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Timeless
The release of the TIMELESS has received a lot of hype because of the design input contributed by Jason Belmonte and the fact that it is the first in what Storm says will be an ongoing Signature Line.    There’s a weight block inside of another weight block in this new release.  It produces an RG of 2.57 at 15 pounds, the highest RG ball Storm has produced since the FIGHT whose RG was at 2.62.  The cover here is R2S hybrid at 1500-grit polish, which ends up being super clean and hyper respectful of oil even with the ball’s high flare potential and DIFF of 0.050. 

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Sure Lock
Inside and out the LOCK was a brand new development  in Storm’s Premier Line.   That hybrid bomber was followed by the pearl SNAP LOCK.  Here now comes the solid in the series.  Its engine is once again the same fast and tight revving RAD-XTM asymmetrical core.  Here is the link to a video on which Research & Development Director, Victor Marion, originally explained much of the thought process behind this new engine.

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Torrent
The TORRENT is the latest addition to the Thunder line in the Storm arsenal.  It’s core – the Booster HVTM  (heavy volume) is a tweak of the BoosterTM core that was in the ROCKET series.   The coverstock is R2S Solid Reactive – most famously think !Q Tour Edition.  The combination produces a unique ball reaction that I am really liking!

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Code Black
This recent release brings stateside a ball that has proven to be very successful overseas for some time.  The RAD4 core is described by Storm as an engineering breakthrough.  It is wrapped with R2S pearl coverstock which has been most often used in Storm’s midrange Master and Thunder lines.  Here, on this Premier Line release, Storm says it provides the “perfect balance of length and reactivity.”

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Match Pearl
Not every ball is for every bowler.  That doesn’t mean it’s a bad ball.  It’s just the reality from one person’s game to the next.  The MATCH SOLID is a ball I have never matched up with well despite a number of different efforts at tweaking things with it – surface changes, adding a weight hole, etc.  But one should never right off an entire series of balls simply because one in the series doesn’t work for you.  The MATCH PEARL has proven that for me.

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Street Fight
The original FIGHT was all around a brand new development in Storm’s Thunder Line.  It combined an unusually large core (Iron CrossTM) with a new R4S solid reactive coverstock.  The size of the core creates an RG at the upper end of the spectrum (2.62) with a moderate diff (0.043) at 15lb.

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Phaze II
This ball is NOTHING like its predecessor!  When the original PHAZE was released, my first comment in reviewing it was “this new addition to the Master Line of the Storm arsenal is that this is not the ‘go long and hook hard’ ball motion that has been the famous characteristic of most Storm products for years.  Nor, is it intended to be.” 

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Snap Lock
Inside and out the LOCK was a brand new development in Storm’s Premier Line.  The SNAP LOCK is its pearl version.  Its engine is again the RAD-XTM core --- an asymmetrical core built on the same design foundation as the other Radial Accelerating Disc (RAD) high performance cores in Storm’s history (e.g. the PARADIGM).

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Rocket Ship
The ROCKET SHIP is the third release in with this BoosterTM core.  It follows upon the ROCKET (hybrid) and the SKY ROCKET (pearl).  This release is a solid.  The core is wrapped with Storm’s legendary R2S solid reactive coverstock – most famously think !Q Tour Edition.

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Hy-Wire
The HAYWIRE has been a fantastic ball for me, especially on medium to medium-heavy volume and medium length patterns when it’s been important to get something rolling through the midlane but still control ball motion on the back end.  It is built on the same Middle Roll 70TM core as the DISTURBED which was a favorite of mine for similar reasons. 

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Phaze
The first thing that needs to be said about this new addition to the Master Line of the Storm arsenal is that this is not the “go long and hook hard” ball motion that has been the famous characteristic of most Storm products for years.  Nor, is it intended to be.

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Eternal Cell                               The HYPER CELL has been one of the most popular heavy oil situation bowling balls on the market for the last couple of years.  If there has been a down side to it, it’s the fact that it can at times rev and read too early on less than the heaviest volume patterns and can leave some bowlers struggling with the ball burning too soon or other kinds of weird carry issues from the ball trying to start too early a move to the pocket producing the wrong shot shape.

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The Devour
I was a big fan of the RUMBLE when Roto Grip first released it.  It was a smooth rolling ball without strong sideways motion that performed really well for me on short patterns and some medium patterns when it was best for me to stay right and play up the lane.  I was sorry to see it make its way into Roto Grip ancestry when it did.   Because of that, I was intrigued when Roto Grip announced the release of the DEVOUR – a successor HP2 line ball with a solid cover. 

