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Flame Reactive
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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The Flame Reactive has a traditional three-piece core encompassed by Storm's Curelyon reactive cover stock making it clean through the heads. Minimal track flare potential will keep the backend reaction tame on dryer lane surfaces.

The specifications of the Flame Reactive are: Coverstock: Curelyon Reactive; Factory Finish: 1,500-grit Polished; Color: Orange Marmalade Pearl; Hardness: 76-78 Rex D-scale; Weight Block: Traditional three-piece core; Radius of Gyration: 2.674 (High); Differential: .018 (Low); Flare Potential: Low (2"); Hook Potential: 10/7/Dull/Shiny on Storm's scale of 1-20; Length: 8 on a scale of 1-10; Backend: 3 on a scale of 1-10; Recommended Lane Condition: Dry.

 

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Re: Flame Reactive
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2000, 02:00:00 AM »
Drilled my Flame, Axis Leverage with my Pin about 2 inches away from PAP, cg on PAP. Extra on PAP as well. Basically this ball worked well straighter down the lane, as it was very predictable and hit like a truck. I am waiting to try it out on the extreme wet/dry I bowl on during my monday league. I would like to see if it works better than my Lightning Flash (on the wet/dry).

Otherwise this seems like a ball for dry lanes, since it doesn't flare much at all, but the hit is better than an Attack Zone /R or /MR.


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Re: Flame Reactive
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2000, 10:55:48 PM »
This has been my most recent big seller for the "burn" conditions.  This ball offers a lot of hit for a little price.  Most of the scratch players that are drilling the ball can't believe what the selling price is and the first time resin users love being able to get a great ball at a great price.  This is a fantastic ball for late blocks or the big hands, it also has all the makings for a go to ball when it's 3 a.m. and action games are going strong.  Before you even think about getting a urethane ball check out this ball, you'll be glad you did.

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Re: Flame Reactive
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2000, 02:04:19 PM »
A 3piece reactive BOMB. I drilled mine stacked 3x3 to get a lil pop on the backened. For me outta the box on freshly oiled lanes saw this ball go dead left when it came off the oil.. I took it to 400 grit and back up to 1200 to get out some of the ultra-flecks and polished it w/ 1200 polish. Now I have tremendous length, unbelievable backend, but it's a nonstop drive. This ball to me actually drives harder than any of the Blue Hots or Hot Shots. A great dry-med ball.

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Re: Flame Reactive
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2001, 11:05:55 AM »
Drilled my flame out about 2 months ago.  Ball started with 3.5oz of top weight and a pin 3.5in out.  Put the pin in gripline above my fingers and the cg at 5 o'clock.  Was trying to fill the dry/dry spot in my bag after my old turbo/c died.  

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Ball works great on the drier conditions...but can be played on wet as long as there is some dry to bounce off of.  Ball works best for me straight up second arrow.  As expected I get great length with this ball with a nice little kick in the back end.  Have used this ball in both houses in the area.  Works well on the burnt heads in one house...but is mainly a third game ball in the other.  However, I did get to use the ball for a complete series on a fairly dry shot and actually shot an 802!   Goes to show you that even the "low tech" stuff can get you good results!  I give this ball a solid 9 out of 10...great dry lane ball from Storm.

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Re: Flame Reactive
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2001, 09:13:57 PM »
I bought this ball a couple of weeks ago.I thought that it would be a great ball for dry wooden lanes,wrong. It comes in with anice smooth arc, but it hits like a marshmellow. I leave lots of corner pins and pocket splits. Great spare ball for the price.                GET OUT OF YOUR CHAIR AND GO BOWLING!

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Re: Flame Reactive
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2001, 08:52:28 AM »
Bought this ball for dry back end lane conditions in first shift league. Ball has pin in middle of grip, slightly right.



As advertised, this ball is long. However, if you rev the ball, as I do, and find the dry on the backends, it is a smooth arc to the pocket. It hits better than I thought it would. In fact, I have gotten some of the strangest pin action out of this ball I have ever seen.



If you buy it, it gives you a great alternative for a dry shot, plus you can kill it for spares.



Good ball for the money. 8 of 10.

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Re: Flame Reactive
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2001, 09:40:19 PM »
An update to my last review on this ball. This thing is, in my opinion, the best ball value on the market. Can be bought for 50-60.00 on the web, and I fid myself pulling this one out more and more because it is so dependable. Skip the thought, just go buy it. Need a little more hook, scratch pad it. Less, use a little control it. Just awesome!

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Re: Flame Reactive
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2001, 07:27:23 PM »
I went to Nashville Bowling Supply today for my first time with the pro shop owner, he said it was amazing but I had no idea what I was in for, shelf after shelf filled with balls.  Anyway onto the ball review, I'm not to knowledgeable about drilling but I got the pin 1-1 1/2, 5 o'clock to my ring finger with a weight hole on the side(like I said I don't know much).  I threw it on medium oil with minimum carrydown, I was able to to play a good down and in shot, and most of all this is the hardest hitting(16#) light oil ball I have ever seen.  Great for light oil/spares.  
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Mike Austin

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Re: Flame Reactive
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2001, 11:40:16 PM »


I got two e-mails today asking about this ball, so here goes....

I drilled my Flame with the pin under my ring finger, and the cg directly below.  The pin is out about 2 inches from the cg.  This ball had 3.5 top weight before drilling.

