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Rocket Ship

Average Customer Review: 4.95 of 5 stars
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The Rocket Ship brings a sonic boom the the Thunder Line.

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 (3000 grit Sheen)

What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:
The Rockt Ship is the newest addition to the amazing Thunder line from Storm. I think everytime I test a ball from this performance line, I find a new favorite ball. The Rocket Ship with its 3000 grit Sheen 2-tone Purple coverstock looks amazing.

I am going with a pin up layout on this ball to help create some skid up front with a strong continuous ball motion on the backends.

What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:
Wow, once again a perfect ball motion for me.

This ball was amazing from the moment it left my hand until it cleared the pin deck. I honestly dont think I threw a shot that didnt strike with this ball.

It was really strong but very controllable off my hand. It got into a pretty early roll but kept its energy for a very smooth transition andit had plenty of movement downlane for me to create some really aggressive angles off the breakpoint.

Anyone who loves Storm Thunder line balls will fall in love with the new Rocket Ship.

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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)
Storm Rocket Ship another great ball in the Thunder line. Solid cover rolls smooth in the front and control in the backend. This is a benchmark ball great to start off the first game the reaction will let you see the oil pattern so you can line up and score.

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

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About the Bowler

League Average:
199
PAP:
5 3/4 straight over
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Pin to PAP (4 1/2" over) 5 1/4"
Dual Angle Layout - 5 1/4” x 3 5/8” x 2 5/8”
Balance Hole - n/a
Surface Preparation - Out of Box (3000 Grit Sheen)

What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:

The Thunder line has always been my favorite ball line in bowling. From the original Black Thunder, to the T-Road Solid to the Hy-Road – I think I've loved every ball they've released. It's always the solid reactives in the Thunder line that are my ultimate favorites.

What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:

The Rocket Ship is an absolute homerun. It's the patented Thunder line, solid reactive, benchmark reaction. Great length for a solid and a strong, smooth, controllable backend reaction.

This is the ball you want out of your bag first. For me, this ball is in between the Rocket and Sky Rocket in terms of length. The Rocket rolled earlier and heavier while the Sky went longer and had a slightly sharper backend motion.

I was able to do whatever I wanted with this ball. I could play outside, square up and add speed or I could move way deep, add some extra side roll and get this ball back from anywhere.

This ball is going to own Sport shots and tough conditions. Do you need a versatile, controllable ball in your bag? Click the Add To Cart button as fast as you can, because you can't go wrong with the Rocket Ship!

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About the Bowler

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)
When writing a review, I generally refrain from calling the ball good or bad, I try to simply describe it's attributes and strengths. There's a saying that has gone around the industry, "There are no bad balls, just bad ball reaction." While companies don't release "bad" bowling balls, they can look bad if they don't match up to your style, or you are using them on the wrong conditions. However, there are those balls that seem to just be better than the rest for whatever reason, and I feel the Rocket Ship is one of them. I can comfortably say that I believe this is the most versatile ball currently on the market, perhaps even moreso than the legendary Hyroad. This ball will cover the widest variety of lane conditions for the widest variety of bowlers. This is always my first ball out of the bag, and always the first selection to take to tournaments. For me, this is definitely a must have ball.
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About the Bowler

League Average:
232
PAP:
4 5/8 x 11/16
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
229
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
I drilled this ball with the Pin Down for the PBA World Championship Pattern. I wanted this ball to read the lanes earlier instead reacting late. Due to this layout I played Up to and sometimes inside the 3rd arrow and the ball read the lanes early and had enough power in store that when the ball began its break it ripped through the pins. I averaged 223.23 for eight games with this ball.

The ball rolled smoothly of my hand and did an excellent job reading the break point and not being super aggressive or sensitive.

Awesome Ball. Gotta Have one for all.

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About the Bowler

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 Rocket Ship Ball Review by PJ Haggerty

After the original Rocket and Sky Rocket were released, the Rocket Ship fits perfectly between the two. I found the original Rocket provided us with a hybrid cover creating a smoother shape but with a faster response time. The Sky Rocket gave us an extremely clean motion through the front of the lane and a much quicker response time. The Rocket Ship gives us a new and different motion compared to the previous two releases.

