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« on: January 14, 2022, 10:02:55 AM »
The Storm Nova high-performance bowling ball advances core technology astronomically! By combining the advanced asymmetric Ignition core with the R2X Hybrid Reactive coverstock Storm is able to achieve the striking power that is expected from their high-performance bowling balls. This ball was designed to rev up fast and have a powerful finish with more movement downlane and extra flare potential. The hybrid coverstock and 3000-grit finish is ideal for heavy oiled lanes but is versatile enough to handle many conditions and surfaces with no problem.

Color: Hot Pink/Lime/Jet Black
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Ignition Core (14#-16#)
Coverstock: R2X Hybrid Reactive
Finish: 3000-grit Abralon
RG: 2.49 (based on 15# ball)
Differential: 0.052 (based on 15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy Oil
Fragrance: Cherry Apple Slush



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Re: Nova
« Reply #16 on: February 18, 2022, 12:51:47 PM »
Layout 5 x 4 x 1.5
Style – stroker
Ball Speed – 14mph
Condition – house pattern on older HPL surface and newer Pro Lane
Surface – box condition

Initially, I wasn’t going to order a Nova. All though most of us would love to, you just can’t order everything that comes out. But one of my teammates ordered one and was incredibly impressed with the ball. And as they say, the rest is history. I ordered one and I’m glad I did.

I think the term versatile is the best way to describe this ball. It’s not so aggressive that I can’t use it with my slower ball. But I’m not going to hook the lane with it either given my rev rate. For me it’ll be a benchmark type of reaction that will handle more oil than say a Phaze II or a Rubicon.

Had no issue with getting the ball through the fronts in box condition. The continuation window is large as well. Given most league conditions, this could be the biggest ball in your bag, and I think you’d be okay.

The color scheme worried me as I have a thing for solid blue and black bowling balls. My eyes have trouble picking up certain colors at the breakpoint. I just can’t tell you where the ball is going to pick up. Even with the colors, I can see this one no problem.

An asymmetric ball with this much versatility in the cover gives you the best of both worlds. If you’re in the market for something new the Nova would make a nice addition to your bag.


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Re: Nova
« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2022, 03:56:08 PM »
Ball Reviews:
Nova/Phaze 4/Spectre
We have a good natural progression of the 3 new releases from Storm Bowling. From strongest to weakest would be the Nova, Phaze 4 then Spectre.
The Nova is a pretty strong bowling ball. For comparison purposes think of an Roto Grip X-1 on steroids as it is earlier and more continuous. The concept is similar in that it is a strong asymmetrical hybrid with surface. The difference would be about 2-3 boards more hook with the Nova. This would be great on the fresh and some transition on your typical house shots and on a variety of sport patterns when you want to begin opening up the lane and getting deeper into the oil.
The Phaze 4 is the newest compliment to the Phaze line; this time featuring a pearl coverstock. The Phaze 4 is pretty clean yet provides plenty of mid lane roll. The nice feature of this ball is the control element to it. It allows you to play into the oil and does not overreact when it sees friction. I drilled mine pin down to keep my angles closed. This ball will be a great ball on a multitude of patterns and/or house conditions when you begin opening up the lane. The pin down drilling allows me to use it on the fresh for THS. I, also, took the polish off and it blends the lane real well.
The Spectre is the cleanest of the 3 new releases. It will be a great step down off either of the 2 aforementioned balls. I drilled mine pin down and removed the surface to help blend the lane and keep my angles closer. When the fronts begin to really go and you need a ball that will get down lane and not labor the Spectre will be a great option to have.


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Re: Nova
« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2022, 05:25:42 PM »
Ball Specs:
Storm Nova
3000-grit R2Xâ„¢ Hybrid Reactive
Weight Block: Ignitionâ„¢ Core (Asymmetrical)
Color: Hot Pink/Lime/Jet Black

This ball had a lot of hype with Storm’s youtube teaser and giveaways and we think it definitely lives up to it. First thing is this ball is very strong and really likes the oil. It reads early, similarly to the RST-X1 or the newer Reality, but still creates a lot of shape down lane. As you move left this ball seems to look better and better. We like that the ball gets into a roll early but doesn’t give up down lane. This is a ball that can give you a lot of confidence with its versatility. Playing with steeper angles or also playing straight down the lane allows this ball to look equally as good. Don’t be afraid of this BIG asymmetrical ball.

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Re: Nova
« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2022, 06:50:08 AM »

Length: House Pattern

Volume: House Pattern

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): House Pattern

The Nova by Storm is by far one of the heaviest rolling bowling balls that I have thrown in the past few years.  The combination of the R2X Hybrid Reactive cover stock and the Ignition Core is Phenomenal.  My coordinates are 300 rev rate (on a good day), loves playing right and close to the dry and my PAP is 5 5/8 over and ¾ up.  The layout I used was 5 ¼ X 4 ½ X 1 7/8 and did change the cover to hand spun 3000 to add a little shine.  This layout is a favorite of mine because pin placement gives me a little push, mass bias is kind of strong and the buffer helps it transition.

