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Crux

Average Customer Review: 4.72 of 5 stars
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Asymmetry is the Crux.

Pin to PAP(5 1/8" over 1/8" up) - 5 3/8"
PSA Layout - 5 3/8" x 5 3/8" x 2"
Balance Hole - n/a

Surface Preparation - Out of Box (3000 grit pad)

What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:
The Crux features an all new core paired with a hybrid reactive cover. The 3000 grit finish makes this ball look like it will hook in the box. I was looking forward to a duller high performance ball from Storm, we really havent seen anything like this in a few years from them and they always seem to nail this ball motion.

I went with a pin up layout to try and gain a little length so we could see what the new Crux could really do on a THS pattern.

What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:
WOW!!

Possibly the most hook I have seen in a long time. The Crux was by far the strongest piece I have seen from Storm in a while. It completely over powered the fresh condition we threw it on and it looked great while doing it.

I will not candy coat this review for you. This ball flat out hooks. From the time I got it on the lane until it got through the pins, it hooked.

It was super strong off my hand but it did not use up too much energy in the heads. It allow me to get deeper then anything else we tested that night though. Knowing the ball could get through the oil with ease I was able to get super deep on the lane and send it as far right as I wanted to.

This ball was a beast in the middle part of the lane. It set up perfectly and gave me so much mistake room it was like cheating. Off the mids the ball transitioned into a surprisingly strong motion off the break point. I only say it like that because typically when you get a ball that does so much work in the heads and mids, you will see it lay down a bit on the back end. Not the Crux, this ball just kept going.

With the out of box finish I dont see this ball getting further then maybe the second game of bowling but knowing Storm with a few small tweaks you can probably make this ball do anything you want.

The Storm Crux is the new benchmark for hook and if you are looking for a super strong ball for this season you better seriously look at the Crux.

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Full roller, 16-17 mpg, high rev. League bowler 180 average. Bought this ball to replace my Virtual Gravity after 5 years of happiness. I have to say I am even happier now! Had my ball drilled Monday and after only two practice games that weren't very good I risked using it Tuesday during leagues. Wow! Started with 212,then 232,then 256 for my first 700 ever. Before this I had only had one 600 series all year. So happy with all of Storms products never going to use anyone else.
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League Average:
228
PAP:
5 7/8 over 3/8 up
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
207
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
My Crux Layouts: 45º x 3 3/4" x 65º (favorite)

The first time I threw the Crux, to shoot the ball demo video, I was impressed with its smooth roll and strong backend and continuation. Once I was lined up with the Crux I pulled out the Zero Gravity (with the same exact layout), same line, the Zero Gravity barely hit the 3-pin. I had to move my feet 8 boards right to get to the pocket. I expected the Crux to be a few boards stronger but 8 was shocking and impressive.

Conditions I have used the Crux on: Mostly house shots, 41' to 43' in length with the occasional modified house shot or challenge shot.

Where the Crux fits in my bag: The Crux is the strongest overall ball in my bag. A bit more overall hook than the Marvel-S with a slightly more angular backend reaction as well. For the most part I have preferred to keep my Crux with box finish since I have other options to use when I need less overall hook. If the Crux is a primary part of your arsenal and the cover is too much for your league or typical condition you bowl on, it polishes up nicely.

When I use the Crux: I have used the Crux almost exclusively since drilling it. It has been a versatile ball for me, more than just a ball that hooks a lot. I've been able to use the same Crux for 3-5 game sets very consistently without reaching a point where I was too far left. When the Crux is a bit too much ball I step down to the Optimus.

