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Dark Code
« on: August 11, 2021, 04:30:51 PM »
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The research lab at Storm has been busy and discovered a unique coverstock by combining two proven coverstocks into one. The coverstock on the Storm Dark Code is a combination of the R2S and NeX to create the ReX Pearl Reactive coverstock, also known as the "Reactor Extreme". This coverstock along with the RAD4 core provides the ideal amount of mid lane roll and backend reaction as well as awesome pin carry. This ball has something to offer any style of bowler.

Color: Obsidian
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: RAD4
Coverstock: ReX Pearl Reactive
Finish: 1500-grit Polished
RG: 2.50 (based on 15# ball)
Differential: 0.058 (based on 15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy Oil
Fragrance: Cherry Delight


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Re: Dark Code
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2021, 11:41:40 AM »
The latest addition to both the Code Series and the Premier line is the Dark Code. After drilling all of the prior Code balls (Code Black, Code Red, Code X), I was excited to see the Dark Code being released for us to throw. With an upgraded ReX pearl coverstock and an asymmetric engine, the Dark Code is a perfect addition to the line and is extremely versatile.

After drilling one so far and loving it, I plan to drill another one because of how versatile is. I mapped the first one out as 5.75 x 4.5 x 60. This puts the pin above my middle finger and the mass bias just to the right of my thumb. After throwing it for a few shots, I took the shine off with a 3000 pad and it smoothed the response time down. I've had the most success using the Dark Code once a pattern breaks down and the pattern stretches. Also, I've put up big numbers when I've been able to stand left, throw right, and open my angles.

I believe the Dark Code compliments the Proton Physix, RST X-1, and Zen extremely well. If you're looking for a ball that is clean, responsive down lane, and goes through the pins great, especially when a pattern starts to break down, the Dark Code should be the next ball you drill!



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Re: Dark Code
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2021, 10:18:06 AM »
Review Dark Code
R2X Pearl Cover
1500 Polished
RG: 2:50 Differential: 0.058
PSA: 0.020

Drilling: 55 x 3 ľ x 45

What a surprise!! This is the first ball I have thrown in the Code series. I never know what to expect when I drill up a Asym ball, the Dark code really surprised me. It has the smooth ball motion that I really like very predictable, and man does it pick up down lane. This ball makes me look like I have a ton of rev rate which I donít. I believe this is what gives this ball some crazy carry when it hits the pins. For the past several months the Zen Pearl has been the first ball out of my bag. When the Zen goes a little to long and will not quit finish out comes the Dark Code. I can move in a little and know this ball will come around the corner. It is very predictable reads the mid-lane very well and its crazy off the spot. The Dark Code a strong smooth Asym pearl good continuation. It allows me to play straighter and move in when needed. Check our your local Storm VIP Pro shop Dark code will be a great addition to any arsenal.

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Dark Code Review by Luke Rosdahl
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2021, 02:59:46 PM »
Dark Code Video Review:

