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Ball Review Storm: Sync

Hook 60 • Length 12 • Breakpoint Shape 16

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“The new Sync utilizes the same NRG solid reactive cover as the Virtual Grav- ity Nano [March 2011] — nanotechnology best handles heavy oil — but we have developed a new weight block shape to max- imize ball motion,” says Steve Kloempken, Storm’s technical director. “The new G2 core has the stron- gest preferred spin axis of

any Storm ball ever produced.”

Core Design: The G2 core’s RG is low at 2.47 and the diff erential strong at .058. The big change is the PSA, which measures in at .028. We saw up to 6.5 inches of track fl are. The new core promises to help create more motion shape changes from one layout to an- other, so we put this to the test.

Coverstock: An iced cranberry scent will please your sense of smell. The NRG solid reactive cover is a fusion of red, orange and black. The fi nal factory fi nish is 4000 grit sanded, after an initial sanding of 500 grit. Oil traction is very good, and response time on drier areas is moderately quick. The Ra is 6.5 and the surface grit is 4200.

Test Results: With Storm’s already

heavy lineup of super-hookers, we wondered about the need for one more. Then we threw the Sync. Well, it overpowers any medi- um to heavy oil pattern of any length. For our comparison test, we drilled all of our test balls with a 4-inch pin distance from our PAP. The strongest mid-lane motion was from our lower pin drilling with the PSA 3 inches right of the thumb hole, near the vertical axis line. We also positioned a weight hole near the PSA mark. For a later, more angular motion shape, we next drilled a ball with the pin well above the fi ngers, and with a 1.5-inch buff er distance from the VAL. That drilling gave us 2 to 3 feet of added length and an additional 2 degrees of angle of entry. Be sure to choose your layout option wisely, with your IBPSIA pro shop’s help.

When to Use: The Sync will cover any and all heavier oil environments for most player styles. Those bowling on lighter patterns should consider less aggressive options for the best match-ups. On all of our house shots, we simply played an extra 4 to 8 boards deeper in the pattern and used the hold area as our “miss” area. Our pin carry was well above average and our targeting area was quite large, always a good combination.


Brunswick: Paranormal Aura Hook 56 • Length 13 • Breakpoint Shape 15

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“Our target was the

strongest hook motion for a Brunswick ball,” says Billy Orlikowski, Brunswick’s product

manager. “The Paranormal Aura continues a new age of ball motion for Brunswick, never seen before, with exceptional hook potential, quick response to friction and a strong continuation on the backend. The Paranormal

Aura, with its 2000-grit SiaAir Micro Pad fi nish, reaches the highest hook potential of any Brunswick ball to date on medium to heavily oiled lane conditions.”

Core Design: This is the same core used in the original Aura (December 2012). The ultra-low 2.48 RG revs quickly and smoothly. The .052

diff erential can provide up to 6 inches of track fl are, and the .015 PSA can help shape the break-point motion. Coverstock: The newly formulated Optimum-Hook solid reactive cover is designed for heavier oil. Colors are a blend of black and blue solids. The ball is factory sanded with 500/2000 SiaAir pads. We saw above-average oil

traction with a moderately quick response off friction areas. The Ra is 8.0. The surface grit is 2800. Test Results: We decided to drill the Paranormal Aura the same as the previously released Aura. Since the only diff erences are coverstock and factory surface prep, we were excited to

compare the two side by side. The Paranormal proved to be the “big brother,” as it hooked a few boards stronger and about a foot earlier on most oilier patterns. It also handled oil carrydown

much better and read the friction areas smoother (more arcing). Hitting and carry power were vintage Brunswick, and one would also think longevity will be much better than average, based on history. When to Use: We found the

Paranormal to be the better choice of the Auras on fresh and heavier varieties of lane conditions. Its stronger mid- lane motion allows for a better read and predictability. We also saw less oil sensitivity on more wet/dry lane patterns, another bonus. We did prefer the original, however, on slightly broken- down patterns as we chased the oil line inside. Our favorite layout on fresh was a 45x4.5x50 dual angle, as this controlled the breakpoint and backend the best.

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