High V | Storm Phaze V Bowling Ball Video Review

This is our review of the Storm Phaze V/5 bowling ball!

Storm Phaze 5 Bowling Ball

Can you feel it? That’s power. Pure, unchecked tournament-winning power. Combining proven technologies, the Phaze V is an alchemy of components that will provide nothing but soaring scores. Every ball has the general desire to imagine itself as the start of something entirely new, unbeholden to what has come before. When the salt settles, we’re left with neither triumph nor tragedy. Instead, it’s one more chapter in the continuing saga, punctuated by a moment of genuine awe. One of those moments is right now.

This low RG gem has a strong heart. Being one of the most aggressive symmetrical balls ever devised, your shots become more comfortable so you can bowl with effortless focus on your shot quality. The Velocity Core is designed to help you play at pace with more revs, power and control, for true consistency. There is a reason this construction has turned into the go-to chassis for professionals around the world.

The Phaze 5 is the reissue of the Phaze 4 in a different color and with the new Reacta Gloss finish. It comes with the tried and tested R2S Pearl shell, which you’ve also seen on the Hy-Road Pearl & Trend. With this surface, it glides longer than the Phaze III and gives off a stronger backend response.

What’s noticeable is that his mid lane movement isn’t all that much smaller. So you get a ball here that is really versatile. It will mainly be used on house patterns and played sports patterns. With the new color pattern you can also see its rotational movement very well.

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BOWLING BALL COVER NAME

RADIUS OF GYRATION: RG (15LB)

DIFFERENTIAL: DIFF (15LB)

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BALL WEIGHT

BOWLING BALL COLOR

BALL PERFORMANCE LEVEL

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Storm Phaze 4 Bowling Ball

Can you feel it? That’s power. Pure, unchecked tournament-winning power. Combining proven technologies, the Phaze 4 is an alchemy of components that will provide nothing but soaring scores. Every ball has the general desire to imagine itself as the start of something entirely new, unbeholden to what has come before. When the salt settles, we’re left with neither triumph nor tragedy. Instead, it’s one more chapter in the continuing saga, punctuated by a moment of genuine awe. One of those moments is right now.

This low RG gem has a strong heart. Being one of the most aggressive symmetrical balls ever devised, your shots become more comfortable so you can bowl with effortless focus on your shot quality. The Velocity Core is designed to help you play at pace with more revs, power and control, for true consistency. There is a reason this construction has turned into the go-to chassis for professionals around the world.

The Phaze series’ aggressive nature has carried over to the Phaze 4. This time, it focuses its power on the backend, where it matters most. R2S Pearl is the missing ingredient Storm Nation has been craving for years. You spoke. We listened. Wow the crowd at the stock 1500-grit polished finish or take control and matte it down to your desired ideal texture. Either way, R2S responds supremely well to adjustments.

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BOWLING BALL CORE SHAPE

BOWLING BALL CORE NAME

BOWLING BALL COVERSTOCK TYPE

BOWLING BALL COVER NAME

RADIUS OF GYRATION: RG (15LB)

DIFFERENTIAL: DIFF (15LB)

