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Modern Marvel
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
High Performance
- COLOR: Ale Pearl/Black and Red Solid   All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.  
- COVERSTOCK: R2X Hybrid Reactive
- CORE: Centripetal
- FACTORY FINISH: 4000-grit Abralon
- FRAGRANCE:Aromatherapy - Calm  
- RG:  16#-2.48, 15#-2.48, 14#-2.53,  13#-2.59, 12#-2.65
- DIFFERENTIAL:  16#-.052, 15#-.050,  14#-.049, 13#-.045, 12#-.035
- A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal  
- DESCRIPTION:  The R2X hybrid reactive  coverstock handles heavy oil like a champ while the fast-revving  Centripetal core works with nearly every layout imaginable.  Prepped  with a 4000-grit Abralon finish, the Modern Marvel provides optimum  traction throughout the entire lane.
The Master line features new technology with strong, dynamic core  shapes that are sure to help all bowlers looking to ‘master’ the sport  of bowling.  
 Early in 2011, Norm Duke won the U.S. Open with the original Prodigy  (the first in this series) while playing the straighter down-and-in  line. The Centripetal core gave him a predictable reaction which allowed  him to focus solely on his shot making and win his sixth major.  
 So, as we move forward with technology and discuss the intent of the new  Modern Marvel, we are looking for a stronger yet controllable ball  motion that will fit a variety of bowlers and lane conditions, and one  that yields a consistent motion throughout the entire lane.  
 One of the most popular balls of the 2011 World Series of Bowling, the  Marvel Pearl was preferred by Ryan Shafer, Dom Barrett, and many more  looking to open up the backends. The new Modern Marvel will provide more  midlane traction as it features a textured R2X hybrid reactive cover.  
 Prepped with 4000-grit Abralon to match the “modern” environment, the  Modern Marvel provides an optimum amount of traction throughout the  entire lane; just enough glide through the heads without over-skidding  and enough backend to verify you are indeed throwing a Storm bowling  ball.  
 The Centripetal core’s symmetrical shape provides countless drilling  options. So feel free to drop your favorite layout in the Modern Marvel  as this shape has quickly become one of the favorites of players around  the globe.  And if you are looking for something a touch different than  what you already have, be sure check out the Storm symmetrical drilling  guide as you’re sure to find exactly what you need.  
 With this outstanding combination of coverstock and core, you’ll quickly  see why this new release from Storm is sure to become a true modern  marvel.



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Re: Modern Marvel
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2012, 01:13:57 PM »

MODERN MARVEL reviewby Storm staffer Jeff Richgels

The MODERN MARVEL ball details are here:

I've had some good success with both the MARVEL and the MARVEL PEARL so I was very interested to see what the MODERN MARVEL would offer with a R2X hybrid coverstock that should place it between those first two balls.
I drilled both my MARVEL and MARVEL PEARL with stacked drillings with the pin over the bridge and CG close to my grip center. I've won tournaments using both balls, but the MARVEL PEARL has proven to be fairly conditional and I've plugged it and will be re-drilling it to hopefully get wider use out of it. The MARVEL, though, gets a lot of use on tight fresh conditions where that drilling helps me get the ball down the lane and get some turn at the corner even when I have it at 500 or 1,000 Abralon. I have no other ball that gives me the reaction it does.
The FRANTIC has become my all-time favorite shiny Storm ball and I elected to drill the MODERN MARVEL the same to see if it would give me a rougher surface ball with similar characteristics in heavier oil.
That drilling is my middle finger hole drilling out the pin and the CG kicked right at about a 60-degree drilling angle.
The specs are pin to PAP of 5 1/2 inches, PAP to "mass bias" of 2 3/4 inches, and pin buffer of 4 3/8 inches.
I've thrown it so far on a wet/dry house shot on 9-year-old Brunswick synthetics that hook a lot, the Team USA London Sport pattern at the same center, on USBC Blue 3 on slightly older Brunswick synthetics, and on a very heavy oil, modified house shot hat started out very tight but broke down into a very easy condition and then a wet-dry tricky condition.
It was OK on the house shot but definitely would not be my first choice for that, which is what I expected. But it excelled on all of the other patterns, rolling smoothly in the oil, giving me a little miss room to the right at the build-up spots on fresh oil, and smooth reaction off the dry once the lanes opened up. This could be a great ball for the fresh at this year's USBC Open Championships!
I had 700-plus on the London pattern in our league, finished third in the Madison Bowling Association Masters on USBC Blue 3 using it most of the way, and averaged 240-plus with it in the doubles tournament on the modified house shot using it through five games of qualifying with 10 on a pair.
As long as it has some oil in the front of the lane, the MODERN MARVEL retains plenty of energy to roll hard through the pins. And I could move into a puddle of oil and not fear that it would squirt. And this was with box finish of just 4,000 Abralon – going down to 2,000 or 1,000 should provide even more oil traction if that's what you want.
The one thing you won't get with the MODERN MARVEL is that instant rev-up dynamic of the asymmetrical NANO-type balls. With its symmetrical Centripetal core, this is more a ball where you control where it revs up and how much, which is great if you're looking for a ball you can manipulate with release tweaks, something I prefer.
I have a feeling the MODERN MARVEL is going to prove to a big favorite of mine.
The bottom line is that if you like the MARVEL line, you will like the MODERN MARVEL as well.

