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« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
The Trauma's(tm) new innovative design features an extremely dense twin
cylinder weight block enclosed by a vertical dual density core. This new
multi-density core is made with a combination of mineral and ceramic
materials for increased strength, hardness and hitting power. By changing
the densities of the external core from side to side and matching it to the
twin cylinder weight block, the mass bias has shifted toward the outside of
the ball. This modification magnifies the significance of the Core Mass Bias
(CMB) for an increased range of angles and ball reaction through various pin
and CMB placements. On the outside of the Trauma is the finest reactive
material available today, ACCU-Tread(tm).  ACCU-Tread cuts through oil for
constant reliability shot after shot producing the strongest move through
the pins of any ball available today. The specifications are: Cover stock:
ACCU-Tread(tm) Pearl Reactive; Factory Finish: 1500-grit Polished; Color:
Amethyst/Sapphire/Pewter; Hardness: 76-78 Rex D-scale; Weight Block: Single
Density Barbell encompassed by Inertial Guidance(tm) Core; Radius of
Gyration: 2.50 (Low); Differential: .060 (High); Flare Potential: High (6"
plus); Hook Potential: 19.5+/16.5 (Dull/Shiny); Length: 6 on a scale of
1-10; Backend: 10+ on a scale of 1-10: Recommended Lane Condition:
Medium-Heavy Oil; Fragrance: Cinnamon



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Re: Trauma
« Reply #46 on: November 15, 2002, 04:14:05 PM »


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Re: Trauma
« Reply #47 on: December 15, 2002, 01:49:05 PM »
this is my second is a bove and to the right of my ring finger cg is to the right of my palm ( i dont know much about drilling).....but anyways i was standing 25 throwing to the second arrow letting it go to about 3 board and it snaps right back and that was on medieum oil...its has almost no prob coming back and wow!!!!!!!not many corner pins messengers coming from i could find another i would buy it FOR SURE well i want to try another trauma sometime....if ne of u guys read this send me a message with what u have well trauma balls for sale (

i recomend this ball to any experienced bowlers....


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Re: Trauma
« Reply #48 on: January 24, 2003, 12:24:08 PM »
bowler's specs:  righty; 16-17 mph; tweener.

ball specs:  ball drilled lverage(I think, not a shop guy)4 1/2 x 4 5/8,
             pin 1 1/4 parallel to the right of fingers; cg in palm: 1:30, no  
             balance hole.

review:  I have never had a ball that has as much carry as this one.  explodes in the backend sending messengers everywhere!!!  rolls smooth through the heads,gives you good length and a booming backend! bowled on cake lanes with 10x10 oil and played up the ten all day crushing the pocket. used it at other houses with different oil patterns as well and had the same results. For me it's a little touchy in heavy oil but that's not what the ball was made for anyway.  This has got to be one of storm's best sellers ever!  great ball!!!


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Re: Trauma
« Reply #49 on: February 07, 2003, 09:36:52 PM »
Another ball I found on the rack, aren't I lucky?

This puppy is laid out to go long and flip.  The pin is at 2:30(Clock position) to my ring finger, and the CG is kicked out 2.5"  The mass bias is in the strong position.

This layout worked best for me on a 36'(buffed to 38') shot.  My X-Factor wanted to roll too early, and I was consistantly in the pocket with inconsistat carry.  This was the perfect shot for the trauma.  I was standing 27(left foot) throwing 14, skidding to 9 and the ball would rip back towards the pocket, sending splinters towards the mechanics in the back.  

I was hoping this ball would fit in to my arsenal on lighter oil to replace my Blaze, but it fits in on heavy-short oil.  A good complement to my X-Factor when I need to open the lane up and play more inside.

Oh well, guess I have an excuse to buy another ball!

STORM FANS:  X-Factor Deuce and Hot Rod scheduled to be released on February 22nd here on Long Island.  So if you like Storm and you're interested in a new ball, wait another couple of weeks for these new additions to the STORM arsenal.
I must admit, ROTO GRIP is out with some great stuff, too.  Check into the Top-Fuel or the Sonic X.
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Re: Trauma
« Reply #50 on: April 13, 2003, 04:13:11 AM »
I'm a stroker with medium revs and low speed ( 22/23 km/h )

This is my very favorite ball at the moment. It ripped that status from my Extreme Chaos a long time ago ( see other report ).

