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X-Factor Reloaded
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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Revised, Refined, RE-loaded

The latest edition to the X Factor series, the X Factor RE-Loaded by STORM, features the new RE (reaction enhanced) -Load coverstock. This precision-engineered coverstock material ‘loads up’ energy at the break point, and is the perfect complement to the X Factor and X Factor Deuce.

Custom designed for unrivaled performance, the X Factor RE-Loaded is in a class by itself; brought to you by the undisputed leader in the high performance ball market, Storm Products, Inc.

X Factor RE-LOADED Technical Data

Coverstock: RE-Load Reaction Enhanced Pearl Particle

Weight Block: RAD Motion Control Technology

Ball Color: Emerald, Navy, Silver

Ball Finish: 1,000-grit Matte

Radius of Gyration: 2.53 (Low)

Differential: .058 (High)

Mass Bias Differential: .013

Durometer: 76-78 Rex D-Scale

Flare Potential: High (6” Plus)

Fragrance: Cinnamon Apple

Weights: 10-16 lbs



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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2003, 06:23:32 PM »
Received my reloaded about 2 weeks ago. Drilled it out right away. Ball came in with a 3-3.5 inch pin top weight 2.82.

Layout used: Pin 4 3/4 from PAP, RAD 5 3/8 from PAP.

This layout put the pin about 1 1/2 inches above my ring finger. The RAD is directly under my thumb.

I was shocked to see that this ball out hooked my Deuce. Out hooked it by about 5 boards and rolled slightly earlier then the Deuce. It was very helpful that they sent the ball in with a dull finish. I have bowled on about 5 different patterns with this ball ranging anywhere from a house pattern to our 2 different challenge patterns. On hte house shot I was able to either stand left and come around the ball and open the lane up. The ball still had strong recovery and good guts. And I was also able to move right and back out of the ball and play up the boards. The ball still got through the front clean with a predictable but strong reaction down the lane.

This is a great addition to the X-factor line.


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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2003, 03:46:13 PM »
I just got this ball.  I was having major problems in my league and dropped from a 215 avg to 195 avg cuz of wet lanes.  i got this ball drilled and threw on practice lanes and it still went too long in the oil, so i got a hole drilled for it to make a turn faster.  My first 3 games w/ it .  238, 234, 268.
Very impressed.. hits the pocket very hard, has an amazing backend


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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2003, 09:29:15 PM »
the storm is a very good ball with a lot of back end first time i use ball shot
299 and 690 second time i use ball shot 700 really like ball thank bob McIntyre


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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2003, 07:25:54 PM »
well I'MMMMMM BACK,  Its been a while since my last post but well got to tell you done a lot of bowling and tried lots of balls.  Came back from the bowlers expo and got to say storm has finally got to me.  I mean I have to say they actually did something that I cant even agree with.  They brought out a ball just to bring a ball out.  All this ball has is backend a X FACTOR DUECE WITH A NEW PAINT JOB.  NO NEW FEATURES NO NEW CORE, NO NEW ANYTHING.  AND I HAVE TO SAY GOT THE BALL LOVE IT BUT THANK GOD I DIDNT SPEND THE MONEY ON IT.  It matches in between the x factor and duece alright just put a new paint job and you got the same ole ball with a little more attitude.  

---Okay for me I need to clarify this.  I went to the bowlers expo with some friends went out to go buy some balls and find out whats new with storm.  First off whoever was selling that day you lost a ton of money with me.  No help no nothing.  then top all off not even a hello and tell me what the new balls were.  It was I am to busy shooting the breeze with others then trying to make a sale. ----  I love all storm equipment but unfortunately I am going to have to say that storm may have just gotten that stage of their life cycle that they jsut put a ball out for the sake of it.

I have never seen a ball do just the same amount and to be honest with you this ball only last for about a four weeks worth of league and then just go ahead and use it as a plastic ball its the best thing for ten pens if your a regional player (or seven pin for lefty)

Sorry gent's and ladies storm has lost one its biggest supporters.


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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2003, 02:01:21 PM »
I have to agree with Cbjdc with his comparison between the two....X Factor Deuce and X Factor Reloaded.....the reaction is exactly the same...and take a look at the specs for both balls......EVERYTHING is the same.....what is Storm doing???...big blow to a once great company........


