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Ball Review


THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


STORM: OPTIMUS SOLID 57 Hook 14 Length 15 Breakpoint Shape


Manufacturer’s Intent: “The dynamically charged Tri-Sphere core brings new meaning to the term ‘power personified,’” says Storm Technical Director, Steve Kloempken. “Bowlers everywhere are loving this shape, and many choose Storm because they love a clean skid-flip reaction. But when the lane man gets evil and dumps an entire barrel of oil on your lane, you now have the solution. The Optimus Solid, thanks to the superi- or traction of its violent shell, has you covered.”


Core: The Tri-Sphere symmetric core has a 2.48 RG and .048 differential. We saw more than 5 inches of flare. This is the same core used in the original Optimus (July 2014).


Coverstock: The red, navy and yellow R2X solid reactive coverstock is sanded with 2000-grit


Abralon. It felt rougher than that in our hands, which was confirmed when we measured an effective surface grit of 320 and an RA of 42.70.


Overview: This strong ball easily cut through the length and volume of the Stone Street pat- tern, reading the midlane well. We had to play deep in the oil, crossing around 16 or 17 at the arrows out to six- or seven-board at the 44-foot breakpoint with great recovery to the pocket. The motion off the breakpoint was a strong arc that continued through the pins without seem- ing to burn up. It reminded us of the HyRoad solid (July 2014) but with close to an arrow more hook. It was more than an arrow more hook on this pattern for us than the original Optimus. These make a truly a complementary team to attack oily and medium conditions. On our other


“THIS STRONG BALL EASILY CUT THROUGH THE LENGTH AND VOLUME OF THE STONE STREET PATTERN, READING THE MIDLANE WELL.”


two patterns, this ball was way too strong out of the box with our layouts. This ball will be a good addition to a bowler’s arsenal for longer tourna- ment patterns or heavier conditions. I could see using the solid with a weaker pin on the national patterns, as controlling the breakpoint was the key this year to attacking them. It was used a lot at the PBA Summer Swing on the Badger pattern. We suggest that you won’t have to drill this ball to roll any sooner or stronger, because it hooks out of the box.


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