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Re: Modern Marvel
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2012, 11:37:43 AM »
Lay Out: 5" from PAP at 75*   PAP   angle and 30*    VAL   angle. Dual angle measurement would be    75/5/30. The  pin    ended  up  above my ring finger by about 2" and the CG was just slightly  right and under my ring finger. I didn't put a weight hole in it, but did take the ring finger 1" deeper because of the CG placement giving it over 1 ounce initially.

Surface: I have thrown it at box   finish of 4000 sa-air abralon.

Purpose: I wanted to drill up  something that was a stronger solid, but with more of a control type lay out. Something that I can use to keep my target more in front of me if possible when slicker/longer patterns get tight down lane.

Lane  Condition    Observations: I have thrown this on both versions of our  house pattern and  on a Kegel challenge pattern "The Middle Road". Our house shot has 2  versions: A league version and a "weekend-open play" version. The league  pattern is 38 feet with more head oil, the Open play shot is 40 feet  with lighter volume. The surface is Pro-Anvillane. The Modern Marvel has a  nice mid lane read and gets started up earlier than my Crossroad. The move in the back is  nice and strong, very continuous in look. On the lower volume pattern, I  have to separate my feet/target slightly more, and this made the Modern Marvel a little more whippy on the back end. The challenge pattern required me to close my  angles down slightly, but the look is still nice and continuous in the back.  

Other Ball    Comparisions: I did get to throw it  some side by side with my RG Defiant and Virtual Energy. Defiant was stronger as  expected, but the MM did give me a controlled look compared to the Defiant.  The MM had a nice read but the cover  pushed thru the fronts with more ease than the Defiant. Of course, this is due to fact that the Defiant is a strong solid cover and the MM is a strong-hybrid. The VE was slightly weaker in  comparison and I had to close my angles to use it side by side. I would say that is due to the 4000 abralon compared to the 1500 Reacta-Shine surface the Energy has on it since both have the same coverstock material. I also tried it with my Crossroad. My Crossroad gets thru the front much easier, but the MM has a stronger read in the backend.
Final        Thoughts: The Modern Marvel is a great piece. It has a very controlled look the way I drilled mine. I get the impression that it could be shined and have some more pop on the back, so it would be another good versatile piece from Storm. It could also be a nice compliment for someone looking for a nice 1-2 punch. Give  it a try, you won't be disappointed.

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Re: Modern Marvel
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 01:21:59 PM »
Likes: Very predictable ball motion, fresh heads/backends

Dislikes: Hard to open up the pocket at times

Overall I really like Modern Marvel, it gives me a different look than any other ball in my bag. This ball is especially good when keeping the ball in play is important. I don't see this as a ball that will help open up the backend or create pocket area, at least not with the layout I chose. It's great when going up the boards and when you need a predictable ball motion.

I have used the Modern Marvel on the 2012 Nationals patter on a Brunswick surface, a 43' House pattern on AMF surface and a modified house pattern on AMF surface. All lane patterns were fresh. The characteristic of the ball that struck me the strongest was the lack of overreaction or at least less than I would see with high end asymmetric balls making this a ball that is very easy to trust.

I can see the Modern Marvel being a go to ball early on in team event at the Nationals this year.

My layout is 55 degrees x 4/12 inches x 65 degrees.
My PAP is 5 7/8 inches over and 3/8 inches up.

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Re: Modern Marvel
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2012, 01:18:32 PM »

The Modern Marvel is the fourth ball that has been released with the centripetal core. The cover has been changed to the R2X hybrid reactive. This cover falls nicely in between the solid Marvel, and Marvel pearl. I drilled the Modern Marvel with the pin in the ring finger, and the 6 ¾ mark halfway between my VAL and initial ball track. This comes out to a 5 x 4 ½. I needed to use a small balance hole to bring the static weights back to USBC legal limits, which I placed 1” past my VAL, just below the center line.


