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Depth Charge
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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Add Power to your game with the new DEPTH CHARGE™ from STORM. Our patented True-Roll™ technology generates true ?are dynamics ensuring dependable pick up in the mid-lane. The PRO-Thane™ LT-Plus pearl particle coverstock breeds a remarkable backend reaction to help you get DEEPER in the pocket than ever before. Now it’s your turn to STORM the rack with the new DEPTH CHARGE™.

DEPTH CHARGE™ Technical Specifications
Coverstock PRO-Thane LT Plus Pearl Particle
Weight Block True-Roll™ Design
Ball Color Silver / Gold Pearl
Ball Finish 1500-grit Polish
Radius of Gyration 2.46 (Low)
Differential .055 (High)
Durometer 75-77 Rex D-scale
Flare Potential 6 (High)
Fragrance Cinnamon
Weights 10 - 16 lbs.
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Re: Depth Charge
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2004, 12:43:14 AM »
Well, since it looks like I am making the first review....Just want to pass along my thanks to the team at STORM.. They truly are the Bowlers Company !

Here is my review:

Drill layout provided by the Ken and the team at the Lane 81 STORM booth at the Bowling Stadium ! 15.4 oz Depth Charge w/ 2" pin and 3.8 oz top weight. I placed the pin centered below the fingers with the CG kicked about 1" right. This provied me a smooth mid-lane roll with even arc to the pocket. Lane conditions were left over night shot which was very spotty. After tweaking out the thumb, proceeded to roll games of 278, 257 and 289 right out of the box. Huge cudo's to STORM for their latest release the DEPTH CHARGE ! It compliments my TRIPLE-X (which I shot 300 within the first 2 weeks of use), DEUCE and SUPER CHARGE.  For those of you who are looking for a Pearl Particle ball that hits, then the DEPTH CHARGE is the one !

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Re: Depth Charge
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2004, 02:06:10 PM »
This is a very strong Pearl Cover, combined with the Super Charge weight block really creates a midline roll with a tremendous amount of backend reaction. The one I have came with 2.7 top, 3 inch pin - So I drilled it pin under ring, CG kicked negative about 3/4 of an inch. This ball really carries well - pins go straight backwards. The backend reaction is very good, even drilled negative. The reaction reminds me very much like the Particle Pearl Eraser, but with a bit more snap at the breakpoint. This is a very good ball for medium to dry backends.
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Re: Depth Charge
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2004, 02:47:56 PM »
just a note. I haven't thrown the ball yet. I've read up on the ball and the ball has the same coverstock as the eraser particle and it's got the same amount of polish. the core is different making the reaction different because the core is going to make the ball roll heavier like the super charge and the polish is going to get the ball down the lane and allow it to store energy until hits the dry and release the energy into the pocket.

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Re: Depth Charge
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2004, 04:12:11 PM »
Stop using the reviews to ask questions about the ball. Create a thread in the Storm section. This is not that complicated.

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Re: Depth Charge
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2004, 12:42:15 PM »
I'm hesitant to post a review on this ball after only one evening of trying it out, but I do have some interesting comparative data about it that some readers might find interesting, so here goes.

I got the Depth Charge to be part of a one-two punch with my Diesel Particle Pearl--my most frequently used ball.  Both are very low RG, high differential particle pearls--a type of ball that I like.  I had them drilled the same, with a drilling that I use with success on a variety of conditions.  I did this so that I could use surface adjustments to set them up differently for the lane conditions, and so they wouldn't end up acting like the same ball.

The drilling is pin under ring finger, which for me is 4 inches from PAP.  The CG is swung out so that the MB ends up 1 inch inside my VAL.  This is the same drilling as the Diesel Particle Pearl.  Both balls have about a 2 inch pin.  Because the Depth Charge came with slightly higher top weight, it needed a weight hole, something I was able to avoid with the Diesel.  I had the smallest weight hole drilled so that I would have the option of enlarging it if I wanted it for reaction purposes.  The weight hole is on VAL, about 3-4 inches below PAP and is 5/8" in diameter and about 2 inches deep--a pretty small weight hole.

To get the closest idea possible how the two balls compared, I did the same surface prep on the Depth Charge that I do on my Diesel.  That prep is to do all six sides of the ball with Ebonite Powerhouse Quicksand for a 1200 finish.  After that, I go over the entire ball lightly with a 50-50 mix of Renew-It and Hook-It.  The Renew-It portion of that mix adds a little shine, so the ball ends up somewhere between 1200 and 1500, but closer to 1200.  The Depth Charge ended up noticeably duller than the 1500 finish it comes with out of the box.

I did a fresh prep on the Diesel so that both balls ended up freshly prepped and looked exactly the same in terms of dullness/shine.

