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Alpha Crux

Average Customer Review: 4.88 of 5 stars
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Show your dominance on the lanes with the Alpha Crux.

Pin to PAP(5 1/8" over 1/8" up) - 5"
PSA Layout - 5" x 4 1/2" x 2 3/8"
Balance Hole - n/a
Surface Preparation - Out of Box (2000 grit Abralon)

What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:
So following up on the great run of Premier line balls from Storm, the Alpha Crux offers another great solid reactive coverstock to this line.

I went with my typical pin up layout on this ball to create a good amount of skid with enough energy retention to make a sharp move off the break point downlane. With the 2000 grit finish on the Alpha Crux I expect to see a strong roll off my hand with an aggressive mid-lane and backend motion.

What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:
Pleasantly surprised to see the amount of skid I was able to create with this ball. It looks like it is really going to grip and get going right off your hand but the GI-16 Solid Reactive cover really clears the front well.

As expected from a Storm high performance ball, this think was not afraid of oil. Although it was smoother then expected in the heads it completely tore the
mids and read the motion perfectly down lane. I was able to create all kinds of angles with the Alpha Crux, I tried to show a few different looks in the video but afterwards I threw it some more and man I was impressed with this ball.

For me it was a much more versatile ball motion then the original Crux and much better suited for heavier oil conditions then the Pearl.

All in all another great release from Storm. Make sure you check the Alpha Crux out.

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League Average:
215.00
PAP:
4 1/2 x 0
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
0.00
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Pin to PAP (4 1/2" over) - 5 1/4"
Layout – 5 1/4" x 3 5/8" x 2 5/8"
Balance Hole - n/a

Surface Preparation - Out of Box (2000 Grit)

What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:

The original Crux was one of the strongest and earliest rolling balls I've ever thrown. That was a hybrid so using the same core on a sanded solid made me a bit leery. I was expecting an extremely early rolling ball meant for the heaviest of oil.

What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:

So, usually I can guess how a ball is going to react, just by knowing the core numbers/coverstock/finish. The Alpha Crux completely surprised me. This ball actually got down the lane better than the original Crux and stored energy better. This gave me much better pin carry on our medium oil testing pattern than I was expecting.

This ball is perfect in between the Crux and Crux Pearl. It is so smooth and easy to read the reaction. One thing I wasn't wrong about though was its ability to handle the heaviest of oil. It is a VERY strong ball.

I saw that a lot of the PBA guys/PWBA girls were polishing this ball. I decided to polish mine and that's where I fell in love! This ball becomes a long and strong ball with an easy to control backend reaction. The perfect “benchmark” ball.

Storm has another winner on their hands!

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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)
Alpha Crux another pro performance ball in the Crux line. The roll is strong in heavy oil with the 2000 grit matte finish. This will be the ball for USBC Nationals.

Ormond Pro Shop Manager
ormond@bowlingball.com
386-672-2529

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League Average:
230
Ball Speed:
Fast
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
I am going to have to start by saying I was not a fan of the Crux. Hooked a little too early for me and didn’t really see a need for it. Then Storm came out with the Crux Pearl. This was definitely better. It got through the heads better being a pearl, and had some more continuation then the original crux. I was still a little skeptical when the announced the Alpha Crux. Needless to say Storm has hit an incredible homerun with this ball. There is No DOUBT this will be with me when needed.

I have used this pretty much only on lanes with lots of heavy Volume and Longer Length patterns. This ball hooks but is easily the best Asymmetrical balls that Storm had created since I have been with them. The Alpha Crux does need some head oil to work optimally, but when needing to move in, this ball still continues which is the most impressive thing. I highly recommend this ball for heavier-volume medium patterns and up to the heaviest volume Longer patterns.

