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Lightning Blackout
« on: May 17, 2024, 08:39:41 AM »
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The Storm Lightning Blackout bowling ball, a tribute to classic style and top-notch performance that loyal Storm enthusiasts will adore. This modernized Lightning maintains the legacy of its predecessor, delivering remarkable length, power, and control with every roll. Its symmetric design ensures easy drilling and smooth gameplay. Crafted with the Warp A.I. Core, the Lightning Blackout boasts a flare potential akin to the esteemed !Q Tour, offering forgiveness and seamless transitions between skidding, hooking, and rolling. With medium-low differential cores that don't migrate too swiftly, you can expect enhanced forgiveness and extended transition zones on the lane. A standout feature of this bowling ball is its benchmark coverstock—the renowned ReX Pearl in captivating black obsidian pearl. Not only does it catch the eye on the lane, but it also provides instant visual feedback and exceptional performance. The ReX Pearl effortlessly clears the front part of the lane and maintains remarkable consistency through the heads, allowing for precise and reliable shots every time.

Color: Obsidian
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Warp A.I. Core
Coverstock: ReX Pearl Reactive
Finish: Reacta Gloss
RG: 2.53 (15# ball)
Differential: 0.029 (15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Light to Medium Oil
Fragrance: Pineapple Cherry Delight



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Re: Lightning Blackout
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2024, 09:30:07 AM »
Storm Lightning Blackout – WWRD 5/17/2024

Cover: ReX Pearl Reactive
Core: Warp A.I. Core
RG: 2.53
RG. Diff.: 0.029
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Fragrance: Pineapple Cherry Delight

Storm’s new Lightning Blackout is a Pearl Symmetric Piece.  This piece is good for Medium-Light 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.  Burned up 43’ house pattern, Out of Box ball motion was clean through the fronts with a sharp backend reaction.  I compared this piece to the The Road (2-2 Left).  This piece fits between the The Road and the Original Hy-Road.  This is a Versatile piece that fits all styles of bowlers.

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Re: Lightning Blackout
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2024, 03:20:18 PM »
The Lightning Blackout will instantly become a fan favorite for most bowlers arsenals. The perfect transition ball for a multitude of situations from step down off the super strong and medium strength balls; the Blackout will easily clear the fronts and give plenty of continuation down lane. I see the Blackout as a weaker version of the UC2 and with the Hy-Road pearl discontinued this ball will perfectly fit that slot for clean and angular when the heads hook early. Also, for those who fear it may be too weak I saw plenty of grab when I did miss in and the Blackout still read the lane properly and hooked where I needed it to. I did not see over sensitivity to either friction or oil which blended out the lane real nicely for me.


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Re: Lightning Blackout
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2024, 09:19:06 PM »
Storm Lightning Blackout Review
VLS 4.75x4x1.5
Dual Angle 48x4.75x23
Storm Lightning Blackout uses a brand new core called Warp with AI technology wrapped with REX pearl coverstock.
The Lightning Blackout is very clean through the fronts with a power and control.The lightning blackout will offer a later transistion ball motion so it will be great when length is needed but still continue on the backend.
I was very surprised on how strong the backend motion it has but thats why the core and coverstock combination is very important.
The Lightning Blackout is going to be a great compliment to The Road and IQ tour so when i feel those 2 balls aren't strong enough on the backend the Lightning is going to be perfect.
I can also see it complimenting the Virtual Energy Blackout when its too strong so the lightning will be a great stepdown.
I can also see adding surface to the Lightning and it will be a stronger IQ tour solid.


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Re: Lightning Blackout
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2024, 09:05:14 AM »
Storm Lighting Blackout:

REX coverstock and finished at 2000ab with reacta shine.

The flare potential of the Warp A.I. Core falls under the same rating as the immortal !Q™ Tour. Medium-low differential cores don’t migrate as fast which produces more forgiveness and longer transition zones between skid, hook, and roll. A.I. Core technology is now offered across all weights so the benefit of “Amplified Inertia” can be experienced no matter what weight you use.

