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La Niña
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
The La Nina features the all-new PRO-Thane particle coverstock. PRO-Thane features a combination of a new shell material called ACCU-Tread and Storm's new TDR (Thermo Dynamic Response) particle technology. The creation of this combination has resulted in an entirely unique form of particle technology into the marketplace, which creates significantly different performance characteristics than present particle technology balls. In keeping with the innovative traditions of Storm Products, PRO-Thane proves to be the most powerful, versatile and durable coverstock to date. PRO-Thane with TDR creates a wide, porous footprint that produces more friction throughout the entire lane. Through use, you can literally feel the molecular ionization of the TDR particles creating a more porous surface. Unlike many of the filler loaded coverstocks being used today, PRO-Thane polishes, sands and resurfaces with all the ease of conventional reactive urethane. Due to the phenomenon of molecular ionization, PRO-Thane maintains its maximum hook
potential longer than any other coverstock available today. La Nina is powered by an all new Motion Control Core design featuring Vertical Dual Density Technology for built in mass bias. The new Motion Control Core is perfectly matched to the PRO-Thane coverstock to produce optimum reaction on medium to heavy oil conditions.



The specifications of the La Nina are as follows: Composition: ACCU-Tread with TDR particle technology = PRO-Thane; Factory finish: 600-matte finish (easily polished); Weight Block: Motion control core (12-16 lbs.), Multi-density core (10-11 lbs.); Radius of gyration: 2.518 (medium); Differential: .045 (medium); Mass bias location: 5-1/2" from the pin. Designated by the MC2 locator pin; Mass bias differential: .006 (medium); Hook potential: 20/16 dull/shiny; Flare potential: 6 on a scale of 1-10; Length: 3 on a scale of 1-10; Back end: 10 on a scale of 1-10; Color: Bruiser Black/Blue; D-scale: 75-77; Logos: Storm, La Nina, "Eye of the
Storm," "Flying S," and MC2.

 

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Re: La Niña
« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2000, 09:43:44 AM »
Having been quite a big fan of Storm equipment, when the time came to buy a ball for heavy oil, I looked towards the La Nina, as recommended by Storm. At the time of purchase, I was a very average player. Right handed, medium pace, and a mediocre amount of revs, and a high track. The drilling used was for a very early roll and hook, using box surface. The first condition I played on was about 35 foot oil, flat across the lane. I found the ball set up very early, and by playing straight down first, I could take out the seven pin. I worked on the assumption that on heavier oil, this would create a little more area, and by playing a similar shot, I would most likely find some movement into the pocket. trying to move around on this condition, I found the ball was too aggressive for a consistant line into the pocket. Give it too much room and it left washouts, try and play oil inside, and it went heavy. After 6 games of practice, I decided that I would not try using this unless there was a flood warning. So, when I came to use it in one of the big events in Nottingham bowl in England (the home of the UK's major events), I was a little disappointed to find that the ball did not live up to the hype. The lanes started out very fresh, wet with only a little backend. The ball seemed a little inconsistant, in that it would not stay on line when one would expect it to. Playing straight down board two, the ball did make a break for the pocket, and did work well. Moving inside, the ball just stayed straight. As the oil carried down, the ball could not cope with the carrydown, and started to just sit. I found myself forced to play straight at the pocket, pointing from the corner. Safe to say, this was not a pleasing tournament to play. I tried altering the surface down, going through some more aggressive grits, but I found that the same problems came to pass. The ball grabbed too much if it hit dry, and skidded too far if it hit the wet. Interestingly, I hurt my arm, and went down to 14lb, and had to sell off my equipment. The guy who brought it is a cranker, with a heavy rotation. He had it drilled with the pin above the fingers, and he has found that he can use it very well on wet lanes. My overall assessment is that it is still a good ball, but it is probably one of the weaker releases in the line. It suits those who give it a little more hand, but with a less aggressive drilling, could be used by weaker release players on medium conditions. Certainly worth a 7/10. Good, but not great. Although personal experience was mixed, if given enough hand, it could be a real slick conquerer.
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Re: La Niña
« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2001, 11:42:59 PM »
I have my La Nina drilled RH with the pin right above my ring finger and the Mass Bias on the strong position. This ball takes a little while to rev up, and I put only average or a little above average revs on my shot.



