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Flash Point
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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If you are like most people, you demand performance at a fair price. The revolutionary Flash Point by STORM®, features the powerful TYPHOON™ coverstock. This ground-breaking material, when paired up with STORM's new PMT™ (Power Mass Technology) weight block , increases midlane friction, resulting in more overall hook. Affordable prices with extraordinary results, light 'em up with the Flash Point!  

FLASH POINT™ Technical Specifications:

Coverstock TYPHOON™ Pearl Reactive
Weight Block Multi-Density with Power Mass Technology
Ball Color Black / Bronze
Ball Finish 1500-grit Polished
Radius of Gyration 2.52 (Med-Low)
Differential .045 (Med)
Durometer 74 -76  Rex D-scale
Flare Potential 4-6 (Med-High)
Fragrance Peppermint
Weights 10 - 16 lbs.




 

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Re: Flash Point
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2003, 10:24:36 AM »
Drilled my Flash Point with the pin under the middle finger Cg kicked about a half inch right off midline no weight hole. Out of the box finish.

This ball is incredible.
The best midlane read of any Ball in this price line I have ever seen. Clean through the heads then a very strong predictable midlane move that continues through the pin deck with impressive hit and carry.
I cant wait to drill another one! This will be a great ball for a variety of styles and conditions. Storm has another winner and the ball looks great too.

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ih8stupid10pins

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Re: Flash Point
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2003, 11:41:49 AM »
My stats: Stroker, average rotation, average ball speed

Drilled up a Flash Point with a 4.5" pin.  I put the pin over the bridge, and the CG 1" off the midline on my grip center.  Weight hole on my PAP.  

This ball is very clean through the front, and makes a strong, yet remarkably controllable backend move.  Great when the shot is light outside and straighter-is-greater or good when they break down and you need to get deep.  

I'm able to use this ball alone on my house pattern for an entire league with 10 guys on the pair.  A very versatile ball, like a stronger version of the Eraser Blaze.  If you liked the Track Revmaster, this might be a good investment for you.


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Ryan Peebles

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Re: Flash Point
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2003, 03:08:19 PM »
Purchased this ball last week to complement my Super Charge.  I had this fifteen-pound Flash Point drilled 5" X 4" with the pin over ring finger, CG just below ring finger, no hole, box finish.  It's similar to Patrick Healey's Flash Point from the TOC finals last Sunday.

Inspired by Mr. Healey, I decided, for once, to experiment with the oil transition and carrydown on a league night.  The Flash Point got good length, VERY clean through the front (just don't force the ball through the break) with a strong midlane read.  However, this ball did not snap, instead it had a STRONG arc.  As far as power in the hole, NO problem!

Between the Flash Point and the Super Charge, the latter works better in creating area.  The Flash Point has a skid/arc reaction which works well up the boards.  I like the reaction because I can make smaller adjustments.  However, if I tried to loop it, the ball struggled to turn the corner.

I also discovered that shorter oil and burned out lanes knock this ball out of its true element.  Overall, the Storm Flash Point seems to work the best on slightly broken heads with noticable carrydown. It has a reaction unique from most balls I've used in the past with high-RG drillings.

After averaging 200 flat last night, I am looking forward to trying this ball again.  A second review may follow...
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Re: Flash Point
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2004, 04:44:53 PM »
Out Of Box surface. Drilled Rev-Leverage (modified 4X4 drill) - Pin above fingers and CG Stacked with a 2 inch shift to the right. I drilled this ball almost a month ago - and my first impression was that it goes really long. It doesnt hook a whole bunch on the back end, so it doesnt over react. It Revs really early, gets down the lane, and arcs to the pocket. At first, I thought I would have to play the twig, as even on fresh house patterns the ball was really smooth and controllable. This is not so. This ball carries from everywhere! I have played 6th and 7th arrow, and the carry is just as well when I played the track shot on either a frsh pattern, or a blown-up pattern with carry-down. I like this ball - and I do not say that too often. Ill take some words from my good friend Jim Ensminger when I say using this ball is like cheating. The only bad response I have seen is when I have thrown this ball too hard (17.5+) = 60 feet of Grade A Skid. But what ball isnt speed sensitive. I will have to drill one up differently to see how the carry and reactions are different. This is a very solid ball, I recommend whoever reads this to get one.
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Re: Flash Point
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2004, 02:33:35 PM »
ME:
Tweener
14-18mph (usually 15/16)
high tracker
axis rotation: 0-90 degrees.
Lines played 35-20-15..40-15-7
oil: lighter-medium and lighter
Drilled a simple label leverage 2.5 inch pin, 4 oz top.

