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Fear Factor
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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In the past 6 months, Storm has aggressively stepped up research and development of new coverstock materials. Some of the nation's top Pro Shops were recently solicited for additional testing. Of the 4 variations of coverstocks tested by the more than 50 top Pro Shop and Storm's renowned Pro Staff, more than 1/2 the preferred the new Storm Monsoon coverstock.

*Benefits of the Monsoon Coverstock -Monsoon is softer enhancing mid-lane performance -Monsoon has strength and durability -Monsoon is versatile and easy to adjust -Monsoon generates optimum entry angle in heavy oil

The Fear Factor features the new Monsoon cover with an MT (Medium Traction) soft particle load designed to distribute energy more evenly on heavy oil patterns.

The new RAD Triple Disk Weight Block features an extremely dense narrow disk added to the center of the RAD design.

*Benefits of RAD -Lowers the RG to 2.49 for an earlier moment of inertia -Enhances mid-lane energy -Maintains a high differential (0.060) -Exposes fresh, dry coverstock the entire length of the lane -Strong preferred spin axis with mass bias (intermediate) differential of .020

The new Fear Factor is a synchronized in bowling balls intended to give a strong overall reaction. If your Fear Factor is heavy oil...Fear no more!

Specifications:
Line Master
Color Gold/Emerald/Ruby
Coverstock Particle
Core 2-piece Asymmetrical
RG 2.49
Differential 0.060
Factory finish 800 grit Matte
Weights 10 thru 16lbs
Lane Conditions Medium-Heavy Oil

 

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Re: Fear Factor
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2003, 02:18:04 PM »
This ball rolls, and rolls and rolls. I have only played it for one set so my review is limited. My ball was drilled with pin under the ring finger and cg in strong spot. Did I say this ball rolls? Well even though it rolls off my hand it still has a strong arcing back end. It does not seem to roll out, it stays pretty strong. There is no snap to the reaction, but a really strong finish.
The cover seems to be a light load particle pearl. This ball reminds me of a stronger version of a brunswick raging inferno.

Good luck

Mike
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Re: Fear Factor
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2003, 07:49:30 PM »
WHOA...
This ball does exactly what Storm said it would do. I drilled mine 5 inch pin, Mass Bias in the strong position, box finish. I used it on a puddled up house condition, which had consideraable carry down. I kept it in the puddle to see what it would do on oil. This ball motors heavy in the mid lane and you expect it to be used up at the break point, BUT it does not quit. This ball has an awesome continous motion through the pins. This is without a doubt, the strongest heavy oil ball Storm has ever made. I have had great performance from all of the Storm balls in the Master Line. In this day and age of hype, hype, hype it is nice to see a ball do what they say it will. Nice job Storm!

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Re: Fear Factor
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2003, 04:50:59 PM »
The Fear Factor, wow, what a ball. I got my Fear Factor on a Thursday afternoon, after hearing about the new RAD3 technology, and they are adding a extra disk to the ball, and with the new Moonsoon coverstock it is sure to be a great ball. The pin is right under my ring finger and the "Eye of The Storm" is about 1 and a half inch away from it causing my ball to hook alot. The pattern was medium to heavy, not so spotty. I played left side of the lane and threw the ball between the 4th and 5th arrow. Let me tell you this ball just hooked left and smashed right into the pocket. The ball went long, and arced itself right into the pocket for a clean hit. As soon as it hits the dry part of the lanes, you can say bye bye to the pins. Overall, this ball is a must get. For all the heavy hitters, this is the ball. Add to your X-Factor Reloaded, and you got yourself the two best balls on the market...Storm is honestly the The Bowler's Company!!!

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Re: Fear Factor
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2003, 05:01:55 PM »
Storm may have finally made a good heavy oil ball, for those of us without a ton of hand.  I had the Trauma Response, and it hooked a lot when it hit the dry, but always seemed to die out before it got to the pin deck.  La Nina was a great ball, but very short life span.  Got my Fear Factor drilled stacked leverage, and it hooks a good deal, but controllably.  Used it on a little more oil, with some carrydown and still gave me enough entry angle to carry.  I'm not the biggest Storm fan in the world, but this looks like a real winner.  If the coverstock can hold up reasonably long, then this should be one of the better oil balls on the market.  The RAD weight block really shows it's muscle coming around the breakpoint for this ball, and maintains more power at the pins than my Response did.  Great job Storm!!

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Re: Fear Factor
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2003, 03:18:02 PM »
Just punched out my 2 Fear Factors as follows:

Ball #1
Storm Reacta Shine on Box Finish.
Pin 4" under ring finger
RAD Strong
Extra Hole below axis at 5"

League Shot: 40' adult bumper bowling Sythetic heads with wood backends
Ball Reads Earlier than any other Storm ball I own. Still gets through the heads fairly well with the larger load of particle. Makes a strong midlane move to the pocket with great control. When the heads start to go just chase the oil line in and I didnt lose the reaction in the puddle of oil in the middle and no squirt. Ball just rolls through it like a champ and still reads very well in the midlane and hits as good as anything else out there.
Very happy with the control and easy hook of the ball and playability across the lane is very good for a higher load particle ball.