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League Average:
Not set
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Storm is going big with its latest asymmetrical ball, CRUX. Using the same coverstock as the Lucid, Zero Gravity, and Byte, the Crux has the ERG Hybrid Coverstock with a Catalyst Core on the inside. This in my opinion is one of storms best core designs. The core was intended to get this ball to have the same motion even when you have that one shot of an inconsistent release. The Catalyst Core design has a built in cavity for the thumb hole. In doing so, this helps create consistent numbers after drilling and still keeping most of the mass of the core in tact without drilling into the core and still allowing multiple drill patterns. This ball comes at a 3000 grit abralon finish. I drilled this ball with a Dual Angle 55° x 5″ x 45° placing the pin above my ring finger.
I threw this ball on your typical house shot. After the first couple of shots, I was in love. I rarely see this type of motion from an asymmetrical ball. The Crux gave me a tremendous amount of energy retention throughout the entire skid/roll phases. It never say any loss of energy and plowed the pins like a big rig truck. This ball never hooked up early, but it still read the mid part of the lanes very well. I will be able to use this ball from Heavy to Medium oil patterns. If you are bowling on something with a little more oil this ball works just fine with a hand sand 2k finish to get it the ball to pick up if it’s shooting past the breakpoint. For your little drier or lighter volume conditions, you can take this to a 4k or a 1500 polished to give it more length and skid through the heads and more energy retention downlane with backend.

All types of styles and players will be able to use this ball. From cranker to strokers and from slow ball speeds to high ball speeds, this is the ball for everyone. It can be used from multiple angles on the lane and gives a motion that everyone desires.
Based off performance, I’ll give this ball a perfect “A+.” I hardly ever actually it is ever see an asymmetrical ball roll this good. Be sure to get one of these in your bag. IT IS A MUST FOR ALL BOWLERS! Based off the cosmetics of the ball, I will give it an “A.” I really like the black, purple, & white color combination on the Crux with the amazing scented Pomegranate smell. This is a must have in every bowlers bag from a tournament bowler to a typical league bowler.
The Crux is the ball you’ve all been waiting for!! You don’t just bowl with it; YOU WIN WITH IT!

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Lane Conditions: Medium-Heavy Oil
Typical Conditions: Variety of Shots
Type of Lane: All Synthetic
What part of the lane did you play? Third Arrow
Weight of bowling ball: 15
Surface of bowling ball: Factory/Box
What grit was the surface of the ball? 3000
Likes: - Versatile - Conserves energy well for an aggressive ball - Blends the pattern well
Dislikes:

The Storm Crux is the latest release in Storm's Premiere Line and they definitely hit a home run with this ball. The all new Catalyst core allows the design intent of the ball to remain intact after drilling because it has a unique pocket in the core which keeps the thumb hole from taking out a large chunk of the weight block. Pairing the innovative core with the ERG Hybrid coverstock, the first hybrid coverstock in the Premiere Line since the Virtual Energy, was a great choice and allows the bowler to adapt the ball to the conditions they see most often qucikly and easily.

The first thing I noticed with this ball was how much the drilling angles and surface changes modified the shape of the ball motion, which makes this ball very versatile out on the lanes. Because the core didn't get modified with drilling it also allowed the migration paths (flare rings) to be more consistent, even on shots that I didn't get my hand into quite the position I wanted to.

Putting a 1000 grit pad to one of my Crux as a test made this ball really stand out against even the most aggressive equipment on the market. I had to take a big (6-3 move) step to the left in order to keep the ball on line in comparing it to the box condition. This was something I loved with the ball, I could modify it right before a block to get exactly the reaction I was looking for.

I would definitely recommend getting a Crux in your bag, I have three of them in mine and am not disappointed in any of them!

Michael Bauer

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League Average:
220
PAP:
5inches right 1/2 inch up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
214
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Storm Crux
PAP-5 over and ½ up
Ball Speed: 15-17mph
Rev Rate: 300-500
Right Handed
Layout: 4x4x2
Surface Preparation: OTB

Bowling Hand Right Handed
Experience Advanced (I have bowled in a league and PBA)
League Average 220
Ball Speed Medium
Style Cranker


What I wanted from this ball: A strong reaction for sloppy to oil lane conditions and a wider entry angle to hopefully carry out those corner pins when my angle isnt right.

Result: The catalyst asymmetrical core allowed me to have much more entry angle with a result of more angle through the pocket and actually opened up the pocket for me. The ERG hybrid coverstock simply added to the hitting power. Oil isnt a problem for this bal.


