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IQ Tour 78/U
« on: January 05, 2024, 11:29:25 AM »
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Storm IQ Tour 78/U
Introducing the Storm IQ Tour 78/U – a name that succinctly defines its essence: a urethane bowling ball with a hardness rating of 78! In response to the ever-evolving landscape of the sport, we've proudly crafted the Controll 78 Urethane, meticulously tailored to adhere to the latest PBA hardness regulations.This exceptional creation doesn't stop at the urethane upgrade; it showcases the time-tested C3 Core, a cornerstone in benchmark reactions for over a decade. The C3 Core, with its low RG design, possesses the remarkable ability to interpret the lane's nuances with precision, ensuring a true urethane-like response. This feature makes the Controll 78 Urethane a game-changer in the world of bowling.But that's not all – the 500-grit surface preparation, meticulously applied to the ball, keeps shorter oil patterns in check, helping you maintain control and accuracy on the lanes.

Color: Crimson
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Coverstock: Controll 78 Solid Urethane
Core: C³ Centripetal Control
Finish: 500-grit Abralon
RG: 2.49 (15# ball)
Differential: .029 (15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium Oil



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Re: IQ Tour 78/U
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2024, 06:46:10 PM »
Storm IQ Tour 78-U
Cover: 78 Control Urethane Solid
Weight Block: C3 Symmetric
Color: Crimson

With the recent PBA changes to the hardness of bowling balls going into effect Storm wanted to ensure that tour players had access to a urethane style ball that met those requirements. Introducing the IQ Tour 78-U. Which is a smooth and predictable bowling ball that all serious tournament bowlers should be carrying in their bag. When the lanes get a little squirrely and I feel lost on the pattern I tend to go back to the basics of playing straight up the boards. This ball is great for that. The color of this ball looks great both going down the lane and sitting on the shelf under the display lights. If you are looking to take your game to the next level, or see yourself bowling more tournaments in the near future I would highly recommend picking up one of these balls today!
Will Tefft
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Re: IQ Tour 78/U
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2024, 11:10:01 AM »
Introducing the newest urethane Storm ball, the IQ 78-U! Featuring the tried and true C3 core and a brand new harder urethane shell, the 78-U provides an updated compliment to the Pitch Black. Overall, the 78-U is slightly cleaner and more continuous than the Pitch Black, due in large part to the higher differential provided by the C3 core. If you're looking for that early, controllable, classic urethane shape that is compliant with the latest PBA rules and designed to handle modern day lane conditions, the 78-U is THE ball for you!

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Re: IQ Tour 78/U
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2024, 01:29:42 PM »
The all new !Q 78/U is Storm’s newest urethane ball in response to USBC Hardness rule being put in place. This ball is everything that I would have expected out of it, it is strong, slow, and reads the front of the lanes well. I am pleasantly surprised with what I have seen so far, with the harder cover I was worried that it would never hook. However, the R&D at storm did a good job putting a stronger core in this ball to combat this issue. From what I have seen so far, I would suggest drilling this ball with a weaker VAL angle (25-35 degrees) than a “traditional urethane” layout (0-10 degrees) to help the ball continue more downlane. I have seen a few other staffers drill the 78/U with a 10 degree VAL and it looked good, however, it looked like they were forced to have extremely tight angles in order to get optimum carry. With a weaker VAL, I am able to see more downlane shape so I can keep the ball in front of me and I can also move in and open up my angles a bit without sacrificing pin carry. All in all, I think that storm did a great job in such a short amount of time to combat the new PBA hardness rule changes. Go out and get yours December 15th at your local SPI proshop!

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Vector: 4½ x 4 x 2¼


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Re: IQ Tour 78/U
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2024, 09:20:03 AM »
Storm IQ Tour 78/U – WWRD 12/15/2023

Cover: Control 78 Solid Urethane Core: C3 Centripetal Control Core RG: 2.49 RG. Diff.: 0.029 Finish: 500-Grit Abralon Fragrance: None Storm’s new IQ Tour 78/U Solid Urethane Piece. This piece is good for Low Volume Patterns. PAP is 5 5/16 R 1 3/16 Up. Rev Rate: 400. Speed: 16.5. Drilled this piece with the Pin Up between the Fingers and the CG kicked out 1” from the palm. Out of Box ball motion was smooth through the fronts with a smooth backend shape. I compared this to the Storm Pitch Black. The 78/U was a few boards right of the Pitch Black. The Pitch Black was a few boards left and started early in the mids with a urethane motion on the backend. This piece will be good for bowlers with high rev rate. Check Out the Ball motion Video on my YouTube Page:


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Re: IQ Tour 78/U
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2024, 08:12:04 AM »
IQ Tour 78U
Cover: Control 78 Urethane
Core: C3
RG: 2.49 RG
Diff: 0.029

My layout: 3.5 x 1.5

The 78U is a solid urethane symmetrical ball that was created to comply with the new PBA tour hardness guidelines. I see the 78U working best on short oil patterns or medium patterns with light oil volume. The new harder Control 78U cover is less responsive which gets the ball started a little later than a Pitch Black. That really does help to stay in the friction without getting off line too quickly. The C3 core from the IQ line helps compensate for the slightly weaker cover very well. The faster revving core, compared to most symmetrical urethane balls, helps create a similar but upgraded shape of traditional urethane balls of the past. I have found that the 78U is best on the fresh when I can either use the friction on a short or medium pattern, or if there is a little bit of hold on flatter patterns as to keep the ball more in front of me.

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PAP: 5 x 1/4up
Rev rate: 400


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Storm IQ Tour 78/U
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2024, 09:58:55 PM »
With the PBA rules with the hardness change from the USBC.  The bowling manufacturers needed make a new urethane bowling ball. Storm came out with the new Storm IQ/78 U.  I drilled mine with a 4 inch pin up. With the proven C³ Centripetal Control core and the new Controll 78 Solid Urethane the IQ/78 U is truly straight urethane.  I tried the 78U on the shorter sport patterns, 37,38,39 feet. Urethane normally doesn't roll good for me and my roll.  But the 78/U pleasantly rolled pretty good.  With the core I got decent flare out of the 78/U and the typical smooth transition down lane. I was able to stay on top of the friction longer than a Pitch Black or Zen U.  Where those 2 balls normally force me left sooner than the 78/U.  It seems that the PBA guys like the new 78/U very well as on their shorter patterns.  Bunch of good feedback from the guys.  So if your looking for a new urethane for shorter higher friction patterns this is your ball!

Brian Watson
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PAP - 3 7/8 up 1 1/4
RPM - 400
MPH - 16-17
TILT -  17

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