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Zero Gravity
« on: December 13, 2013, 08:55:56 AM »
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
Storm Zero Gravity Ball Specs:
- Color: Purple/Red All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
- Core: Shape-Lockâ„¢ LD
- Coverstock: ERGâ„¢ Solid Reactive
- Factory Finish: 4000-grit Pad
- Reaction: Strong
- Radius of Gyration (RG): 2.55**
- Differential (Diff): 0.037**
- ** RG and Diff are based off of 15 lb. balls
- Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy Oil
- Fragrance: Grape
- A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal



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Re: Zero Gravity
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2014, 04:55:32 PM »
I picked mine up yesterday and threw some practice shots.  Obviously it was not a fresh shot, but it seemed to store a lot of energy and was quite aggressive on the back end.  I'm sorry I don't know the technical aspects of how it was drilled, bit the box said it was a 4-4.5 inch pin.  The driller said it is a very aggressive layout because I have a lot of ball speed and not very high revs.  If it is anything like my VG Nano (retired it)  going to like it a lot.


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Re: Zero Gravity
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2014, 07:33:53 PM »
Storm will be releasing the Zero Gravity later this month.  I have had the luxury of throwing this ball for a few weeks already and so far I am very impressed with this ball.  I usually really like balls that have lower differentials because they fit my game a little better.  Initially I thought this ball would be a beefed up version of the !Q Tour Solid.  I was correct and surprised on how much it hooked with what would be considered to be a medium differential.  This ball is asymmetrical and picks up very well in the midlane and continues on the backend.  Most asymmetricals  have a tendency to die out on the backend for me and this ball is much different.   When this ball picks up it continues and keeps the pins lower through the deck.  I shined mine up so I could use it more than with the out of box surface.  I plan on drilling another here shortly.  If you are looking for a strong ball for heavier volume or longer patterns this is a must have in your bag.


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Re: Zero Gravity
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2014, 06:28:24 PM »
Zero Gravity ball review by Storm Staffer Josh Conner



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS

Likes: The Ball hooked in the puddle!!! Honestly, the ball never wanted to stop hooking. I chased everything deeper and deeper and the ball hit better and better!! Feed this ball oil, and you will see it's true beauty!

 I drilled mine, 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 2 5/8. This gave me length, and allowed the ball to roll without risk of it burning up. I put a weight hole 4" over on my mid line in hopes I could get the ball to stand up a little sooner, and it did just that. The hook potential for this ball on heavy oil, is thru the roof. I have been missing this ball motion thru the pins on heavier oil, for a long time. I can't tell you how many times the ball split the 8-9, but it was a lot! The ERG cover, combined with the SHAPE LOCK LD core, is going to put this ball right up there with the original Virtual Gravity!! Storm Bowling has always produced the best equipment, but the new ZERO GRAVITY, is out of this world good!!!

Release date- 2-25-14


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Re: Zero Gravity
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2014, 10:28:01 AM »
Review by Derek Eoff
PAP - 5 5/8, 1 1/4 up
RPM - 480
19 MPH

Patterns: U.S. Open, USBC Blue.
Length: 41' and 43'
Volume: 19ml and 25 ml.

I drilled this with my favorite layout, pin above my middle finger, CG kicked out 45 degrees with balance hole. 

I was excited to use this ball as I really liked the Virtual Gravity and my IQ Tour.  My initial thought was this ball would be a cross between both of those balls. 

This ball definitely needs oil.  On the U.S. Open pattern the Zero Gravity was too strong.  The lane surface has a lot of friction, and the Zero Gravity was just too strong.  On a tighter surface, I could probably use it for a couple games before going to something weaker.

Where this ball shined, was on the blue pattern.  I was using a Reign on and the pattern started to get real wet/dry.  The Reign On had trouble picking up in the oil to go through the pins the right way to carry.  I was able to go to the Zero Gravity and play in the oil (25 at the arrows) and the ball had no problem picking up and going through the pins.  For the four games on the blue pattern I shot 1,091 with a 300. 

If you liked the Virtual Gravity, you should love the Zero Gravity.  Due to the lower differential, the Zero Gravity gets through the front of the lane cleaner and creates more angle through the pins. 

The ball will perform best on medium to heavier patterns.  It is a stronger version of the IQ Tour.


