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sneaky PETE

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storm spin
« on: April 06, 2019, 08:33:24 PM »
i've seen in on ebay for a while now and i was wondering if anybody had bought one. its got the tri sphere core from the optimus and the ax 17 updated from the phaze. also in one of the pictures it has performance rental engraved on it, not sure why.
can i AXE you a question

 

Bowler19525

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Re: storm spin
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2019, 10:04:29 AM »
I could only guess that these were balls made by Storm with the intention of being upgraded house balls for people to rent at bowling alleys.

That being said, I have made many purchases from the seller offering these on eBay, and never had any issues at all.  Everything has been exactly what they said in their listings.  This seller tends to specialize in blems, 2nds, 1st quality overstocks, etc.  They probably got these Spin balls in some sort of closeout lot and are just flipping them for a small profit.

It is on the USBC approved list, so no issues there.  Might be a unique conversation piece, or a fun "rare" ball for a NIB collection.  Otherwise for something to drill and use regularly I would rather spend the money on a current model.         

JessN16

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Re: storm spin
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2021, 01:44:15 AM »
I bought one of these balls recently, and information was very hard to come by. In fact, this old thread was all I could find. Given that these balls continue to appear on eBay from time to time, I decided to go ahead and update the thread.

This ball is a lot more aggressive than it would seem. It is a go-long, hook-late ball in the configuration I have it in (4-inch pin, roughly 70-degree angle to the VAL; rev-dominant two-hander). I probably should have drilled it weaker, but honestly I wasn't expecting much, and then it surprised me. I can't throw it on dry conditions. The response to friction in the backend is such that it occupies a spot in my bag for medium to greater-than-medium oil volumes.

Having said that, the cover is very shiny -- it's also a visually bracing combination of silver and bright gold colors, a very unique combination -- and it probably wouldn't hurt to knock a bit off the box finish if you want to tame down the breakpoint somewhat. Despite this angularity and strength, it is surprisingly predictable. It's not going to dig you out of many bad shots but it's also not going to be the cause of unexpected leaves.

One last thing: The scent is called "root beer." It's more like someone uncorked a tube of Ben-Gay. I am more than ready for it to lose its scent because my bag smells like a pharmacy right now.

All in all, this ball does a good job of being the kind of ball I immediately think of when I think of classic Storm pearl equipment: angular, good carry, predictable, does its job. I wish this had been an actual release in larger numbers.

Jess