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X-Factor Ace
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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GO "ALL IN"! The difference between absolute confidence and a mere poker face is what you have in your hand. The all new X Factor Ace™ featuring RAD3™ technology with ACCU-Tread™ pearl particle coverstock will make you down right cocky! The Ace’s high... flaring that is, and has a strong preferred spin axis that will give you impressive mid-lane roll without sacrificing the sharp backend move. Always have an Ace™ in the hole!

X FACTOR ACE™ Technical Specifications

Coverstock ACCU-Tread Pearl Particle
Weight Block RAD3™ Triple Disk Technology
Ball Color Cherry/Royal/Lime
Ball Finish 1500-grit Polish
Radius of Gyration 2.52 (Low)
Differential .055 (High)
Durometer 75 - 77 Rex D-scale
Flare Potential 6 (High)
Fragrance Wintergreen
Weights 10 - 16 lbs.
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Re: X-Factor Ace
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2004, 03:58:29 PM »
The newest X-Factor by Storm is indeed "an Ace in the hole".  The combination of the ACCU-Tread pearl reactive with a medium particle load to complement the RAD3 core is pure genius.  The X-Factor Ace is a definite improvement over the Re-Loaded.

I used a 4 1/2" X 2" layout on this light sixteen-pounder with nearly four ounces of top weight.  I set the pin over the ring finger, RAD at sixty degrees on the VAL 3" down from the PAP.  A 3/4" diameter X-hole was drilled on my axis point.  This layout gave me some length and good roll with an early, yet readable breakpoint on those heavier-than-normal oil patterns.

After testing the waters for a few frames (trying different lines from the deep inside angle), I proceeded to roll a 289 game in practice (first ten with a solid 4-pin) on a freshly-oiled lane.  The pin carry is tremendous on both flush and light hits... lots o'messengers!  I also found the ball and drill layout to be quite versatile.  I could hug the middle with speed, or I could send the ball out to the ditch and watch it boomerang back to the hole!

I don't own the Triple Xtreme, but I believe the Ace has a slight edge in terms of length in the front part of the lane.  However, like the Xtreme, this ball needs oil in the heads AND the midlane to be most effective.  Bag it when the track begins to dry out.

Overall, another great addition to the X-Factor family... perhaps the best one ever...
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Re: X-Factor Ace
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2004, 10:42:11 PM »
The Storm X Factor Ace is the strongest ball on the market today. This ball is the hardest charging ball I have ever threw. It doesn't stop! It clears the heads, picks up a nice midlane read, and then makes the turn harder than anything I have used.
I drilled mine with the pin above the bridge, 4" form my PAP, Mass bias just right og the thumb hole.
I am very impressed with Storm because this ball does everything they say it will do. I have already ordered two more to try some altered layouts.

THANK YOU STORM!

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Re: X-Factor Ace
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2004, 01:22:23 AM »
IM still out on this ball. i have it drilled according to the storm reccomended drillings #1 with the b option. the ball does get down the lane and the move to the pocket is great, but i ahve trouble getting a consistent shot. it might be because i reecently changed to vaccu inserts, i think im going to go back to the old ones and try them out. i also applied a littl polish to the ball only because i first threw the ball on a senior shot (big mental error there) and now it doesn't have the movement i want. i will post again in a few weeks when i come to another conclusion.
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Re: X-Factor Ace
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2004, 11:33:29 AM »
Drilled mine 2 1/2" pin @ 12:00 with a 1/2" shift and pin above the fingers.
Kept this drilling, because it worked well for all X-Factor line balls.
I have posted before, so I won't go through my speed & revs.
Ball react similar to the original X-Factor, hits the same, maybe a little more arc in the back.  The first night of 7 to 7 36-38 ft oil and carrydown, I really had to make the ball work.  Mover left, slowed down, tried to rev it more, and had the whole lane.  After 2 - 190's, I shot 259 after the move.
2nd night of the same pattern, less work involved, but I started immediately to the left about 35, crossing 15 to 5 and back.  Had the whole lane, hit the pocket all night, couldn't carry the 1st game for 208, but came back with 257 and a 299. YES!!! I squeezed the 12th shot and went through the face lucky to get 9.
Recommendation - The ball needs hand to throw it, not a strokers ball in  my eyes.
Still gets a B+ from me
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Re: X-Factor Ace
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2004, 01:31:49 PM »
Got my 15lb ACE on September 20th, I absolutely love this ball.  I have since gotten rid of my FEAR FACTOR and RE-LOADED, this ball easily replaced these two.  Ball is drilled using STORM pattern 1/B with a small weight hole.  The ball is like they advertised, very continous through the whole lane and demolishes everthing in site.  By far to date the best in the X-FACTOR line!

Great job STORM!  Can't wait for them to top this one!
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Re: X-Factor Ace
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2004, 08:01:41 PM »
14# 3" pin.   Pin is in ring finger.   MB is 2" right of the thumbhole and down 2".  5/8" hole into the weightblock from lower right quadrant.  RH delivery, semi roller track.   1500 out of box means length, with a pop on the backend.   Used on dry heads and midlane with a little carrydown.  Didn't work, had it refinished with a 600 grit sand and polish.  Ball showed some promise then.  Wasn't getting a good hit from an UI(rolling out), and switched to this ball.  Carry came back.   Ball in box condition should work well with a little friction in the back.   High speed and spinners, look elsewhere, unless backends are screaming.