I’ve drilled one Rocket Ship so far and it’s mapped out as: 4 ½ x 4 with a small hole two inches under my axis. I’ve noticed this layout creates a very smooth and predictable motion and that’s what I was looking to create. I’ve been able to throw the Rocket Ship on Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon, and most other patterns with some friction. I haven’t thrown it yet on anything with a significant amount of volume, but I could see it being a great fit with more surface. I didn’t change the surface out of the box, just simply let the lane oil shine it on its own and it rolls great.

If you need an extremely predictable, smooth, benchmark type shape in your bag, the Rocket Ship is a perfect fit.

#StormNation

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About the Bowler

League Average:
220
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Storm Rocket Ship
Layout-pin above ring finger, cg kicked out .5 inches, OOB
Lane condition-40 ft THS
Surface-HPL
I wanted this to be my benchmark ball. I used a very tame layout for this ball, something in between of what my normal layouts are. What I got out of this ball is what I wanted. A very smooth and tame ball reaction, nothing to too herky jerky in the backends. I was able to play the inside part of the lanes and still have a lot of punch in the backends. When I moved out in the dry the ball become a little more angular but nothing to extreme. I really like this ball and believe that this will a homerun for its price point. The color scheme is a flat purple, but makes up for it with a delectable butter pecan fragrance. See your local pro shop operator on June 7th and pick up one up, you will not be disappointed. Bowl up a Storm.

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About the Bowler

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 Rocket Ship is the third ball released with the Booster Core in the Thunder Line of bowling balls. The Booster core has an RG of 2.54 and a differential of 0.046 in 15lb balls. Two things separate the Rocket Ship from the Rocket and Sky Rocket, a solid R2S coverstock and a new factory finish of 3000 grit sheen. This finish is polished and then brought back to “scuffed” with a 3000 grit pad. The Rocket Ship has a two-tone purple color combination, with a butter pecan scent.

I drilled two different Rocket Ships. The first one is a 4 x 4 x 2 ¾ with a P2 balance hole, and the second one is a 4 x 5 x 2 ¾ (same layout as the Fight I drilled and reviewed earlier this year), no extra hole. I used Storm step #1 on the second ball. The first Rocket Ship reads the midlane stronger and is sharper at the breakpoint than the second Rocket Ship. The second Rocket Ship without the extra hole is a true benchmark ball. The sharper breakpoint of the first Rocket Ship is still smoother overall, compared to my Rocket and Snap Lock and Fight. I can use the second Rocket Ship on sport and challenge patterns, and it does not overreact to the flatter lane condition. The first Rocket Ship needs some hold area, or some bounce area, as the stronger backend motion isn’t as suitable on flatter patterns, until they break down, and the pattern develops some miss area. I really like this new ball, and it will be a great fit in my arsenal. This is a completely different motion than the Fight, but covers about the same amount of boards, for me.

Thank you for taking the time to read my Review of the Rocket Ship. As always, Bowl up a Storm!


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About the Bowler

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)
Layout: 40 x 4 ½ x 40

I drilled up the Rocket Ship a couple of weeks ago and it has quickly become the first ball out of my bag. I had a couple of friends tell me how much they liked it and that I should have one in my bag. They were not wrong…

I’ve only rolled it on THS at this point, but it is my benchmark and I don’t normally have to ball up or down. For a matte-finish solid, it clears the heads quite well and doesn’t overreact when it runs up on friction. If my look starts to change during the series, a couple of small adjustments keeps me in the pocket.

This ball has quickly become a favorite and it has me excited about trying it on various patterns. I would recommend this ball to all levels of bowlers without hesitation. It is a must have for the competitive bowler.

