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Ball Review

Storm: Tropical Breeze Hook 43 • Length17 • Breakpoint Shape 14

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“Storm is excited to add two three-color options to the Tropical Breeze line,” says Matt Martin. “With excit- ing colors and innovative fragrances, the new Tropical Breezes are sure to appeal to bowlers of all skill levels.” Core Design: The

Camber symmetric core is the lowest-flaring two-piece core shape ever produced by Storm. The RG is high at 2.57 and the differential uber-low at .009. We saw only about 3 inches of track flare with a 4-inch pin-above layout and a lower quadrant weight hole. The shorter round

shape and low differential both contribute to control and minimal

sensitivity when encountering higher fric- tion areas of the lane.

Coverstock: The 2013 editions of the Tropical Breeze line showcase two new tri-colored options: a mix of gold-pur- ple-cherry, and a mix of blue-green-yellow. The scents are cinnamon-streusel and lemon zest, respectively. Both balls employ the Reactor reactive resin formula and are factory surfaced with 1500-grit polish. Response time off friction is moderately

quick and oil traction is very limited. The Ra is 1.60 and the effective surface grit is 5475.

Test Results: As with the ear- lier editions in the Tropical Breeze line, the new tri-colored balls will excel only in dry to lighter oil environ- ments. Too much oil, and we found the Breeze would over-skid or lacked sufficient mid-lane traction to create a desirable motion shape toward the pocket. When compared to the new Super Natural and original pearl Natural (January 2011), the Breeze can create a modicum more entry angle and reward rev-challenged players with slightly better pin carry. Stronger layouts are a good option as well, as this core will not over-flare or create too much flip motion. When to Use:

When to Use: We loved the

Tropical Breeze when the track area blew open and other reactive resins read the area too quickly or too strongly. On this type of lane condition, we were able to play much nearer the track and still see adequate length and minimal over-reaction. The main advantage we saw with the Tropical Breeze line, compared to urethane, was its favorable pin carry for players with lower rev rates. This doesn’t mean a bad release will carry everything; it simply means the Breeze can create a slightly wider pocket and targeting area, which is a big plus.


Radical: Reax Hook 57 • Length 13 • Breakpoint Shape 15.5

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“This the first of the ‘Top Shelf’ line from Radical Bowling Technologies,” says Radical’s Mo Pinel. “By combining the core with a moderately aggres- sive cover, Radical was able to create a large-hooking asymmetrical ball with great continuation. The ball comes from the fac- tory with a 500/1500 finish, but can easily be adjusted to accommodate all the different lane conditions except the driest.” Core Design: The newly designed asymmetric core shape is a descendant of the original offset core from Faball. The RG is 2.49, the differential .054 and the PSA strength measures .013. Testing showed this core can produce nearly 6.5 inches of track flare.

Coverstock: The solid reactive cover is black with metallic gold lettering. The factory surface is aggressively sanded with 500 and 1500 grit Sia Air pads. The Ra measures 12.25. The effective surface grit is 2750. We rate the cover formula as moderately quick off friction areas and above average in oil.

Test Results: During testing we compared the new Reax directly against the Yeti (reviewed next). The Reax was the more controlled and stable ball. It negotiated heavi- er volumes of oil better, due in part to the dull 500/1500 solid reactive cover and the stronger asymmetric core. The motion shape was as versatile as the Yeti’s, but with a slightly more defined motion range. The Reax matched up best on fresh, medium-heavy or heavier oil patterns, both Sport and typical

house shot. Oil carrydown was a non-fac- tor, as the Reax’s aggressive cover created ample traction downlane, resulting in very good hitting power and pin carry.

When to Use: Use the Reax on any fresh Sport or THS pattern with at least medium-heavy oil volume. The solid trac- tion we saw in the midlane and in medium amounts of oil carrydown are two of the Reax’s better attributes. If you’re looking for most of your track flare to occur in the oil, use lower drill angles with flare-increasing weight holes. The opposite holds true for those looking for more flare in the backend. Your favorite IBPSIA ball driller will have access to Pinel’s suggested layout choices for various lane conditions.

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