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« on: December 26, 2012, 10:35:03 AM »
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
Storm Sync Ball Specs:
- Color: Cranberry/Tangerine/Black All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
- Reaction: Strong
- Coverstock: NRG™ Solid Reactive
- Core Type: G2™
- Factory Finish: 4000-grit Abralon
- Radius of Gyration (RG): 2.47**
- Differential (Diff): .058**
- ** RG and Diff are based off of 15 lb. balls
- Hook Potential: High
- Length: Medium
- Recommended Lane Condition: Medium-Heavy Oil
- Fragrance: Iced Cranberry

Description: Everyone loves variety, this is what Storm is serving up. This ball has many different options for drilling layouts and has been tested and tried to sync up with heavier oil patterns. This Storm Sync is going to be more aggressive than the Virtual Gravity and is considered top of the Premier line that Storm offers. It will react great mid-lane and have great continuation into the pocket!



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Re: Sync
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2012, 10:40:47 PM »

THS: 42 ft modified Stone Street

Sport: 40 ft WTBA Athens


While the Storm Sync appears quite clean through the heads, it fools you from realizing that this is an aggressive early rolling core. It will create a nice smooth backend motion because of the earlier roll. For those with less tilt, you will get to experience the more continuous backend motion. For those with more tilt, you may need to look into more aggressive coverstock finishes or drillings.
Our Strokers and higher rev players found the most success with this ball, while our higher tilt tweener struggled with this particular drilling until he got to the Sport pattern.
This ball seems to give Storm a different look. I believe we are typically seeing “long and strong” from them, but the Sync follows more in the vein of balls like the Marvel and IQ with smoother, earlier rolls. The Sync will need to be carefully sync’d to any given players game, more so than some other equipment. Use the right drilling though and you will likely see very good and versatile results.


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Re: Sync
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2012, 08:19:51 AM »
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SYNC review by Storm staffer Jeff Richgels
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2013, 03:18:17 PM »
SYNC review by Storm staffer Jeff Richgels
   The SYNC specs are here:

   A picture of my SYNC is the review in my blog here:

   DRILLED Jan. 21, 2013

   I loved my first SYNC so much that I drilled two more.

   SYNC (strong NANO copy) - 4 3/4 Pin-PAP, x 4 1/2 Pin-PSA, x 3 1/4 pin buffer = pin over ring finger, drilling angle about 75 degrees, PSA to right of thumb. Copies my favorite strong NANO that I used the last 2 games of the 2011 USBC Open Championships team event that we won. It's a ball I still use often on heavy oil.
   SYNC (very high pin drilling) - 4 1/2 Pin-PAP, x 5 1/2 Pin-PSA, x 1 1/2 pin buffer = very high pin, PSA down near thumb. This is a control drilling that Hank Boomershine gave me for an ANARCHY for the USBC Open Championships. I loved the roll of that ball but I just could not carry with it.

   DRILLED Dec. 13, 2012
   ORIGINAL (pin in palm) - 5 1/4 inches Pin-PAP, 4 inches Pin-PSA, x 5 1/8 inches pin buffer with a 1 1/8 weight hole in the PSA 1 3/4 deep. 

   UPDATE: I now have thrown all three SYNCs on both Sport and house shots and it is proving to be everything I said it was in my original review after small tests on a Sport and a house shot.

   It starts up early and is strong, but it's also smooth and continuous.

   The cover comes 4,000 Abralon but lane shines quickly. At 4,000, it labored some in heavy oil like the 27.5 mL, 41-foot Team USA Montreal pattern with my moderate rev rate (300-325). I experimented with a rougher surface of 1,500 using the Turbo sandbagger system and it picked up much earlier so it's a very tunable cover.

   I think my pin-in-the-palm will end up being best for me with a smoother surface to tame down reaction on patterns like Cheetah and hooking house shots.  (I had a pin-in-the-palm FURIOUS that was a favorite of mine on Cheetah for years.)

   The NANO copy at 1,500 worked great on a fresh, fairly heavy oil house shot in a tournament, but when the pattern transitioned after a couple of games it started losing energy a little early for my relatively slow speed (17-18 mph).

