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Code Red
« on: June 22, 2017, 10:29:40 AM »
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ALERT: We have a Code Red on our hands! The Storm Code Red features the RAD4 core. This high torque, high differential core technology was very successful internationally and with the Code Black so Storm is continuing that success through this high performance bowling ball. This core is paired with Storm's proven R2S Hybrid 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: Red Pearl / Red
Core: RAD4
Coverstock: R2S Hybrid 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: Cinnamon



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Code Red Review - Storm Andrew
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2017, 12:11:25 PM »
This ball is an excellent compliment to the Code Black. The Code Red picks up sooner than the Code Black and worked pretty well on the fresh for me. This will be a ball I can go to early on in a squad or league then as the lanes begin to breakdown I can transition to the Code Black which gets longer down the lane. I placed a 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 4 layout (Pin Down) on my Code Red. The ball definitely reads early and has great continuation on the back end.


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Re: Code Red
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2017, 11:44:44 AM »
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In terms of ball reaction, you get a typically clean Storm look, no surprises with any of their covers finised with 1500-grit polish OOB. We really enjoyed watching this core rev up in the midlane. That's where it brings its A game to the table. That rev up of this heavy core plus some solid in the cover smooths out the reaction over the Code Black. Doesn't mean it's not punchy. On the contrary it is. But while the Code Black was a clear skid/flip ball, this one is more on the edge. And when considering that any Storm ball I keep in the bag has to have it's shine knocked off, it will be even smoother.

Ultimately, it feels like Storm is pretty close to their "holy grail" ball (the HyRoad) with the Code Red. It offers a different type of rolliness while still having the smooth, predictable and punchy characteristics of the R2S hybrid reaction. If you bowl on house shots and you match up to any one of our testers, this ball can be used first out of the bag. It is a little clean and I personally prefer to knock off that factory shine. If you bowl in something heavier or a sport pattern, this may come into play as they breakdown or with some surface, a little earlier. Dave and I were very happy with our ball reaction overall. Guy warmed up to it nicely as the surface burns in. Really happy that Storm decided to bring this ball over to the US.
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Re: Code Red
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2017, 10:29:54 AM »

Length: Various

Volume: Various

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): Various

The Code Red is the newest addition Stormís Premier Line.  The Code Red is following the highly hyped Code BlackÖ  That lived up to the hype!  The difference besides the colors and scents are the coverstocks.  The Code Red utilizes the R2S Hybrid Reactive coverstock which will get the RAD Core started a touch quicker than the Pearlized Code Black.  The Code Red is stronger and has a quicker response in the mid lane compared to the Code Black.  The Code Black allowed me to play closer to the dry early and when the lanes started to breakdown I could move left and open up the laneÖ or I thought I was opening up the lane.  The Code Red is about 5 boards stronger than the Code Black.  I could still play close to the friction but my misses in are more forgiving and my mistakes to the right are not as drastic.  The Code Red is quickly becoming my ball of choice on medium sport patterns and also the dreaded House Pattern.  The layout that I used on the Code Red is pin over the fingers with the Cg kicked out with a weight hole at 7 inches from the center of my grip.  The angles are 50 X 5.5 X 45 which is taken from my PAP which is 5 5/8 over and ĺ up.  I am right handed with a rev rate around 300 and medium ball speed (approx. 15mph).

If you missed out on the Code Black or if you want something stronger than your Code Black go get the Code Red.  With surface changes the Code Red is an extremely versatile strong asymmetrical bowling ball that should find its way into your bowling bag!

Likes: The Versatility and Power

Dislikes: The color is not my favorite

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Re: Code Red
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2017, 11:40:51 AM »
Layout: Pin-up
Rev Rate:325-350
Left Handed

