Brunswick Melee Cross Review by Zack Jellsey

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Melee_Cross__40543.1401284829.1280.1280You are now reading a ball review from a guy that can’t bowl worth a darn :-), but ill do my best. This is for the new Brunswick Melee Cross. I opened the box and it screams teal rhino pro (which is a gem of all gems) I couldnt wait to test it.
I went with what is probably my oldest favorite pin down layout, a 5 x 4.5 putting the pin under my bridge. To be expected, the Melee Cross was very smooth and predictable. I could see this ball getting a lot of use on fresher lighter volume patterns, shorter patterns or hooking house shots. We tested it on a fresh house shot and right out of the box, and I was able to play pretty far right to start. I could play a few different angles as long as I didn’t throw it too far away from the pocket. I liked this balls move thru the pins; it just rolled and didn’t look like it was gonna do much then BOOM it sends pins scattering. I even narrowly avoided a stone 6 pin on the video :-)
I would give the melee a 6/10 for overall performance, which is about as high as I could go for a lower end ball due to it’s limitations on heavier volumes. With that said, Melee Cross is a must have for any Brunswick fan or a fan of needing smooth predictable ball motion.As I stated earlier, the Melee Cross reminds me a lit of the old Teal Rhino Pro, same color ball and logos. It gets brownie points from me personally for that but it isn’t a ball that gonna turn heads based on looks alone. I would say it gets a 5/10 for shelf appeal.Melee_Cross_Core__52549.1401284825.1280.1280

PART NUMBER           60-105637-93X
CORE TYPE               Melee Low RG Symmetric
COVERSTOCK           Savvy Hook Solid Reactive
COLOR                     1 Color, Teal Solid
FINISHING STEPS     500; 2,000 Siaair Micro Pad
WEIGHTS                 12-16 Pounds
RG MAX                    2.537
RG MIN                     2.487
RG DIFFERENTIAL      0.050

Thanks again folks,
Zack

Brunswick Fortera Exile Review by Zack Jellsey

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Fortera_Exile__27878.1401286437.1280.1280Here’s my review of Brunswicks all new core/cover combination of the Fortera Exile. I don’t know what it is but you sense this ball is special by lookin at it.

I drilled this assymetric beauty 50*x5.5×35* putting the pin a bit north of my middle finger. This ball was so fun to test, fun to watch roll and fun to watch dice racks. I haven’t personally thrown a lot of Brunswick balls in my career but this is easily the best motion that I have seen from Big B. Glides thru the front of the lane, reads but doesn’t pick up too early and then a strong smoothish/angular backend reaction. (Smangular or anguooth, I dunno if those can be made words) haha

I was amazed by this ball, normally not an assymetrical guy, especially when moving left but this ball came back from anywhere and seemed to hit harder the farther left I got. I will give this ball 8.75/10 and could almost go higher but im afraid heavy oil volume would hurt its performance.

Shelf appeal on the Fortera Exile is very good as well. I like the red/silver pearl blend and live the lime green logos. The name is good, labels are good and it looks like a high end bowling ball. I’ll give it 8/10 for shelf appeal.Fortera_Flip_Core__94419.1401286432.1280.1280

PART NUMBER             60-105633-93X
CORE TYPE                 Fortera Flip
COVERSTOCK             Fortify Reactive
COLOR                       2 – Color, Red / Silver Pearl
FINISHING STEPS       500 Siaair Micro Pad, Royal Compound, Royal Shine
WEIGHTS                   12-16 Pounds
RG MAX                      2.562
RG MIN                       2.512
RG DIFFERENTIAL        0.050

Thank you for reading,
Zack

Motiv Octane Review by Zack Jellsey

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MTVBOCPKH_Octane_Front__27478.1400678475.1280.1280Get ready for the review of Motiv’s latest nugget, the Octane. This is only the 3rd Motiv ball I have been able to test. Previous 2 were Covert Revolt and Venom Shock, both of which got rave reviews from this guy.

Went with my favorite layout and demo gem, the 4.5 x 4.5 putting the pin over my ring finger. This ball was a whole bunch of awesome. Hard to describe the ideal ball motion but when you see it you know it. For me, the Motiv Octane was it. This ball just did it right. Skids, reads, picks up and snaps in all the right places and goes thru the pins beautifully. The Motiv Octane could compare to (dare I say) the Storm Hyroad, which is 1 of my all time favorites and probably the greatest ball ever. I’m gonna say 9.75/10 for the Octane, let’s just say, you need one (or at least I do).