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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2003, 05:45:30 PM »
Dear Cbjdc,

I am writing you in regards to your post.

On behalf of the entire STORM Team, please accept our apologies for our poor service during the Bowl Expo Trade Show.  There is no excuse for our neglect to give you the proper service and attention you deserve.

The RE-Loadedâ„¢ product launch continued STORM’s company philosophy and commitment to the bowling industry through ball introductions only for significant and/or revolutionary reasons.  We are disappointed that your feelings were less than satisfactory toward the new ball.  Our tests and the feedback from players around the country showed significant difference between the new RE-Loaded coverstock and our ACCU-Tread and Mystic Pearl covers (found on the previous X Factor and Deuce).

At your convenience, please give us a call to discuss this release or any other questions or concerns you may have about STORM (800) 369-4402.

If someone would have taken the time to field your questions at the show, we wouldn't be having this discussion.

We look forward to the opportunity to speak with you in the future.

Bowl up a STORM!

Craig Harrington
Tech/Customer Service Manager
Storm Products
The Bowlers Company


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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2003, 06:58:22 PM »
The overall response has been fantastic to Storm's latest ball releases. The X Factor RE-Loaded and the Eraser Particle Pearl are too of the hottest balls on the market! Everyone is certainly entitled to their opinion, but it is complete hogwash to say that there is no difference between the X Factor, X Factor Deuce, and the RE-Loaded. I have drilled all of them and they all give me a different look.
Storm is a great ball company, and they have wonderful people working for them....



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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2003, 02:54:43 AM »
Okay, I tried something different here ....

I wanted this ball to move alot, but label layouts don't work well for me .... so my pro shop guy (Jay Bell) gave me a new look:

He had a 4" pin in stock, so he drilled it up for me as follows:

Pin about 4:30 in relation to my ring finger, (slightly down to the right) and the CG stacked parallel to the pin just about even with my thumbhole, mass bias below the CG.

This ball is alot stronger than my X-Factor, and more aggressive than my deuce as well.  (Both Deuce and X-Factor were layout out leverage with the pin slightly left of the CG.)  The backend reaction is like no other ball I've ever had.  Awesome on a fresh 42' house shot, but towards game 3 or 4 I have to get away from the RE-loaded because of it gets almost uncontrollable and jumpy in the backends.

To say this is the same as the Deuce, is not true.  The RE-loaded gives more length and flip, the Deuce picks up sooner but doesn't react as hard in the backend.

Both balls are great, it's just a question of what you need: hook and roll, or flip.  I drill everything because I'm just a storm freak.  

I'll get to test this on a Tour shot next week, I'll update then.  Until then, good luck and good bowling!



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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2003, 12:48:24 PM »
Well I've read some very interesting reviews. So i'll throw in my two cents worth. First, I must say that when I bowl on house patterns everything works about the same. That said, I have not bowled on any house conditions for the past two months (bowling regionals and practicing on pba patterns as well). As recommended by the tech staff at Storm I drilled my Re-Loaded with the pin above my fingers at 4 1'2x3 to complement my Deuce at 5x3. Both balls work great but have a completely different look.
Bowling on the "B" and "D" pba patterns I have had an unbelievable reaction with the Power Charge, Re-Loaded, Eraser Particle Pearl and Hot Wire as the lanes transition.
The tech guys at Storm have been great with any assistance I've needed, and I'm sure they'll help anybody. But remember, you have to give them accurate and honest information to help them assist you.


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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2003, 07:02:27 PM »
Ball Specs
My axis: "A" game: 5-1/8 over 1/4 up "B" game: 4-3/4 over 1/2 up.
Pin to cg distance:3" (Pin-cg-rad are in a straight line)
Starting top weight:2.56 oz
Layout: Pin above ring finger 4-1/2 from axis,cg 3-1/4 from axis & Rad is 4-3/4 from axis. Weight hole straight across 6-3/4", 3/4" diameter & 3"deep.