The Dark Code features the new ReX pearl coverstock and extremely strong asymmetric RAD4 core.  ReX is a blend or combination of the NeX pearl cover from the Axiom Pearl, and the legendary R2S pearl cover from balls like the Hyroad Pearl, IQ Emerald, and Astro PhysiX to name a few recent ones.  Together they combine the strength and lane blending of NeX with the consistency and friction response of R2S.  The RAD4 core which has been in dozens of Code line releases has a 2.50 RG, .058 differential and a .020 split or intermediate differential, making it one of the strongest cores out there.  It creates a very familiar strong, rolly, and continuous motion which feels a lot like a stronger symmetric core with a lot more torque.  ReX and the RAD4 core together in the Dark Code makes for the strongest shiny ball Iíve ever thrown outside of maybe the Parallax Effect.  The Dark is slightly earlier and rounder, but also a bit smoother.  The ball motion and shape reminds me naturally of balls like the Code Black and Astro PhysiX, but orders of magnitude stronger.  Youíll feel the difference less on regular league conditions, but on any kind of volume, the Dark is still going to dig hard while the Black and Astro begin to fade.  I rate the Dark Code a 9 for hook, a 5 for length, and a 7 for backend strength. 
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Re: Dark Code
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2021, 05:26:07 PM »
Oh my gosh; I am in love! Storm introducing the news asymmetrical pearl to hit the market, the Dark Code. The Dark Code features the same core as featured in the Code line, only wrapped with a Nex Pearl coverstock. This ball is unreal to say the least. In my personal opinion, this ball is the perfect compliment to the Rubicon UC2. I absolutely not the UC2, but when the UC2 is too clean to throw on the fresh or first transition, the Dark Code does the job and it has a very similar shape. The Dark Code can handle oil very well, better than any asymertrical pearl I have thrown in quite sometime, and I have matched up so well with this core.
Youíre not going to want to miss out on this amazing piece from Storm. Go to your local VIP Pro Shop and get yours today!


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Storm Dark Code review by Trevor Roberts
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2021, 12:20:51 PM »
Lane Condition
Length: 40
Volume: Medium
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

The new Storm Dark Code is going to be a staple in my bag for quite some time. I needed a ball that complemented the Rubicon UC2 and this ball does just that. When I compared these two balls in my ball review, the Dark Code was just as clean but even stronger on the back end. This means that you can get even further left with the Dark Code than previously with the Rubicon UC2, and still see the ball go through the pins the right way. On heavier oil patterns the Dark Code can be used as well with a little bit more surface. This ball will thrive on house shots so Iím excited to throw this during summer leagues! Go get one and see for yourself!

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Dark Code
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2021, 09:17:36 AM »
Ball Specs:
Storm Dark Code
Pearl Reactive
1500 Grit Polished
Asymmetric Core
Layout 50 x 5 x 35

Bowler Specs:
Right Hand. PAP 5Ē Over 1/2 up
Rev Rate 300. Tilt 20. Rotation 50.
Speed at cameras 15.5

The Storm Dark Code is another great addition to the Storm Line. We had a good number of people pre order this ball at our shop. If you had a Code Black you will see a similar roll just more of it. My customers who have rolled both report the Dark Code is an upgrade on the original.  The Dark Code provides a large amount of hook for a polished ball. I feel what helps this is the mixture of the R2S additive in the pearl cover. Some people are Leary to roll polished balls when the lanes are oily but the new polished balls Iím seeing from Storm are very strong. I have used this ball a lot at two houses toward the end of our summer leagues with great success. I would put it above my Axiom Pearl in total hook. It is as strong as my Parallax Effect but I prefer the shape the dark code gives me. If you are looking for a strong Pearl or a Code Black upgrade this should fit the bill!

The Dark Code is an upgrade on the original Code Black.
The Dark Code rolls well on a variety of patterns and hits hard.
This ball has a lot of motion for a polished ball.

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Re: Dark Code
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2021, 03:54:38 PM »

Length: 42 ft

Volume: n/a

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Likes: Strong and very responsive to hand position changes.

Dislikes: Jury is still out on how much volume it can handle but haven't found a condition it can't handle yet.

70 x 3 1/2 x 25 same layout as my beloved Code Black!

Axis point is 4 7/16 over and 3/8 up. Revrate in the upper 300s, ball speed between 15 and 16 mph. I typically like to start at 15 on a typical house shot and migrate in from there.

Initial reaction...the scent on this ball is magnificent! It will make your bag smell so good! Not only this but the black pearl color is just so easy on the eyes. Admittedly, I am a sucker for a dark colored bowling ball so I will probably have a couple of this one!

