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Ride

Average Customer Review: 4.84 of 5 stars
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About the Bowler

League Average:
220
PAP:
4 1/2 over 1/4 up
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Ride is here and you will enjoy this Ride. The roll is smooth and when it hits the dry you will have that control you need when they hook. Also great ball for slower ball speed and the lower weights hit like there heavy.

Ormond Pro Shop Manager

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League Average:
230
PAP:
4 5/8 straight across
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
220
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)

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

Location: Enterprise Park Lanes, Springfield MO
Pattern: Greater Ozarks Open Singles/Doubles Pattern
Layout: 45, 4 ¾, 70 with p3.5 hole

The Ride is the perfect fit between the HyRoad/Lightouts and the Tropical Breezes! I’ve always been wanting a ball to fill the gap between those two lines from Storm and the Ride is the ball. The Tropical Breezes were always too over/under for me. The HyRoad/Lights Out were a little too strong to straighten up with too much.

I drilled my Ride pin down with a weight hole and it does everything I want it too. I can get my feet right and close my angles but I also have the ability to cover some boards and open up an area. The Ride gets down the lane great but rolls very heavy so I don’t have be afraid to hit the dry. It has a controlled but effective response off friction that is very predictable.

If you bowl on a lot of dry patterns, or bad surfaces, or are looking to get right on some sport patterns, then go get a Storm Ride today!

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League Average:
220
PAP:
5 5/8" x 1/8"
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Introducing Storm's latest addition to the Hot Line, the RIDE! The Ride is designed for drier lane conditions. It was created with a weaker coverstock and a slower revving core to give you a smooth and predictable motion. This ball is excellent for when the fronts start to burn up or when your other balls are just hooking too much.

I drilled my ride with a 3 3/8" pin to pap and a 5" cg to pap which places the pin to the right of my ring finger. I mapped out my Ride with this layout to create a ball that will give me a continuous read throughout the entire lane. It doesn't overhook while still not going as straight as a urethane would. This ball clears the front part of the lane like none other.

I have been able to use this ball on a variety of lane conditions. This ball has worked really well on drier house shots and in later blocks in tournaments. I have also seen great results with this ball on the US Open pattern. It allows me to play inside and keep my angles tight giving that it doesn't read the heads when I missed inside by a board or two; it pushed through the spot and would still hit pocket.

In summary, the Ride is very predictable and consistent. Grading this ball based on drier lane conditions, I will give this an "A" because it allows me to stay straighter for a longer period of time while still providing a furious punch into the pocket. Based on the cosmetics of this ball, I will give it an "B+." I like the red and silver swirl throughout the ball with the yellow Ride Logo. From tournament to dry lane conditions, enjoy "The" Ride!

Thank you for reading this blog and hope you stay tuned for future blogs,

Joshua Tajiri

Storm/Roto Grip Amateur Staff

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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)
Layout: 60x3x50 polished
Tested on: 38ft THS, 39ft sport pattern, 41ft THS
Results: The ball's reaction was weaker then I expected at first. The smoothness overhelmed what my eyes were looking for reaction wise, with that being said; Once I understood to play straighter with it, the ball was amazing. Play just right of 10 on all the patterns, I noticed the ball held its position really well off the pattern, it did not over react once it hit the dry areas, and the pin deflection was surprising good and the pins stay lower then I was hoping for. Not a "BIG" hooker, like the typical reaction that everyone wants to see. I see this fitting in 1 step above from my Shouts, and 1 step below my Rocket and HyRoad. Also noticed that on the Brunswick lane panels the reaction was delayed a little more, but had a great angle into the pocket. If you are looking for the nice "rolling and true" bowling ball, the RIDE has it all.

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Here’s my thought on the brand new Storm Ride:

My initial thought was that this ball would be apart of the Hot Line which in the past 2 years have been a lot of moderate strong balls that can almost belong in the thunder line. BUT….. with the modifications with core and overstock for this Ride I found this ball to be almost the opposite of what the older Hot Lines bowling balls used to be. This Low Diff Higher RG bowling ball might be one of the weakest but predictable bowling balls I have thrown in a long time. I really liked how weak the ball was but it didn’t puke or roll it hooked in the areas or spots where I wanted it to hook.

