Bowler Ratings


Bowler ratings are from 1 to 10 in order of Stroker (ST), Tweener (TW), Cranker (CR)

General Info

Reviewed:March 2011
Coverstock Specs
Name:Pure Hook
Type:Reactive Pearl
Box Finish:6421 Compound 2x Polished
Color:Gold / Berry Pearl
Core Specs
Int. Diff:0.000

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The Boom’R-Ang features the brand new Boomerang Diamond core design. This core is a totally new shape for Lane #1 and we could see the difference as it rolled down the lane. The new core is wrapped with their Pure Hook coverstock. These elements allow the Boom’R-Ang to push further down the lane while storing plenty of energy for the breakpoint and back end. The Boom’R-Ang is both longer and stronger than previous releases of Lane #1 balls.

This type ball reaction matched up best with our medium pattern. All three testers found themselves needing to give this newest Lane #1 release plenty of room to recover at the back end. When we didn’t, we saw the Boom’R-Ang diving right into the head pin. Once we figured out that this ball could make it back from almost anywhere, we wanted to see what it could do.

The heavy oil test pattern was a little too long and heavy at its box finish. Each tester took a 2000 Abralon pad to their test ball to allow the Boom’R-Ang to read the midlane strongly enough to get the ball back to the pocket. The back end reaction was still strong, but not quite as strong as it was on the medium pattern with the box finish.

The short and dry pattern made us add a coat of polish to the balls for each tester. The Boom’R-Ang doesn’t need as much friction as this pattern offers. The polish helped push the ball down the lane, but didn’t give us as much back end movement, since it used its energy quicker.

While the Boom’R-Ang won’t be the first ball out of the bag on a fresh sport pattern, the strong back end movement will be a great asset as the pattern breaks down.

Performance Ratings

If you want a strong breakpoint then look no further than the Boom’R-Ang. We felt that the Curve was really strong off the dry; the Boom’R-Ang might be more.
The 6421 compound with 2x polish box finish allows this pearlized reactive cover to push down the lane with ease. The length is best suited for medium oil patterns.
Back End17
Very few balls snap and continue through the back end like the Boom’R-Ang. At times, it’s just too much ball, but when you need some extra angle on the pocket, it will get the job done.
Total Hook49
The total hook potential is slightly less than the Time Bomb Black Fire. The Boom’R-Ang achieves it differently. It’s cleaner through the front, with even more recovery at the back end.


The incredibly strong change of direction at the back end is the Boom’R-Ang’s strongest point. The strong breakpoint and back end create an impressive angle that provides a stronger hit at the pins.


The box finish will create too much skid on heavy and long patterns. Higher ball speeds will require a duller surface for this type of pattern. Short patterns will make for an uncontrollable breakpoint.

Overall Summary

The Boom’R-Ang is all about the continuation of movement in the back end of the lane. When other balls are using too much energy and hooking out, the Boom’R-Ang can create the continuation needed to have a massive back end recovery, due to its new core and coverstock combination.

The BTM Ball Testing Team

About The BTM Ball Testing Team

The BTM Ball Testing Team is led by Eric Martinez. Our team of three testers has thrown and reviewed hundreds of bowling balls for Bowling This Month. When not testing balls for BTM, Eric owns and operates University Pro Shop in San Antonio, TX and he is an avid competitive bowler. Click here to learn more about how we test and review bowling balls.