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« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
- Coverstock: R2S Hybrid Cover
- Weight Block: Modified Inverted Fe2 Technology
- Ball Color: Black/Ultramarine Blue All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
- Ball Finish: 1500-grit Polish
- Ball Fragrance: Boysenberry
- RG Differential: .058 (Medium-High) on a scale of .000-.080 Low Flare-High Flare
- RG Average: 2.52 (Medium-Low) on a scale of 2.43-2.80 Very Low-High Break Point
- Flare Potential: 5"-6" (Medium-High)
- Recommended Lane Conditions: Heavy to Medium Heavy Oil
- A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
- Description: The HY-ROAD™ is the latest release in the Thunder™ Series of balls. HY-ROAD™ is the perfect complement to the 2007 solid ball of the year the T-ROAD™ Solid. The combination between core and cover gives pro shop operators the widest range of drilling layouts. The continuous motion of the HY-ROAD™ creates a consistent reaction for many styles of bowlers a great bench mark ball.
Coverstock: R2S Hybrid Cover - The highly aggressive R2S™ hybrid is designed for heavy to medium-heavy oil, hybrid has two different blends of resin, ½ solid, ½ pearl (smoother break point than pearl coverstocks and reacts evenly on fresh and carry-down), easy to adjust by using either Abralon® or Scotch-Brite® pads, holds its shape longer, hybrid cover is easily maintained, enhanced durability, and develops friction by foot print and surface contact.
Core: Modified Inverted Fe2 Technology - Helps lower the balls RG, creates a heavy powerful roll, increases ball’s flare potential, bench mark core, fits many styles and releases, proven history of performance


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Re: Hy-Road
« Reply #76 on: April 12, 2011, 04:13:11 PM »
I'm a left-handed 12-14 mph bowler with low-med revs. When I first got the Hy-Road I used it for everything as it was for the most part the only reactive ball I had at the time. Recently, I purchased a Marvel and an Anarchy to use as my morning equipment, made to go on oilier lanes and more reaction on the back-end, respectively. I decided to get my Hy-Road resurfaced and redrilled at the same time and have found the perfect place for it in my equipment.

I call my Hy-Road my "everything ball". It is and will always be my favorite. With its hybrid coverstock it's versatile on many different conditions and easily controllable. I can make it go long or hook early. This is the ball I go to when the lanes are starting to break down and I can't get a good feel for adjustments. This is your go-to ball for just about anything and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something predictable and an easy fit into anyone's

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Re: Hy-Road
« Reply #77 on: July 18, 2011, 05:15:32 PM »


Layout- Pin under ring, cg shifted positive, medium width/depth hole down by the thumb.


Lets face it, I am a staff member who never had drilled one, so I just had to. I was pleased with the way the ball rolled- it actually cornered more than I had anticipated considering the Hybrid cover and reputation this ball has for being smooth and controllable. All that really means to me is that I’m more apt to use this ball from the track in and not from the track out when playing the lanes. I love the way the ball looks and smells (I like the fruity scents better than the aromatherapy scents for sure), it just feels….. Familiar. That’s a good thing for bowling, because it makes you more comfortable and relaxed. I was stoked to see that this ball is going to remain in the line this year- it is still prolly my best selling mid-range ball.


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Re: Hy-Road
« Reply #78 on: February 17, 2012, 03:14:51 AM »

Length:38 ft.      


Volume:Heavy THS / Flat Tournament

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS / Flat Tournament



Likes:Readability, personality towards hand release, overall blue collar workhorse, old reliable when all else fails. I've bowled since I was 5, 30 now, I've shot good games with my share of equipment over those years, and the Hyroad is a ball that if not kept on the market or remade, will go down as one of the biggest overall legends within the bowling community for generations to come.

Dislikes: Theres no plans for a remake yet (even though it is just now being discontinued)







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Re: Hy-Road
« Reply #79 on: February 19, 2012, 08:42:39 PM »

Length: 39'


Volume: N/A

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS



Likes: Very clean through the heads, with a smooth glide in the midlane, and a strong snappy backend reaction. Works very well on medium oil and overall a dependable house shot ball.

