General Ball Info
Particle additives in the coverstock have slowly been phased out over the last few years. Lane Masters is one of the best at making durable balls with both high and low loads of particle in the shell. That tradition continues with their latest release, The High Standard 2.0. The particle in the coverstock gives this ball traction in the oil, while being a pearl allows it to get down the lane cleanly and store energy for the back end.
All three testers found this ball to work best on the medium oil pattern. Stroker had the most area on this pattern. Stroker’s lower rev rate and ball speed usually cannot move around the lane without giving up some carry. With The High Standard 2.0, he could go up the boards or give it a little room and still strike. Misses inside into the oil that usually flat 10 were able to pick up extra traction and get it out every time. Shots thrown wide of target were still able to make the turn at the breakpoint and get all the way back to the pocket. Cranker and Stroker were not far behind, but when they missed, they wanted their misses to be wide of target. This ball never showed any signs up giving up.
The oily pattern was a touch too long for the box finish. Cranker had the best look on this pattern due to his higher rev rate. The dry lane was just the opposite. It was too short for the strong coverstock. Tweener had the best reaction on this condition, being able to match his speed to his rev rate.
The High Standard 2.0 handled the sport pattern better for Stroker and Tweener than it did for Cranker on this pattern. Cranker’s ball wanted to start just a little too early. A different layout would have helped improve his rating on this pattern. The versatility of The High Standard 2.0 is a ball we think you should slap your favorite drill pattern on and use on nearly anything you come across.
Strengths: The coverstock is what makes The High Standard 2.0 special. The particle pearl blend gives traction in oil and still has enough energy for a substantial back end motion.
Weaknesses: Only the extremes will make The High Standard 2.0 match up poorly. Too dry will make it over-react and too much volume will push it too far down the lane.
Overall Summary: The High Standard 2.0 is a strong particle pearl coverstock bowling ball. It is stronger and more angular than the Buzz Premium Edition.