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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5-1/4" over and 1/4" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
205
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Storm Rocket Ship. Drilled mine pin up. I bowled with this ball for a lot of games on fresh house shots to broke down house shots with VERY good results. Mine is very clean through the fronts even on the broken down house shots. This will be a bench mark ball for me, very predictable and controllable through the mid lane and continuation through the pins. Box finish, the Rocket Ship retained enough energy to kick the ten pin to the middle on the dryer house shots. On all of the sport patterns that I've used it on, it's really looked very good. I've used it on the heavier oiled patterns to even the Cheetah with good reaction. It really is easy to make surface adjustments and the Rocket Ship responses to them very well. This ball would be a must for league or tournament bowlers.
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League Average:
Not set
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Rocket Ship is the newest release in the Rocket family. The Rocket Ship has the same core as the Rocket and Sky Rocket but has a dull solid cover. The original Rocket was a little too slow of a response time ball for me. The Rocket Ship actually has a fairly slow response time to friction for being a solid cover, but the strength of the cover really makes the ball corner.

I drilled my Rocket Ship with the pin under my ring finger and a low weight hole. I see the Rocket Ship as a new age Special Agent from years ago. It is a versatile piece that will appeal to a lot of different styles.

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About the Bowler

League Average:
215
PAP:
3 5/8 and 5/16 up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
195
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Storm Rocket Ship is Storms newest release in the Thunder Line. The Rocket Ship is covered with the popular R2S coverstock and is finished with the never been used 3000 grit Sheen finish. The core again is the Booster Core which is also found in the Rocket and the Sky Rocket.
I drilled my Rocketship with a 45x5x30 layout. I wanted a strong mid lane reaction with good pop on the backend. This ball did not disappoint. The cover handles heavier volumes of oil with ease and the overall reaction is smooth and controlled compared to an Alpha Crux or Lock. The Rocket Ship is a great compliment to the Rocket because it’s a few boards stronger and handles heavier oil better but still maintains the smooth overall shape that the Rocket has.
I recommend this ball for medium to medium heavy oil patterns. This ball is great for heavier volume house shots as well as medium sport patterns. This ball is very versatile and with the right layout you can make this ball do and handle what you want it to do.

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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
4 1/4 x 1/4 up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Lane Conditions: Medium Oil
Typical Conditions: House Shot
Type of Lane: All Synthetic
What part of the lane did you play? Third Arrow
Did the ball track out? Normal
Weight of bowling ball: 16
Surface of bowling ball: Sanded
What grit was the surface of the ball? 3000
Likes:
Dislikes:

The Storm Rocket Ship has been one of my favorite balls since I drilled it. Compared to the Rocket this ball is more controllable down lane. The Sky Rocket was much weaker and best with some surface added to the cover.

I used the same Layout on my Rocket Ship as my IQ Tour Solid 3 x 4.5
The Rocket Ship picks up faster than the IQ and is stronger off the spot. This is a great choice if your looking for a new ball to add to your bag. This ball really drives though the pocket and creates some great pin action.

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About the Bowler

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)
Bowler: Keven Williams
Hand: Left
Speed: 18.5mph
Rev Rate: 450rpm
Oil Pattern: Typical House Shot

The Storm Rocket Ship is by far my favorite ball between the three bowling balls in the “Rocket” line. The original Rocket was very strong off the spot and the Sky Rocket was too weak at times. The Rocket Ship is the perfect blend of smooth and continuous. The Rocket Ship gets into a nice heavy midlane roll and just keeps on going through the pins. It’s a very versatile ball for any conditions from light/dry patterns to heavier volume patterns. This is a great piece to have in the bag and a go to ball for many.

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About the Bowler

League Average:
235
PAP:
3 5/8 up 1 1/4
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
205
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Rocket Ship is the solid reactive version in the Rocket Series. I found the Sky Rocket to be extremely clean through the fronts and the Rocket to be a little on the flippy side. The Rocket Ship is right in between the 2. I drilled mine with 4 3/4x4 1/2x3 pin up. I saw an early motion with a nice arc to the backend. I also applied Storm reacta shine to help get it down the lane. I really liked the Rocket Ship on the Kegel Sport shots that I bowled on this summer. Very smooth and predictable.
For house shots I had to play in the puddle a little more to store some energy.
It is just has a different motion overall than the other 2 Rockets. Great benchmark ball.

