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Gravity Evolve
« on: February 03, 2020, 09:16:13 AM »
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Storm continues to evolve the game of bowling. This time they are doing so with the Storm Gravity Evolve high performance bowling ball. The Gravity Evolve uses the Shape-Lock High Density (HD) core that has been used in previous Gravity balls. This HD core has a lower RG and higher differential which creates more flare potential. The proven SPEC coverstock sticks to the lane creating a heavy roll and is great for controlling the midlane.

Color: Gunmetal/Fire/Crimson
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Shape-Lock HD
Coverstock: SPEC Solid Reactive
Factory Finish: 2000-grit Abralon
RG: 2.48 (15#)
Differential: 0.052 (15#)
Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy Oil
Fragrance: Orange Ambrosia
A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal



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Re: Gravity Evolve
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2020, 04:31:26 PM »
Ball Specs:
Storm Gravity Evolve
2000 SPEC™ Solid Reactive
Weight Shape-Lock™ HD Core (Asymmetrical)
Color Gunmetal/Fire/Crimson

WOW! That is the reaction after you throw your first shot with this ball. The motion and power this ball brings to the pocket is incredible. Wrapping the SPEC cover with the Shape-Lock™ HD Core brings much more movement than the Crux Prime. The ability to move left, swing the ball, and create this much room is remarkable. Lose focus and miss your mark to the right and this ball will find its way to the pocket no problem. Make sure to wipe your ball with a Storm Shammy after each shot to ensure a clean SPEC coverstock and this ball is an absolute MONSTER! Great for oily conditions and sport shots where you are trying to create some area. Great job Storm!

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Re: Gravity Evolve
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2020, 11:39:07 PM »
Layout: 4.5x3.5x1.7
Tester: Sabrina

What can I say about the Gravity Evolve other than this ball is amazing. I have been struggling lately with carrying the corner pins so I decided to get this ball to see what it would do. This ball does exactly just what I wanted with carry. The first night I used it I bowled on the Taj Mahal pattern in the sport shot league my son bowls on and I coach. I shot 646 out of the box with it. I did leave a couple of weak 10s but with a feet and eye movement I had no issues. Even when I had to move left on one lane I was still able to take out the 10. This ball is so smooth on the back end and picks up the roll so nice when it hits the spot. The next time I used this ball was on the house shot. I had some carry issues the first two games but as the lanes opened up and especially in game 4 I had no carry issues.  I love the shape and angle this ball gives me. When I have to move left as the night moves on I sometimes struggle with carry due to my low rev rate. However, with this ball I have no issues with carry.

Overall, I am so happy that I decided to order this ball. It was just what I was looking for in my arsenal on league nights and possibly even sport shots. I cannot wait to use this ball in more tournaments or on more sports shots.

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Re: Gravity Evolve
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2020, 12:12:59 AM »
Over the last 10 years or so, we can all admit how good the "Gravity" series from Storm has been. The one that sticks out the most was the Virtual Gravity. Our best minds at Storm decided to use that famous Shape-Lock HD core and wrap the SPEC cover around it, to create the Gravity Evolve. It's been a nice addition to the line and my league / tournament bags.

I've drilled one Gravity Evolve so far and have had success with it. I drilled it with the following layout: 4.5 x 4 x 70. This puts the pin above my bridge and the mass bias next to my thumb. I also hit the surface with 1000 pad with my goal being to use this ball on heavier volume patterns. With a strong drilling and a good amount of surface, the Gravity Evolve has a perfect spot in my bag when I need something early, forward, and strong.

I've had success using the Gravity Evolve on a few different types of patterns. On shorter patterns, I've been able to throw it to the gutter and have it stand up / late the lane do all of the work down lane because the Evolve is so strong and forward. On the opposite side of the spectrum, when I've had to really gear down and throw it slow, the Evolve has read the lane perfectly when there's a good amount of oil on the lane.


