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« on: August 14, 2013, 10:01:11 AM »
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
Storm Byte Ball Specs:
- Color: Silver/Blue/Purple All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
- Reaction: Medium
- Coverstock: ERG™ Pearl Reactive
- Core Type: G2+™
- Factory Finish: 1500-grit Polished
- Radius of Gyration (RG): 2.52**
- Differential (Diff): .43**
- ** RG and Diff are based off of 15 lb. balls
- Hook Potential: High
- Length: Very Long
- Recommended Lane Condition: Dry-Medium Oil
- Fragrance: Mulberry

Description: This ball Bytes hard. The G2+™ Core helps bowlers create more ball motion and total hook. With this core you will see a strong directional change through the breakpoint giving you larger pin carry. This ball being a pearl will help your ball go longer down the lanes gripping the drier lane conditions with ease!



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Re: Byte
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2013, 08:21:03 AM »
I just drilled the new Storm Byte, and all I can say is what a great idea it was to come out with a lil lower differential asym ball.  This ball still revs up hard like a normal asym, but is definitely a lot cleaner through the front part of the lane.  I drilled mine 55x4 1/4x35 (Axis is 3 3/4 over 7/8 up.  The lane condition I threw it on was a typical house pattern (40 ft), and I was able to throw it for about 5 games with minimal movement as far a adjustments were concerned.  I highly recommend this ball for all lovers of asym balls, since it gives you a completely different look then youre used to.  For those who haven't been fans of them in the past, give it a shot, you will be pleasantly surprised on the roll of this high performance piece.  Another home run from Utah:)

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Re: Byte
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2013, 07:34:43 PM »
I just had the privilege to drill the Storm Byte and got to throw it in league and I was blown away. I'm left handed and placed the pin over my middle finger and put the mass about 1.5 inches from my thumb. This ball gave me the extra length that the Sync was missing, and the pearl cover makes it is cleaner threw the fronts. When it comes off the pattern it is very controllable and very continuous through the pins. So if you have a Sync in your bag you should count down the days till the Byte is released.


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Re: Byte
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2013, 03:14:11 AM »
Byte review –
I used my favorite layout on the Byte.  Pin above my middle finger and the cg kicked out at a 45 degree angle with a small hole on my axis. 

I have had the opportunity to use the Byte, on the following patterns:
House, Abbey Road, Broadway, US Open, Badger and Wolf.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to get when I first threw the Byte.  My Sync rolls really heavy and I have not matched up with the Sync, so I wasn’t sure I would match up with the Byte either. 

From what I have seen, the new G2+ core makes a big difference.  The Byte does exactly as it should.  It provides more length and more angle down lane.  It reminds me of the original Paradigm with the angle it can create down lane.  It easily cleared the front of the lane, and provided a powerful angle through the pins.

My Byte is more angular down lane than my Lucid and Marvel Pearl.  If you are looking for a strong pearl, the Byte is your answer.  The byte will be great on medium to longer patterns and is a great compliment to the Sync.   

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Re: Byte
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2013, 01:46:31 PM »
Storm Byte
Layout via VLS (Vector Layout System):
3-3/8” x 4-5/8” x 2-1/4” (pin ended up above the ring finger)
4-1/2” -> ½” ^
Speed: 15 to 16 mph depending on lane play
Revs: 300 rpm range
A. Center A- 38’ house pattern*, Route 66 pattern from Kegel.  Kegel Kustodian Lane Walker, 7+ year old Qubica/AMF HPL lane surface and used the new Kegel Ice lane conditioner.
B. Center B- both 36’ and 39’ house patterns, newest generation Brunswick Anvil Lane surface, Kegel ION machine, type of oil unknown.
First impressions are very important in life.  Whether it be trying a new local restaurant or test driving a new car, our first taste or hands on experience can dictate or perceived notion of something worth doing again or if we had better look elsewhere.
First shot off my hand with the new Byte was what all us muscle car enthusiast call heart-pounding.  To watch this ball skid through the front part of a houses standard shot told me right away, this was something special!   The ERG coverstock lives up to its promotion, very smooth through the front with a very assertive read off the end of the pattern.  Skid and flip no, major change of direction, YES!
The G2 modified core reminded me of a 455 Buick engine I slipped into my 1970 Chevelle years ago, all business and serious horsepower!  Having thrown the IQ and, IQ tour and IQ Pearl, I really didn’t fore see this motion?  The Sync for all its glory left me somewhat sad as often, when later in the sets I found it lacking backend punch.  Much of this was due to what I call my ‘old man’ roll.   The Marvel S filled this void, offering both early and mid-set diversity, but it was not comfortable for me to go past 3 to 5 games without  experiencing an over/under type of reaction.
I have thrown it in two different houses and on several patterns with very minimal complaints.  Shorter oil and lighter volumes require more speed and less hand than I can offer, but on the two longer house patterns, both fresh and seasoned it performed beyond my expectations!  At a recent tournament, Kegel pattern Route 66, I partnered it with my Marvel S and they helped launch me to several high game pots and a 4-way tie at 7th, worth a few $$$.
If you liked the Lucid, I can tell you without any reservation that you will love this ball more.   Same coverstock, and in my opinion, twice the core!


