Storm Hy-Road Ball Review
By Tina Marie Caouette
Before I get into the heart of my review please take a moment to look over my Drill Sheet as well as the picture of the layout. I use these sheets for my records. If you have any questions please feel free to post them below and I will try to answer them as soon as I can. Also, keep in mind that what works for me may not necessarily work for you. Please consult a qualified Pro Shop or Coach to help customize a layout for your game. Initial test was done on a typical house shot, however I did throw a few on a longer modified house shot as well and will additionally add my thoughts.
My personal specs:
PAP: 4 ¾” over 1/8” up.
Speed: 18-19 MPH
Rev Rate: 325-350 (Tweener)
Dual Angle Drilling: 85 x 3 1/4" x 25
This ball was recommended to me by my coach Eric Forkel as a good benchmark ball. My research showed that many were and still is a huge fan of this ball. After talking to a few of Storm's Staffers on Facebook we can up with this layout for my game. A layout mind you, I wouldn't have considered at all for my game. I was actually looking forward to drilling this ball, seeing as I also love the Reign of Power. Both balls come from the same Thunder Line. Those that follow Storm know that the Crossroad and Hy-Road share the same cover and finish but differ with the Inverted FE Technology weight blocks. The Hy-Road has the FE2 while the Crossroad has the FE3 giving it a slightly lower RG and higher Differential. Storm calls it a cross between the T-Road Solid and T-Road Pearl. I just call it awesome! In theory, the Hy-Road was designed for Medium to Heavy oil. However, I strongly feel it is exceptionally versatile for countless different bowling styles. The Hy-Road, depending on surface adjustments and drillings, will work on an assortment of lane patterns, which I will detail below. The boysenberry fragrance, at least on my ball, wasn't overly powering like on some of the Storm balls.
The dual angle drillings as mentioned above was"out of the box" thinking from my normal layouts. A lot of times my ball speed limits the creativeness we can do with the drillings. As you can see the CG was located about 2" under my ringer finger with the pin about 1 1/2" over and 1/2" up from my ring finger. The weights came in well within legal. Why do I like this? It offers me a chance after throwing it to tweak the ball by adding a weight hole if I don't like the read. I am happy to say, after throwing about 25 games with it, I am blissful pleased with the movement down lane. The motion is extremely smooth through the front with a strong arcing recovery. However, even on the lefty side you will have to watch the motion in the front part of the lane. This ball needs head oil and almost every game I had to make a small 1 and 1 move to keep it on line through the heads. Righties will definitely find the moves happen faster and larger, but well worth the down lane reaction early. And I can't stress that enough....early!
I used this ball first on a Typical House Shot (THS) in a tournament. The 1500 grit polished surface allowed me to go a bit left of the Reign of Power with a more predictable read off the pattern. Although the motion was strong it wasn't overly jumpy. It definitely allowed me to make mistakes to the left, which is always a good thing on a THS. Even when I pulled it inside it didn't over read the lane. Although, I did find myself leaving some high flush 10 pins as the continuation through the pins was extremely strong. I didn't touch the surface at first and averaged 230 for 9 games with it. However, the carry went each of the three game sets, partly, as I was reluctant to make too much of a move inside as well as my high ball speed. Those will softer speeds or high rev rates should have no problem getting deeper and not lose hitting power. I would say as the front in fact gets burned up, especially on the right side of the lane, this ball will require it to exit the lanes and return to the comforts of your bag. As the head oil goes so does this ball.
I did throw a cluster of shots on a longer pattern and flatter shot like the National Team Shot for this year. Again, slower ball speeds and higher rev players should be able to square up and eventually move in and create area later in the day. For me, my high ball speed, in addition to this drilling, didn't allow the ball to pick up enough friction to make a strong enough motion to the pocket. I did drop the surface a smidgen and got a tad earlier read, but wasn't happy with the movement off the pattern at that point. I can say I plan to drill another one similar to my IQ Tour with the pin under my ring finger and the CG bounced out by my thumb. This should give me a stronger look on the heavier volumes. Or even drill out a Crossroad with a slightly similar drilling. That is why earlier I said this ball is very versatile. Talk to a good Pro Shop that will match a layout to your individual game and you will fall in love with this ball early. However, know when to just put it in the bag! No matter how well you are scoring early.
Now I must add I've talked to numerous bowlers who love this ball but have had problems with the ball's cover stock cracking completely around for no reason. The Pro Shops they visit have taken good care of them so to me that's not really an issue. Unless of course you have the front 11 and the ball returns from down back with a huge crack around it! Let me knock on wood right now.
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