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Power Bolt
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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The coverstock is the same cover as the best selling El Nino 2000. The specifications are: Coverstock: PRO-Thane Pearl Particle; Core: Inverted "Light Bulb with Rev Slug" weight block with medium-low Rg (2.547) and high differential (.045) for similar length to the El Nino 2000 and a strong back end arc; Factory Finish: 1,500-grit Polished; Color: Envy Green & Ebony Pearl; Hardness: 76-78 Rex D-scale; Flare Potential: High (6"plus); Hook Potential: 18/16/Dull/Shiny on Storm's scale of 1-20; Length: 6 on a scale of 1-10; Back end: 8 on a scale of 1-10; Recommended Lane Condition: Medium to Heavy Oil.

 

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Re: Power Bolt
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2000, 02:00:00 AM »
Drilled mine with a standard label shift with 1/2 pos. side. Pin is at 1 o'clock.  Well I must say this ball hooks quiet a bit, and it does it hard! Basically if you don't have enough oil, this is much too much ball for the condition.  However on a heavier oiled condition, this ball revs up strongly in the midlane and finishes just as hard.  This ball hooks more than the El Nino 2000, and will need more oil to compensate. Otherwise another great ball from Storm at a more reasonable price.

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Re: Power Bolt
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2000, 02:00:00 AM »
Wow this has to be one of the better balls to hit the market in a long while.  This provides excellent breakpoint cotrol with tons of hitting power.  This ball just wants to hit the pocket and hit it hard this ball is another winner from storm and a great compliment to the more skid/snap eraser

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Re: Power Bolt
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2000, 02:00:00 AM »
Thanks to Doene Moos and Bill Supper for their support. This exotic looking Black/Lime Green Polished Particle ball is a truly another "Bang for the Buck" ball choice for bowlers on a budget. I drilled this ball with a strong layout. I drilled this ball with the pin 3 3/4 from my P.A.P. and swung the mass bias at a 75 degree angle to my P.A.P. This is a strong ball when it comes in contact with dry. Like all Polished Re/Pro actives it goes long, not as long as a polished reactive but above average length. What I like about this ball is the backend reaction. Once it makes the turn to the pocket it does not stop. If you are looking for a ball for medium dry to medium oily lanes with strong backend reaction and a low price consider this one as your choice. Congrats to Storm for producing a low priced, hard hitting monster and thank you for reading this review.

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Re: Power Bolt
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2000, 10:50:38 PM »
I am thinking about adding this ball to my Storm arsenal.  But I need a little more help from you all... could you please answer the following....

For those of you who have a sweeping/huge/powerful/etc. backend, could you please inform me of your pin placements and cg placements??? I am assuming that the ball get through the heads well because of it's pearlized coverstock.  



I am a power stroker and am looking for a ball that will have a similar reaction to my eraser.  The eraser has the pin at about 4 o'clock off the ring finger and the cg offset about a good inch.  The ball goes nice and long on a medium- medium dry shot, then makes a nice break for the pocket.  I want the Power Bolt to produce the same shape of shot or trajectory (on my fresh oil shot, 36 foot christmas tree lately) as the eraser does on it's intended conditions.    
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Re: Power Bolt
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2001, 10:54:23 AM »
Specs:  3 3/4" pin to PAP, 4 3/4" CG to PAP, pin 1 1/2" above PAP/ring finger line.  Coverstock is wet sanded to 600, step polished 600 and 1200.  There is a balance hole 1" below my PAP on the VAL, 25/32 in diameter, 2 1/4" deep.



Lane Condition:  Moderate taper with oil applied 26', buffed to 36', stripped backends.  Oil run 10 units on board one to 15 units on board 11, and 18 units on board 12 to 26 units on board 20.



On my fresh house shot, this ball works fairly good, but not spectacular.  The backend reaction is rather weak, even on the first shot.  From there, it gets progressively worse.  Even with my combination of speed (15-17 MPH), revs (15-20), axis rotation (30-55 degrees) and tilt (5-15 degrees), I can't get this ball to do much with the surface it has.  The coverstock has been resurfaced by me after with was tracked up, and honestly, the ball worked better tracked up.



When it was tracked up, I could use the ball all night long as long as I had sufficient oil to get the ball down the lane to my breakpoint (4-6 board).  Any sort of light oil and the ball would read it too much.