The Nova wants to start up early and loves the oil.  However, even with my lower rev rate the Nova will turn the corner down lane and still get the corners out.  I hit in with 3000 so I could play closer to the friction and be comfortable on the fresh league pattern.  That was a success but after several games and the front part of the lane started to burn up the Nova forced me to open up my angles way too much for me.  I was uncomfortable throwing away from the pocket, but the Nova was in its comfort zone. The Nova surprised me because usually the bigger Asymmetrical bowling balls want to make a move and then sort of stop.  This did not happen until I was crossing around the 4th arrow and even then, it was impressive.  I did not have an asymmetrical to compare but I did have a 900 Global Zen Master and a Helios.  The Nova was a good 5 to 10 boards stronger at the arrows but the Zen Master’s backend was very similar to the Nova’s.  Heavy rolling and unrelenting but forgiving at the same time.  Overall I was impressed by the Nova and will recommend it if you need help in the power department.

The Nova is a beast and will be apart of my tournament bag because the Nova fits the Heavy Oil or Longer Pattern Niche.


Likes:  Versatile


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Nova Review
« Reply #20 on: February 27, 2022, 09:54:31 AM »
Storm Nova Ball Specs:

Cover stock R2X Hybrid Reactive
Ignition Core (Asymmetrical)
Finish 3000 Sanded

Bowler Specs:
Right Hand. PAP 5” Over 1/2 up
Rev Rate 300. Tilt 20. Rotation 50.
Speed at cameras 15.5

 The new Storm Nova is a very strong sanded hybrid. I first compared it to my Incite and it was much stronger especially down lane. I then compared it to my Zen Master and it is similar but stronger overall. After testing this ball on a few patterns I feel it is best when you can start it in the oil and get to the friction further down the lane. When I got the ball to the dry too quick it used too much energy early and did not react on the back as much as I would have liked. In the oil it is a very good predictable strong ball. This ball at box surface fits between my Zen Master and Gem. This ball has been selling well and was a hit at our last ball demo. I took my second Nova and polished it up. It is beautiful but really cuts down on the hook. If you have a higher rev rate or low speed the polished finish should work well, if you are lower rev or roll fast I would leave it sanded. Surface changes are great because they can drastically change motion and if you don’t like a change you can put it back to box. No harm no foul. If you are looking for a nice strong predicable ball that hits hard the Nova would be a very good choice.

The Storm Nova is a strong rolling ball.
The Ball reads oilier patterns very well.
The Nova hits hard and drives nicely through the pins.

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Re: Nova
« Reply #21 on: March 07, 2022, 12:03:32 PM »
Storm Nova Ball Review by PJ Haggerty

The latest addition to the Premier line at Storm is the Nova.  Under the hood is the Ignition Core which is designed to rev up fast and create a quick response time down lane.  Because the core is so strong, the flare potential is over 6” which means the Nova is designed to hook!  The coverstock is the famous R2S which can be found on several successful balls Storm has made over the years.

I’ve drilled one Nova so far and really like it.  I mapped it out as 5 x 4.5 x 75.  This puts the pin above my bridge and the mass bias just to the right of my thumb.  When comparing the Nova to a Proton Physix or similar asymmetrical balls currently in the line, I believe the response time is quicker with the Nova.  Also, I’ve had success using it on multiple types of patterns.  On the longer patterns where I need to keep my angles tighter, I’ve seen the Nova “dig” enough that it hooks in the right spot.  On the other hand, the core is big enough that it looks great on short patterns also. 

Overall, if you need a big core with a ton of flare potential that can be used on several types of patterns, the Nova should be the next ball you drill.



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Re: Nova by Lonnie Pemberton
« Reply #22 on: March 07, 2022, 03:19:22 PM »



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS


Core: Ignition

Cover: R2X Hybrid

Finish: 3000

RG: 2.49

Diff: 0.052

Int. Diff: .019


Right-Handed Tweener

Speed: 12-13 mph

Rev Rate: 315

PAP: 4 7/8 Right 3/8 Up

Ball Layout: Pin over Middle Finger 5 1/2 X 3 1/2 X 3 VLS

The Storm Nova is the new powerhouse in the premier line. They wrapped R2X Hybrid around the ignition core. R2X is supposed to fit between R2S and NRG covers which should make it a bit cleaner than the nano covers. The Ignition core is as strong as you would expect from a core with a diff in the 50s and and psa diff of .019.