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STORM Zero Gravity Review By STORM staff: Dan Higgins
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2014, 07:47:26 PM »
By STORM staff: Dan Higgins
Right Handed
PAP 5 1/8 up 3/8
Rev rate 380-415
STORM Zero Gravity link:

Pin up 4 ¾ x 4 ¼ x 2 or dual angle 52 x 4 3/4 x 27

I haven’t put the Zero Gravity into play too much.  The few games I have thrown it’s an IQ Tour on steroids.  I compared it to my IQ Tour pin up 5 ¼ x 3 ¼ x 3 ¾, 40 x 5 ¼ x 45 and I get out 5-7 boards over all more hook. The ERG cover also read quicker the R2S cover.

Anyone looking for more predictable hook than their IQ Tour needs to get this added to their arsenal. Great for the longer wet/dry house shot.

Will follow up more on post after using in play


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Re: Zero Gravity
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2014, 04:53:05 PM »
Storm Zero Gravity

Zero Gravity review by Storm staffer Tony Marino

I have not drilled anything other than a Virtual Energy in the Virtual Gravity series until the Zero Gravity. I did drill a Sync this season, so I was very interested to see the differences between these two high-end, solid, asymmetric balls.

My review:

The motion of the Zero Gravity is exactly what I was expecting. The angles of my pin-down layout get the core transitioning quickly, without hooking too hard off the dry. My Sync tends to hook very sharply when it hits dry. It will sometimes even setup or quit on patterns with a defined hook spot, but the Zero Gravity conserves much more energy and rolls more continuously through the pins.

Because of the high RG (2.55), I drilled the Zero Gravity with my favorite pin-down layout, pin under my bridge and MB kicked out 40 degrees. The Dual Angle numbers on this layout are 40° x 5 x 65° with a P2 weight hole. In my video I compared it to the Sync which is laid out with Dual Angle numbers of 50° x 5 ¼ x 40°, and a P2 weight hole.

I have thrown my Zero Gravity on several medium to medium-long house patterns, and the Zero Gravity is little (about 3 boards) stronger than the Sync. But the shape is what I am really impressed with, I was able to move farther inside with the Zero Gravity, and it never hesitated at the breakpoint. I find that sometimes the Sync tends to hook very sharply when it hits dry. It will sometimes even setup or quit on patterns with defined hook spots, but the Zero Gravity conserves much more energy and rolls more continuously through the pins. This ball has great midlane control for a high RG asymmetrical core, and does a great job of smoothing out a very “wet/dry” oil pattern.

I have not had a chance to use this ball on any sport or PBA oil patterns, but I have the feeling that out of box 4,000 grit finish will work great on flatter, medium to long patterns. USBC will not release the Open Championships pattern until the end of February or early March, but I can easily see myself drilling another Zero Gravity for Reno this year.

Want to see what I am talking about? Click this link to see my video which compares all of the Storm bowling balls mentioned in this review.


Likes: Hits hard

Dislikes: None yet



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Storm Zero Gravity Ball Review By Walter McKnight
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2014, 08:39:09 PM »

Storm Zero Gravity Ball Review By Walter McKnight

Lane Conditions: Medium-Heavy Oil
Typical Conditions: Variety of Shots
Type of Lane: Combination
What part of the lane did you play? Third Arrow
Did the ball track out? Normal
Weight of bowling ball: 15
Surface of bowling ball: Factory/Box
What grit was the surface of the ball? 4000
Likes: I love the Solid ERG Cover stock at 4000, It gets through the fronts without taking away from overall hook potential.

The Storm Zero Gravity is the newest edition to Storms popular Premier line. It follows in the footsteps of the original Virtual Gravity and proves itself well worthy of the title. The newly designed Shape-Lock LD Core produces less overall flare, but still retains a massive amount of energy for a controlled yet decisive motion. This core is wrapped with the ERG Solid Reactive cover and sanded to 4000. This allows the ball to get through the fronts and reach the breakpoint without a problem. Once this ball hits the friction down lane it takes a left turn. It is very comparable to the original Virtual Gravity. Without hesitation I can say the Zero Gravity is a versatile piece of equipment, whether you are squaring up on the fresh or moving in and hooking the lane. This ball is truly a benchmark ball for the recreational bowler or the touring professional.