I tested this ball on the house pattern that we use at SuperBowl, the new center located in Metropolis Illinois where my pro shop is also located. Our shot is a modified version of the crown jewel shot. Heavy in the middle and 42ft in length. the outside portion of the shot falls off to 5 units downlane. Out of the box this ball was a monster. I dont have the speed I used to have so I moved left immediately and played deep inside swinging the bad boy to the gutter. I was quite surprised at the hitting power and continuation through the pins. I contined to roll several games playing deep and scored quit well. Once my shot started to dry up somewhat, I moved even deeper and found success. Eventually the shot became much too much for this ball and I started getting bit of a roll out but that is expected with my slower ball speed. I polished the Crux up and bowled several more games playing right of where I started and still had success. Polished allowed me to get the ball much more farther down the lane than I expected this ball to do and still have a strong continuation through the pins.

To sum this ball up: Simply one mean ball! The Crux does exactly what it is designed to do. The ball hits hard and has an awesome continuation through the pins. A great ball for anyone from a beginner to a pro.

Pro Shop Reaction: Outstanding! I sell this ball to anybody and everybody. The slow rev players love this ball for the added hitting power and ability to open up there shot. The advanced player loves the hitting power and angle this ball creates for them.

Recommendations: I recommend this ball to everyone. Mainly my customers wanting a big ball that will carry and customers that have less revs wanting something strong.

Storm/Roto Grip Staff
Sean Baker
Bowl Like a Pro Shop
1107 E. 8th Street
Metropolis, Illinois 62960

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League Average:
225
Ball Speed:
Medium
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
200
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
When it comes to the Crux its got a pretty awesome wow factor.
If you have ever told yourself or heard "I don't like asymmetrical equipment" "Asym Equipment rolls to early" "Asym equipment doesn't roll good for me"
"I can get Asym equipment through the mids without it rolling out"
Than this ball could be the game changer for you.
I also have never been a big fan of the earlier rolling smoother equipment. I have a lack of revs and getting the corners out is a issue.
But taking a box finish crux and putting a little polish on it had become one of my favorite balls.
Its amazing how much angle it can make and continue through the pins being a Asym piece. Its really amazing at blending out over under conditions and keeping the lanes more controlled. The energy at the pins isn't given up at all and overall is a useful tool on many occasions.
Oh.. And its great to look at!
here is so much technology and research in this core its almost a unfair advantage against the competition.
When your ready to see a lot of strikes and run the pins over. Its time to put a Crux in your bag :)
Box finish with Polish
Layout: 60X4/5-8X30
Speed 15-16mph
Rev rate 250
Christina Hardee

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League Average:
228
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
After first drilling the ball, it appeared "soft" when hitting the pins the first few times I threw it. But the first full league game with it, the ball smashed through the pins for a 300 game. The break point is pretty consistent and provides good pin action. Will buy another and keep it in reserve. Good balls like this are hard to find.
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Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Storm Crux

Layout: 40 X 5 X 40
Box Finish

Bowler Info:
425 Rev Rate
Speed: 17 - 18 MPH

The Crux is the strongest ball in my bag right now, but it isn't just for those heavier volumes of oil, I can get this bag out on a THS and watch it glide across the whole lane. With that being said, it is still usable on sport shot conditions because of the higher RG and higher differential of the core. It really bypasses a lot of the midland, that can get messy and save that energy for the backend to really make a strong move. This new core really keeps the ball continuing through the pins, I have to say this has been my favorite high end piece in awhile.

