Storm Hy-Road Bowling Ball Review & Ball Reaction Video

If you’ve been watching the PBA tour this season, you’ve probably seen this ball on the show a few times. Norm Duke, Mike Machuga, Patrick Allen, & Rhino Page have all used it on TV and have had great success with it.

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The HY-ROAD™ is the latest release in the Thunder™ Series of balls. HY-ROAD™ is the perfect complement to the 2007 solid ball of the year; the T-ROAD™ Solid.

Pin to PAP(4 1/2″ over 1/2″ up) – 4 1/2″
Mass Bias Position – N/A
CG Placement – 2 1/2″ Right of grip center
Balance Hole – 1″ x 1 1/2″ balance hole 5 1/2″ from the center of grip through CG

Surface Preparation – Left at Box Finish (1500 Polished)

What I Was Looking For In This Layout: The ball reaction I was looking for in the Storm Hy-Road ball was clean through the heads and aggressive in the back end. Something that would allow me to not have to work as hard to get down the lane, but still turnover nice on the back.

What I Ended Up With In This Ball Layout: Well Storm just put out another winner here. They say this ball is supposed to compliment the T-Road Solid, and I say that they may have just one-up’d it.This ball performs exceptionally well on those medium oil patterns. When compared to my Storm Virtual Gravity, this ball clears the heads easier and makes a great reaction in the backend. I threw this ball for the first time last night, and I am very impressed with the movement and readability.

I tried this ball on a typical house shot, medium oil. This worked best for me when I stood on 25, threw the ball in between the 3rd and 4th arrows, and got the ball to around 8-10 at the breakpoint. It seemed pretty effortless to get the ball through the heads, but once it reached the breakpoint, it made a move that was strong and predictable.

The one thing I loved about the Storm Hy-Road was the ability it gave me to play different parts of the lane. I moved 5 boards right to stand on 20 and play a little straighter. It still allowed me to get through the heads easily while maintaining enough energy down lane. After finding out that I could play straighter with this ball, I moved left about 15 boards to stand at 35. This is where I usually like to throw my Virtual Gravity. Once again, this ball impressed me by turning the corner effortlessly and exploding at the pins, sending messengers everywhere.

Overall, this is a great piece to have in your bag. Whether you’re a cranker and a down and in player, this ball simply performs on all levels.

Storm Hy-Road Bowling Ball Review & Ball Reaction Video was last modified: December 16th, 2008 by Brian Halstrom

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