My Immediate thought after throwing the ball for a couple of shots was that in order to hit the pocket, I would easily have to stand 8 boards right of a Rocket or Punch Out (Punch Out is in the same line). Another difference I found with the reaction of the ball was how smooth and predictable this ball was. Smooth and predictable is a broad term, but what I mean was that the ball didn’t skid flip but it didn’t get into a roll. I knew where the ball was going to hook but it wasn’t weak enough where the ball may not finish. Another thing that appealed to my eye was how the ball didn’t skid flip and go sideways. The ball never picked up to quick and get 4 through the face. The ball would mellow out.

I would give this ball a 10/10 one because I have had success throwing this ball in many tournaments since getting it but this ball actually belongs to this price point. This may be one of the first balls that meets the price point because it is weaker than almost every ball in all of Storm Line. Plus I think it will be a home run in the drier conditions especially for right handers so they will not have to get deeper as the block gets drier. Go buy a Ride you won’t regret it.

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League Average:
225
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
I've thrown the Ride on a 37 foot pattern (Kegel Broadway) in a tournament, and on a fresh, dry(ish) house shot.
It's O.K., nothing special. It skids on oil, hooks on dry, and has decent continuation through the pins.
If it said Columbia 300, or Ebonite on it, instead of Storm, it would sit on shelves in pro shops gathering dust.
It is, however, a good fit between the Tropical Breeze and Hy-Road (kind of like a few dozen other balls).

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League Average:
230
PAP:
4 1/2" x 1" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
218
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
With it's smooth Cruiser Core, The Ride is an absolute must for any bowler looking for effortless skid with a smoother turn towards the pocket. I absolutely love this ball on short patterns that allow me to play the gutter. It gives me a much better reaction than urethane without being too jumpy. After knocking the shine off and going with a smooth 4000 finish, the Reactor Hybrid cover reads the mids even better and can handle some of the thicker volumes that are seen in the WBT short patterns. For the lower speed and/or senior bowlers, this ball is exactly what many have been looking for. It allows players to play in the dry and go up the boards without forcing them left into the puddle that we see in most house shots. There have been countless senior/low speed bowlers who struggle with keeping the ball on the correct side of the headpin either due to ball speed or unwillingness to move in due to habit/comfort. The Ride is the perfect fit for those bowlers on a house shot. For the tournament bowler, this is a rock that's excellent off of the friction or in the burn. It's a smooth rolling, reliable piece that fits perfectly below the mid ranged pearls/hybrids without losing the pop and power downlane that occurs when dropping to entry level reactives.
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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" from PAP at 60* PAP angle and 40* VAL angle. Dual angle measurement would be 60/4/40, weight hole on axis point (5 1/4" over and 5/8 up).

Surface: Box which is 1500 Reacta-Shine.

Purpose: I wanted a piece to fill the gap I have between my Super Natural and Punch Out.

Observations: The Ride reminds me of the Tropical Heat Hybrid from a couple of years ago. The numbers and cover stock are very similar. So to compare apples to apples, I threw this side by side with the Super Natural and Punch Out. The Punch Out gets into a roll much quicker since it is a stronger cover ball than the other 2. The Ride is perfect to ball down to from it for me. I also like the fact that the Ride is very smooth and lets me get on top of the friction more. My Super Natural is a different look entirely with a hook and early set motion (urethane reaction). The Ride gives me the impression that I can stay with it longer and not stray too far from the friction. I will be most curious to see the Ride on shorter pattern like the 32' PBA Wolf and the 34' & 35' Team USA patterns.

Conclusions: The Ride fills that gap between urethane and reactive perfectly for me. I also get the impression that heavy handed players will love the Ride since it look like you can rip on it and not have it boomerang off the back of the pattern.

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League Average:
239
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 Ride is the newest ball introduced into Storm’s Hot Line. The Ride’s reactor Hybrid Reactive cover stock and the new cruiser core gives the Hot Line a different ball motion. The higher Rg value with less differential than the PunchOut and WipeOut will allow the Ride to clear the heads and give a strong yet predictable backend motion. The Ride allowed me to stay to the right and play the dry like it is supposed to but the real surprise happened when I moved in slightly and the strength of the ride was revealed. The Ride did not over react to the dry but rolled through it whereas the PunchOut was a Yo-yo bouncing off the dry like someone kicked it! The Ride provides enough length and is strong enough to tackle the shorter sports patterns and the dryer house patterns. The Ride is the ball of choice in Storm’s Hot Line!




