Report Card & Follow Up Review: Storm Incite Bowling Ball by Luke Rosdahl

i was not a fan out of the box on the storm incite but after some use i am a huge fan

First Impressions on the Storm Incite 

Hello and welcome to a bit different video, it’s kind of a report card for the Incite, but also a bit of an addition and adjustment to my original review.  I’m going to show you some footage from the original review, and then add in some new footage later in the video.  Neither Angel nor I were big on the Incite at first, it smells great, but the shelf appeal is average and it basically acted like an Omega Crux.  Being that the Omega was still around at that time, I didn’t really get it, I already had an Omega that I liked, Angel wasn’t big on either one, and despite the Incite winding up better from deeper angles, I already had plenty of stuff that would do that.  However, I always preach that you can’t just put a couple games on a ball and be done with it, the covers have to get some use on them and get broken in like a baseball glove or a softball bat, so I still took it to several league nights and tournaments. 

Always Give Your New Bowling Ball a Fair Chance

The initial review is still important, because it lets you know exactly what you’re getting out of the box, and first impressions matter more than some people think or will admit.  If I don’t like a ball out of the box, it’s pretty hard for it to overcome that even with me trying to give it a fair chance, but if I were to spend a month or two taking a ball to league nights and tournaments on different lane conditions and different houses and put it through all its paces before I made a review, number one no one would care about a video for a ball that came out two months ago, and number two most importantly, it would reflect where the ball ends up at, not where it started, and sometimes where a ball ends up can be fairly different from where it starts.  If you go buy a ball expecting to get out of the box what I ended up with 30 or 40 games later, you’re going to end up with a pretty different ball in some cases.  

This Storm Incite Really Grew on Me Over Time

All that longwinded mess was just to say this is why I do it the way I do it, I make a review based on what I get out of the box and show you exactly what you can expect.  In the case of the Incite, if you keep it clean and keep the surface on it, that reaction is where it’s going to stay for quite a while.  However if you’re like me and most other people, I just let stuff shine up and only put the surface back on it if I’m at a tournament on something tougher or heavier and need that kind of look.  Most of the time, a sanded box surface on a ball already this strong is just going to be too much ball for your regular league, so letting it shine up knocks the hook potential down a bit, and also makes it longer and stronger.  As you continue to use it, even keeping it clean, the hard responsiveness or the edge is going to smooth out, the ball will become more forgiving, and generally work into something really nice.  The problem is that sometimes people love something out of the box and expect it to stay that way forever, which is ridiculous of course because literally everything changes, deteriorates, and or wears out, it’s just not realistic, but on the flip side, sometimes people don’t like a ball out of the box and go to get rid of it after a game or two, right after complaining about how expensive bowling balls while they were buying it, I imagine.  

Adding In New Footage of the Storm Incite & Why I Love It

As I add in the new footage, the Incite is a rare case of a ball that eventually won me over, and won me over big.  As I finished filming for the original video, the shots from deeper perked my ears up a bit, especially as the cover started to get a little shine on it.  It was definitely continuous which is a big plus for me, I don’t really get around the ball a ton so something that wants to be straighter usually puts it in a do not fly zone for me, and controllable but with bit of extra zip that the Omega just didn’t have.  The Omega wanted to be the Omega from everywhere, it was just an aggressive, round, smooth lane controlling ball.  The Incite gives me that same blend and control from straighter or if I’m soft with it, but if I need to move in and bang on it a bit, it can do that too.  R4S is a really strong cover but still a generally responsive formula type, so there’s a nice compromise between pattern blend and shape.  It’s still on the smoother side so if you need bigger shape, it’s still probably not going to be your first choice.  In the original review the ratings I gave were 8 for hook, 4 for length, and 4 for backend strength, but I’ve decided to adjust those up to 9, 5, 5 putting it at the same numbers as the RST X-1.  Aside from it being stronger, not quite as early, and sharper than I initially read it, it has a lot more in common with the RST than the Omega, they’re just different shapes.  The RST handles friction and shapes a bit differently, plus I’m finding they naturally like different zones on the lane, but they’re definitely close companions.  The RST rolls a bit earlier and is rounder, while the Incite winds up later down the lane, but they both hook virtually the same amount, start hooking at the same time, and have a similar friction response.  

Storm Incite is Extremely Versatile 

So while making the rounds the last couple months and seeing other people throw it, the Incite has worked its way into being the first ball in my second bag because I can do virtually anything with it.  If I stay out and take hand out of it, it kind of slowly walks in like an Omega.  If I get in and bang on it a bit, it turns into something more like a Rubicon.  It’s strong enough to handle heavier stuff, but the blend makes it play on my regular league shots where it’s been seeing a lot of action recently.  My conclusion is that the Incite is very quietly one of the most versatile balls in any of our 3 brands and should be getting the same amount of attention the Zen is.  For those with an Ordnance C4, the Incite is a bigger slash stronger version of it, and that’s another ball that’s unfortunately getting overlooked too.  I know it doesn’t exactly jump out at you on the wall in the shop, it does look quite a bit sharper with some shine on it, but I really hope it doesn’t get discontinued before anyone ever gives it a chance, or at least not before I have a couple cases stashed away anyway.  Where something like the Parallax Effect just didn’t work for me out of the box and never really did anything to change my mind, the Incite went the opposite direction and didn’t just find its way into the tournament options pile, it kicked a regular league ball out of the bag and now goes everywhere.  Once again, I’ve changed the ratings to a 9 for hook, 5 for length, and 5 for backend strength, it’s closest to the RST X-1 on hook potential, the IQ Tour Nano Pearl in length, and the Axiom in backend strength.   Select the next comparison you’d like to see from the links on the screen or scroll down to the description to find links to other choices.  Thanks for watching and may the strikes be with you.  

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Coverstock: R4S™ Hybrid Reactive

Finish: 3000 Grit

Core: Tensor™ Core

Radius of Gyration (RG): 2.48

Differential (Diff): .050

Intermediate Diff .013

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