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#199879 - 03/17/19 10:04 AM Re: Storm/Roto Grip MatchMaker Live [Re: BOSStull]
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I did make it to the Matchmaker Live. I rolled all the balls and here is my take on them based on the oil pattern which was a house shot and how they matched up to me.

First ball I threw was the HY-Road X. Based on what the S&$ house shot normally is I threw it where I would throw my HR Nano polished and got my expected reaction. Standing 18 across 8 out to 5. After throwing a few shots time to move on. Now I have a ball to compare others to. thumbsup

Next ball was the Super Sonic. Impressed after the first shot after hitting the Brooklyn side. Had to move in considerably and swing it out to stay in the pocket. This ball covered a lot of boards and was my favorite of the DEMO. I wonder how this would compare to my Katana Dragon. thumbsup

Next I threw the CRUX Prime. Another good ball. I had to move back right a couple of boards from the Super Sonic. Still good ball motion for me. thumbsup

Next the HALO Pearl. First ball missed right. It seemed to keep going not make the turn. I had to move right and slow down a little. Once i got lined up no problem striking. I was back throwing in the HY-ROAD X territory. angel

Next the IDOL PEARL. Ball just didn't work for me. Move right again. Had to pretty much go straight up the boards. thumbsdown

Last of all the Fever Pitch. I wanted to throw this ball to see if it could double as a spare ball. No problem with 10 pins or any other spare. I have a MOTIV Artic Sniper I use as a spare but that is all it is good for. I played the TWIG inside of five with the Fever Pitch and it worked well for me. No problem with carry. I could also play other lines with some success. Liked the fact this this ball is a 2 piece. thumbsup
Don't like the price.

As for all the balls first choice would be the Super Sonic love

After enjoying the day throwing Storm and Rotogrip bowling balls I then went home and proceeded to order a NIB Radical More Cash for $60. nelson



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#199881 - 03/18/19 12:02 PM Re: Storm/Roto Grip MatchMaker Live [Re: BOSStull]
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Thanks for the report. Good job! Sounds like you had found and you found a super price for that Motiv ball... smile

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#200375 - 10/19/21 08:18 PM Re: Storm/Roto Grip MatchMaker Live [Re: BOSStull]
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Been a while since I did a Demo. I was already practicing by myself and was not going to do the Demo because of COVID, After seeing shift 2 that not many people were participating I went ahead and did the last shift. Was only 4 people so figured why not. I was not really impressed by the majority of balls. I liked the Trend 2 and UFO Alert but no way would spend the money that would be required for either. As always if a deal comes around later I might purchase.


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#200378 - 10/21/21 12:14 AM Re: Storm/Roto Grip MatchMaker Live [Re: BOSStull]
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I was interested in the UFO or UFO Alert to replace my cracked Storm Halo but couldn't see paying $170 for either one. Instead, I picked up a Track Strata for $119.
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14lbs Roto Grip Halo Solid
14lbs Track Strata Solid
14lbs DV8 Verge Solid
14lbs DV8 Intimidator Solid
14lbs DV8 Instigator
14lbs Motiv Venom Shock Solid

Secondary
14lbs Brunswick Twist Pearl
14lbs DV8 Tactic Control Urethane

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#200380 - 10/23/21 11:38 AM Re: Storm/Roto Grip MatchMaker Live [Re: BOSStull]
BOSStull Offline
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Did not have the Incite or Parallax Effect as in poster. Had Rubicon Uc2 . One common specification on balls that I have liked at Demos is the cover. Almost all are hybrid covers.

Goobee if I bought either 2 that I liked the price tag with drilling and thumb insert would be 225 or more. If I come across a good deal later I may buy but not for the full price. I am comfortable with what I have.

Storm seems to be the only one doing Demos in the COVID era. By the one last week the amount of people attending is a lot lower than previous DEMS.
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#200390 - 10/29/21 04:45 PM Re: Storm/Roto Grip MatchMaker Live [Re: BOSStull]
goobee Offline
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Same here in CA, only Storm/Roto Grip/Global 900 are being demo'd. I haven't had a lot of luck with those balls, all of the balls I've owned from those brands have cracked in half.
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14lbs Track Strata Solid
14lbs DV8 Verge Solid
14lbs DV8 Intimidator Solid
14lbs DV8 Instigator
14lbs Motiv Venom Shock Solid

Secondary
14lbs Brunswick Twist Pearl
14lbs DV8 Tactic Control Urethane

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#200391 - 10/29/21 05:28 PM Re: Storm/Roto Grip MatchMaker Live [Re: goobee]
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I think all those brands are owned by Storm. There are a couple of videos that explain that all reactive resin balls have a moisture content that slowly evaporates over time. Once that evaporation completes, the ball becomes brittle and will eventually crack. Usually, full circle through the weakest area, which is normally the bridge between the fingers.

The oil that reactive balls soak up, only impregnates the very outer surface of the ball, so won't save a ball from cracking out. There are some devices that act as a humidor that can extend life, but I think most probably switch more often that such a device might be worth. I also know that a company makes a bag that will hold in moisture, but have never used one.

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#200401 - 11/17/21 01:24 PM Re: Storm/Roto Grip MatchMaker Live [Re: 82Boat69]
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Registered: 04/20/13
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I have plenty of Storm and Roto Grip gear. Several are over 10 years old now. Best advice is to keep the balls in their original plastic bags and have them at room temperature most all the time.
I keep my gear in the basement. Have had two balls crack on me thus far. The first was the Storm Vivid which cracked after 8 years. The second one was my IQ Tour 30 which I bowled my only 700 series with several years ago.
I really liked the IQ Tour Pearl ball and it had a distinctive reaction which seemed to match my game.
I looked at the Storm line up to replace it. Bought an Electrify Hybrid and Hustle RAP. Haven't used either much so far, but got the IQ Tour Nano Pearl. This ball is in my bag each time I get out. I fits my game even better than the IQ Tour Edition I've had good success with. The IQ TNP is a bit better IMHO.

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#200402 - 11/17/21 10:17 PM Re: Storm/Roto Grip MatchMaker Live [Re: BOSStull]
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Registered: 02/25/15
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A/S/L: 58/M/Sunny California
I had the IQ Tour Solid but it never felt good out of my hand.

It seems that during my short bowling career (started in 2014), my go to ball has changed as I made changes to my game. I started off with the Motiv Venom Shock, then the Ebonite Gamebreaker 2, then the Roto Grip Halo Solid.

I missed my Roto Grip Halo so much, I bought a used one on ebay and had it plugged and drilled to the same layout. Hopefully this one will last.
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14lbs Roto Grip Halo Solid
14lbs Track Strata Solid
14lbs DV8 Verge Solid
14lbs DV8 Intimidator Solid
14lbs DV8 Instigator
14lbs Motiv Venom Shock Solid

Secondary
14lbs Brunswick Twist Pearl
14lbs DV8 Tactic Control Urethane

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