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Frantic
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Ball NPS Score: 92.31
- Color: Orange Solid/Green Pearl
- Coverstock: R2S Hybrid Reactive
- Weight  Block: N.O.S.
- Ball Finish: 1500-grit  Polished
- Flare Potential: 4” - 5” (Medium-High)  
- RG: 16#-2.53, 15#-2.55, 14#-2.59
- Diff: 16#-.044, 15#-.045, 14#-.043
- Recommend Lane Conditions: Medium-Light Oil
- A few tiny  pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
- Description: For the Frantic, we wanted a reliable, proven  coverstock that would provide a clean glide through the heads and attack the  drier boards on the backend. R2S, the second generation of Reactor coverstock  material, is the perfect choice as it does just that.
With a pearl and a  solid version available in the line, we prepared a hybrid version to see if it  blended both power and control. Armed with the exact same coverstock as the  Hy-Road, it proved itself quickly during the testing process and moved on to the  next phase, surface preparation.
With a 1500-grit polished finish, the new  Frantic was impressive during C.A.T.S. testing as it created three times the  entry angle of the 2Furious.
Looking under the hood, you’ll find the  innovative N.O.S. Core. When compared with the Turbine Core, we created an  increase of flare potential by more than 15% with this higher volume core. Wrap  this core with the same coverstock as the Hy-Road and it’s easy to see why the  bowling world is sure to be frantic over this new masterpiece!
 

 

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Re: Frantic
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2011, 04:30:31 PM »

FRANTIC review by Storm staffer Jeff Richgels



 



The bright orange and green FRANTIC is the latest ball in the Hot Line that includes the 2FAST and 2FURIOUS. The FRANTIC has the exact same R2S hybrid coverstock used in the extremely popular HY-ROAD with a 1,500-grit shiny finish. The core is the N.O.S. The combination produced three times the entry angle of a box finish 2FURIOUS, according to CATS testing, Storm says.



 



Here is the tech data from Storm's site.



 



The HY-ROAD was one of the most popular and successful balls Storm ever made but it was an all-or-nothing ball for me. It was a monster at times, including the last five games of minor events at the 2009 USBC Open Championships when we finished second in team all-events. But it also often was too much for my moderate speed, tweener rev rate (about 325), with a lot of solid 9s, 4-pins and ring 10s. I drilled a couple of different HY-ROADs and plugged and re-drilled one searching for a perfect combo but there wasn't one for me.



 



So I was excited but apprehensive when I heard the FRANTIC would use the HY-ROAD cover with a different core. My hope is it will give me a slightly different look and be a monster for me.



 



My doubles partner Steve Richter suggested that I not drill it too aggressively, so I put the pin in my middle finger with about a 60-degree drilling that has the CG near my thumb.



 



The numbers turn out PIN-PAP 5 1/2 inches, "MB" (it's a symmetrical)-PAP 4 1/2 inches and pin buffer 4 3/4 inches.



 



I've only used it twice so far, both at the Fusion Realtors Open weekend in Waterloo, Iowa, Sept. 16-18.



 



On the very heavy oil house shot in the pro-am, the FRANTIC was not the best match but that was to be expected with my style and the 1,500-grit shiny cover. It had trouble with the huge volume of oil.



 



That turned out to be very unfortunate for me as the next day during the tournament I didn't try the FRANTIC and it probably was exactly what I needed. I ended up finding my best reaction the last portion of the 8-game tournament with a high-pin box shiny REIGN.



 



I was leery to try to the FRANTIC because I just didn't know what to expect from it and I like to use equipment that I understand the reaction of.  



 



After our squad ended while they oiled from the other end of the house, Lew Wemett of Storm shot some video of me with the FRANTIC. If and when that video is posted, you will be able to see the reaction I had on what was a very low-scoring, demanding lane condition.



 



The FRANTIC rolled awesome — down the lane so clean with a very hard move to the pocket, giving me a touch more room but far more striking power than the REIGN.



 



My early analysis of the FRANTIC is that it's a longer and sharper version of the HY-ROAD, or perhaps a stronger version of the T-ROAD PEARL.



 



All I know is that it gave an energy storage and back-end move nothing else I tried that day gave me.



 



I can't wait to get some more action with the FRANTIC to see what it can do.



 



Unless you have a lot of hand, I wouldn't plan to use the FRANTIC on heavy oil, but when the lanes are hooking/broken down, this might be the go to ball you are looking for – especially if there isn't an extreme puddle in the middle.



