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Code Black
« on: January 13, 2017, 03:45:08 PM »
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WARNING: You need a Code Black on the lanes! The Storm Code Black features a RAD4 core. This high torque, high differential core technology was very successful internationally so Storm is introducing it to the US through this high performance bowling ball. This core is paired with Storm's proven R2S Pearl Reactive coverstock and finished with a 1500 grit polish. This combination causes the ball to glide through the front part of the lane then create the unique breakpoint shape and backend reaction that Storm is known for.

Color: Black/Charcoal/Silver
Core: RAD4
Coverstock: R2S Pearl Reactive
Finish: 1500-grit Polished
RG: 2.50 (based on 15# ball)
Differential: 0.058 (based on 15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium-Heavy Oil
Fragrance: Orange Chocolate



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Re: Code Black
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2017, 03:56:57 PM »

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Re: Code Black
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2017, 11:39:30 PM »
Storm Code Black Ball Review by PJ Haggerty

The Code Black is the newest addition to the Premier Line at Storm.  When we found out Storm was releasing the Code Black to the United States, I was immediately excited because of the reviews I heard from overseas folks.  There was a ton of rave about the Code Black across the pond, and since itís been available to us now, it has yet to disappoint.  The Code Black has quickly become one of my favorites.

Iíve drilled two of them so far.  The first one is mapped out as 5 x 4 Ĺ x 70 which puts the mass bias just to the right of my thumb.  I hit this one with a 4000 pad by hand just to take the initial shine off and create a bit of a smoother motion, and it did just that.  Because the cover is pearl, it wants to fly through the front of the lane and provide a quicker response time, but the 4000 pad helps slow that down a little.  This is definitely a ball to use on house patterns and sport patterns when the pattern starts to blend out.

The second one I drilled is mapped out as 4 Ĺ x 3 Ĺ x 45 with a hole underneath my axis.  I hit this one with a 2000 pad and this Code Black is definitely earlier and smoother down lane.  Iíve been able to use this one a lot earlier in blocks until the pattern blends out, then Iíve been able to go to the 5í pin one.  The response time on this one is much slower, but Iím still able to use it a lot.  This one has a lot more games on it than the 5í one, but when I get to use the 5í Code Black, its great! 

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Re: Code Black
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2017, 04:12:17 PM »
The Code Black combines the R2S pearl cover with the Rad4 core. This mix offers a fast revving asymmetric core, with a very clean yet powerful cover.

I drilled my Code Black 55 x 4.75 x 65, which puts the pin under my ring finger and the mass bias on my VAL. This layout needed a P2 weight hole as well. The coverstock on the Code Black is not as strong as balls you typically see in Stormís Premier line. It is noticeably cleaner than the Snap Lock at the same surface, but thatís not to say that itís weak. I call the Code Black, my Hyroad on steroids. It has a lot of backend.

In my ball motion video, I compared the Code Black to the Street Fight, and for me, the Code Black was stronger by about 5 boards. I see the Code Black be the perfect fit for when the super strong asymmetric balls, like the No Rules or Alpha Crux, have started rolling out and losing too much energy.

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Re: Code Black
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2017, 01:56:34 PM »
53 year old right hander
Avg Speed-15.5 to 16mph
PAP-3 3/8 over, 3/8 down

Having read the reviews and seeing the numbers on the Code Black, I saw an opportunity to use the combination of cover and differential to create a hard, angular reaction just on the edge of snappy.  With this in mind, I drilled my first Code Black 5x4x3 1/2.  This puts the pin in my middle finger.  I hit it with 3000 on the spinner and then threw that and a DareDevil on the broken down house shot, Stone Street.

The R2S Pearl cover yielded its usual good length with high friction sensitivity.  The .058 differential enhanced the angular shape even more so.  My layout took just enough off the snap that it became hard and aggressive but not uncontrollable.  The most noticeable trait of the Code Black is how low it keeps the pins.  Much like the DareDevil, this ball wants to be thrown right.  The greater the angle, the better the carry.

This ball is a good two feet or more longer than the DareDevil but overall hooks about 3 more.  I've heard some people compare Code Black to the Hyper Cell Skid however this piece goes considerably longer than the Skid.  Perhaps the best description is to think of a HyRoad Pearl with steroids on the back end.  Don't be afraid to adjust the surface as the ball will not lose its native characteristics.

I you find you like the Code Black, you probably will want to drill two of them with very different layouts.  I give it two thumbs up!




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Re: Code Black
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2017, 05:29:24 AM »
Storm code black
Layout: pin above the bridge cg out to the right 1inch.  Oob condition
Lane conditions: 40 ft ths, hpl

This ball is absolutely amazing.  This ball hooks a ton.  I could not believe how far left I could move and the ball would still make it back to the pocket with ease. I could swing the whole lane  or play up in the soup and the ball carries all day long. The shelf appeal for this ball is great being a black/ silver combo with an orange chocolate fragrance. This ball is available now. Go see you local pro shop operator today, you won't be disappointed. Bowl up a Storm
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Re: Code Black
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2017, 01:26:01 PM »
This ball is a beast! I drilled this one pin down, removed the polish and it has become a staple for me on the wet/dry house shot I bowl on. This ball consistently gets me to the pocket and has significant hitting power. I removed the polish because I wanted a little more control and predictability down lane without blowing past my break point.