This layout comes close to being a 4 1/2 X 4 1/2 for me.  With the big top weight, and the overall weakness of this ball, it is a DART.  It hooks about a board or two less than my Too Hot #1.  (See Too Hot Review)  The motion is different than the Too Hot though.  The shape of the hook is smoother with the Flame, snappier motion with the Too Hot.

You better have some dry to work with.  On most any kind of oil pattern this ball will be used for spares.  But for kids, Seniors, dry lanes, and possibly some entry level resin buyers, this ball is nice.  Good control, not much track flare if any at all.  Pretty much the drier the lanes are, the better off you will be, as this ball doesn't hit very well, especially compared to all the monster mashers on the market today.  Sometimes, 9 is better than Big Four!

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Re: Flame Reactive
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2001, 08:06:55 PM »
I have found that for me, I do better when the shot is down and in with this ball. You can turn the corner with it, but I think the stronger shot is a straighter shot. The ball does squirt on the oil, but it wasn't meant for that. I have also noticed that when the carrydown gets intense from those guys playing the middle, you can get some interesting set-ups with this ball. It tends to ricochet, and leaves the five pin with company. I must also report that if you are a high track roller like I am, you better follow Storm's recommended drillings, or without a letter perfect shot you will thump over the thumb hole every time. You can play the oil line with this ball and get happy more often than not. On the very dry, the ball does hook some, but if you keep your ball speed up, you will not be disappointed. Overall, I would say that the ball does what it was intended to do. I give it a 9 out of 10.

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Re: Flame Reactive
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2001, 12:25:36 AM »

Please note this review is for the NEW Flame Reactive Solid coverstock ball.  The original Flame is a pearl.

I drilled my first one for Johnathan Wiley, probably the best player in the Houston area.  (Man, can he throw it, he gets crowds just to watch him practice)

Nothing really special about the drilling.  Pin under the ring finger.  Used a pin out about 2 inches ball with about 3 1/2 top before drilling. Drilled over the lable, no X hole.  John had the original Flame with him, the lanes were hooking, so I thought this would be an excellent comparison.

I shined the solid Flame with Ebonite Extender Polish right on the box surface, nothing else.  The ball had about 3-5 feet less length than the Orange Flame. The breakpoint was not nearly as sharp, and the overall hook was about 1-2 boards more with his feet, same target.

What was significant was the hitting power and the reaction when a little oil carried down the lane.  1)  The hitting power was noticably better with the Solid Flame over the Pearl.  Hit like it weighed 20 lbs.  2)  You could square up/change lines with the solid and work around carry down.  With the pearl, the ball was just skittish (for lack of a better word).  You could not really tell with confidence what the pearl Flame was going to do when it left John's hand.  The carry down seemed to help with the solid Flame, letting John create some angle to the pocket with the lane instead of with his hand. The ball seemed to run over the 8 pin no matter what though.

Overall, very impressive ball.  Great for kids, Seniors, dry lanes, but may be a little weak for an entry level ball.  The solid shell is a nice improvement over the Pearl.

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Re: Flame Reactive
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2001, 05:00:18 PM »
I bowl in a center with dry pattern, a bit more oil on the inside, but very dry on the extreme outside.  I have a 15lb Orange Flame.  I find that this ball works the best if you swing it a long way out up the outside, and carries very strong when you hit the pocket light.  However, if you pull it inside a bit, because of the extra oil it will still get into the pocket.

So, it is very very forgiving.  The only thing I would say about this ball is that there is a border line between this ball working and not working.  If you try and use it on medium oil conditions it will not carry at all unless you have a load of hand.

I think the reaction on dry lanes is similar to the Trauma on med to heavy oil, it has a big backend if it finds some very dry boards, and it doesn't lose it's energy.  Also, on extremely dry lanes you can polish it up a lot and it won't lose energy even on the driest lanes.

I'll give this a 9 out of 10 for dry lanes.

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Re: Flame Reactive
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2002, 10:25:20 PM »
I drilled one of these for drier conditions.  The Flame, with its 'weak' coverstock and simple core design are supposed to create maximum length and decent backend pop.

I drilled my 15.4 pound flame (pin out 1.5", 3.25 oz. top) with a 4 x 4 pattern to produce the best backend reaction possible.  I wanted it so I could use it on dry, but still give it enough power to carry something.

I must say that I am very impressed by this 3-piece ball.  I can use it when they're torched, and play my normal line.  It gives me the same look as my heat 2 does on a fresh shot.  Good length, and excellent backend.  And, it carries EXTREMELY well for a 3-piece.  I can also shimmy way over to the twig (an unfamiliar place for this strong-handed righty), and actually play down and in on a house shot (oily 7 to 7, dry outside, semi-clean backends), without having to take my wrist out of it.  So, it also adds another good angle to my game.

I have only gone to Storm for my dry lane equipment, but this ball has the Tour Power looking better and better every day.  Solid 8 out of 10, good for dry and good carry for 3 piece, loses points in overall versatility.
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Re: Flame Reactive
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2002, 08:53:09 PM »
Specs:
15#
drilled 3X3
box condition

       I know I mainly bowl with Ebonite equipment, but I got this ball for a steal, drilled grips, slug for a grand total of $45.  This ball is my dry lane ball.  I can play down the boards when the lanes are fresh or move feet and eyes left when the lanes dry up.  Once this ball changes direction, it has a smooth roll up.  This ball, for me does not have an over/under reaction.  This is my go to ball when nothing else is giving me a good reaction.  I reccomend this ball to every one. I give it a 9/10.  Very versatile, doesnt carry on some conditions.