Video:
http://youtu.be/wZG8eXC5fws

Samuel Benifield
Bowlers Mart

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League Average:
185
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
00
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
I was lost at first a little bit with this ball. Once i moved around a little bit and stopped being worried about the hook of this ball its amazing. Bowled my highest series barely missing a 700 only been bowling for about 6 months. Its getting colder and one of my leagues 3 of my teammates bowl straight with no hook and they are pushing the oil down the lane. Since i usually bowl straight and in the oil down lane was making that hard to do. this ball reads the mid lane so good and snaps back so hard i can throw it at the gutter get it out to like 5 board snap back and crush the pocket. only bad thing if i tug it inside it holds the mid lane and never grabs the backend and plows through the head pin

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This ball hooks like crazy. I had it drilled pin over the ring finger 3 3/8 pin to pap. There is a 6 board difference between the crux and my storm lucid. Deff my new favorite ball.
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League Average:
215
PAP:
5 1/4
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
200
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Lay Out 4.5" from PAP at 75* PAP angle and 35* VAL angle. Dual angle measurement would be 75/4.5/35. The pin ended up about 1/2 above my ring finger with the CG close to my center of grip. No weight hole as I wanted the direction change to be smooth. After throwing it some more, I may add one.

Surface: I left it box which is 3000 abralon.

Purpose: I wanted a strong hybrid piece in my bag since I have had good reactions from Storm balls that use ERG cover-stocks. Seeing how this is Storm's first foray into a high end hybrid, I was all ears.

Observations: The Crux is a good looking piece. I got to throw it on a 45' flat sport shot left over from a local college teams practice session the night before (Go Bucks!). I also got to put my IQ Tour Nano into play side by side with it along with a Marvel S, Zero Gravity, Lucid, IQ Tour Fusion with surface, IQ Tour Fusion-box finish, and a Prodigy that is at 2000. The Crux was stronger than the IQ Fusions easily by 3-4 boards for the 1000 abr one and 6-8 boards for the box finish one. The comparison to the Zero was the one I had the most interest in since they share the same cover-stock. The Zero just doesn't have the motor the Crux has to get thru the deck with the authority the Crux does. I also wanted to see it side by side with the two NRG cover balls in the Marvel S and IQ Tour Nano. The Tour Nano and Marvel S could match it in hook maybe even hooking a little sooner than the Crux. Hitting power was the difference as the Crux just seemed like it split the 8-9 in half on well thrown and some weaker throws.

Conclusion: The Crux looks like a good stronger ball to have in the bag. If you do not frequent heavy tournament type patterns, you may even have to shine it a little. I am going to pop some holes in another with a stronger layout to see if it can replace a couple of balls in my line up for slicker patterns.

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League Average:
230
PAP:
3 up 1 1/2
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
205
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Crux is Storm's newest addition to the premier line. The Crux has an ERG Hybrid Reactive cover stock with a new Catalyst Core. I drilled mine very similar to my Zero Gravity, 4.5 x 4.5 x 2 or 45 x 4.5 x 35. The Crux was a too strong with the 3000 factory finish, so I applied Storm Step 2. The Cruz has a stronger ball motion than Zero, still pretty clean through fronts for an asymmetrical. But has lot more backend motion as where the Zero was pretty smooth. Plus the Crux has very good continuation through the pins. I have thrown the Crux on house shots, but only able to use it for about a game. Used it on Kegel's 45 foot RT 66 and it rolled great. Gave me the very predictable midlane roll and good continuation off of the break-point.
The Crux was a very popular choice at a couple Storm Matchmaker events. All styles of bowlers really liked the Crux.

Right Handed
PAP - 4 up 1 1/4
Rev rate - 400
Tilt - 15
Speed -17

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League Average:
222
PAP:
5 left 7/16 up
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
190
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Hand: Left
Ball Speed: 16-17mph
Ball Weight: 15lbs
PAP: 5 left 7/16 up
Degrees of Tilt: 17
Layout: 3 ¼ x 6 ½ x 2 ½

Storm Crux for me is one of the most angular asymmetrical storm ball I have ever thrown. The pin is left of the ring finger and PSA (Preferred Spin Axis) is under the thumb with a low weight hole. With the popular ERG cover from the lucid and turned into a solid for the Crux it is for sure a ball for the sport pattern bowler! Crux gives you length yet for a solid cover it has a strong back end motion that I have not seen before of its kind for a solid.

