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Lightning Blackout
« on: May 17, 2024, 08:39:41 AM »
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The Storm Lightning Blackout bowling ball, a tribute to classic style and top-notch performance that loyal Storm enthusiasts will adore. This modernized Lightning maintains the legacy of its predecessor, delivering remarkable length, power, and control with every roll. Its symmetric design ensures easy drilling and smooth gameplay. Crafted with the Warp A.I. Core, the Lightning Blackout boasts a flare potential akin to the esteemed !Q Tour, offering forgiveness and seamless transitions between skidding, hooking, and rolling. With medium-low differential cores that don't migrate too swiftly, you can expect enhanced forgiveness and extended transition zones on the lane. A standout feature of this bowling ball is its benchmark coverstock—the renowned ReX Pearl in captivating black obsidian pearl. Not only does it catch the eye on the lane, but it also provides instant visual feedback and exceptional performance. The ReX Pearl effortlessly clears the front part of the lane and maintains remarkable consistency through the heads, allowing for precise and reliable shots every time.

Color: Obsidian
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Warp A.I. Core
Coverstock: ReX Pearl Reactive
Finish: Reacta Gloss
RG: 2.53 (15# ball)
Differential: 0.029 (15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Light to Medium Oil
Fragrance: Pineapple Cherry Delight



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Re: Lightning Blackout
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2024, 09:30:07 AM »
Storm Lightning Blackout – WWRD 5/17/2024

Cover: ReX Pearl Reactive
Core: Warp A.I. Core
RG: 2.53
RG. Diff.: 0.029
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Fragrance: Pineapple Cherry Delight

Storm’s new Lightning Blackout is a Pearl Symmetric Piece.  This piece is good for Medium-Light Volume Patterns.  PAP is 5 5/16 R 1 3/16 Up. Rev Rate: 400.  Speed: 16.5.  Drilled this piece with the Pin Up between the Fingers and the CG kicked out 1” from the palm.  Burned up 43’ house pattern, Out of Box ball motion was clean through the fronts with a sharp backend reaction.  I compared this piece to the The Road (2-2 Left).  This piece fits between the The Road and the Original Hy-Road.  This is a Versatile piece that fits all styles of bowlers.

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Re: Lightning Blackout
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2024, 03:20:18 PM »
The Lightning Blackout will instantly become a fan favorite for most bowlers arsenals. The perfect transition ball for a multitude of situations from step down off the super strong and medium strength balls; the Blackout will easily clear the fronts and give plenty of continuation down lane. I see the Blackout as a weaker version of the UC2 and with the Hy-Road pearl discontinued this ball will perfectly fit that slot for clean and angular when the heads hook early. Also, for those who fear it may be too weak I saw plenty of grab when I did miss in and the Blackout still read the lane properly and hooked where I needed it to. I did not see over sensitivity to either friction or oil which blended out the lane real nicely for me.


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Re: Lightning Blackout
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2024, 09:19:06 PM »
Storm Lightning Blackout Review
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Storm Lightning Blackout uses a brand new core called Warp with AI technology wrapped with REX pearl coverstock.
The Lightning Blackout is very clean through the fronts with a power and control.The lightning blackout will offer a later transistion ball motion so it will be great when length is needed but still continue on the backend.
I was very surprised on how strong the backend motion it has but thats why the core and coverstock combination is very important.
The Lightning Blackout is going to be a great compliment to The Road and IQ tour so when i feel those 2 balls aren't strong enough on the backend the Lightning is going to be perfect.
I can also see it complimenting the Virtual Energy Blackout when its too strong so the lightning will be a great stepdown.
I can also see adding surface to the Lightning and it will be a stronger IQ tour solid.


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Re: Lightning Blackout
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2024, 09:05:14 AM »
Storm Lighting Blackout:

REX coverstock and finished at 2000ab with reacta shine.

The flare potential of the Warp A.I. Core falls under the same rating as the immortal !Q™ Tour. Medium-low differential cores don’t migrate as fast which produces more forgiveness and longer transition zones between skid, hook, and roll. A.I. Core technology is now offered across all weights so the benefit of “Amplified Inertia” can be experienced no matter what weight you use.

Layout: 5 x 4 x 4

My updated specs: Ball speed: average 15.5 mph. - Rev Rate: 425 – Axle tilt: 16 degrees – Axis rotation 70 degrees

The new Storm Lighting Blackout, known now to me as LBO, the second release in the Blackout series that started with the very popular and versatile Virtual Energy Blackout, aka VEBO, the LBO is a next generation of Storm ball released with the A.I outer core.

The first thing I noticed right after drilling the ball, it was not very kind to me on fresh, and after several days of practicing and using it, I came to the realization that this ball is not the “first out of the bag” type of ball. After talking with other staffers, I started to pay even closer attention to the reaction of the ball after games 3-6 during practice along with my current fresh lane balls the Roto Grip X-Ray and The Road, which is the ball I used in my YouTube video as a comparison ball to the LBO. As I used the X-Ray or The Road for games 1 and 2, especially with the X-Ray which I feel is my best house pattern ball in a very, very long, as soon as I see the carry going away or see the X-Ray slow down in response in the backend, I jump immediately to the LBO and I pick up where I left off when it comes to carry and scoring pace. Very sleek looking and very snappy in the backend and can stay with the LBO through the first and second transitions on the lanes. I just simply LOVE this ball and I have a TON of confidence in the ball once the X-Ray slows down and my carry is reduced. Don’t hesitate to try an LBO out when the Storm Matchmaker events come to a bowling center near you.

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Re: Lightning Blackout
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2024, 12:38:02 PM »
The Lightning Blackout is Storms newest signature line ball. The Lightning Blackout (LB) features the low differential, mid RG Warp AI core wrapped in REX pearl. This produces a stable, low flaring control option for lighter volume conditions. I see myself using the LB on lighter volume house shots or later in tournament blocks. The LB fits right on between an IQ Tour Ruby and Xponent Pearl.

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