The Modern Marvel gets through the heads a touch easier than the Marvel, and picks up a few feet earlier than the Marvel pearl.  The change of direction is more pronounced, and rolls stronger through the pins, with less deflection. The Modern Marvel is very similar in ball motion in the back part of the lane to the Prodigy, the first ball released with the centripetal core, but much easier through the heads. The mica that was used in the Prodigy created a lot of friction in the front of the lane, especially on softer lane surfaces like wood and AMF lanes, making it hard to sometimes use when the Marvel pearl was too clean, and the Marvel was too smooth in the backend of the lane. Now, with the hybrid cover on the Modern Marvel, that “fit” between the solid and pearl is almost perfect.
 So far, it has been hard to put down the Modern Marvel. From fresh league conditions, to tighter patterns that need the ball to pick up in the mid lane, and still continue, the Modern Marvel is slowly becoming the first ball out of the bag. With simple surface changes, the Modern Marvel can be used on anything from the medium to really heavy oil patterns.  Due to its strong cover and core, I would not recommend using the Modern Marvel on really dry lanes. There are much better options from Storm for those types of conditions.


In closing, if you haven’t tried any of the preleased master line balls with the centripetal core, or you are just looking for a ball to fit in between your Marvel pearl and solid, the Modern Marvel would be a great way to go. This is one of those balls you definitely don’t want to miss out on. 

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Re: Modern Marvel
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2012, 02:03:52 PM »

Hand: Left


Ball Speed: 15-16mph


Ball Weight: 15lbs


PAP: 5 left 7/16 up


Degrees of Tilt: 17


Layout: 5 x 5 x 1


The Modern Marvel I drilled up is pin above my ring finger and cg is a little past my midline palm. I am a big fan of mid to low performance hybrids and this ball does not disappoint me at all. With the cover stock being part solid and part pearl I am able to play different parts of the lane and changing my hand position I can get the ball to come back from different angles. The Modern Marvel is right in between the other 2 marvels; not too early rolling and even like the Marvel solid and does not go as long as the Marvel Pearl. The Modern Marvel is one of those balls when you just need a little variance with your ball reaction between the other 2 marvels. It is smooth down lane but has a little angle on the back end which is able for you to have a little room if you do miss your target.


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Re: Modern Marvel
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2012, 05:19:02 PM »

Pin Length: 3"

Ball Weight: 15 lb



Pin to PAP: 4 1/8"

MB to PAP: 5"

X Hole (if there is one): None



Rev Rate: 390

Ball Speed: 16-17mph


PAP/Track: 4 1/2" right 3/4" up



Grit: 4000 grit (OOB)

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Hybrid



Length: 40'


Volume: 17ml

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS



This ball has an aggressive mid-lane read, combined with a smooth and Strong backend reaction. With how much the Modern Marvel reads the mid-lane, you will be shocked with the amount of power it hits the pins with! Amazing continuation from the start of the move all the way to the back of the pin deck.
I drilled mine with a very high flare layout to combat over/under conditions. This doesn't really highlight the on-lane hook that this ball is capable of, but it is the perfect ball for when the the oil moves down the lane and the mids start to burn up. The video shows the massive power throught the pin deck! With a more common layout, this ball would be similiar to the strength of the Reign of Fire for on-lane hook, but retains a lot of energy through the pins. I really think this ball is the perfect ball for any bowler with lower revs, looking for more hook. Also, for any bowler that bowls on heavier oil conditions. This ball may be a bit more ball than necessary for a THS for the high rev bowler, but for the average Joe, this will be perfect for the league shot.




Likes: Excellent Mid-Lane Read and drives through the pins like they aren't even there. The hybrid coverstock is able to be sanded or polished, and still reacts excellently.

Dislikes:  Not my favorite scent.





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Re: Modern Marvel
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2012, 04:55:06 PM »

Storm Modern Marvel Ball Review

by Storm Staffer Casey Murphy


Rev Rate: 400 rpm

Ball Speed: 17 mph

PAP: 4 5/8 straight across


Where: Enterprise Park Lanes, Springfield MO

Pattern: 40 ft, medium volume, 4:1 ratio (close to sport)


Modern Marvel layout (Dual Angle Layout): 70, 5 1/2 , 35


This ball is STRONG. It needs a longer pattern or higher volume to be truly effective. The pattern I threw it on was a relatively medium pattern and the Modern Marvel wanted to read the fronts off my hand. The reaction is very smooth thanks to the lower RG core so I was able to migrate left and not over react off the hook spot. Because the ball is so strong on the medium volume it did tend to labor a little. I think on a heavier volume of oil or with bowlers who are speed dominant the Modern Marvel will perform extremely well. 