   The very high pin SYNC at 1,500 somewhat surprisingly (considering my experience with that ANARCHY) has been the best performer for me. It got me a 279 game the last game in our league on Team USA Montreal, as I blogged here and it rolled excellent in the house shot tournament when I switched to it after the NANO copy started laboring some.
   The one warning I would give people about the SYNC is that if you are a high-rev player you probably don't want to drill it to start up quick. I tried that with a young cranker friend and it "wouldn't hook" for him, although what it actually was doing was losing so much energy so quickly that it would make little movement in the back end. When he used rougher surface, it hooked "less," which is a key indicator. (He is plugging it and will change it to a high-pin drilling.)
   I also have decided that the SYNC won't be retiring my trusty favorite NANO or VICTORY ROAD SOLID, since they are oil balls that give me much different motion. The NANO makes a quicker, sharper move at the breakpoint and the VR SOLID gets down the lane more and makes a curvier move on the back-end. But it has retired my LUCID, which has a similar motion without being as continuous through the pins.

   Adding the SYNC and the new REIGN OF POWER to the NANO and VR SOLID I think gives me all the different motions I need for oily conditions.

   ORIGINAL REVIEW: The one thing I think any bowler would love to have in their lineup is a fresh heavy oil ball that is early, smooth, strong and continuous.

   Yes, I know that is a lot to ask of a bowling ball — early tends to quit and not be continuous, and smooth and strong don’t often go together. But a bowler can dream, can't he?

   And maybe Storm has answered this bowler's dream with the new SYNC, which Storm recently sent out to a select group of testers that I was privileged enough to be in. They didn't include much information and asked for honest assessments of the ball, which is scheduled to be released to all staff and pro shops in mid-January and the public in early February. (I had to agree to put mine away until mid-January after testing it last week.)

   All I know is what is on the box it came in: the cover is NRG solid (the same as the NANO) and the core is something new called G2. The RG is 2.47, just under the NANO's 2.48 and the differential is 0.58, much higher than the NANO's 0.52. The mass bias is 0.28; the LUCID's is 0.17.

   The one ball I had that was closest to a fresh heavy oil ball that is early, smooth, strong and continuous was a VIRTUAL GRAVITY with a pin-in-the-palm drilling. The problem with that ball is that it was a little too early and a little too strong to be usable on more than fairly defined conditions. I often had to get too left and it went too early and left more than its share of flat 10s.

   When I got my SYNC and it had a fairly short pin, I decided that it was time to give the drilling another shot. I figured if it worked, it would say a lot about the SYNC that a standard strong pin up or down drilling wouldn’t. 

   I left it the 4,000 Abralon box finish.

   My first effort was on a fresh house shot at Ten Pin Alley, a Brunswick synthetics house that opened in 2003. The house shot there is very wet/dry.

   With as much restraint as I can muster, I must say that the SYNC’s reaction astounded me – and it takes a lot for a skeptical journalist to say that. After 4 frames to get somewhat loose I reeled off 13 strikes in a row  that were all pretty much flush with the last few shots intentionally moving my feet in and opening up my angle from the fairly direct shot up about 12-board that I started with. That just made the ball turn the corner and roar back to the pocket flush.

   The SYCN was early, smooth, strong and continuous. I literally had a breakpoint maybe an arrow wide with the same result at the pins. In 20 or so shots I think I struck 18 times with one ring 10 and one flat 10.

   I compared it first to my trusty pin-up strong VIRTUAL GRAVITY at 1,000 Abralon by hand with an old pad – the ball I used when we won the 2011 USBC Open Championships team event. That NANO was much more volatile, jumping off the breakpoint to sometimes go through the pins too hard or plaque. It struck but not near as much as the SYNC.

   I love that NANO but it's one of those balls that is very touchy for me when it comes to carry. I often find myself seeing a flat 10/solid 9 reaction with it that has me switching to a smoother option.

   I also compared the SYNC to a pin-in-the-palm TROPICAL HEAT PURPLE/BLACK at 2,000 Abralon by hand with an old pad. As expected, that ball was much weaker and I had to get my feet more to the right and go very direct to get it flush. I definitely did not have the room I had with the SYNC.

   I tried the SYNC again after our Bullseye Masters league last week. We are bowling this round on Team USA Montreal, a fairly playable 41-foot, high volume Sport pattern. By the end of the night we had turned our pair into a wet/dry shot about 15-board.

   During that night's league session, that NANO was the clear choice. It bucketed a couple of times in the last game-and-a-half on shots I got in and I also went high at least once. My last 2 games were 214 and 222. The overall reaction was good but the shot was touchy and my carry was mediocre.