Dan Schaden Jr

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League Average:
210
PAP:
3 15/16 Right
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
the New Storm Ride is a gap filling ball that covers the gap between the Lights Out and the Tropical series, this ball is definitely very smooth and very clean.

Deltona lanes pro shop manager
386-774-2800
deltona@bowlingball.com

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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)
Lane Conditions: Light Oil
Typical Conditions: Variety of Shots
Type of Lane: All Synthetic
Weight of bowling ball: 15
Surface of bowling ball: Factory/Box
Likes: Very clean through fronts, controlled move in the back.
Dislikes:

My Ride Layout: 40º x 2 3/4" x 25º or 2 3/4" x 4 7/8" x 1 3/8"

The Ride fills a hole that most bowlers have in their bag. That weak ball that doesn't just blow up when it hits friction. Think of it as an IQ Tour-type ball in the Heat line.

Conditions I have used the Ride on: House shot, pretty tough to play anything but right up the track with it on a fresh condition. I've also used this during a singles tournament on the second squad on the 2015 USBC Doubles/Singles pattern. It let me play up the lane, just inside 15 at the arrows and not have to open up my angles too much and give the pocket away. Bowling on a ~42' house shot with synthetic heads and wood backends, this ball just wasn't enough, there was just too much volume, it really is a ball designed for when they are broken down a bit at least. I also used this on the 33' WTBA Stockholm pattern. It let me go straight up the lane around 7-8 without overreacting to the 27' of backend. This was my go-to ball on this pattern after realizing that a short pin to pap layout on a strong asymmetric was not going to work on this pattern.

Where the Ride fits in my bag: The Ride is the weakest ball I carry in my bag at the moment.

When I use the Ride: The Ride is a great option on shorter patterns, especially once they start to transition and urethane is not longer a good option. The Ride is also a "Get Out of Jail Free" type of ball. It reminds me a little bit of a Barbed Wire from years ago where if I had trouble getting my angles right with everything else I could just find a spot to pipe that ball up the lane.

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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 Ride Ball Review by PJ Haggerty

The Storm Ride is the newest addition to the Hot Line and fits perfectly ahead of the Tropical Storm line and below the Lights Out and Punch Out. I’ve been very impressed with the Ride so far. I’ve seen the high rev guys use it when they need to play straighter or when there’s a ton of friction. I’ve also seen our more seasoned players drill the Ride because of their lower ball speed.

Sometimes when I drill balls that are meant to be straighter and cleaner, I have a hard time getting them to go through the pins the right way. With a differential of .21, I would suggest adding a weight hole either on your axis or below your PAP to make sure it flares enough. I’ve figured out if you drill weaker balls too weak, they don’t flare enough and don’t go through the pins the right way.

I’ve drilled one Ride so far and am extremely happy with it. As noted above, I drilled it stronger to ensure it flared. The layout I used was 3 ½ x 3 ½ with a hole on my axis. By drilling it stronger, I made sure the Ride picked up in the middle of the lane and still continued down lane. I’ve used it mainly on Cheetah and shorter patterns that have friction. I’ve also seen a lot of folks use it with surface when there isn’t much hold in the middle of the lane and a smoother reaction is needed.

If you need a clean, smooth reaction in your bag, the Ride is a great fit!

#StormNation

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League Average:
165
PAP:
7 inches over(straight across)
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
?
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
This ball is great for short oil patterns, also for transition in medium oil! My layout iwth this ball is the pin around 4 inches away from my axis and the cg just below my ring finger. For a mid-perfomance ball this hooks a lot! With a heavy roll in the heads, a clean mid lane, and a controllable sharp backend. This my goto ball for the bowling alley I bowl league at beacuse they don't oil their lanes often.
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League Average:
225
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
the ball is great I can throw it however I want and it goes smooth the ball handles very well it is very very strong ive accidently theown it and have it slam on the ground and I thought it was going to break in half but it did not even scratch it is a very good ball for the average bowler(225 range)
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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 Ride from Storm is the latest release in the Hot line of bowling balls from Storm, The Bowler's Company. Ride has a new weight block called Cruiser core and is wrapped with Reactor cover. The Rg in 15lb balls is 2.58 with a differential of 0.021. The scarlet red/platinum pearl has great shelf appeal.