On to the review:

Much like the Code Black, I found this ball to be easily manipulated as far as how it reads the end of the pattern you are using it on. For the typical house shot, it actually reads the "cliff" that tends to happen beautifully! It floats through the front, transitions into the roll phase and then continues with a nice strong backend movement. With my ball roll, I tend to get that sticky 10 when the pattern starts to transition but I was able to use this ball all 3 games of a 5 man team league session with no problems! I cannot remember the last time I was able to do that with positive results. I found this ball to be slightly stronger overall than the Rubicon UC2, even with a weaker layout.

Drill one of these up today. You will not regret it.


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Storm Dark Code by Casey Murphy
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2021, 04:11:58 PM »
Orientation:  Right Handed
Rev Rate:  400 RPM
Speed:  16-17 MPH
PAP:  4 Ĺ over and Ĺ up

Location:  Enterprise Park Lanes, Springfield MO
Pattern:  High Volume THS
VLS Layout: 
Layout 1:  5 x 4 x 2 Ĺ  (pin above bridge)
Layout 2:  4 Ĺ x 4 x 4 1/8 (pin below bridge)

I actually yelled and did a happy dance when the Dark Code was announced.  I LOVE CODE BALLS., especially the Code Black.  My only gripe with the Code Black was that it was too clean sometimes.  The Dark Code solves that problem with the new REX cover.  The Dark Code reads the oil more than the Code Black and still backends plenty.  Itís what I wanted the Code X to be but wasnít, a touch earlier and smoother to use when there wasnít quite as much friction.

I have a pin down and pin up version of the Dark Code and both are pretty sick.  I shot 300 with my pin down Dark Code the 2nd week I had it and I love throwing my pin up Dark Code late in a block.  It seems like itís too early to work later in a block, but it never quits hooking! 

TO SUM UP, if you loved the Code Black, get a Dark Code!  Drill it like your favorite Code Black and youíll love it!


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Re: Dark Code
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2021, 09:20:11 PM »
 The new ball in Storm Premier line is the Dare Code.  I really liked the code series balls so was really looking forward to the Dark Code. The very popular Code Black was a great ball. Bowlers are trying to compare the Dark Code with Code Black.  But the Code Black was very clean and angular.   The Dark Code with the NEX cover really blends the shape very well. Dark Code is still fairly clean, good midlane and a rounded shape downlane.  I drilled mine pin down with a 5 inch pin.  I have only used the ball on a couple sport patterns and was very impressed.  The Dark Code just seems to read the lane the right way.  When Kyle Troup says that the Dark Code might replace the Phaze 2 as his go to ball sure says a lot!   To me the Dark Code is one of those special balls that bowlers will be talking about for awhile!

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Re: Dark Code
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2021, 02:17:11 PM »
I drilled the DARK CODE up 75 x 5 x 30. I have touched up the surface with 2000 abr lightly. i wanted to get a long and strong reaction with this one.

The DARK CODE is the long/strong reaction that many are looking for. Compared to my UFO ALERT, the DARK CODE comes off the spot faster. The ALERT rolls thru it while the CODE jumps off the spot. Touching the surface with the 2000 pad made it more controllable. I also tried my RST-X2 in the same spot and the CODE is still stronger at the spot than the X2.

The DARK CODE gives me the impression that if you are looking for something to get left and send it right, this is the ball.
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Re: Dark Code Review By Roto Grip Staffer Chase Roloson
« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2021, 06:02:11 PM »
The new Storm Dark Code was the first in the code line of balls that i have had the opportunity to add to my arsenal. With lots of hype and success surrounding the code line i was excited to add the dark code to my arsenal. I drilled my Dark Code 5 x 3 x 1 1/2 which landed the pin above my ring finger and the Mass Bias Right next to my thumb hole. My First Reaction to the Storm Dark Code was quite interesting, this ball for me is quite clean through the fronts but does not go to far, it revs up in the mid lane and provides me a rolly continuous motion at the breakpoint. This ball fits in my arsenal between my Parallax Effect which for me is slightly stronger up front and more down lane compared to the dark code. and my 900 Global Zen Which is similar just a step down from my Dark Code. Also to note the fragrance was a home Run on this ball as the cherry delight smells absolutely delicious!