   The SYNC made the pattern read much less wet/dry. My first shot dove high off the dry, which didn't surprise me due to the difference between pin-in-the-palm and pin-over-fingers drillings. I had to move in 3-and-2 from where I was playing with the NANO. From there, I could get it in the oil and it would still roll up to the pocket and I could swing it and it wouldn’t totally over-react.

   I only missed the pocket a couple of times in a dozen to 15 shots. I wasn’t striking like I was on the house shot — there were a couple of flat 10s and a weak 7 — but I definitely had a much better reaction than what I had with the NANO and could have shot some big scores, I believe.

   On a scale of 1-5, I'd give it a preliminary 5 – with the caution that this was a tiny sample size and I need to see more of it before making any definitive conclusions. But I have been telling people I know who ask that they should wait to buy a strong ball until the SYNC comes out.

   I would put it between the NANO and the LUCID, with the best characteristics of both balls. It's early and strong like the NANO but smoother like the LUCID and more continuous.

   I plan to order a couple more when I can and am anticipating retiring my LUCID and perhaps my NANO. I am more excited about this ball than any ball Storm has released since the original VIRTUAL GRAVITY.


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Re: Sync
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2013, 09:59:03 PM »
Out Standing Ball Best yet made by storm
I am 62 years old bowled in the Mid-thumb Singles and Doubles Event in Michigan
Rolled 1st game with this ball 240-248,279,767 series !!!!!!

Had to play the first 3 games up the out side 5 to 10 board they were really oily to start
after the third gane they became on the dry side. switched to an Arson low flare from hammer the next 2 ganes they wern't too great 191,156, then the final sof the singles last game num,ber six i got the Sync out again swung it 15 board to 4-5 board ended up
with a 254 the last game for a total of six ganes 1368 total some rolling for an old fart


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Re: Sync
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2013, 08:37:54 AM »



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):Various

The Storm Sync is a beast! The strong continuation is unbelievable and the power even makes this rev challenged bowler throw messengers! The layout I chose for the Sync is nothing fancy, the pin above ring finger with the mass bias in the strong position. The dual angle coordinates are 55 X4 ¾ X 40. The only issue I have with Sync is that it needs oil in the fronts like any other strong ball. With that being said, the Sync still has good continuation and can open up the lane or give anyone some room to hit the pocket! My axis point is 5 5/8 over and ¾ up, ball speed around 15mph, rev rate is somewhere around 300 and I am right handed.

I threw the Sync on a house pattern first and was completely surprised by how much this ball hooks. My shop is in an AMF center so you know that there is a lot of friction to the right. So I was waiting for the Sync to start checking early and rolling out and hitting weak… THAT DID NOT HAPPEN! Yeah my launch angles got extreme but the Sync just kept finishing as long as I did not just chuck it to the dry. Very pleased, if I was just bowling on house patterns I would give the Sync some shine and everything would be good.

I was able to use the Sync under some flatter patterns and noticed the same thing that strong continuation is unbelievable. The Sync is about 5 boards stronger than my IQ Tour with my feet. The backend there is no comparison the Sync is Continuously Strong! I was able to throw the Sync with success on patterns in the 40 foot range and medium to high volumes of oil. However, because I am throwing the Sync with box surface the Sync needs some oil in the fronts and/or a hand position change to cause some skid when the lanes start to burn up. I would recommend the Sync to anyone looking for a Strong Ball without hesitation!

Likes:Continuation and hitting power

Dislikes:Early rolling

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Re: Sync
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2013, 09:33:30 AM »

Length: 40'-43'

Volume: Medium - Heavy

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS and Sport


Likes: Hitting power, smooth/strong/continuous ball motion

Dislikes: Putting it way when the lanes break down.

The Storm Sync combines the proven NRG cover, used on the Nano, Nano Pearl and Vivid, with the G2 core (2nd generation Shape-Lock HD core).

The layout on my Sync is 45 degrees by 5 inches by 2 3/4 inch pin buffer. This provides me a medium reaction (hooks middle to end of pattern on a medium to heavy 41'-43' pattern and provides a smoother reaction when exiting the pattern) while maintaining a continuous motion through the pins.

Out of the box the Sync comes with a 4000 grit abralon finish. The box finish allows the Sync to handle medium to heavy oil patterns while retaining energy and hitting power at the pins. Touching up the surface with a 2000 grit abralon pad turns the Sync into a snow tire, able to handle the heaviest of oil patterns. I have adjusted the cover on most nights depending on the surface and pattern I've bowled on with the Sync and it has maintained the smooth continuation I saw out of the box.

