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Agent
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Your Objective: Infiltrate a hostile environment and blend in with the natives without being discovered. Use the Agent™ device to systematically eliminate them by conquering the ever dangerous and challenging medium-heavy oil conditions.

The AGENT Device: A Reactor™ pearl reactive coverstock that houses the EMC™ (Enhanced Motion Control) weight block. Specific functions are to produce smooth glide through the heads, generate heavy mid-lane roll, and finish with a strong arcing backend.

The Agency is depending on you - DO NOT FAIL.


AGENT™ Technical Specifications
Coverstock Reactor™ Pearl Reactive
Weight Block EMC™ Enhanced Motion Control
Ball Color Royal / Violet / Bronze
Ball Finish 1500-grit Polish
Radius of Gyration 2.47 (Low)
Differential .055 (High)
Durometer 74-76 Rex D-scale
Flare Potential 5" - 6" (High)
Fragrance Orange
Weights 10 - 16 lbs.

 

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Re: Agent
« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2006, 11:56:00 PM »
Drilled my agent with pin just below ring finger.  Ball is excellent, threw a 278 first game using.  The balls gets going nicely on the midlane with a sharp yet controllable back end.  I am surprised to get so much movement on this ball and not sacrafice any control.  Normally I play up the boards but I needed to play further inside with this ball, a welcomed change.  Storm has done it again.

Jeff Carter's review sums this ball up perfectly.


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Re: Agent
« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2006, 07:48:21 PM »
I absolutely love this ball. I have it set up with the pin just over the fingers with a balance hole. I have a relatively high rev rate and I throw 17mph. My house is medium oil. So far I have about a dozen games on this ball and the more I throw it the more I like it. My last 2 games were 255 and 258! I have thrown other storm balls and I have loved all of them so this review might be a little bias. Anyway, this ball is absolutely amazing. Incredible back end with a very strong skid/snap reaction. Once the ball hits its turn point it really takes off and makes a B-line for the pocket. And even if I was a little off and didn't hit the pocket solid, it still carried for a strike. I would definitely recommend this ball to anyone.

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Re: Agent
« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2006, 01:06:36 PM »
hi-revs
medium velocity
cranker

I buy this ball one month ago, drill 3 3/8 from the pad, and play in 38Ft flat oil patterm, go long and the backend is MOsNtEr Reaction, i polish  to 2000 to play  in this conditions. Out the box is nice to play in 42ft oil patterm go long and the hook is Awesome!!!
This ball is one of the best balls i have in this moment. I recomend 100% no metter what style you have. Dont wait to buy, Do it NOW! hahaha them you know what im talking about.

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Re: Agent
« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2006, 04:30:50 AM »
Storm Agent
Weight = 16lbs
Pin = 4 inch Pin
Top Weight = 2.6oz before drill

Layout = Pin over Bridge, cg at 75 degrees, 5 x 4 1/2
Weighthole = None

Surface Finish - 1) OOB 2) 2000 abralon 3) 1200 abralon w/Storm Reactashine (mmm...banana)

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Stats
Right
19-20mph of hand
425 rpm
PAP - 5 > 1/2 ^
Axis Rotation - 10*-60* degrees
Axis Tilt - 0*-15* degrees axis tilt

I ordered this ball as soon as it was announced as a compliment to a Paradigm I had. I liked it so much that the Paradigm was sold to a buddy.  It's been used across the Southwest, from Texas, to Vegas, to Sacramento, to Los Angeles.  It's seen tournaments, leagues, and Nationals.  It has the honor as the first ball out of my bag anywhere I go.

Versatility
This ball is meant for mediums, both heavy and light, but can handle a little more oil than medium-heavy.  OOB will squirt with heavy oil, carrydown, OB etc.  The OOB surface with this drilling loves longer, lighter patterns, and short heavy patterns.  On fresh backends the move can be quite angular, but as the mids start to go the ball smoothes out nicely.  I end up not having to move much over 3 games as the ball just smoothes out and still powers through the carrydown, a nifty trick if I do say so.
At 2000 grit abralon the ball picked up a roll a bit sooner on the fresh and allowed me to square up and play with everyone else, but the moves were sonner and bigger.  But carrydown becomes less of a problem.  This is the same characteristic I've seen with all of my Reactor coverstock balls, the Pyro, Tropical, and Hot Rod Hybrid.