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Re: Gravity Evolve
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2020, 09:08:44 PM »
MPH: 19
Rev Rate: 398
Tilt: 4 degree
PIP: 5.5 over 1/8th up

Decided on a 3x4x1 layout. Why?
The goal is to get the ball to be a bit slower through the front part of the lane therefore not overreacting when it responds to friction. Having the ball get into the roll sooner makes it easier to predict and more controllable on the back end. I liked my ability to play right longer vs. needing to jump inside sooner.
I get plenty of flare on the ball and love how it gets into the roll quicker. When the fronts blow up and there is still hold in the middle you could use the same layout but ball down.
This is a heavy rolling ball with the Shape-Lock high density core. This ball can power through heavy oil with ease!! 
Thank you Strikers Pro Shop & Coaching, Jeff Fox and Lava Lanes Bend for the support as always!! I appreciate you all more then you know!!
Let me know what you think?

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Re: Gravity Evolve
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2020, 07:21:05 PM »
Storm Gravity Evolve
Cover: SPEC
Core: Shape-Lock HD
Layout: 50 x 5.5 x 20

I drilled my Gravity Evolve 50 x 5.5 x 20 which puts the pin above my bridge with a very slight MB kick right. I get a very Crux Prime type look with this ball. To me, the balls are similar in where they pick up on the lane, but a similarly drilled Prime doesn’t quite make the move on the backend that the Evolve does. It is almost like the Evolve has another gear just at the very last second. Compared to a Physix drilled the same, the Physix is noticeably longer with a lot faster response to friction. Simply put, Crux and Evolve are slow off the spot and the Physix is noticeably quicker when it sees friction.

I don’t think you can go wrong with either the Evolve, Prime, or Physix, but it really just depends if you need slower response to friction or if you want to see your ball bounce off the spot more.

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Bowler Info: PAP 4 1/8 x 3/4 up, Speed 18, Rev Rate 425

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Re: Gravity Evolve
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2020, 11:14:48 PM »
Storm Gravity Evolve
125 x 1.5 x 50

So far the SPEC cover has been very “Diggy” and smooth rolling.  Both the Crux Prime and the Pro Motion are rounder in how they motion, so when selecting the layout on this ball I wanted to compliment the design intent as well as the other balls in my arsenal.  This ball is very rolly and smooth, it does not over hook off of the friction, it just rolls.  For league players, this ball will blend out the wet/dry very well, it is very controllable so don’t expect skid/flip.  This should be best used on heavier volumes, medium to longer lengths, and fresh oil.  Speed dominant players - don’t be afraid to use lower grit surfaces and stronger pins, rev dominant players looking for a strong ball, this is the one for you! 


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Re: Gravity Evolve
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2020, 10:32:27 AM »
My Stats
Left Handed
Ball Speed: 15-16 mph
Rev Rate: 375-400
PAP: 4 ˝ over by ˝ up

Storm Gravity Evolve
Core: Shape-Lock HD
Cover: SPEC Solid
Surface: 2000 OOB
Layout: 45 x 4 ˝ x 65

I was one of the unlucky ones who did not get to enjoy in the original Virtual Gravity series, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw Storm’s announcement of the Gravity Evolve. The Shape-Lock HD core wrapped around the strong SPEC cover makes this ball a beast for any heavier or longer lane conditions. For me, the Gravity Evolve provides more downlane motion than the Crux Prime, but still in a very controllable manner. The 45 x 4 ˝ x 65 layout puts the pin under my bridge and MB kicked out a fair amount. This is one of my go-to layouts and it did not disappoint on the Gravity Evolve. I very rarely have seen this ball overreact on me, which is great for a high end piece. This ball reads the lane consistently and I have had no issues moving further inside as our house shot begins to break down and still carrying corner pins. Overall, I feel Storm has knocked it out of the park with this release. It should be a staple at the top end of their lineup for quite some time.

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Re: Gravity Evolve
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2020, 05:28:29 PM »
My review of the Gravity Evolve from Storm

This ball is everything you read about.

