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IQ Tour 78/U Review
« on: December 06, 2023, 12:29:45 PM »
Layout: 4.5 x 45 #1
            4 x 0 #2
Surface: 500 Grit Abralon

The IQ Tour 78/U brings the Centripetal C3 core found in the entire IQ lineup paired with the new Control 78 Urethane Coverstock.  The new 78 hardness of this IQ 78/U was to conform to the new PBA hardness rule.  As a PBA member and one who avidly does the regional Tour, it was essential for me to have this ball.  Since urethane seems to be so prevalent, I drilled two that will give me two different shapes on the lane.  The 4.5" by 45 drilling matches what I have on a current Pitch Black and Zen U.  This drilling gives me a slightly cleaner motion on the lane while giving me more overall backend motion then a stronger drilling.  I use this drilling specifically on sport patterns where the volume is higher and the lane surface is older or warn.  The second drilling I used a 4 x 0.  This drilling is super strong flaring and puts the pin directly on my axis line.  This causes really strong hook in the front part of the lane and a more controlled backend.  I can use this one being more left to right or if the lane pattern is high volume with a harder lane surface environment.  Comparing the two together on my Typical House pattern which is 44ft and medium volume, the 4.5 x 45 ball allowed me to play the lanes more in front of me keeping my angles closed in the track area.  More ideal for the fresh to control the backend and blend the lanes better.  The 4 x 0 ball gave me about 5 more boards of overall total hook.  It forced me to be further left than the first one because of the strong hook in the front of the lane.  I could use this one either on the fresh or for transition if urethane is really necessary.
Comparing the 4.5 x 45 IQ 78/U to the Pitch Black, I was able to stand in the same spot but the IQ 78/U was more controlled in the backend.  When I missed outside of my target, the ball struggled to make its way back to the pocket correctly.  The Pitch Black was able to carry the pins better due to its weaker core and coverstock combination.  If I didn't do the PBA events, I would strictly stick to the Pitch Black for my personal game.  Comparing to the Zen U, the Zen U hooked 2 more boards overall and gave me a slightly stronger backend comparable to the Pitch Black.  For Non-PBA events where urethane is necessary, I would stick to the Zen U and Pitch Black.  However, the 4 x 0 IQ 78/U gave me a very unique motion that was also quite strong and accented the ball well.  Due to the IQ 78/U extra hardness, the ball shines up faster so keeping up with the cover surface would be more critical for success.

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Re: IQ Tour 78/U Review
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2023, 11:00:45 PM »
Lane Condition:

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS

Core: C³™ Centripetal Control Core
Cover: Controll 78 Urethane
Finish: 500-grit
RG: 2.49 (15lbs)
Differential: 0.029 (15 lbs)

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Speed: 12-13 mph
Rev Rate: 315
Axis Tilt: 14°
Axis Rotation: 74°
PAP: 5 1/8 R 7/8 Up
Ball Layout: Pin over and right of ring 4 X 4 X 2 VLS

Storm's new PBA compliant Urethane ball is called the !Q Tour 78/U. It features the now legendary C3 core featured in the previous IQ Tour releases wrapped in a new 78 hardness Urethane Cover called Controll 78. With the smaller footprint of the harder cover, the core had to make up the difference and this core was a great choice.

I tested the 78/U on our house pattern. My first impression was that it was much stronger than I was expecting with the hardness change. In practice it wasn't the best match-up as I didn't have access to a fresh lane. The 78/U was too aggressive on the early friction to stand right and like most urethane it didn't save energy for the back of the lane, making it impractical to throw it left to right.

I got a better read on the ball my first opportunity to throw it in league. With fresh oil in the heads, it definitely let me right back into the area of the lane I wanted to play with it. My impressions of the difference between it and the pitch black were that the harder cover but stronger core makes it close under that conditons that you would want to throw urethane in anyway. When fighting early friction it felt earlier than my pitch black, which resulted in less down-lane motion. I also definitely felt that I could get away with shaping the pitch black more than the 78/U.

I don't really have a rev-rate that demands much use of urethane, but my lower ball speed does make it useful in the right conditions. My home center also has more friction in the front of the lane than many places so it's definitely not where I would normall choose to throw urethane. I look forward to using this ball on patterns and in tournaments where the lane conditions suit it better.

