Storm Code Black Ball Review


Storm's new Code Black has been the most popular seller at our store since it's release, and once you take a look at it on the lane, it's easy to see why. Simply put, Code Black offers what nearly every bowler wants to see in a bowling ball. Great length, big backend movement that's predictable, and explosive pin carry.

I drilled my Storm Code Black with a 4 3/4" pin distance to my positive axis point. This gives me a medium-strong amount of track flare from the RAD4 core system. The polished R2S reactive cover has been one of the best selling covers in the history of the Storm lineup. The combination of length and control are unmatched, and you can't dispute the previous sales (see Hyroad, IQ Tour, etc.). With the 1500 grit polished finish, it's got just enough length to clear everything from heavy oil to medium/dry head conditions. The core system is strong enough to transition in all but the heaviest oiled mid-lane patterns. I've been able to throw this ball on every league condition I've seen, as well as deep in to some longer format tournaments.

To compare to other balls in the Storm lineup, I see the Code Black as an upgrade to the Snap Lock. Snap Lock is the other polished asymmetric ball in the Storm lineup, but I don't think it offers nearly as much in the control department as the Code Black does. Code Black adds predictability at the breakpoint without sacrificing total hook. You should see similar length to the Snap Lock though, with the ability to handle similar lane conditions.

If you've got a Lock or Alpha Crux, Code Black is the perfect transition ball to go to as the lanes begin to dry out during your league session. I also see it as a good option for bowlers with balls like the Hyroad and Hyroad Pearl. Code Black will offer the additional kick down lane to knock out a few more corners and improve your scores.

If you're interested in learning more about the Storm Code Black, stop by at Total Bowling Gear today!

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