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Re: Dark Code
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2021, 08:12:50 AM »

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



The Dark Code features a brand new REX or (Reactor Extreme) Pearl reactive coverstock with the RAD4 Asymmetric Core.  The Dark Code has a low RG of 2.50 a high differential of 0.058 and a low intermediate differential of 0.020.  To bring this all together, the REX coverstock is a combination of the popular NEX coverstock with R2S.  The NEX coverstock seen in the Axiom and Proton Physics and the R2S we have seen in the Astro Physics and IQ Emerald.  The Dark Code is going to give you a very smooth roll very clean through the midlane and save all its energy for the backend.  It will allow you to get left to right very easily.
The layout chosen was a 75 x 3 ĺ by 80 which will give the ball a medium entry angle to smooth out the wet/dry on a house shot thatís either seen right away on the fresh or in the transition games.   
I did a ball comparison to the 900 Global Zen, Storm Code Black and Strom Trend. 
First up is the 900 Global Zen, the Zen is the hottest ball on the market for Global right now and as you can see the Zen blends the midlane very well and reacts very strong off the spot for symmetric ball.  The Zen is 3 and 2 stronger than the Dark Code.
Next is the Code Black, the Code Black and Dark Code have the same numbers, same core but the Dark Code has a different coverstock additive.  The addition of the REX with R2S really shines here because you see how the Dark Code is stronger by 1 or 2 boards then the Code Black.  The big difference you will see is how much sooner the Dark Code reads the midlane verses the Code Black.
The last ball in the comparison portion of the video is the Storm Trend.  The Trend has the R2S coverstock as well with a symmetric core but the Trend rolls very similar to an asymmetric core on how it changes direction very quick with the Piston core with a corkscrew type motion.  The Dark Code is at least 2 boards stronger than the Trend.

In my bag, the Dark Code can be a first out the bag or at very close second to the RST X-1 when its starts to burn up and leave flat tens.  A ball down to the Dark Code could be a Trend or a Hustle PBR.

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Re: Dark Code
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2021, 10:29:42 AM »
Dark Code:
The Dark Code features the new ReX pearl cover and RAD4 asymmetric core. The RAD4 core is one of the strongest cores Storm offers with numbers of 2.50 RG, .058 diff and .020 intermediate diff.

I drilled mine 4.5Ē x 5Ē with a 3Ē pin buffer. This gives me some length and a medium-strong shape on the back. My initial thoughts on the Dark code are that the cover picks up the lane sooner than I thought it would, which is a testament to how strong the ReX cover is. So, if you are rev dominant or have slower speed you may want to caution against too strong of a drilling. I really like the way the Dark Code rolls, I can still see some of the shape that I loved out of the Code Black (RIP) but with a noticeable upgrade. I can see this ball being a house shot killer when theyíre cliffed.


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Re: Dark Code
« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2021, 07:10:57 PM »
The Dark Code features the tried-and-true RAD4 Core found in all the previous Code releases, but this new Code is wrapped in the new Rex Pearl Reactive Coverstock.  The first time I threw this ball I could tell it was going to be something special.  For me, this is one of those balls that the more you throw it away from the pocket into the dry, the more the ball continues to hook.  The polished finish makes the Dark Code extremely clean through the front part of the lane but once it encounters friction it makes a very strong move to the pocket.  On a typical house shot this ball is a head turner because of its strong motion at the breakpoint and the way it continues through the pins.  The Dark Code sends messengers with the best of them.  I did encounter a heavy volume, 44 foot pattern that I just could not get the Dark Code to hook enough.  Again, because of the polished finish, the Dark Code just never read this particular pattern.  I also would not recommend the Dark Code on the shorter patterns as it could be hard to control off the spot.  Any typical house shot or medium pattern which has a good amount of friction to the right will allow the Dark Code to excel.