Is Storm’s Virtual Gravity Nano the most aggressive bowling ball of all time?By
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
What 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
Differential: .052″ (which translates to 6″ of Flare Potential)
Available Weights: 12-16 lbs. (only the balls >14lbs carry the true core)
- 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.
- 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:
- A stroker or player with a weak wrist who doesn’t get much on the ball.
- Someone looking to cover a ton of boards
- A bowler who will only settle for the most aggressive bowling ball on the market
- 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:
- A player who is rev dominant
- A player who has trouble getting a lot of speed on the ball
- Someone who bowls exclusively on short or light oil patterns
- 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