I have this ball now for about a year. First of all lets say the carry stayed the same.

The ball is drilled for max length. And that is what it does, goes long, sharp hook. But still controlable ( wich is most important ).

38 foot or less:
The ball doesn't roll much earlier then on wet lanes, only the backend reaction gets stronger. I can still use this ball on the drier lanes.

38 foot - 40 foot:
This ball is ideal for this conditions. Nice length, nice hook.( right foot @ board 10, 1st arrow ) Enough carry to clean the pindeck at all times

41 foot or more:
This ball seems to run a little short in overal hook. The ball wants to hook at the same time as on other conditions, only now it doesn't hook enough anymore, but still useable! For this conditions i rather take my Columbia Surge, or my (new) Morich Colossus Supreme

This ball is almost useable for every type of lane, wood or synthetic. That is why i like this ball.

If you think the ball looses hook lately, just put it into an oven! The oil will sweat out and you will see the sharp hook again. This way you avoid resurfacing with sandpaper etc.


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Re: Trauma
« Reply #51 on: May 28, 2003, 08:13:02 PM »
I've had this ball for over year now.  It is a 16#, 3" pin, drilled #1 from Storm site.  Have succesfully used this ball on wood/guardian, wood, AMF synthetic lanes.  This particular drilling allows me to get good length and nice arc out of the breakpoint.  On fresh oil with strong backends there is no better ball out there.  Reads the lanes well, carries a ton, and hits like a mack truck.  On med/dry conditions it will allow me to play deeper and not overhook unless they are burnt.  If you happen across one of these, get it!!!  You will not be sorry.  I don't know how many games I have on it but it is still going strong.  There will always be one in my bag.


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Re: Trauma
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Re: Trauma
« Reply #53 on: March 15, 2004, 10:25:11 PM »
I have had this ball for about 4 or 5 months (got it used) and I love it use it on a sport shot league never take anything else out of the bag great ball


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Re: Trauma
« Reply #54 on: April 01, 2004, 07:53:03 PM »
Awesome ball bought used 14 pounder and drilled it axis leverage. Last 5 weeks I have used it on variety of conditions to average 229.6666 for 15 games. I leave more 9 pins than corner pins with it I love this balls  true roll and consistent hitting power


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Re: Trauma
« Reply #55 on: September 06, 2004, 04:03:56 PM »
Another ball I got for small money through Ebay in excellent condition... and what a good investment!

About me:
Style = Stroker/mild Tweener, right-handed
Speed = 13,5-14,5 mph
PAP = 5" & 7/8"^
Axis tilt = 18,7°
Revs = 250-300 RPM at release
For more details, check out my profile, please.

I was looking for a med to heavy oil pearl reactive ball. Didn't like "Big B"'s Inferno looks, so I gave the (older) Trauma a try. I was not disappointed!

Ball setup:

Ball is 15 lbs. Originally I wanted a ball to make a skid/snap move, but I received a pin-in ball (CG to Pin = 1 3/8", did not ask when I bid at Ebay...).
Despite these rather rolly specs, the ball was drilled to move aggressively: Pin to PAP = 4 1/4", pin ended up 1" at 4:00 of ring finger hole. CG 1 1/2" to the right of the mid lane. MC² marking located at 5:00 from thumb hole, 2 3/4" distance. Small (1" deep and wide) X-hole on PAP was added to compensate weight distribution towards PAP.


* = Pin
# = CG
m = mass bias/MC² marker
x = X-hole

Ball picture:

Oval rubber finger inserts finished the job. Funny thing is that I found a bubble in the core material in the thumb hole (size of a bean). Filled it with nitro compound in the first place, but finally had a thumb insert added because it was quite irritating. Surface of the ball was OK when I received it, but I got it polished up once more to 1.500 grit + polish.