This ball is STRONG! If you are looking for a ball that can handle a wet or long pattern then I would look into the Gravity Evolve. With the Asymmetrical weight block and SPEC solid coverstock you will have zero problem hooking this ball. I tested this ball on a pattern called Carbon. It isn't exactly a hard pattern but it has more oil than most bowlers are use to. I adjusted my surface and this ball was turning corners and driving through the pins with ease. I gave the ball some room to breath and it had no issue making it back to the pocket. 40x4x35 was my choice for a layout. Pick one up and see for yourself! Worth every penny in my opinion! I would put this ball up against the Crux Prime all day! Thanks for reading

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Storm Gravity Evolve Review by Luke Rosdahl
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2020, 11:41:08 AM »
The Gravity Evolve is the latest Premier line release and features the Shape Lock HD core from the famed Virtual Gravity, and the new SPEC coverstock that was on the Crux Prime. The result is a ball that feels like a blend between the original Virtual Gravity and the Virtual Gravity Nano, earlier and smoother than the OG, but a bit longer and stronger than the Nano. This is definitely the most shape we've seen out of the SPEC coverstock thus far, which is a strong, early, and smooth cover, but the aggression of the core helps create a nice balance of strength and control. Due to the shape differences, I don't see any overlap with the Crux Prime, but there may be some with the Halo. If you were a fan of the original VG or the VGN, the nostalgia is strong with this one, it will definitely take you back and remind you of those two.
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Re: Gravity Evolve
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2020, 01:20:21 PM »
My Name is Doug Cutler and I am Storm Staffer.  I am left handed and throw between 15-16 mph. All I can say about the Gravity Evolve is WOW.  Storm did great research on this ball. For this ball with this Spec Cover Stock I did not have to alter the cover stock where I bowl at for me to use it.  I liked the Crux Prime but I had to bring it up to 5000 grit because it was to strong in the midlane and rolled out.  The Gravity Evolve I really like because the ball got strong the more I used it.  Plus it did not soak up oil that much during a set like some of the other balls like the Crux Prime.  The Gravity Evolve is really clean in the mid lane and has a really strong back end reaction.  If the gravity evolve starts to read to early, I would go to my Phaze 3. I have used this ball on Typical House shots, and also on Medium to Heavy Oil Patterns.  A ball I think you should have in your bag.  This ball will be in my bag for Nationals.  This is a Home Run for Storm.  #stormnation

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Re: Gravity Evolve
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2020, 09:11:45 PM »
The Gravity Evolve is the second asymmetric ball released by Storm featuring the Spec coverstock. As you may have guessed, the Evolve uses the same core from the ever popular Gravity Shift series from a few years back. The Virtual Gravity was one of the most successful balls in Storm's history so it makes sense to see a new version with such a unique cover like Spec coming to market. Using the tried and true Shape-Lock HD core combined with the hook and control of the Spec cover, gives bowlers a unique combination of board coverage with controlled shape.

I drilled two Evolves. The first Evolve has a layout of 3 X 5 X 1.5 which is mainly intended for use on flatter, tougher patterns. The second Evolve is drilled 4 X 3 X 2, and more intended to be used on medium to high scoring conditions early on while the pattern is still fresh. Using both balls with the box 2000 grit abralon finish, the second Evolve only covers a couple more boards than the 3" pin Evolve, but isn't dramatically different, especially once both balls lane shine. Getting into 1000 or even as low as 500 Abralon, the 4" pin Evolve creates a much more defined move at the breakpoint, as well as about an arrow more worth of board coverage. It is very interesting how close in board coverage the two balls are with less surface, and how much different they are with a lot of surface. It goes to show how important it is to get both the layout and surface correct for a bowling ball. Even at lower grits, the 3 X 5 X 1.5 Evolve has a controlled hard arch to the pocket. This is great for challenging conditions that I want a readable reaction throughout the lane. The 4 X 3 X 2 Evolve does as expected and opens up patterns that are easier and allows me to be less than perfect and still score.

The biggest take away I have with the Evolve as well as the Crux Prime, both balls using Spec cover, is that they aren't going to be big backend hockey stick shapes. The Spec cover creates traction with controlled shape for heavier volumes of oil. The Evolve isn't the typical strong response to friction at the end of the pattern like many of Storm's covers but is a reaction shape needed for hook with control. Thank you for taking the time to read my review of the Storm Gravity Evolve. As always remember to bowl up a Storm!
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