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Virtual Energy, The perfect compliment to Storm's Premier line of bowling balls.Pin to PAP(5 1/8" over 1/8" up) - 5 1/4" above ring fingerMass Bias Position - 4" from PAP right of thumbCG Placement - center of gripBalance Hole - noneSurface Preparation - Out of Box (1500 grit Polish)What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:This is the identical layout I used on one of my favorite Storm balls ever, The Gravity Shift. Since the Virtual series kind of came from the Shift series I thought it was an appropriate layout to use on this awesome looking pearlized Virtual Energy.The layout normally allows me to play a variety of shots from up the boards to as deep as I want to get on a typical house shot. As you will see from our ball reaction video this ball allows me to cover as many boards as I want and still gets through the pins as good as any other Storm ball.What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:Just like in anything else there are hot streaks, right now Storm is on the hottest ball streak i think I have ever seen. I do not care what ball shape, what performance level, what color the ball is, if it has a lightning bolt on it - IT ROLLS GREAT!!Storm has not missed a release in quite some time and the Virtual Energy is no exception. I have seen some of the best ball motions ever after watching my Virtual Gravity and Virtual Energy go down the lane. The Energy allows me to get a little more skid through the front part of the lane, compared to my Gravity with just as much if not a little more recovery on the back. Really, I could not miss far enough right to make this ball not get back to the pocket.My Virtual Gravity was drilled differently but it still recovered well. The Virtual Energy just offered me a different look which may hold up longer on a typical house shot. All that says to me is that I get to play anywhere I want for a longer period of time.Whether you have a Virtual Gravity or not you will be impressed with every single part of what the Virtual Energy offers.
The new Virtual Energy: Our intent with the Virtual Energy is to utilize the early revving motion and explosive back-end characteristics of the Shape-Lock HD core, along with the performance proven R2X coverstock. The coverstock is the key element to this equation and engineering the right blend of solids and pearls to create the perfect compliment to its predecessors.Pin to PAP(4 1/2" over 1/2" up) - 4 1/2"Mass Bias Position - 2" right of Center LineBalance Hole - NoneSurface Preparation - Left at Box FinishWhat I was looking for in this layout: Coming off the success of the Virtual Gravity, I decided to drill this one to give me a cleaner look through the fronts with even more reaction on the backend. With the pearlized coverstock, I knew this ball and layout would compliment my Virtual Gravity well.What I ended up with in this ball layout: Without a doubt, this ball lives up to the hype and is an amazing piece. I tested the Virtual Energy on a freshly oiled house pattern that had a few more units of oil on the outside than normal. To see what it could do, I stood on the 30th board to start and played around the 20th board at the arrows. I was able to get the ball out to as far as the 7th board at the breakpoint and get it to come back strong. Once again like my Virtual Gravity, this ball seems to defy deflection and carries extraordinarily well.