Archive for February, 2011

About the Reviewer: Gregg “Coach 3G” Taliercio is a USBC Silver Certified Bowling Coach that currently bowls in 3 leagues and various tournaments throughout the year.  To say bowling is a passion of Gregg’s would be an understatement.

Storm Virtual Gravity Nano Review

Length (1-20): 9.5

Backend (1-20): 16.5

Overall Hook (1-100): 100.0

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Storm Virtual Gravity Nano Bowling BallWhat is interesting about Storm’s Virtual Gravity Nano is not the Shape-Lock HD Core that has been proven in the previously featured Virtual Gravity and Virtual Energy to provide a strong continuous motion throughout the lane.

What’s interesting is the new coverstock that wraps this already proven core.  Storm Calls it Nano Reactive Genesis (NGS), but let’s get real with the marketing hypey sounding acronyms. What does that actually translate to on the lanes? The cover is a solid reactive like nothing else ever released and provides more friction on the lane (and hence more hook) to bowlers of all types.  This ball eats up oil like nothing I’ve ever seen.  If you have trouble getting your ball to hook this is the ball for you.

This bowling ball will also join Storm’s Premier Line which features its top of the line pieces.  With that it will be the most expensive bowling ball Storm has released to date (at least in recent years).  The retail price on this ball is $269 but fortunately you can grab it through this link here for nearly 40% off.

Let’s take a quick look at the Virtual Gravity Nano Specs:

Cover: Solid Reactive (NRG Solid Reactive Nano)

Core: Shape-Lock HD

Finish: 4000-grit Abralon

Color: Look up at the picture

Fragrance: Orange Mint

RG: 2.48

Differential: .052″ (which translates to 6″ of Flare Potential)

Available Weights: 12-16 lbs. (only the balls >14lbs carry the true core)

The Good

  • This Ball Hooks More than anything ever released by Storm (or any other manufacturer for that matter)
  • This ball handles carry down to the point where you won’t even notice it.
  • Offers hook to all types of bowlers.  Whether you throw the ball with little hand or a lot of hand you can find a use for this ball.
The Bad
  • Since this ball hooks a lot most will find this ball isn’t great on shorter/light oil patterns. It will read the midlane too much to make this a good choice on those conditions.
  • Those with heavy hands (lots o revs) might also struggle with this ball on a medium pattern.

This ball is for:

  1. A stroker or player with a weak wrist who doesn’t get much on the ball.
  2. Someone looking to cover a ton of boards
  3. A bowler who will only settle for the most aggressive bowling ball on the market
  4. A bowler who bowls on longer and heavier oil patterns where they just can’t seem to get the ball to hook

This ball is not for:

  1. A player who is rev dominant
  2. A player who has trouble getting a lot of speed on the ball
  3. Someone who bowls exclusively on short or light oil patterns
  4. Fresh Sport Patterns (unless you tweak the layout/surface to accomodate)

Let’s see what others are saying about the ball:

“largest overall hook potential of any ball in recent history.”

– Bowling This Month, March 2011

“Virtual Gravity Nano, Get ’em while they’re hot!”

-Tom Hess, Winner 2011 USBC Masters; Using, you guessed it, the Virtual Gravity Nano

Order the Nano now at a huge discount, hopefully you can still get one.

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Feb
24

Storm Victory Road Bowling Ball Review

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About the Reviewer: Gregg “Coach 3G” Taliercio is a USBC Silver Certified Bowling Coach that currently bowls in 3 leagues and various tournaments throughout the year.  To say bowling is a passion of Gregg’s would be an understatement.

Storm Victory Road Bowling Ball Review

Length (1-20): 12.5

Backend (1-20): 16.0

Overall Hook (1-100): 85.0

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The Storm Victory Road features a coverstock any Storm bowler should be familiar with (hint it’s the R2S).  The R2S is a reactive pearl that has been featured on the fast, 2fast, Reign, T-Road Pearl, to name just a few.  Storm continues using this cover because, well it’s proven and people like the reaction.  The core is a slightly modified version that was featured on the hy-road and is slightly lower in RG and slightly more in differential.  This translates to a core that will rev up a little bit faster than what we saw on the hy-road.

This ball will be very angular and produce that hockey stick reaction all the kids like to talk about, as this ball will just run amuck on a pattern with a defined hook spot.  Think skid snap and the ever popular phrase left turn .  With it’s warm maple syrup fragrance, every time you pull this ball out in league you’ll be dreaming of a good saturday brunch.  Can anyone tell me what makes a fragrance warm?  To think I didn’t even know that warm maple syrup smelled differently than those stored at room temperature.  I digress, back to the important stuff.

The bowling ball is part of Storm’s Thunder Line and it joins the ranks of all 3 Reign’s and the Hy-Road.  This is one of the most angular balls I’ve seen in a while and couple that with Storm’s continuous motion through the pins, you’ve got a real winner on the right condition.  You can snatch one up here with free shipping for a pretty reasonable price.