I went to my "home" center before my last night of league on Friday in time to practice 4 games.  This is a wood house with brickyard heads and a THS with oil from 10 to 10 and dry outside that except for a quickly developing OB near the breakpoint.  Oil length (I'm told) is 41 feet, which seems about right.  The amount of oil here is usually squarely in the medium range and deteriorates to light pretty fast, especially in the heads where it disappears into the gaps between the boards.

I threw the Diesel for about 6 frames to get lined up see what the more familiar ball would do.  Unfortunately, the lanes were even drier than usual and I had to start off as far left as I usually end up near the end of the night.  Conditions were such that I would typically not even be using my Diesel, but I figured that what I was mostly after was a comparison between these two balls.  I found a usable line with the Diesel, and finally I pulled out the Depth Charge and tried it on the same line.

The Diesel is all about mid-lane control, and starts to rev up and turn a bit even in the mid-lane before making a strong, but controlled arc to the pocket.  The Depth Charge skidded well past the point where the Diesel started it's move, and finally made as violent a move to the pocket as I have ever seen on a ball thrown by me.

I should note here that I tend to like mid-lane control, and more of an arc move to the pocket, so I tend to avoid balls that are reputed to be flippy.  For that reason, it shouldn't necessarily be construed that this is a flippy ball by anyone else's standards, but the suddeness of it's direction change sure surprised ME!

After about a game-and-a-half, it was clear that the Depth Charge--even with the surface duller than out-of-the-box--has no trouble getting down lane even on a lane condition that was well on the lighter side of medium.  This ball saves all of it's energy for the back.  I was actually quite surprised at the difference between the two balls.  The Depth Charge was giving me more angle into the pocket than I've ever gotten before.  This was not necessarily a good thing.  I left some of the so-called "designer spares" that I usually don't see except for when they are left by the anchor man on my Friday team--a cranker.

The back ends of the lanes, which are typically okay but not usually crispy dry, were drier than usual.  I got the impression that the Depth Charge might benefit from a bit of carrydown to tame the violence of it's move, but I didn't have the luxury of being able to test that idea.

I had some time left, so I decided to test the Depth Charge against my Inferno.  The Inferno has it's pin north-east of the ring finger, about a leverage (3 3/8) location.  It's CG is swung well out and it has a substantial weight hole on VAL in thumb positive quadrant.  The Inferno is at a 2000 surface, polished.  Compared to the Depth Charge, the Inferno revved up at about the same place, and began it's turn actually a bit sooner, but had nowhere near the backend move of the Depth Charge.  Compared to the Depth Charge, the Inferno looked like a "control" ball.  If I didn't know better, I would have guessed the Inferno was the particle pearl and the Depth Charge the pearl resin.  I've never gotten such a sharp move out of any kind of particle ball, or any other kind of ball for that matter.

When league started, it was quickly obvious that none of the aforementioned balls would suit, and I used my Sling Blade most of the night.  I even tried my Sonic X Solid, but the lanes weren't quite that dry.

I hope to post an updated review of the Depth Charge in the future.  These initial results left me a bit confused.  I hope this review is of some use to any of it's readers, but bear in mind that this was one test run, and it was on a condition clearly not optimal for this ball.  It is safe to say, however, that the Depth Charge will get down the lane with plenty of energy left for the back.  Early burn will not be a problem for this ball.  If you were thinking of getting one and putting a "length" drilling into it, I'd consider waiting until you have the opportunity to see it in action on the conditions you plan to bowl on, and perhaps seeking out some reputable advice.

Shiv

P.S.  Note to anyone who checks my other reviews:  My Diesel Particle review is for the solid.  I never posted a review for the Diesel Particle Pearl because by the time it became my favorite ball it was out of production.
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Re: Depth Charge
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2004, 11:46:22 PM »
Drilled my Depth Charge with the pin down under the ring finger(4" from PAP) with MB in the track No extra hole. Much cleaner through the front than the supercharge with really nice midlane and backend move with some serious hitting power. Dpesnt flare out or hook out like my supercharges. I like the reaction much better than my 2 supercharges! Just left it out of the box shine and it does cover alot of boards. Will be a good league ball with the puddle in the middle and dry right. haven't had a chance to use it on the PBA patterns yet as the last 2 tournaments have been shorter patterns on beat up wood.

Makes a strong move for particle and still drives through the pins...I tried to make it hook out but cannot yet, for those rev challenged I am sure this will be a very good ball on a wide variety of conditions and its a good looking ball too for those who care.

I will probably drill another before the RPC tournament and layout with pin above fingers on centerline with CG in center of grip.


