The Marvel S is the latest release in the master line of bowling balls from Storm. This uses the same centripetal core that was first out in the Prodigy, and then found in the previously released Marvels. The difference, and a BIG difference I may add, is the NRG cover that was used on the Sync, the Vivid, and originally on the Virtual Gravity Nano. This combination of NRG cover and core of the Marvel S, in my opinion, is the best yet.
The Marvel s has more continuation than any ball that was released with the Nano cover. The three releases prior, all had asymmetrical weight blocks, and had more of a hook set shape. The Marvel S has a more arching, continuous shape. The big difference comes when moving deeper on the lane. Usually, as you get deeper, most bowlers look for a ball that doesn’t slow down as fast, and has energy to make the corner and carry. The Marvel S, even with the 3000 finish, rolls through the pins better than any other dull, low RG, high differential ball that I can remember. Interesting enough, the Marvel S also rolls well from out, provided there is enough soup on the lanes to keep it holding pocket.
When comparing the Marvel S to the Sync, with matching drillings (the Sync has a larger balance hole than the Marvel S), pin under ring with the PSA kicked toward VAL, the Marvel S is a little cleaner to the spot, and more of a hard continuous arch, compared to the Sync that changes direction stronger, and rolls heavier toward the pins. If I need a defined shape, I go with the Sync. If I need to open it up a little, I go with the Marvel S.
The Marvel S is a must have for heavy oiled conditions. Speed dominant players should have no problem seeing enough pick up and roll to the pins. No squirt past the break point here. If you feel you are a rev dominant player, just add some polish to the cover to get it through the front of the lane.
If you are in the market for a strong cover, strong core bowling ball, then look no further than the Marvel S. Be sure to talk to your pro shop operator about the VLS system when laying out your new Marvel S. This great tool will give you the proper layout you are looking for, provided you enter the data correctly, when drilling any bowling ball. After you drill your Marvel S, just fine tune the reaction with proper balance hole placement and surface adjustments to maximize the bowling balls potential.
The last thing I would like to talk about is cover stock maintenance. The NRG cover is one of the most advanced covers in the industry. With that, means proper care to keep your new Marvel S rolling strong. I personally recommend using a microfiber towel every shot to keep the surface oil off the ball, and a good cleaning with reacta clean after your bowling session. Every 15-20 games or so, I also recommend using Storm’s reacta scuff for a deep cleaning of the cover. This will get dirt and oil out of the peaks and valleys of the cover better than just ball cleaner alone. Proper maintenance will mean that your new bowling ball will have a much longer life.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review of the Marvel S. And remember, always bowl up a Storm!!