The Storm Rocket seems to be the best hook bowling ball these days. I like Roto Grip, but this ball has people loving the smooth roll of this ball.
This is the latest edition to the thunder series,the R2S hybrid coverstock combined with a brand-new booster core (which is an improved version of the old Blue Hammer core) .Well, it sounds impressive anyway, and if it delivers a smooth roll and creates the best hook, then it should be! This is the same coverstock that the popular Hyroad uses,and that was and still is a popular ball. I was told the Storm Rocket was a”Rumble on steroids”. So, I would expect it to clear the mid lane smoothly, then turn a bit sharp to the pocket.
Well, I really like my Rumble! It quickly became my favorite go-to-ball. When I first got it, I was a bit nervous, because the back-end -break was a lot more than I wanted. But after a dozen or so games it settled in to a nice predictable break that I felt as comfortable with as that old worn shoe!
Well, let me tell you I had some wonderful days with that ball, and it made many an enjoyable afternoon. When the game actually feels easy, and effortless, you know your having a great day! I liked that ball so much I got another one about a year later, for fear they would retire the ball and it would become impossible to get another one(which they did, it’s no longer available).
Funny thing happened though, no matter what I did, the second Rumble, was not the same as the first one I bought. Why? I don’t really have an answer. I have a few theories, one being the size of the pin.The first Rumble I got had about a 4-1/2 inch pin on it, where the second one only had about a 3-1/2inch pin. Was that it? Like I said hard to say, exactly. I like the longer pins,so I will use that idea, for now and later on I will get into a discussion on pin length in more depth.
I was told by a friend, years ago, who actually was out on the pro tour briefly,the longer pins are by far a better hitting ball, and long pins usually go to the pros first. I guess because they request longer pin size more, I don’t really know. He died less than a year later, so I can’t ask him. I can tell you the local pro shop is still looking for a 5″ pin for me, in the rocket. I’m in no real hurry, fall leagues are a couple of months away. And I want to see how it works on league oil anyway. If it is close to my rumble, should be a great ball!
I had the Storm Rocket on order for a longer pin, and could not get one after weeks of trying, I found out that the longer pin is getting harder to get. It appears that higher quality control standards of manufacturing bowling balls has resulted in less longer pins being used, So I decided to cancel the order. A Motive Forza was already in the local pro shop and happened to have about a 4″ pin, and I decided on just getting it instead. I like how it delivers a smooth controlled line to the pocket. Don’t get me wrong, plenty of people still like the Rocket, and plenty of people still like the Forza. If I have to make a choice, I slightly favor the Forza for appearing to pick up less oil so far.
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