Storm Sync 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:
Hand: Left
PAP: 4 ¾” over 1/8” up.
Speed: 18-19 MPH
Rev Rate: 325-350 (Tweener)
Dual Angle Drilling: Rico Drilling

The Sync is one of Storm’s Premier line balls. From talking to numerous bowlers in the area this ball was either a hit or miss for them. I will insert my opinion later on in the review. Those that loved the Lucid but need a ball that revs a bit earlier and stronger, here you go! This is Storm’s strongest asymmetrical core with an intermediate differential of 0.028. The G2 Core is the 2.0 version of the Virtual Gravity Shape-Lock HD Core. So if you were a fan of the Virtual Gravity then you will love the Sync. Add to that a RG of 2.47 and differential of 0.058 and you have one strong early rolling ball with plenty of continuation through the pocket. If that wasn’t enough, Storm covered the Sync with their patented nanotechnology. This NRG 4000 grit pad in theory offers 15% surface roughness that theoretically increases over time. The Iced Cranberry scent is truly strong out of the box. Men might find this a little too feminine of a scent, but personally; I think it’s one of Storm’s best scents to date.

In full disclosure, I did drill a Sync months ago when it first came out. The dual angle drilling for that ball was 70 x 4 ¼” x 30. Ringer finger was drilled directly into the pin. This was before I changed my span and pitches, which altered my PAP from 4” over and a 1/8” up to now 4 ¾” over and 1/8” up. I liked this ball at the time, but due to the drill angles, I had to keep the surface at 500 Abralon which limited the conditions I could use it on. When it did match up, I shot lights out, however when it didn’t, I shot a great number of 7 pins.

In drilling this Sync I took a page out of Parker Bohn III’s page book and drilled it Rico Style. {Insert your selection of comical comments here}Please Google this layout for additional detailed layout instruction but the short of it is as follows: The layout simply helps with stability and adds a predictable ball reaction. In a symmetrical core, such as the Sync, the pin is put in the center of the grip, (usually 5 - 5 1/2" from PAP) with the CG 45 degrees from your PAP as seen in my photo. The X-hole goes 6 3/4" from the PIN through the CG and usually is drill with a 1” bit to a depth of 2 ½”.

I should add a disclaimer that this layout is not for everyone as the drilling can cause the bowtie of your track to migrate up and over the fingers. You have some flexibility taking the pin and moving it up or down a bit, but please seek out a qualified Pro Shop for help. My track did move up a bit but was still a good inch from the fingers. When you drill using this layout you’ll need a pin that is half or slightly longer than that of your span. So we started with a pin 2 7/8” away, which is slightly longer then ½ my span. We ended up when finished at 3/8 top, ¾ side and ¼ thumb. We drilled the x-hole with a 61/64 bit at a depth of 2 1/2”. The x-hole was drilled with no pitches at all and slightly off (1/4”) of the Pin to CG line.

I experimented with this ball on a Typical House Shot (THS) at first keeping the factory finish 4000 grit. I didn’t drill this ball for house shots, but instead for the flatter and tougher patterns you tend to hit in the higher end tournaments. So I wasn’t expecting much on the THS. I will say the motion was very predictable and I was amazed how low this kept the pins through the pocket. It reacted on the THS better than I thought it would. It still needed oil, but almost had a homing beacon for the pocket if I leaked it left.

I did try this on the modified long oil house shot at the SNBT. As I stated this layout is not going to work on every pattern and surface adjustment will be needed to match your rev rate. I didn’t like the read on this pattern with the factory finish. It was too hard off the dry as I had to square up to get a good look. When I came inside a bit it went too long and I lost the carry. I really think on the longer patterns the surface would have to be dropped from the 4000 to even as low as 500 Abralon. This would help on heavier patterns and mirror the reaction I got on the THS.

I did return a few days later on the THS and went through the Abralon pads to get a feel of what effects these would have on the ball. As expected, the lower I went with surface the worst reaction I got on the THS. This proved to me that on lighter volumes surface has to go up and on heavier patterns bring the surface down. I will say that no matter what don’t drop the surface down below 500 Abralon. It just burns the ball to early and no amount of speed with let it retain energy down the lane. Trust me on that one!

So in conclusion, this was a ball I drilled with a explicit look in mind. It will not work for everyone’s game or every pattern. I will say, if you are a low rev player or have a lot of speed this might be a good look on a THS. Don’t be afraid to try this layout on a assortment of patterns with an array of surfaces, but keep detailed notes.

I mentioned above about how this was a hit-or-miss ball for some. In my opinion, and again this is only my opinion, the reason why several got a bad look had to do with the ball’s surface. I think Storm had a “bad pour” on a batch of balls which caused the unfortunate ball reactions. I will say, I like the Sync months ago, but with this Rico drilling…I really, really love the read I have with it now. I just have to make sure to match surfaces with the volume of oil. Good thing I’m meticulous when it comes to taking notes on my bowling equipment.

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