MASS BIAS STRENGTH

FLARE POTENTIAL

SURFACE FINISH

BALL LANE CONDITIONS

BALL WEIGHT

BOWLING BALL COLOR

BALL PERFORMANCE LEVEL

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Here is our review for the storm phase 5. Angel and myself in this one and I’m gonna come at this from a different angle we’re going to try a more in-depth analysis where we do more than just throw the ball and talk General reaction this is going to be more like an actual product review so it’s going to be longer than normal let me know down in the comments if you liked it and if I earned a like and a sub lots of channels beg you to like and sub I’m going to try to earn it so let me know how I did the short version is that the phase 5 is a straight remake of the phase four but with different colors and scent blueberry crumble is close to the blueberry Buckle from the infinite physics but is a little less fruity and more cookie for those interested or that it’s relevant to for sensitivities or allergies cover stock formula is r2s Pearl with the new reactor gloss finish we’ll talk more about react to gloss later in the video core is the symmetric velocity core at a 248 RG and an o51 differential in 15 pounds which Angel and I both use this core is about as strong as you’re going to get before moving up to something asymmetric we’re bowling on the typical house shot at Royal Crest Lanes in Lawrence Kansas Lane surfaces about 15 year old Brunswick pro-lane it’s in good condition medium friction and the house shot is similar to Kegel’s Easy Street just at 25 or 26 mils so medium volume and medium difficulty for a house shot I’d say we see an above average amount of shape here ball reaction usually looks pretty sexy layout check for Angel four and five eighths by three and a half by two and a half second number of course doesn’t matter on a symmetric Ball but it’s a pinup layout for her her personal specs are in the description for reference but she uses this layout on everything it’s predictable and consistent medium pin to access point strength and the two and a half pin
buffer is also getting towards medium gives her a continuous and controllable motion that’s stable without being too much too early and that gives her a bit of Pop without being too sharp or jerky if you don’t really understand layouts Storm’s pin buffer layout system Trilogy on YouTube is a great reference to explain it all I’ve got that Linked In the description below just like her P4
Angels P5 is pretty magical so that’ll give me some time to get a little deeper on the analysis Angel Loves All Things shiny r2s Pearl so it’s no surprise that this ball looks perfect for her when people say they want or need a pearl ball the r2s Pearl formula with a shiny surface is specifically what they’re imagining covertac has of course continued to evolve and depending on which formula you’re talking about the traditional ideas about Pearl hybrid and solid cover types may not apply at all some Pearls of different formulas are very early and smooth r2s Pearl specifically has been around for a while and very popular because it gives you that skid snap motion you’re envisioning but that manages to be more consistent than you’d expect usually when you add shape or friction response you sacrifice some control because you’re making the ball stronger off the dry and weaker in the oil but this cover manages to really balance response and control which is why it’s been so popular and has had such longevity recently we’ve seen it on balls like the astrophysics IQ Emerald Trend and of course the phase four unfortunately the phase four had to be discontinued due to the USBC ruling against it but storm didn’t leave us hanging the velocity core was made Popular by The Phase 2 which is still in production and is popular due to its rolly fast revving and continuous climbing Arc shape this makes it incredibly versatile because you can make it blend from straighter angles or get it back from very deep ones because it wants to keep continuing to continue the phase 5 from a roll and shape standpoint is a weaker Pearl version of The Phase 2 the general reaction characteristics and shot shape are there just of course in a weaker but more responsive package due to the cover difference another comparison would be that it’s a stronger original Trend familiar rolls but with the extra core strength the P5 rolls a bit earlier and revs stronger while maintaining the friction response when it comes to the new Factory finished shine of reacta gloss we can’t feel or see a difference between it and the former 1500 grit polish either by look touch or reaction so if you were a fan of the previous Factory poly finish you’re in luck if you didn’t like the shine you’ll have to scuff it off like you used to and as always box surface is just a suggestion I always recommend resetting it so that you know what it is and you can replicate it we stuck with the
reactive gloss for this video to check it out but we think that you can treat
it like regular polish it seems to be indistinguishable now the test phase four same layout same condition same everything aside from it being the previous 1500 grit polish I expected this to be somewhat different anyway because the phase four to begin with was a little heavier rolling than I expected it reminds us both a lot of the Sonic for more than just Optics it wants to slow down a little more it’s a little more defined at the break point straighter off the end of the pattern and while the P5 is a little rounder the P4 is more of an arc now generally speaking they’re doing close to the same thing the shot shape I think you can see just adds a wrinkle and it does create some differences the P4 is going to be flat sometimes because it’s clean defined Archy and a little straighter
off the the end of the pattern the P5 is a little rounder and more blendy so it’s
going to get more of the off pocket hits because it’s also more continuous it’s also a little easier to get deeper with because the P4 wants to straighten out more so it’s going to be tougher to get it to pick up and drive we’re with the P5 it’s rounder and more continuous so it’s going to pick up and climb up and through the pocket where the P4 is going to need you to get around it more for
