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Talent
« on: May 22, 2014, 10:29:24 AM »
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
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Specifications

RG: 2.515
Differential: .044
Mass Bias Diff: N/A
Finish: 2000 Abralon Polished
Cover Stock: Proton
Color(s): Indigo/Purple/Orange

 

polarmike78

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Re: Talent
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2014, 04:07:03 PM »
-About me:
Right handed. 16lb. Power tweener. About 16mph. Higher rev rate. PAP: 5.25Ē level. Thumb slug and oval grips.

-About the ball:
This ball has a solid reactive cover (Proton). The core is symmetric (Radial Velocity, RG:2.48, Diff: 0.044). The cover uses a new ďSmart Aeration TechnologyĒ, which helps keep the oil from accumulating in the pores. It was described to me as rounded pores (as opposed to jagged), which is designed to help the oil thin out and evaporate.

-Layout/Finish:
This particular ball weighed 16lb 2oz, has 3.8Ē pin and 3.5oz of top weight. The pin is above and outside the ring finger by about an inch, with the CG towards the palm (we didn't lay it out dual angle, but eyeballing it looks about 80x4x20). It now has just under an ounce of positive weight. Box finish.

-On the lane:
The Talent has a lot of backend for me. Itís strong and continuous. Even at the box surface, itís currently the most hook in my bag on most conditions. Itís not a hook monster that chews thru a lot of oil, but it is very strong off minimal friction and crosses a lot of boards once it gets into a rollÖ without losing control and becoming unpredictable.

Itís very clean thru the heads. The mid-lane read is consistent. This ball is strong but not jumpy off the break point, with a heavy roll at the pins for minimal deflection. Once it gets into a roll it usually just doesnít want to stop. Its niche is heavy to medium heavy conditions. This hasnít been one of those hooking balls though that I can still use when theyíre dry.

This Talent is also what I call ďuser-friendlyĒ when it comes to the release (which I am finding is a Lord Field trait that I like a lot). This ball doesnít roll drastically different if you tweak your release at the bottom. What you get is another ball from LF that is pretty forgiving when your release isnít perfect.

-Compared to other equipment
This ball crosses maybe a board more than my Terra Power Resurrection; itís longer and stronger. Itís about 3-5 boards stronger than my Get Some, and more continuous. It rolls on todayís conditions kinda like my old Speed Zone did back in the day.

-Dislikes:
At the box finish, it does sometimes push a little long in heavy oil. As much backend as it usually has, sometimes it tricks me into thinking itís a hook monster that chews thru oil. Iíve had success with it in heavy oil (most recently on 52ft Badger), but it may need a touch of surface to be a ball that normally sees a flood. The layout also shares some blame here.

-Summary:
I would recommend this ball for anyone who wants a ball that hooks, and is normally on house shots that start off pretty oily and end up medium by the end of the night. Itíd be a great ball to replace a ball that used to hook a lot, but just doesnít anymore, yet you still have a good medium/dry ball to go to. You donít have to put the Talent up as soon as they dry up, but youíll probably need to when the lanes are really dry. Itís been good for me on most house shots, as well as longer tougher patterns (it rolled great for me on Viper/Shark/Badger, but itís not a Cheetah/Wolf ball). Layout plays a part in all that though, consult your ball driller for more info.
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Re: Talent
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2015, 03:21:24 PM »
BALL SPECS

Pin Length: 2"

Starting Top Weight: 2-1/4oz

Ball Weight: 15lbs


DRILL PATTERN

Pin to PAP: 3-3/8"

Dual angle layout: 25 x 25

X Hole: 3/4" hole, 2" deep, on VAL 1" below PAP


BOWLER STYLE

Rev Rate: Low

Ball Speed: High

PAP/Track: 4-3/4" x 1"up


SURFACE PREP

Grit: box

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): box polished


LANE CONDITION

Length: 43'

Volume: unsure

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


BALL REACTION

Length (0-10) : 7.5

Back End (0-10) : 7

Overall Hook (0-10) : 7

Midlane Read (0-10) : 7

Breakpoint Shape: very rolly (due to drill layout, so by design)


COMMENTS

Likes: I really like the way this ball rolls heavy, but still stores energy for the backend, even with it drilled so strong. With my speed and lack of revs this layout really produced a different look than my Black Pearl Reactive. It's not even close to the hockey stick reaction I am used to. Comparing it to the BPR on this pattern is about a toss up as far as my line I play, it just hooks sooner and finishes differently. Although it did give me more room to miss out than the BPR. I have only put 3 games on it and am really curious to see how it does on a shorter pattern.

Dislikes: We'll call this questions I don't have any dislikes yet. I will be editing this review after bowling some more on this pattern and on some shorter patterns, really looking forward to seeing that this ball can do for me elsewhere. I also feel that if things don't work with a bowling ball it's more on me than anything. I am the operator and the person that had it drilled to this layout.

On a side note, I'm used to Lane Masters balls not having any filler, the shell on this was still almost an inch thick. We'll see if that is thick enough to hold up as long as my other LM equipment.


Justin Kluska
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Lord Field / Lane Masters
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Re: Talent
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2015, 12:54:00 PM »

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Lane Conditions: Medium-Heavy Oil
Typical Conditions: THS
Type of Lane: All Synthetic
What part of the lane did you play? Third Arrow
Did the ball track out? Normal
Weight of bowling ball: 15
Surface of bowling ball: Factory/Box polished
What grit was the surface of the ball? 2000


Tested on 4 yr old AMF HPL. I rated this ball a 18-20. Same drill as my Getsome and more forgiving. The carry is way above average as I played multiple entry angles. Down and in gave me my best look on the heavier side of a medium THS. Where others struggled the Talent excelled. Moving in to 3rd & 4th arrow the ball just floats thru the midlane (Yes OIL IS NEEDED) skid , hook and roll. Excellent cover again using the same cover as the LF Heritage but a solid version. In the 3 months I have bowled, the Talent has been an eye catcher. Great shelf appeal colors.

Likes:  Strong cover, don't let the specs fool you

Dislikes:  None


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