The most noticeable characteristic of the Sync after it's unique strong/smooth/continuous motion is the hitting power and how loud of a noise the pins make when getting run over by the Sync.

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Re: Sync
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Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS

COMMENTSDrilled my SYNC 4x4x3 ended up with 1/4 finger weight,1/2 pos side weight. This ball is incredible. The recovery on errant shots is like nothing I've ever seen. Great hitting power as well as excellent control. Miss right the ball recovers from everywhere but the ditch! tug it a board or two and it still hits well. Great Job Storm

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Re: Sync
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2013, 04:05:28 PM »
Storm Sync Review
PAP:  5 over & 1/8 up
400-425 RPM
Ball Weight 15lbs
Right Handed
The Sync.  An asymmetrical beast.  Every time I bowl league or tournaments now, I see more and more of this ball go down the lane.  I have seen guys with a monster rev-rate and guys who love to play straight throw it.  The Sync successfully compliments all types of styles.  I have only drilled one so far, but I plan on drilling at least one, if not two more.  The one I drilled has the pin approximately 5.5” away from my axis with the CG just underneath the bridge of my fingers to create a tall pin.  I drilled out a small amount of the mass bias as well.  This drill pattern gives me a very strong mid-lane motion with a smooth shape down lane. 

I feel like the Sync is really good on all types of patterns as well.  The core is big enough to ‘tumble’ on cheetah, smooth out flatter patterns, and even still grab the lane when there is a lot of oil on the lane.  This is a ball I will be throwing at Nationals in Reno on the fresh patterns, and it will break down the lane enough for me to gear down to a weaker Lucid, Marvel Pearl, or Reign of Power.   Thanks Storm for another home run!

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Re: Sync
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2013, 09:25:07 PM »
PAP - 4 3/16 over 1/4 up
Ball Speed 17-18 mph
Rev Rate 300-350
Right Handed
Layout 55 x 4 3/4 x 40
Surface Preparation: 4000

What I was looking for: I knew this ball was going to be almost too strong for house shot for me so I did not want it to roll too early. That’s why I drilled it pretty much straight up. I hit it with a 4000 pad right off the bat to shine it a tad. I just wanted it to get down lane with ease and have a pretty sharp but smooth motion on the backend.

What I got:  I got exactly what I was looking for. I was amazed at how clean this ball was through the front. It turns the corner very strong and there’s no doubt it has incredible continuation. First game out of the gate I had the front 9 with it then stoned a 9 pin. I pretty much had unlimited room to miss to the right and it would come flying back at the pocket.

The sync is very strong on the backend with this layout and will definitely be my game 1 benchmark ball. It is sharp and strong but not so much to be uncontrollable. It Is still very predictable.

I can’t wait to drill up one of these stronger for nationals and heavier volumes of oil. I think there is just so much that can be done to make it do whatever I want,
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Re: Sync
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2013, 07:46:35 PM »
I drilled the Sync pin above my middle finger with a small axis hole. 

I compared the Sync to my Vivid and Lucid on a variety of patterns from house to Sport.  The Sync was consistently more hook and smoother than both the Vivid and Lucid. 

My best look with the Sync was on the house pattern and medium and shorter patterns.  It controlled the back of the lane and on house patterns eliminated the over/under that I normally get. 

The Sync reminds me of a Marvel on steroids.  This ball definitely hooks, but picks up mid lane and continues through the pins.  This is definitely a different look than the Vivid and Nano. 

For higher rev rate players or people with slower ball speeds be careful how you drill it.  The ball hooks, so there is no need to drill it to hook.  Doing so may cause it to burn up too early. 

I will use the Sync on house patterns and a variety of medium to shorter sport patterns.  It could be a great ball for doubles and singles this year in Reno at the Open Championships to control the hook from the 39 ft pattern. 