I have only tested this ball box finish and used my "A" & "B" release I am comfortable with.  I do have a 2nd reload that I will drill and I will polish it. I tested this ball on a 40 ft top hat and a 40 ft christmas tree. In comparing this ball to the X Factor and Deuce(both drilled the same as reload) the reload fits between the 2; closer to the deuce. This ball is cleaner thru the front of the lane than the deuce but overall hook is the same for me. The backend is smoother especially when playing the drier boards. The ball is not angular off the dry(like x factor and deuce)... just rolls smoother...very controllable. This ball is not a monster hooker.  I can see this ball being used by the pros because of the reaction. I really like this ball a lot from what I am seeing however, I think that a lot of people will be disappointed because it is not angular like the charts show.  Maybe it is angular in someone elses hands but not mine.


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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2003, 07:09:35 PM »
all i have to say about the reloaded is that its the most amazing ball i've ever had.  i went 236 - 278 - 246 out of the box and bowling on a sport shot with ball is awesome as well, it revs up like no other ball and hits the pocket like a truck. i recommend this ball for anyone.


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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2003, 09:25:15 AM »
Ball: 15 lb., pin 3-7/8”
Layout: Pin 2” from PAP, towards ring finger; CG towards grip center. Final weights 5/8 oz. positive side, 1/4 oz. finger, approx. 1-1/2 oz. top

Bowler: Right-handed, getting old, medium speed, “rotationally-challenged”.

   Both ball and layout were selected primarily for an ABC-sanctioned “Sport” league condition, on relatively-new AMF synthetic lane surfaces: Varying lengths and patterns, but very flat conditions (no more than 2:1 ratio, center to edge ). The idea was to use a pearlized, medium-load particle coverstock with a low-flare, mellow, arcing layout, to provide CONTROL and predictability on flat oil patterns with freshly-stripped back-ends.

On shorter Sport patterns, the ball was perfect out of the box. When the shot was outside, the ball could go straight down the boards and arc up without any trace of overreaction; and when the shot required deeper lines, even in my low-rev hand, the ball could play 4th or 5th arrow, and still turn the corner very effectively. In either case, there is plenty of saved energy for the pins-- this ball HITS! On longer oil patterns, the box finish is a teensy bit too shiny, but a sight dulling with 1000-grit wet-sanding was more than enough to make the difference. But the duller surface still didn’t even think about over-reacting in the back-ends.

As an experiment, I tried the ball on ‘house’ Xmas-tree conditions (long, fairly heavy oil, but a WALL, nonetheless) on old, well-worn wooden lanes. For this condition, even dulled, the ball wasn’t strong enough to turn the corner on a deep inside line. But in the track area or outside, it excelled-- it scooted long, even going straight down the boards outside, and then made a smooth, even arc to the pocket, with no ‘jumpiness’. The reaction was so smooth that I’m certain it would be a perfect ‘go-to’ ball for 2nd or 3rd games in a league, when the head have fried up a bit and there’s some carrydown. Most of my equipment gets a bit ‘jumpy’ on these conditions, as the night wears on, but this ball is almost impossible to get a ‘jumpy’ reaction out of-- it just ROLLS.

Overall, I give it an 8.5 out of 10 on Sport conditions (only because the box finish is a tad weak for my low-rev game on long patterns), and a probable 9 out of 10 on house conditions once the fresh oil has worn a bit. An EXCELLENT arsenal ball.


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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
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Re: X-Factor Reloaded
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2003, 12:21:31 AM »
Ball Specs: 16lb, 3-7/8" pin, Right Hand
Drilling: Pin above fingers 1/2", CG out 45 degrees to the right, with the RAD 5" to the right of my thumb, weight hole above and slightly to the right of the RAD.

I tend to throw the ball with medium to high speed with medium revs when released. This ball was able to break, thrown straight between the 5 and the 10, to the pocket.  This reaction was possible on the "kiddie" conditions; heavy in the middle with flooded backends.  The ball hits very hard and left few ten pins. This ball will hook and, with light to dry backends will allow you to play the angle over the 4th arrow.  Great ball that hits with major power and drive.  I highly recommend this to people that like to hook the ball.  The ball will pick up a lot of oil and by the third game it burned the line I was playing.  Keep this ball clean and let it hook.