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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: High Volume THS
Layout: 45, 5 ½ , 40

The Alpha Crux is easily the best Crux yet! I have to keep reminding myself it’s a solid because it hooks so much! The Alpha rolls early for sure, but is clean enough through the midlane that it creates a lot of continuous backend. This ball is versatile enough to use on sport shots and house shots. It’s the perfect blend of control in the front, but smooth strong backend. I could amp up the speed and throw more direct and the Alpha would still face up and sling pins around. But I could also slow down and jump in and cover boards and know it would still continue through the pins down lane. The Alpha Crux is the versatile Asymmetrical I’ve been waiting for!

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League Average:
240
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
210
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
I have been a fan of the Crux line since the original Hybrid Crux. I have not, however, been a huge fan of asymmetrical cores in the past. Seems like a lot of time when I move deep inside with asymmetrical cores, the ball does not want to finish. The Crux line definitely allow me to move inside and still see that backend motion that I am looking for. I drilled my Alpha Crux with a layout that is pretty versatile for me (45x35x40). The Alpha Crux is definitely the strongest ball in my bag overall. If you are looking for midlane read combined with an angular backend motion, look no further than the Alpha Crux. If I had to compare it with any ball in the recent past, I would say the Zero Gravity is comparable, but overall has less ball motion. For bowlers who have a lower rev rate,, high ball speed, or bowl for those who bowl on slick conditions, the Alpha Crux would be the first ball I would suggest.
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League Average:
Not set
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
I used my alpha crux last night for the first time. The ball looked really good on our fresh house shot. Very clean in the fronts and very controllable off the spot. I would recommend this ball for all different skills levels. This a great ball for using on fresh patterns and higher volume shots.

Compared to my lock this more control off the spot and stores more energy down lane. The layout my alpha crux is 5x4 off my pap with a one inch hole on my pap. This helps to give the ball a smoother motion down lane and really drives through the pins.

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To start with, the ball looks and feels great but maybe a little too much hook for me! I am a two hander cranker that usually lines up in the left gutter for my strike ball. I got the alpha hoping to be able to push it past the head pin then grab on and come back on the other side which this ball does amazing at! However, the reaction on the back end seems to be too great for me to hit the pocket, Ive had to change the way I throw this ball with a little less angle in order to hit the pocket when I desire. If you have good ball speed and low Revolutions I would HIGHLY recommend this ball but if youre like me with a lot of ball speed and revolutions you might want to go with a little weaker reacting ball. Overall the ball is amazing and performs exactly as it was designed too just not the right fit for me!
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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)
Staffer: Keven Williams
Speed: 18 mph
Rev Rate: 450 rpm
Hand: Left Handed
Oil Pattern: Typical House Shot




The Storm Alpha Crux is yet another great piece in the ever popular Crux lineup! Like the Original Crux, the new Alpha is very
early and strong. The Alpha is much smoother than any other Crux in the lineup. The Alpha Crux is great for longer-heavier oil patterns
because of how strong the ball is. I throw it more often on more blended oil patterns. I recommend it to anyone who likes strong
early rolling balls or to those who bowl on a lot of sport patterns.

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The Storm Alpha Crux. All I can say is WOW! I didn't know what to expect from this new powerful beast at first, but once I got this ball in my hands I was amazed. Engineered for heavy oil, the Alpha Crux reads the middle part of the lane and has a vicious move on the backend with it's 2000 Grit Abralon and it's NEW GI-16 Solid Reactive Cover. So if you are a low rev player and looking through to keep your angles straighter on league night, this ball is for you. If you are a high rev player and wanna open up the lane right away at league night, this ball is for you. So get yourself an Alpha Crux today. Dominate the lanes your next league night with a NEW Alpha Crux.

Nick Pollak
Brooklyn Ball Reviews Staffer

Bowling Hand: Right
Two Handed Bowler
Ball Speed: 18-19 MPH
RPMs: 425-450

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League Average:
0.00
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
0.00
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
I have never given a ball review or shared a story until now, this one is worth the time to post on this site. I bowl in a doubles league that uses the THS pattern and up until 6-1-16 my personal best series was 785 with a 300. Never an 800, not even in practice until now.