Lighter side of medium, blazing sides outside 12, average backs.
On the 1st pattern I was throwing about 16 mph playing 35-20-15 with around 75 degree axis rotation. The ball wants to go pretty long, and then it wants to hook. No early checking up (unless it hits the dry). The key was to keep it inside of the track. Hitting the track would get the ball to the pocket, but it burned up planking tens. Very smooth through the heads (as with any pearl). The midlane read was good, and the backend, not so much as snappy, but more of a very strong arc.
Using 45 axis  i was able to move more outside, same as with 0 axis, but neither of these played to the balls strength. The ball WANTS to backend hard, not roll smoothly.
The ball hits VERY WELL, and Carries excellently. Keeps pins low to the deck and sends a fair amount of messengers. Tens only if you miss outside.


second pattern
light oil. backends stronger sides slightly wetter.
Here i had to play similarly, just a tad more inside and faster. On this condition the ball snapped harder due to the backs. The hit was still very good and it carried well. On the stronger ends, it was much more accepting to a 45 degree rotation.

I cant make any comparisons to other balls, because i havent any at this time. But i will update when i can.

Overall 9
For my game this is one of the best balls ive thrown due to its strong read of the midlane and backend. I feel this will be usable on light oil wiht avergae length up to medium oil average length.

if anyone has any questions pm me


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Re: Flash Point
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2004, 11:55:23 PM »
Just drilled a Flash Point recently and am impressed so far. The ball clears the heads nicely and makes a strong but controllable arc on the backend. The ball tends to lend itself to a straighter angle as opposed to the inside shot. When I play in with it the ball seems to pick up a little too soon and come into the pocket a little flat. From the straighter angles the carry is devastating.If you are looking for a strong arching pearl reactive I suggest you pick one of these up. Another great release from Storm.

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Re: Flash Point
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2004, 02:20:09 AM »
Just got the flash point drilled tonight in time for league. Turns out the lanes were just right for this type of ball. I needed something that would retain energy through the first 35' and hit hard on our (lately) lousy backends.

Vitals:
RH, tweener, 16mph speed, 350 revs, 60-70 degree axis rotation, medium-high track (check my profile for more info)

The ball turned out to be quite impressive overall, particularly for the price range. Mine is drilled stacked leverage to give it maximum bang for the buck. I found it very controllable and quite forgiving on missed shots, especially when I missed right. The ball has a very pronounced skid-arc reaction which was actually quite surprising on a few shots which I thought for sure would be light and nasty.

All and all, I think this will be a great ball for the money. I look forward to using it on a shot that actually has strong backends and also trying it out on our local sport shot. I'll post a second review after I get more than 6 games under my belt.

Mike Whitacre

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Re: Flash Point
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2004, 01:07:48 PM »
Most reviews have said this ball goes pretty long so I wanted to drill it strong. I had this drilled Pin beside the ring finger cg 3" below the pin straight down.

This ball is pretty nice. It reads the mid to late mid lane really well and has a small but strong arching back end. It Carries extremely well. It is not jumpy, but will skid past break point if throw to hard. It rev's up easily. This ball will complement the super charge well.  


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Re: Flash Point
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2004, 11:43:04 PM »
Review #2:

I finally discovered the prime lane condition for this ball:  when the right side has short, light oil.  Played the left side from the foul line, crossing around the middle arrow at a speed of 15 mph (forcing the ball was not a problem, thus eliminating the roll-out factor).  The Flash Point had clean skid, and when it hit the dry, the ball would roll, arc, and obliterate the rack.  If I lacked speed, the ball would check up early and roll through the nose.

Rolled a solid 686 series (220-223-243) with three splits (all 4-6-7 combinations!).  The Flash Point is best on shorter oil with clean backends.

The next step is finding a ball for medium oil to fit between my Super Charge and the Flash Point...  I will be making a decision before the coming week, as city tournaments, like the Storm front, are quickly approaching!
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Re: Flash Point
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2004, 08:37:56 AM »
Ball Specs:
14 lbs
3 inch pin
1.9 oz of top weight
pin right beside my ring finger
CG under my middle finger (negative weight)

This ball is an experiment for me with 14 pound equipment, and so far I am very impressed.  I drilled the CG negative in order to get the ball down the lane easier, and it worked.  This ball allows me to get deep on the lane with plenty of recovery on the backend.  The center that I bowl at uses a 36 foot house shot with very worn heads.  This ball gives me a great look on the lanes (skid - sharp arc).  This is my first Storm ball in a while and it won't be my last.  Great performance for a mid-priced ball.  Great for house shots.
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Re: Flash Point
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2004, 10:33:34 AM »
Well after 5 weeks i feel comfortable givin my initial review of this ball.

15.3 lb
2-3/4 pin
2.23 top

Well after a discussion with jeffrevs (thanks for the help jeff) i wanted a ball to replace my red alert. I wanted an even smooth arc so we drilled this ball roughly 4 x 5 no weight hole.

The lanes are wood, top hat oil pattern.