that to happen at the same time the P5 is a touch slower so it actually feels a bit weaker overall versus the P4 definitely a bit easier down the lane it still covers boards it still pops still gets work done and we both feel like the P5 is the better version personally flipping sides I took a little extra time to think about what I wanted to do with the P5 and we’ll start with the P4 while I walk through what I was thinking and why I was thinking it this is new footage too as I’m throwing it quite a bit better at the moment they’re just too big of an execution gap between the P4 review and this one to fairly compare them with the origin original footage I got for the P4 I’ve been putting up videos and talking a lot about layouts recently and this was an opportunity for me to test something my typical
symmetric layout is four by two it looks great on the vast majority of things including my last two phase threes so for the P4 I thought I’d copy paste and
be fine to be fair I’ve got a rough history with stronger symmetric r2s Pearl balls the Sonic was average I had two emeralds ready two Lefty none of which were good the trend was average but always seemed to see the lane too late so I wasn’t optimistic going into the P4 but it ended up being worse than I expected it just locks up right off my hand it slows down straightens out it just never rolls it kind of Lopes and jerks and when the and while the pins are going down I don’t like the way it’s going through them that’s not to say it’s terrible I can still strike with it but it’s so much more difficult to do with the P4 than with other balls it fights me that it just fights me the whole way so after the conversations with the 9 Road layout because of that cover core mismatch and trying something different there I took a step back and rethought things for the P5 as well
medium strength cover really strong symmetric core that I’m juicing even further with this layout I thought I might be torquing the core up further than the cover could handle it works on stuff like the P3 or the idle Cosmos because those have Stronger covers that can keep up but in this case there’s already a cover core mismatch that I’m exaggerating with a stronger layout throwing a better helps a great deal it definitely looks better for me now than it did in the review but I think we can still agree it doesn’t look great it’s at least up from terrible to average but as we move to the P5 the contrast is still quite visible I decided for the P5 to go five by two still pin up but pull the core back a little help it down the
lane a little further it’s still strong enough to get work done so I feel like I got a free look in this case I’ve also fondly renamed it to the phase six for reasons that will continue to become more obvious I used to go 5×2 but still stuff was a little too long and quick so that’s why I started going stronger on the PIN for the symmetric stuff I’m throwing it quite a bit better now and creating enough of my own role that I think it’s time to start easing up on the layouts a little bit and I think you can tell that that was a really good idea now naturally I think I was going to be better off with the P5 either way because the P4 kind of wants to lock up tumble it doesn’t really rev up and that’s not a good look for my game to begin with I think you can see the overall shape difference aside from the difference the layout created if I imagine the look that I have with the P4 just easier down the lane it’s still not good the P5 again is more like a stronger Trend and like I mentioned I liked I was okay with the trend it was just way too easy down the lane or long up front for me to too long up front to ever really use it I wasn’t surprised that this layout gave me a better look but I am surprised at how good it looks even with other layouts similar balls were hit and miss and a lot more Miss than hit and even the hits weren’t that great this is the best big symmetric r2s Pearl ball I’ve ever had and was a lot of fun once I got in and gave it some room we always try to play around on the lane get into some transition try different angles Etc so that we can test several things at the same time the P4 didn’t look good from straight too strong too responsive and while I like the reaction better out of the P5 from straight not didn’t really get the job
done either I didn’t expect it from either one of them from straighter so that’s kind of a wash the P4 was at its best from the little third Arrow swing Zone gave it a little room to get down the lane and kind of tumble into the pocket I still didn’t like the shaper look but it was effective and that’s the ultimate goal however the P5 continues to almost look better the further we move and the P4 gave up pretty quickly as I tried to continue to move in this is why despite the P4 getting the job done from the third Arrow Zone if I have to move out of that it’s gonna have to be a ball change rather than being able to stick with something that I already know is a good look for the lane surface and Lane condition right now and that will help me avoid wasting a frame or two getting adjusted to a different ball and possibly risk a bad choice on a ball change even when I throw the P5 bad the penalty is the same as if I’d have just gotten tapped or had some bad carry now I think it’s obvious the layout change was definitely for the better I also
think that it’s obvious that if I put this same layout on the P4 it wouldn’t have been the same result based on the difference between what they both do for angel with the same layout I’m going to dig deeper on the layout comparison in a future video but all things considered the P5 is a somewhat different experience from the P4 going back to Angel and alternating P4 and 5 watch for
the differences watch where they start picking up watch the friction response watch the shot shape after the ball hits friction watch how it goes through the pins and what the pins do the more you watch the specifics the more different they look and while you can say well yeah but they’re basically the same same
ball sure I mean she’s covering the same amount of boards from the same place on the lane and still getting the pins down but when you recognize and understand the specifics they’ll save you from the frustration of the unknown when something feels off and you don’t know why things like this are usually the
