Storm Ice Bowling Ball Review [Indepth Guide]

Who doesn’t love a solid spare bowling ball? What if your spare ball can also be used as a strike ball? Does it sound tempting? Well, the Storm Ice Bowling Ball is an all-rounder in that matter. Although Storm is best known for its high-performance bowling balls, but not everyone in the bowling market is interested in that. For newbies and occasional bowlers- Storm Ice can be an ultimate statement. Hence this Storm Ice bowling ball review to help you know why this ball is so loved by its fans.

Why You Should Pick It?

A spare ball that is also great as a strike ball is great when your aim is high enough, and the pattern is dry enough- anything is possible. Whether you want to fly the pins or knock down just the leftover pins, Storm Ice has great adaptability and carry down lane.

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Coverstock

Considering plastic is supposed to just pick up spares and deflate. Usually, plastic balls don’t carry through the lanes like reactive resin or even like urethane. Thankfully, Storm Ice is unexpectedly great even though it has polyester coverstock- like an ideal entry-level bowling ball supposed to be. Previously, we have seen such top-notch coverstock in the Pyramid Path polyester ball.

Although it’s rare, Storm Ice’s coverstock is actually Polyester Pearl. The surface is polished at a 3500 Grit factory finish, just like Storm Mix ones. The bone dry lanes Storm is suggesting for this ball, we were pretty skeptical at first. But later, when we found out about its finish, we immediately knew how great Storm Ice would be.

Core Type

A ball’s overall functionality depends on its core type. Well great for Storm Ice because, like their Storm Mix, the Ice Storm also comes with the traditional 3-piece core that is known for its ability to enhance predictability.

Ice Storm offers unique dependability on the dry lanes, meaning, not only it’s a great option as a spare ball for regular players or a strike ball for beginners. It skids down the lane with minimal effort and movement, but at the same time gets the job done. Oftentimes, asymmetrical balls feel heavier on one side particularly. Unlikely, Storm Ice has a symmetrical core which gives this 3-piece core ball superior balance, and precise and even performance.

Color

Is blue your favorite color? It’s pretty hard to find an azure-like blue-colored bowling ball. Our first impression of Storm Ice’s ball color is that we wowed. The beautiful blue/white pearly color combination is very aesthetic to look at.

Overall Performance

Breakpoint Shape

Storm Ice has a lot of good carry as a strike ball, more than a plastic ball should. To be honest, as a striking ball, it is quite similar to urethane, and even as a reactive resin as a matter of fact. Beginners with lower rave rates can definitely start with Storm Ice as their first bowling ball to roll it straight down lane without any particular breakpoint in the middle.

Because of being highly polished, the ball reacts to the dry lanes. The ball shows its finesse as soon as it gets in contact with the lane. So what if you aren’t a beginner and just want to increase your average? Should you still get this ball for spare shooting? Undoubtedly, yes! If spare shooting is your weak point, it’s time you overcome that with Storm Ice. It will step up your spare shooting ability immediately. Even if you miss here and there as everyone does, the ball will still assist you to a higher average. It will give you plenty of lengths and a banging backend reaction.

Total Hook

With a differential of 0.0005 (low) and an RG of 2.71 (high), the ball is not capable of hooking. Once released, it will maintain a straight rolling. On top of that, it has low flare potential (1”-2”), similar to Storm Mix, meaning the will be great from straight strikes and spare shots. Novice players can easily score strikes with this ball. The ball will skid through the fronts, midlane, and downlane sustaining its performance and energy.

Strengths

Durable

Polyester balls tend to wear and tear easily. In fact, they lose their predictability over time. Unlike other polyester balls in the market, Storm Ice, despite having polyester coverstock is here to ensure durability that other materials just can’t offer oftentimes. Plus, the durometer scale shows its score “73-75 Rex D-Scale”.

Perfect for Spare Shooting

Both new and pro bowlers can utilize this ball to get back on the track for unique precision and perfection for spare shots. It even makes a great straight ball for bowlers who throw with high revs and want the ball to stay straight on their spares. If you want to convert tough spares easily, this is the ball you want in your life.

Good for Dry lanes

No matter what they maintains a good carry all the way to the pins as long as the lanes are desert dry.

Weaknesses

Not recommended for High hook lover

The Storm Ice is not really the hardest-hitting ball. Particularly, high rev players who want to score unlimited strikes, this ball is not for them. Moreover, the ball doesn’t hook enough for a powerful pin knockdown. Therefore, professional and high rev players should avoid this as a strike ball.

Not recommended for Heavy Oil Lanes

Oil pattern is the biggest enemy for this ball. If rolled on heavier and complex oil patterns, the ball will simply lose its length and won’t even able to knock down pins. The ball is friction-friendly, which means oil absorption is a big NO.

Conclusion

Storm Ice is painfully underrated. Now that you understand why this ball is so great, I don’t think you would ignore this ball any longer. Despite your level of bowling skills, you should own a Storm Ice bowling ball. The ball will keep up your performance on the days you’re not up to your game. So don’t miss out on those potential spares, or possible strikes- and pull out Storm Ice from your arsenal for an intriguing bowling match.

Brian

I’m an aspiring bowler with an immense love for bowling. I started playing the game at a very early age and it’s been an integral part of my life ever since.

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