Hammer Bad Ass Review by Zack Jellsey


HMR_Bad_AssHere is my review for the highly anticipated and slightly controversial release from Hammer, the Bad Ass! Gutsy move to give a ball that name without being able to strike a bunch!

I put my favorite symetrical layout on the Bad Ass. Went with 5×4.25 putting the pin directly above my bridge. This layout usually allows me to see a balls maximum potential for midlane read and strong backend.

This ball has motion I haven’t really seen from a Hammer ball in quite awhile. Reads the mids quite well, can get a bit squirty with the out of box surface. I had best success after hittin the cover with a 2k pad by hand. Big backend ball for Hammer in my opinion, I find most of their stuff is much smoother. I loved throwin the Bad Ass.HMR_Bad_Ass_Core

First series out of the box I popped 247, 289, 300 for 836. This ball is a great combination of smooth and angular enough to shred thru the pins. This in my opinion could be Hammer’s biggest release since the Black Widow…ya I went there!! I will give the Bad Ass 8.5/10 for reaction, would be higher but limited with out of box surface or in heavy oil. Regardless, this is gonna be a winner for Hammer.

Shelf appeal is off the charts for no other reason than the name and eye popping logo. A mix of Hammer’s colors orange and black with a “Bad Ass” logo earns Hammer a 9/10 for shelf appeal. I like the name, not offended at all, and the name fits the ball.


REACTION                        SKID FLIP

CORE                               SPHEROID


COLOR                             BLACK / ORANGE

FINISH                             500, 2000 ABRALON AND FACTORY POLISH AT 300 RPM

WEIGHT                           12-16 LB.


#16 RG (2.49) Diff (.042)
#15 RG (2.48) Diff (.048)
#14 RG (2.52) Diff (.047)
#13 RG (2.56) Diff (.030)
#12 RG (2.63) Diff (.025)

Until next time peeps,

Storm Crux Review by Joshua Tajiri


Storm_Crux_image__34861.1409488338.1280.1280Storm Crux

Storm is going big with its latest asymmetrical ball, CRUX. Using the same coverstock as the Lucid, Zero Gravity, and Byte, the Crux has the ERG Hybrid Coverstock with a Catalyst Core on the inside. This in my opinion is one of storms best core designs. The core was intended to get this ball to have the same motion even when you have that one shot of an inconsistent release. The Catalyst Core design has a built in cavity for the thumb hole. In doing so, this helps create consistent numbers after drilling and still keeping most of the mass of the core in tact without drilling into the core and still allowing multiple drill patterns. This ball comes at a 3000 grit abralon finish. I drilled this ball with a Dual Angle 55° x 5″ x 45° placing the pin above my ring finger.

I threw this ball on your typical house shot. After the first couple of shots, I was in love. I rarely see this type of motion from an asymmetrical ball. The Crux gave me a tremendous amount of energy retention throughout the entire skid/roll phases. It never say any loss of energy and plowed the pins like a big rig truck. This ball never hooked up early, but it still read the mid part of the lanes very well. I will be able to use this ball from Heavy to Medium oil patterns. If you are bowling on something with a little more oil this ball works just fine with a hand sand 2k finish to get it the ball to pick up if it’s shooting past the breakpoint. For your little drier or lighter volume conditions, you can take this to a 4k or a 1500 polished to give it more length and skid through the heads and more energy retention downlane with backend.CatalystCore__47743.1409492331.1280.1280

All types of styles and players will be able to use this ball. From cranker to strokers and from slow ball speeds to high ball speeds, this is the ball for everyone. It can be used from multiple angles on the lane and gives a motion that everyone desires.

Based off performance, I’ll give this ball a perfect “A+.” I hardly ever actually it is ever see an asymmetrical ball roll this good. Be sure to get one of these in your bag. IT IS A MUST FOR ALL BOWLERS! Based off the cosmetics of the ball, I will give it an “A.” I really like the black, purple, & white color combination on the Crux with the amazing scented Pomegranate smell. This is a must have in every bowlers bag from a tournament bowler to a typical league bowler.

The Crux is the ball you’ve all been waiting for!! You don’t just bowl with it; YOU WIN WITH IT!

COVERSTOCK: ERG™ Hybrid Reactive

WEIGHT BLOCK: Catalyst™ Core

FACTORY FINISH: 3000-grit Pad

BALL COLOR: Purple Pearl/White Pearl/Black

DUROMETER: 73-75 Rex D-scale


FRAGRANCE: Pomegranate

WEIGHTS: 12-16 lbs.