This is by far the most versatile of the storm balls i own (X-factor, core power lrg and Power charge pearl)

Ball clears the heads easily and revs up roughly half way down the lane and makes its move. Last week i was struggling playin the first arrow and decided the move my feet right by 2 dots and throwing it to the 3rd arrow playin a deep inside shot and shot 256 throwin 10 of 12 strikes. I was shocked that i could play (AND CARRY) with that ball, no 7 pins either, a 4 pin and 2-4-7 that went high due to operator error.

I hate saying this ball hits hard cause i dont remember having a ball that doesnt. They all hit hard when thrown properly.

Only dislike i have is the smell. its awful- it smells like ben-gay

When the X-factor is just too strong...THIS IS THE BALL.

update. shot 695 this week with this ball playing an inside line which i thought wasnt possible. this ball has turned some heads lately



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Re: Flash Point
« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2004, 09:45:55 PM »
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alittle about me first
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14-18mph (usually 15/16)
high tracker
axis rotation: 0-90 degrees
Drilled a simple label leverage 2.5 inch pin, 4 oz top.
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Ive now had the ball for over a month and would like to update everyone on my read of it.

The Flash Point is a fairly strong pearl that can be used on lighter patterns, but really is much better on the lighterside of medium, with average backends. With STRONG backends this IS NOT THE BALL. Even though it is a smoother ball than many pearls, its still way too strong for blazing backends. That condition will give alot of over/under.
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Length: It gets fairly good length, although it seems like the core wants to start up alot earlier than the cover lets it. I feel this may be the cause of the smoother breakpoint that many people have found this ball to have.
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Backend: Continuous, but much smoother than anticipated. On this part of the lane the ball is smooth, but still strong. The breakpoint looks to be much earlier than the balls major hook place, almost 4-5 feet. It seems as though the core makes the ball start hooking smoothly, and then as the cover encounters more dry it takes on the stronger arc characteristics.
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Oil handling capability:
(volume/length)
---medium/short-I feel this has too much overall hook in the backend, without enough inherint length to be effective on this unless thrown with a low rev rate and med/high speed.
---medium/medium-This ball is very good on a typical medium shot, but may be too smooth to use on the fresh medium. I prefer to use it after some track has been worn, because it gives a much better entry angle and therefore carry increases.
---medium/long-not angular enough to be used on this unless one has much less speed or a higher rev rate than I.
---lighter/short-The large backends are not good for this ball. It will be uncontrollable, and over/undery on this for all but the highest speeds with low revs.
---lighter/medium-Very good match, not perfect, but very good. The fresh oil may be a tad over/under but not enough to be of any concern. It carries well here and hits hard. If you drop speed a bit though, it will hop through the nose easily.
---lighter/long-I think this is the best pattern for the flashpoint. Here i feel it conserves the most energy and is the most angular it can be, without any over/under. The core starting up early allows this ball to get into the strong rolling hook at the end, where the cover takes over and gives it the most angular reaction it gets for my style.
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If you plan on using this for fresh conditions, many better choices exist, imo. But after a slight track is developed this ball is unstopable.

if anyone has a question feel free to pm me for more.


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Re: Flash Point
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2004, 11:43:41 AM »
Just like all these other reviews, I got this ball for 2nd shift or after rolling a few games on fresh conditions with particle or solid reactive balls.

Pin above bridge, CG 1/2" out and 1/4" under gripline for 5/8 oz side weight. The result is a beautiful continous arc that just destroys the pins. It does start rolling in the midlane but doesn't break until it hits some serious dry. Luckily a little carrydown tames the backend. This ball does exactly what it's supposed to do and is a great compliment to my Blade Solid. I can swing this ball when the lanes get dry and it will always roll through the carrydown.

After two or three practice games to get the grips broken in, I shot 724 - 279-225-222 and have been averaging over 200 with it ever since. I usually average in the low 190's but that's with 230's and 160's all over the place. This ball is a sure thing; I don't have to worry about its predictability.

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Re: Flash Point
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2004, 03:47:38 PM »
Got my 15 lb Flash Point about 1 month ago. I'm a lefty, medium revs, medium speed, play on a house shot w/ medium oil 5 to 5 and the outside bone dry. Got the ball drilled to go long, more ideal for drier shots (layout # 1 on the storm drilling guide).  The ball is probably the most versatile ball I've ever thrown.  Easily playable on oil as well as pretty dry conditions.  The ball is the most predictable rolling piece of equipment I've ever seen.  No unpredicted hooking, no rolling out, nothing.  If it comes off your hand good in the right spot, there won't be a pin standing.  I'd have to say the Flash Point is most similar to the original X-Factor in the way it rolls except without the sometimes unpredictable snap (that I had some trouble with) and is definitely more ideal for medium conditions.  Overall Review, 9.5 out of 10.  This will be useful for everyone in some way.


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