The new Storm Byte is the latest addition to the asymmetrical family of bowling balls from Storm, the Bowlers Company. The Byte has a new twist on the G2 core called G2+. The changes give the ball a higher Rg, Lower differential, and lower intermediate differential than the Sync. The numbers are 2.52 Rg, .043 diff, and .020 interm diff in the 15 lb balls. The combination of the core and the use of the 1500 grit polished E.R.G. cover allows the Byte to clear the front of the lane, and save energy for the back part of the lane much easier than the Sync. The Byte is a beautiful blend of silver blue and purple, and is sure to catch many a customer’s eye.
I drilled my Byte pin over ring with the PSA just left of my thumb, and a larger than normal balance hole about 2” down my VAL from my PAP. The comparison Sync is pin under ring with the PSA about 2” left of the thumb, and balance hole about 3” down the VAL from my PAP. Both balls are at the box finish. I drilled my Sync to use on shorter patterns and some league conditions that have a lot of oil in the front and middle of the lane, with drier outsides. It has worked great for the fresh, but I would struggle when I need to chase the break down in on the lane and would find myself playing steeper angles. This is where the new Byte fits in PERFECTLY! With the smoother shell and slightly weaker core, I can get the Byte to save more energy than the Sync, and “byte” the dry boards at the end of the pattern to create a better shape through the pins, from those steeper angles. As the Sync starts to bog down some because it is doing all it can to not skid to the spot and create hook, the Byte just effortlessly glides around the corner and allows me to see the lane the correct way to continue striking.
The nice thing about the Byte is the versatility on medium conditions with the backend shape of the ball. The more I stay behind it, I can really stay left, and bump the drier boards (late that is, I can’t get to the dry boards too quick though) and move in deeper, and allow my hand to get around the ball, and create that big backend move. This is a big benefit that is seen in asymmetrical balls.
Storm has created a lot of great bowling balls over the past few years and is currently the industry leader in innovative core designs that allow for a wider area of different drillings, without sacrifice of performance. The Byte is no exception. From shelf appeal to performance, the Byte is a winner in all categories. Steering clear of the extreme dry, and the extreme oily conditions, the Byte, with minor surface alterations, will be a great addition to your arsenal, and the perfect complement to your Sync.