Virtual Gravity X-Comp
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Virtual Gravity, An Unstoppable Force from Storm.Pin to PAP(5 1/8" over 1/8" up) - 6"Mass Bias Position - above thumb hole on center lineCG Placement - Balance Hole - noneSurface Preparation - Out of Box (4000 grit Abralon)What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:This one was pretty easy to think of the ball motion we wanted. The Virtual Gravity features the SHAPE-LOCK HDcore which was found int he Gravity Shift. It also has the solid version of the R2X coverstock that wasalso on the Gravity Shift. Since we were a big fan of the Gravity Shift this was a much anticipated release. I was hoping the solid cover would help the ball read the friction a little earlier which should help smooth out the overall ball motion. If you ever threw a Gravity Shift or watched someone throw the Gravity Shift you know that it makes a U Turn on the back end.we have been this layout more and more on test balls so they are easier to compare, it also helps create a smoother ball motionin the front and middle part of the lane while still allowing for plenty of movement on the backend if you want.What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:WOW!!!I will state it now, there is nobody that will not want this ball once they see it roll. After you finish reading this review you need to check out our video and see for yourself.I could not believe the reaction I had with this ball. We tested this ball on our fresh house shot, to start off I was being conservative with my lines and angles. Playing the part of the lane where I would typically be during normalleague conditions. As I saw what this ball could do I migrated as far left as I wanted and watched the ball change directions with ease. I honestly can not remember the last time I had a ball that allowed me to make the ball change directions at the break point like this ball does. On paper I really thought this ball would react similar but a little stronger then my Gravity Shift. They were not even close, they were very compatible but not the same ball at all. Every move I made with this ball it read the oiland reacted off of the friction amazingly. The ball motion of the Virtual Gravity is what we are all really looking for, it rolls really heavy in the front part of the lane but does not hook early or burn up early. Through the mid lane section you see it start to read the friction but really just maintaining the heavy roll and then on the back part of the lane it makes a very distinct motion to the pocket.As you will see from our video review, we made this ball do some amazing things. Storm has the winner so far for winter releases!
Click Layout Image to Enlarge The new Virtual Gravity¢ is the latest endeavor using the well received R2X coverstock and the high performance Shape Lock HD¢ (High Density) Core. Pin to PAP(4 1/2" over 1/2" up) - 5"Mass Bias Position - 3" right of Center LineBalance Hole - NoneSurface Preparation - Left at Box Finish (4000-grit Abralon)What I Was Looking For In This Layout: Knowing that this ball was going to hook, I decided to place the pin under my middle finger to keep the pin a little further away from my PAP.What I Ended Up With In This Ball Layout: Let me start by making a bold statement...This is the most aggressive by I have ever thrown. Really, the movement this ball makes at the breakpoint is insane. While testing the ball with my co-workers, we were having fun seeing how far left we could stand and how many boards we could cross. This being said, any bowler that is looking for a strong ball in oil, no matter if you are a stroker, tweener, or cranker, this ball is the ball you need to have in your bag.We started out using our Virtual Gravity's on a freshly oiled house condition. Normally I would stand around 20-22 and play in between the 2-3 arrow. Left at box surface, this proved to be a bit too aggressive for me. I started standing on 28 getting the ball close to the 4th arrow and out to 6. Once the ball reached the breakpoint, it forgets to put on its turn signal and just makes a left turn. This ball does not have Deflection in its vocabulary. To test the balls limits, I decided to stand on 45 (pretty much lining my left foot up with the left gutter) and going in between the 5th and 6th arrows. While throwing through this line, my target breakpoint was still around the 6-8 board. Once again, off the breakpoint, the ball makes a left turn and absolutely destroys the pins. My recommendation is that if you're going to miss, miss right. This ball will not have any problem recovering from the outside. This ball will react best on medium-oily to heavy oiled lane conditions. If you loved the Gravity Shift, then you are going to love the Virtual Gravity.
Virtual Gravity, An Unstoppable Force from Storm.Pin to PAP(4 1/2" over 0" up) - 3 3/8"Mass Bias Position - 1" right of center lineBalance Hole - 7/8" x 1 1/2" deep on the PAPSurface Preparation - Factory Finish Polish (4000 grit Abralon)What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:This was my first bowling ball in the Shift line so I wasn't totally sure what to expect. I knew that Tony and Brian really liked their previous ones.What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:I first tried to use the ball at its out of box finish. With my lower ball speed it was hard to get the ball down the lane because of its huge hooking potential. I then polished it up with some Factory Finish High Gloss polish. What a huge difference. We were able to shoot our ball reaction video on a fresh house shot and you need to watch it to see. Tony and Brian were playing ridiculous angles with this ball.