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Re: Byte
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2013, 11:51:06 AM »
Storm Byte
PAP – 5 over and ½ up
Ball Speed:  15-17 mph
Rev Rate 300-350
Right Handed
Layout 5x5x2.5
Surface Preparation:  OTB

What I wanted from this Ball:  Being a huge fan of the Storm Sync, I wanted a pearl version of it.  Sometimes my Sync starts too early and I wanted to be able to stay on the same line and switch to something exactly like it but Pearl.

Result:  One of the best compliments to a ball I have ever thrown!  I am able to simply switch when my Byte starts to roll too early and stay right where I have been on the lanes with the same awesome backend reaction.

I tested this ball on our at home house condition on our wood lanes.  The house pattern is heavy oil 16-18 ft. and buffed down to 32 ft.  Our typical house pattern is not an easy pattern and usually creates carry down on the outsides of the lane and a massive snap in the middle.  An out of bounds typically forms quickly and the mid-lane becomes very dry.  I bowled 5 games on our pattern and found this ball to be clean through the heads and keep the strong backend reaction.  The ball continued to stay very clean through the heads for all five games which is exactly what I wanted.  Over the course of the next 5 games, I moved deep inside.  I was able to create a hard arcing reaction with this ball on our shot while still clearing our dry head area and have the same hitting power I had earlier.  I tried to use this ball up the outer portion of our lanes, but as expected, the out of bounds wasn’t complimentary to this ball for me and I got over under as expected. 

The Storm Byte is a great compliment to the Sync.  I rely on this ball for conditions when I don’t quite want to switch to a pearl ball yet, but my solid is starting to move too much.

I highly recommend this ball to all bowlers with many different styles.  I have sold several of these balls with no complaints from any customer and even better feedback than most balls.  Most customers report that this ball is much bigger than they even expected.

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Re: Byte
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2013, 08:06:38 PM »
Lay Out: 4.5" from PAP at 55* PAP angle and 25* VAL angle. Dual angle measurement would be 55/4.5/25. The pin ended up about 2" above my ring finger with the CG very slightly swung out from the ring finger. The 55* angle put the Bolt even or slightly higher than my thumb. No weight hole.

Surface: I am box finish which is 1500 Reacta-Shine.

Purpose: I wanted to drill up this up to try to fill a "long and strong" type reaction my arsenal is badly missing on league shots.

Lane Condition Observations: I have thrown this on a couple of different house patterns: 2 different volume/length house shots on Pro Anvilane. The Byte was only out of it's element on the lower volume shot; It just labored thru the front and didn't have much pop on the back. On the more puddled shot, the Byte is very strong and I need to keep it online thru the oil to keep it from leaving rope tens and nines.

Response to Friction: The Byte in box condition is a medium to faster response ball. This one can respond fast down the lane with a stronger layout or slow down to medium with a pin under layout if needed.
Other Ball Comparisons: I threw it with my Deranged, Lucid, & Lights Out. Compared to my Deranged, the Byte is stronger off the spot and needs more oil or it will labor at the spot. The Deranged gets more length than the Byte. My Lucid is still 4000 box and it gets up earlier in the midlane than the Byte. I could probably dull the Byte to 4000 but then it would be a carbon copy of the Lucid reaction wise. The Byte makes a good ball to go down from and keep the same motion on the lane. My Lights Out is a lot longer than the Byte. I have to get into the friction zone more to get the Lights Out to move up sharp like the Byte.