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The Lock
Inside and out the LOCK is a brand new development in Storm’s Premier Line.  Its engine is the RAD-XTM core --- an asymmetrical core built on the same design foundation as the other Radial Accelerating Disc (RAD) high performance cores in Storm’s history (e.g. the PARADIGM).  Here is the link to a video on which Research & Development Director, Victor Marion, explains much of the thought process behind this new engine.

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RIDE™
The RIDE is another brand new development for the Storm arsenal. The new Cruiser™ core is wrapped with a hybrid version of the Reactor™ cover stock whose pearl version is used in the TROPCIAL BREEZE.

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CRUX™ Pearl
The CRUX PEARL is the newest edition to the Premier Line of the Storm arsenal. It builds upon its extremely popular and powerful predecessor, the CRUX hybrid, which was released in October 2014.

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ROCKET™
The ROCKET is a brand new development for the Thunder line of the Storm arsenal. It has met with rave reviews both from touring professionals like Tom Daugherty and legends like PDW who've been saying it's "better than the HYROAD." That's quite an assessment given that the HYROAD is the longest running ball on the market because it has proven to be so versatile and effective for so many.

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!Q™ Tour Nano
Now, with the release of the !Q TOUR NANO, Storm has wrapped that same high-revving C3™ Centripetal Control Core that so many have come to love with the NRG solid reactive cover that made the VIRTUAL GRAVITY NANO a huge favorite.

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CRUX™
Inside and out the CRUX is a brand new development in Storm's Premier Line. Its engine is the Catalyst™ core—a design that has been seven years in the making.

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Optimus
The OPTIMUS is a brand new development in Storm's Master Line. Its engine is the newly created Tri-Sphere™ core which Storm says "brings new meaning to the term power personified."

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Hy-Road Solid
The HYROAD SOLID is a new development built upon one of the best performing and longest running Storm products of all time - the original HYROAD (hybrid).

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Wipe Out
The WIPE OUT is the newest solid addition to Storm's Hot Line. Along with the PUNCH OUT (pearl) it is a follow up to the successful hybrid LIGHTS OUT.

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Punch Out
The PUNCH OUT is the newest pearl addition to Storm's Hot Line. It is a follow up to the successful hybrid LIGHTS OUT. The coverstock is R2S™ pearl reactive which is also found on the very popular HYROAD PEARL as well as the !Q TOUR PEARL.

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Dare Devil Trick
One thing I have learned over a lifetime of bowling and several years now as a Storm and Roto Grip staffer, it’s never to write off an entire series of bowling balls simply because one release in the series turns out not to be a homerun for you.  As I’ve reported elsewhere, the DARE DEVIL as been something of an enigma to me.  I tried adding weight holes in a few different places and plugged and re-drilled it once changing the layout from a standard pin up to a standard pin under drilling.  Though I’m seeing more of the nice ball motion now that I see others get from it, the DARE DEVIL still appears for me to be more of a niche ball than one widely and diversely usable.

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Wreck-Em

IThe Wrecker for me was a fantastic, up the track, award score producer around the STL.  One of my all-time favorites.  With a relaxed hand position I could get it to just tumble forward(rather than hook sideways).  That's a perfect recipe for me on house shots.

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No Rules Pearl

It usually is predictable that the pearl version of a solid is going to produce cleaner motion through the front of the lane, a little more length, and a little more spark in ball motion on the back end.  Overall, however, the characteristics of the core continue to prevail from solid to pearl.  With the No Rules Pearl that is true, but with some really nice enhancements.

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Wreck-It
The WRECKER for me was a fantastic, up the track, award score producer around the STL. One of my all-time favorites.  With a relaxed hand position I could get it to just tumble forward (rather than hook sideways).  That’s a perfect recipe for me on house shots.   I remember that fresh out of the box in a doubles tourney, it produced an 8-game set of 2091, including two 300’s, and left me with no doubt about it’s place in my arsenal at the time.

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No Rules
If you were a fan of the HYPER CELL and its ability to handle heavy volume and if you liked the strong but clean way the SINISTER and MENACE handle the front of the lane then I think you’re going to love the NO RULES.