Layout: 5 x 4 x 4

My updated specs: Ball speed: average 15.5 mph. - Rev Rate: 425 – Axle tilt: 16 degrees – Axis rotation 70 degrees

The new Storm Lighting Blackout, known now to me as LBO, the second release in the Blackout series that started with the very popular and versatile Virtual Energy Blackout, aka VEBO, the LBO is a next generation of Storm ball released with the A.I outer core.

The first thing I noticed right after drilling the ball, it was not very kind to me on fresh, and after several days of practicing and using it, I came to the realization that this ball is not the “first out of the bag” type of ball. After talking with other staffers, I started to pay even closer attention to the reaction of the ball after games 3-6 during practice along with my current fresh lane balls the Roto Grip X-Ray and The Road, which is the ball I used in my YouTube video as a comparison ball to the LBO. As I used the X-Ray or The Road for games 1 and 2, especially with the X-Ray which I feel is my best house pattern ball in a very, very long, as soon as I see the carry going away or see the X-Ray slow down in response in the backend, I jump immediately to the LBO and I pick up where I left off when it comes to carry and scoring pace. Very sleek looking and very snappy in the backend and can stay with the LBO through the first and second transitions on the lanes. I just simply LOVE this ball and I have a TON of confidence in the ball once the X-Ray slows down and my carry is reduced. Don’t hesitate to try an LBO out when the Storm Matchmaker events come to a bowling center near you.

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Re: Lightning Blackout
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2024, 12:38:02 PM »
The Lightning Blackout is Storms newest signature line ball. The Lightning Blackout (LB) features the low differential, mid RG Warp AI core wrapped in REX pearl. This produces a stable, low flaring control option for lighter volume conditions. I see myself using the LB on lighter volume house shots or later in tournament blocks. The LB fits right on between an IQ Tour Ruby and Xponent Pearl.

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Re: Lightning Blackout
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2024, 02:24:02 AM »



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Coverstock: : ReX™ Pearl Reactive
Core: : Warp™ A.I. Core
Finish: Reacta Gloss
RG: 2.53 (15lb)
Differential: .029 (15 lb)

Right-Handed Tweener
Speed: 12-13 mph
Rev Rate: 315
Axis Tilt: 14°
Axis Rotation: 74°
PAP: 5 1/8 R 7/8 Up

Ball Layout: Pin Up 4 1/2 X 4 3/8 X 2 3/8 VLS

Storm has added a new ball to the signature line called the Lightning Blackout. This modernized version of the classic storm ball features the ReX Pearl cover that has been so successful of releases like Dark Code and Virtual Energy Blackout. To drive the reaction the new Warp Core with A.I. Technology puts a lower flaring core with the powerful cover to make a unique shape in the line, in the vein of balls like the Zero Gravity.

I tested the Lightning Blackout for the first time in league. Our house pattern is long and heavy, but the front panels have a lot of built in friction and they transition a ton over the course of 3 games. My idea was for the lightning blackout to be my game 3 ball when the fronts really go. I noticed right away that the cover, despite its polished finish just saw too much of the front of the lane. Even when I got way left the ball just wanted to tip a little too early. This isn't unique to this ball, game 3 has been the toughest for me as I'm always looking for a ball that will clear the fronts in this house.

I next took the Lightning Blackout with me for our annual State tournament. Most years the lanes tend to hook a alot so I thought a lower flaring option could be helpful. I was surprised to find a good amount of oil on the lanes to start our doubles and singles sets, unfortunately the players I crossed with didn't break them down well so when i had to move inside of the track, I really lost my reaction. I tried to move just left and my ball wanted  to over-read. I tried to ball down and move left and when the ball cleared the front it didn't want to save enough energy to get back and go through the pins. After fighting the lanes a few games without figuring much out I started paying attention to the other players on the pair and realized they were now right of me, but able to play closer to the track because they had more ball speed. I decided to go back to the lightning blackout that I had put away after trying to play left of everyone with it, and just throw it as hard as I could up the friction. Immediately I had a look. This is far from my A game but the Lightning Blackout responded beautifully and I managed to put together a 240 game to close out the day.