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Re: Modern Marvel
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2012, 11:15:49 PM »

Pin Length: 3

Ball Weight: 15


Pin to PAP: 50 x 4 x 75

X Hole (if there is one): hole below midline and just inside VAL


Rev Rate: 375

Ball Speed: 16 Qubica
PAP/Track: 4  up 1 1/4


Grit: 4000

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Storm Step 2


Length: 42
Volume: med-heavy

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Length: 6

Back End: 7
Overall Hook: 8.5

Midlane Read: 9

Breakpoint Shape: 8


Likes: The Modern Marvel has great midlane roll and strong arc on the backend.  This is a very strong overall ball from Storm.  With the  Centripetal™ core’s symmetrical shape allows the ball to glide through the heads without over skidding and going through the breakpoint.  Very controllable backend motion with great hitting power.   The Modern is great compliment to the
Marvel Pearl, as when the pearl goes to long then the Modern is great fit.
I had to apply Storm Step 2 compound to throw it on our THS.  But on sport patterns where this ball 
rolled the best for me.  As the Modern allowed me to stay just to left of the friction and be able to continue 
to have the pocket.
Great product from Storm...  You have great overall hook from a symmetrical core, wrapped in the R2X Hybrid Reactive coverstock.



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Re: Modern Marvel
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2012, 12:07:48 AM »
Hello all and thanks for reading.  The video that goes with this video can be found here:
What can I say about the Modern Marvel.  Great ball.  For those of you who have had the pleasure of throwing the Prodigy and always thought there was something missing like a little bit more backend motion, well you are in luck.  All the strength of the Prodigy with the backend reaction like you are on a fresh oil with a crisp dry final 20 feet of backend. 
In the video you can see I compare to the a Marvel Pearl with a low pin.  The Pearl gets down the lane easily with a much smoother backend move due to a lower pin and lower RG drilling.  The Modern being a hybrid coverstock gets down the lane just as easily even with a more rough box surface and as you can see picks up a much stronger midlane roll before turning left.  I needed to keep the Modern Marvel more in the middle in the heavier oil and push the Marvel Pearl to the dry a little more to get them back to the pocket.  The Modern Marvel is a great starter ball on the fresh oil and can help cut through the heaviest of oil patterns.  The core of this entire series has been a great addition to the Storm lineup and continues to is great success with the Modern Marvel.  Lower Rev Rates or higher speed bowlers benefit greatly from using this ball on the fresh and can certainly become a benchmark for someone who is slightly speed dominant.  This is a great piece for anyones arsenal, great job to Storm once again.


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Re: Modern Marvel
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2012, 10:05:07 AM »
First impression is that this ball will really be an excellent benchmark ball. We've seen this core three times before, in the Prodigy, Marvel, and Marvel Pearl. 
This ball fits absolutely perfectly between the Marvel and Marvel Pearl.  It gets surprisingly comfortable length while still providing strong angular punch on the backend.

The test ball was laid out with a pin down layout.

The key standout of this ball is it's controllability.  It really blends out the condition on house shots as well as sport shots.  This ball faired just as well on competitive 2:1 patterns as on THS. 

We tested it on Kegel Main Street as well as the 2012 USBC Championship pattern.  For the stroker, the ball worked great on both patterns but was awesome on the USBC pattern.  Folks with more hand may need to change the surface a bit, especially if the THS is particularly light.  With good oil in the heads, this ball seems to work its magic.

It is about 2 feet shorter than the Marvel Pearl and offers a smoother transition at the breakpoint.

If you're looking for a very good benchmark ball that is extremely usable on many conditions, this is a great option.

See complete review, video, and Digitrax analysis at:
« Last Edit: May 19, 2012, 10:12:14 AM by TamerBowling »
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Re: Modern Marvel
« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2012, 01:37:59 PM »
great carry, excellent smooth roll carry's almost anything and u don't have to be exact with it either i love this piece

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Re: Modern Marvel
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2013, 03:42:02 PM »
This ball is amazing. Has lots of power when it catches the lane. I felt that this ball worked best for me on Viper and Cheetah sport patterns. I would definitely recommend this ball.

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Re: Modern Marvel
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2013, 03:49:25 PM »
Drilled pin under fingers for an early, smooth reaction, but it still reacts more like a pearlized ball. I had to have it sanded to 1000 grit to see any amount of reaction on heavier oil (even though I've never needed a ball below 2000), but that seemed to really do the trick. If you're looking for early, smooth, or a curve in your reaction, I would not recommend this ball. If you're looking for something aggressive that can save its energy for the same part of the lane no matter how short or long the oil is, I would really recommend this ball.

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Re: Modern Marvel
« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2013, 11:04:12 PM »
This is my first hybrid coverstock ball.  Over the course of the year, it performed relatively well.  The ball has a more active coverstock than any of the equipment already in my arsenal.  For a low-rev player like me who like to ride the outside boards, this ball seemed to fit right in with my style.  Any stroker would be grateful to have this ball in their lineup.

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