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Ball Review


THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


58.5 Hook 13 Length 13.5 Breakpoint Shape STORM: CRUX


Manufacturer’s Intent: “The new Catalyst core is not only the heart of this ball, it’s soon to be the heart of exceptional bowling,” says Storm Technical Director, Steve Kloempken. “It’s a dynamic asymmetrical design which helps you create more angle through the pocket. It has been proven that increasing your entry angle gives you a wider margin of error to strike. Think: Jason Belmonte. Maybe you can’t throw it just like Jason, but with the Crux you can start strik- ing like him. And with the proven ERG hybrid reactive coverstock prepped to 3000-grit, rest assured that the new Crux overflows with performance.”


Core: The new asymmetrical Catalyst core has an RG of 2.50, a differential of .052 and an inter- mediate differential of .017. We saw more than 6 inches of flare.


Coverstock: The purple and white pearl and the black ERG hybrid reactive coverstock is sanded with a 3000-grit pad. The RA is 9.59 and the effective surface grit is 2880. The ERG is the hybrid version of the coverstocks used on the Lucid (October 2012) and Byte (October 2013).


Overview: The Crux reads the midlane stronger than any Storm ball in a long time. It gives you a lot of forgiveness, with good carry, even if you miss it at the bottom. It rolled exceptionally well on Stone Street, playing around 17 at the arrows to the eight-board at the 46-ft. breakpoint, according to the CATS data. We had miss room right and a continuous drive through the pins, but with our angles, the ball would cut the through oil


and go high if we kept the lines tighter. We could use it on the USBC Doubles/Singles pattern playing closer to the track area with a strong motion off the breakpoint, but its predictability made the shot easier. On our lighter house pattern, this ball was too strong and forced us deep into the lane. The Zero Gravity (February 2014) was cleaner and longer than the Crux. We were three to four boards right at the arrows on the Stone Street pattern from the Zero Gravity. On the USBC pattern, we were two boards left at the arrows, but it gave us more area right with the mid-lane motion. Its breakpoint was two boards farther right, around the seven-board at the 46-ft. mark. This ball seems not to stop as it drives through the pins, and loves splitting the 8-9 as it leaves the deck.


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