I have since experimented with the lightning blackout in varying states of transition and have found it to be constant that it is the best ball I have thrown when I need to stay on the same line after my other equipment will not let me play there. I've also observed players with more ball speed and the ball seems to be much more versatile for them as the strength of the cover is a little more easily negated with their ball speed.

I would recommend this ball for speed dominant players and matched players who have more speed and revs especially. It work pretty well as a niche ball for players like myself when they want to stay closer to the friction and can add a little to their normal ball speed.

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Re: Lightning Blackout
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2024, 01:27:23 PM »

Lightning Blackout
Coverstock: ReX Pearl Reactive
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Core: Warp A.I.
(14 pd)
RG: 2.55
Differential: 0.029

Layout: 5 x 4 x 3 1/2 - 2LS
Layout Extras: 2 1/8 Finger Depth, "X" - 4 1/2 D and 1 Inch Left
Tester: PAP 6 1/2 R, 1 1/4 D

The Lightning Blackout (LBO) features the newer Amplfied Inertia (A.I.) core technology. This core as you would expect will help the Lightning Blackout in providing a predictable shape at the end of the pattern. As A.I. core technology has been previously tested that means a few extra percentage points of carry can be anticipated.

For my review I compared the LBO to the the Hy-Road Max. I must note here that these categories of bowling balls allow you to keep in your spot on the lane longer and help avoid steeper angles that can get a lot of players in trouble on many conditions. The Hy-Road Max in concept was a great idea on paper, but did not quite have what I was looking for as the lanes transition. The LBO coverstock combination is much more suited for today's environment. Both of these balls try to fill in the players arsenal where straighter is greater but as the front part of the lane starts to go. These balls will shine when getting steeper is tricky.

The LBO coverstock at box finish is a tad clean for me so I recommend a 2K to 3K finish on this ball. This recommended surface adjustment should allow you to feel the ball is not getting away from you down the lane. If more angle is your flavor I'd say The Road is a better option for you over the LBO. Do not sleep on these type of bowling balls where you want to play up the boards for better scoring. The A.I. part of the equation will kick in as well where close hits will have a better tendency to carry.

I recommend the the Storm Lightning Blackout for the player seeking straighter angles longer as lanes transition. I'm definitely excited about this ball from Storm. Please be sure to visit your favorite pro shop today or for my occasional ball videos. Be sure to grab you Storm Lightning Blackout  today!

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Re: Lightning Blackout
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2024, 09:36:40 AM »
Introducing The Lightning Blackout! Featuring a unique low differential A.I. Core and the proven REX Pearl cover, this ball provides a smooth, continuous motion complimentary to that of the IQ Ruby, but with a stronger cover formula that can handle more oil. If you like the IQ Ruby but need a shell up from that piece, or if you found that the Ruby was too clean or too over/under for your house condition, Lightning Blackout will fill that spot in the bag with a unique a new take on an old favorite!

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Re: Lightning Blackout
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2024, 12:53:31 PM »
Sam Cooper. Roto Grip Amateur Staff. Layout 55x4.75x35. The Storm Lightning Blackout features the REX pearl cover which is found on the Virtual Gravity Blackout. I am personally a big fan of REX coverstocks.  This ball features the Warp AI Core which is a medium-high RG core with a differential of .029. This core is not as high of an RG as a Hyroad but not a lower RG ball like the IQ Tour. Initial thoughts about where this ball fits in IQ Ruby territory. This ball looks and smells great. I want Storm to make more balls with darker colors and the 3 logos. Just looks so good going through the pins with the logos flipping.
The first testing session with it was burned up house. It allowed me to stay closer to the friction but when I had to move into the soup on the house shot it was too clean. Had to go to a stronger ball but the Lightning Blackout came back around since we bowl a 4 game set on burn. On house it made a quick yet rounded motion. I would not say hockey stick motion and that could be because of the layout. Another notable testing session was the 36ft Del Ballard pattern. I could you play right down the gutter with this and the strength of the cover would get the ball moving strong off the gutter. Or I could move left and slow down throw it at the gutter and it would react nicely to the pocket. This ball would be usable late in blocks or someone that has lower ball speed. I will admit this ball was much cleaner than anticipated some surface prep is required for me anyway.