I haven't Rolled Storm equipment since the gravity Nano,So,I really wanted to try this one.I found the factory surface very strong and too strong for a normal THS.I took the surface to 2000 dull and what a difference.It still has a strong mid lane read.
I like this ball for long and heavy patterns.
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Code Red Review by Luke Rosdahl
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2017, 09:37:09 AM »
The Code Red is Stormís newest Premier line release, and like the Code Black, it was an overseas ball released in 2014 that they brought to us here.  It features the strongest core they produce, and the R2S Hybrid cover, perhaps better known as the Hyroad cover.  It acts exactly like you would expect given the information, itís a stronger, earlier, smoother Hyroad.  The reaction and overall shape is very familiar, and while the revving of the core makes it look like itís going to turn sideways on the backend, itís surprisingly smooth and controllable.  Itís a very comfortable ball to throw, I donít feel like I have to throw it hard to get it down the lane, but I also donít feel like I really have to catch it at the bottom to get it to finish.  Like the Hyroad, this is an extremely versatile ball that will cover a very wide variety of conditions for many bowlers despite the Premier label and strong numbers.  It offers a ball motion that isnít available elsewhere due to the uncommon pairing of a tamer cover with that strong of a core.
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Re: Code Red
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2017, 08:42:00 AM »
Here it is!!! The CodeRed! I was really excited for the CodeBlack, my favorite weight block and an awesome can't go wrong! The CodeRed brings back the RAD4 and wraps it up with the R2S Hybrid cover! Seriously, get your feet in and wheel this bad boy! I drilled mine 65x5x35, this is my typical "Flip it" layout. Knowing that the cover would be sooner and that my tilt is a bit on the low side, this ball still had great push in the front. It was 3/4 feet earlier than the CodeBlack with a smoother transition and great continuation thru the pins. If you liked the CodeBlack and you need a bit more roll on the fresh...this is your rock! My customers love it, I love it and you will def love it. Go drill one up today! #stormnation 


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Re: Code Red Ball Review by Lonnie Pemberton
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2017, 08:41:50 PM »

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Length:40 ft
Conditioner: Kegel Ice


Core: RAD4
Coverstock: R2S Hybrid Reactive
Finish: 1500-grit Polished
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 Over Bridge 60 X 6 X 12

The Code black has been an absolute go to for me when you have to open up angles. I was excited about a ball I could go to a little sooner and the Code Red has worked out perfectly. It has the same great overall strength that I love in the Code Black. The hybrid cover gives more midlane read than the Code Black which means I don't have to wait for lanes to open up to see that big move back to the pocket.

I was pleasantly surprised at how long I can stick with the Code Red. I chose a layout to keep it coming down lane and I still see the earlier smoother roll off the spot. Probably the biggest surprise was that I didn't have to adjust the cover. I'm looking forward to throwing the Code Red on longer patterns. When it moves, IT MOVES!

Another great characteristic it shares with the Code Black it the way it makes the pins fly off the pin deck. Doesn't seem to matter what angle it takes into the pins it clears the deck like nothing I've seen outside of the CODE balls. Overall I saw about the same hook between the Code Black and Red but the Code Red starts up about 3 to 5 feet sooner depending on the surface and is a little smoother in the back-end.

Want to overpower the pattern? Give this ball a shot!


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Re: Code Red
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2017, 11:03:43 PM »
Storm Code Red Ball Review by PJ Haggerty

After drilling a few Code Black pieces and having some good success with them, I was excited to find out Storm was releasing a similar piece, but with a stronger cover.  The Code Red is hands down my favorite ball in my bag right now.  Iíve found the Code Red  a minimum of 5-6 stronger than the Code Black.  After drilling two of them and changing the surface a bit, Iíve had success using these on multiple patterns.

The first one I drilled is 5.5 x 5 x 75 with no weight hole.  This puts the pin above my middle finger and the mass just to the right of my thumb.  Iíve used this one the most out of the two Iíve drilled and goes everywhere with me.  This give me a clean, strong, controllable motion down lane that isnít too sharp down-lane, but goes through the pins so well.  I found the most success with a used 2000 pad on the cover.

The second one is laid out as: 5.5 x 4 x 40 with a hole under my axis.  I have put more surface on this one (probably a used 1000 pad), but I wanted an earlier motion and less down-lane hook.  Iíve been able to use this one earlier in blocks, go to the pin up Code Red later in blocks and had a lot of success doing so. 

All in all, this ball is a complete home run.  If you drilled a Code Black, this ball is significantly stronger and goes through the pins just as well.

Go drill a couple!



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Storm Code Red review by Brian Watson
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2017, 10:34:26 AM »
  The new Storm ball in the premier line is the Code Red.  The Code Red is the Hybrid version of the very popular Code Black.  I drilled mine just like my pin down Code Black, 4 1/2 x 4 x 4.  The Code Red is at least 5-6 boards stronger than Code Black.
The Code Red reads the mid lane earlier and less has response time to the friction.
This motion compliments the Code Black real well, as the Code Black doesn't like the puddle as it hydro planes.  Where the Code Red with the stronger cover can handle more oil.  Very good addition the Storm line! 

PAP - 3  5/8 up 1 1/4
Speed - 15-16
Tilt   - 17
Rev Rate - 380-400

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Re: Code Red
« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2017, 09:54:10 AM »

Length:40 ft


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS


Likes:Strong continuous motion, great compliment to Code Black



I just love this addition to the line! The Code Red is a great pick up whether you already have a code black, or are looking for something to read strong even on medium-heavy lane conditions! When you run into carry down or transition, you can pickup this ball and still make the move off the spot through the carry down. It's Hybrid cover allows you to even move in and generate more angle, with continuous drive through the pocket still splitting the 8-9. This ball works very well for high speed high rev players, but also with lower speed and lower rev players. The ball is so versatile, again to go from the code black that might get lazy, then go to this ball, move in a few boards parallel with your feet and target and still have plenty of recovery to continue striking!