Some impressions:

In the beginning my Trauma did not hook as strong I expected, but I blame it on my stroker style, lack of experience at that time and simply the pin-in configuration. After some time to get used to it (4 months or so) and maybe some wear on the polish my Trauma (and me) developed hook. The more hand I am now able to put into the ball, the more and earlier it moves. Easy to control!

Medium patterns are great, the ball creates lots of hook if played to do so. For a pearl reactive the Trauma is a very good-natured ball. Left-side spares and adjustments to varying lane conditions are no problem, it is a very reliable performer. The pearl Accu-Tread coverstock gives the ball good length on a wide variety of conditions and a clean passage through the heads, even when things dry up.

On a 30' medium pattern I stand at 23rd board with my right shoe tip, target at 12th board and get a nice breakpoint at 38-40' down the lane with a sharp curve into the pocket.

On a played-down 40' sports pattern I was able to play the ball deeper inside, standing on 31st board and play over 3rd arrow. The ball would even reach 3rd board in a wide arc, and then break at about 38-40' and turn irresistibly towards the pocket, as if it was running on tracks.

On a fresh 42' medium-light crowned gutter-to gutter shot, buffed to 50', my Trauma excelled, too: very good length with the high grit polish, and in the buffed Zone a smooth and controllable transition from skid to roll. Even though the ball has some years to it, it still amazes me. And it hits so hard...

Longer and larger volumes of fresh oil create difficulties to make the Trauma hook or keep its breakpoint consistently. It's probably the progress in oil development, since the ball was originally designed for medium to oily shots? But, nevertheless, when a track is burned into the lane after some games, the Trauma comes to life again.

On the other side, the "lenghty" coverstock makes the Trauma less vulnerable to dry heads than other strong reactive balls, like the Raging Red Fuze for example. I consider it playable on anything except for desert and flood conditions.

The best thing about the Trauma is its pin carry: it is so IMPRESSIVE!
Total devastation on the deck, wherever it hits. Either on full flush hits into the pocket, Brooklyn shots or even light hits. You name it, the Trauma rips it up!
With the high-gloss surface the ball explodes in the pin deck, sending messenger pins everywhere. If there were no barriers around the deck, pins would fly several yards in any direction... This ball really works for the player, and in my arsenal it is currently the ultimate benchmark for pin action.


After my growing experience with it and having a friend with the same ball (though with different layout - he has an aggressively drilled pin-out which reacts much sharper in the backend on equal conditions) as a comparison basis, I give it a solid 9 out of 10, with a tendency up. It is a great ball, for almost any occasion.

Lane utility for tested ball (pattern length vs. oil volume):

|S M L
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|0 + X| Light volume
|+ X X| Medium volume
|X + 0| Heavy volume

X = Best suited with effective control & carry
+ = Fairly suited (works, somehow, but lacks control)
0 = Unsuited (ineffective, either slips or burns up)

The chart concept is borrowed from Storm's 2003 catalogue - IMHO a very good overview tool. Surface prep and drillings may change the results, it is just personal experience with my style

I like the Trauma very much, and with ongoing experience it has become one of those ball that I will not eaily discard. It is very versatile and a real beast with carrying power! My Trauma gets better the more I play it, and it keeps up its very good lane and pin performance from the beginning. No loss in reaction, whatsoever.

Dunno, but the cinnamon scent reminds me of Christmas cookies. I always get hungry when I take the Trauma out of my bag... want milk, too!

PPS (Updated 1st of July 2005):
I keep my Trauma in the bag, and it still is the personal benchmark for pin carry. Performs great on medium conditions, very adaptable to speed and hand position changes. Get one, if you can! I hope that mine will last a while...
A shame that the original ACCU-Tread pearl coverstock is not in use anymore. With a Fired-Up core or another current tall low/medium RG core, this would make a great combo for medium conditions.

PPPS (Updated 5th of March 2006):
It is still in the bag, and recently only my new Shock & Awe has come close to it considering pin carry. What a great ball!

