Storm Nova Bowling Ball In A Galaxy of it’s Own – Like No Other Bowling Ball Out

This was supposed to be a comparison video of some sort, but there’s really nothing else to compare it to.

storm nova bowling ball


Color: Hot Pink/Lime/Jet Black
Coverstock: R2X Hybrid Reactive
Weight Block: Ignition Core
Factory Finish: 3000 Grit Abralon
Flare Potential: High
Radius of Gyration (RG): 15lbs – 2.49
Differential (Diff): 15lbs – 0.052
Intermediate Diff: 0.019
Fragrance: Cherry Apple Slush

Hey everybody, welcome to a deeper look at the Nova

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This was supposed to be a comparison video of some sort, but there’s really nothing else to compare it to.  Usually when I do comparisons I try to focus on balls that are similar or that appear similar on paper so that you can get a feel for how and if they’re similar or how they’re different.  Most people don’t see much beyond sym or asym, or pearl, hybrid or solid, so I try to break down the rest.  I know it’s complicated, but it’s just part of the deal. 

Upon looking around at what was similar to compare it to, there really isn’t anything. 

The Incite was quite similar, but earlier, stronger, and smoother.  The RST X-1 is really the only thing on the same wavelength, so we’ll take a look at it first.  

The RST X-1 was kind of a replacement for the PhysiX.  A little weaker core, not quite so early, and virtually the same cover. 

The X-1 ends up being longer and a bit rounder than the PhysiX, the differences are there but marginal.  Now between the X-1 and the Nova, the X-1 cover of MicroTrax, which is virtually NRG, is stronger than the Nova’s  R2X cover.  Both hybrids, but the formulas are different, cover formulas are a major part behind offering variation beyond just the pearl, hybrid, solid types.  With the cores, it’s easy to see when you understand the numbers.  A lower RG like the Nova has at 2.49 will roll sooner and rev faster than one at 2.53 like the RST, so the Nova revs a little earlier, but also has a cleaner cover, which means it doesn’t get traction as early as the RST and will be a little sharper.  The aggregate or total package for both of them puts them in a similar place, but I find the RST has the extra motion down lane while the Nova stabilizes earlier.  The RST WANTS to be sharper down lane and the Nova WANTS to control the midlane more.  

roto grip rst x-1 bowling ball

Coverstock Name MicroTrax
Coverstock Style Hybrid
Coverstock Type Reactive
Weight Block RST Core = Roto Star Tour (Asymmetrical)
Color Black / Dark Forest / Forest Pearl
Finish 3000 Abralon
Finish Method Can be Polished OR Can be Sanded More
Durometer 73-75 on D-Scale
Flare Potential High
Weights 16lbs – 12lbs

RG: 2.53
DIFF: .053

Storm Nova VS Roto Grip UFO Alert Bowling Ball

The next closest would probably be the UFO Alert, it kind of maybe somewhat acts like a shiny Nova, but the Alert wants to be like a big shiny IQ Tour, it’s got that really round controllable shape throughout the lane.  The Nova kind of manages and controls the lane like it does, but with the surface on it, it’s a little stronger and smoother.  Even shiny I think it’d still be a little earlier and slower than the Alert, the Ignition core in the Nova is stronger, and the cover is marginally stronger, but at the same surface they wouldn’t be terribly far apart.  The Nova and Alert I think would be better compliments than any kind of competition, the general feel is just off, and if I was trying to fill that spot in my bag, I wouldn’t have any trouble deciding between the two, so that lets me know that they aren’t as close as they might look.  

Beyond that, we have nothing else in the line that’s remotely close and even if you have an X1 or an Alert, the Nova will fit because it’s just a different look. 

roto grip ufo alert bowling ball

COVERSTOCK:e-Trax Hybrid Reactive
CORE: E.T. Core
COLOR: Purple Solid/Emerald/Teal
FINISH: 1500-grit Polished
CONDITION: Medium Oil – Medium/Heavy Oil
RG (15lb): 2.52
Diff (15lb): .054

900 Global Altered Reality or Storm Dark Code VS Storm Nova? 

The Altered Reality is cleaner and a fair amount faster, the Parallax Effect is just more across the board, the X2 is way cleaner, the Dark Code is cleaner but stronger, and so on and so forth.  Realistically everything runs closer together on the lane than it does on paper, but isolating specific differences and characteristics like this is what helps elevate your game.  We’ve seen it so many times on tv from the pros, who are elite and can make anything look great, but if they’re in the wrong ball, it means the difference in them winning or losing, and most of bowling is mental.  You have to be a student of several different facets of the game and equipment is a big part of it.  It’s not guesswork or getting lucky, it’s reading and recognizing the nuances and subtleties of ball reaction.  It’s definitely quite complicated and involved, but spend time watching video and seeing what the ball does all the way down the lane rather than just how sharp or how slow it is on the backend.  The Nova will be available January 14th, thanks for watching and may the strikes be with you.  

900 global altered reality bowling ball

Color: Salmon/Black/Silver
Coverstock: S84 Response Pearl
Weight Block: Disturbance Asymmetric
Factory Finish: 1500-grit Polished
Flare Potential: High
Radius of Gyration (RG): 16lbs – 2.48; 15lbs – 2.49; 14lbs – 2.50
Differential (Diff): 16lbs – 0.052; 15lbs – 0.052; 14lbs – 0.052
Intermediate Differential (Diff): 16lbs – 0.018; 15lbs – 0.018; 14lbs – 0.018

storm dark code bowling ball

Coverstock – ReX Pearl Reactive
Weight Block – RAD4™ Core
Factory Finish – 1500-grit Polished
Ball Color – Obsidian
Fragrance – Cherry Delight
RG (15lb) – 2.50
Diff (15lb) – .058


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