Tested on: 42" Modified Kegel Main Street and PBA Shark patterns
Hand: Right Speed: 15.5 (on monitor) Rotation: 30* to 45* Axis tilt: 15* - 20* PAP: 5 3/16 right and 3/4 up Drilling Layout: 65 X 3.5 X 30
Intent: I was looking to use the Lucid on longer patterns. Shots where the breakpoint was 10 or left. In the past, Storm's equipment tended to go too far down the lane. Even such balls as the Nano got too much length. This time I was going to use similar dual angle layout numbers but take the pin down a bit. I was using 4" to 4.5" pins in the past so I didn't think the 3.5 would hurt?
Results: I got what I wanted as far as shape. The Lucid is a STRONG rolling pearl. It is not the typical motion that Storm has become famous for. There is NO skid/flip. Only on the longer patterns and only close to the headpin did I get the reaction I was looking for. I have to keep the ball as far in as 13 at the breakpoint. That being said, the Lucid hits @ 13 like a ball coming in from the 3 board. It is just explosive! For a more general ball motion I could have put a 5.5+ pin on the ball but hind sight is 20/20. I got what I was looking for but it will not work on a THS. I was easily getting 7"-8" of flare on some shots. It wants to roll right off you hand. Tried all surfaces and polish and got similar results.
Likes: I could get the ball to roll on even the heaviest of volumes. Didn't need a big entry angle to get an amazing amount of pin action.
Dislikes: Not a typical Storm motion. Condition specific ball.
Conclusion: Would not suggest this ball for rev dominate people. Not even sure if speed dominate would like it. This ball is more for you average house bowler that struggles to get equipment to hook. With a middle of the road layout they can see a huge improvement in ball motion and carry percentage. Would like to see Storm/Roto Grip do what Brunswick/DV8 did. Separate the different ball motions among the 2 brands. It is going to get confusing when trying to layout future equipment. Is the next ball going to have the skid/flip quality or the roll early quality? My 2cents, make Storm the Skid/Flip and Roto Grip the Roll Early. At least consumers will know what to expect.
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