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Super Nova
« on: October 06, 2022, 01:58:06 PM »
The Storm Super Nova high-performance bowling ball utilizes the powerful Ignition Core. This core was designed for more versatility on a variety of lane conditions. This ball was designed to rev up fast and have a powerful finish with more movement downlane and extra flare potential. The Super Nova is covered with the NeX Solid Reactive coverstock and finished with 2000-grit Abralon. This coverstock helps produce a strong midlane response without sacrificing the powerful entry angle needed to boost pin carry.

Color: Lime/Azure/Black
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Ignition Core (14#-16#)
Coverstock: NeX Solid Reactive
Finish: 2000-grit Abralon
RG: 2.49 (based on 15# ball)
Differential: 0.052 (based on 15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy Oil
Fragrance: Fruit Pop



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Re: Super Nova
« Reply #31 on: November 28, 2022, 01:13:37 PM »
The Storm Super Nova features the same Ignition Core as in the original Nova but encases it in the NEX solid reactive coverstock.  The Super Nova comes finished at 2000 grit abralon.  I drilled the Super Nova with the same layout as the original Nova which is 65 x 5 x 40.  For me the Nova, was a great ball as long as I could keep my angles closed and not have to throw it away from the pocket.  So, when they brought out the Super Nova I wasn’t sure I would really have much use for it.  But the Super Nova is more continuous on the backend than the Nova which allows me to have my angles more open.  Don’t misunderstand me, this ball still requires a good amount of oil to have success, but it is much more forgiving for me than the Nova.  Comparing the hook between the two, I have the Super Nova a tad cleaner than the Nova but more continuous on the backend, providing about 2 to 3 boards of more total hook than its predecessor.  This ball is a must have for heavier volume patterns.


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Re: Super Nova
« Reply #32 on: November 29, 2022, 10:11:58 PM »
The Super Nova has many of the attributes that made the Nova popular but while the original was great for its control the Super has a much quicker stronger reaction at the breakpoint. Still enough control to blend out a pattern but if carry was trouble for you with the original the Super will solve that problem.


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Re: Super Nova
« Reply #33 on: November 30, 2022, 10:07:03 PM »
The Super Nova features the same ignition core found in the original Nova but is now wrapped in NEX solid. I was a huge fan of NEX on the Proton and used it almost exclusively as my go-to ball on the crest until the Reality and Gem were released. The Super Nova for me is fairly unique. It’s a little easier through the front part of the lane compared to the Gem but not quite as quick downlane as the Reality. I think it’s going to be a great option for me as a ball up on shorter patterns when urethane starts bailing downlane. I personally don’t see myself throwing this ball a ton on the higher ratio patterns as it’s a little too forward off the end of the pattern with the layout I put on it. Compared to the Nova, the Super Nova is a good zone earlier and more forward off the end of the pattern. Be sure to stop into your local Storm VIP pro shop and pick up your very own Super Nova today!

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Re: Super Nova
« Reply #34 on: December 22, 2022, 02:53:25 PM »
Storm Super Nova Ball Review

Rev Rate: 375
Ball Speed: 15-16 mph
PAP: 5 inches over, 1/2 inch up
Layout: 60x5x35

(I have attached a link to the Super Nova Ball Review that I did on YouTube. Feel free to check it out!)

Storm Super Nova = BIG BALL!!!

This is perhaps the most controllable hook monster I’ve come across. The Super Nova has a slightly different overall feel than the Gem. It definitely moves me a couple of boards left of the Gem but it gives me the angular motion I’m accustomed to. The Gem has a more forward backend motion, especially from tighter angles.

This Super Nova is most definitely meant for heavy oil conditions. I struggled slightly due to our house shot being pretty heavy on friction to start. I could dial it in but I had to sweat a little to do so. On your league conditions, you could easily throw this ball the first two games and maybe the third depending on how the lanes are transitioning. Stop by your local pro shop to check out the new Super Nova!