It seems when a ball is very good on the lanes, it usually looks good off the lanes. The Motiv Octane is no exception. The purple/charcoal pearl and great logo with bright orange make this ball POP. Motiv has no issue with shelf appeal and this is par for the course. I’ll go with 8.5/10 for overall shelf appeal.MTVBOCPKH_Octane_Halfcut__06073.1400678473.1280.1280

Item#: MTVBOCPKH
Weight Range: 12# – 16#
Inner Core: Quadfire™
Coverstock: Agility™ SFX Reactive -
Finish: 5000 Grit LSS
15# RG: 2.55, Diff: .043
Ball Color: Black/Purple Pearl
NeoMark™ Color: Silver Pearl/Orange Pearl


Go get one, you will not be sorry. :-)

Zack

Storm Hy-Road Solid Review by Joshua Tajiri

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Storm_Hy_Road_Solid_Image__92124.1399126891.1280.1280Storm Hy-Road Solid

Storm is bringing you the next best solid release to this century, Hy-Road Solid! This ball is a very good compliment to the original Hy-Road. Utilizing the same core as the original Hy-Road but wrapped around the ever popular R2S Solid cover stock. If any of you remember the t-road solid, this ball has a very similar reaction to it. This ball will give you smooth, predictable motion. This ball has a good amount of hook to handle lane conditions from heavy to medium-heavy oil lane conditions.

The Hy-Road Solid comes out of box at 2000 grit abralon finish. I drilled this ball with a 4 3/8″ x 5 1/2″ placing the pin up above my ring finger. I tested this ball on the 2014 USBC Open Championship Team Event Pattern. The Hy-Road Solid gave me a tremendous mid-lane read with a smooth but strong motion off the breakpoint.

On House conditions, this ball worked well on medium-heavy patterns with a lot of volume and a long length of pattern. This ball needs oil at the box finish. Taking it down to a 4000 or even a 1500 polish finish, you will be able to use this ball on more medium house patterns where the ball won’t read to early since it won’t be to dull.

This ball works very well on fresh sport shots that are 40+ feet and over 23ml of oil. It really blends the pattern out well and you can get a consistent read off the breakpoint with this ball at the out of box finish.

Based off performance, I give this ball a “B+.” Based off cosmetics, I give this ball a “B-.” I would have liked to see a better color blend with the black. A darker color with the black like purple or navy blue would have been perfect in my opinion. hyroad_Solid_cad_hr__18058.1399126887.1280.1280

COVERSTOCK:R2S™ Solid Reactive
WEIGHT BLOCK:Inverted Fe² Technology™
FACTORY FINISH:2000-grit Pad
BALL COLOR:Black/Red
DUROMETER:74-76 Rex D-scale
FLARE POTENTIAL:5” – 6” (High)
FRAGRANCE:Cherry
WEIGHTS:12-16 lbs.
SKU:TYS

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Joshua Tajiri

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Storm Optimus Review by Joshua Tajiri

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Storm_Optimus_Ball_Image__25601.1399127594.1280.1280Storm Optimus

I think Storm has finally found a replacement to the Marvel Pearl.  I’m proud to introduce the latest pearl ball in the Master Line, “Optimus.” Using the same coverstock as the Marvel Pearl, the Optimus has a R2x Pearl Coverstock with a Tri-Sphere Core on the inside. This ball comes at a 1500 grit polished factory finish. I drilled this ball with a 5″ x 5″ pin down layout with a p2 weight hole.

I first tested this ball on the 2014 USBC Open Championships Team Event Pattern. This lane pattern has a good amount of oil with a long length. The Optimus gave me a great read through the fronts but still responding to the friction in the midlane with a  strong backend motion. This ball never pushed past the breakpoint. I had lightly hand sanded this to a 2000 grit abralon finish to see a better smoother read at the breakpoint. This ball is very comparable to the every popular Marvel Pearl. The difference between the two is the Optimus is overall much stronger than the Marvel Pearl. I would have to say about 3-4 boards stronger.

On house conditions, this ball gave me great length through the fronts with a strong backend motion. I found it very easy to just stand left and throw it right while watching the ball scream back to the pocket. There is no doubt about this ball storing energy.Tri_Sphere_Core__22017.1399127594.1280.1280

Based off performance, I’ll give this ball a solid “A-.” Everyone is going to love this ball and will probably be a very big seller for Storm. Based off the cosmetics of the ball, I will give it an “A.” I love the colors with the red, white, and blue with the very appealing logo but not to large in size, and the awesome smelling berries n’ cream fragrance. This is a must have in every bowlers bag from a tournament bowler to a typical league bowler. The Optimus a ball for everyone!!