I tested the Nova in my home center on our high volume pattern. Anticipating a very strong reaction I opted for a bit weaker drilling over-all. I had hoped to stretch the transition of the ball a bit so it didn't use that massive amount of stored energy at once. I'm definitely glad I didn't drill it stronger because despite my attempts to tailor the reaction with this layout, the Nova for me definitely uses it all at once. Even with the considerable volume it never misses the Midlane. I had hoped for a little more continuation but I've definitely found myself having to go away from the Nova pretty quickly as the lanes transition.

It does work fantastically well when you need to play straighter angles in the oil however. I found a great niche for it there on a very "sharkish" pattern. This ball will be better for bowlers with less hand or on greater volumes of oil.

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Re: Nova
« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2022, 07:57:39 AM »
At first glance, this looks like another big dull asym, with one purpose: cut through oil. But this ball is more than just a snow tire. The Nova is the most angular dull asymmetric ball I've ever thrown. Not only can i use the surface to blend out wet/dry, but i can step left and go around the lane without sacrificing carry. This ball is the best of both worlds.
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Re: Nova
« Reply #24 on: March 14, 2022, 03:32:57 PM »
Storm Nova Ball Review

Hey everyone, I’m back with another ball review, and this time it’s for the Storm Nova and in 15 pounds this ball is wrapped in the R2X Hybrid Coverstock and comes 3000-grit with an RG of 2.49 and a Diff of 0.051 and .019 Mass Bias
Layout for this ball is 3.5 X 4 X 2.5
This ball right her was a bit of a shock to me as I am someone that doesn’t have the big rev rate and bigger balls tend to burn up in the fronts for me as I personal stick to cleaner balls. From what I heard from other staffers and talking with my PSO we decided to pull the trigger with this ball and I was surprised for sure. I know many that shined this ball as soon as they got it, but I kept it at the box 3k and just to see what it would do on a tighter pattern. I was able to keep the ball in front of me and didn’t see it burn up in the heads and has stayed in the bag.
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Re: Nova
« Reply #25 on: March 15, 2022, 02:39:13 PM »

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): Multiple Patterns (Sport and Receational)


The Nova is a bowling ball that I can see myself throwing a lot in multiple environments. The Nova features a revolutionary Ignition core which is paired with an innovative R2X coverstock technology. A strong asymmetrical core has a lot of flare potential and this coverstock seems to get down the relatively easy.

I drilled my Nova with a pin-down layout with hopes of stretching the roll phase and reducing the flare potential. I am pleasantly surprised with the cleanliness of the Nova as well as its continuation. The Nova seems to be quite versatile and responds very well to changes in release. The R2X coverstock allows the Nova to stay online easier and the Ignition core produces enough continuation for more open launch angles. I believe the Nova fits well between the Proton PhysiX and the Dark Code.

I think the Nova works best on fresh medium patterns, especially at the bowling centers that have older/more worn lane surfaces. The Nova allows me to start with straighter angles and then open-up my launch angles as the patterns transition. I also believe that, with a little more surface, the Nova works well on shorter patterns when there is a lot of carry-down from urethane bowling balls. Lastly, because the Nova is quite versatile, I think it works well on fresh house-shots as it blends the over/under reaction quite well. The Nova will be my go-to asymmetrical bowling ball in the upcoming tournaments.


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Re: Nova
« Reply #26 on: March 15, 2022, 08:03:05 PM »
Nova • Premier Series
Coverstock • R2X Hybrid Reactive• Finish 3000-grit Abralon
Core • Ignition Core
Weight • 15 lbs. RG •2.49 Differential • .052 Int. Diff • .019
Layout •4 x 4.25.x 2.25
Tester PAP • 5" R, 5/8" D Tester Axis Tilt • 11° Tester Rev Rate • 325
Test Pattern • 42' THS (Typical House Shot) • Modified, Kegel Stone Street

Storm has once again redefined hook and roll with the release of the all-new Nova! The Nova is a mighty, oil-eating goliath that destroys anything that gets in its path! Further, it is a game-changer for down-and-in or straighter players like me. So, let's break down this monster on a THS!

The heart of the Nova is the Ignition Core! This new Storm shape and design brings a strong dynamic advancement for down-and-in players like me. I liked how the Ignition core revs methodically in the mid-lane, yet gives you a definitive motion you can clearly see and predict down the lane. Further, regardless of how hard I had to make this core work, due to an errant shot, I found the Ignition Core to be quite decisive as it made its turn towards the pocket! And when the Ignition Core gets to the roll phase, it has an uncompromising power that crushes the pins at impact. I also loved how this core has relentless continuation through the pin deck as it steamrolls through anything in its path! For a down-and-in player, Storm has hit the mark with the design of the Ignition Core.

