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The Road
« on: April 05, 2024, 08:58:36 AM »
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Introducing the Storm The Road bowling ball, a groundbreaking fusion of legendary performance and cutting-edge innovation. For years, the Hy-Road has reigned supreme as the pinnacle choice for bowlers, earning its place as the most esteemed ball in Storm's storied history. But now, a new era dawns. At the heart of this revolutionary ball lies the Inverted Fe² A.I. Core, a marvel of design meticulously crafted to elevate your game to unparalleled heights. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a rising star, this core is engineered to outperform, enhancing your ability to execute every shot with precision and power. Versatile and adaptable, the Hy-Road continues its legacy as one of the most trusted benchmark balls of all time, effortlessly navigating a myriad of styles and oil patterns with ease. But it doesn't stop there. With the most significant advancement in outer core technology in Storm's 30-year history, expect nothing short of revolutionary performance. Boasting a medium-high RG and differential infusion, the Storm The Road delivers a smooth, predictable shape at the end of the lane, setting a new standard for consistency and reliability. And with A.I. Core technology now available across all weights, every bowler can experience the benefits of amplified inertia, regardless of their chosen weight. Prepare to storm the lanes like never before with the Storm The Road bowling ball – where benchmark reliability meets groundbreaking innovation.

Color: Midnight/Carmine
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Coverstock: ReX Hybrid Reactive
Core: Inverted Fe² A.I. Core (14#-16#)
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Differential: 0.045 (15# ball)
RG: 2.55 (15# ball)
Flare Potential: Medium-High
Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy to Medium Heavy Oil
Fragrance: Fruit Pop

 

k1ngsizepapa

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Re: The Road
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2024, 04:25:04 PM »
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Length:43

Volume:Med-High

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS 12:1 Ratio


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Coverstock: ReX Hybrid Reactive
Core: Inverted Fe² A.I. Core
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Differential: 0.045 (15)
RG: 2.55 (15)

ME:
Right-Handed Tweener
Speed: 12-13 mph
Rev Rate: 315
Axis Tilt: 14°
Axis Rotation: 74°
PAP: 5 1/8 R 7/8 Up

Ball Layout: Pin Over Ring 4 5/8 X 5 X 1 1/2 VLS

Storms new A.I. Technology has been introduced in some great new balls and added to some of the most popular existing SPI technology. It's only natural that the Fe2 core featured in the Hy-Road and other balls of it's line would be next to get the AI upgrade. Enter The Road. To compliment the upgraded core, it was paired with a Hybrid version of the REX cover featured on the Night Road.

I tested The Road on a fresh house pattern at my home center. Our fresh pattern is long and higher volume so the cleaner balls aren't usually what I prefer to start with. The high ratio can exacerbate the over/under so the really responsive balls can leave you some interest patterns on small misses. I was a bit surprised how well The Road worked on the fresh. I had to keep the angle open but it wasn't as fickle front to back as I expected and saw the right part of the lane very consistently.

I next tested The Road game three in league. The lanes transition a lot and the worn front panels can make moving inside a bit tricky, especially with my ball speed. I was moving off of an Optimum Idol that I had taken the surface up to 3000 on. My hope was that I could transition into The Road on the same line that I had been striking on , once the smoother OI was having trouble getting the corners out.  I was really surprised at the difference between how the ball looked down-lane on the broken down lane compared to the fresh one. The Road really saw the mid-lane harder than I expected. It got forward pretty quick so it did hit the pocket from the same alignment but I found my better carry came from getting a touch deeper, and letting my hand come around it. This is a move I have to make a lot lately with how much earlier the balls have gotten, but I had hoped the Road would be a bit closer to a Hy-Road motion. I would say that it's closer to the Night Road for me but a bit stronger.

I think the The Road will be a great ball in transition for lower ball speed players, and great on the burn for high speed players. It definitely is responsive enough to come off the dry for guys with firmer ball speed so anywhere you need the ball to make a move in a smaller window, this ball with do it for you.

