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« on: November 10, 2017, 03:01:54 PM »
The Storm Son!Q features the Centripetal HD Core which is the offspring of the original Centripetal Core. The core family has provided one of the most dominant shapes in the Storm line of bowling balls. The Centripetal HD Core is denser than any other Storm core so far. This density produces an RG of 2.47 which creates a very low center of gravity which allows this ball to hit the pins at just the right spot to maximize pin carry. To top off this core Storm covered this ball with the proven R2S Pearl Reactive coverstock. This coverstock is known for moving through the front of the lane and then providing awesome movement on the backend. This coverstock offers consistency through the heads that will turn heads.

Color: Blue/Bronze/Gold
Coverstock: R2S Pearl Reactive
Core: Centripetal HD Core (14#-16#), Centripetal Core (12#-13#)
Finish: 1500 Grit Polished Factory Finish
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium-Heavy Oil
RG: 2.47 (15# ball)
Differential: 0.047 (15# ball)
Fragrance: Gingerbread Smores



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Storm Soniq by Matthew Kemper
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2018, 06:45:58 PM »
Storm Soniq Review:
Lane Type: Wood

Length: 43ft

Volume: 23ml

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


The Storm Soniq is Stormís newest Master line ball and a continuation of the very good IQ line.  The Soniq has the Centripetal HD Core and is covered with the R2S Pearl coverstock finished at 1500 grit polished.  I drilled my Soniq with a stacked layout with the pin above my bridge to give me a little more backend reaction.  I have found the Soniq to be pretty strong compared to the Hyroads and is very similar to the IQ 30.  The biggest difference between those two is I found the Soniq reads the middle part of the lane a lot sooner than the IQ 30 but both balls have comparable back end strength. 
I recommend the Soniq for anyone who wants to Upgrade their current IQ 30 or IQ pearl or for anyone looking for a solid benchmark ball for house shot leagues who need extra reaction. 


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Re: Son!Q
« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2018, 08:25:31 AM »
I drilled up my SonIQ with a dual angle layout of 65/4.75/35 with a weight hole 5" across my midline. This put the pin up above my ring finger with the CG slightly to the right of my span. I have touched the surface lightly with a 4000 pad a couple of times but mostly thrown it with box finish. The weight hole was mainly to get it back to legal specs.

I have thrown the SonIQ on a variety of conditions like house, modified house, PBA Don Johnson (40 ft), and our state tournament shot. The one thing that stands out on all of them is the cover out of box gets good length thru the front of the lane. The core revs up pretty well and the SonIQ is what I prefer when I need push on slightly burnt heads.

I usually will start one of my leagues on modified house with a couple of different DAREDEVIL DANGERS, one with surface and a rolly layout and the other shined with a little more length and back end. When those become too early in the front or get harder to push down the lane, then it is SonIQ time.

I also have thrown my SonIQ with my HUSTLE INK and HUSTLE HYB. My HYB is smoother and a little earlier move than the SonIQ. The INK is definitely longer thru the front part of the lane. The one thing is that neither HUSTLE has the back end motion of the SonIQ.

Put this one in your bag when you need something to get thru choppy fronts but want a good and crisp motion on the back end of the lane. I will venture that the SonIQ can be thrown with much more surface on it like 2000 or 1000 but I have other pieces in my arsenal to fill those spots.
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Re: Son!Q
« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2018, 07:20:57 AM »
4 testers - 2 patterns
I had to step back and opine on what we saw with the Storm Son!Q. I recalled how when I first got a HyRoad years ago, I wasnít happy with it at the outset. Why? I felt like the ball was too strong off the dry boards, making it a bit sharp downlane. Once I had some play with it, I fell in love and the rest is history. I feel like the Soniq has the potential for the same fate. I really want to see that shine off and allow a smoother transition, taking advantage of both the clean nature of the R2S cover and the rolly nature of the Centripetal HD Core. The fact that everyone could find the pocket very easily bodes well. The fact that we would want to change surfaces adds a level of uncertainty but we know for a fact surface changes are very effective on R2S. The heavy roll but strong motion off the dry made the Soniq even better on sport than house for us. I think a little more volume or length on the house shot would give the Soniq a better look. If you are informed about what youíre getting here, you can make the right decisions on how to fit this ball in your arsenal and what surface changes if any might be needed to get it where you want it to be. Letís not lose site of the fact that is is pretty difficult to get a flippy motion while still maintaining a heavy roll and thatís what Storm accomplished here.
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Re: Son!Q
« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2018, 05:19:57 PM »
The IQ line has been very good too me, so when I saw a new ball in the IQ line, I was beyond excited. I have been using the SONIQ since the early release the first week of February. It has not disappointed yet, on the THS, or on the last 2 tournaments I have bowled. SO the THS here is 42 feet, the ball walks to the pocket standing 20 crossing 15 out to 10. The 2 tournaments were 41 and 47 feet, on both the ball had great reaction and recovery to the left. Even the move left it keep striking.