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Re: IQ Tour 78/U Review
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2023, 05:04:46 PM »
Storm !Q Tour 78/U - Master Line
Coverstock: Controll 78 Solid Urethane - 500 Grit Abralon
Core: C3 Centripetal
RG: 2.49   Differential: .029 (15 lbs)
Layout: 5 x 5 x 2
PAP: 6" Right, 1 3/8" Up
Axis Tilt: 16°
Rotation: 51°
Rev Rate: 450-500
Speed: 17-18 mph
Location: Vista Lanes - Yorkville, NY
Pattern: Kegel Broadway V2
Lane Surface: HPL

The !Q Tour 78/U is the newest urethane option from Storm. The name says it all…78 hardness urethane cover that is PBA compliant with the proven C3 Centripetal core used in the !Q series. The design intent was to create a smooth and predictable ball motion while maintaining a true urethane reaction. The !Q Tour 78/U gave me a great look on Kegel Broadway V2 (37 feet and 26.45 mL) sliding on 17, looking 8 at the arrows with my breakpoint around 5-6. The harder cover creates a cleaner and more forward reaction when compared to the Pitch Black. The Pitch Black started up sooner and had a more continuous motion in the same spot on the lane. The !Q Tour 78/U and Pitch Black will compliment each other nicely in my bag and be a great bridge to reactive balls on shorter patterns. Stop by your local Storm VIP pro shop to check it out! Available on December 15th.

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Re: IQ Tour 78/U Review
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2023, 02:39:52 PM »
Hey everyone, I'm back with another ball review, and this time it's for the Storm !Q Tour 78-U.

In 14 pounds this ball is wrapped in the Controll 78 Solid Urethane Cover and has the C³ Centripetal Control and has an RG of 2.54, Diff of .034.

The layout for this ball is 4x4x2

Urethane…..I am not sure that a piece of raw material has changed and divided a sport or industry as much as urethane has. No matter what side of the fence you are on it is here and doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon. I honestly can attest that this is not a ball that I will use a lot and that is not because it is bad, but the fact is that controlled urethane reaction is best suited for those with a much higher rev rate then mine. With proper urethane reaction it has an early hook and stays continuous but for me I saw it as early due to the 500 grit surface and the ball burned up/rolled out. Standing on 20 and trying to “hook” it just had the ball roll out and I could move all the way right and throw it directly at the pocket but the ball hit very light. For me and low rev guys that can not get that urethane reaction can rely on a weaker ball like a Storm Tropical Surge or a Roto Grip Hustle. My best suggestion as always is to find a Matchmaker Live to throw the new balls and talk with the Pro Shop and/or Pro that is there on what ball is best for you. 

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Re: IQ Tour 78/U Review
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2023, 11:25:20 AM »
IQ Tour 78-U - Ball Specs
Cover Stock: Control 78 Solid Urethane
Finish: 500 Grit Abralon
Core: C 3 Core
Color: Crimson
RG: 2.49
Differential: 0.029
Intermediate Diff: N/A

The new Storm IQ 78U features the Controlled 78 Solid Urethane cover wrapped around the C3 Core creating new smooth reaction different than the current urethane options. IQ tour 78U RG is 2.49, which creates an early hook in the beginning of the lane. The differential of 0.029 creates a smooth consistent backend motion reminiscent of traditional urethane. I tested this ball on a 43 feet typical house pattern. I was able to play up the lane from seven board out with great success. For me the Zen U was stronger overall than the IQ 78U. This is a great ball for all bowlers bowling on short tournament patterns. Order one from your local pro shop today! My ball review videos are posted on YouTube channel Stanley Waite.

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Re: IQ Tour 78/U Review
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2023, 06:34:15 PM »
I for one is really looking forward to trying this ball. Bowl at a couple of places that are somewhat dry. Hoping to be able to control the reaction of the ball better.

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Re: IQ Tour 78/U Review
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2023, 02:14:41 PM »
!Q Tour 78-U
Coverstock: Controll 78 Urethane
Finish: 500 Grit Abralon
Core: C3
RG: 2.54
Differential: 0.034
Layout: 4 x 4 1/3 x 5 - 2LS
Layout Extras: 3in Finger Depth, "X" - 4 1/2 D and 1 Inch Left
Tester: PAP 6 1/2 R, 1 1/4 D

The all new PBA compliant urethane ball from SPI is setting a new standard for short oil patterns. The traditional C3 Core has been designed to work with old school urethane to provide the player with an array of options to get that needed urethane type look. This includes a 500 OOB Abralon finish which is a typical surface starting point for most urethane pieces.