Final Thoughts: The Byte seems to remind me of the Gravity Shift a lot more than anything else. The Gravity was pretty versatile and the specs for the Byte suggest there is a lot of room to tweak with. I would say if you want something to get longer than the Sync, Defiant Soul, or Lucid, then the Byte should fill that void in your line up.
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Re: Byte
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2013, 04:42:30 PM »

My Byte Layout (#1): 55 degrees x 4 3/8" X 2" (or 30 degrees)

October 22, 2013 will be a day for Anarchy fans to rejoice. The Storm Byte will be released that day. The Byte, to me, is similar to the Anarchy in terms of ball reaction with possibly more continuation. The core numbers are different with a lower differential (.043 vs .054) but still my Anarchy was the first ball to come to mind after throwing some shots with the new Byte. The Anarchy was one of a few balls I have had in recent years that could provide enough power through the pins even if I pinched it in a bit and still get the 10-pin out. The Byte appears to be that next ball that really helps open up the back part of the lane with its ability to recover and continue through the pins.

The polished ERG cover provides excellent response to friction without giving away the midlane. The ERG cover first appeared on the Lucid with a matte finish at 4000. On the Byte it comes with the proven Storm 1500-grit polished finish you see on most Storm pearls.

The G2+ core has the same shape as the G2 core found in the Sync but has a lower density resulting in a lower differential (.043 vs. .058) and a slightly higher RG (2.52 vs 2.47).

I really didn't know what to expect before throwing it, all I knew was Chris Forry at Buddies Pro Shop told me he was really impressed with the one he had drilled. Once I threw a few shots with it before shooting the demo video I knew this ball would be special, the way it rolled and went through the pins was different than anything I had in my bag.

I have not shot 700 every night since drilling the Byte but darn near close to it. I have had a couple high 700s and quite a few sets over 720 since the end of August and almost exclusively throwing the Byte in both leagues.

Because I liked the ball so much I drilled two more, layouts:

Byte layout #2: 45 degrees x 4 1/8" x 65 degrees

This layout is probably my favorite, the pin is below my ring finger, no extra hole. This layout gets rolling a touch sooner with a little more arc than the 55 degree layout.

Byte layout #3: 65 degrees x 3 1/2" x 30 degrees

This layout provides great length and a very continuous arc. It is the layout I used the least just because I need quite a bit of friction for this layout to become useful to me.

The one characteristic all three layouts share is they are all very continuous.

Conditions I have used the Byte on: Most of my experience with the Byte has come on various house shots or modified house shots but I don't think that should take away anything from what the ball does. I have used them on 40' to 43' house shots on both AMF and Brunswick surfaces with a sharper downlane reaction on the softer AMF lane surfaces.

Where the Byte fits in my bag:  This is the first ball I go to since drilling it. If I have to ball up it will be a Reign On, Reign of Power, Marvel-S or Sync depending on what I have with me or how much more surface I might need. The next ball out of my bag if I need to ball down is the IQ Tour Pearl which is a little less angular for me.

When I use the Byte: As I mentioned above, I use it whenever, wherever and as long as possible. It is possilby my favorite ball Storm has released since I signed my contract with them two years ago, no lower than top 3. That's saying something because they have released a number of great pearl balls in the last two years.


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Re: Byte
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2013, 08:54:16 AM »



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):Various

Storm’s October Premier release is the Byte which is the 3rd bowling ball in the Premier Line. The Byte compliments the Sync, which was released in February, by clearing the front part of the lane with ease and has a dynamic backend motion. The reason why the Byte has effortless length and tremendous backend motion is from the ERG Pearl Coverstock and G2+ Core. The Byte will be in play when the pattern starts to dry out. This is where the Sync lost energy and could not make the turn… The Byte will be able to make the turn.

The layout that I used on the Byte was 75 X 6 X 55 for the dual angle people or pin over the middle finger with no extra hole and mass bias slightly kicked out. My PAP is 5 5/8 over and ¾ up with my rev rate is around 300 and ball speed around 15MPH. I am right handed. I went with a slightly “weaker layout” was to emphasize the Byte’s length and backend motion especially when I have to move in and go more left to right.

The first pattern I threw the Byte on was a typical house pattern. Early on the Byte was over / under but as the session continued and pattern became more blended the Byte was a striking machine! The Byte really allowed me to open up the lane and gave me recovery that I am not accustomed to. I compared the Byte to two bowling balls in Storm’s arsenal the Sync and HyRoad Pearl. The first comparison was with the Sync. The Sync rolled about 10 feet earlier than the Byte. The Byte also had a stronger backend motion than the Sync. The next ball I compared to the Byte was the HyRoad Pearl. They both gave me about the same length. The difference was in the backend motion… The Byte was about 3 to 4 boards stronger than the HyRoad Pearl.

