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El Niņo X-It
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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The X-It features a combination of the proven El Niņo 2000 Motion Control
weight block wrapped in an exclusive STORM PRO-Thane MT(tm) cover stock.
The PRO-Thane MT cover features ACCU-Tread(tm) reactive material combined
with a specific Thermo-Dynamic Response(tm) (TDR) particle load.  PRO-Thane
MT has less particle loading than the PRO-Thane XT (found on La Niņa) and
more than PRO-Thane LT loads (found on El Niņo 2000) for a truly dependable
reaction.  This weight block/cover stock combination produces reaction the
proper distance down the lane, not too early and not too late for an optimum
angle of entry.

The specifications are: Cover stock: PRO-Thane(tm) MT Particle; Factory
Finish: 800-grit matte; Color: Black/Raspberry; Hardness: 76-78 Rex D-scale;
Weight Block: Tri-Density Motion Control(tm); Radius of Gyration: 2.52
(Medium); Differential: .055 (High); Flare Potential: High (6" plus); Hook
Potential: 20+/18.5 (Dull/Shiny); Length: 4.5 on a scale of 1-10; Backend:
10 on a scale of 1-10; Recommended Lane Condition: Medium-Heavy to Heavy
Oil; Fragrance: Raspberry

 

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Re: El Niņo X-It
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2000, 01:00:00 AM »
Just recently punched the X-It. The pin is 2-3/4" from the cg and the starting top weight is 2.5 oz.  The layout is as follows: the cg is on the grip centerline shifted 1/2" up from the center of my grip, the pin is above my ring finger, and the mass bias mark is to the left side of my thumb. When a line is drawn through the pin, cg, and mass bias, they are in a line. Also, I lightly polish this ball. I tested the ball on a fresh condition with the oil length of 35 feet. This ball clears the heads really well and finishes on the back with a nice arc. I threw this ball also on the same condition with the difference being carrydown instead of fresh backends. I had to square up more on the lane and watch my ball speed because the ball did not want to make a move to the pocket.  However, it is my belief that the lay out I drilled this ball was more the culprit than the ball.  I feel if I had another drilled with the mass bias and cg out, the ball would make a stronger move towards the pocket. When I tugged the X-It the ball went Brooklyn with an arc...not a runaway Brooklyn. In comparing this ball to my El Nino Gold, the X-It clears the heads the same as the Gold, goes into a roll sooner than the Gold, and has about 5 more boards hook than the Gold. Also, I have an El Nino 2000 drilled similar to the X-It and quite honestly I believe the X-It is a solid version of the 2000 with the difference being it does not flip like the 2000.

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Re: El Niņo X-It
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2000, 12:25:17 PM »
Once again storm does a great job.  This ball falls in perfectly between the la Nina and the 2000.   This ball reads the midlane really well and just destroys the pins .   I drilled this one 4*3 and this ball gave me all kinds of room.  Another great ball from storm

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Re: El Niņo X-It
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2000, 06:14:26 PM »
IF they were ever to make an "El Nino Zone," the X-It would be what came out of the factory.  With a little polish, the ball gets through the heads decently well, but the backend reaction is what makes the ball different than other Storm stuff.  Where it seems that other Storm balls would start hooking and keep up a continuous movement through the pins, the X-It goes into a Zone-like forward roll at the breakpoint.  For the people that like to throw Storm stuff, this ball will give them a very different reaction and can help them fill in a missing spot in their arsenal.  For those that are afraid to throw Zones because they roll too soon, an X-It with a bit of polish might give you a Zone reaction without some of the early roll drawbacks.


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Re: El Niņo X-It
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2000, 06:40:56 PM »
I had the original El Nino and liked it a lot so when I heard of the X-it, I thought I'd have to try it out.



I drilled mine 3 3/8 leverage with MB in the strong position 3/4 inch to the right of the thumb hole. Statics show the ball just legal on side weight with 7/8 and 1/2 finger. A balance hole was used...3/4" diameter on my PAP.



This ball hits like a freight train. It does not have the back end snap of my Eraser but makes a smooth but hard move into the pins and wrecks havoc when it gets there. The ball revs hard and makes the left turn with authority.



Very versatile ball that I can throw on drier lanes as well as soup. Much better ball than my Firepower for oil. All in all, another excellent offering from Storm.
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Re: El Niņo X-It
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2000, 08:49:08 PM »
Just wanted to add a follow up to my previous review. I used my X-it exclusively tonight and shot my high series of 783 with scores of 246, 248 and a 289.