When the initial announcement came out from the PBA I already had my mind set that the next urethane offering would be meh compared to the current options already available. OOB I took this one to the lanes to practice and even had a few other thumbless players give the 78-U a few rolls. Right away the ball read early and provided good control. I did not see anything overly fancy but did notice after we put some miles on the ball it started lengthening a bit which is typical as the surface smooths upwards over time.

In comparing the 78-U to my all-time favorite urethane piece the Fast Pitch I noticed the 78-U does not perform as well bumping in and opening angles. Both the Fast Pitch and Pitch Black tend to shape earlier and are more predictable for me. I experimented a bit and took the 78-U to a 1K Abralon finish. This experiment paid huge dividends at a Year End Event contested on a short sport pattern.

At the Year End Event a neighboring pro shop employee lead qualifying with the 78-U off the press. I used my go to pieces described above. After a ton of play I was unable to bump inside and went for the change to the 78-U (1K surface). It worked great and pulled me out of a jam and into the finals. It gave me a great shape while keeping my angles closed. I believe the C3 Core really helps to balance the harder coverstock out.

I think you may find a great use for this ball when planning out your tournament adventures. I highly recommend the !Q Tour 78-U. Be sure to discuss this ball with your pro shop operator today and also consider attending a SPI MatchMaker event to test this ball out.

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Re: IQ Tour 78/U Review
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2023, 12:19:30 AM »
I drilled up my STORM IQ TOUR 78u with a layout of 4 x 4 x 0. This puts the pin on my VAL with the CG towards the axis. Warning, I am a stroker with about 16.5 MPH speed and around a 275 RPM rev rate. Urethane is usually off limits to me but I do bowl some PBA50 and if a short pattern comes up, this is the best way to keep the ball on line with my slower speed.

I put this one up with my other urethane, then ZEN/U. The ZEN/U is a urethane that I can actually get enough movement from to line up and play almost dead straight on short patterns with. The IQ TOUR 78/u is surprisingly good for me, but it does lane shine rather quickly compared to the ZEN/U. The motion is very rounded and kind of roll than lay. Still, this should be in play until the lanes transition on short for me to get to lower end pieces like the BURNER SOLID or HUSTLE RIP with surface.

Put this one in your bag if your looking to give the new 78 hardness urethane a try. It will be smoother than a PITCH BLACK or ZEN/U but still worth having this look in the bag.
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Re: IQ Tour 78/U Review
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2023, 02:09:06 PM »
The !Q78-U is Storms replacement urethane piece in compliance with the new 78 hardness rule on the PBA tour. The !Q78 features the same C3 core found in all the !Q tour balls but is wrapped in control 78 urethane. This combination creates a ball that’s a little earlier, rounder and more forward than the Pitch Black. I drilled mine stronger so I can see more separation between the two. This is going to be a fantastic piece for shorter and medium sport patterns when you need to control the downlane motion on the fresh.

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Re: IQ Tour 78/U Review
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2024, 06:15:28 PM »
Ball Specs:
Storm IQ Tour 78U
500 Grit Controllâ„¢ 78 Solid Urethane
Weight Block: C3â„¢ Centripetal Control Core (Symmetrical)
Color: Crimson

The long awaited answer to the rule change on urethane for tour players. This ball features the same cover as the Pitch Black updated to 78 hardness wrapped around the famous IQ core. I would be careful before drilling this piece as pointed out in some of the reviews and videos produced by Storm. With the new rule changes one might think to drill this ball as strong as possible because of hardness rules on urethane. With the IQ core already wanting to start up early you may not want to add fuel to the fire or the ball may die before reaching the pins. We drilled this ball differently that most of our other pieces with this in mind and were able to combat this issue. The shape is very consistent with that of a Pitch Black even staying within the rules so kudos to the SPI R&D. This is a great core and cover pairing for Tour players. For anyone looking to experience the new era of urethane or if you are a tour player needing to stay within the rules visit your local PSO and talk about layout options on the new IQ 78U.

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