numbers: right handed, tweener, 55x4x40 my PAP 4 5/8 over 1/2 up.

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Re: Son!Q
« Reply #20 on: April 09, 2018, 04:25:02 PM »

Length: 42'

Volume: 21.8 mL

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS


Likes: Doesn't over react off the dry
 Upgrade to the Marvel Pearl

Dislikes: Fits a niche spot in my bag

My Layout is 75 x 5-1/2 x 35.  This puts the pin above the bridge and the CG in the palm.

I have to compare this ball to the Marvel Pearl.  The Marvel Pearl for me reads the midlane VERY well and can almost be sluggish for me in the back. There are times when I just can't get the angle I need, with the Marvel Pearl, to carry, after I've chased the pattern left.  The Son!Q does NOT do this!  I get a little more length and a just enough backend to get very good angle and carry with the Son!Q.  Later in the night when I have to get in deeper (4th arrow and left) the Son!Q does not jump off the dry when I miss right.  I really feel like it gives me a lot of room later in the night.  With the Factory Polish that the Son!Q comes with, It's just not the look I want on the fresh for our house shot.

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Re: Son!Q
« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2018, 09:58:06 AM »
The Storm SoniQ (pronounced sonic) uses the Centripetal HD core and is wrapped in the famous R2S pearl cover.

The new HD core has a IQ-ish motion. It rolls heavier than any of its IQ siblings and the R2S pearl makes it glide very easy through the front part of the lane. I think this is one of the strongest pearls in the Storm lineup. I have it a little sharper down lane than the Code Black and rolls much heavier than a Hyroad pearl (all 3 balls have the same cover). So SoniQ fits nicely if you need a ball that corners hard and rolls heavy.


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Re: Son!Q Ball Review by Lonnie Pemberton
« Reply #22 on: May 10, 2018, 05:11:08 PM »



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): 5:1 Modified Pattern


Cover: R2S Pearl Reactive
Weightblock:  Centripetal HD Core
Finish: 1500 Polished
RG: 2.47
Differential: 0.047

Right-Handed Tweener
Speed: 12-13 mph
Rev Rate: 315
PAP: 4 7/8 Right 3/8 Up

Ball Layout: Pin over ring 60 x 4 3/4 x 28

The Storm Soniq is the newest version of the incredible !Q line that has made Storm the Ball technology leader in the bowling industry. The Soniq teams up the Centripedal HD core with R2S pearl reactive coverstock. Anyone who loved the !Q Pearl imagine the same performance with even more versatility.

I tested the Soniq on a lower ratio pattern. It's very impressive how many angles you can open up with this ball on a tough pattern. It is so consistant in the midlane that you can reach the breakpoint from almost any angle and still see the ball continue through the pins. The quicker revving core makes it noticeably smooth for a Pearl. The cover keeps it coming after the midlane read and pin action is great.

I also threw some shots on a higher volume, higher ratio house pattern. The mark of versatility to me is the ability of a ball to be useful whether you are reading a tough lane front to back or an easy one side to side. The Soniq has so much forgiveness on a cliffed pattern that it's surprising how good it looks on tougher lanes too. In short the Soniq is useful everywhere you want to throw it. This ball is a great asset to those of us in the Pro Shop industry as it can fit virtually any game under any circumstances.