Hook
Pin over my bridge is my favorite drilling.  It normally fends off the early hook i see sometimes and allows for a sharp controlled move.  This drilling on the Agent looks as if the pin is in a lower/earlier position, maybe 4-4 1/2".  The move is fairly early for a 5" pin as a result of the large, round EMC core.  The move is large, but not snappy.  I think this is one of the true arc balls out there.  There's arc, snap, and rolly...this definatly not the last two.

Length
The OOB surface gives easy length, and the core won't let you push through the breakpoint.  I'm looking forward to seeing this core in heavier oil balls, you'll get super roll.  Of course taking the surface down allows the ball to read earlier, but the backend move didn't suffer as much as other pearls when you sand them, a definite plus.

Control/Readability
Even with the big backend potenial, the core allows this ball to be classified as a control ball.  Put your favorite rolly drilling on this and be treated to area on a flatter shot.

Patterns played
Regional 3 38' crown
This pattern gives you a fake shot on the gutter, and a more manageable shot up the track.  This ball was to violent on the fresh, inside or out, but shined in the mid games when they opened up.  A duller surfaced would have helped but that's what the Trifecta is for

Regional 5 44'
This pattern was too heavy to start with and that where the Brunswick Strike Zone comes in handy.  Once things calmed down the Agent (OOB) slotted right in behind the SZ on the same line with a little more room the miss right with it's recovery.

Nationals 38'
What a day I had in singles...
Started out on 5 with my Trifecta, it's looking good since the Agent is sqirrly inside from round 25 to 10.  I go 215, 150 first two. Obviously the shot is no longer there, so the last ball of the 150 I grab the Agent slide on 45, lay down at 40, and send it to 10 at 40ft...crushed 'em.  And I proceed to not miss and shoot 300.  I had at least 4-5 boards of room to miss. 1-2 at my laydaown and 2-3 at my breakpoint...I got one out to 7. Crush.  One into 11.  Crush.  The ball crossed the lane marker, stood up and the pins were gone.  Very fun.

Compared to Other Balls in my Arsenal
Paradigm - same drill, cg @ 45 degrees.  The Paradigm is a magnitude stronger on the backend and gets almost a foot more length.  True skid flip compared to Agent.
Strike Zone - 4 1/2 x 4 drilling, 800 grit abralon.  The SZ is earlier, but the backend reaction is similar, the SZ does the Agent's job on heavier stuff.
Hot Rod Hybrid - Stacked drill, OOB
Hybrid gets 2 extra feet but stronger and smoother break, The Agent can handle more oil than Hybrid, but the different hook shape is the key.

Overall Impressions and Final Thoughts
This ball was fantastic OOB.  I couldn't put it down.  After 3 months of use, with regular cleaning (I work in a Proshop) it developed a little track.  No biggie, i've used it a lot.  I took it down to 500, then 1000, then 1200, and added Storm ReactaShine polish as per Storms reccomendation.  The ball has lost the punch it once had.  What used to be a noticable move off dry has really diminished.  I'd have to knock the rating of the ball down to medium and light medium duty.  I hope once I get rid of some of the polish it'll come alive again.  I can't wait to get the forgivness of the EMC core working again.  A super ball in a hopefully super line of Agents. I'll be passing on the Double Agent since my Trifecta hardly sees action, but i'mlooking forward to the solid and particle pearls.

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Re: Agent
« Reply #20 on: August 30, 2006, 02:45:54 AM »
Drilled my agent with the pin over the fingers on my span line.  CG out slightly to the right, no extra hole.  This layout puts the pin about 4 5/8 from my PAP and the CG about 4" from PAP.  This ball had 3.46 top weight and a 3-4 pin before drilling.

Drilled the ball with PBA patterns 1 and 3 in mind, and we bowled on pattern 3 this past weekend on Zima synthetics in Greenville, TX.  We previously had bowled this pattern on bad wood and good wood with synthetic heads.  This ball was really excellent.  I got good length, and the ball started revving up around the middle of the lane lane, absolutely no problem with the heads.  The ball had a very hard back end motion, gave me great area to the right when I missed right down the lane, really opening up the back end.

220, 170 the first two with Scorchin Inferno.  Got to 143 over for the 8 game block using the Agent the rest of the way.  Missed 4 spares and fouled on a spare.  Qualified 9th out of full field of 80 bowlers, very strong field, 23 champions.