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Re: X-Factor Ace
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2004, 02:39:58 AM »
I Love this ball, got it drilled stacked, over a 9 game span, i have bowled a 2050 pin total, this ball is awesome, it has a slight edge over my extreme, by far the best in the x factor line.

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Re: X-Factor Ace
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2004, 03:54:05 AM »
simple solution to that if u have a problem with it being rough, get a thumb insert. i have them in all my balls.

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Re: X-Factor Ace
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2004, 12:52:07 AM »
I just purchased the ball but haven't drilled it yet. Any advice on how to drill it?  pin is 3-4 if you have any advice please respond back.  thanks


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Re: X-Factor Ace
« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2004, 02:30:53 AM »
depending on what type of player you are will help on what type of layout you should pop on the ball.... its a 3-4 inch pin so if u hook the ball at all it would be a great ball to go pin above your ring finger and kick the cg about 1 1/2 inches.... great layout right there.... (right handed) .... left do the same thing but opposite of course....
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Re: X-Factor Ace
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2004, 05:21:09 PM »
WOW what a ball!!!  Threw it for the first time tuesday night and all i can say is WOW.  This ball has a very strong move to the pocket and hits like a frieght train and makes mince meat of the pins.  This ball carries much better on light hits then it does high.  This ball has almost zero deflection which makes it easier to leave 9 pins as you go higher.  All ten pins left with this ball have some messenger pin near it.

Now for the specifics, 15 lbs and had this ball sanded so no polish shows.  That made it make the hard move to the pocket.  I have the pin about 1 and a half inches about 1:30 from the ring finger. Cg about 3 and a half to 4 inches at 5:30 below the pin. RAD about 5:30 3 to 3 and one half inches below cg.

This ball is awesome and I would recommend this ball to any stroker.  It seemed like the smoother I was with the ball the more powerful the ball got.  Had 668 with it first shift and 717 honor match with it second shift.  The lanes didn't dry out that much and carrydown was a big factor in me keeping this ball out.  This ball hit much better light and made me very cocky as I was walking back after i threw the shot even though I knew it was going to hit light.  I have much confidence in this ball now and I hope to keep it in the future.  If you leave this ball shined you will leave a lot of clean tens and sevens for no apparent reason.  I know this because a guy was throwing an ace still shined next to me and all he did was ring corners.  So dull it up a bit and you will get a big reaction.   This ball is playable from any angle as well.  Good luck and go all in.
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Re: X-Factor Ace
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2004, 04:02:52 AM »
I should have posted earlier and thought I did on this one but regardles here we go again. The ACE has to be one of the best balls Storm has every come up with, I tried the Fear Factor and it didn't matter how I drilled it the core cover just didn't line up as the ball was burned up at 40 feet. The ACE on the other hand has just enough cover to get the ball through the heads, pick up an earlier roll in the mid section but still have enough pop on the backend to come back from any angle. I drilled this one up 4-1/2 x 4-1/2 and it pushes as easy as anything I have but recovers better when I miss out than anything I have. This has to be one of the best cover core combinations that I have ever seen, if you liked the Fire & Smoke inferno then you will love this ball. I was looking for a replacement for one of my high line balls and found it. If your 220 looking to go 230+ you better hook up with one of these unless your satisfied staying there.




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Re: X-Factor Ace
« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2004, 02:22:02 PM »
I have been looking for a new ball for a second shift league with dry heads, and carrydown, and after reading many reviews decide on the Ace. This ball is drilled with Storm layout #4 very aggressive to get back to the pocket from the carrydown, but what I have seen is that it hooks harder then my Track Freak in box condition, but I can throw the Ace eaiser. I glides through the heads and then WHAM!!. I bowled this past weekend with my ball driller and 3 other bowlers and easily beat them 4 out of 6 games, I never switched balls except to compare my reaction with my other equipment. The others were using the Animal Untamed, Roto-Grip Oracle, Sheer Havoc, Phenom and others and I was clearing the heads when they were burning up, and just kept moving slightly left and crushing the pocket. This ball is new and therefore still pricey, but worth it. Hope this helps someone decide.

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Re: X-Factor Ace
« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2004, 06:31:27 PM »
Layout: 3 1/2 (pin to PAP) x 4 3/4 (rad to PAP), Pin 2 1/4 above midline, 15/16 balance hole in VAL drilled 3 inches deep.

I have quickly become a big fan of the X-Factor line. Now that I use Asymmetrical layouts I find I get the exact reaction I expect once I choose the layout for that reaction.

The Ace gives me a perfect fit between my Triple Extreme (great on heavy oil) and Triple X (great on medium oil). I find when the Triple Xtreme begins to hook a little to early that the Ace is my next ball to go to.

I also, took my ACE and scuffed it up with a grey scotch pad on the spinner. This greatly increased the overall hook, but still not as strong as the Xtreme.