4PS (Updated 29th of January 2007):
Yesterday I made my bet on the Trauma card for my traveling league - I had the 2nd start in a house with medium to light conditions. I had the feeling that my half-retired Trauma would be the perfect ball for this: and I was right! Not only did I play a new official high 5 series with 1.014 with, I also made this season's personal absolute high game of 233. This ball rocks, it is a pleasure to see this (old) piece rip up the rack!

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Re: Trauma
« Reply #56 on: January 01, 2005, 03:12:59 AM »
I purchased this ball from a sale at our pro-shop about a year ago.  It was marked down to 80 bucks, and it was 15.4 pounds, so I purchased it.  It was my first reactive ball with the exeption of the disappointment of a ball called the Brunswick Particle Swamp Monster, read my review there, but I told my proshop guy to make it work.  Our lanes at the time were a medium oil pattern and the ball worked well.  Over time our conditions changed, and became much more heavily oiled.  The ball just did nothing and I couldnt use it.  I had to have it surfaced, but it became very fickle on its reactions.  I had the ball re-drilled to fit my new span and to try and make it work at our house, but the ball is still very uneasy on heavy oil.

This ball is decent with its shined surface on medium oil or a little less, but don't try to make it work for heavier conditions.  Something else I noticed about this ball is its tendency to start hooking too early, but never seem to finish.  This ball is ok, but I wouldn't spend much money on it.  Lane conditions and oil change with technology, and a newer ball with a more up to date coverstock would proably be a better bet.

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Re: Trauma
« Reply #57 on: January 07, 2005, 11:55:35 PM »
Im 25 years old and been bowling most of my life and carried about a 180 to a 190 average.  when i bought this ball its like it taught me how to bowl the ball is extremely forgiving on med  oil our house runs the shot to about 40 ft and there has never been a ball in my arsenal that has done what this has done i now average  215 and have shot 2-300, 1 298 and a 290 in about 5 week time frame i will bowl with this ball until i can take it to a duckpin center =)
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Re: Trauma
« Reply #58 on: March 28, 2005, 05:37:57 PM »

I`m a right-handed Tweener with 15-16 mp/h and approximately 300 RPM.

6 months ago I bought a used 15lbs Trauma in pretty good condition. Surface 1500 grit, CG and mass bias kicked out, balance hole (2"x2") to bring it back to legal.
It was a really good investment, because I love this ball :

On med-heavy oil conditions the trauma is a weapon. It goes long, hookes sharply and crushes the pins with a high clear sound.

When it is played with some spin I have hardly seen a ball with such carry and destructive force : Total chaos in the deck, plenty of messenger pins flying everywhere. Especially brooklyn hits clean the deck safely.  

Another good point is that the trauma is not so speed sensitive. If the lanes dry up, don`t worry and play the ball faster, it will not effect the pin carry too much.

Very good job storm ! 10 out of 10 !

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Re: Trauma
« Reply #59 on: August 04, 2005, 02:33:14 AM »
ball weight-15lb

lane conditions- mix of everything.

area of lane played- usually 13 out to 8

drilled- pin 1" over bridge, cg 1 inch below and kicked out to the right of the ring finger.  MB 2" right of thumbhole.  with a weighthole about 4 inches to the right of the ring finger.

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The trauma was my dads ball at first.  he couldn't roll it well and when i tried it i loved it.  So I re-drilled it for me.  never really had much success with it after I redrilled it.  

The ball was too inconsistent as has been my problem with a lot of asymetrical equipment.  If the shot was there for the ball then it was unstopable.  but if the shot wasn't just perfect than it was horrible.  it was a very squirty type reaction.  it would skate by on one shot but on the next it would go broklyn.

Carry is another big problem i have had with this ball.  It has officially been named the 7-10 ball by all my friends.  I left the 7-10 3 times in a row in a tournament once.  adjusting for each one.  it leaves the 10 pin a lot more often than any other ball I have rolled.  but that could be just because of the EXTREME entry angle.  may be one of the snappiest balls i have ever rolled, next to the AMF nighthawk SPT.

If I had to give this ball a number rating I would give it a 7 out of 10.  because of its lack of consistency.  the only thing that keeps it from being lower is how well it carries (when it feels like it)

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