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Re: Frantic
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2011, 11:12:37 AM »

  BALL SPECS


 Pin Length:


 2-3"


 Starting Top Weight:


 2.7 oz


 Ball Weight:


 15 lb 2 oz


 


DRILL PATTERN


 Pin to PAP:


 5 1/2"


Dual Angle: 60° x 5 1/2" x 70°


 X Hole (if there is one):


 None


 


SURFACE PREP


 Grit:


 Box - 1500 polished


 


Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded):


 Polish


 


LANE CONDITION


 Length:


41 ft


 Volume:


Medium


 Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):


THS


 


BALL REACTION


Versatility is the word when discussing the Frantic.  Heavy handed bowlers will want to take some of the shine off.  When I put fingers in the ball it went absolutely sideways off the spot.  When I moved in and took the hand out, I had great control with power at the pins.


 


I think this is the best ball Storm has made since the Hy-Road.  I love the Hy-Road so much that I have a couple stashed away.  I wanted to see how this ball would compare to the Hy-Road so I drilled the Frantic identical to my favorite Hy-Road. The Frantic is a little cleaner in the front and a little more angular in the back.


 


COMMENTS


Likes:


The ball is exactly what I was hoping for. It is a little less than my Hy-Road and more than my Victory Road (drilled a lot weaker)


Color scheme is very cool.


 


Dislikes: 


The ball was a lot snappier when I put something on it. But, that could be rectified by a surface adjustment.


 




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Re: Frantic
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2011, 10:10:34 PM »
LANE CONDITION

Length: 41 ft
 
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): Stone Street

 
COMMENTS

Likes:  This ball will match up to most medium THS that people will face.  It is a relatively versatile piece as you will likely be able to use it on most fresh shots and just get deeper as the night goes on while still maintaining pretty good carry.  The core offers a pretty smooth overall reaction while the hybrid cover compliments it by allowing enough length to store just the right amount of energy at the pocket.  The Frantic is a nice compliment to the other balls in the lineup and as many other hybrid pieces, seems to be a bit more than the sum of its parts in terms of what it has to offer as compared to it's solid or pearl stablemates.

Dislikes: I really dislike the colors.  Pretty vain, I know.  I just feel like you need to turn off the lights and go cosmic bowling but I guess that's the fad...

 
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Re: Frantic
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2011, 09:13:12 AM »
Here is my video review:

 


 


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Re: Frantic
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2011, 04:11:09 PM »
BALL SPECS

Pin Length:3

Starting Top Weight:2

Ball Weight:15

 
DRILL PATTERN

Pin to PAP:

CG to PAP:

X Hole (if there is one):
 

BOWLER STYLE

Rev Rate:

Ball Speed:15mph
 
PAP/Track:

 
SURFACE PREP

Grit:1500,2000,4000

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): High Polish
 

LANE CONDITION

Length:37'
 
Volume:Medium to Light

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): House

 
BALL REACTION

Length:50'

Back End:Terrible
 
Overall Hook:Awful

Midlane Read:Ok

Breakpoint Shape:Arc

 
COMMENTS

Likes:did not like this ball at all

Dislikes: The ball had too much of an over under reaction. You have to perfect with this ball to get any results. Worst Storm Ball I have ever thrown :( and i have thrown about 50 of them by far the worst! Don't waste your $ on this ball.

 
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Re: Frantic
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2011, 02:03:16 PM »
LANE CONDITION






Length: 38 FEET

 

Volume:


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS


 



COMMENTS





Likes: 

This ball goes threw the front part of the lane very well and also mid lanes and contuses very well the ball I threw was a 4 by 3 drilling and out of the box it’s a great ball.



Dislikes: 


 


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Re: Frantic
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2011, 05:29:20 PM »
LANE CONDITION






Length:40   

 

Volume:


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS


 



COMMENTS







 

This Frantic is one of the best rolling balls ever. With the color and reaction people see with this ball. Heads have been turning to see what it is and how will it work for them.
It works great! This one should be in your bag!
Can you say honor scores?

 

The core and cover combo is awesome. It's nice to know I will be able to have this ball with me in future tournaments. League has been turning around since throwing it. Averaging 665+ each week so far. Loving it!

 

Way to go STORM!

 

 

 


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Re: Frantic
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2011, 06:16:54 PM »
BALL SPECS

Pin Length:3

Starting Top Weight:3.2

Ball Weight:15.4

 
DRILL PATTERN

Pin to PAP: RICO

CG to PAP:

X Hole (if there is one):
 

BOWLER STYLE

Rev Rate:320

Ball Speed:14.8
 
PAP/Track:4 1/4 1/4 up

 
SURFACE PREP

Grit:Box Finish

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded):
 

LANE CONDITION

Length:37
 
Volume:

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):Sport

 
BALL REACTION

Length:

Back End:
 
Overall Hook:

Mid lane Read:

Breakpoint Shape:

 
COMMENTS
Likes: Very versitile I could play straighter and I could move in with it too.It would hold if you missed in and it would recover if you missed out. (Not that anyone ever misses lol). I can't wait to throw it again.You also get alot of comments about the colors, people kept asking what is that.