There is a brand new core here – the ChaoticTM core – which visually seems similar to the Cage core from the MENACE and SINISTER.  It is wrapped with the “meanest cover that Roto Grip has ever created.”  This cover is the latest and most advanced development of the microbyte technology that is most popularly remembered from the DEFIANT series

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Match Solid
The MATCH SOLID is one of a pair of new additions to the Hot Line of the Storm arsenal along with the MATCH PEARL.   By and large, they replace the OUT series.  I was a strong fan of the WIPE OUT for medium to light volume and shorter patterns and my last one cracked, so I was intrigued to try the MATCH SOLID as its replacement

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Alpha Crux
The ALPHA CRUX is a the most recent addition to Storm’s Premier Line.  Its engine again is the CatalystTM core --- a design that was seven years in the making prior to the release of the hybrid CRUX.  Here again is the link to a video on which Research & Development Director, Victor Marion, explains much of the thought process behind this core.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9QSgVyO-N4&feature=youtu.be

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Fight
The FIGHT is an all around brand new addition to Storm’s Thunder Line.  It combines an unusually large core (Iron CrossTM) with a new R4S solid reactive coverstock.  The size of the core creates an RG at the upper end of the spectrum (2.62) with a moderate diff (0.043) at 15lb.

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The Critical
The CRITICAL is Roto Grip’s newestaddition to the HP3 sector of the Roto lineup.  It brings back into circulation the asymmetrical TrilipticTM core that was one of my earliest favorites after having the privilege of joining #TeamRG.  You’ll remember this core from the CRITICAL THEORY, a ball now in Roto Ancestry but which Norm Duke has often still turned to in recent years opting for the up-and-at-‘em approach to tackling some of the PBATour’s  tough animal patterns.

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Hectic
Being a older guy with medium speed and less hand than many younger guys, the HP2 portion of Roto Grip’s arsenal has always been a little dicey for me.  I was a big fan of the RUMBLE when Roto Grip first released it.  It was a smooth rolling ball without strong sideways motion that was really useful for me in being able to go up the lane on medium patterns and even to play out and comfortably still stay pretty direct on shorter patterns.  Its successor, the DEVOUR, has a little more sideways motion and, for me, reads a little earlier than the RUMBLE did.  Because of that the DEVOUR hasn’t proven as versatile for me. 

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The Optimus Solid
The original OPTIMUS was a brand new development in Storm’s Master Line.  Its engine, a newly created Tri-SphereTM core at the time, also appears in the OPTIMUS SOLID.

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The Haywire
My first reaction to the news of the release of the HAYWIRE couldn’t have been more positive.  It is built on the same Middle Roll 70TM core as the DISTURBED which has been a favorite ball of mine ever since I first used it with a lot of success at the 2013 USBC Masters in New Jersey.  I’ve always liked that way that core rolls.  In the HAYWIRE, that core is wrapped with the 80H Microbite solid coverstock from the HYPER CELL

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The Menace
The MENACE is the successor to the SINISTER which was released last August in the strongest hook potential sector of the Roto Grip arsenal.  It is built on the same good rolling asymmetrical CageTM core as the SINISTER and is wrapped with a 74HTM solid covertock.  Roto Grip’s rating system situates it with two points more overall hook potential than the HYPER CELL and the same hook potential as the SINISTER.  However, the solid cover here has a grit rating six points less than the HYPER CELL’s cover and two points less than the SINISTER’s hybrid cover.

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Sky Rocket
The SKY ROCKET is the pearl-covered successor to the hybrid Rocket which Storm released in February.  Like the Rocket, it features the BoosterTM core that helped fill a gap between the lower tier OUT series and the HYROAD in the Storm arsenal.  The SKY ROCKET features the proven R2STM pearl cover that bowlers are most recently familiar with on the HYROAD PEARL.

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Hyper Cell Skid
There's no ball in the Roto Grip arsenal that had bigger buzz around it at this time last year than the HYPER CELL. And the buzz proved more than just nice noise. A strong rolling ball that turned heads left and right - it was the original Nucleus™ (CELL) core wrapped with the strongest cover stock Roto Grip had ever created, the 80H™Microbite™ solid.

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Unhinged
After the HYSTERIA was released last August in the HP3 line of the Roto Grip arsenal - a polished solid cover (67MH™) around a brand new Late Roll 69™ core, it was pretty predictable that the next HP3 release was either going to be a hybrid cover or a pearl cover on that same new weight block. With the UNHINGED, pearl turns out to have been the verdict.

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HYSTERIA
Inspired by what many had come to like in terms of smooth rolling and clean ball motion from the former NOMAD series, Roto Grip has released the HYSTERIA with a brand new Late Roll 69™ core.

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OUTCRY
A new release for Roto Grip this August in the HP2 line was a pretty easy thing to predict. So much success had been had with the pearl UPROAR and the solid RUMBLE that a hybrid was pretty likely sure to come next. Hence, the OUTCRY. Same Late Role 51™ core as its predecessors, but a new 53M™ Hybrid cover stock.

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SINISTER
A brand new core - the Cage™ core! It's an asymmetrical core with similar RG (2.52) and similar Differential (.054) to the HYPER CELL. But this ball is not at all a HYPER CELL clone! It's uniquely different, which makes it uniquely good.

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