One of my favorite surfaces on any ball is 3000 abralon so for me the out of the box surface was perfect to match with my game. Currently I am bowling in a sport league where we switch oil patterns every 4 weeks or so to get more time on many different patterns and the Crux I have not found a pattern yet that it will not work on weather it is on the fresh or game 2. So far the patterns have been 39 feet or longer and is one of the go to balls I use on oil. When the other balls don't come back strong enough I can use the Crux that will give me more down lane motions when the oil pattern is so demanding. So far my favorite pattern for this ball is kegel middle of the road with the many different lines you can play on this pattern I can pretty mcuh stay with the Crux all 3 games and just make my feet and eye adjustments when needed. For someone who uses the Crux and notices the ball is too strong you can always polish the cover and the Crux will give you the same down lane reaction on back end but with more control due to getting down lane better if the heads are a little burnt. If you Love the ERG cover technology this is for sure a ball you wanna have in your arsenal for heavy oil.

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League Average:
238
PAP:
5 x 1/8
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
225
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Storm Crux Ball Review by PJ Haggerty

The new Crux from Storm is the latest high performance ball featured in the Premier Line. Comparing the Crux to the other balls in the Storm lineup, this is by far the strongest ball in the family. I have nothing but excellent feelings about the Crux. I’ve drilled a LOT of balls in my bowling career and this ball, hands down, takes the cake for the strongest ball I have ever thrown. I have never seen a ball grab the mid-lane this hard and still provide a continuous motion.

I have drilled two Crux so far. The first one I drilled is 5.5 x 4 x 25. I wanted a ball for flatter patterns and wanted to slow the response time down. This drilling definitely provided that. Being a big cored, assymetrical ball anyway, I knew the response time was going to be slower, but I wanted to define that as much as possible. It definitely worked. This Crux is still clean through the front part of the lane, grabs the mid-lane, and provides a forward motion at the break point.

The second Crux I drilled is 5 x 4.5 x 90. My goal with this layout was still relatively strong, but wanted more pop down lane. The mass bias is just to the right of my thumb, which helps the Crux store more energy and provide a quicker response time. With still a very strong presence in the mid-lane, this drilling allows the Crux so store more energy.

Both Crux I drilled will definitely be used on all types of patterns, as long as there is enough oil on the lane! I think tournament players will love the Crux as well as the league players because of how strong the Crux is and how versatile you can drill it to achieve different motions.

Go drill a Crux!

#StormNation



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League Average:
225
PAP:
3 1/2
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
210
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
This ball is probably the strongest ball i ever thrown from storm.I have to say that storm is right this ball will hook in anything and everything.I drilled mine 55x4x35.Ball gives me good length doesnt roll to early for me but has amazing backend on those long patterns that im looking for,plus this ball has crazy carry threw the pins like there is no other.
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League Average:
220
PAP:
3 3/4 horizontal, 7/8 up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
195
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Right Handed
Ball weight: 15
Rev Rate: 378
Ball Speed: 18.2
Axis Tilt: 6.67
Axis Rotation: 45*
PAP: 4 1/8 horizontal, 11/16 up
Layout: 50 x 4 x 50

I was really excited to get my hands on this one. I really like the ERG cover and the core is quite fascinating.

I decided to use the same layout I have on my 15lbs Zero Gravity, which is pretty spectacular. I was hoping to get a real idea of what this ball could do compared to the Zero.

Out of the box, this ball was so strong, it was almost unusable. On our house shot, I started around 25, rolling at about 15 at the arrows. The cover completely destroyed the pattern and I was migrating left all night. I ended up moving about 12 boards total with my feet and my target at the arrows was 19/20. It recovered from about anywhere and hits quite well. I was impressed with the overall strength of this one.

After two league nights, I had to make a cover change. I hit the ball with a 3000 pad, to try to get it to make a little bit later move. This did tame the ball a bit, but it was still really early and so very strong. It didn’t destroy the pattern as badly as it did with the oob finish. Had there been just a bit more volume on the house pattern, I believe this would have been enough, but it was still quite strong.

