and your other polished balls hook this one will too.expensive ball to be experimenting with.


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Re: Hornet
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2008, 01:45:54 AM »
update I put a little finger weight back in the ball by pouring ball-plug to my grip depth and took a little more side weight out by drilling a larger axis hole and with some extender polish this ball is a MONSTER! i think I'm averaging about 220 with it now. had back to back 700's first of the season with it, my league average has gone up 13-14 pins in the last 2 months great ball after all but it will hook don't be fooled by the specs.

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Re: Hornet
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2008, 07:52:55 AM »
This is a bowling ball that every bowler needs in their bag! Often bowlers will play a tournament and late in the games find themself struggling trying to get to the pocket, but thats just because they dont have one of these...

  I have my Hornet drilled like a Rico-type layout with the pin being in the center of my grip. It doesnt have a weight hole and is at box finished with maybe added polish. I dont know about some of the bowling areas but in my area I can always find lanes where this ball is usefull! This ball is even good on a house shot when you wanna practice playing straighter and squaring up to the lane. The best part, is this ball can even be used as a spare ball as well for if you take your hand out of it, it will definitly go straight!

  The only bad part about this layout/coverstock combo is that if I miss it at all at the bottom then it will go right through the break point. I can over hit it though and sometimes get away with it, grab it, etc. If you dont remember hearing it above then I will say it again. EVERY BOWLER NEEDS ONE OF THESE BALLS IN THEIR BAG!!! A tournament player that is. A typical house player wont need this for they may not find conditions for it, but for the serious players this is a must!

  Players may not be as happy putting a length-type layout on it for it may never read the lane and do crazy things on the backend. I would suggest keeping the pin down to maximize your performance. Just dont get upset when you cant use this ball on many patterns but be happy with how good it will work when you finally find that condition it was meant for! I rate this thing a perfect 10! I use to think from time to time in a situation that man, I sure would like to have a ball that would hook a little less. Well now I have it and you should too! John Davis


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Re: Hornet
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2009, 03:32:43 PM »
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Legends/ Lanemasters Hornet - 15lbs

Pin to CG Distance - 3.5 to 4"

Topweight - 3.5 oz

Layout - Pin over Ring - CG slightly out

Ball Reaction - good length and softer move off of friction.


This ball is pretty much as advertised, it's a ball for dry lanes.  As such, too much oil up front or downlane will cause this ball to squirt, no question especially with this layout.  This ball has a harder coverstock and excels from straighter angles.  I typically need to use more end over end roll to get this ball started sooner as well.  This is definitely a good ball to bring to a 10-2 game tournamet to use in the final few games of a long block.  This ball needs friction in order to work properly.  I thrown this ball in 3-4 different bowling centers.  The centers that have the well defined friction zone outside is where this ball shines.  This ball plays well outside and shallow track angles, if you try to cover too much ground with this ball, it doesn't work well unless you have alot of hand and / or very soft ball speed.

In summary, the Hornet with this layout is a good ball for drier conditions from outside angles.  If you keep the angles tighter, you'll have more success and you'll tend to want to use the "straight player" adjustments (speed, loft, softer hand, etc) rather than trying to play deeper unless you're Tommy Jones.  Not a ball you'll use all the time unless you're bowling on wood, but good for what it's designed for.