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Re: Super Nova
« Reply #35 on: December 22, 2022, 03:46:00 PM »
I drilled up my SUPER NOVA 45 x 4 x 35. This is a strong layout that I have used on balls like the PHYSIX and RUBICON in the past. This is my strongest and earliest reading layout for me that I ever use. I threw it box finish which was plenty dull. I threw it up against a PROTON PHYSIX, GEM, and NOVA.

I threw it on a longer 46 foot pattern but the volume wasn't high enough to need this much cover. I also tried it out on a longer house shot. I was having a hard time getting it to retain energy at the pins and left a lot of flat tens. My GEM was better as my PROTON was doing the same. The NOVA was slow at the spot until there was more burn in the pattern then it was at home.

My thoughts on this one are do not drill it aggressive but more mildly to take advantage of the flare. With my layout, the ball flared close to 7 inches. I could have probably cut down the pin distance to 5 - 5.5 inches and still got around 4-5 inches of flare which is more than enough on todays lanes surfaces. The ball motion is still very strong like the original NOVA, so a milder layout should let you use this one much longer in a set or block.
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« Reply #36 on: January 06, 2023, 04:24:13 PM »
Currently Residing in New Mexico, I don’t get a chance to bowl on enough oil to use the Super Nova. I use it, but I have to shine it which completely defeats the purpose of the ball. I have the ball drilled with a 5 inch pin, pin down, which for me helps control the early mid lane hook. I have slower ball speed so everything I use wants to roll early and lose energy down lane. The Super Nova definitely out hooks the Nova and unless you’re going to have the Nova polished I wouldn’t say the 2 balls play off each other. Both balls use the same big core, and going from one big core to another, unless you have faster ball speed isn’t the best option when needing to ball change. The Fate, or Phaze 5 is a better option when the Super Nova becomes too much ball. Another option is to move left, but you have to be careful, because the bigger core and stronger cover responds better to less boards crossed on the lane.


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Re: Super Nova
« Reply #37 on: January 08, 2023, 11:47:27 AM »
Storm Super Nova Ball Review
Bowler Stats:
Speed: 15.5 MPH
Rev Rate: 300 RPM
Tilt: 3-5 degrees
Axis Rotation: 60 degrees
PAP: 5 ⅜ over 1 ¼ up

Layout: 5 X 41/2 X 23/4 VLS

The Super Nova is the second release in the Nova line. Instead of the Hybrid cover they used the NEX Solid coverstock which has been featured on the Proton Physix. The Proton is one of my favorite balls to throw even though it is asymmetrical it is very versatile and has a continuous shape off the dry. The original Nova was drilled similar to the super nova with a 5 inch pin placement but the mass was in a stronger position and that created a very slow reaction off the dry.

The Super Nova is a very strong piece and with the stronger cover was earlier than the Nova and just as slow off the dry on the house shots in my area. With my lower rev rate I’ve been drilling the balls with weaker layouts to help the balls get down the lane since the centers don’t have higher volumes of oil in the heads. I have tried different surface adjustments from 1000 to 2000 and even letting it lane shine to help with the overall ball reaction. I think with this core and cover combination having a polish on this piece creates the best ball shape.

I didn’t drill this ball until the end of the PBA 50 season so it does not have much use on patterns yet but by the shape it has I will be using it on shorter patterns with higher volumes. Also need to make sure the lane surface is newer so there is less overall friction on the lane.

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Re: Super Nova
« Reply #38 on: January 11, 2023, 01:56:33 PM »
The Storm Super Nova is a highly aggressive solid ball that does not quit down lane. The Ignition core, which in the original Nova created more backend motion than I had expected, is implemented here again with impressive results. It is earlier and smoother than the aforementioned original Nova, and because of that, it can handle heavy or fresh oil conditions easier. I place this ball as more overall motion than the Gem, because of the fact that it has more down lane motion.  The Gem is earlier and smoother. As the lanes break down, the Super Nova is still usable as long as there is still a decent bit of oil in the heads. Once that oil starts to go away, ball down to the original Nova, or possibly even shinier balls such as the Fate or Phaze V, will be necessary.

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