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Re: Son!Q
« Reply #23 on: May 21, 2018, 11:44:20 PM »
Storm Soniq Ball Review by PJ Haggerty

The IQ line has been very successful for Storm, and the Soniq is a perfect addition to it.  With an RG bring lower on the Soniq (2.47) versus the famous IQ solid (2.49), this gives all styles of players a very versatile ball and a ball that can be used on many types of patterns.  Iíve drilled two Soniqís so far and enjoyed both of them.

The first one is mapped out as 5 x 4.5 with a surface of 2000.  The pin is above my bridge and this layout gives me a very predictable motion because the RG is so low, but also gives me length because the pin is above my fingers.  I normally use this Soniq after the pattern transitions and I can open my angles.

The second one I drilled is 5 x 3.5 with a hole under my axis.  This puts the pin below my bridge and gives me an earlier motion with a slower reaction time as well.  Iíve had success using this on medium-longer patterns and when the Ďbigí balls are too strong.  It gives me a great compliment to the Sure Lock, Hyper Cell Fused, and Intense. 

Overall, if you need a benchmark ball that can be used on all types of patterns, history has shown the IQ line has been successful, and the Soniq is a perfect fit.



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« Reply #24 on: June 03, 2018, 11:06:42 AM »
Storm Soniq

Gender : Female 
Speed :  16.5 mph
Rev Rate : 315
P.A.P : 4 1/2 & 1 - 1/8 up

Skill Level   : Upper Mid Performance
Color   : Blue/Bronze/Gold
Coverstock   : Pearl Reactive
Lane Condition   : Heavy-Medium Oil
Finish   : 1500 Abralon
Flare Potential   : Medium-High

I could not wait to get this ball drilled. I loved the look and the shape that I seen in the teaser videos. After I got a chance to throw it myself it definitely  exceeded my expectations. I loved how clean it was through the fronts but still started up a bit earlier then my Code Red to allow me to use it on patterns with a little more volume. I now start with this ball during my leagues mainly because it only forces me to move about 2-4 boards throughout the night. Great ball for a bowler with low rev rate allowing them to create a good angle to the pocket.

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Re: Son!Q
« Reply #25 on: June 05, 2018, 11:06:58 PM »
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Being that I loved the original IQ Tour (had 6 of them) I couldn't wait to get me hands on the new Soniq. Once I got it I put my favorite drilling on it which is pin above my ring finger and the cg 1.5 inches from my center grip with a low hole and I wasnt disappointed. This balls goes longer than the Tour and bounces out the end of the pattern harder for me. When the fronts start to go this ball allows me to move in more and still have the confidence that I need. #StormNation


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Re: Son!Q
« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2018, 09:16:33 AM »
The SonIQ is the latest Master Line release from Storm. It features the tried and true R2S pearl cover and a high density variation of the popular Centripetal core, with a 2.47 RG and a .047 diff, the SonIQ creates a ton of torque in the mid lane. I drilled mine with a 5 inch pin above my fingers with my cg kicked a bit right of my grip center...that's my go to layout considering my higher tilt and ball speed. I was very comfortable right away on our THS which is 42ft feet, 24 mils and walled up just right for everyone to be around the pocket. The SonIQ is a lot like the gold IQ but with a bit more control of the breakpoint, it does backend pretty hard but it offers more predictability in my opinion. My first night with it was fun, I could stay around ten and I had 3 to 5 boards of miss room right....bounce it off the gutter and watch the fireworks!!! The core hit very well and kept the pins down. I bowled on the USBC White 2 pattern in our state tourney, that shot is not hard by any means, but it has a bit more conditioner and some flatter ratio compared to a THS. I had to get more right, but I ended up bowling pretty well with the SonIQ. As long as I didn't miss too far right, the SonIQ had enough power to get back and slap some pins around. Since drilling this ball it has not left my bag, I loved the Marvel Pearl and the SonIQ rolls pretty close to it. I've drilled a bunch of them for my customers and it's got a few of them some new honor scores. Cheers to Chad and the gang for another fun ball to roll. #stormnation


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Re: Son!Q
« Reply #27 on: June 07, 2018, 12:46:42 PM »
The Son!Q is the latest release from Storm in the Master line. Son!Q has a new version of the Centripetal core called HD (high density) which creates a lower RG than previous versions, coming in at 2.47 with a diff of 0.047 in 15lbs. Using a blue/bronze/gold, R2S pearl cover finished at 1500 polish, the Son!Q has reminded me of the Anarchy while sitting on the ball rack. The Son!Q has a Gingerbread s'mores scent, for those of you taking note.