Games Used    10
Coverstock Finish    4000
Drilling Angle    40
Pin to PAP    5.25
Pin to VAL Angle    45
Bowler Type    Cranker (400+ RPM)
Hand    Right
Ball Speed    18
PAP Horizontal    5.25
PAP Vertical    .125
Staff Member    Yes


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Re: Zero Gravity review by Sean Baker
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2014, 11:53:39 AM »
Storm Zero Gravity
Right Handed
Experience   Advanced (I have bowled in a league and hold a PBA Card)
League Average   220
Ball Speed   Medium 15-16mph
Style          Cranker
PAP          5 over 1/4" up

PSA Layout - 4" x 4" x 2"
Balance Hole - yes

Surface Preparation - Out of Box (4000 grit pad)

What I Was Looking For from this ball:
I wanted a stronger version of my vertual gravity balls and expected the Lucid coverstock to help this ball do that.
core with the ERG cover from the Lucid.

What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:
A really great ball!  I got the same smooth reaction I have with my Lucid but a harder hit on the backed.  I can even get the zero gravity a bit wide and get back to the pocket with ease and still have a pretty massive hit.

I tested this ball on a fresh pattern at my local center. The centers lanes are wood and the house shot isnt easy.  The shot tends to hook early in the middle of the lanes and hang right if you get the ball too far out.  I started around the 15 board.  Over a 3 game I found that I could miss a bit right and still get the ball back to the pocket where some of my equipment hangs as well as miss inside and keep the ball in play.  As expected, Over the next 7 games the heads dried up and I moved deeper and started to swing the ball even more.  The zerp gravity reacted well from this angle. Towards the end of my 10 game session, I moved right a started to play straighter up with more speed but this ball tended to be too strong for me to do that which is exactly as I expected.  I did notice that no matter what line I played, the zero gravity cleared the heads great with the same consistent backend reaction.  For me, this is a definate easy ball to read and I can rely on it coming back to the pocket and hitting hard. 

I really like this ball alot!  I think this ball would be a great addition to any bowlers arsenal and must have to Lucid and Virtual Gravity fans.

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Re: Zero Gravity
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2014, 08:05:06 AM »

Length:38ft Modified HS

Volume: High Volume

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):Modified House Shot


Likes: This ball is very smooth rolling ball. I put a 70*4.5*40 layout on it. I left it with the out of box surface. It reads the front part of the lane very well and is very smooth through the middle part of the lane. Its got a very consistent and predictable motion. It reads the lane quicker than my IQ Tour with just alittle less overall hook. I was able to play up the outside part of the lane on this 38ft. pattern and it gave me a nice controllable motion off the end of the pattern. Its continuation through the pins is very good. I would put this ball as a must have in every tournament bowlers bag.




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Re: Zero Gravity
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2014, 10:13:14 AM »
Ball: Zero Gravity
Layout: 5x3.5x3 (Pin Buffer) - 45x5x45 (Dual Angle)
Surface Prep: 4000 Polished

Bowler Style: Tweener
PAP: 5.25x1
Rev Rate: 325
Speed: 17.5
Axis Rotation: 65 Degrees
Axis Tilt: 5 Degrees

With the return of the Shape Lock HD Core that drove the Virtual Gravity towards being one of the best balls Storm has ever released and wrapping that with the newly successful ERG Solid Reactive Cover (The Byte uses the ERG Pearl Reactive) I couldn't wait to get my hands on this ball and see how closely it resembled that beloved reaction of the Virtual Gravity.

First off, this is as close to the Virtual Gravity reaction in any ball I have thrown in recent years and that bodes well for this ball matching up well on many patterns for many styles.  The Zero Gravity can handle oil well, begins to transition well in the mid-lane but still creates quite a bit of angle down lane.

In my review I compared the Zero Gravity to the Byte and the Marvel-S and it definitely was a good compliment to both.  The Byte goes quite a bit longer and is definitely more angular out of box; I also knocked the surface on the Byte down to see if I could recreate the mid-lane roll and break point shape of the Zero Gravity but was unable to see the Byte pick up the middle of the lane without losing a lot of angle at the break point.  At 1000 sanded the Byte was about to cover slightly less boards than that of the Zero Gravity but it also created far less angle down lane, this is where the Zero Gravity shines.  You can get in and swing the ball on heavier patterns without losing any entry angle, that is a win win for everyone.

In comparing that to the Marvel-S I saw a similar overall hook potential but because of the NRG cover and symmetrical core in the Marvel-S it was a lot more smooth and continuous.  I had to play more in front of the head pin and keep the ball in oil longer or the Marvel-S would not make the corner.  This is one reason I think the Zero Gravity takes the benefits of angular pieces but it doesn't give up that strong mid-lane read we are all after.

