Storm Trend 2 Bowling Ball Report Card by Luke Rosdahl

Storm Trend 2 bowling ball - The best belmo ball yet?

Storm Trend 2 Bowling Ball Report Card 

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The Newest Jason Belmonte Signature Bowling Ball – Storm Trend 2

The Trend 2 is Belmo ball number 5, and it features the NRG hybrid cover at a 1500 grit factory polish surface and the Piston LD core, which was modified from the original Piston core from the Pro Motion and Trend.  The adjustment raises the RG to 2.54, and drops the differential to .041 in 15 pounds.  This reduces the aggressiveness of the core, makes it want to get a bit further down the lane, and not flare as much.  The idea behind the Trend 2 was to be a compliment to the Trend, it was pretty popular and a lot of the tour players used it, but they all noticed the same thing, it was great from straighter angles but was too weak to chase the shot in very far, so the Trend 2 was built to be a deeper zone compliment.  By making the core a little weaker, it makes the ball want to get down the lane further, or move the reaction further down the lane to help with length. 

NRG hybrid however is quite a bit stronger than R2S Pearl, this still gives the ball some stability plus traction to get back from bigger angles. 

The total package gets easier length than the Trend, but winds up quicker further down the lane, which is what the point was.  Since it came out, results have been mixed, the buzz seems to have been somewhat muted by some of the more recent releases and announcements that have been popular, that doesn’t have anything to do with the Trend 2 performing as advertised, it’s exactly what they say it is.  

There was some big success quickly, especially out of the big rev high speed crowd because it allows them to get a handful, or two hands full as the case may be, at the bottom without worrying about the ball digging in or revving up too early and then giving up down lane. 

The Storm Trend 2 is sharp enough to give the lower rev crowd a bit of pop, but balanced enough to keep it controllable for bigger revs. 

Higher speeds and bigger rev rates will probably want to knock the shine off, that’ll make it more consistent, but with the shine on, it’s got enough length and pop for the lower rev and slower speed crowd to see good results with it too.  Bowling balls are stronger than people realize, and the Trend 2 is a pretty balanced and efficient tool.  I don’t think it’s as sexy as some other stuff, so that might be why it seems like the buzz has died down, but I think the tournament bowlers that give it a shot are going to see the versatility and the idea when something like a Hyroad Pearl is just too weak and a Zen is too early and slow.  

For us, Angel prefers her Hyroad and I need stuff to wind up sooner and be smoother down lane, so it fits for her but she has better looks and I just don’t ever see a situation where something like that would be useful for me.  Even when they’re dry, I need something like a Hustle Camo.  Despite it not fitting for either of us, I think it’s an amazing look for the high speed and high rev crowd at about 3000 grit, those that have it will understand.  I hope it doesn’t end up being another case of the Pro Motion, a really great but misunderstood and underappreciated ball that people only started to click with after it was gone.  Thanks for watching and may the strikes be with you. 

storm trend 2 bowling ball

Coverstock Name E-Trax+
Coverstock Style Pearl
Coverstock Type Reactive
Weight Block RST Core = Roto Star Tour (Asymmetrical)
Color Tanzanite
Finish 1500 Polished
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

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