Straight players will like this ball on most anything but very oily.  Should be able to get a nice back end motion.

Tweeners will use this on everything except floods and deserts.  Great all around ball, and good league ball.  Don't be afraid to add some surface.

Boomers will like this ball on mediums, may be too snappy for some.  Again, add some surface.  High speed guys may not like it on fresh, may be too long.

This is a high end ball price wise, has great carry power, and does what Storm says it will do, goes long and has a monster back end.

Hope this helps ya....
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Re: Agent
« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2006, 04:01:57 AM »
I like this ball ! What more can I say . I won't get technical with lane conditions , or my drilling pattern . Well my pin is under my ring finger . Anyway , the ball does what storm claims it does . I can't wait for my double agent to arrive . Thats why its hard living on a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean .

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Re: Agent
« Reply #22 on: October 08, 2006, 05:46:59 PM »
alrite, its been few months now i have the agent, time for a review

bowler info:

2 Hand style, high revs and med speed.
normally playing from 15-20 to 5 and back to the pocket.

this ball has 3-4 inches pin

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at the beginning i was playing down and in (stroker), but then i decided to go for a more powerful type of games since i was never close to get above 180 on golden pins. Switched to twohand release and things had changed. This ball was drilled to go long, and that was the result i was looking for. very good read of the middle and moved smoothly into the pocket (got my highest score, 279, with it)
after i got new balls, i found out that my angent was "kinda" dying, so i put it in my bag for few weeks.
Yesterday, i went to practice to my alley where they are putting new syntetic lanes. I shot few shots with equation didnt like the reaction, too jumpy, so put it back to my back. tried the infinite one, burned up too quickly, back to the bag. Then my friend sais, why dont u try the agent, and i did so.
now i have to say OMG! i have never seen my shot so powerful. I couldnt understand what was going on. The old lanes was Guardian, and not many in the alley could do a very sharp and strong shot. I was standing at the left gutter hitting the 20, goin to around 5 with very high speed (for my type of release) normally with guardian ending up in the gutter, back to the pocket with amazing power.
I have never seen my shot goin so violent, the pins were flying all over the place. after few shots, i pull out my infinite one once again, and didnt even find a close reaction to my agent.
i was goin to do some surface change on my agent since i couldnt get it to react in the proper way, now i changed my mind.

so in few words, the agent is probably goin to be the first ball out of my bag for syntetic lanes. i dont think agent is goin to work on guardian lanes.

overall, this is gonna be my ball for the new lanes and i'll give infinite one a break until i find a suitable lane condition for it.
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Re: Agent
« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2006, 01:33:10 PM »
Storm Agent

Ball Specs
The ball being drilled was a 3” pin out with 3.00 oz top weight.
Drilling: Pin 4" from PAP and Mb 45 degree angle. Pin is Above Ring finger, 3" above grip midline. No weight Hole Factory Polished

Bowler Information:
Track diameter is 10 1/2.
PAP is measured at 5 1/4 over and 3/8" up.
Average ball speed (foul line to head pin) is 16 mph.
Axis rotation is typically 90 degrees
Initial rev rate is typically 300 rpm, "Tweener"
Lane Condition and Pattern:
AMF Bowlero and AMF West, HPL 9000 Panel. Oil Pattern: Medium Heavy Oil and slightly clean back ends.

REVIEW:
1st off, this is the only Storm ball I've had that I like, previous Storm balls for me were big time under/over ball reactions, not this one. Truly something special here. The ball does what Storm said it would do, clean through the fronts, does not read the track early, revs up very quick in the mids, and has a Pete Weber back end reaction. I have had the ball for 2 months now, and have not had a series under 696 with it. The only condition I cannot use the ball on is a flood of oil, otherwise as my team mate tells me, you are deadly with that ball. One of the strongest recovery ball from a deep inside angle I've thrown.

Drill one up you will not be disappointed.

Thanks for reading my review.
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Re: Agent
« Reply #24 on: December 22, 2006, 12:34:11 PM »
Storm Agent

Pin to CG Distance:  2"
Topweight:           3.06 oz.
Finish:              Box Finish (1500 grit - polished)

Layout:

Pin slightly to the right and level with the Ring finger, CG kicked slighty out.  (Not sure of pin - PAP, CG to PAP distances.) - Parallel Drill

Ball Reaction:

Clean through the heads, late midlane roll and a very hard arcing backend.  

