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« on: February 10, 2023, 10:03:35 AM »
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The Storm Absolute high-performance bowling ball will absolutely improve your scores! This ball takes a single-density asymmetric core and combines it with the R2S Deep Hybrid coverstock. The core design decreases the amount of mass where the thumb hole is typically drilled. This design function helps the ball respond better to friction on the lane due to increased intermediate differential. The R2S Deep Hybrid coverstock formula allows a cleaner approach through the front of the lane allowing for more angle and aggression through the pins on heavy oil.

Color: Copperhead/Jade/Phantom Black
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Sentinel (14-16#)
Coverstock: R2S Deep Hybrid
Finish: Reacta Gloss
RG: 2.48 (based on 15# ball)
Differential: 0.050 (based on 15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy Oil
Fragrance: Orange Cream Soda



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Absolute review
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2023, 02:21:19 PM »
Storm Absolute

Coverstock  R2S Hybrid Reactive
Sentinel Core (Asymmetrical)
Finish Reacta Gloss Polished
Layout 4 x 4 2” Pin Buffer

Bowler Specs:
Right Hand. PAP 5” Over 1/2 up
Rev Rate 300. Tilt 20.
Speed at release 17

 I have not quite figured out the reaction for me on the new Storm Absolute.  The ball is on the high hook side and some of my customers are having a good look with it but the Absolute is very over under for me. I have had some big games with the Absolute but not a strong set of games. I have tried various surface changes and 500, 1000 then a light polish seems to be best for me but not what I was hoping for. A 2000 sand will be my next step. I do feel the new asymmetric balls roll better with weaker layouts and I may have gone too strong on this ball. I would put this ball above the Revenant in total hook. This ball has been reviewed too well by many people so I will try another with a weaker layout and surface. I believe this will be a good ball for me after some adjustments.

The Absolute is a new strong ball by Storm.
My customers are seeing good reactions from this ball.
The cover is easily adjustable.

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Re: Absolute
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2023, 06:37:57 PM »
Storm Absolute – WWRD 1/20/2023

Cover: R2S Deep Hybrid
Core: Sentinel Core
RG: 2.48
RG . Diff. 0.050
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Fragrance:  Orange Cream Soda

Storm’s new Absolute is an Asymmetrical Hybrid piece that is good for Medium-Heavy conditions.  PAP is 5 5/16 R 1 3/16 Up. Rev Rate: 400.  Speed: 16.5.  Drilled this piece with the Pin up between the fingers and CG kicked out 1” from the palm and 1” Left of the Mass Bias.   Out of Box ball motion is clean through the fronts with a smooth motion on the backend.  I took a 2k and 3k Abralon afterwards and it was still clean through the fronts with a stronger continuous backend motion.  I compared this to the Storm Proton Physix and the Roto Grip Exotic Gem.  Storm Proton PhysiX starts up earlier in the mid lane and is 2-3 stronger, Exotic Gem 1-1 stronger.  If you are looking for an Asym Hybrid that gets length and strong backend this is the piece to have in the bag.


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Re: Absolute
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2023, 08:49:52 PM »
Fragrance: Orange Cream Soda
Core: Asymmetric Core
Cover: R2S Deep Hybrid Cover with Reata Gloss

The Absolute is the first single density asymmetric core bowling ball since the Lucid. This ball motion has been missing in the line since the discontinuation of the Lucid. With the hybrid cover stock this ball offers great mid lane roll with plenty of backend pop going through the pins. It’s really hard to compare this ball to something else in the line with it’s unique core. I find myself having this ball in my bag for a long time. This ball is the first out of my bag on league night. With its great versatility any bowler will be able to pick this ball up and enjoy throwing it. One of the things that really stuck out to me was the versatility of this ball. You can shine it up for more angle down lane or knock the polish off and get the ball to read a little earlier if need be. This is a great all around ball and is a must in everyone’s bag. If you haven’t already picked up yours, make sure you do so today!
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Storm Absolute review by Ethan Fiore
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2023, 09:13:04 PM »

Lane Condition
Length: 40
Volume: Medium
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

The Storm Absolute uses the new Sentinel Core and R2S Deep Hybrid Coverstock. This cover is one of the cleanest I’ve ever seen on an asymmetric ball. It clears the front part of the lane, with enough energy to control the back part of the lane. Now as a 2 hander, I have trouble finding asymmetric balls that roll good for me. But after the first game or two with The Absolute, I couldn’t put the ball down. Very predictable backend and for those high rev players; it controls the midlane very well. This ball fits just below my Storm Nova and above my 900 Global Reality Check. I recommend this ball to anyone in the market for a strong pearl. This is the one for you!

