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Code X
« on: March 07, 2018, 05:16:30 PM »
The Storm Code X continues the popular Code line of Storm bowling balls. This ball is the solid version of the Code Black and Code Red. The Code X features the R2S Solid Reactive coverstock that is wrapped around the RAD4 Core and is finished with a 3000 grit Abralon pad. This bowling ball offers more midlane read and performs well on heavy oil conditions.

Color: Black/Blue/Purple
Core: RAD4
Coverstock: R2S Solid Reactive
Finish: 3000-grit
RG: 2.50 (based on 15# ball)
Differential: 0.058 (based on 15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium-Heavy Oil
Fragrance: Orange Zest



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Re: Code X
« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2018, 07:24:43 AM »
3 testers - 2 patterns

Storm was very smart to put out a high end ball with the R2S solid cover. The Code X represents a more usable high end ball. Why? Because even though it has surface, R2S is not the most aggressive cover out there. So you get the benefit of having a strong surface ball without it being at the extreme top end. What will happen is this. Lots of bowler styles will be able to use this ball. When new, some will use for a game, some for a set. However, as it ages, you may see less midlane with more punch downlane. That will make it even more usable over time. People will feel like it was money well spent.
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Re: Code X
« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2018, 01:17:38 PM »


Volume: 20.4 mLs

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS


Likes: Very Clean Through the front part of the lane. Control downlane on tougher patterns.

Dislikes: A little sluggish for me down lane, on the house shot.

Hey everyone, My CodeX is drilled 60x5x35. I want to start with my comments in the Likes/Dislikes section. The CodeX is really clean through the front of the lane once the ball transitions, for me, its not as strong as I was anticipating. I had heard comments about it being earlier and stronger than the Code Red. For me, it is not. It does however seem to have a lot of control but compared to the AlphaCrux it has more pop. I would compare this ball to a IQ Tour on steroids. It is not quite as clean as the IQ and it has a heavier roll down lane.

This is a great piece for Modified or Sport patters, when you need to control the back part of the lane when the ball exits the pattern. This ball for me is not something that will see regular games on the House Shot. I want something to read a little more in the midland and/or a littler stronger in the back.

Balls that have been getting the house shot love lately are:

Code Red: 45x5x35, no hole

DareDevil Danger: 60x5x55, P3 Hole

Idol: 60x5x55, P3 Hole

Hustle INK: 60x5x35, no hole

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Re: Code X
« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2018, 05:47:33 PM »
I waited on drilling this one up until I saw more reviews. I hate that I waited so long to drill up another great ball from storm. The code X gives plenty of miss too the right on your THS, length of 42 feet. it drives through the pins harder than anything I've had since the Alpha Crux, since my Alpha Crux cracked out I was looking for a replacement, well this ball fits that hole perfectly. I did touch the surface with 1500 abarlon.

Numbers: Right handed, tweener, pap 4 5/8 over and 1/2 up. layout using storm system 4 3/8x 3 3/4x 2 1/4.
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Code X Ball Review
« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2018, 02:22:33 PM »
Weight:  14 lbs.
Pin Length:  4 ”
Drilling:  50 X 3 4-1/2 X 35
Pattern Length:  39 ft. & 40 ft.
Pattern Volume:  Medium
Pattern Type:  THS
Right Handed

The Code X has the asymmetrical  RAD4 Core, wrapped in the R2S Solid reactive cover stock, with a 6” plus flare potential.  The box finish is 3000 grit, but as always, can be polished and/or changed to suit  different lane conditions.  The Code X is blue/black/purple scented with orange zest.

I have used the Code X on a 39 ft. medium volume house pattern, and a 40 ft. medium volume house pattern.

For the 39 ft. THS, I needed to add some polish.   This allowed me to get the ball through the heads easily and have a strong backend finish.  As the pattern broke down, I moved further in to pick up more head oil, and The Code X saved lots of energy.  The polish allowed me to use the Code X on our THS and not burn up before arrival.

On the medium volume 40 ft. pattern, the Code X gave me a better look at the box finish of 3000 grit. The Code X is a heavy rolling ball and comes off the pattern very strong.  As I had to move with the pattern transition, I was still able to get the corners out.  I compared the Code X to the Roto Grip Idol.  I  found the Idol to start up a bit earlier in the mid lane.  The Code X was a good starting ball for me on fresh, with polish on the shorter pattern, and at box finish on the longer pattern.

If you’re looking for a ball for heavy oil, this ball would be a perfect addition to your arsenal.  With a little surface changing, it can be used on league shots as well. 