I was able to start the night with a nice, half-handed swing shot from 10 to 5 with my feet at 21. The ball tore the rack. All night long and I did not have to move a single board all night. My only adjustments were with hand position and my 10-5 turned into a 10-2 by the end of the last game.



While the other guys were fighting the moving inside edge of the oil line I sat on the outside and pummelled the pocket.



The El Nino X-it is a strong ball that adapts very well to changes in hand position and does not react drastically to changes on the lane.



Thumbs up to Storm !!!!
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Kelly Beasley

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Re: El Niņo X-It
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2000, 08:57:40 PM »
The El Nino X-IT is another great ball out of Utah.  This ball is a fantastic addition to the already versatile Storm line.  The characteristics that make this ball so great are hook with power and control.  This ball gets through the heads as good as any particle ball on the market, and is smoother and much more predictable than most.  I also like one other thing from Storm lately, and this is totally my preference.  Their high performance balls are getting darker again, and if your like most bowlers, the darker the ball, the easier to read the reaction.  Again this is only my opinion.

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Re: El Niņo X-It
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2000, 10:17:59 AM »
I drilled this ball for something aggressive to replace my Contender <which will be sorely missed many high scores and mucho dinero won> I am extremely impressed with this ball, I am a boomer, for starters I stand 30-35 and play 25-5 this ball reacts hard but presdictable, the 5th game out of the box was a 300 <last night> which makes 2 in 3 months. This ball is a monster but controllable, With the factory surface the ball chased me off the lanes, with a bit of extender polish to take the surface off. It created a pin crushing monster. It makes for a nice compliment to the Rock Star, and the Rock Pearl

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Re: El Niņo X-It
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2001, 02:30:17 PM »
I purchased my X-it after having extreme success with the Eraser (which was my first storm ball).  One of the leaque's that I bowl in has the oil going longer than the normal 40 feet which meant I needed something that can give me a good roll and not burn out like Brunswick.  I turned to the X-it.  This ball is a monster.  Box finish starts to hook the roll the moment it hits the floor.  The recovery and carry is GREAT!  I will keep track of more of Storm's equipment...keep up the good work Storm!  I have mine drilled in a "true" leverage position.  I give this ball a 8 on a scale of 10.

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Re: El Niņo X-It
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2001, 11:30:41 AM »
bowler stats



speed-average

revolutions-above average

pap-over 5 1/4 up 3/8





drilled the ball

pin out 3 1/2"

pin to pap-5"

cg to pap-3 1/2"

weight hole 2" below pap



shot bowled on

synthetic very wet/dry

wood tapered(christmas tree) thats get carry down



this is the same drilling as my gold. This ball does roll well, but needs more oil than the gold-definitely more raw power. harder to get thru the heads, but not too bad. This ball does need oil(atleast for the guys with hand). i let the finest as out of box condition.

My teammate has the same drilling as me and had 819 the first 3 games he thru the ball(20 in a row at one time).



rating

8 1/2 out of 10

only that low because it does need oil


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Re: El Niņo X-It
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2001, 09:02:26 AM »
I would like to add to my previous review of this ball.  I have been experimenting quite a bit with the surface of this ball.  My suggestion DO NOT DULL THE BALL !  This was the worst reaction that I have seen of any "proactive" ball.  This new surface of course caused the ball to roll early...TOO EARLY...causing it to completely burn out before reaching the backend.  Of course this was done on lanes that were extremely wet and the oil extended past the traditional 40 feet.  The out of box surface is the best surface for this ball in my opinion.

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Re: El Niņo X-It
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2001, 04:23:21 AM »
I'm a stroker 16-17 mph and medium revs. Drilled 4x3 with the mass bias in the strong position on a medium condition

typical house shot drier outside the 10 board 36 feet of oil. Balance hole 6 inches out from grip center to bring the ball back to 3/4 side weight.

In box condition this was too much ball.

Shined it with Storm extra shine and was able to play 27 to 8 at the arrows and open the lane up. This ball hits as strong as the original El Nino but keeps the pins lower on the deck. More of a snap than the La Nina and a couple of boards more reaction with an almost identical drill on the La Nina. Very powerful hit. 1st set out carried all but 3 pocket hits due to operator error on release.