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Rev Rate: 500
Speed: 17.5
PAP: 4 1/8 up 7/8


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Re: Absolute
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2023, 10:19:23 AM »
I’ve been doing a lot of league bowling in a house I never fair well in when I throw large core, asymmetrical pearl stuff. With some tournaments on the schedule, I decided to put a new Absolute in my bag. I still love and use my Dark Code, so I didn’t want to run any risk of replicating it. Obviously, the cores are different and even though both are in the R2S family, there has been some surface degradation in the Dark Code. So, no matter what, they’re going to be different.

Using it on a 25ml, 42’ 12:1 recently, I immediately noticed the 35x4.5x55 layout made it roll more in the middle of the pattern than my Dark Code does. For me, this has two benefits. When they’re fresh and I needed something to slow down and stand up a little earlier, this did it. But, since this is such a clean cover, when I had to make big zone moves in late in the shift or on the burn this ball got me through the early friction and gave me shape the others couldn’t.

On that particular shot, it wasn’t my go-to, but it definitely gave me shape and read every time I needed it. For some, this may not be a benchmark ball and that’s OK. Lower rev players who need a clean look and who go with a more skid/flip layout, this might be the ball for you. Especially in houses where friction is causing struggle.
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Re: Absolute
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2023, 08:01:20 PM »
I am higher speed, rev challenged 220-250ish, high tilt, high rotation, and super low track player. I drilled my Absolute 30x4x65 with the pin in the middle finger.
My axis point is 3 1/4 over and 7/8 up.

The Absolute is a welcomed addition to my arsenal because it allows me to ball down from my Exotic GEM and stay right. My absolute is very clean and round in shape , which is something I’m not used to or keen on seeing. Although, if I’m playing on higher friction or shorter oil patterns I can see myself using this ball. The Absolute by Storm definitely does not disappoint and the orange cream soda scent is Absolutely amazing!

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Absolute Review
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2023, 03:49:46 AM »

Length: 40ft

Volume: Med

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Likes: Clean through the heads, strong in the mid lane, continuous backend. Was pretty good on a THS, but might be even better on a pattern.  Out of the box it seems like a great ball for someone with lower ball speed and lower rev rate.

Dislikes: Picked up a bit later than I was expecting, had to knock off a bit of the polish to get the ball where it needed to be to thrive.

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An Absolute-Must!!!
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2023, 07:50:48 PM »
Bowlers Info: RH tweener, PAP 4-5/8 x 3/4 up, 380 RPM, 13* of Axis tilt, 60* of Axis Rotation

Ball Layout: 50 x 5.25 x 80
VLS: 5-1/4 x 4 x 5-3/4

Finish: 1500-Grit

I’ve been looking for a UFO Alert replacement since last year’s ban.  Well, Absolute is pretty darn close to this replacement, and I couldn’t be happier. I would say the Absolute is a smidge less on the backend from the original UFO Alert.  I drilled my Absolute for control, pin under middle with PSA kicked far right.  This gives me a lot of control off the backend for either fresh or to manage the pocket when the sport shot or transition calls for it.  I took mine back to 500,1000, 1500 grit polish as I felt Reacta Gloss was a bit too clean and wanted more teeth under the finish.  Shot 300 the following week in my sport league!  For me, the Absolute isn’t hockey stick, but more strong control off the backend which is perfect for sport shots!  Go get one of these today!!!

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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2023, 07:30:20 AM »
Hi bowlers !! To be fully transparent, the first time that I throw it, I didn't liked it !! The fres surface was too shiny for the oil lanes conditions that we have. I had no reaction, the ball pass right. So I just passed a 3000 with hand just to remove the extra shiny. After, I had a lot more of reactions on the backend. Maybe also with a couples of games on it. Now, the Absolute is a ball that I can use with a good amount of oil. It's reads well the mid part of the lane and become to react at this moment so I have a good big round react with the combinasion also of the assym core and R2S deep hybrid cover. It'a a ball that I will use on the beginning when I know that it have medium or high oil condition. So, a great ball that you will be able to change the surface easily according what you want !! #stormnation”


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Re: Absolute
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2023, 03:17:18 PM »
The all new Absolute form storm features Storm’s first single-density asymmetric core in the Storm line since the Lucid. According to storm “The R&D team has also reduced the amount of weight block mass near the area where the thumb hole is typically placed. The inward angled edges increase the intermediate differential prior to drilling and allows the dynamic integrity to be preserved after drilling because the thumb hole misses the weight block. The extra intermediate differential makes the Absolute respond to friction on the lane more effectively and won’t miss the spot.” I have seen a lot of good things out of this ball so far, for a ball with a lower RG this ball doesn’t bog down too fast and quit. I have seen this ball control the front part of the lanes while giving me the ability to open up the lane with ease. This would be a good benchmark pearl ball to add to your bag for league or tournament play. Go out and get yours today!