cause so if you like the P4 you may not automatically like the P5 but if you didn’t like the P4 or it was one of those things where it looked okay but just didn’t quite click these little things could be the reason and the P5 might be an upgrade for you on the box surface front 1500 polish on the P4 versus reactive gloss on the P5 no noticeable difference again what we’re seeing are just straight up ball reaction differences none of what we’re seeing is a Polish difference colors can create uh ball reaction differences however which would explain how the P5 has a very Trend and idle Pearl type of reaction and why the P4 has a very Sonic kind of reaction and those of you that are into overseas equipment know this well there have been several different High Road Pearl remakes overseas for
example and just because it’s a high
road Pearl doesn’t mean it’s going to
act like the one we know and love over
here that’s a topic for another video
though but something to note because
it’s obviously a thing so where does the
phase five fit within the catalog and
where would it fit in Your Arsenal I
also have a new phase two to show off
here same layout I have about five to
ten games of filming and Lane shine on
it this helps show the actual cover
strength differences better I think
because obviously if it was box it’s
just gonna hook a ton more than the
phase five either way definitely a
handful of feet earlier uh still pretty
sharp too so you’ve got a lot of dig and
quite a bit of shape at the same time
those of you with P2 experience know
that it calms down and becomes pretty
buttery after a couple dozen games but
even then it’s a definite step up from
the phase five like I mentioned earlier
it and the P5 shape very similarly the
traction level difference is obvious
though in the same range as the P2 are
balls like the Axiom idle Helios Idol
cause Osmos which despite being a pearl
it’s got a lot stronger formula so the
P5 is actually a step down from that one
too and uh something else a couple other
balls in the same range as the P2 are
like a Zen Soul or a zen master
the phase five is also at least a half
step down from the original Zen as well
the Zen is a good look and almost
sideways off of a P2 because if the P2
is a little too early and slow Zen is a
similar look and traction level just
longer and sharper the P5 as we add it
back in here is much cleaner up front
than the P2 so if you’re an SPI fan you
either likely have or have had a phase
two and a Zen so you should understand
the correlation and the relationship
going in the opposite direction the
phase five is a step up from something
like a high road High Road Pearl any of
the hustles Electrify Etc it’s a very
small step up from the Wolverine dark
Moss they have virtually the same cover
S70 is basically r2s just a higher RG
for the DM and it’s also a step up from
something like the hyped Pearl and hyped
hybrid though it’s about on par with the
solid especially if you leave the Box
surface on the hype solid the shapes
will obviously be quite a bit different
though with bowling balls being such a
subjective experience due to the large
amount of variables rating or ranking
them is very difficult so reaction
comparisons to other balls is really all
we have to work with it’s not like
comparing one laptop to another where
you can actually Compare the numbers and
components to each other I did have a
ranking system at one point but it’s
very hard to give an overall ranking
because while the P5 has an above
average friction response it needs that
friction to respond while something like
a phase 2 will create its own friction
so again ball reaction is very
subjective to layout Lane surface Lane
condition and bowler style this is why
there are always the grand debates
online however if you watch my other
videos you can develop a correlation for
what a ball does for me and what it does
for you and use that to judge the
overall reaction if balls generally hook
a little more for me than they do for
you that’s information or if they’re a
little smoother or sharper Etc with that
said here’s my final analysis The Phase
5 is a solid step down from the phase 2
and idle Helios a step up from a high
road or hyped Pearl and somewhat of a
step Sideways from something like an
rstx2 that while asymmetric has a very
similar cover strength and is actually
longer but has more torque down Lane
versus the P5 I think the obvious
wheelhouse for this ball is everyday use
in League it was built to be useful for
several different styles and fit the
majority of typical League conditions
while it’s not a ball you’re going to
use out of the box on tougher conditions
it’s a very good complement to something
like a phase two when you get into
transition and need more length or shape
but more overall hook or ball motion
than a high road or hyped Pearl it
doesn’t directly replace the phase 4
despite being the same ball on paper and
we don’t think that’s a bad thing it
seems to be an improvement in that the
key differences between the reaction
attributes of the P4 and P5 are more
favorable for the P5 as far as scoring
and versatility are concerned namely a
bit more blend in continuation the P5 5
is virtually a cleaner and sharper Zen
so as the Zen complements The Phase 2 so
does the P5 complement the Zen as it’s
even longer and sharper but still has
that same round and Archy controllable
motion The Phase 5 releases on October
21st and I probably could have made this
into two or three videos but after what
happened with the night Road I realized
I should cover more bases in the review
rather than trying to milk something
into more videos so that I don’t leave
you hanging with an opinion or
impression that might not represent the
whole story there are also plenty of
other phase 5 videos to come so be on
the look for those big shout out and
thanks to my patreon members and great
Discord Community who were a huge part
of making this specific review happen
because my new computer that they so
graciously combined to gift me made the
editing and specifically the rendering
process a breeze when before reviews
like the phase 4 and gym made me regret
deciding to go bigger thanks of course
to you for watching let me know if I
earned your like and subscription and if
you like these larger more in-depth
videos and as always May the strikes be
with you
 

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