I used that surface for two more league nights, then proceeded to make another cover adjustment, cleaning with Reacta Scuff and lightly shining with Storm Step 2. This made the ball quite a bit longer and somewhat sharper. I was able to use for a full set without having to migrate too far left. The polish did eliminate some of the room right that the scuffed finishes had allowed. I also have a bit of over/under at the end of the pattern, but that could be due to the amount of volume we have on the inside of our house pattern.

This is the strongest ball I’ve ever rolled. I’m considering drilling a second to see how drastic I can change the reaction based strictly on the layout.

If you happen to run across a flood, this ball would really be the best option.

A great release from The Bowler’s Company: Storm!

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League Average:
220
Ball Speed:
Medium
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
193
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Dual Angle Layout - 60x5x35
Pin to PAP - 5 1/8 x 5/8 up
Rev Rate ~325
Speed 14ish (slow)

I tried to drill this ball with a modest layout to give it some length and keep it's aggressive angularity. I got what I paid for. With my speed, I struggle a little to get the ball to the intended breakpoint, but it definitely has plenty of energy downlane and continues well through the deck. This ball is now clearly the most aggressive in my bag.

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This ball is great for heavy conditions or those who have a low rev rate. The core will start up quick and the cover will grab the lane even on the oilest conditions.

Although the ball will not cover a great amount of boards so do not throw the ball to far away from the pocket.

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League Average:
240
PAP:
5
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
210
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Storm Crux is the latest premier line bowling ball from Storm. This ball has a new core called the Catalyst core, that has been years in the making. The Crux uses the ERG Hybrid reactive cover and has a factory finish of 3000 grit pad. The Crux has an RG of 2.50, a diff of 0.052, and an intermediate diff of 0.017. The Crux has great shelf appeal with the purple and white pearl, and black solid with Pomegranate fragrance.
I had the opportunity to drill 2 different Crux, thanks to Ryan Shafer for sending me a “lefty friendly PSA ball”. I drilled #1 Crux with a layout of 4 ¼ x 6 x 2 ½, and the #2 Crux with a layout of 4 x 5 x 2 ¾. Crux #1 needed a small hole to keep legal that I placed on my VAL, 2” down from PAP. I polished Crux #1 and left Crux #2 at the box finish. I am able to use Crux #1 on our house shot as well as USBC White pattern. I posted an 804 while subbing in our Wednesday night four person team league with games of 259 276 and 269. This drilling and surface is great for medium volumes of oil and lighter volumes with longer distances of pattern length due to the long PSA placement and polished finish. Once the volume gets a little higher in the middle of the lane, I need to go to Crux #2 with the box finish, as it can handle the higher volume of oil, without being over/under off the dry/wet boards. Crux #2 although drilled stronger, does not need an extra hole (hence the lefty friendly remark earlier). I bowled an Over/under 50 doubles tournament with a good friend and was able to use the #2 Crux from start to finish, going 200+ over through my 6 games of qualifying. By today’s scoring standards, that isn’t super high, but what is great about it is the fact that I was able to stay in the same place for all 6 games, only adjusting my roll based on how much backend reaction I needed, and that it was on WOOD. This particular wood house has it’s characteristics of being very different from pair to pair and lane to lane, on the same pair. Being able to stay put, and only adjust the shape of the backend reaction based on the topography of the current lane in play is a huge advantage to allowing any bowler to repeat their shot, frame after frame. I have also been able to use #2 Crux on the 36 foot Los Angeles pattern. It was smooth enough, and earlier enough to blend out the pattern, and hook the ball a little on a pattern that you generally want to go a little straighter on.
Often times, if I hit on the first of a new ball I drill, I won’t drill a second one because I figure why mess with success, but the Crux was good enough for me to want to drill a second one, and having the opportunity to drill a strong layout asymmetrical without an extra hole is a huge bonus. I can use #1 Crux when I need some skid and backend reaction, and use #2 Crux when I need the ball to slow down earlier, and blend the reaction more. Either way, the Crux seems like a “can’t miss” bowling ball. I have watched a lot of these balls going down the lane many a variety of bowling styles, and this ball can fit in anyone’s arsenal, that is if they use it in the proper environment. Heavier handed players will have great use on heavy oil, and lower rev rate players can use this ball on medium patterns, and heavier patterns with surface adjustments.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review of the Storm Crux; and as always don’t forget to bowl up a Storm!