Dislikes: None except for the fact that if tends to be a little squirty, but that has rarely happened with me lately.







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Re: Hy-Road
« Reply #80 on: July 28, 2012, 10:22:00 PM »

Length:  39 ft AMF HPL

Volume:  Medium

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):  Modified THS


Likes:  Clean up front, predictable midlane, strong carry power

Dislikes:  Can be a little speed sensitive

I ended up picking up a used Hy-Road recently from one of our forum members as I was looking for an option to go between my 919C and Vital Energy.  Since a 4x4x2 layout usually works great for what I like, I decided to go with that and just modified it slightly to work with the symmetrical core.   
The first place I threw this was at my usual house where I have all of my stuff drilled.  On this day, there was a lighter house shot than normal due to a kids tournament that was coming in later during the day.  It was a 39 ft modified THS compared to the usual 43 ft that I'm used to.  The Hy-Road on this condition proved to be very clean through the front, and gave me a predictable midlane which is always good.  It's strength is on the backend where I got the predictable angular motion that I wanted with very little deflection.  I wasn't missing the pocket- lowest game of the day was a 170 and that's because of botching a few spares in that game.  But then, I went back-to-back 214 games and then in my last game, went open/spare/spare 9 in a row to finish with a 269.

The modified THS had a good amount of dry area to work with.  Because of this, I started throwing from 14 to 4 and the Hy-Road had no problems on that line.  As the day went on, I just made a simple 2 and 1 move inside two more times to where I ended up at 18 to 6.  That move let me shoot for the 269 in the last game.

Now, I did want to mention that I found the Hy-Road to be a little speed sensitive.  In my game, if I were to get a little too quick with it (throwing around 21-22mph instead of 19-20mph), the ball will tend to miss the breakpoint and skid too long.  If I let up on the speed (throwing around 18mph instead of 19-20mph), the ball will bite the mids a little early.  However, when I kept my speed where I needed it to be, there were absolutely no problems whatsoever.

The Hy-Road is definitely a great option that has withstood the test of time since its release in 2008.  For me, it works best on medium or medium-heavy conditions where you need a little more length but still have a controlled backend.  It's not as sharp of a backend compared to my Vital Energy (drilled skid/snap), but it is a great step down from my Track 919C which reads the mids earlier.

Overall, it's a very good ball from Storm.  If you need something a little cleaner on medium-heavy conditions while still getting a slightly earlier midlane read than a pearl reactive, then definitely keep this ball in consideration.
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Re: Hy-Road
« Reply #81 on: February 06, 2013, 09:31:49 PM »

Pin Length: 3.5 in

Starting Top Weight: 3oz

Ball Weight: 15lb 5oz


Layout: 65x3.5x30

X Hole (if there is one): none needed


Rev Rate: 450

Ball Speed: 18-20

PAP/Track: 4 7/8 over & 1/8 up


Grit: Storm step 2

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): reacta shine polished


Length: 41

Volume: 43units i think

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THs


Length: starts shifting at my average breakpoint

Back End: smooth and strong

Overall Hook: 5 out of 10

Breakpoint Shape: smooth and strong


Likes: I finally decided to give the hyroad a try. I kept getting the newest thing storm had to offer but then I realized this ball was possibly the most successful ball storm has ever produced. It has to great to still be on the market for a period of 4 years. Well I wish I would have bought this ball a long time ago. The hyroad makes the ever so changing pattern easy to adjust with whether there is a ton of carry down or if there is no oil left. It seems as if I can not find a place or condition in which I have to put this ball down. I always wondered what I would consider as storm's greatest ball of all time. After throwing it, I now realize why it is still on the market. Storm made probably the most loved and "greatest" ball of all time. Ever company out there has a ton of work to do to even think about producing a ball comparable to the HYROAD. This ball makes every condition easy

Dislikes: I waited way too long to get this ball.