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Re: Sync
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2013, 02:37:32 PM »
The Sync is the latest ball from Storm in the premier line. The cover is the same NRG solid reactive found on the Virtual Gravity Nano. The core is called the G2, and has the strongest preferred spin axis of any Storm ball to date. The Sync has a very low RG of 2.47, with a differential of 0.058, and a PSA of 0.028 in 15lb balls.
I drilled the Sync with a 5x3½ x4 ½. This puts the pin below my ring finger, and PSA out on my VAL. I used a large hole; 2” down my VAL form my PAP. I wanted this ball to be usable on house conditions, and be the go to ball from my Marvel and IQ. Also, we tend to see more of the shorter patterns in the East region, and the need for control of the lane more often than not outweighs the need for a lot of board coverage.
For the initial testing, I kept the Sync at the box finish. The 4000 abralon surface is more than enough cover prep to get the ball to change direction and slow down, without burning out for our house condition. I used a Virtual Gravity Nano as the comp ball. The Nano is drilled the same as the Sync, with the only difference being the size of the balance hole (the Nano has a very small hole, while the Sync has a large hole).
The Sync has a slightly earlier break point, but much more defined move than the Nano for me. I would best describe the Nano as being a banana shape with a very hard arch, while the Sync is more of a sharper move, with roll towards the pocket. The Sync is a few boards stronger than the Nano, as far as total boards covered is concerned.
The Sync fits in my arsenal as being the most aggressive reaction, while still maintaining control of the lane. I can cover more boards with weaker balls than the Sync, but those bowling balls seem to see the transition of the lane more than the Sync. For example, I have an identically drilled IQ. The Sync will cover more boards on fresh oil, but as the lane starts to break down, the IQ starts to hook too high, and split, forcing me to make a 3 or 4 board move to keep the ball in the pocket, where as the Sync may leave a 6 pin, and only force me to move only 1 or 2 boards to strike again. This comes in very handy while bowling regionals, and moving pair to pair and seeing big differences in the topography of a center. For me, this is a big advantage of very strong asymmetric weight blocks. The motion characteristic is a little more “built in” to the ball, compared to a symmetrical piece that is looking for friction to help the ball go through the different hook phases of motion. I have had good success with my Sync on the Kegel pattern Boardwalk(high volume at 35 feet), our house condition that is 38 feet, USBC white pattern, 2012 USBC nationals pattern, and also on the 2013 US Open 42 foot pattern. Surprisingly enough, the Sync seems to have a lot of pattern coverage for me, more so than I would’ve expected based on how strong the cover and core is. For my bowling style, and my game, the Sync is a big step forward over the Virtual Gravity Nano. I needed the right environment for the VG Nano to work for me, where as the Sync can adapt better with a slight change of release, or by applying different spin on the ball.
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Re: Sync
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2013, 07:26:37 PM »

Length: 40 ft

Volume:medium volume

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Likes: I was very excited for this ball to be released and to get my hands on one of these.  In the past I have always had trouble with aysmmetricals losing energy downlane.  The one exception to the rule for me was the Virtual Gravity Nano.  So when this ball was released I wanted to drill it with a layout that I would be able to use more on house patterns.  I drilled this ball with a 5.5 by 3.5 drilling.  I took the ball and gave it some polish right away.  The one thing I really like about this ball is that I do not have trouble with the ball losing energy downlane.  Most of the time I have trouble with the ball losing energy.  This ball picks up very nice in the midlane and still continues strong on the backend. 

Dislikes:  With my speed and revrate I do not get to throw this ball as much as I'd like. 

I would say this ball is great for those who are looking for midlane control with a Strong backend reaction.

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Re: Sync
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2013, 10:10:44 PM »
drilled this ball with the pin above my ring finger with the cg&mb kicked out to the right of my thumb.  i wanted this ball to complement my defiant soul that has the pin above of the ring finger.  i wanted the extra length but with the massive punch thru the pins.  boy did i ever get what i wanted. 
i tested it on 42ft fresh house pattern, typical heavy oil in the middle and tapered out to track area, but this center has an out of bounds past five.
my A game is to swing the ball across the boards, so i started with my feet on 30 and started the ball at board 25 and play out to the track area.  i was able to get to the pocket with ease and strike.  so i decided to see what kinda of area i had with the ball, so i pulled a few in and it held pocket, but the true test for me was to get the ball out in the out of bounds and see if i could get it back to the pocket, and true to form this ball dug in its heels and made it back to the pocket.
i liked this ball so much with its out of box finish that i decided to take my defiant soul down to 2000 abralon and polish it up. 
i would highly recommend this ball to any bowler looking to add a new piece to their arsenal or to replace an old one.  look for this ball at your local pro shop, you wont be disappointed. 
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Re: Sync
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2013, 09:03:40 AM »
I drilled my Sync 45x4x70 (Axis: 3 3/4-7/8 up) and I noticed a lot more overall hook then any other solid asymetrical ball I have ever thrown.  This ball reacts extremely well on medium to heavy oil conditions.  I left the cover out of the box, and saw a very consistent and continuous motion.  I also tried it at 2000 polished and got a few more feet down the lane but still a similar motion.  Another winner from Utah!!!

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