Lbs. RG Diff. Interm. Diff.
16 2.50 0.051 0.016
15 2.50 0.052 0.017
14 2.54 0.050 0.015
13 2.57 0.032 0.010
12 2.59 0.029 0.008

Roto Grip Hysteria Review by Joshua Tajiri


10359099_756783091031916_6196482419701727707_o__06384.1403721171.1280.1280Roto Grip Hysteria

From the HP-3 line that produced the ever popular Disturbed, Deranged, and Asylum, now comes a whole new look with the HYSTERIA! This is Roto Grips latest upper mid performance ball with a reaction I haven’t seen in a long time. You all remember the Nomad Solid? Well, this ball is just like it. The Hysteria uses the 67MH coverstock finished at a 1500-polished. Although this is a solid, the factory finish comes shined for a strong and continuous backend motion without hooking in the heads. This ball uses the Late Roll 69 core which helps the ball get through the fronts and demolishing the pins with all its energy.

I drilled my Hysteria with a 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″. This is one of my standard layouts to get the ball into a roll while having a strong, continuous backend motion.Hysteria_CAD__47304.1404167635.1280.1280

For me, this ball has a very strong backend. On a hook scale of 1-10 in the backends, this ball is a 10. I have never seen a ball hook so much downlane without quitting when it hits the pins. This ball is a good compliment when you need a ball to pop off the spot.

For performance, I give this ball a “A-.” Based off looks, I give this a “A.” I love the color scheme and how the orange logos makes the ball stand out.

16 2.56 0.048 n/a
15 2.58 0.049 n/a
14 2.61 0.050 n/a
13 2.59 0.045 n/a
12 2.65 0.035 n/a

Roto Grip Sinister Review by Joshua Tajiri


sinisterRoto Grip Sinister

Introducing the latest top of the line ball from Roto Grip, the Sinister. This ball uses the 76H coverstock wrapped around the new Cage Core. This ball out of box comes at a 4000-grit abralon finish. With this finish, it still gives the ball push through the fronts without sacrificing a strong mid-lane recovery. I was shocked that this ball was able to retain so much energy being a asymmetrical ball.

I drilled this ball with a 45° x 4 1/2″ x 30°. I went with this layout to get the ball into the roll and still have an angular backend motion.

The motion on this ball is the perfect complement to be between the Hyper Cell and Totally Defiant. At its out of box finish, you will see good push through the heads while still reading the mid part of the lane and still retaining energy as it hits the pins. I like this ball because normally for asymmetrical equipment they tend to die out when it hits the breakpoint, but this ball does the opposite packing a punch as it hits the breakpoint.

For me, I could see this ball coming into play on medium to heavy oily lane conditions. It will be good on the fresh on your typical house shot. For sport shots, this ball works really well on short patterns and long patterns. If you don’t see enough movement and is passing the breakpoint, don’t be afraid to surface the Sinister to 2000, 1000, or even 500.

Based off performance, I give this ball an “A-.” Based off looks, I give this ball an “A.” I like the colors on this ball. It looks like a wrecker with green added to it.Sinister_CAD__46285.1404169438.1280.1280

Coverstock Name 76H™
Coverstock Style Hybrid
Coverstock Type Reactive
Weight Block Cage™ Core
Color Neon Yellow & White Pearl / Navy Solid
Finish 4000-grit pad
Finish Method Can be polished
Durometer 73-75 on D-Scale
Flare Potential 7+ Inches/High
Weights 12lbs – 16lbs
Release Date 08/26/14

Brunswick Melee Cross Review by Zack Jellsey


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

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Brunswick Fortera Exile Review by Zack Jellsey


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

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Motiv Octane Review by Zack Jellsey


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

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. :-)


Storm Hy-Road Solid Review by Joshua Tajiri


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
DUROMETER:74-76 Rex D-scale
FLARE POTENTIAL:5” – 6” (High)
WEIGHTS:12-16 lbs.

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Storm Optimus Review by Joshua Tajiri


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.

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Joshua Tajiri

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Storm Hy-Road Solid Review by Zack Jellsey


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™
DUROMETER:74-76 Rex D-scale
FLARE POTENTIAL:5” – 6” (High)

Until next time dudes and dudettes,