Ball #2
Pin 5 1/2" over middle finger
RAD Strong
No Hole
Storm Extras step 3 Polish on box finish.

League Shot: 40' adult bumper bowling Sythetic heads with wood backends
Ball clears heads even better and improved backend reaction much more flip but still remains controllable and hits very hard. With this layout it allowed me to stay in the oil longer and get the flip I needed to carry the 10 from deeper than ball #1.
This will be a good tournament ball as well when you need the control of particle but backend more like reactive from deeper inside.

I love both these balls both on tournament conditions and League conditions.
First time in a while I could drill a ball for tournaments and still get a great look in leagues as well.
I think this ball is a definite winner for those who love Storm balls but always wanted more hook!
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Re: Fear Factor
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2003, 09:22:38 PM »
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Wow, drilling this ball turned out to be a waste after all. I was bowling after work today and took it to the shop to polish… and they told me it’s illegal! The ball has too much finger AND side weight!

I had to drill another damn weight hole over the fingers to take care of this, now the ball looks like a mess. He told me if my Slay/R is laid out the same, it’s probably illegal too. Why would Storm make a ball that can do this??
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First i wish i could review this ball - but its not in Australia yet.

Secondly - dont blame Storm - blame the person who drilled it. Any ball can be drilled illegally if you have the wrong person doing it. I would make them replace it as they stuffed it up.

Storm rule - Hurry up balls roll over to Australia.

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Re: Fear Factor
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2003, 10:01:18 PM »
I don't think it's Storms fault that your ball is now illegal.  If you had the proper training to drill balls then it probably wouldn't have happened.  I get paid to manage projects, therefore I don't drill bowling balls.

Who cares if the label is on the side so people can see it!!!  Just drill it right for you style and let people watch it go down the lane and crush the pins.  How many pins you knock down is what really counts, unless I have been mistaken all these years.




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Re: Fear Factor
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2003, 10:25:49 PM »
Punched up a Fear Factor for my brother, as I have no need for a big hooker in my personal lineup.

This ball is a big hooking ball, however it needs oil to get it down the lane or it will roll out and hit like a pancake, as with all heavy particle balls.

As for the RevMonster, 1) buying new balls online and not having a say in pin/top weight is mistake #1.  and 2) drilling balls in a basement without knowing what you're doing and without a scale is also not a bright idea.  

Either spend money and get a scale and learn to balance a ball, or spend some money and have somebody with a background in drilling balls drill your stuff and keep it legal.
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Re: Fear Factor
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2003, 11:41:31 AM »
I couldn't be happier with my Fear Factor...in fact the entire Storm line is great. I recently bowled a regional where the front of the lane was juiced. The Fear Factor's cover and motor reacted wonderfully, and still popped on the end. I just saw they added Tim Mack and Patrick Healy Jr. to their staff. I can sure see why those great bowlers choose Storm!
And what about the Hot Wire? My inside source told me the touring players love it!
Storm does it again!

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Re: Fear Factor
« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2003, 07:39:54 PM »
I finally stopped batting my head against the wall with my Raging Inferno, and swapped it for a Fear Factor today.  I guess I decided I had punished Storm long enough for the La Nina and El Nino 2000 particles.  The Fear Factor had a 2 inch pin that I put just under my ring finger to yield 5 inch pin to PAP.  I kicked the cg out about 3/4 of an inch to put the mb just into the positive quadrant.

This is an extremely aggressive ball.  The shell reacts a lot like the Flipside WOW, but the strong core gives it more continuation.  Even with the strong core I found myself leaving a lot of flat 10's on a fresh long house shot if I wasn't real pure with the release.  I think it will probably be best on flooded heads with long oil, but clean back ends.  The big problem I had with the old Storm particles was that that would react great on one shot then hang on the back end the next shot where I felt like I got out of it just as good.  This ball seems to react the way I throw it.  I need to be clean  and keep my revs up to keep it from burning, but if I do that I get a pretty consistent reaction.  Balls like this are never the first out of my bag, but I can see two places where it could really be valuable.  Like my WOW it will fight the early skid and allow me to play a direct shot out way to the right on a flatter sport type pattern, similar to what worked reasonably well in Knoxville.  I also am anxious to try it deep where there is still a puddle at 4th arrow, but you can't move back to the right even with a mellow ball.  The WOW was disappointing in there.