For more information please visit my YouTube channel (sk8sbowlingreviews) to see a video review of the Zero Gravity and a more detailed breakdown of my thoughts on the ball.

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Re: Zero Gravity
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2014, 03:03:59 PM »
ZERO GRAVITY review by Storm staffer Jeff Richgels
      Drilled January 22, 2013

      The ZERO GRAVITY specs are here:

   You can see a picture of it in my blog here:


I was a giant fan of the VIRTUAL GRAVITY and wish I still had an undrilled one sitting around. I let the NANO replace my VIRTUAL, passed the VIRTUAL on and came to regret it.  The NANO is a great ball that was key in our winning the 2011 USBC Team Eagle and I still have one, but it really needed a lot of oil for this Raisin to use it – much more than the VIRTUAL. I didn’t really fill that hole in my arsenal until I was allowed to throw Roto Grip starting last June and discovered the DISTURBED.

The ZERO, which will be released on March 4, is built on the success of the VIRTUAL, with the aim of providing a motion not usually seen in that type of ball with core numbers I’m told have never really been put in such a ball.

The ZERO coverstock is ERG Solid, while the VIRTUAL was R2X Solid.  The core is Shape-Lock LD, where the VIRTUAL was Shape-Lock HD.

The coverstock is an upgrade, but what really makes the ZERO standout is the motion that comes from the core, which is designed to get the ball down the lane for a later breakpoint and sharper move than what you’d expect from a Premier line, strong asymmetric ball cover ball.

As the great Mike Fagan said in his ZERO video (paraphrasing) it’s an asymmetric with a little less symmetry.

My drilling choice aimed to take advantage of that motion – it is the drilling I have in my still much loved and much used VIRTUAL ENERGY. My doubles partner and ball guru Steve Richter suggested it was a good idea to make the ZERO a potential complement and maybe even replacement (with an updated coverstock) for that ball. (Oils and balls both keep getting stronger.)

The pin is over the bridge with a 60- to 75-degree drilling angle and no weight hole with the CG close to the grip center. The numbers are 5 pin to PAP, 4-1/4 key to PAP, and 3-3/4 pin buffer with my PAP at 5 1/8 over and 3/4 up.

I absolutely love how my ZERO rolls. It definitely gets down the lane easier than the VIRTUAL GRAVITY and makes a stronger move off the spot. But it still needs oil in the 4,000 Abralon box finish, or rougher – I have taken it down to 1,000-Abralon by hand for a 44-foot WTBA Sport pattern akin to PBA Shark.

While it needs some oil – I have not tried it shiny – the ZERO is not an early rolling ball! In fact, I had a little trouble trying to use it on that 44-foot pattern when it was fresh.

But that is the design intent – it is meant to get down the lane and turn the corner more than most such strong balls. If you want an earlier rolling strong ball, grab a SYNC or NANO or Roto Grip HYPER CELL.

One of the things I love about Storm is they make such varied reacting balls – it isn’t just putting a new name on an old idea.

The ZERO has a decidedly different motion that I really have never had in my bag. When it works, it provides me a strong, rough surface ball that doesn’t hook early (so long as the lanes have some oil) and can turn the corner.

That can be bad on wet/dry house shots or conditions where you want a ball rolling early. But it’s awesome when you’ve got more oil than most balls can handle but want something that also will turn the corner.

To me, it has excelled the most on a heavier oil, tougher shot that has broken down some, but not so much that you need a shiny ball. Where a SYNC or HYPER CELL starts too early and/or doesn’t turn the corner and shiny just isn’t enough for me, the ZERO has been perfect.
I’ve also noticed that it’s not necessarily good on a fresh tougher shot where you want to go square because with my moderate speed and rev rate I have to give it away a bit, or it makes too angular a move off the oil line. Again, it’s a ball that’s best for me after the lanes have transitioned a bit.

It’s possible with a lower pin or VLS drilling, the ZERO would be fine for such situations. But I have not tried that, and for those situations I prefer to use my VLS SYNC or low pin MARVEL-S or something else I can go straighter with.

Jason Belmonte using it at the USBC Masters may be a perfect example of what the ZERO does, as I have rarely seen him throw something like a SYNC but he has been using the ZERO with great success. Here’s video of the ending of his perfect game in the final qualifying round.

I think the bottom line is simple: If you’re looking for a strong ball that gets down the lane and makes a sharper move than such balls typically do, you should love the ZERO. If that motion scares you, I’d stay away.


