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#200267 - 07/29/21 10:38 PM Looking for New Balls After 5 year Layoff
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So I finally got back into bowling after a 5 year layoff. I had gotten rid of most of my equipment but kept 3 balls - my plastic spare ball, my Storm IQ, and a HyRoad. Well - the IQ split something bad sitting there for 5 years So I just have the HyRoad. Reaction is OK most of the time, but sometimes it just won't finish well. I am a stroker with low revs but decent accuracy. Looking for a new Storm ball with a bit more hook, but I tend to like balls that hood mid lane - smooth reaction. My driller is a Storm rep so I stick with their offerings.
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#200268 - 08/01/21 05:14 PM Re: Looking for New Balls After 5 year Layoff [Re: wklstoy]
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Oops - I forgot. I got rid of my HyRoad. The ball I'm currently using is an Alpha Crux.
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#200271 - 08/10/21 11:14 PM Re: Looking for New Balls After 5 year Layoff [Re: wklstoy]
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They're still selling the Hy-Road and Hy-Road Pearl which are great benchmark balls. The IQ Tour Solid is still on the market and it's great for most conditions IMHO.
For more reaction the Phaze II has shown to be a great ball for the PBA crowd for several years. I have the Axiom Pearl, Incite and Rubicon which provide earlier reaction which good continuation on well oiled lanes.
Since I bowl on THS, I find drier conditions where these balls don't help at all. smile
Hope this helps...

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#200273 - 08/15/21 06:22 PM Re: Looking for New Balls After 5 year Layoff [Re: wklstoy]
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Thanks for the info! I have been looking at the Phaze II especially. I unfortunately have very low revs, so most of my previous equipment has been solid coverstock with a dull finish. Getting a refit with Ron Hoppe next month, so I will also see what he recommends.

Thanks again.
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#200274 - 08/20/21 07:10 PM Re: Looking for New Balls After 5 year Layoff [Re: wklstoy]
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If you're out to see Ron Hoppe, you've got one of the best in the business. My wife and I were out to visit my son in Seattle a couple weeks ago. My daughter was out there the following week, too. She got out to the islands there and saw a place I'd like. It not only had a bowling alley there, but it had a computer store right near by. Looks like a place I'd like to live. smile Very nice weather and very clean air out that way while we were there. It got smokey once we left I here... Good luck with ball choice.
Ron will likely want to see you bowl and he could make some good recommendations for you I'm sure...

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#200276 - 09/04/21 04:45 PM Re: Looking for New Balls After 5 year Layoff [Re: wklstoy]
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The Hy-road is stlll relevant. Good ball to keep in your bag. If you want a Hy-road on steroids that is the All-road. Longer with huge back end. Starting my new fall league with 3 Roads and 2 Son!Qs
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#200279 - 09/04/21 05:04 PM Re: Looking for New Balls After 5 year Layoff [Re: wklstoy]
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Well maybe I can say 4 Roads for I use the Fever Pitch as my spare ball. It is basically a Road without the inner FE core.
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#200284 - 09/04/21 07:43 PM Re: Looking for New Balls After 5 year Layoff [Re: wklstoy]
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I bought the Roto Grip Rubicon and the Storm Incite. I guess these are too close in specs and performance. What I see is that they're both aggressive balls and tend to be rolly. The intermediate differentials give both a strong back end for me. The Incite appears to be stronger and continues through the pins more than the Rubicon. I like em both.
This next week I'm going to use the Storm Crux Prime. Haven't had it roll down the lanes for nearly two years now. It's about time to see if it will perform like these other two balls. Similar specs but the Crux has a much stronger cover.
I take my Hy-Road with me most every week...

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#200286 - 09/05/21 11:48 AM Re: Looking for New Balls After 5 year Layoff [Re: wklstoy]
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Like the Incite also. It is on my wish list. I was able to throw at the last Storm Demo I attended. If I was going to buy one from the Demo that would be it.
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#200288 - 09/12/21 12:20 AM Re: Looking for New Balls After 5 year Layoff [Re: BOSStull]
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I hope I'm not repeating myself here. We've bowled three weeks in our senior league so far. Week #1 I used the Rubicon, Week #2 I used the Incite and Week #3 I used the Crux Prime.
I hadn't had good luck with the Rubicon and found it difficult to get lined up with the powerful Incite ball. I had some decent scores with the Crux Prime, but never felt comfortable with it and it certainly wasn't the powerhouse ball I expected it to be at all. My average is nearly 187 thus far and each of these balls worked great.
Found that I found lines to play farther right into the dry boards with these balls. I expected each of them to burn up and maybe they did, but each of them had a great backend move to the left. On average I was laying the balls down on about board 16 or 17 and aiming 5 or 6 boards left at the arrows on THS. Didn't move much for the 3 game set except for the Crux Prime where I made a 4 & 2 move in game 3 in frame 3 or 4 which put me in a great place to continue to do well with a 620 series. Hope this keeps up... smile

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