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Re: Code X
« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2018, 10:36:12 AM »
Pin Length: 3 - 4 
Starting Top Weight: 2.62 oz
Ball Weight: 15

Rev Rate:  380-420
Ball Speed: 15-16
PAP/Track:  PAP:  5 13/16” and 1/2" up
Box Finish:  factory 3000
The Code X with an intermediate differential that’s higher than any other ball in its line, the intuitive RAD4 Core provides pro shop professionals more fine-tuning possibilities for bowlers of all styles. At over 10% more midlane read than the Code Red, R2S Solid is a chassis that favors heavy oil. It’s a perfect marriage between cover and core machined to precise specifications to achieve optimal performance no matter the condition you throw at it.
I drilled the Code X pin up to match my Code Red. I really love the reaction and motion I get with my Code Red so I was looking for something with the same motion just a little stronger. The Code X reads the mid-lane a little sooner and hooks more but not as sharp as the Code Red. This ball works great for me on fresh and heavy oil but when the lane starts to burn up its time to put it away for the Code Red. This ball is great for heavier oil.
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Storm Code X
« Reply #21 on: April 12, 2018, 10:24:47 AM »
I drilled my Code X 4.5 x 4.5 x 2 with a 1 inch extra-hole 4.5 inches of the center of my grip line. My first impression of this ball was that it wasn’t as early as Sure Lock but it gave me more continuation thru the pins. For all those people who liked the Code Reds and Code Blacks, they will absolutely love this ball for times when there is more oil and don’t be afraid to take the surface down to 1000 or less if you are looking for more hook depending on your style of bowling.


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Re: Code X
« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2018, 12:38:22 PM »

Length: 43'

Volume: Medium (22mL)

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): Used on both THS and Sport Shot.


I drilled my Storm Code X 55 x 5” x 75 with a weight hole 2” down on my VAL.

The Storm Code X consists of the RAD 4 Core and the R2S Solid Reactive coverstock.  This low RG, higher differential combination matched up with a slower reacting coverstock creates a piece that is essential for every sport bowler’s arsenal.  Bowlers that threw the Storm Alpha Crux say the Code X is very similar but a little more continuous.   

I think that this ball is versatile in the sense that you can keep your angles straight on the fresh medium to heavy oil patterns and continue to move left as the lanes break down.  The coverstock is slow enough so it does not over react on the fresh backends, but still has enough core and cover to dig when you need it to cover more boards.

If you are curious as to what the ball reaction looks like, be sure to check out the video Rubright Ball Reviews has put together.
(Video was conducted on a THS)

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Rev Rate 475 rpm    Axis Rotation: 30-50 degrees
Ball Speed 17.5 mph    Axis Tilt: 10 degrees
PAP 5 over 1 up
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Re: Code X
« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2018, 09:45:44 AM »
Code X
The Code X is the solid addition to Storm’s Premier line that uses the asymmetrical RAD4 weight block and the R2S solid cover. Makes its return to the Premier line with this release, and it is finished from the factory at 3000 Abralon.

I drilled mine to be pretty rolly and continuous and I absolutely love my Code X. Many are comparing the Code X to the Alpha Crux, but I think the Sure Lock is a closer match. For me the Code X is cleaner and smoother at the break point than both the Alpha and Sure Lock. The Code X leans more towards a benchmark ball than a high volume hook monster in my option, and because of that it has been finding its way in bag everywhere I go!

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Re: Code X
« Reply #24 on: May 25, 2018, 04:58:55 PM »
Storm Code X Review by PJ Haggerty

The Code X is the third “Code” series ball and has been my favorite thus far.  I am still a huge fan of the Code Red when the lanes start to hook and you need to create more angle down lane.  The Code X has given us the strongest Code ball so far and it goes everywhere with me.  I’ve been able to use it on multiple patterns and had a lot of success with it. 

I haven’t made any surface changes to my Code X’s either.  I’ve drilled two of them so far and both provide different motions.  My favorite is mapped out as: 6 x 5.5 x 70.  This puts the pin above my middle with the mass bias just to the right of my thumb.  I’ve been able to play straight and trap it or really open my angles up and it gives me a very smooth response time.  My second is mapped out as 5 x 3.5 with a hole under my axis.  This motion is certainly earlier and more overall hook.  I tend to use this one more on fresh patterns and earlier in blocks.   Either way – I have a ton of confidence when the Code X is in my hands.

I’d think of the Code X as a stronger Hy-Road Nano, but not as strong as the Sure Lock or No Rules Exist.  For tournaments or league, this ball can be used anywhere and everywhere.  Go drill one!



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Code X
« Reply #25 on: June 04, 2018, 08:12:31 PM »
Gender : Female 
Speed :  16.5 mph
Rev Rate : 315
P.A.P : 4 1/2 & 1 - 1/8 up