I drilled my Son!Q using the layout 4 ľ x 5  x 2 Ĺ. Comparing the Son!Q to my Dare Devil (same layout), the Son!Q has a stronger cover and handles oil better, and reacts stronger to the dry boards once encountering friction. The Son!Q doesn't seem to slow down as fast as the Marvel pearl, which creates a little more change of direction at the breakpoint. For me personally, the Son!Q has a very similar shape on the lanes as the Optimus had. The low RG core in the Son!Q does need some oil in the front of the lane for bowlers who may be softer with their speed, even though it is a polished finish. On a side note, I am a big fan of the !Q30, and !Q tour pearl, and the Son!Q is a perfect complement to those balls, when they begin to lag downlane, or become a little dart/dive type reaction. The Son!Q does a great job of evening that out. Heavy handed bowlers will like the Son!Q on higher volume house conditions, when they are trying to open up the pattern. Weaker releases will find usage from the Son!Q on medium conditions, and some tournament patterns that are a touch flatter as the ball will get into a roll for them and open up the pocket a bit.

The Son!Q is a good ball, and has a specific place in my arsenal. If your Marvel Pearl or Dare Devil are starting to show signs of a lot of usage, it is time to give a Son!Q a try, and freshen up the backend move to the pocket! Thank you for taking the time to read my review of Stormís Son!Q.
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Re: Son!Q
« Reply #28 on: June 07, 2018, 09:20:39 PM »
Storm SoniQ
Layout: 55 x 4.5 x 30
Rev Rate: 300 rpm
Testing information: 41 foot THS Ė Kegel Machine Ė Brunswick Anvilane
Test Results: What a great ball Ė smells good too (Gingerbread Smores)! The Storm SoniQ utilizes the Centripetal HD (high density) Core and R2S Pearl Reactive Coverstock. The R2S coverstock was also used in the Hy-Road and IQ Tour balls, and a key part of their success. Storm hit a home run with the combination of this core and shell. The pearl coverstock allows for easy length through the front part of the lanes and the low RG of the high-density core keeps it from skidding through the break point. The back-end motion is strong with continuation through the pins. For me, it is a great combination that allows me to be able to use this ball on a lot of different conditions. I will probably choose a stronger ball with surface for the heavier oil patterns but the SoniQ will be one of the first balls I switch to once the pattern break down starts to occur. Looking forward to having this ball in my arsenal for a long time. #Stormnation


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Re: Son!Q
« Reply #29 on: June 08, 2018, 10:14:30 AM »
My Name is Doug Cutler and I am a Storm/Roto Grip Regional Staffer. I am left handed and I my ball speed is between 15-16mph. The ball review today is on the Storm Soniq and I want to say that this ball is a special one.  I have used this ball on numerous patterns and was able to use it which is great because it is not a ball that is for a specific pattern. The surface I have on my Soniq, is I lightly hit the surface with a 3000 Abralon pad.  I drilled the Soniq with the Pin Above my Ring finger and CG kicked to the left just a little.The Soniq is very clean through the midlane and has a strong back end reaction. I hit the surface with the 3000 pad to blend the motion and be very controllable. The Soniq I have shot 1-300, and 2-800 series(802,816).  I compare the Soniq with the Storm Drive. The Soniq against the Drive for me the Soniq is cleaner through the mid then the Drive, and the Soniq is much more angular in the back then the Drive. These 2 balls are really great for me and they are a great 1-2 punch.  I normally start out with the Drive on our House Shot and then when I start to get early hook and start to leave some 7 pins I go with the Soniq and I can stay in the same spot or even move right a few boards and open up the lane a little. This ball works really good on THS, and Medium to Oily Lanes. This is a ball I would highly recommend you need in your bag, and is a really good House Shot ball, Oh and it really Smells good also!! #stormsoniq, #stormnation #bowlupastorm

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