I generally see this ball being 3-5 boards stronger than my Code Black. The Hybrid cover also gives greater friction allowing an earlier read into the mid-lane. Depending on the bowler and the pattern faced with you can use a few different layouts and easily adjust the surface to match up with many different patterns and play styles! Personally this ball worked best at 2000 Abralon surface, closely followed by 4000 abralon, and then box finish. When I took the surface below 2000 abralon, it was a bit too early in the read and I found less forgiveness for my style and where I was playing the lane.
My Code Red Layout: VLS: 5X4X3 Dual Angle: 50x5x45

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Ball Speed: 19mph
Tilt: 10 Degrees
Axis Rotation: 30 Degrees
Rev Rate: 400-420rpm
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Ball Speed: 19mph
Tilt: 10 Degrees
Axis Rotation: 30 Degrees
Rev Rate: 400-420rpm


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Re: Code Red
« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2017, 11:58:07 AM »
My Storm Code Red Review video is now live! I bowled three games while recording the clips for the review, and can't recall missing more then 2-3 times. This ball is going to be a staple in my bag, it's a little more overall then the OG, with more in the midlane. I noticed that when you missed in, the ball still read the pattern well enough to face up for a mixing strike. While the original was great for when the lanes had a good amount of friction on them, the Code Red will be great on fresher conditions when there is not as much friction on the lane. Then when needed you can ball down to the Code Black when the Code Red starts reading too early. I often have trouble getting higher end asymmetrical balls to go though the pins correctly because of my rev dominate style. The code red has no problem, with its weaker coverstock the ball allows me to play much straighter through the front part of the lane, while still retaining enough energy on the backend. It's everything the code black was missing, can't wait to get more games on it! #CodeRed #StormNation


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Storm Code Red Review by Casey Murphy
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2017, 01:09:57 PM »
Orientation:  Right Handed
Rev Rate:  375 RPM
Speed:  16-17 MPH
PAP:  4 5/8 straight across

Location:  Enterprise Park Lanes, Springfield MO
Pattern:  High Volume THS
Layout:  40, 4 ĺ   , 70

The Code Red is a great ball!  Itís the perfect complement to the Code Black.  I love my Code Black but at times itís a little too weak to handle medium or heavy oil conditions.  This is where the Code Red comes in!  Itís a stronger hybrid cover, so it rolls earlier and handles oil where the Code Black tends to struggle and overshoot the breakpoint.  The Code Red is earlier and smoother than the Code Black.  The Code Red and Code Black are the perfect combo.  Bowlers can start with the Code Red on the fresh and switch to the Code Black for the transition or for the breakdown.


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Re: Code Red
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2017, 07:48:33 PM »
I drilled the code red 50 / 3 3/4 x 35 with no weight.  I love this ball, shot 220 276 267.   On a fresh shot rolled it up the 10 board and shot 224 265 240.  The ball went long and turned left with a continuously motion through the pocket with a lot of hitting power .This was on a 40 ft. house shot. I'm 60 yr old.


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Code Red - Mark Tarkington
« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2017, 12:02:03 PM »
Ball weight:  15
Rev Rate:  400
Ball Speed:  17.3
Axis Tilt:  7
Axis Rotation:  45*
PAP:  3 3/4 horizontal, 7/8 up
Layout: 50 x 5 x 50

As a big fan of the Code Black, I was really looking forward to the hybrid Code Red.  Personally, I had no issues with the Black being too weak, but know of bowlers that believed the Black had a lack of strength.  I think they will be pleased with the Red.  The layout I used is fairly normal for me, but I should have tweaked it before drilling.  The Code Red reads the midlane significantly earlier than the Black, even at the box finish.

I tried using it on our THS at the box finish and it rolled quite well.  The only real issue was caused by the massive puddle in the center of the lane.  It caused a massive over/under downlane.  I rolled a couple of sets with it before deciding that I needed to make a surface change.

Since it was earlier than the Black and I didn't want it to skate any further in the middle, I hit the ball with Storm Reacta Scuff.  This added just enough surface to allow the ball to be a bit smoother at the end of the pattern and was nowhere nearly as squirrelly downlane.  This was a good change for me.  I was able to get deeper and allow the ball to work much better for me.

I like the shape this ball gives me and really enjoy rolling the Code Red.
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