Let’s take a quick look at the Victory Road Specs:

Cover: R2S Pearl Reactive (featured cover on many Storm Balls)

Core: Fe3 (Symmetrical, featured in the hy-road, though slightly tweaked)

Finish: Box is 1500-grit Polished (super shiny, the kids will love it)

Color: Look up at the picture

Fragrance: WARM Maple Syrup

RG: 2.56

Differential: .052″ (roughly 5″ of Flare Potential)

Available Weights: 12-16lbs (only balls >14lbs carry the true core)

The Good

  • Ball finishes strong through the pins
  • If you want skid-snap reaction, this ball will do it
  • This ball bends a lot and the back end reaction will impress you and anyone around you
  • provides a cover that we’ve seen on a ton of balls, because it’s a cover that works
  • Will provide a great look on medium type house shot conditions
  • This ball will recover so don’t be afraid to throw it farther right than you are used to

The Bad

  • The Victory Road’s strong suit will not be fresh sport patterns as a result of the skid snap reaction
  • The fragrance makes me hungry every time I throw it and I end up spending more money at the snack bar than I anticipated.

This ball is for:

  1. Bowlers who typically find themselves on walled up house shots of the medium variety (most house shots these days)
  2. A sport condition after the lanes have broken down a bit and
  3. Someone looking for that super angular hockey stick reaction (skid-snap)

This ball is not for:

  1. A fresh sport shot, or any shot with a lot of oil length or volume.
  2. Someone looking for an arcing or controlled reaction

What are other bowlers saying about the Victory Road:

“Wow, the Storm Victory Road is an amazing bowling ball. The length and hook on the backend were fantastic. This bowling ball pounded the pocket and exploded the rack.”

– John Congdon, Bowlingball.com

“If you’re looking for that ball to stand inside on a broken down pattern and send to the right knowing it will turn the corner and return, the VICTORY ROAD is your ball.”

– Jeff Richgels, Storm Staff, The 11th Frame

You can order a Victory Road for the best online price through this link.

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Feb
23

Storm Marvel Bowling Ball Review

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About the Reviewer: Gregg “Coach 3G” Taliercio is a USBC Silver Certified Bowling Coach that currently bowls in 3 leagues and various tournaments throughout the year.  To say bowling is a passion of Gregg’s would be an understatement.

Storm Marvel Bowling Ball Review

Length (1-20): 8.0

Backend (1-20): 17.0

Overall Hook (1-100): 97.5

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The Storm Marvel features the R2X Solid Cover that was made popular by Storm’s best selling ball of all time, the virtual gravity.  Here the difference is in the core, as inside it holds the same core that was featured on the prodigy.  The low RG core revs up quick and provides a nice continuous motion through the pins.  Think of this ball as the offspring of the Virtual Gravity and The Prodigy.  Can two great balls make an even better one?

The Virtual Gravity was known for its ability to make even the rev challenged look like they hooked the ball a lot, so don’t expect anything different from this ball.  This ball handles oil with the best of them.  In fact the overall hook on the Marvel is a touch more and will react just a bit sooner than the Virtual Gravity due to the cover being more gritty with a 2000 Abralon Finish.  (The Virtual Gravity featured a 4000 Abralon Finish).  The core specifications are comparable in terms of RG and Differential (same RG, slightly less differential on the Marvel) so you can expect a pretty aggressive bowling ball here.

This bowling ball will join Storm’s Master Line alongside the Prodigy.  Since it’s not a premiere line ball you can get a stronger ball than a Virtual Gravity without the Virtual Gravity pricetag.  Check that out here if you want to order one for way less than the $229.00 retail price on this ball.

Let’s take a quick look at the Marvel Specs:

Cover: R2X Solid Reactive (featured cover on the Virtual Gravity)

Core: Centripital (Symmetrical, featured in the Prodigy)

Finish: Box is 2000-grit Abralon

Color: Look up at the picture

Fragrance: Aromatherapy

RG: 2.48

Differential: .050″ (roughly 5″ of Flare Potential)

Available Weights: 12-16lbs (only balls >14lbs carry the true core)

The Good

  • This ball is a lot of value for the money, because you are getting a premiere line ball at a master line price
  • Ball will read the lane even on heavier and longer oil patterns
  • Ball reads the midlane quick
  • Nice continuous and strong motion through the pins
  • Can make a weak wristed bowler look like they are putting some good revs on the ball

The Bad

  • If you bowl on conditions with short oil or light conditions, with this strong of a midlane read many bowlers aren’t going to be able to control this
  • Surface adjustments will be a must if you plan on using this on anything less than a heavily oiled condition (think polish!)

This ball is for:

  1. Anyone struggling on longer or oiler conditions and needs something that will hook early and often (i.e. a lot)
  2. A stroker looking to open up the lane a little more than they are used to
  3. A speed dominant player looking to see some more hook on the lane
  4. Fresh long sport patterns (you could even add some surface on something really long and heavy)

This ball is not for:

  1. A rev dominant bowler who bowls on medium oil patterns
  2. Someone who bowls on high friction surfaces like wood or guardian, or oil patterns that are short or light
  3. Someone who doesn’t throw the ball with a lot of speed, else the aggressiveness of this ball will take over in a bad way.

Let’s see what others are saying about the ball:

“This latest Master line ball has a very strong midlane read, stroner than almost anything on the market, and it saves enough power for the back end.”

– Bowling This Month, February 2011

“I see this ball working for all players. If you are looking for a ball that will be the first ball out of your bag, the Marvel is definitively a ball to look into.”

– Jimmy M. – Striking Advantage Pro Shop

Order the Marvel now at a great value.

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