I started the night using my Lock and was able to use it for most of the three games. It was carrying the corners like a mac truck. I just had to hit my mark and the Lock did the rest. My first set was 268, 265, 287 for 820. I hit high in the 11th frame of last game. I then brought out my Alpha Crux which was real strong, but I put some shine on it to tame it down to use when the Lock was too strong. My first game was 257 and then I had back to back 279's. A blow out solid 7 and a ringing 10 pin were all that kept me from back to back 300's. I could go on and on about how I love this equipment and how great Storm balls are but really nothing says it better than back to back 800's!

Thank you Storm!

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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 Alpha Crux is one of the latest releases by Storm Products. The Alpha Crux uses the catalyst Core that was used by the Crux. The difference between the Cruxes is the new GI-16 solid reactive that provides extreme traction in the oil and an aggressive move when it hits the dry boards. The layout I choose for the Alpha Crux was pin in the ring finger with Mass Bias on my VAL with no extra hole or for the dual angle people (40X5X65). My coordinates are 5 5/8 over and ¾ up for my PAP, Ball speed is medium, Rev Rate around 300 and I am right handed.

I was able to compare the Alpha Crux to the LOCK on a wide range of patterns. The biggest difference was the Alpha Crux started up quicker and was much smoother at the break point than the LOCK. I like to go straighter through the front part of the lane… this motion is NOT a negative but a positive. On the extra over walled up house shots I could play up the oil line and keep the Alpha Crux in play. Yes on shots that I missed right it would check up quick but for the shots that I missed in the Alpha Crux devastated the pins! I moved on to medium and heavy sport shot patterns and the Alpha Crux gave me a readable but strong motion in the mid lane. On the fresh, the Alpha Crux kept me in play and open up the lane for me. The Alpha Crux and moving left on a flatter pattern is an adventure! I never lost the pocket but I lost a little hitting power. So I did an experiment and polished the Alpha Crux. I am glad I did because the Alpha Crux became the Alpha Ball out of my bag! The Alpha Crux still rolled smooth but had more energy through the pins. I could stay with the Alpha Crux and continue to move left and the motion through the pins was fantastic. The Alpha Crux is a very good compliment to Lock and the Crux Pearl with or without polish!

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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 Alpha Crux the newest release to the Premier line for Storm Bowling. After
coming out with a Hybrid and Pearl in early releases, storm released the solid version in the Crux line. I drilled a couple of them, one with a favorite drilling 4.5 x 4 x 3 and 2nd one with a 2 x 6 x 1 layout. The Alpha has a heavy rolling motion, with good continuation downlane. It rolls a little on the early side and heavy in the midlane.
With the strong core and cover I was able to handle the puddle very well and still
have energy left for the backend. This ball is one of the strongest Storm balls that
I have drilled. But also very versatile, and adapts to surface changes very well.
The Alpha is ball for mainly medium to heavy oil house shot and the longer sport patterns.


Brian Watson
PAP - 3 up 1 1/2
Speed - 16-17
Rev Rate -380-400
Tilt - 17

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League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/2 RT, 3/4 UP
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
210
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Alpha is a fitting designation for this ball, as it is the premier choice on the market when it comes to balls that flat out hook. However, the Alpha gives you a look that other heavy oil balls won't or can't. Most heavy oil balls are smooth and rolly and don't like angle, or simply burn up too much energy trying to make the turn. The Alpha Crux is a ball that can be played from any arrow on the lane, and is a ball that won't just recover from deeper angles, it will drive through the pocket with authority. I can't remember the last time I saw a ball hook this much and be this versatile all at the same time. At box surface, it will hook on even the wettest lanes, but with a bit of polish, it will be in play on medium heavy to heavy house conditions. Make no mistake, this ball still loves oil and simply will not make it down the lane on lighter conditions, but on heavy conditions when the heads start burning up and you need traction in the middle and finish on the back end, this is a ball you can chase the shot in with all day.
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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)
Alpha Crux Ball Review by PJ Haggerty

The Alpha Crux is the third Crus released domestically by Storm Products. After the original and pearl Crux, the Alpha is definitely the strongest one. I’ve seen it dig the hardest in the mid-lane and provide a similar motion to the Crux Pearl down lane. Even with multiple surface adjustments, I haven’t seen this Alpha Crux slow down yet. Out of the box, I had a tough time throwing the Alpha because it was too strong.

