Is Storm’s Virtual Gravity Nano the most aggressive bowling ball of all time?


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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  2. Ronnie says:

    I just purchased this ball a week ago and well, It simply is a monster!!! I have not bowled for many years since my younger days in junior league and have had a little trouble getting use to the hook of the ball but now I am getting a grip on it. I had the ball polished a bit it helps tame the curve. I really like the way that the ball finds the pocket and drives hard thru the pins. I clean the ball after my use of it and really like this product.

    Ron So-Cal!!!

  3. Marty says:

    I have had my Nano since it became available in March. Ive had 3 good games with it since then, and dozens of bad games. I can pack the pocket with this ball, but its hard to carry the back row pins especially 7’s and 10’s. I am VERY disappointed with this ball. I have found it doesnt hook nearly as much as the advertisements indicate. Im missing right quite a bit, expecting this ball to live up to the hype. The hook is all in the midlane, and rolls out long before it gets to the pocket. For my money, Lane #1 makes a better product.

  4. Coach 3G says:

    Hi Marty, thanks for the feedback. Not to sound like I’m defending the ball, but I want to make sure you’ve considered surface alterations (scuffing and or polishing) and if that doesn’t work I’d consider an alternate layout. You may want to check out the double thumb layout on bowlingchat.net, it will get you the most out of the ball in terms of hooking. I’d agree the nano does hook early, and for me is very pattern specific. If there is a heavy volume of oil I tend to like a lot. I also like the predictability on sport patterns. On the house shots I bowl on it just doesn’t suit me. Thanks again, I’m sure it will help others when making a ball decision.

  5. SICWITHIT says:

    I got this ball the day it was released and threw a 300 the first game I threw it. I am a power bowler,I didn’t play deep inside and the ball still cut through the oil like a hot knife through melting butter. This ball allows me to go inside and destroy the shot or play up the track and do the same. No surface change to the ball at all. I have only being bowling on and off seven years and I love this ball. I have also purchased the Nano Pearl, that just let you know how happy I am with this line of balls. Thanks for your time.

  6. john Baxter says:

    coach my brother gave me his 14 lb nano he says he cant control it I dont crank it very much and Im bowling on very oily conditions Im a left hander I just hope the 14 lbs is going to carry , your thoughts?

  7. Coach 3G says:

    @John 14lb bowling balls have virtually (pun intended) no loss in carry percentage over 15 and 16lb balls. My only concern is that if your other bowling balls are of a different weight you may struggle switching back and forth. Ron Clifton has a great tip on his site about 14lb balls. Check it out here http://www.bowl4fun.com/ron/tip14.htm

  8. DLT says:

    I got this ball 3 weeks ago and I am having trouble controlling it on a THS. Too much over/under. I put some polish on it and it calmed it down considerably. I throw a pearled Game Plan with very good results and hope to do the same with the Nano.

  9. Smokey says:

    I think I can consider the Roto Grip “Defiant” (released recently) as more aggressive than the Nano Pearl. I have a “Defiant” and I discovered if the lanes are “dry” to start with or get “burned up” during league, it goes back into the bag as the core/cover combination is ** THAT STRONG **!

  10. DLT says:

    Just as a follow up on the Nano…
    Purchased a spinner and applied polish for 30 seconds using a white scotch brite pad…
    Really like the reaction of the Nano now on my house shots…
    Also use a Game Plan that is factory polished at 1500 and a Shooting Star that is finished at 2000…
    I use this arsenal until I bowl in regionals that have more oil…
    Then I take the Nano back to original specs along with an old Mammoth that I have in the bag…

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