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

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About the Bowler

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 newest addition to Storm’s famous Thunder Line is the Rocket Ship. The Rocket utilizes the Booster core that was in the Rocket and the Sky Rocket. The Booster core help those two bowling balls get around the corner with ease… with the Rocket Ship no different! The Rocket Ship’s coverstock is the R2S Solid Reactive. The R2S solid reactive wrapped around the Booster core equals continuous motion with a kick!

The Rocket Ship is a good addition to the already stellar Thunder Line. I had a lot of bowling balls to choose from to compare against the Rocket Ship. I went with another solid coverstock in the Fight and also the IQ Tour. All of the bowling balls are drilled similar with pin down below fingers with a hole down with box surface. What I noticed with the Rocket Ship is the different motion that it had compared to the Fight and the IQ Tour. It was smoother through the front than the IQ Tour but bit harder on the backend compared to the Fight. I threw all of them on various medium to heavy sports patterns and the House Shot. The House Pattern was an adventure because of my lower rev rate (300) and medium ball speed. The over under usual gets me until carry down happens. The Rocket Ship is smoother than the IQ Tour so I was able to play closer to the friction. The bounce off the friction was readable and continuous with the Rocket Ship. The Fight gave me a similar reaction but when I missed left into the oil it did not finish as hard as the Rocket Ship. Also as the session continued I was able to continue to chase the pattern left and the Rocket Ship kept going through the pins. There is always a limit to how far left you go with a solid big piece but the medium RG value pushed that line with the Rocket Ship! The Rocket Ship will be a Shim Wrecker for SURE!

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About the Bowler

League Average:
218
PAP:
5 over 3/8 up
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
I drilled my RocketShip with my Snaplock, I normally like pearl shells over solids...I'm a sucker for the flip down lane, who isn't? I didn't think I would use it as much and I was wrong. The RocketShip is the first ball out of my bag on my league nights. I don't currently bowl on a sport condition, hopefully I'll get a few games on that soon and report back. As far as our THS at our center the RocketShip is one of the best benchmark balls I've seen lately. My good shots were pure rack rippers and my bad shots (I'm just a ball driller, so I make a bad shot from time to time) to the right came back smooth and predictable. Love this ball! I drilled a few for my customers and all the feed back was the same as mine. Go get one!!! #stormnation
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About the Bowler

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: 55, 4 3/4, 40

The Rocket Ship is the “ROCKET” I’ve been waiting for. The Rocket and Sky Rocket were a little too clean for me, causing too much of an over/under reaction. But when I could throw them I loved that “Rocket” roll. The Rocket Ship solves my problems. The sanded solid cover is VERY consistent and rolls great. It’s through the heads clean like a high RG ball should be but it picks up a good mid-lane roll then continues over the 7 pin! The Rocket Ship is a versatile ball every tournament bowler needs!

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About the Bowler

League Average:
225
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
190
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Storm Rocket Ship ball review:
Layout: 45 x 4 3/8th x 75
Coverstock: R2S solid reactive
Core: Booster Core
Finish: 3000grit sheen
Flare potential: Mid to High
Lane details: HPL with Flex machine 44ft Kegel pattern with Fire and Ice oil
Results: Comparing to the Storm Fight and Hy-Road solid, this ball read the lane a little earlier then I thought it and recovered ALOT stronger then I was anticipating. The transition in the roll was really quick, it did not labor like I had with the Fight, better overall reaction and was able ro create a great down look with different hand positions. If you watch my you tube video, you will see several different entries into the pocket with the ball. Very versatile ball for a mid level performance ball, 3 0 grit sheen was a great idea for this ball and it was well thought through. I tried it on the Tower of Piza and Statue of Liberty and the ball worked really well. A step down from my Hay Wire pin up, which I was missing in my current sport pattern arsenal.

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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 Rocket Ship is a great addition to the rocket series this ball will get down lanes because of the higher RG but do not underestimate its potential this ball has a t the break point, with the solid cover stock you see a earlier motion in the mid lane and a smooth motion into the pocket.

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

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