After getting some lane oil in the cover, the Alpha Crux tamed out a bit and made it easier to control. This really is the first time I’ve thrown a ball that was too strong out of the box. I’ve drilled one Alpha so far (5 x 4.5 x 70) and have been able to throw it on medium to longer patterns.

I’ve noticed a heavy rolling motion that truly revs up in the mid lane and can have a relatively quick response time down lane. After getting approximately 50 games on it, I hit the Alpha Crux with a 3000 pad to slow down the response time and create a smoother motion.

If you need a big cored, assymetrical monster to never slow down going through the pins, the Alpha Crux is one you need to drill!

#StormNation

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League Average:
225
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
195
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Storm Alpha Crux
Layout: 40 x 3 5/8 x50
Coverstock: 2000ab box – tested at 3000ab
Lane conditions: 42 ft. house pattern with 2015 Flex with Fire and Ice conditioner on older HPL installed in early 2000’s. And newer SPL and HPL using different conditioners and machines from Kegel
Test results: This is the best ball in the PREMIER line from Storm, it takes the GI-16 coverstock and match it the very strong and favorable Catalyst core to make the “perfect” heavy oil ball. I love using this ball on the late shift or as mine transition ball after an oil push has developed on the left side of the lane for me or by me. Not a piece I would recommend to be used on really gritty lane panels or on wood, this ball needs OIL and a boot bit of it. Almost everybody wants a ball to go coast to coast, and this is it, A lot of good motion midlane and downlane, not like the original Crux which hooked for me way too early, and did not have enough energy stored. To me, this ball is like the original Roto Grip Cell, but with some “protein” added to it. This ball worked really well on newer HPL and SPL lane panels with 42-44ft oil pattern using Fire Oil. On the older HPL, it works better with the Fire and Ice oil with the FLEX machine than actual ION with just Ice oil being used. It’s save a punch for the backend unlike other solid reactives that are current on the market from other brands. If you want a ball that will travel thru the THS oil and still pack a strong punch, the Alpha is the ball for you.

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My name is Erica Cutler and I am on Storm's Advisory Staff. I am right handed and throw the ball between 15-16mph. On the Alpha Crux the surface I have is out of box surface. The drilling I have on the Alpha Crux is 50x4.5x25. All I am can say is that this ball really hooks. I have never had a ball that hooks as much as this ball does. The Alpha Crux reads the mid lane strong, but the ball still saves energy for the back and has a lot of motion on the back and hits like a truck. Most balls that are this strong that read the mid lane strong just roll at the back end but not this ball. I have used this ball on 41 foot house shot and I about 6 boards left of my Storm Lock. This is a ball that you are going to need Oil and also long oil patterns. If you are on short patterns this ball is not the one you are going to need. I have also used this ball on our State Tournament at it was 39 feet and I did not start with this ball, but when my Storm Lock was hooking to much and when I went left the Lock was not enough I went to the Alpha Crux and it was perfect. So if you are looking for a really strong Asymmetric Ball that hits extremely hard, then this is the ball that you need in your bag. This ball works really well on Typical House Shots also. So get to your Local Pro Shop and purchase a Alpha Crux. You will not be disappointed! #stormnation #bowlupastorm #stormalphacrux
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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 Alpha Crux is the third ball released by Storm in the premier line that has the Catalyst core. What separates the Alpha Crux, from the previous two balls, is the new solid GI-16 cover. This is the first ball released with this solid GI-16 cover. The box finish is 2000 grit Abralon. The black/turquoise/violet color combination reminds me of the X Factor Deuce. The Catalyst Core has an Rg of 2.50, a differential of 0.052, and an intermediate differential of 0.017.