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Zero Gravity review by Mark Tarkington
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2014, 02:22:23 PM »
Right Handed
Ball weight:  14
Rev Rate:  378
Ball Speed:  18.2
Axis Tilt:  6.67
Axis Rotation:  45*
PAP:  4 1/2 horizontal, 1 5/8 up
Layout:  50 x 3 1/4 x 20 (hole P3)

As one of my many bowling ball regrets, we can list my not having the original Gravity.  I have know many that loved that ball and are anticipating the release of the Zero Gravity.  Because I had not had any of the previous Gravity releases, I was not sure what to expect.

I didn’t know how to lay this one out.  I always have a fear of putting the wrong layout on a ball and having the core work against me.  I also tend to stay away from lower angle sums because I’ve never had much success with such drillings.  That said, I went with a lower sum and a really early rolling drilling…

With this layout, the Zero Gravity gets to revving right off my hand.  It flares a ton and wants to go.  It hits like a tank and rolls right over the 8-pin.  I’ve used it on a couple of different THS with success.  I like the way it revs up and that it still makes a hard move at the end of the pattern.  It doesn’t give up or over-hook when it encounters friction.  It flares a ton, and will destroy a pattern rather quickly.  I haven’t altered the surface yet, but thus far, I haven’t been able to complete a series with it.

I’m having fun rolling this one and look forward to trying it on some sport or animal patterns (will be trying it on Badger in a couple of weeks).  I will be scuffing it to 1000 before that tourney and depending on how it rolls on that, it may end up catching a shine when I get back.

I will be posting an update once I’ve had a chance to roll the Zero Gravity on some sport patterns, but for the time being, I’m really enjoying the first game of each set with it.  I have a feeling that this will be a staple in my bag for a while and may even get another one just to try another layout.  The fans of the Gravity series should be quite happy with this release.
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Storm Zero Gravity Ball Review by PJ Haggerty
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2014, 01:38:30 PM »
Storm Zero Gravity Ball Review

The Zero Gravity is a ball that has provided a variety of motions on many different lane conditions I have bowled on.  Out of the box, I think it is great for heavier oil conditions.  I chose to take some of the surface off using a 4000 pad on a spinner.  This provided more length and a continuous motion down lane.  You will be able to drill this ball a variety of ways because of the motion it provides.  With some balls, you can only drill them a few ways.   In my opinion, you can drill the Zero Gravity many different ways and create several different shapes.  The ball is that versatile. 

I’ve drilled two so far.  One is approximately 4 ½ x 3 x 35 with a hole under my axis.  I’ve used this on shorter patterns for a smoother reaction and also used it when I feel like there is a lot of oil down lane.   The second one I drilled is 5 x 5 x 70 and this is the one I hit with 4000 on the spinner.  When the lanes transition and I start to move my feet left to create shape, it is stronger and smoother than an Uproar, Hyroad Pearl, or Wrecker.  But it’s still cleaner than a Marvel-S and Hyper Cell.  Because the core is asymmetrical, I feel it opens up several different drilling patterns depending on the shape you are looking for.

If you feel like you are missing a stronger, smoother shape in your bag, the Zero Gravity will fill that gap.  This will be a great fit for the players who think the Hyper Cell is too much, but want something earlier than their mid-range balls.  I truly believe you can drill this ball many ways and use all types of surfaces to create different shapes. 

Another versatile homerun by Storm!

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Re: Zero Gravity
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2014, 08:53:50 PM »
The new Zero Gravity uses the same cover used in the Byte, ERG, but this time it’s a solid blend of this popular coverstock.  Using a modified version of the Virtual Gravity core with a higher RG and lower Diff, this allows this ball to be cleaner through the front and gives it a stronger backend finish than a Sync.

I used a 60x5x40 layout with a 4000 Abralon finish.  This ball fits my style, higher ball speed and rev rate than most bowlers.  I’ve had the opportunity to use this ball in many tournaments around Quebec since early January and I find this ball to be very usable and versatile on medium to heavy oil lane conditions.  Right now, this ball fits my arsenal as one of my stronger balls, a little bit less overall hook than the Marvel S although it gives me a stronger backend motion.

The Zero Gravity is definitely one of the best balls I’ve thrown in the last couple of years, I’ve already won 2 tournaments with this ball in my bag!

I just drilled up a second one with a pin below the fingers, 55x5x70 with a 1500 Abralon finish.  I wanted a ball to be stronger in the front part of the lane and be smoother off the back of the pattern to compliment my Marvel S perfectly.
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