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THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


STORM: SKY ROCKET 53 Hook 17 Length 16.5 Breakpoint Shape


Manufacturer’s Intent: “Storm’s new Sky Rocket is sure to help you open up the backends,” says Storm’s Steve Kloempken. “And back-end hook leads to more entry angle, a critical factor to increasing your strike percentage. Think Jason Belmonte.”


Core: The Booster symmetric core has an RG of 2.54 and a differential of .046. We saw more than 4 inches of flare. This is the same core used in the original Rocket (March 2015).


Coverstock: The sharp sky blue and charcoal R2S pearl reactive coverstock is finished with 1500-grit polish. It has an effective surface grit of 5300 and an RA value of 1.88. This is the same coverstock formula used in the Rocket.


Overview: This is one of Storm’s more angular balls. The pearl successor to the original Rocket was easily longer on the Stone Street pattern than its predecessor. You could see the extra push and greater angularity on the backend. We crossed 11 at the arrows out to seven-board at the 46-foot breakpoint. CATS told us that the Rocket gave us a little earlier breakpoint — about 44 or 45 feet. On the USBC Open patterns, we could see the more angular motion, because the original Rocket read the breakpoint a little earlier with a strong curve motion, whereas the Sky Rocket produced a more defined angular left turn. The Sky pushed longer and two boards farther right on this pattern, breaking around five- or six-board at the 46-foot mark. We had a pretty good line on the fresh with a little over- reaction, but as the pattern broke down, the


“BOWLERS WITH SLOWER BALL SPEED AND WHO NEED HELP GETTING KICK ON THE BACK WILL LOVE THIS BALL.”


overreaction got smoother. On the lighter house pattern, all we had to do was move five boards left, closer to 15-board at the arrows, and we could open up the pattern nicely with quite a bit of area to the right and easy push through the fronts. The Sky Rocket complements the Rocket well and makes the pins dance. This would be a good number three ball in your bag for when the patterns break down, and the heads start to hook. Bowlers with slower ball speed and who need help getting kick on the back will love this ball.


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