What Is A Benchmark Bowling Ball? | My Definition Of a Benchmark Bowling Ball

Todays video we go over a topic that doesn't get talked about a whole lot if at all


 We are taking a look at what makes a bowling ball a “Benchmark” ball. A benchmark ball can be so many different things to so many bowlers so we are looking at what I consider to be a benchmark bowling ball and why!

Roto Grip Idol Helios bowling ball

The Roto Grip Idol is back, and this time its set to light up the lanes! Introducing the Roto Grip Idol Helios, featuring the proven Ikon core, wrapped in a new XtremeTrax™ Coverstock. This high performance bowling ball will be a great match up on medium to heavy oil patterns.

On the inside you will find the low RG, higher differential symmetrical Ikon™ Core made famous in the original IDOL™. But on the outside, it’s the coverstock of this ball that is going to help you outshine and outscore your competition. Our newest coverstock technology known as XtremeTrax™, features “chemically charged” nano particles which create the highest amount of responsiveness to friction we have ever seen from a nano particle material. But don’t worry, the nano particles will still provide plenty of traction in oil before the “chemical charge” kicks in down lane to provide more change of direction than the original IDOL before it.

Originally introduced in the IDOL™ back in March of 2018, the Ikon Core has become a fan favorite and staple in the arsenals of all the top professionals around the globe. This low RG, high differential symmetrical core revs up in the midlane while providing outstanding continuation down lane which allows it to be used by all styles of players from any angle on the lane.

XtremeTrax™ Coverstock
Derived from countless hours of mixing, formulating, and testing, the Xtreme Traction (XtremeTrax™) material pushes us into boundaries of scientific chemistry. We started with the base materials of our MicroTrax™ coverstock and went down a new path in terms of chemistry by adding different chemicals which in turn created “chemical charges” to the nano-particles, thus making a material that not only digs in on heavy oil, but also provides more responsiveness and reaction down lane than traditional nano materials.

Coverstock: XtremeTrax™ Solid Reactive
Weight Block: Ikon Core (Symmetrical)
Color: Radiant Orange
Factory Finish: 2000-grit Abralon
Flare Potential: High
Condition: Medium/Heavy Oil
Radius of Gyration (RG) 15lbs – 2.49
Differential (Diff) 15lbs – 0.052

900 global honey badger intensity bowling ball

The Honey Badger Intensity will build upon the success of the Honey Badger Revival by giving the player that famous Honey Badger shape on heavier oil conditions.

The S70 Solid Cover, finished at 4000 Grit Abralon, will provide more traction in the oil versus the polished hybrid cover found on the Honey Badger Revival. The Honey Badger Intensity will provide a dynamic skid/flip shape on the heavier patterns. This cover has been purposely engineered to give you a different look on heavy oil.

The Grapnel 2.0 Core Quickly became known as a piece that will lope through the front part of the lane with very little effort and change direction sharply. Most heavy oil balls feature lower RG’s to promote early revolutions off the player’s hand. Not no with the Grapnel 2.0. This, combined with the cover, will promote a truly unique shape on the fresh patterns.

Coverstock: S70 Solid Reactive

Finish: 4000 Abralon

Color: Pink/Blue Navy

Core: Grapnel 2.0 Asymmetric

Flare Potential: Medium-High


Available Weights: 12-16 Lbs

storm iq tour nano pearl bowling ball

The premise is wickedly simple: create a ball that’s worthy of your time, energy, and dollars. It’s no mystery that the !Q has become a staple in Storm’s lineup of high performance bowling balls. Favored by bowlers of all levels all over the globe, anyone and everyone can benefit from the benchmark reaction the !Q series is able to provide.

We’re just like you. We’ve never been more excited about the game’s latest equipment. We can’t wait to toss every core, cover, and finish to create something unique to its own. The !Q Tour Nano Pearl is one of those balls that made it through our rigorous scrutiny that’ll be a game-changer for you. We know it. We tried it. We’re just like you.

Your favorite benchmark is back, but with a twist! Nano Pearl Reactive has never been amidst this series, until now. We decided a bridge needed to be built between our beloved !Q Tour Edition and its more robust counterparts: Phaze™ II and Axiom™. What’s been created is yet another distinct reaction that’s sure to connect with many bowlers across a multitude of styles. More midlane, more backend, and still all -forgiving – exactly what the !Q series is renowned for.

Speaking of predictability, no core in bowling provides smooth, consistent ball reaction better than the C3 Centripetal Control core. That’s why we placed that beauty at the heart of the !Q Tour Nano Pearl. After all, you can never have too much of a good thing! And you can never have too much of “The Bowler’s Company™.”

Fragrance: Orange Glaze
Coverstock: Nano Pearl Reactive
Weight Block: C3 Centripetal Control Core
Factory Finish: 3000-grit Abralon
RG: 2.49 (15lb)
Diff: 0.029 (15lb)

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