COVERSTOCK:R2X™ Pearl Reactive
WEIGHT BLOCK:Tri-Sphere™ Core
LIGHT WEIGHT BLOCK:Modified Centripetal™ Core
FACTORY FINISH:1500-grit Polished
BALL COLOR:Red/White/Blue
DUROMETER:74-76 Rex D-scale
FLARE POTENTIAL:5” – 6” (High)
FRAGRANCE:Berries N Cream
WEIGHTS:12-16 lbs.
SKU:TUT

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Joshua Tajiri

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Storm/Roto Amateur Staff

Storm Hy-Road Solid Review by Zack Jellsey

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Storm_Hy_Road_Solid_Image__92124.1399126891.1280.1280Here is the review for the T-Road…err…Hyroad Solid :-)
The T-Road Solid was one of my favorite balls when I was bowling a lot of tournaments. I loved to use it on fresher patterns when I needed a smooth backend motion.

Went with my favorite 4.5×4.5 layout putting the pin above my ring finger. We tested this on USBC Team pattern and out of box this ball was a bit too early due to the lack of volume. In the video I left it at the out of box surface due to time constraints. Take my word for it, later on tried again and made surface adjustments down to 3k and this ball was an animal. Smooth and predictable but plenty responsive. I haven’t had a chance to use it much since unfortunately. (If you ever have questions dont hesitate to send me a facebook message). My rating for this one is 7/10, not gonna be a real head turner but a ball a serious tournament bowler should definitely have in their posession.hyroad_Solid_cad_hr__18058.1399126887.1280.1280

Shelf appeal is very average for the Hyroad Solid. Black and red combo is OK, but the VERY dull out of box finish tends to kill any life it may have had. Again not a head turner by any means but for it’s targeted audience who cares. I am gonna give it 5.5/10

COVERSTOCK:R2S™ Solid Reactive
WEIGHT BLOCK:Inverted Fe² Technology™
FACTORY FINISH:2000-grit PadBALL COLOR:Black/Red
DUROMETER:74-76 Rex D-scale
FLARE POTENTIAL:5” – 6” (High)
FRAGRANCE:Cherry
WEIGHTS:12-16 lbs.SKU:TYS

Until next time dudes and dudettes,
Zack

Storm Optimus Review by Zack Jellsey

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Storm_Optimus_Ball_Image__25601.1399127594.1280.1280Excited to bring y’all my review of Storm’s latest beauty the Optimus. Hard to imagine a ball trying to replace the ever popular Marvel Pearl but I think this is it.

Went with a 5×5 layout putting pin right above the bridge. We shot this video on the USBC Team pattern and this ball gave me quite a bit of length, probably too much actually. With a couple surface adjustments this ball responded very well. Used it at 2k and gave me all kinds of room and got it going thru the pins the right way.

Since the video I have used it on house shot a couple of times and WOW just plain wow. This thing is #beast! Slightly stronger and more angular than a Marvel Pearl. I love watching this ball roll. Reaction rating on this nugget is a solid 8.5/10. I wanna keep using this one.Tri_Sphere_Core__22017.1399127594.1280.1280

Shelf appeal on this one in my opinion is just about as good as it can get. When I first saw pics of it online I wasn’t a fan. In person it is gorgeous. Blue/red/white with neon logos have this thing jumpin out at you. This is an easy 9/10. I fully expect to sell a lot of these for its beauty and the way it rolls.

COVERSTOCK:R2X™ Pearl Reactive
WEIGHT BLOCK:Tri-Sphere™ Core
LIGHT WEIGHT BLOCK:Modified Centripetal™ Core
FACTORY FINISH:1500-grit Polished
BALL COLOR:Red/White/Blue
DUROMETER:74-76 Rex D-scale
FLARE POTENTIAL:5” – 6” (High)
FRAGRANCE:Berries N Cream
WEIGHTS:12-16 lbs.
SKU:TUT

Thank you for reading,
Zack

Storm Pitch Black Review by Joshua Tajiri

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Storm_Pitch_Black_Image__11748.1395242459.1280.1280I’m proud to review the new best urethane ball to the bowling ball market by Storm, “Pitch Black.” This ball is the real thing. It is not like the newer hooking urethanes. It’s much much similar to the old school urethanes which i loved and like. It’s in the same comparable category as the original Roto Grip Grenade.

The Pitch Black utilizes their new urethane formulated coverstock, Controll Solid Urethane. The inner core which powers this ball is Capacitor Core. Out of box this ball comes at 1000 grit abralon finish. Unlike most of the newer urethanes, this ball retains that same finishing surface for a very long time much like older urethanes.Capacitor Core_NEW_3

We threw this ball on the Kegel 35ft pattern, Boardwalk. I was able to play farther right which is exactly where I wanted to be. I compared it the Super Natural and the Pitch Black allowed me to stay further right and up the boards instead of swinging to the gutter which I had to do with the Super Natural. This ball is $$$$$ on shorter sport shots and low volume house shots. I could also see this ball coming into play on very very burnt lane conditions or houses with very high friction.

