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Storm Sync Reviewed By: TommyGN 03/25/2013 15:35 ( stars)


 
The Sync is the latest ball from Storm in the premier line. The cover is the same NRG solid reactive found on the Virtual Gravity Nano. The core is called the G2, and has the strongest preferred spin axis of any Storm ball to date. The Sync has a very low RG of 2.47, with a differential of 0.058, and a PSA of 0.028 in 15lb balls.
I drilled the Sync with a 5x3½ x4 ½. This puts the pin below my ring finger, and PSA out on my VAL. I used a large hole; 2” down my VAL form my PAP. I wanted this ball to be usable on house conditions, and be the go to ball from my Marvel and IQ. Also, we tend to see more of the shorter patterns in the East region, and the need for control of the lane more often than not outweighs the need for a lot of board coverage.
For the initial testing, I kept the Sync at the box finish. The 4000 abralon surface is more than enough cover prep to get the ball to change direction and slow down, without burning out for our house condition. I used a Virtual Gravity Nano as the comp ball. The Nano is drilled the same as the Sync, with the only difference being the size of the balance hole (the Nano has a very small hole, while the Sync has a large hole).
The Sync has a slightly earlier break point, but much more defined move than the Nano for me. I would best describe the Nano as being a banana shape with a very hard arch, while the Sync is more of a sharper move, with roll towards the pocket. The Sync is a few boards stronger than the Nano, as far as total boards covered is concerned.
The Sync fits in my arsenal as being the most aggressive reaction, while still maintaining control of the lane. I can cover more boards with weaker balls than the Sync, but those bowling balls seem to see the transition of the lane more than the Sync. For example, I have an identically drilled IQ. The Sync will cover more boards on fresh oil, but as the lane starts to break down, the IQ starts to hook too high, and split, forcing me to make a 3 or 4 board move to keep the ball in the pocket, where as the Sync may leave a 6 pin, and only force me to move only 1 or 2 boards to strike again. This comes in very handy while bowling regionals, and moving pair to pair and seeing big differences in the topography of a center. For me, this is a big advantage of very strong asymmetric weight blocks. The motion characteristic is a little more “built in” to the ball, compared to a symmetrical piece that is looking for friction to help the ball go through the different hook phases of motion. I have had good success with my Sync on the Kegel pattern Boardwalk(high volume at 35 feet), our house condition that is 38 feet, USBC white pattern, 2012 USBC nationals pattern, and also on the 2013 US Open 42 foot pattern. Surprisingly enough, the Sync seems to have a lot of pattern coverage for me, more so than I would’ve expected based on how strong the cover and core is. For my bowling style, and my game, the Sync is a big step forward over the Virtual Gravity Nano. I needed the right environment for the VG Nano to work for me, where as the Sync can adapt better with a slight change of release, or by applying different spin on the ball.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to read my review of the Sync.


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