There is a weight hole on my axis to bring the ball to zero side weight. Once the ball hooks, and if I hit my target properly this ball carries very well, almost as hard-hitting as my Eraser. I keep the surface dull with a green scotchbrite and I can swing the ball even on heavy oil.



9/10...I recently had the ring finger redrilled because it had the wrong pitch. Now it's much more aggressive because I can put the correct amount of hand on the ball. It doesn't like carrydown because of the late breakpoint though.

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Re: La Niña
« Reply #18 on: May 06, 2001, 10:53:50 AM »
Specs:
Righty
Med speed
High Revs

Laid this ball out stacked pin 3 3/4 inches from PAP.

I tried this ball in it's out of box finish on a 10 to 10 wall, and could not use it. Too much hook.  The thing was off the lane before the backend!  So I polished it up.  Became much more controllable, and just eats up carrydown.

Carry was excellent as well.  But you can tell when it is time to step down to the xit.

I like this ball alot, but not quite as much as the Fire power and Xit.

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Re: La Niña
« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2001, 11:23:31 PM »
Check my profile for specs. and condition bowled on.
I am currently on my second La Nina.  This newest one is label-leveraged w/ the box finish.  This is one of the earliest rolling, as it should be, balls I have ever thrown.  If you are in a house that needs a heavy roll, or you are on heavy oil and need something to hook, this is a good ball.  Pretty controllable ball all around.  Nice ball Storm.

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Re: La Niña
« Reply #20 on: February 28, 2002, 10:47:50 PM »
I cannot say anything good about this ball. I hated it for me, sold it to a friend of mine and he loves it. For me it didn't hook, it hit terribly for a Storm ball.
The pin was just below the ring finger.
This is the worst bowling ball I have owned in the last 4 years
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Re: La Niña
« Reply #21 on: March 16, 2002, 04:59:53 PM »
I read so many reviews for this ball I had to get one. I found one used on the internet. I plugged it, drilled and went straight to my lane for my local city tourney. First off i'm a medium speed bowler with medium revs with a average which seems to stay in the 160's. I had this ball drilled for max hook. That weekend i shot 511, 551, 562. Thats a huge improvement considering i didn't even have time to get used to the ball. Anyhow, this ball is a life saver. Even on early/late releases it comes back to the pocket and creates the best pin action i've ever seen. It's also very versatile. The lanes i bowl have a long soaked pattern which are very difficult to read but i have not had a game below my average since using the Nina.
   The only con I can think of is the coverstock. When I got the Nina it was very rough and extermely poreous. After only a few outtings with the ball it seemed to lose a little bite and the surface smoothed out. A local pro told me to put it under a heat lamp and boy did it work! The ball returned to it's original cover and i bowled 611 last week. I suggest this ball to anyone who needs a hooking ball for medium to drenched lanes. Do yourself a favor and don't listen to people who bad mouth this ball. Storm is the best!

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Re: La Niña
« Reply #22 on: November 15, 2002, 09:56:32 PM »
I just recently punched one of these babies up. And it rolls absolutely great. We layed it out with the pin under the bridge, kicked the cg out about 2 inches from center of grip and put the mass very far away from my grip I would say around 135'degrees. Polished it up with some Black Magic! When I take a little out of this ball and play right up the dry slot with it, it strikes  quite a bit. The ball is a little bit too even for me to score from inside, but it can get up to the 1-3 pretty strong. I would recommend this ball for strokers and tweeners. Crankers I think would have a great deal of trouble with it because the ball doesn't have that big "snap". The first day I threw it a guy came down to my pair and said you should try playing outside with that ball. And the next 6 games of league were 246-204-210-184-257-258. And I only avg. about 204-203 at this house.
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Re: La Niña
« Reply #23 on: November 20, 2002, 03:32:50 PM »
This ball is awsome for soaking wet lanes. The backend is tremendous.
The pin is 2-3 inches out. I had the ring finger hole drilled about an inch to
the left of the pin with the center of gravity(CG) about two inches below that ring finger hole. this ball has allot of Mid-lane roll to it. The day after I got
this ball I was averaging in the Mid-180's. When I bowled with it I rolled a 232
,212 and a 216. The next day I rolled a 214,219 and a 209. Both days the lanes were freshly oiled. I would only recomend it for experienced bowler.

