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Storm Tropical Storm Indigo/Ivory Reviewed By: plamormick 05/21/2010 15:30 ( stars)

About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
League Average    220
Sport Shot Average    200
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Tweener
PAP    5 1/8 x 3/8
Why I Chose This Ball:
1) Right up front, I want to disclose that I am a Storm Bowling fanatic. I don't necessarily buy into all of the marketing, but the performance of my equipment speaks for itself.
2) I needed a ball to handle the brutally dry conditions that the PBA Experience league on Laneshield produces. When that lane surface gets tracked up, or when it is clean, it flat out hooks.
3) This ball has a great look to it- the Indigo areas are deep and very beautiful, while the Ivory parts look clean and unique.

How I drilled this ball:
Even though this ball contains lowered dynamics when compared to the rest of the Storm line, I still laid it out with a 6" pin to PAP, 5" CG to PAP measurement, used to guarantee a long length, and sharp break point shape. They layout did not need an extra hole.

What I got:
Well, this ball is very calm. Our first night bowling in a 5 man team league on USBC's "White" pattern only allowed me to use the ball during the last game, when the ball track appeared (and got wide- like 8 board to 13 board). I could have chosen to use a high-powered ball and moved left of 4th arrow, but my carry would have been suspect. With the Tropical Storm, I was able to play 14 to 10, starting the ball in the oil in the early section of the lane, and then aim to the 10 board stripe at 45'. The ball was smooth, predictable, and finished with a controlled turn into the pocket with an amazing carry percentage. I left 2 4 pins, but no 10 pins that game, for 237 (threw one out the window for a washout that I did not convert).

Earlier this week, I was able to use this ball when bowling on the Shark pattern, albeit late in the night. Very controlled again, with tremendous hit.

If you are looking for a controlled reaction, but don't think Urethane (a ball like the Natural or the forth-coming Grenade) will get the job done, then don't hesitate to drill a Tropical Storm; if you need a little more strength, don't forget to look at the new Tropical Heat line- same cover, just over top of the "Turbine" core currently found in the Fast and Furious balls.

Bowl up a Storm!

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