Now, with the ball polished, it barely reads any dry portion of the lane, and I really have to rev up the ball to get the necessary movement out of the ball.



Because of the nature of the drilling (more on the label side), the ball doesn't have much power, and given the weak reaction, it hits like a tomato.



I've never had success with any Storm ball that's been resurfaced to a polish, so I would say that polishing this ball wouldn't be a wise idea unless you have a lot of hand and a lot of axis rotation.  Give it a fine wet sand finish if you want this ball to be a good ball.

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Re: Power Bolt
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2001, 09:52:02 PM »
Got this ball on a trade in from one of my customers. Predrill specs were pin out 2 1/2 inches with 3.25 top weight.



Drilling was a straight up pin at 1:30 to CS with 1/2 positive side and 1/2 finger.



The ball needed resurfacing so I threw it on the machine and turned it to a 600 grit finish then onto my spinner to 1000. Finished it off with the 3 grits of Storm Xtras finish and a final 2 coats of Xtra Shine.



The shot was the standard shot I faced every Thursday but without the dry boards outside. Pattern is a top hat with light oil outside of 5, medium 5-15 and heavy 15 to 25.



I stood 15 and threw a nice little swing of 10 to 8 and back in the pocket all night. I never moved an inch. It was not until the 3rd game, however, that the ball really started to flex it's muscles. The 191 opener and 202 middle were a little squirty but in the 264 final game the ball showed it's power.



The ball projects well downlane and has a gradual breakpoint. Upon contacting the pins it seems to push the pins more than some balls I have thrown. The pins are not scattered everywhere but rather stuffed flushly into the pit.



I am very impressed with this ball....especially for the money. The PowerBolt and Eraser make a great tandem. Very versatile, strong reaction and a lot of power. Great Job Storm...keep up the good work.
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Re: Power Bolt
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2001, 02:44:14 PM »
The Power Bolt is quickly becoming the most dependable ball in my arsenal.

The ball is drilled with the pin next to my ring finger, with the CG kicked out almost 4 inches, slightly below the midline.  The ball had 2.3 top weight before drilling.  The final layout is 4 1/2 X 2.  The extra hole is on my axis point, however it is not straight in.  I tilted it towards the bottom of the ball to replace a little bit of the top weight.  For me, it gives me a bit more flip.

The reaction of the ball is very steady, yet powerful.  It gets through the heads very easily, but goes into a nice roll in the backend.  I get a somewhat similar reaction to the Rock Star I drilled the same way (see my Rock Star review), however since this ball is not a "true" particle ball (it is somewhat pearlized, but reacts more like resin), plus the core is a bit stronger, the Power Bolt flares more and gives me more of a flip in the backend.  The backend turns out to be a very strong forward roll, but not a roll out (unless I throw it too slow, in which case it's my fault anyway).

A great ball/layout combo for a wet-dry lane condition.  The ball comes hard off the dry but sets in the pocket very well.  It also still moves a bit if you tug it into the oil.  The ball will not cover as many boards as the big hookers out there, but it still hooks more than enough to get the job done and then some.

Like I said, quickly becoming my benchmark ball.  I am very pleased.

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Re: Power Bolt
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2001, 10:35:04 PM »
Specs:
3" Pin
2 1/2 Top

Drilled 5 X 5 over the label.
Tested on a 35' house pattern (Top hat), fresh.

I've been having a lot of luck this year with drilling up equipment and having it meeting my expectations.  

Well, the streak is over.  Drilled the Power Bolt looking for length and big recovery...I got plenty of length...and some more length....and more...and then it hit the pins.  It cleared the heads nicely, then started to rev up and clears the middle of the lane and the backends as well.

I started out swinging 10 to the dry looking for the hockey stick reaction I drilled it for....I hit the 2-4 flush (I'm left handed).
I moved closer to the ditch swinging 5 to the dry....I hit the 2 pin in the face.
I stood as far left as I could pointing it up the dry, weak 7....yippee.

I then took my Gyro Reactive and threw the same shot....went high, 6 pin

Needless to say, when I saw my Power Bolt go straighter than my Gyro Reactive, I was shocked.  I figured that maybe the polish was in the pores, so I took a Scotch Brite to it and hit it with some Black Magic.  

It went just as straight.  In fact, I threw it dull....it went straight.