Dislikes: NONE

 
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Re: Frantic
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2011, 12:01:18 PM »
BALL SPECS

Pin Length: 3-4 Inch

Starting Top Weight: 2.92

Ball Weight: 15.4

 
DRILL PATTERN

Pin to PAP: 4 Inch

CG to PAP: 3 1/2 Inch

X Hole (if there is one): P3 Weight Hole
 

BOWLER STYLE

Rev Rate: Around 300

Ball Speed: 16 Mph
 
PAP/Track: 4 1/4, 1/4 up

 
SURFACE PREP

Grit: 2000 Abralon

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Sanded
 

LANE CONDITION

Length: 39 ft
 
Volume: Medium

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

 
BALL REACTION

Length: 8

Back End: 8
 
Overall Hook: 8

Midlane Read: 10

Breakpoint Shape: 8

 
COMMENTS

Likes: The Storm Frantic is a perfect fit for the Hot Line.  A hybrid cover on on the N.O.S core of the 2fast and 2furious is a guaranteed winner.  The 2fast is one of my favorite balls, and now it has a very close companion in the frantic.  When the 2fast is a lil too long down lane and you would like something that will pick up sooner but not as soon as a 2furious, the frantic is your ball.  It reads the midlane much more predictably and has a very continuous motion through the pins.  A very good addition to your arsenal if your a stroker or higher rev player.   Not a surprise that Storm has blessed us with another winning creation.  Bowl Up A Storm!!!

Dislikes: NONE

 
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Re: Frantic
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2011, 10:44:17 AM »
 As I started writing the review for the Frantic, many thoughts and opinions have come to mind. First things first, I will discuss the most obvious item, the bright green and orange color. This is the first time, to my knowledge that Storm has used these two colors together. The green reminds me of the Bolt, and the orange looks like the orange used on the Screamin Banshee. This color combination is interesting, to say the least. Although this color combination wouldn’t be my first choice, just about everyone who has seen the Frantic on the ball returns, loves the look! People will know what ball is rolling down the lane, when they see it from a distance!
 

Now, the important stuff. The Frantic has the same N.O.S. core found in the 2Furious and 2Fast. The cover of the ball is a hybrid, which combines both solid and pearl. This version of hybrid is the R2S, just like what is found on the HyRoad. The box finish is 1500 polished.

 

The balls that I will be comparing to the Frantic (5x5 pin up) are the 2Furious (5x4.5 pin down), 2Fast (5.5x5.5 pin up), and the Tropical Heat pearl (red and blue with a 5.5x5.5 pin up). Clearly, the intent of the Frantic is a “fit” ball between the 2Fast and 2Furious. While using the three, I found the Frantic to actually cover the most boards of all three (on a side note, this is the same thing I saw when comparing the previously released R2S covered T-Road Pearl, solid, and HyRoad). It is much cleaner through the front of the lane than the 2Furious, but picks up earlier than the 2Fast with just as much down lane motion as the 2Fast. This reaction allowed me to chase the pattern in, and have plenty of recovery. When I get in this deep, I generally look to pick up my Tropical Heat pearl, cause that ball saves enough energy to come off the spot from anywhere for me. Actually, I have been looking for a ball to give me the reaction that the Frantic has been showing. I have the Tropical Heat pearl, but when there is a little more volume, the Tropical pearl sometimes is too angular when squaring up, but too weak when staying in. This Frantic has filled that gap. It reads the oil a lot better than the 2Fast, and still has that strong backend reaction.

 

I view the Frantic as one of those balls that will work for the one ball bowler. It can have enough bit with surface added for medium heavy volumes, and plenty of length, with the box finish, for medium conditioned lanes. Since most league conditions fall in to this range of volume, the Frantic will be seen on the ball racks at many bowling centers across the country.  The performance of the Frantic, and the other two balls with this core, FAR out perform their price point.  With the performance, price, and bright shelf appeal, you will see many bowlers getting “Frantic” this bowling season!