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Re: Absolute
« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2023, 10:12:24 PM »
Storm Absolute
Coverstock: R2S Deep Hybrid Reactive
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Core: Sentinel Core
RG: 2.48, Diff: 0.050, PSA: 0.021 (15 lbs)
VLS Layout: 4 1/4 x 4 x 2 1/4
Dual Angle Layout: 45 x 4 1/4 x 35
PAP: 5 3/16” right x 5/8” up
Rev rate: 400 rpm
Average speed: 16.5 mph
Location: Prairie Lanes, Sun Prairie WI
Pattern: Medium volume THS

The new Storm Absolute brings an all new core and cover combination stateside.  It features the R2S Deep hybrid cover, which is supposed to be cleaner through the front part of the lanes compared to the R2S formula found on balls like Hyroad Pearl and Phaze V.  Essentially, this helps to create a more aggressive shape into the pocket with increased angle through the pins. The engine driving the Absolute is the new Sentinel core, which is a single density core with no flip block and a shape that limits the amount of material removed from the core during drilling which preserves the core and ball dynamics.  This also helps the Absolute respond to friction more effectively and consistently.

Prior to throwing the Absolute for the first time, I lightly scuffed the surface with a 3000-grit Abralon pad by hand as I’ve done on most factory-shined balls.  Even with the light scuff, my first impressions were that the Absolute was undoubtedly one of the cleanest balls I’ve ever thrown.  So much so, that I generally found it to be inconsistent. Even after another scuff by hand, the Absolute was still extremely clean but it wasn’t reading the mid-lane as much as I would have liked.  Therefore, I resurfaced it on a ball spinner with 500-1000-3000 grit Abralon pads and have let it lane shine from there.  Since then, the reaction has been much improved; it’s still clean up front and sharp downlane, but much more stable and controllable in the mid-lane.

The Storm Absolute is a great ball with aging lane surfaces in many bowling centers.  It’s going to be a great choice for league bowlers on medium to lighter volume house patterns, and a good option to transition to in tournament play.  It bridges the gap between bigger asymmetrical balls like a Super Nova or Infinite PhysiX and symmetrical balls like Phaze V or Hyroad.  Also, don’t be afraid to adjust the surface on your Absolute if you’re not quite seeing what you want – it takes very well to surface adjustments even though it comes shiny from the factory.  It’s ABSOLUTELY a great addition to the Storm line!

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Re: Absolute
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2023, 01:34:43 PM »
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Layout: 60 X 5 X 30
Pap: - 47/8   +1
Rev Rate: +-500
Speed 17-18mph
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The Storm Absolute is absolutely clean through the front and mid part of the lanes. For being a big asymmetrical ball, it is a very controllable ball. With the absolute being a hybrid cover helps the smoothness through the front and mid part of the lane. The Absolute has a very nice reaction off of the break point, it's sharp of the spot but then rolls into a nice continuous roll through the pins. Like I state in the video I drilled mine to be a little bit more of a rollie type ball so I can use the Absolute on shorter oil patterns, dryer lanes and high friction lanes. Overall the Absolute is a great ball and can be used for many different oil patterns and all types of bowlers. Get yours today.

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Re: Absolute
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2023, 05:22:35 PM »
Ball Review Specs:
Ball Name: Storm Absolute
Cover Stock:  R2S Deep Hybrid
Weight Block: Asymmetrical
Color: Copperhead/Jade/Phantom Black
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Layout: 4x4x2
Fragrance: Orange Cream Soda

Bowler Specs:
PAP 4 7/8" Over 3/8 up
Rev Rate 300.
Speed at release 15
Fragrance: Orange Cream Soda

Today we are talking about the new Storm Absolute. This ball is becoming a league shot favorite of mine because when the bigger balls are too much for a house shot this ball seems to blend it out and check all the right boxes. I have been trying to start on a THS with the Revenant, but find that I have to force that ball. I did knock the shine off with a 2000k pad and I think that is helping the blend that I see. I will be doing that again to the Revenant as it has lane shined up and having trouble with it. I would say that the Absolute is a good ball and I think it fairs better on the THS as on a sport condition I think there are better options to throw than the Absolute. Again, not every ball will match up to your game and that’s why if there is ever a ball demo or Storm Matchmaker in your area it would be wise to get out there and throw the balls to get an idea as to what that ball will do for you and your game.
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Re: Absolute
« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2023, 01:56:45 PM »
The Storm Absolute is a release I have been waiting on for a while. The IQ Fusion and Crossroad featured the famous R2S cover in a hybrid version and it’s been a long time since we’ve seen this cover stateside. I drilled the Absolute with a stronger pin to pap layout (55 x 4 x 65) and it gives me exactly what I’m looking for. Once my Super Nova starts losing energy down lane just a little bit I can get into this Absolute on more dense oil conditions and have no trouble in the transition. I tend to be able to stay in Hybrid cover balls longer, but usually they are few and far between releases. This is my favorite ball to throw in league for the last 6 weeks or so. I can throw it for all 3 games if I wanted. It gets down the lane clear despite the Pin Under layout and never hits the 1/3 without maximum effort. 10/10 Rating from me.