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Re: Depth Charge
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2004, 10:45:42 AM »
Took a 2 1/4" pin and set it @ 1:00 with a 3/4" shift of the CG off my grip center.  Had 3/4 oz of side weight, 1/2 oz of finger weight when all was done.  
I have medium to high revs, medium speed, 45 deg. tilt.
Bowled on wood lanes wednesday, 39-40 ft of oil, some carrydown to about 42-44 ft., 7 to 7 oil with 4 units on the outside.
I stood 35, release at 30, cross 17-18, out to 7-8 and had great recovery in the backend.  The true roll seems to be a lot of Skid-Flip on this condition.  I was able to get around the carrydown with out losing and power.  After a 233 - 252,  I had to adjust 5 left and play more acrooss 20 out to 10, this gave me more area and had from 20 to 15 to cross, and 15 to 5 to turn.  I shot 269 the last game.
I then tried Upstate at an Adult/Child Tourney in Syracuse.  I don't know if anyone else went there, but the shot from 1-48 sucked.  The right side had oil on the outside 7 boards the full length of the lane.  Nothing worked on that shot.  Shot a whopping 570 and was high man for righties within 20 lanes.  Next squad bowled on the high side and found area. Used the Depth the 1st game, but there was too much carrydown to turn the corner early enough.  I had a great reaction late, but was to skiddy and lost some direction to the pocket. Still squeaked out a 212.  Switched to a dull ball for a better reaction.
I would like to see what it will do on shorter oil, but I never see shots like that.
Overall: A
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Re: Depth Charge
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2004, 07:30:53 PM »
Got this ball 15 pounds, 2 inch pin, drilled to go long, and turn hard at the backend.  This ball was actually a disappointment for me.  I was expecting great things out of this ball, but it seems to not be strong enough turning the corner for me.  Could be the drilling, a stronger drilling may have been in order, but this ball gets out-cornered by my Trauma, which is drilled the same.  Seems to get very good length, but either goes too long, or can't get around the corner quick enough.  Others are having tremendous success with this ball, but didn't fit my game very well.  Might re-drill later, we'll see.

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Re: Depth Charge
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2004, 07:54:45 PM »
Me and my friend drilled this ball the other day, and it wasn't what we expected. It's his ball, and he had the same problem as thegame, it just didn't hook like it was supposed too.  I don't know, it's okay, the ball was free.

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Re: Depth Charge
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2004, 04:12:04 PM »
I purchased a Depth Charge will get back with drilling. Used it twice on league shot games of 258, 226, 245 and 280 for 1009 for 4 game series. the next night i shot 265, 229 and 280 for a 3 game series of 774. Both 280 games were the nine pin.I love the ball.

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Re: Depth Charge
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2004, 10:56:37 PM »
Im not saying this ball sucks, don't get me wrong, I was using it on synthetic lanes, oiled 41 feet block.  This just is not a heavy oil ball, that's all I'm saying.  What kind of shot were you throwing on what kind of lane condtion?

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Re: Depth Charge
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2004, 12:26:29 AM »
This ball is great. I had mine drilled axis leverage and used it on synthetics with oil about 41ft. with extremely dry backends. This ball came roaring back to the pocket for me. I threw from about 20 to 4 or 3 and the ball was excellent coming into the pocket. I was throwing about 15 to 16 mph, with about 450 revs. After the first 4 games I had to move a liitle to the left that is normal. This is the best particle ball I have thrown, ever.

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Re: Depth Charge
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2004, 10:17:32 PM »
THE BEST BALL I HAVE EVER USED!!IT USED TO BE THE DYNOTHANE SPECIAL FX,UNTIL NOW!!I DON'T KNOW A LOT ABOUT TOP,PINS,RG'S, ALL THAT TECH STUFF,BUT I DO THROW A NICE BALL.MED TO HIGH REVS,AVERAGE SPEED WITH A 208 AVERAGE.I TOLD  MY BALL DRILLER TO MAKE IT GO LONG,COME HARD AT THE END...FIRST SERIES OUT OF THE BOX WAS A 690,SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE,I LEFT ONLY 3 TEN PINS AND MISSED ALL 3!!!!!!THIS BALL HIT LIKE A TRAIN!!CARRIED EVERYTHING.I HAVE 2 PERFECT GAMES WITH A SPECIAL FX,NUMBERS 3,4,5 ARE ON THERE WAY!!    BY THE WAY.....THE HOUSE SHOT IS OILY WITH A NICE BACK END,DRIER OUTSIDE THE TENS. I CAN'T WAIT FOR MY NEXT SERIES
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Re: Depth Charge
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2004, 11:58:40 PM »
I am real happy with this Storm production, drilled mine up 5x5 and thought it might be a touch weak with the light particle load, to my delight the ball it is anything but weak. The ball pushes so easy to the right and it doesn't matter where your playing it just reads the break point so nice. The ball doesn't pick up the roll too early in the mid-lane and is not skid flippy but just really reads the lanes like a ball should. A great ball for an even greater price, get yours before they figure out how good this one is.



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