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Storm Victory Road Reviewed By: bowlingball.com reviews by Tony Ruocco 01/10/2011 08:56 ( stars)

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About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
League Average    215
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Tweener
PAP    5 1/8 right 1/8 up

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Storm's Victory Road gives the Thunder Line a new look.

Pin to PAP(5 1/8" over 1/8" up) - 5 5/16"
Mass Bias Position - n/a
Balance Hole - 1" x 2" on VAL from center of grip through CG
PSA Layout - 5 5/16" x 3 5/16" with a 4 7/8" pin buffer

Surface Preparation - Out of Box (1500 grit Polish)

What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:
We were going to be testing both of the new Storm releases together. I thought it would be best to use the same layout on both so we could see the same type of roll out of both balls but let the balls shine on their own with their specific characteristics.

This layout has worked well for me on Storm balls in the past. One of my favorite Storm ball of all time, the Dimension, was drilled identical to this and I still use that ball as my go to ball to this day. This layout allows for plenty of skid while maintaining a good roll through the mid-lane and popping off the breakpoint.

What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:
I ended up with my favorite Thunder line ball ever.

I think a combination of the ball/layout and pattern all came together perfectly. From the first shot I threw loosening up I had an amazing ball motion with this ball.

It handled the front part of the lane perfectly, even as the night went on and there was more friction up front it got through it easily. I saw a good transition in the middle part of the lane without the ball really over reading any friction.

Once it got the the break point it meant business. Every shot no matter where I was at on the lane came back. I don't care how far left I was or how far right the ball was at the break point it came back. I have not seen this kind of energy on the backend this consistently in a long time. All night I never had one come up light, it just kept going left.

As you will see from our video I tried playing in a variety of parts of the lane and every time it did what it was supposed to. With mid-performance balls reacting stronger and stronger and getting closer to high performance balls the Victory Road sets a new standard for everyone including Storm to live up to.

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