 


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Re: Frantic
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2011, 04:19:54 PM »
I drilled my Frantic with a 65 X 4-1/2 X 40 degree dual angle layout. I used a 7/8” drill bit to drill an extra hole and inch below my axis point, 2-1/2” deep. Building off of the success of the R2S Hybrid Reactive coverstock used on the Hy-Road, the Frantic comes with the same cover on top of the N.O.S. core that was used in the 2Fast and 2Furious. The Frantic compliments my Hy-Road very well. It is the perfect step down when my Hy-Road becomes stronger than what I need. The hybrid cover also helps the Frantic read the mid-lane sooner than a pearl cover, which makes the backend reaction smooth and predictable. The Frantic still goes a little longer down the lane than my Hy-Road before starting to make its move, and creates more angle at the break point. Also, I am able to go to my Frantic from my VG Nano Pearl and Marvel Pearl without there being a huge gap in between each ball in terms of reaction, if necessary. Overall, I am very impressed with the Frantic. For any bowler needing a strong, predictable reaction at an affordable price, the Frantic is definitely the way to go!



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Re: Frantic
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2011, 12:54:43 PM »
BALL SPECS





Pin Length: 3"



Starting Top Weight:



Ball Weight: 15lb



 




DRILL PATTERN



Pin to PAP: 5"



CG to PAP: 4"



X Hole (if there is one):



 






BOWLER STYLE



Rev Rate: 390



Ball Speed: 16


PAP/Track: 4.5" right and 3/4" up



 


SURFACE PREP


Grit:1500


Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Polished

 





LANE CONDITION



Length: 40'


Volume: 22.28ml


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS



 






BALL REACTION





The Frantic is very clean through the heads. The hybrid coverstock reads the midlane just a little bit, and then is ready to grab off the back of the pattern. The NOS core is a heavy rolling core, but with the Coverstock/Core combo, there is no shortage of angle off the end of the pattern. It reads very similiar to my Hy-Road, but is less angular and more powerful. All together, this ball is exactly what I was looking forward to, and definately one of my favorite balls!








COMMENTS



Likes: I love the ball shape, and the power through the pins.



Dislikes: Not a big fan of the flashy colors, but lots of people do like it.



 




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Re: Frantic
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2011, 08:49:04 PM »
Hand: Left
 Ball Speed: 16-17mph
 Ball Weight: 15lbs
 PAP: 5 left 7/16 up
 Degrees of Tilt: 17
 Layout: 5 ½ x 5 x 5
 
 The Frantic is a great ball for when the lanes start to dry up. If you have a Hyroad or even a Roto Grip Nomad  Dagger which is another hybrid the Frantic will be a great transition  ball after your Hyroad or Dagger starts to hook too soon. With the  awesome color scheme it looks cool going down lane and everyone ask me  during league “what kind of ball is that?!?...that is a cool color  looking ball!” You cannot miss this ball on the lanes. I am a big fan of  the mid to low performance hybrid balls and anyone else who is a hybrid  fan you for sure need the Frantic in your bag!  
 
 I have a video on youtube and a picture of my ball and the layout on  facebook. If you have any questions about the Frantic email me at grichardson7716@aol.com.
 
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Re: Frantic
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2011, 09:55:02 AM »
BALL SPECS


Pin Length: 3 1/2

Starting Top Weight:2 1/2

Ball Weight:14 3oz

 


DRILL PATTERN


Pin to PAP:  55 * 5 * 65  pin under middle finger

CG to PAP:

X Hole (if there is one):



BOWLER STYLE


Rev Rate: 375

Ball Speed: 18 off hand

PAP/Track: pap 4 3/4 -->  3/4 up   13* Axis tilt  55* Axis Rotation

 




SURFACE PREP


Grit:OOB

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded):





LANE CONDITION


Length:1 house heavy ..  1 house THS on the lighter side

Volume:

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):

 



BALL REACTION


Length:5

Back End:10

Overall Hook:8

Midlane Read:5

Breakpoint Shape:skid snap hockey stick


COMMENTS



Likes:Ok I might be the odd ball, but I like the colors...   In my desire to move back to Storm products this caught my eye as mabye something that would get a little farther down the lane than my VR Solid but still have plenty of pop on the backend.



So far ive left the coverstock OOB, but that is going to change.  With the layout we used im not getting the length I thought i would and when it catches the dry its like someone kicked it left.  The hitting power and continuation is very nice when I manage to get it to the pocket.

 

Gonna take it to 3000 and polish it to see if I can get some extra length and if not will be plugging and redrilling.



****UPDATE****

 

Surface is now at 3000 no polish.

 

Now I have a few good things to say about the Frantic.  No more skid skid skid go left

In the heavy oil house I brought the Frantic out in the 2nd game.  Still got a good push through the mids, big thing is when it starts reading the dry its not over reacting but making a strong but controlable arc to the pocket. 

 

It did get a little squirty in the heavy if tugged and didnt make the corner but thats my fault and not the ball.

 

Even tho its only 1 night, I have some confidence going forward I will be able to use the Frantic on a variety of shots with excellent results.



Dislikes: I guess the scent on this one is fairly horrid.


 



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Edited on 11/15/2011 at 9:40 AM
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