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Ball Review


THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


56 Hook 14.5 Length 14.5 Breakpoint Shape STORM: IQ TOUR NANO


Manufacturer’s Intent: “The IQ Tour Nano, with its more aggressive shell, can handle heavier vol- umes of oil [than the IQ Tour Solid, August 2012] without losing any of its versatility magic,” says Storm Technical Director, Steve Kloempken. “Just ask Anthony Pepe, D.J. Archer and Liz Johnson. Anthony and D.J. both just earned their first PBA national tour titles, while Liz earned her spot on the telecast. Three bowlers, three distinct styles, one bowling ball.”


Core: The symmetrical C3 Centripetal Control Core, from the other IQ series balls, has an RG of 2.49 and a differential of .029. We saw about four inches of flare.


Coverstock: The Christmassy black, hunter (green) and red solid NRG reactive Nano coverstock is sand- ed with a 4000-grit pad. We measured an RA value of


14.72 and an effective surface grit of 1820. The scent is apple cider.


Overview: When you have a successful product line, you always try to figure out what to do to make it better, or even create something new. We all wondered what was next for the successful IQ Tour series. The NRG coverstock and C3 core take this ball to the next level to conquer heavier oil lane conditions. The IQ Tour Nano was strong on the Stone Street pattern. From inside 15 at the arrows, it cut through the pattern and conditioner nicely, with a strong mid-lane motion through the pins. Light hits made the pins dance around the deck. The cover made it a little too strong for our USBC Doubles/Singles pattern and lighter house pattern, forcing us too deep on the fresh. With a cover change or a weaker layout, you could use


“THE NRG COVERSTOCK AND C3 CORE TAKE THIS BALL TO THE NEXT LEVEL TO CONQUER HEAVIER OIL LANE CONDITIONS.”


it on those patterns, but the Nano is a ball for lon- ger Sport patterns with heavier volumes. It gives you easy reaction without doing much to the ball. Players with a lower rev rate will love it. This will be the first ball out of the bag for many tourna- ment players on the longer patterns. The Nano was the talk of the World Series, bringing titles to several players and to Storm. It is cleaner through the fronts, with a tighter angle to the pocket than the Crux (December 2014). It is an arrow more with our feet than the IQ Tour solid, and creates a much stronger mid-lane motion.


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