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Code Black Review by Lonnie Pemberton
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2017, 04:34:22 PM »

Length: 41 Feet


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

Core: RAD4
Coverstock: R2S Pearl Reactive
Finish: 1500 Polish
RG: 2.50
Differential: 0.058

Right-Handed Tweener
Speed: 12-13 mph
Rev Rate: 315
PAP: 4 7/8 Right 3/8 Up

Ball Layout: Pin above Ring 40 X 4 5/8 X 30

The U.S. is finally getting to experience the great ball motion that the international players have seen out of the Storm Code Black. If there is one characteristic of this ball that you want to use to describe it, I would definitely choose CHANGE OF DIRECTION! I haven't seen a ball change direction downlane so quickly since the Victory Road. The great thing is that the RAD4 core is a powerhouse so you get the same great angular motion but in a much stronger ball.

This is one of the cleanest balls I've ever thrown. There's no such thing as too far left as this ball keeps getting through the heads and keeps making a fast angular move back into the pins. Once i see some friction outside on the pattern I go straight to this ball. I love watching this ball push easily through the front of the lane and when it sees the down-lane friction it hockey-sticks back into the pocket creating entry angle no matter how deep you end up. I've never seen a ball that matches the Code Black in Change of Direction. This ball may never leave my bag.






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Code Black Ball Review
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2017, 02:23:26 AM »
Review by Derek Eoff

When I received my Code Black it had a pretty short pin, about 2.5 inches.  I normally get 3-4 inch pin and drill the pin above my middle finger.  After talking to my ball driller, we decided to drill the pin out of the middle finger and put the cg straight under the bridge.  I would also normally put a balance hole, but this did not need one so we decided to leave it without one for now.

I have used the Code Black on many patterns, from Sport to standard house shots and I can say it is the best pearl asymmetric Storm has made. I have had success with others such as the Crux Pearl, Snap Lock, etc. but for me the Code Black is much more versatile.  With the Crux pearl and Snap Lock, I could only use them on specific patterns for a specific time.  I have found the Code Black can be used on the fresh and for an entire 8 game block. 

The Code Black definitely creates angle down lane.  It will be best used on longer patterns, but can be used on medium patterns when you need more down lane motion. 

When I need something strong, but my Alpha Crux and No Rules are to early, I use the Code Black.  Comparing it to the No Rules Pearl, the Code Black is cleaner and more angular down lane. 

What makes the Code Black special is that it doesn't give you the over/under reaction you can get from pearl bowling balls.  While it clears the front of the lane, it still picks up in the right spot and creates nice angle to go through the pins. 

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Re: Code Black
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2017, 08:27:28 PM »



Type (THS


This Code Black does nothing that most asymmetrical balls generally do for me. Usually start up early, roll and ark with a pretty strong hit. Well this Code Black for me gets plenty of length and a super strong read in the mid lane with no loss of energy through the pins. This ball really has matched up to all kinds of games, straighter players make it look good and crankers can really open up the whole lane. I haven't thrown it on anything other than a house shot, but I can see where this would be a good sport pattern ball with the way it gets through the fronts. This will be a great ball in every style of bowlers hands.

Likes:Great Ball

Dislikes:None so far


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Re: Code Black Ball Review
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2017, 11:43:34 AM »
The CODE BLACK was a ball I was waiting to throw. Stonger asymetric ball with multiple different characteristics. I wanted a bit smoother drilling than I had in the Snap Lock, so I drilled the Code Black 45 / 4.25 / 40. I am a high track player with approx 375 rpm. This ball reads the mid lane amazingly and still gives me a smooth look with a continuous motion on the backend part of the lane. The R2S coverstock one of storms signature coverstocks proves again why it is so good. I have thrown this on house shots, sport shots etc and I can always find a line for it. Not only that but with forgiveness. Had many shots where I have had 3-4 boards target room and ball still faces up to the pocket. Very readable with different layouts. Very versatile in drilling layouts and changing the coverstock finishes. This is a must ball in your bag and will compliment many other Storm balls. If you don't have this ball, go buy it and you will wonder why you never bought it sooner.


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Re: Code Black
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2017, 12:43:58 AM »

Length:41ft, 45ft

Volume: medium, high

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

Review by Nick Smith

I put a 60*4.75*35 layout on my Code Black, pin above the ring finger w/the MB about an inch to the right of the thumb.
For me the Code Black is the most angular pearl assymetrical ball I have ever thrown!! The biggest thing thatsets this ball apart from all others I have thrown is the fact that it doesn't pick up in the mid-lane like most other assym pearls. Compared to the Snap Lock the Code Black is much cleaner with a lot more recovery down lane. This ball is a homerun for Storm!!! Its a great pc for typical house patterns.It will recover from anywhere on the lane.
Also used it on the Mexico City sport pattern and it very good once the front part of the started to dry up. The Code Black got through the burnt heads very well. For me it is a very good compliment to all other solid assym balls. Its a must have for all bowlers, whether for league or tournaments.