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Orientation: Right Handed
Rev Rate: 375 RPM
Speed: 16-17 MPH
PAP: 4 5/8 straight across

Location: Enterprise Park Lanes, Springfield MO
Pattern: High Volume THS
Layout: 60, 4 ¾, 70

The Crux is here! It’s the first asymmetrical hybrid Storm has released since the Anarchy and Virtual Gravity!

I’ve been waiting for Storm to bring back a lower RG hybrid asym. The Crux did not disappoint. This ball hooks. It’s early and angular and super continuous. It’s clean enough through the heads to use on almost any pattern, but it’s going to roll heavy and hook. The Crux will definitely excel on heavy oil as well as house patterns.

The Crux is the new standard for aggressive asymmetricals.

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League Average:
220
PAP:
5 5/8 over 3/4 up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
210
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The newest addition to the Storm Premier Line is The Crux. The Crux has an ERG Hybrid Reactive cover stock with a new Catalyst Core. The Catalyst core has a “valley” so that when you drill the thumb you take out less core. The Crux is highly aggressive but still has continuation down the lane for maximum striking potential! The layout that I used for the Crux was 50 x 5 ½ x 45 or pin above the fingers with no hole. The pin and mass bias was not inline so I was able to use this layout without a weight hole. My numbers are: PAP 5 5/8 over and ¾ up, Ball speed around 16mph, more up the back release with a rev rate around 300 and I am right handed.

I compared the Crux to several bowling balls but mostly the Zero Gravity and the HyRoad Solid. The Crux starts up pretty quick in the mid lane and still has a lot of continuation. The longer patterns the Crux was in its element. The Crux was an easy 6 to 10 boards left with my feet compared to the Zero Gravity. If there was any oil in the front part of the lane the Crux was in play! With the Crux I could just throw it and did not have to worry as much about ball speed. The Crux opened up the lane and allowed me to have room where I normally do not! The medium patterns was where the continuation of the Crux was impressive. The Crux wanted to start up but still finished on the backend of the lane. The angles off my hand were a little too extreme for me and hitting power was going away because I was covering a lot of the lane. However, The Zero Gravity allowed me to stay in my comfort zone meaning that my launch angles were a little straighter. The HyRoad Solid also performed well. The Crux was a good 10 to 12 board difference with my feet compared to the Zero Gravity and HyRoad Solid just because of the strength of the OOB Cover stock. I believe with a slight medication to the cover stock (Polish) the Crux would be in play. Even though the Crux is an early rolling bowling ball it still has enough left in the tank to give you a powerful backend motion.



Dan Schaden Jr
Storm/ RotoGrip Staff
Vise Grip Staff

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League Average:
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PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Slow
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Beginner
Crux review by Storm staffer Tony Marino

There was a lot of hype and excitement about this release, so I could not wait to drill mine and test it out. The early talk was about the Catalyst core. Its shape is truly unique because the indentation in the core allows the core numbers to be a truer representation (after drilling) for most bowlers… yes, I am a pro shop nerd. That, along with the strong ERG hybrid coverstock makes the Crux the strongest ball is the Storm line. The Crux is by far the strongest ball in my bag. The duel angle numbers on mine are 45° x 4.5” x 35° with a neutral weight hole.

I have had a chance to throw the Crux on several medium to medium-long house patterns, as well as a few medium volume sport patterns. What I have noticed so far is that is needs oil in the front part of the lane. While the cover is hybrid, it is still very strong. I have thrown it against a lot of different Storm balls and it is a unique roll to anything in my bag. I initially threw it against my IQ Tour Solid on a house shot and it was laughable how much stronger the Crux was. I had the Crux about 8 boards stronger. Likewise with the Optimus. The Crux picked up much sooner in oil and never hesitated, where the Optimus just kept skidding. The closest ball in my arsenal to the Crux was my Zero Gravity, which isn’t that big of a surprise since they both have a similar ERG cover. My Zero Gravity at the same surface as the Crux actually grabbed the lane a little quicker, but the biggest difference showed down lane. Once I moved farther inside into the heavy oil, the Zero Gravity would hook and quit. Even after I was able to adjust with the Zero inside and get to the pocket, it would ring a lot of corner pins. The Crux on the other hand, was able to store energy in heavy oil and made a very strong move that went through the pins HARD. I believe a lot of this has to do with the stronger intermediate differential in the Catalyst core (.016 vs. .011), as well as the slightly cleaner hybrid ERG coverstock.