I also threw the Byte on several sport patterns. The Byte was in play on the short to medium patterns where there was some friction down the lane. I had a lot success on the USBC Open Team pattern when the pattern started to dry out and had to move left and get the ball going to right. The Byte is just effortless through the front part of the lane. I also threw the Byte on a version of the Viper pattern on a hard surface and the Byte’s length was an issue until the pattern broke down some and the friction spot was more evident. The surface on the Byte was out of the box with no modification

The Byte will help you take a Byte out of your competition!

Likes: Length and Backend Motion

Dislikes: Sometimes too much length and too backend motion

« Last Edit: October 24, 2013, 08:56:42 AM by StoRoto2013 »
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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2013, 09:01:26 AM »
Pin Length: 4”
Top Weight: 3.1
Ball Weight: 16

5 x 4 ¾ x 3 (pin to PAP, CG to PAP, pin buffer)

Rev Rate: High
Ball Speed: 18


The Byte is one of the most highly anticapted balls hitting the shelves as it is the follow up release to the Sync™. Many have asked the same question, “Is this ball going to get me further down the lane than my Sync?” You’ll see that the Byte carries a new Core name G2+™, yet it has the same shape as the G2 core found in the Sync. Storm made this change to the core as to avoid having the ball starting early and then not giving that back-end motion you need for the ball to recover. With a higher RG (aka length) and a lower differential (aka flare) I did not notice any loss in the mid lane response.

My first game out of the box I threw the front 8 before ringing a 10 and punching out playing the 4th arrow out to 5. The pearl cover helps propel the ball down the lane and bounce off of the dry to increase your angle of entry. And we all know that without the right entry angle, you can forget about carrying 10 pins to the pit. Where this ball is paying big dividends for me is that it blends out the over-wall found when league first starts. I can really lean against the oil line and trust the ball to drive through the 1-3-5 and split the 8-9 pins over and over. This core continues to provide that good heavy roll and a consistent reaction.

ERG cover is clean in the heads and really recovers down the lane.
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Re: Byte
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2013, 11:51:29 AM »
Storm Byte Ball Review

A pearl version of the Sync? Yes please! I thought the Sync was fantastic for heavier oil and some shorter patterns.  The Sync is a pearl version of it and it definitely shows.  This is a high performance ball that will provide length and plenty of pop down lane.  I find this ball to be really good on many types of lane conditions.  In oil, you can scratch the surface with an abralon pad or to put some teeth in it to read the lane.  When the lanes start to break down, the pearl in the cover stock will provide length and angle down lane. 

I have drilled two Byte’s thus far.  The first one is approximately 4 ½ x 4 ½ x 70 putting the mass bias just to the right of my thumb.   Out of the box, I saw the Byte a bit too clean for me.  I took the shine off by hand with a used 2000 pad and this ball came alive.  It read the mid-lane much harder and still provided a strong, angular motion at the break point.   The second one I drilled is 5 ½ x 4 ½ x 50 with a small hole approximately 2’ under my PAP.  This was drilled for the purpose of when the lanes start to break down and I can get deep.  When a Hyroad Pearl, Deranged, and Lights out are still a bit too clean, the Byte will still see the mid-lane and provide that solid change of direction down lane.

This is a ball that will fill that asymmetrical, pearl, high performance gap in anyone’s game.  It’s a crucial part of everyone’s arsenal that should be filled.  If your high performance balls are too strong and mid range balls are too clean, the Byte will fill that gap!

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Storm Byte
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2013, 07:44:09 PM »
Right handed
  PAP- 4 up 1 1/4
  Rev Rate - 380-400
  Ball Speed - 16-17
  Axis Tilt - 15

 The Storm Byte is the pearl version of the Sync.  It uses the newly-designed G2+™ Core yields a strong change of direction at the breakpoint, giving you more angle to the pocket and better pin carry. With The proven pearl Evolution Reactive Genesis, or ERG™, coverstock.