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Re: Code Black
« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2017, 08:54:08 AM »

Length:42 Feet

Volume: 18.67 Mils

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Likes: Clean through the front half of the lane, very strong continuous movement.  This is the first ball out of my bag every night. 



My layout on this is 5x4x3.  One of my favorite layouts.  Left Handed, PAP = 4.5 left, .25 up.  Average Ball Speed is 19mph off my hand, 17mph at 45 feet.  This ball allows me to open up the lane on a THS.  Typically I start standing around 15 with my feet (keep in mind I have a 7 board drift to the right) and my target starts at 16-17 at the arrows, shooting for 8-10 at 42 feet.  I can move deeper and generate different angles to the pocket, but also the ball gives the combined length and backend to allow me to move left on heavier volumes.  When I need skid/flip reaction, this is my benchmark ball.
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Ball Speed: 19mph
Tilt: 10 Degrees
Axis Rotation: 30 Degrees
Rev Rate: 400-420rpm


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Re: Code Black
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2017, 07:56:25 AM »
The Code Black is the most recent release in the premier line of bowling balls from Storm, the bowler's company. The Code Black was released a little while back in the overseas market, and based on its strength of sales, eventually made it to the domestic market. The core of the Code Black is called RAD-4, in it is the fourth generation of the radial accelerating disc technology. This core design produces a very high intermediate differential of .020, an RG of 2.50, and an overall differential of 0.058 in 15 lb balls. The cover used for this piece is the R2S pearl reactive, and is a stunning black/charcoal/silver combination, and has a box finish of 1500 grit polish.

I drilled my Code Black using the same layout as my current Crux Pearl, which is 4 x 5 Ĺ x 2 ĺ for comparison purposes. The Code Black glides through the front part of the lane with ease with the box finish. The mid-lane is where I start seeing a difference between the Code Black and the Crux Pearl. The core on the Code Black seems to migrate faster to its prefered spin axis, although the cover is still pushing the ball longer down the lane, compared to the Crux Pearl. The Code Black has about two feet more length for me, and rounds off the corner a little more gradually than does the Crux Pearl. For me, the Crux Pearl has a more defined shape through the hook phase than does my Code Black. As per PBA tour rep Jim Callahanís suggestion, I then hit the Code Black lightly with a 4000 pad, to just break the cover a touch. The added cover texture now has my Code Black reading about the same part of the lane as the Crux Pearl, maybe even a hair earlier, but has a slightly more defined shape through the backend of the lane then it did with the polished box finish. With this cover adjustment, the Code Black isnít overly sensitive to carry-down on the lane. I have used the Code Black on a variety of different patterns, and for me seems the best on lanes that I need easy skid through the fronts, with a strong change of direction that the asymmetrical core gives me. I was even surprised when I was able to use this Code Black on Kegel Boardwalk pattern after it carried down a bit entering into game three.

I can see why Storm decided to introduce the Code Black to the domestic market. For me, the Code Black is almost interchangeable in my arsenal with my Crux Pearl. If you are in the need of strong pearl defined backend shape ball and have trouble getting the ball through the heads, you really need to look at the Code Black as an option for your arsenal. Thank you for taking the time to read my review of the Code Black. As always, bowl up a Storm!

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Re: Code Black
« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2017, 12:27:02 PM »

Length: Various

Volume: Various

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): All of them

The Code Black is the newest addition to the Stormís Premier line of bowling balls.  The Code Black utilizes proven technology to come up with a dynamic reaction of the lanes.  The R2S pearl coverstock wrapped around the RAD4 core means unlimited backend motion with predictability in the mid lane.  I used a pin down layout with the mass on my VAL with a medium size hole.  Usually this layout for my roll which is more up the back with medium ball speed (around 15 mph) and rev rate around 300 would create a controlled or mid reaction down lane.  However, the Code Black still retains energy for a powerful backend motion.  The Code Black is effortless through the front part of the lane compared to the Snap Lock and the Crux Pearl.  The backend motion is distinct and still continuous through the pins even when moving left and chasing the pattern as it breaks down.  I was truly impressed by how powerful and predicable the Code Black truly was.  The Code Black is about 5 boards stronger with my feet than the Snap Lock.  The comparison was done on a house pattern and also a medium sport pattern (40 feet flat).  The Code Black because of its length can cause some issues especially on the fresh or at the beginning of the practice session.  However, when the pattern starts to flatten out and carry down happens the Code Black allows you to open up the lane.  The combination of predictability at the break point and the strength of the backend makes the Code Black the most versatile Skid Flip ball that I have thrown.  Stand Left and throw it right with confidence with the Code Black!   



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