I have used the Crux on all kinds of different patterns, and I can tell you that it flat out hooks. I tried using it in a few medium volume, medium distance sport pattern tournaments, but I had to put it away. I am really looking forward to using this on longer PBA oil patterns and heavy sport patterns. Being left handed, the longer, heavier patterns are tougher for me to match up on, but the Crux will definitely give me a little better look.

If you need a heavy oil ball that gives a strong motion down-lane, you need to drill a Crux.

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League Average:
225
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
190
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Ball: Crux
Layout: 60 x 2 1/2 x 50 - box condition
Test pattern: 41ft THS and 39ft sport pattern high volume - HPL lane surface with Kegel FLEX machine using fire and ice oil.
Results: I had a little trouble adjusting to this ball, it was really nice rolling until it got to the pins and it hit kinda like a marshmallow. After moving outside the track area and where it was a little less traffic on the test patterns, I started to like the ball a little more, it started to hook a little early for the first couple of shots, once the ball got a little sheen on it the ball just went a little farther off of the pattern and then the ball "awoke" and ever since then that ball has been a primary piece for me on the lanes on the 2nd squard or later games of a tournament. Very trust worthy ball. If I could change one thing, it would be making the pin buffer longer then 2 1/2 maybe a 3 1/2 to 4.

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League Average:
221
PAP:
5 1/2 over - 1/4 up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
I really like the Crux. Reminds me of the Lucid. Storm took the Lucid off the market too quickly, but it seems to be re-incarnated as the Crux. I bowled a 300 game with it Friday night! If you liked the Lucid -- then you will like the Crux. Another great Storm ball.
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League Average:
199
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
This ball currently has allot hype going for it. I found it a nice smooth ball for the way i throw the ball. I don't get many revs i am a stroker that barely throws his ball out 3-5 boards. aiming for between the 2nd and 3rd arrow

I don't know allot about ball drilling but I have the pin above my middle finger and slightly to the right, and the CG where my palm rests toward the thumb hole. I have no weight hole.

Ball surface Condition states its at 3,000 grit but estimate its at about 800. I went down to 500 to see if it gave a little more action and it did!

The ball has a very smooth transitional hook and saves most of the energy til the end due to the way i got it drilled. If i had to guesstimate it would be close to the Hyper Cell, possibly a little more or a little less. I see this ball has allot of forgiveness when it comes to release. Normally if i miss my mark it comes ether Brooklyn or into the pocket if i push it too far out.

It was a great shot in the dark and i love the smell im sure you will too!

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League Average:
175
PAP:
4 5/8" X 1/4" up
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
I am still not sure if I like this ball or not. I have only thrown a few games with it so far. The action is way different than anything else I throw (Hyroad Solid, HyRoad Pearl, IQ Nano). However, this ball hits the pins like no other ball I have ever thrown. It clears the entire pin deck. I get way more messenger pins, sloppy strikes and have even picked up a few splits with it. I'll have to give it a bit longer to get used to it, but for now I am in the middle of a fairly steep learning curve.
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League Average:
182
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Most unpredictable ball I ever owned. Polished it, threw it slow, moved all over the lane, wasted my money on it.
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This ball does exactly what I wanted it to, hook hard and throw pins around. On a freshly oiled Lane this balls gets traction and hooks hard. We did a mild setup on it, no need for a weight hole or anything, this ball is impressive. It kinda reminds me of the old Thunder Road if you set it up really aggressively. Great ball! Very happy

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