Check out my full ball reaction video on Youtube: https://youtu.be/ygxzBzaBil4?si=9fS-fjVD2gNtytLH

Lonnie Pemberton
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Storm The Road by Casey Murphy
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2024, 07:35:17 PM »
Orientation:  Right Handed
Rev Rate:  400 RPM
Speed:  16-17 MPH
PAP:  4 ½ over and 1 1/8 up

Location:  Enterprise Park Lanes, Springfield MO
Pattern:  High Volume THS
VLS Layout: 
Layout 1:  4 5/8 x 4 x 2 ½  (pin above bridge)
Layout 2:  4 1/4 x 4 x 4 1/8 (pin below bridge)

The Road is a brand new AI version of the HyRoad with an updated cover.  Storm added AI to the Hyroad Core and swapped the R2S Hybrid cover with the Rex Hybrid cover.  WOW!  This ball is something else.  Its clean and hits the midlane and likes to go left.  It’s not super quick though which makes it ideal for blending transition and dry lanes.  When they are slick I know I’ll be able to jam it up the dry and use it to play the shim.  When they are drier or transitioning I can get left and send it! 

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Re: The Road
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2024, 09:20:43 AM »


Storm
The Road
Coverstock: ReX Hybrid Reactive
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Core:  Inverted Fe² Technology
(14 pd)
RG: 2.55
Differential: 0.045

Layout: 5 x 4 x 3 1/2 - 2LS
Layout Extras: 31/32 to 2" and 7/8 to 3" Finger Depth, "X" - 4 1/2 D and 1 Inch Left
Tester: PAP 6 1/2 R, 1 1/4 D

Review:
The Road features the newer Amplfied Inertia core technology. This core as you would expect will help The Road in providing a predictable shape at the end of the pattern. As A.I. core technology has been previously tested that means a few extra percentage points of carry can be anticipated.

For my review I compared The Road to the Night Road. I must note here I did not have a Hy-Road to compare The Road to which would likely be a closer comparison oob. For me, The Road has a bigger window of use than the Night Road. The Road is most impressive downlane. Initially I thought the Reacta Gloss finish would work well by scuffing it up a bit. However, I am pleasantly surprised how the oob finish looked and will test even further before changing the surface.

The Night Road, as you may recall, had a 4K Fast finish. I liked 4K Fast even more once I let my Night Road lane shine a bit. Either of these balls would fit well for your medium type THS patterns. I recommend if you have/had a Night Road you'll be fine re-freshening your arsenal with The Road.

If you have slower ball speed consider The Road in your arsenal. At times players with slower ball speeds struggle with big asyms or syms in the bag and at times these type of balls can get forward for the bowler. The Road upgrade with A.I. definitely matches the cover/core much better for these type of players. SPI has really upgraded the middle of the arsenal with The Road.

I recommend the Road for the player looking for an edge on league transition and desiring a ball to continue with the transition as it occurs. I'm definitely excited about this ball from Storm. Please be sure to visit your favorite pro shop today or https://youtube.com/channel/UC1VA-MgFBo9mIZde-G3T11A for my occasional ball videos. Grab The Road today!

Michael Slatky
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Steven.Collins913

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Re: The Road
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2024, 06:34:44 PM »
Dual Angle Layout: 55 x 4 1/2 x 35

Storm Vector Layout: 4 ½ x 4 1/2 x 2 ¼

The ball has quickly become my favorite ball.  The Road is clean through the heads, starts up in the midlane and then booms on the backend.  I was able to shoot 300 out of the box and then followed it up with another 300 games 3 the following week so it is great on fresh and transition.  This is a great benchmark ball for someone with higher rev rate.
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Re: The Road
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2024, 02:54:31 PM »
Ball Specs:
Storm The Road
Coverstock: Reacta Gloss ReX™ Hybrid Reactive
Weight Block: Inverted Fe² Technology™ A.I. Core (Symmetrical)
Color: Midnight/Carmine

Review:
This was a much anticipated release for multiple reasons. First, it is a part of the Road line, one of the GOAT lines in all of bowling. Second, it is the first in the line to feature the new A.I. core technology, and yes the technology actually DOES hit different! Third, this Road features the ReX cover, which is a banger! All of these blend together to form one of the premier benchmark balls in all of bowling in our opinion. We drilled this ball with our normal layout: tweener, 350-375 revs, 16.5mph, layout of choice is 4x4x2 (pin is above bridge). For us this ball is like an original HyRoad on steroids. It is a touch more responsive, a touch stronger, and probably a touch earlier. The Road series looks great on house patterns which is why we think you will see a lot of these going down the lane. It really is a new age house shot killer. This can be the first out of bag, second, even third in some cases. It is versatile, responds great to surface changes, and you truly cannot get this in your bag stronger.

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joel@parklanes.net
dean@frontierfuncenter.net
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