I drilled Ride with a 4 ¾ x 5 x 2 ½ layout, and left it in the box finish. I have been using my Ride the last few months, and have had great success with it on our well used, leftover from the night before, house pattern. I have also tried the Ride in a regional that we used Wolf pattern. The Ride rolled well on Friday’s practice session, but was a little too clean to the spot because of the high volume of oil in such a short distance come Saturday and Sunday. Ride just didn’t hook early enough, and when I tried moving left to the dry, it had too much backend. I will, however, be looking forward to using Ride on some different short patterns that won’t have as much volume as what Wolf has. Pitch black was a better option for the high volume, short distance Wolf pattern. I use Ride as a go to ball from my Pitch Black, when I dry out the oil line, and I have to make a move right, and the urethane covered Pitch Black doesn’t want to make the corner. Ride is also a step up from the Tropical Breeze. It offers a touch more flare, and more overall hook potential.

Ride is a drier condition ball, no doubt about it. Unless you have a very high rev rate with low ball speed, stick to using the Ride on the drier conditions it is intended for, and you will have a GREAT reaction to the pins. The biggest asset I have found with my Ride is the carry I get when I am able to use it. This is a huge bonus as Ride has limited pattern capability.

In the modern era of entire lane covering hook monsters, Ride is a refreshing change of pace in allowing me to play straighter up the boards on drier conditions. When urethane hooks too soon and hits weak, and your Punch Out is just too much hook, reach for Ride from Storm. You won’t be disappointed!

Thank you for reading my review.

Tommy Gollick

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League Average:
235
PAP:
3 5/8 up 1 1/4
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
210
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Ride is the new ball in the Hot line from Storm. This ball fills the gap between the Punch Out and the Tropical Breeze line. High Rev guys will love this ball for its control and ability to play further right when other ball tend to start to labor down lane. The Ride is also a good fit for bowlers with lower ball speeds as it is very clean through the fronts. Don't be afraid to drill it with a stronger pin, as this will help give the ball more flare and better shape. Too weak of a drill will affect carry. I drilled mine 5 x 4 x 2 3/4 pin up. I am able to use this ball on the drier league shots (3rd game) and also on the shorter Kegel and sport patterns. The Ride is very controllable and has a smooth transition off of breakpoint. So when the heads and mids start to go, the Ride is a good matchup. Another great addition the Storm Lineup.

Brian Watson

Right Handed
PAP 4 up 1 1/4
Speed - 16-17
Tilt - 15
Rev - 375-400

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League Average:
Not set
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Storm “Ride” is the best of both worlds with the smooth roll of a lower end ball and the power of a higher end ball. What I love most about this ball is it gets into an earlier roll than the Breezes and Lights Out which really blends out friction. The Ride is easily the most versatile “Low End” ball I have ever had in my bag. I can throw it on the fresh, transition, and burn late in the day. No matter how deep I get with it, the ball stills keeps its smooth roll. My Storm “Ride” is drilled pin up in between my fingers with the cg stacked directly under my fingers. This way is retains some energy and allows me to play many angles. I rate it a 10 out of 10!
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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: 4 ½ x 6 x 4 ¼
Storm Ride is pin under the ring finger with the cg in and no hole with the factory finish at of 1500 polish. The Ride is a great gap filler ball that actually quite a few people in my area and pro shop have asked for. When you have a lights out, punch out or wipe out and it hooks too much at times then you go down to a tropical breeze or pitch black and it is not enough, the Ride fits in between so when you need that step down or step up.

With me being left handed and in my area I do not see a whole lot of dry but at the times I do I am able play more of a up the boards shot around the 8 9 board it does not make a strong move on the back end which gives me great control. When I go inside around 15 or 3rd arrow and swing it the Ride tends to fade and not have a lot of recovery which is fine with me because when it gets really dry I can play 15 if needed or usually play up the 10 board but I like to play a straighter line for more control and consistency.

All in a nutshell the Ride is great for dry lanes and to fill those really small gaps to give you just enough length and not over hook on the dry for the medium to dry lane performance balls.


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The NEW Storm Ride is the perfect mid level ball I have been looking for. The lower diff core on this ball is great for higher friction surfaces, shorter patterns, and is a very reliable piece when you're trying to not to give the pocket away. The layout i used on mine is a 45x3 7/8×75 (axis 3 3/4 over, 7/8 ^). The stronger layout really blended well with the weaker numbers on this ball. This is a must have in your bag to fill the gap between the tropical and thunder line. Awesome Release Utah!
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