Skill Level   : High Performance
Color   : Black/Blue/Purple
Coverstock   : Solid Reactive
Lane Condition   : Heavy Oil
Finish   : 3000 Abralon
Weight Block   : Asymmetrical
Flare Potential   : High
Fragrance   : Yes
When I drilled the Code X I did not think it would be such a game changer. I figured I would probably just use it on longer patterns and keep it in my tournament bag. After I struggled in league I gave it a shot and it didn’t disappoint. Could move all over the lane and still loved the shape. I have to move about 8 boards left from my Code Red as the Code X just has a lot more midlane hook. The thing that surprised me the most would have to be that I can use it on short , medium and long patterns with the right surface added. I’d say this ball should be in your bag for all tournament bowlers. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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Re: Code X
« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2018, 09:09:09 AM »
The CodeX features the R2S cover and the RAD4 Asymmetrical weight block…the numbers are 2.50 RG, .058 Diff and an Intermediate Diff of .020
This ball reminded me of a more angular SureLock, if you can imagine that. The CodeX is stronger off the friction and longer down the lane. I don’t have a lot of axis rotation so, my SureLock rolled up too soon once the track dried out and I couldn’t move left and still carry the corner pins…with that said, The CodeX filled that void for me, if you need a strong piece and struggle a bit with axis rotation and or rev rate, you should take look at this ball. I’ve drilled a few for higher rev rate players and they can get this ball back from anywhere.
I’m a huge fan of the RAD4 weight block and I enjoyed rolling all of the Code Series Bowling balls. The CodeBlack was fun and it really turned the corner, the CodeRed was more reserved and controlled the pocket. The CodeX, to me, is the perfect addition to this line.
It is the ball you go to on higher volumes and longer patterns or if you need a little help with some hook. What can I say, I hope this ball stays around for awhile.
I’ll quickly touch on the “Is this the Alpha Crux reborn” Topic…In my opinion, It Is NOT…which isn’t a bad thing, they are two different rolling balls. I know some specs were released showing similarities but, again, I personally didn’t see them very close...that's just my opinion.
The CodeX is a nice fit into my arsenal and I think you would like it too, given the right situations. #stormnation


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Code X Ball Review by Lonnie Pemberton
« Reply #27 on: June 15, 2018, 12:28:31 AM »



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Cover:  R2S Solid
Weightblock:   RAD4
Finish: 3000
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 Ring 55 X 5 X 45

The R2S cover has been featured on some of the greatest balls ever put on the Market. Storm decided to combine this legendary coverstock with the ultra-powerful RAD-4 core that was featured in the Code Black and Code Red. The result is the Code X, a powerhouse ball ideal for heavy oil.

I tested the Code X on a high volume house pattern. For lower rev rates this ball will be in play right away, which is very helpful when you are used to having to take a lot of surface to the lane to see your ball move on heavy oil. Making those extreme surface changes can cause you big headaches when you start to see transition and that same ball that you had relied on stops getting the 10 out because you've been forced left and can't create angle because the excess friction burns the ball's energy up too soon. Normally you'd have to move to another ball, a different reaction and it is often difficult to predict how the next ball is going to react because you aren't just moving areas on the lane but the surface difference makes it a completely different reaction. The Code X is one of those rare balls in the same vein as the Sure Lock and Virtual Gravity Nano that are in play immediately on the highest volumes but give you a more predictable transition to the next ball when they start to hook too much.

The 3000 grit finish also helps keep the ball in play longer. Your line doesn't burn up as fast as using surface to combat the volume but the ball is strong enough to use right away. The RAD cores have already proven themselves a powerhouse with the earlier Code releases. This ball will flare and read in the mid-lane without the need to make extreme surface changes. The result is unmitigated power and control.

If you're in the pro shop keep these stocked. We all go through periods where the laneman goes nuts and the seniors and lower rev rate guys are in screaming for something that will actually hook. Hand them a Code X and wait for them to come back and thank you for it.


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Re: Code X
« Reply #28 on: June 19, 2018, 09:39:25 PM »
I frequently throw my Storm Code Black and Code Red. I find them to be some of the most angular asymmetrical balls I have thrown and find them useful on a variety of patterns. I even add quite a bit of surface to my Code Black for really long patterns as it still provides shape even with a ton of surface. So, I was excited when Storm announced a dull surface R2S solid cover to the series in the Code X.

With a similar layout as my other Codes (50 x 4.75 x 50), I was not in love with the 3000 grit surface on the R2S solid cover out of the box. The surface forced me a bit too far left and was too smooth on the backend to create the proper angle downlane for carry. After some struggles, I hit it with a fresh 2000 pad. Then, it picked up the midlane better and produced a better reaction overall on our house patterns. Since then, I added even more surface for sport patterns and it seems to handle it well. In my opinion, if a bowler matched up well with the Code Black and/or Code Red, this is a logical step for someone looking to handle a bit more volume/length.

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Bowler Info: PAP 4 5/16 x 1/4 up, Speed 16-17, Rev Rate 400


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Re: Code X
« Reply #29 on: June 24, 2018, 12:57:51 PM »



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS


Likes:When I first drilled this ball up I would ecstatic. I have thrown it in league and it has a good motion to it with an out of the box finish, but I have sanded it down to 2000 grit and now the ball is STUPID!

Dislikes:I had to change the surface. Im not a person that likes to change the surface of a ball, but if that is all i can say then im ok.



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Re: Code X
« Reply #30 on: July 01, 2018, 12:37:01 PM »
Code X
I typically have a very hard time getting Asymmetrical Equipment to change direction because of my Rev Rate and ball speed.  However I really liked the Code Black & Code Red and this ball was the perfect addition to the series (RAD4 Core).  In addition the RS2 solid cover is the perfect balance, letting me use it on heavy oil and it never quits on me.
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