Based on performance in the category of urethane balls, I’m gonna grade this a Solid “A.” It does everything it was designed to do and has very good pin action at the pocket. Based off the cosmetics of this ball with the all solid black color and the dull finish with bright neon green logos, I will give it a “B.” Some people won’t be to thrilled with the really dull finish, but I personally love it. This ball will give you a great amount of control with a smooth motion towards the pocket with still packing a punch as it crushes the pins!

COVERSTOCK: Controll™ Solid Urethane

WEIGHT BLOCK: Capacitor™ Core

FACTORY FINISH: 1000-grit Pad

BALL COLOR: Pitch Black

DUROMETER: 72-74 Rex D-scale

FLARE POTENTIAL: 2” (Medium-Low)

FRAGRANCE: n/a

WEIGHTS: 12-16 lbs.

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Storm Pitch Black Review by Zack Jellsey

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Storm_Pitch_Black_Image__11748.1395242459.1280.1280 I’m pretty excited to bring you my review for Storm’s latest urethane ball, the Pitch Black. I was hoping and praying this ball acted like a urethane and not a modified unresponsive reactive urethane like so many recent attempts.

We tested this ball on the Kegel Boardwalk pattern, a sport compliant 35′ pattern that would allow these to shine. The layout I chose is 3 x 3 with a “crater” (weighthole) right on my axis. My favorite hook/stop for short oil patterns.

All I can say is…yes, this ball is indeed the real thing. This is urethane folks. Minimal flare, no bounce down lane, early roll. Everything I want in a ball like this. I had the most incredible look out on the gutter for our test video. With Josh as my witness, I must have thrown about 20ish in a row. Pitch Black is the real deal and I will never not have 1 in my bag for shorter stuff. Overall performance on my modified urethane reaction scale is 9/10 :-)
This one’s a winner!!
Capacitor Core_NEW_3
Shelf appeal could get some very mixed reviews, people will love AND hate it for it’s plain dull black finish, I personally like it being a bit more old skool. Goes with the ball and the lime green labels make it jump a little bit. I’ll say 8/10 (taking into consideration what the ball actually is).

COVERSTOCK: Controll™ Solid Urethane

WEIGHT BLOCK: Capacitor™ Core

FACTORY FINISH: 1000-grit Pad

BALL COLOR: Pitch Black

DUROMETER: 72-74 Rex D-scale

FLARE POTENTIAL: 2” (Medium-Low)

FRAGRANCE: n/a

WEIGHTS: 12-16 lbs.



Hope you enjoyed it,
Zack

Storm Wipe Out Review by Zack Jellsey

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Storm_Wipe_Out_Image__03679.1395242911.1280.1280You have now been sucked into reading my latest rambling, babbling ball review for the Storm Wipe Out. :-)
When I heard of this release I was really hoping it was their new Furious/2 Furious replacement, cuz I loved me some of those balls!!

I went with what is probably my new favorite symmetrical layout for the Wipeout, a 4.5 x 4.5 putting the pin over my ring finger. To be expected, this ball is slightly stronger but VERY similar to my last 2 Furious. I could see this ball getting a lot of use on fresher lighter volume patterns. We tested it on a fresh house shot and right out of the box it was pretty hard to not strike with it. I could play a few different angles all providing the same result, 10 back. I really like this one, possibly more than my 2 Furious but too soon to make that call. hahaha
I would give the Wipeout a 7/10 for overall performance, which is about as high as I could go for a lower end ball due to it’s limitations on heavier volumes. With that said, you won’t find too many better choices at this price point.lights_out_cad_rgb__50503.1395243086.1280.1280

Shelf appeal for Storm’s Wipeout could be much better in my opinion. I am not a fan of the blue/green solid mix. Just looks kinda blah to me. The logo colors and logo look good in neon yellow. I’ll say overall eye candy rating will be 4/10. Just doesn’t do it for me.

COVERSTOCK: R2S™ Solid Reactive

WEIGHT BLOCK: Turbine™ Core

FACTORY FINISH: 3000-grit Pad

BALL COLOR: Green/Navy

DUROMETER: 74-76 Rex D-scale

FLARE POTENTIAL: 3” – 4” (Medium)

FRAGRANCE: Spearmint

WEIGHTS: 10-16 lbs.


Thanks again folks,
Zack