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Re: Hy-Road
« Reply #82 on: April 28, 2013, 01:22:01 AM »

Length:  35

Volume: med

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Likes: Wow. Where to begin.  I play up the 10 board with low revs.  My Hy-road is too strong for that so I had it resurfaced to 4000 and polished with storms polish.  I can play the same line with this surface. 

This ball is a winner!  It stays on the oil and make a nice turn to the left.  If I hit my mark the pins are destroyed.  If I miss a little right, the Hy-road comes roaring back.
Beautiful color and the arc is nice.  Powerful, forgiving ball that will be with me for a long time.  Its early, but I'm averaging about 10 pins higher with this ball over my last ball. Got my first 300 with this ball.....its very consistent.  Most nights I am not moving more than 2-3 boards.  I give this ball a 10. :)  Lastly, many bowlers still use this ball despite being 5 years old.......that says something.  Of all the bowling balls I'v thrown, this is the best...

Dislikes:  If the lane are dry, I will prolly have to put this thing away.


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Re: Hy-Road
« Reply #83 on: June 14, 2013, 07:40:00 AM »

The Hyroad is a very strong ball, very angular, and it is dependent upon the condition as to if it will be too angular or not. It will probably become another great benchmark ball. I drilled it pin-down and I have had overall success with the ball. It’s one of Storm's classics and everybody should get one before they discontinue making it!

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Re: Hy-Road
« Reply #84 on: June 19, 2014, 05:53:34 PM »
Type of bowler: Tweener
Avg Speed: 17.5
Rev Rate: 375-400
PAP: 5 x ¾ up
Layout: 44 x 4 5/8 x 67 – X-hole 5 in over and 2 in down

This is my third Hy-Road but my first of the new batch. Drilled to be a bridge between my surface and polished equipment. Got a very good surprise. Ball still clears the fronts so well to be an option on the lesser volume stuff but the move off the pattern is still controlled and powerful.

1. Mexico City (45 ft) – Head oil was a bit much here but once the spot formed down the lane it was a very good option. Handled the light volume very well and was aggressive off the point.

2. USBC Open (43 and 40 ft) – Ball was an interesting choice at nationals. Once we broke the 43 ft team pattern down this ball was a must. The length and angle were just what I needed. Again, throwing it on the fresh was a little too much over/under. On the doubles pattern the ball was entirely too aggressive off the pattern. The change of direction even with the layout was too much.

3. Typical House Shot (40 ft) – This ball is a beast on these patterns. The pickup and drive in the back is excellent. Can be a bit much once the volume starts to break down considering the layout. However, the ability to move in and still get the same carry and hit is a very useful tool.

Overall, the ball’s a must as it’s always been and maybe the most versatile ball I’ve ever thrown. With this drill too much or too little oil could hurt it but those are the extremes. Any kind of blend and it’s a go-to ball.

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Re: Hy-Road
« Reply #85 on: September 24, 2017, 11:20:17 PM »
Simply put the greatest house shot ball of all time.  Unmatched carry means this ball is mandatory for virtually every arsenal even in 2017, nearly a decade after first being released.
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Re: Hy-Road
« Reply #86 on: December 11, 2018, 10:51:02 AM »
Pin Length: 3 - 4 
Starting Top Weight: 2.8 oz
Ball Weight: 15
Pin buffer 4 inches

4 x 5 x 4
Rev Rate:  380-420
Ball Speed: 15-16
PAP/Track:  PAP:  5 13/16” and 1/2" up
Box Finish: 1500-grit Polished
The Hyroad X features the R2X Solid cover, wrapped around the proven inverted FE2 core found on all of its predecessors. Hy-Road X gets down the lane with ease. This ball has a very predictable motion and goes through the pins amazing.
I drilled this ball up with my favorite lay out.  I can square my angles up and play rather straight with it or I can also move left and hook it. This ball is very versatile and has become the first ball out of my bag.

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