Bowler Stats:

see profile

Review:

This ball is quickly becoming a benchmark ball and one of the most versatile balls I own.  This ball is playable on just about anything I see here in Tucson and responds extremely well to speed and tilt adjustments which are the 2 major adjustments I like to use. On slicker conditions it has enough backend to recover as long as I keep the speed down and on the drier conditions it doesn't roll out because it reads the midlane a little later.  It has some trouble on the extreme dry or heavy oil, but I'm sure with surface adjustments, I could make this ball play on those as well, but I like it the way it is.  If you're looking for a ball that you can use on many different patterns, this one is it.  I got this ball as a second choice in my anyball league (Epic Saga was my first choice), but as it turns out, I like and use this ball allot more.  Now with the Paradigm Domination I just bought (will review it once I've thrown it a little more) I have a great 1-2 punch that I'm going to use for leagues the rest of the year.  





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Re: Agent
« Reply #25 on: January 07, 2007, 08:36:15 PM »
I needed a strong pearl reactive in my arsenal and the Agent fits that bill perfectly.  The ball makes a big move to the pocket when you get on the side of the ball and hit the dry.  This ball crushes the pins and is not jumpy at all.  I'm getting a nice continous move to the pocket.  Obviously conditions, the bolwer, and the drilling will all effect your results. I higly recommend this ball.

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Re: Agent
« Reply #26 on: January 14, 2007, 08:10:22 AM »
the best ball i've ever thrown. drilling - pin diagonally above to the right of ring finger(i'm right-handed) and no X-hole. this ball skids and when it reaches the breakpoint, it rolls up beautifully and makes a really really strong move to the pocket. carry is amazing! i've had quite a lot of strikes where the headpin flew across the rack to knock off the 10-pin. haha!

this ball is suitable for med-light to med-oily lanes. on fresh oiled lanes, this ball is a monster!! very predictable. however, like all other pearlized balls, this ball is quite sensitive to carrydown.

my rating for this ball - 10/10! GET THIS BALL AND BOWL UP A STORM!! Storm rules!

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Re: Agent
« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2007, 03:45:00 AM »
I love this ball! I drilled the pin a inch above the ring then shifted the left an inch(left handed.)This ball goes long and turns viciously. I love this ball because it holds when i tug it and out when i get it way out there and it carries ANYTHING!

i rate it 9.99 out of 10
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Re: Agent
« Reply #28 on: February 28, 2007, 11:01:40 PM »
First out of the bag.

Im not sure of all my specs I would say tweener . Med revs ,med high track.
Drilled  pin under ring cg kicked rt weight hole in thumb quadrant. All I have to say is wow. This ball is great for me. I had the one last year and liked it alot drilled stacked . tO ME THIS BALL IS A LITTLE LESS SNAPPY AND hits harder. I personally think this ball is every bit as good as any ball on the market right now.

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Re: Agent
« Reply #29 on: March 01, 2007, 09:20:09 AM »
this is my 2nd review of the ball. after about 150 games with the ball, i'm still getting a reaction very similar to that when the ball was brand new! i totally love the reactor coverstock. this ball is very versatile and suitable for any line, be it the deep inside line or the outside line. this ball can be played on most kinds of fresh lane conditions, including short and long patterns. the only setback about this ball is that it isn't very predictable on broken down lanes.

i absolutely love the way the ball reacts. my pin is diagonally right above the ring finger, no x-hole, and i have med-revs. this ball skids, but not too far, picks up a beautiful roll and ramps hard into the pocket. this ball flares A LOT too! incredible.

my ratings for this ball:

pin carry - 10/10
versatility - 10/10
predictability - 9/10
forgiveness - 9/10

thinking of getting a pearlized ball? GET THE AGENT, it'll do the job for you with flying colours!

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Re: Agent
« Reply #30 on: April 13, 2007, 07:12:28 PM »
my first storm ball and im loving it. the Agent is a high flaring, fast revvving, hard hitting, striking machine! i have played this ball from everything to "hook at your big toe" dry to "flooded" heavly and this ball can handle it if u know how to made the adjustments. i am a medium speed cranker, but can play any part of the lane with hand position/ speed adjustments. out of 9 bowling balls, this ball is the most versitle ball i have. VERY FORGIVING BALL! i throw a 14lb. ball but it hits like a 20lb. GREAT JOB STORM BOWLING COMPANY!