I drilled my Alpha Crux really strong. I went with a 3½ x3⅜ x2⅛ layout. I wanted a ball that was drilled for flooded lanes, knowing that I would only be using it sparingly. What I got, is a ball that I can use more often than I had originally anticipated. The Alpha Crux reads the lane really well on most patterns of a medium, to heavy and long variety, provided I have the surface prepared properly. I used the Alpha Crux at the box finish on PBA Shark pattern, and allowed it to lane shine over the few weeks of league on that pattern. I was able to cover more boards and have great ball motion, even when moving inside of fourth, and as deep as fifth arrow. It was really impressive to see a ball not dart of the spot, but hook through the pin deck, from this far inside on the lane. Now, back to the previously mentioned lane shine; the Alpha Crux didn’t hook too earlier when I would bowl on medium conditions. When I bowl on true heavy oil, I just need to retouch the surface with some fresh abralon, and the ball wakes back up, and gives me that super strong mid-lane read and hook that is needed to get the correct entry angle through the pins. The most crucial aspect of getting this new Alpha Crux to read the lane the correct way, is with the surface preparation. I was also able to use the Alpha Crux on some very demanding sport patterns, because of the controllable hook shape that this combination of cover and core yields.

The Alpha Crux is truly a heavy oil ball, that with surface adjustments, can be used on conditions as far down as medium. This strong cover will eat the oil off the lane, if you have it dull, no question about it; but, with some lane shine, or polish, this ball will also read medium condition patterns really well. Comparing my Alpha Crux to the original Crux, both with the same surface and slightly stronger PSA placement on the Alpha, the Alpha is more controllable off the spot than the original Crux. They work really well together, just using the one that gives me the proper shape through the backend of the lane.

Thank you for taking a few minutes out of your busy day to read my review of the Alpha Crux. Always remember to Bowl up a Storm!

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League Average:
Not set
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Slow
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Beginner
The Alpha Crux is the newest ball in the storm line with the catalyst Core. The new GI-16 solid reactive that provides extreme traction in the oil and an aggressive move when it hits the dry. The layout I choose for the Alpha Crux was pin above the middle finger with Mass Bias just inside of my thumb with no extra hole. My PAP is 5 over and ¼ up.

I compared the Alpha Crux to the LOCK and the Crux Pearl on the house pattern as well as the 2016 USBC team pattern. The biggest difference was the Alpha Crux started up quicker and was much smoother at the break point than the LOCK than both other balls. The Alpha responds to friction slowly compared to the other balls, so on the house shot it created a smooth predictable shape to the pattern and I could play just inside the oil line. Once I moved to the USBC pattern, the Alpha was just too much ball. It was still slower and smoother than the other two pieces, but the cover was just too strong and forced me too far in on the fresh.

The Alpha is great ball to use as the first ball out of the bag. The only time I have to put the ball down was when the cover was just too strong for the pattern. So short-to-medium sport patterns and light volume house patterns may not match up the best for the Alpha Crux. But if you have the oil, or need a little more ball, the Alpha Crux is a must have! It has earned a spot in my bag for the foreseeable future.