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Re: El Niņo X-It
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2001, 03:21:20 PM »
My review update.........



The ball is drilled to mirror the warm front with pin(above ring finger) out about 3 inches from cg.  Pin is about 5 inches from PAP and the cg is offset about 1/2 an inch.  Coverstock is out of box.  The lanes at the center in which I bowl at are conditioned twice a day.  They lay down a 32-37 foot christmas tree, distance determined by  whatever floats their boat that day.  There is about 2 times the units of conditioner between boards 16 and 24 than there is anywhere else on the lanes.  The backends fly since we are on AMF  synthetics.  



Anyway back to the review.......

A pair had bowled on the lanes prior to me. I was standing at 29 with eyes at 16 and swinging the ball out no further right that 11.  This ball was coming like a train.  I rolled a 277 and a 256 before switching to the ERASER.



The X-it loves oil.  It is a wonderful mid-lane ball and needs that oil to be truely happy. The ball possesses a beatiful overall even reaction (not jumpy at all). The ball rolls early but doesn't over-react in the heads.   This ball is a wonderful first shift ball.  And if your center lays down a pond in the middle of the lane, second shift bowlers could probably use it for the first or even second game (at least until they find themselves 15 boards away from their starting board).  I love this ball and it's crushing power at the pocket.  I give the ball a 9.25 on a scale of 10.



Thank you and good bowling...



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Re: El Niņo X-It
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2001, 01:30:18 PM »
We drilled the El Nino X-It with two different layouts, one with a short pin to p.a.p. distance and one with a longer distance.  We chose to vary the pin distances this way so that, with surface alterations we could better observe the balls potential and versatility.

  The first layout put the pin 1/2" from the axis with the c.g. 1" away on the midline and an extra hole 8" from the grip center.  The shell was wet sanded to 600 and polished using Finesse.  This first X-it was quick to rev and had an arcing motion from anywhere on the lane.  We were bowling in the evening on synthetic lanes after an entire day of league play.  The outside boards were fairly dry, especially in the heads and the backends were tight with carry down.  Provided we kept the ball in the oil up front the ball preformed well and the carry was exceptional.  When we were able to test the ball on a fresh condition with dry backends this was the best reacting ball we had with us, including such particle models as the La Nina, Navy Quantum and the Danger HPD.  

  The second X-it had the pin over the fingers, which was 5 1/2" form the axis and had the same shell prep as the first ball.  As you might expect the second ball produced more length with a sharper break point and the same explosive carry.  With some additional sanding and polish this ball really began to look and act more like a reative ball.  We really like this ball's shell versatility, especially compared to the La Nina.  

  Overall, we were very impressed with the ball's ability to handle different conditions, depending on pattern and shell preparation.  We don't normally recommend particle shells on dryer lanes or for players with slower speeds.  This ball however will stay in play on dryer lanes and require less speed than most other particle balls.  If you are a Storm fan and have been waiting for for a particle model that will handle some dryer lanes or a player with less than average speed, this ball is worth a look.

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Re: El Niņo X-It
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2001, 09:00:11 AM »
If any of you have seen my past reviews, you know I'm partial to Storm.  I just love their equipment.  

I drilled the X-It for the upcoming nationals in Reno.  I've heard a lot about what the shot is and made a detirmination that I needed this ball.

I set it up with the pin 2 1/2" from my PAP and the MC2 in my track.  This gives me a very strong and predictable breakpoint.  I put the extra hole on the center line at the VAL and pitched it 1 1/4" away to help increase the flare.  I also used Storm Proacta-Shine on the box finish.

This ball is tremendous.  I bowled the first time with it on a World Team Challenge shot and it got to the breakpoint easily and it made a good strong move to the pocket.  It wasn't too jumpy or too early.  The ball read the midlane beautifully.  When it got to the pins, the carry was unbelievable.  Lite or weak hits showed the pins no mercy, and high flush hits tripped the four pin.  The only thing I encountered that would cause me to say anything less than "great" was that when the oil started to carry down, I started leaving some weak ten pins.  I know this is because the pin is closer to the PAP, so I didn't worry.  I just moved a little right and BOOM...There were the strikes again.

All and all, I'd say I will like this ball when I get to Reno.  I will post another review once I get back and let you know how it worked out there.

Two thumbs up for sure!!

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