I drilled mine 5 3/4 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/2.  My intent was to drill this ball for our short and dry league patterns lately. Which this drilling fit the reaction that I was looking for my dry house shots. 
The Byte is very clean and has angular motion at breakpoint.
I also threw the Byte from Matchmaker balls which is drilled stacked above fingers.
This Asymmetrical Pearl had a good skip/flip ball motion to it.  A lot of the bowlers out there loved the Sync and wanted a pearl to complement it when the Sync started to labor down lane.  Well this Byte is it, good length and plenty of pop on back. The Byte can be sanded with a pad to be able to help it pick up a little sooner.  As I was pleasantly surprised how the Byte gets through the fronts, especially for a asymmetrical ball.
 This ball is going to be very popular ball for all styles.


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Staffer review by Garrett Richardson
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2013, 10:23:15 PM »
Hand: Left
Ball Speed: 16-17mph
Ball Weight: 15lbs
PAP: 5 left 7/16 up
Degrees of Tilt: 17
Layout: 4 ½ x 4 ½ x 4 ¼

The Byte is going to be the next great strong pearl ball behind the Anarchy and Virtual Gravity Nano pearl. Storm is always generating new and innovative balls with different motions besides skid-flip, which is what they are known for, but now they went back to the Storm roots and brought out another great skid flip pearl ball! My favorite strong pearl skid-flip was the Anarchy and did not find anything else that was similar to that for a while bu when the Byte came out I believed this was going to be one to replace my old faithful Anarchy.

I drilled the Byte the same as the Anarchy which is pin down, cg out with a hole 1 ½ inches down from my PAP. Only thing I was sceptic about was the weight block which is the G2 core from the Sync which is the solid version of the Byte. After reading the specs on it the weight block is now G2+ which means it is the same block shape BUT the density in the block is lighter which means it is still strong but does not give you the early roll but a longer yet stronger move between the tweaked weight block and the NRG cover stock which is from the Lucid or as me and my friends call it “Lucy”. I drilled the Byte pin down for when I am in the oil and don't want it to get down too long due to my higher ball speed. I still get a clean read through the heads with a strong yet consistent read in the mid lane with a power punch turn on the back end. For a strong pearl it is versatile even for me, because usually strong pearls would give me an inconsistent read on anything less than a high oil volume lane, I am able to use it on most medium conditions.

Storm fans another great high end pearl ball is out and a lot of people who I drilled one up for love it and you will too! Go to your local pro shop and pick up one!

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Storm Byte review by Mark Tarkington
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2013, 08:06:53 AM »

Right Handed
Ball weight:  14
Rev Rate:  378
Ball Speed:  18.2
Axis Tilt:  6.67
Axis Rotation:  45*
PAP:  3 7/8 horizontal, 1 up
Layout:  4 ½ x 3 ¾ x 2 ¾

I drilled this ball for medium-long and longer patterns.  I wanted this ball to be a go-to when I need a ball to makes its move after the end of the pattern, instead of making a left turn at the end of the pattern.  This is my first attempt to really try to drill a ball in this manner.

Having just recently drilled it, I have only had the opportunity to use it on a THS. 

While the shot was fresh, this ball was absolutely amazing.  I was able to open up the lane like no other ball I’ve rolled in quite a while.  With my feet, I had roughly 10-12 boards and about 5 boards at the arrow, just by changing my wrist positions.  It was not speed sensitive.  If I was a little soft, it was still smooth through the break point.  If I had too much speed, the ball made up the difference with no loss of carry.

I started with my feet at 22; rolling at the arrows at 14 (I tend to walk about 7 boards left).   If the ball didn’t get room, it held pocket quite well, if I bumped it right, it had no issue coming back.  I had to begin moving about 7 frames into the first game.  After about 2 games, and chasing the shot about 8 boards with my feet and 4 boards at the arrows, I had to put it away. 

I will stress that I know that any ball would have looked great on this version of our THS, but I really liked the way the Byte moved down the lane, read the break point, and rolled over the 8 (not every time…).  By not using a skid/flip drill, the ball was very smooth and even through the heads and at the break point.  I’m considering drilling a second just to see what I can get out of a skid/flip, but I’m not sure when I’d be able to use it. 

This ball will be in my tournament bags, but I doubt that I’ll be using it on our THS, barring a volume increase.  I will post an update once I have an opportunity to use the Byte on a sport/animal pattern.

Thus far, I’m confident in calling this ball an amazing release from Storm.  Definitely looking forward to seeing if it lives up to its potential…
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Re: Byte
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2013, 12:05:54 PM »
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.
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