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Re: Fear Factor
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2003, 12:55:43 PM »
umm i jus got my ball, i got it drilled the #2 A, drillin patter in the storm book, that the ball comes w/, i jsu got back from my ybt, and my balll didnt move @ all. The oil patter was long and realliy oily, but on wooden lanes. I threw it the night befor and it broke nice, on synthetics, but not as oily. I like to stand on only 3rd dot from the left, and throw out to the 1st arrow to the right of the center arrow. I have medium t5 high revs. But my ball wont move, i was thinkin that it is b/c im not puttin enough axis tilt on the ball. or this ball jsu wont move on wooden lanes, plz help me i am a kid in need of help...or even give me some surface reccomendations.thnx

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Re: Fear Factor
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2003, 12:07:50 AM »
My Fear Factor has a 3 inch pin and 2.86 top weight before drilling.  I put the pin under/right of my ring finger, about 4 1/2 inches from my axis point.  Put the mass bias out to the right in about a 75 degree position.  I left the surface in the box condition, which is kinda dullish.

My ball works very well on fresh conditions.  It rolls pretty early and burns up fairly quickly when the heads go away.  This ball is awesome the closer you get to the gutter when the condition allows.  Outside 10 THIS ball shines, but the farther left I have to get, the weaker it is.  I think a little polish would fix this.  I don't plan on polishing this ball, think I want to drill another one and polish it, because....

I also drilled a Fear Factor for my wife, Janette.  I used a lable drill with the pin next to her ring finger, and the cg in the grip, kind of a label shift, about a 100 degree layout, putting the mass bias below her thumb hole.  I polished this ball with Storm #2 and Storm #3.  This ball gets very good length, with a strong back end motion, and hits VERY well.  Her ball hooks more than her Thing, with a similar layout.  Hooks more than her Shock Trauma which is in the box finish.

For me myself, I am not a big fan of the X Factor balls, I think they work better for straight players or higher speed players.  The X Factor balls quit on the back end a little for me.  I think my speed is just too slow.  That being said, The Fear Factor does NOT quit on the back end.  It has that midlane roll, but keeps on going.  Hitting power is very good.

I think the Fear Factor is a ball that many people will be able to use.  You will need some oil.  Higher speed players will be able to use this ball on mediums, probably with some polish.  Straight players will like this ball on most any lane condition except dry, with the right surface adjustments.  I think this ball will be more versatile than the X Factor balls also.  Nice ball, significant improvement.


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Re: Fear Factor
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2003, 05:47:01 AM »
We have drilled about 15 of these balls at the shop and all I can say is that nobody has complained as of yet. This ball hooks. But it doesn't hook and stop, it just keeps coming. The hitting power is unbelievable, typical of Storm. This ball will conquer the longer oil patterns and the fresh house conditions. Those that have trouble hooking the ball, here is the answer.

We drilled one 4 x 4, pin under the ring finger for one of our top bowlers in the house, no weight hole. Took the ball out on the fresh house pattern (synthetics), and shot 770. Ball just continued to hook to the pocket. It is amazing that such a strong ball didn't give that hook early and stop reaction. This ball began to maker its move around midlane and just continued hooking strong. The hitting power was what made this ball even more amazing. There are a lot of balls that claim to be heavy hookers, and granted they are, but this one takes the prize. No ball on the market can compare to this one for oily conditions. Straight players will love this one.

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Re: Fear Factor
« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2003, 02:00:36 PM »
Test ball: 15 lbs., pin 3-5/16", drilled leverage/axis: Pin 3-3/8" from PAP, CG on PAP, X-hole on PAP—net 7/8 oz. positive side, ½ oz. finger.
Bowler: RH, medium speed, 'rotationally-challenged'.

Reports stated that this was a STRONG ball; therefore, for control, and because the pin distance was almost perfect for it, drilled it leverage/axis. Expected some length and a smooth, arcing finish down-lane. I got the length- but I did NOT get an arc. Nossirree. The ball has great length, and it will even scoot through the heads when they're starting to get fried; but it is ANYTHING but arc-y. In fact, the ball's back-end, despite the drilling layout and its particle coverstock, is more like a resin ball than anything else—it's the 'snappiest' particle ball I've ever thrown. PLENTY of strength to turn the corner SHARPLY, and it saves up lots and lots of energy for the pins- it hits VERY hard. The sharpness of the break was a real (and pleasant) surprise; also, it really doesn't seem to care much about carrydown, it keeps that strong finish when resin balls are starting to scoot. On a house Xmas-tree pattern, it can play most of the night, with minor moves left to keep ahold of enough oil to get it down-lane; but once the heads and midlanes start to go together, it's time to put it away- it is WAY too strong for lanes that are that far gone.

STRONG POINTS: This ball loves oil. It WILL hook and it WILL hit—VERY VERY hard!! Give it room, and it will come right back for you. I have not seen a condition where it would fail to turn the corner. EXCELLENT ball for playing deep inside line on a house shot- will finish and hit beautifully.

WEAK POINT: Dry wood in the heads and midlanes. It'll tolerate some toast in the heads, but if the heads and midlanes start to dry out, it'll chase you off the approach. WAY too strong for dry.