I am a huge fan of Hybrid Coverstocks, and the R2X Hybrid Reactive Coverstock is just the right blend for the Nova. Early on a THS, standing 17-18 and looking 8-10, I liked how the R2X was smooth and etched its way through the front part of the lane instead of reading at my toes or being aggressive from the moment it left my hand. In addition, I liked how the R2X had a smooth, consistent traction as it made its way through the mid-lane! Although this cover is quite strong, I liked that it didn't overreact or get too "jumpy" when the conditions had just begun to break down. I found that the R2X works best on fresh or higher volumes of oil. However, I also liked how the R2X Hybrid allowed a straighter player like me to move in with confidence and not fear, standing 27 and looking at 15! Trust me, for a higher speed, rev-challenged player that is an incredible feeling!

In conclusion, the Nova is an impressive new release from Storm! With the ignition core and the R2X Hybrid coverstock, Storm has created a winning combination that will undoubtedly elevate your game. And if you're a high-speed/low-rev player like me, the Nova is a lethal weapon to add to your arsenal! So, talk to your local pro shop operator today and see where the new Storm Nova belongs in your arsenal. It will be a great fit!

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Re: Nova
« Reply #27 on: March 26, 2022, 08:53:12 AM »
I drilled my NOVA up with a 60 x 4.5 x 30 layout. This put the PSA just slightly in my thumb. I have thrown it at box finish and also hit it with a 2000 pad for a longer pattern to try on.

I like the motion this NOVA offers. I was able to keep it slightly tighter with smaller angles on a slick 46 foot pattern and the ball hits well. I was also able to start and open my angles up with it and still get recovery so a duller hybrid that doesn't quit in the back.

I threw it side by side with some other balls that I like on longer/higher volume patterns like the TREND 2, the new GEM, and the INCITE. Where the TREND 2 was a better ball down option, the NOVA stretched the pattern a little longer for me before I put the TREND 2 in play. The GEM was a much earlier move and the NOVA became the better ball down option off the GEM. The INCITE even though a hybrid cover was much slower at the spot compared to the NOVA. The INCITE would be a better option if the volume was higher but the pattern a little shorter where the NOVA might take too much angle to get to the pocket. Possibly polishing the NOVA lightly would make this a good ball down option using this strategy of INCITE to start with.

Pick this one up if you want a ball that is versatile and can compliment both your big hitters and your stronger mediums with cover changes.
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Re: Nova
« Reply #28 on: March 28, 2022, 06:19:34 PM »
NOVA: R2X Hybrid Cover
Core: New Ignition Core
RG: 2.49 Dif: 0.52 PSA: 0.019

Layout: 45 x 4 1/4 x 30, Speed Dominant, Rev Rate 275-325 PAP: 5 ¾ over 1” up.

The NOVA has arrived. A brand to ball with the introduction of the Ignition Core. I absolutely love this ball. There are not very many asymmetrical balls this I seem to match up well with that roll and continue that I like. But the Nova is a big winner. This ball is very round and smooth. It’s a motion that I have not seen in a Storm ball before one the I like. The Nova reads the mid lane very well and picks up and just keeps going. It is very smooth and predictable. It does not seem to overreact off the dry and yet can get through the oil as well. The Nova revs up like nothing I’ve ever thrown picks up and just keeps going. As a pro shop manager/operator this is this most versatile ball on the market. You can adjust surface, play in, play straighter, works on longer shorter patterns as well. The Nova has been the first ball out of my bag since it was released. Great for any style of play!!


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Re: Nova
« Reply #29 on: March 30, 2022, 09:16:48 AM »
The Storm Nova is my favorite "pattern" ball. The ultimate ball when the pattern makes missing the head pin possible. While it has tons of control I don't like to use that word with it to give the wrong idea. While control is a definite strength it still has a fantastic move at the break point to make it strike a ton! The cover is equally good out of the box as it is polished. Definitely makes having 2 of them in the bag an option.


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Re: Nova
« Reply #30 on: March 30, 2022, 08:43:32 PM »
The Storm Nova features the R2X Hybrid Reactive coverstock surrounding the all-new Ignition Core.  The RG at 15lbs is 2.49 with a differential of .052 and an intermediate differential of .019.  The new Nova is a very versatile ball for an asymmetric.  Usually, I need to put the asymmetric balls away after just a game or two because they start to lose to much energy.  That is not the case with the Nova.  The coverstock can handle some of the heaviest oil conditions but that’s not the end game for this ball.  The Nova allows me to open my angles more than usual and throw it away from the pocket and still have enough energy to get back to the pocket and go through the pins properly in order to carry.  For me the Nova fits right in between the Proton Physix which is about three boards left with my feet, and the Phaze II which is about three boards to the right with my feet when compared to the Nova.  The Nova really blends out the typical wet/dry house pattern.  I generally don’t use this strong of a ball on league conditions but I was able to throw a 300 the first night using this great addition to the Storm line.