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League Average:
238
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
212
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
My name is Doug Cutler and I am Storm/Roto Grip Staffer. I am left handed and I throw between 15-16 MPH. My Alpa Crux I drilled it 45 x 4 1/2 x 70. The surface I have on it is Out Of Box 2000 Grit. I am new to the Storm Staff and all I can say about this Alpah Crux is WOW!! This ball hooks and I am able to move inside and open the lane up and it won't burn up and lose hitting power if I miss left with it, or if I pull it in the oil it digs in the oil and still hits hard. The is the strongest Asymmetrical ball that I have ever had from any company. I have used this on our Typical House shot 41 Foot, and I have also used this on PBA Shark pattern. This ball is great on Heavy Oil Patterns, but could also us it on Medium Oil Pattern with some surface change. I have used this ball the last 2 weeks in league and have not shot under 760 series and had a 289, and 279 game. One week I had 2 other lefties on my pair and were playing around 10 and I wanted to keep away from them so I was able to use the Alpha Crux and move in around 15 and kept it in the oil and had a better look and carried more and they tried to move in but could not carry like I did because they did not have a strong enough ball. When I start with this ball and if the Alpha Crux starts to read the lanes to early then I go to the Lock and the Alpa Crux and the Lock are a good 1 to 2 punch. If you are on a short pattern then this ball is not for you. If you are looking for a really strong ball that will let you move in the oil and if you miss the ball either in our out you won't lose carry, then this is the ball for you. I am really impressed with this ball so far and I am going to drill another one up and drill it pin up. This ball is the Real Deal, and has been one of the most popular balls on the market for a few months and are still selling a lot of them. So get to your Local Pro Shop today and purchase a Alpha Crux. You will not be disappointed!! Bowl Up A Storm! #alphacrux #stormnation

Doug Cutler
Storm/Roto Grip Staffer
PBA Regional Staffer

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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)
I drilled my Alpha Crux up with the same specs as a Pearl Crux that I drilled last season. This made it 50 x 5 x 40 or pin up. I left it box finish to start which is 2000 abralon.

The Alpha is a beast. Good finish on longer patterns and really strong on house patterns coming out of the puddle in the middle. I did notice that once I got some "lane shine" the ball tamed down and was in play more on house patterns. But the good thing is the minute I touched it with a 2000 pad it was back to it's out of box hook.

Compared to the Pearl Crux it definitely picks up earlier and is still strong at the break point. I threw it some side by side with a Lock that I keep around 3000 and it is earlier and little smoother than the Lock. My Lock tends to want to get a later/stronger move towards the pocket.

Put this one in your bag if your looking for your "big hitter" in your arsenal.

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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)
Rev Rate: 400
Ball Speed: 17.3
Axis Tilt: 7
Axis Rotation: 45*
PAP: 3 3/4 horizontal, 7/8 up
Layout: 35 x 2 x 65

The Alpha Crux is good!

I’ve had a good amount of success with this ball and layout on both house and sport patterns.

I get a nice smooth motion down lane and it doesn’t tend to jump at the end of the pattern. It reads the lane really well with the box surface, but tends to get a touch long as it acquires lane shine. That said, I’ve been maintaining the cover to keep it as close to box as I can.

It also will open up a house pattern fairly quickly. I can normally use it for about 2 games max in league before I have to ball down, but I really enjoy using it while the lanes allow it.

I’m quickly becoming a fan of the Catalyst core. I find that the lower drill angles and closer pin to pap really complement my release and it never burns up or loses energy. If I can keep it in the pocket, it always hits well.

This is a great asymmetrical release that would compliment any bowler’s arsenal.

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I have no problems with this ball. I've got a 200 average, and the Alpha Crux works really well for me in fresh oil. I can play an easy roll up the 13 board, and it consistently holds pocket. I have to switch balls when the lanes transition, however, generally after one league game. I tend to move right a full dot, and grab my Radical Ridiculous ASYM. Lately though I have been moving to the !Q 30 with pretty good results. I rely on placement, consistency, and trusting to myself to make the adjustments in time! I would recommend the Alpha Crux to anyone, just know what you're getting, a really aggressive ball, especially if you're not a consistent shot maker.
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About the Bowler

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 Alpha Crux is a great addition to the Crux line because this gives you a solid cover stock which was missing in that line. The Alpha crux has no problem getting through the front part of the lane and picking up in the middle and having a nice strong ball motion in the back end.

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

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