Storm Super Natural 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: 5 x 3 3/8" x 30
This ball hit my radar for a number of reasons. First, I was looking for a urethane ball for the shorter WTBA Patterns. Second, I was returning to my home center which still had wood lanes. I was lucky enough to have many great friends in Storm that were nice enough to secure this ball for me before its release date. My problem was without a reference from others on its performance, I was in question on how to lay this ball out. In comes my coach, Eric Forkel, who suggested an old school leverage weighted layout. A layout I was very happy with that matched up well with my game.
Storm’s Super Natural is the first and most likely not the last, Hybrid Urethane. The cover stock, U3S Hybrid Urethane, of this ball combines half pearl as well as half solid and comes factory finished at 1500-grit polished. This cover actually allows the ball to clear the heads with ease. The engine of this ball is the same as the other Naturals as well as the Tropical Heat and Lights Out line. I will say, don’t let the 2.55 RG fool you, same with the 0.038 Differential. This ball makes a strong, but smooth arcing motion in the midlane plus a strong continuation through the pocket. Being a Hybrid Urethane it does have a slightly different look at the break point with a touch more pop then other urethanes I have seen thrown in the past. The color is a striking Red Pearl/Red Solid color. They say the flare potential is 3”-4” (Medium), but I find that those with a strong hand could even bleed more out of this ball. Those looking for a strong scent, known for the Storm balls, will find none.
The dual angle drillings as mentioned above was an "old school leverage drilling" recommended to me by my coach Eric Forkel. The pin fell higher on this ball then any of my previous drillings, about 45 degrees above and over from my ringer finger. The CG landed almost on my center line and just short of my PAP. Of course the ball I was given had a 3 ¾” pin. We added a 7/8” weight hole 4 ¼” over, 2 ½” down and 2 ½” deep. This layout landed the ball with 1.0 ounces of Top Weight, ¾” of Side Weight and a ¼” of Finger Weight.
I used this ball for the first time at my home center’s wood lanes. I was assuming a typical house shot, but a tad drier with more friction up front. The first few shots with it was at factory finish 1500-grip polish. In theory this ball should’ve allowed me to go down the boards. In theory! Even this Hybrid-Urethane was too much for the lighter and shorter volume of oil. I brought the ball up to 4000-grit polish. It tamed down the midlane but still had way to much off the end of the pattern. I found myself deeper than a normal house pattern back home with the Fringe. I played most of the day’s first squad’s fresh oil 16 to 7 at 20 MPH with a weak hand position. The second squad I found myself moving even deeper. The ball still had plenty on the backend. Now that said, let me post what I found out was the house shot at the time…0-4 board (4 feet of oil); 5-12 board (12 feet of oil); 13-13 (30 feet of oil); buff to 40 feet. As you can see that shot had one ball of choice…plastic!
Now, I did work with the owner late Sunday night for a few hours to put a Typical House Shot out with his older Kegel Machine. This gave the Super Natural the look I thought I would be playing, smooth through the front and a strong move at the end of the pattern. I was able to go right up the 5 board. The move to the pocket was arcing and not jerking off the end of the pattern. The ball now hit the pocket hard with plenty of energy; harder than I thought for any urethane. When returning home I had the same reaction on Synthetics, just a little less midlane read. I can see this being my favorite go-to ball on the WTBA Sydney and Stockholm patterns. I can also see this ball a favorite for right-handers on any shot that forces you to get deeper then you want to go. Instead on moving deeper, go to the Super Natural, square up and go down the boards. It doesn’t hit like any urethane I’ve ever thrown.
I did throw a few shots on a longer pattern like the National Team Shot for this year 2013. The Super Natural needs some friction to make any bend at all. Too much oil up front and this ball won’t read the lane even if you drop the surface. Of course my ball speed is higher than most so a slower speed might have an okay look at best.
For me, this ball has an exceptionally predictable read and is a plus on shorter as well as drier patterns. Heavier volumes, even if short and longer patterns just keep this ball in the bag. If you bowl on wood lanes or bowl tournaments where they put the shorter WTBA Patterns out….THIS IS A MUST ADDITION TO YOUR ARSENALT. I was pleasantly surprised for a hybrid urethane how much I loved this ball.
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