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Re: La Niña
« Reply #24 on: July 20, 2003, 09:42:15 PM »
remember when this thing first came out and it was like sticky!
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Re: La Niña
« Reply #25 on: July 28, 2004, 03:20:13 AM »
got this ball today..used. drilled it stack leverage with a small but deep weight hole. Im a tweener. i can play the deep lines and straight up..but with this ball you HAVE to play deep i threw outside and it hooked at the arrows. but i got lined up annd shot 1138 for 5 games. its a great ball it always finds its way home too..except when u pull it its strong enough to were it jus barries through the head pin
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Re: La Niña
« Reply #26 on: September 28, 2004, 06:28:57 PM »
Bought this ball on ebay for $9.98. For the price I had to test it.
I am a low rev bowler and play the out side. After having the ball redrilled
I shot 222 and 236, picked up all spares for two clean games. The ball hits like a truck and once it hits the dry keeps moving through the pocket.Not as snappy as my K.I. but it goes right where I put it.Perfect for my arm strong style.
I have been shooting in the 180's to 200.This ball will put me over the hump.

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Re: La Niña
« Reply #27 on: November 21, 2004, 05:50:45 PM »
I was right about this ball for me, I shot my first 700, and a 300 game the same series. Very predictable great roll easy to maintain.

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Re: La Niña
« Reply #28 on: June 19, 2006, 02:38:10 AM »
There's a fairly popular opinion out there now that balls that were made several years ago are more suited to THC conditions than some of the new stuff that's being produced today (today, in this case, being June 19, 2006).

I picked up a lightly-used La Nina last week and have to say, assuming this ball was built in or around 1999, when it was first introduced, that there is a lot of truth in the sentiment for going back a generation or two to find your ball.

I've got a couple of other Storm and/or Storm-poured products, including a Dark Thunder and a DynoThane Cure. The La Nina, which has recently been resurfaced back to its original 600 grit finish, allows me to play heavier volumes of oil than either of my newer rough-grit balls, even as aggressive as they are.

This one is drilled pin-next-to-ring, with the CG under the ring about two inches. Sort of a label-leverage drill, I guess. I'm not that handy with the technical terms.

Tested on a THC shot, this ball was almost too aggressive, It makes an early move, but a predictable one. Our house has had fairly soupy heads for awhile now but this ball wasn't deterred. PRO-Thane isn't my favorite Storm coverstock but it works well in this application. As for hitting power, the core in this ball is basically the Thunder Road core, with a little assymetry built in and a flip "pouch," which means it's derived from what I believe to be the best core ever put in a bowling ball.

Strengths: Not jumpy, good hit, smooth, predictable, aggressive. For those that care about such, it's also a good-looking thing sitting on the rack and going down the lane.

The ball, like any other, has weaknesses. If it's too dry, put the ball up. It doesn't like being forced down the lane to a breakpoint and will protest by not coming back enough. Recovery to the outside of your mark is adequate, but remember we are talking about 1999 technology here. It seemed to carry heavy hits better for me than light ones.

If you can find one out there -- and they pop up on eBay from time to time -- snap it up and get it resurfaced back to 600 in a Haus machine. You'll have less than $100 invested in a good oiler ball, and one that is the definition of "smooth." It's no accident this core is coming back in the Thunderstruck series now.

Jess

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Re: La Niña
« Reply #29 on: September 06, 2007, 02:11:55 AM »
The best purchase I have ever made. I bought this ball off eBay a couple of years back so I could have a hook ball. At the time I didn't know a thing about throwing a hook. Well it took some time. Trust me.

This ball is  a very dependable, controllable ball so I always used it as a spare ball second to my Total NV. Last week at league play my TNV came back from the ball return with a huge chunk taken out of the cover. Upset! It took the pro shop  over a week to fix so I didn't have it tonight for league play, therefore I had to use my Storm La Nina. Well, let me tell you one thing I never thought I would end up bowling a 259 the first game. Or a 250 the second game. Orrr.. a 191 the third game all with the Storm La Nina. Yes! a 700 series. My first ever.

This just might be the first ball out of my bag from now on.
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