I called Storm and I'm in the process of sending it back with the thought that the cover is defective.  I'm hoping they'll let me replace it with something else, as I have no confidence in this ball.  

I've been more than pleased with my other Storm products, but I hope I don't get stuck with this one...it's a dud.
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Re: Power Bolt
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2001, 11:18:49 AM »
Having read the GPS review, I must say that my experience with the ball was much different. I found this ball to have the best length and back-end of any particle ball I've thrown. You definitely need some oil as this is a pretty strong cover, but if you have it, the ball will perform very well. I drilled mine with a 75 degree layout, 5 inch pin to PAP. This is an ideal ball for tight back-ends. Not a great wall-ball, too much if you send it out to the dry. Has worked well for me on flatter conditions with oil.
Definitely an arsenal ball, but if you bowl a lot of tournaments you'll find it useful.
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Re: Power Bolt
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2002, 12:15:40 AM »
I had this ball give to me and I must say it is more than I expected. It definitely gets through the front of the lane very good, but recovers a great deal on the backend. We polished it with some factory finish, put the pin pretty low next to my center of grip and the cg kicked out. This ball had quite a bit of flare to it. I think this ball would best be suited for a shot with some carry down so to cut down on the reaction or something with some head oil. I would recommend this ball for strokers and tweeners, crankers not sure about this one might be too strong.

Good Luck and Good Bowling,
Michael

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Re: Power Bolt
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2003, 10:32:45 PM »

Thanks for reading my review.
This ball worked best for me on a fresh house shot with medium/light oil and clean backends. The polished surface of the ball promotes plenty of length with a smooth arc to the pocket on this condition. Great carry too. If the backends are dry enough, it will probably snap for you. I haven't encountered that condition yet so I don't know for sure. It didn't recover very well when there was carrydown oil. This ball was more speed sensitive compared to other Storm balls too. Unless you can put a lot of revs into the ball, don't try to fire the ball too fast or it will finish weak. I never had any problem with this ball overhooking for me, that's for sure! Storm says this ball is for medium/heavy conditions. I disagree. My El Nino Gold and Boost both hooked 10-15 boards more than the PowerBolt. Perhaps it would work on the heavier oil if it was sanded.
If you want a ball that hooks out of the house, look elsewhere. If you want a ball that is pretty easy to control, has plenty of length and decent carry on lighter oil, you might want to check out the PowerBolt.

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Re: Power Bolt
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2003, 09:26:01 AM »
I agree GB300. I purchased my PowerBolt from a CA pro shop on EBay last yr for about $45. I needed a replacement for my TEC 2 death Total Chaos while I attempted to revive it. I had it drilled for length-pin over the ring finger. It worked for a while, and kept my average in the 199 to 207 range.
This ball hits hard, and I have carried many a weak hit. Even with religious cleaning efforts, using Lestoil first, and then finishing with Orange Clean, it still gives the same reaction-1 and a half games, then poof, it stops reaching the pocket. It does not like carrydown at all.
My local association tournament was held this weekend here in MA. On fresh oil, I strung the first 6 right away, made a mistake, and still opened with a 223. Shot 210 in the second game. In the 3rd game, I left 2 washouts, and left a bucket in consecutive frames on both lanes. I shot 176. i was playing left of center, swinging it out to 10 board. My only recourse was to stay beneath the ball, and give it extra hand and extra loft to generate backend. Moving right did not help much.
I love this ball. But I am definately going to clean it, polish it, and put it back in my arsenal for specific dry or toasted conditions. I am definately buying something to guarantee more backend.
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Re: Power Bolt
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2004, 03:31:24 AM »
i found this one on the rack already drilled and i decided to throw it. i threw it and loved it. a great ball. it works on all oils and even a good spare ball. thats what i use it as. i can hit any pin in the rack that i leave. even the 10 pin are no problem with this ball it is very easy to control and i recomend it to anyone. 8-10.

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Re: Power Bolt
« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2004, 01:09:40 PM »
Picked up a Power Bolt brand new off of eBay a couple of months ago and saw exactly why Storm discontinued it. The ball definitely has the length that it is suposed to have but has little to no movement on the backend. It seems like it just goes 60 feet of skid. Another problem with the Power Bolt is that it is not enough ball for the medium-heavier patterns but too much for the lighter-medium conditions. The only thing I found it good for was a fill in spare ball. Not Storm's best effort.
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