Storm Freak ‘n Frantic

by Bob Johnson 0

50 Hook 16 Length 16.5 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Freak’n Frantic pairs the R2S pearl reactive cover with the N.O.S. core currently found in the Frantic [November 2011],” says Storm’s Matt Martin. “This combination gives the Freak’n Frantic a crisp breakpoint and bold reaction to friction, no matter how far down the lane it begins the transition.”

Core Design: The symmetric core is the same one used in the original Frantic, Manic (May 2012) and Fringe (May 2012). The large upper portion increases the differential and provides added back-end motion. The RG registers 2.53 and the differential .043, perfect for many medium amounts of oil. We saw nearly 5 inches of track flare with a 4x4x3 Storm Vector layout.

Coverstock: The color scheme is a mix of lime and violet, with a 1500-grit polished surface. The pearl R2S coverstock formula is the same that was used in the Fringe, but visually it appears as though less pearl additive has been used. Response time off dry areas is both quick and strong, while oil traction is limited at box finish. The scent is “Freak’n apple” (not just apple!). The Ra measures 1.7 and the effective surface grit 5350.

Test Results: The Freak’n Frantic replaces the Fringe in Storm’s “Hot” lineup of mid-priced equipment. Its pearlized polished cover and strong symmetric core will provide average to above-average length with a powerful back-end motion shape. Testing proved that the ball can be either very angular downlane or much smoother, contingent on pin-to-PAP distance and pin buffer distance. Our 2-inch pin buffer had an average 2 degrees more entry angle than our 4-inch pin buffer. You should expect 2 to 3 feet of additional length and two to three boards less hook in the oil than a like-drilled Frantic.

When to Use: We love many of the recently released mid-priced products because of their expanded usability and above-average energy retention on most light to medium oil volumes. The Freak’n Frantic is a great example, as the power it displayed was very impressive. We felt the ball matched up best after transition and when we broke down patterns. This is when we could chase the pattern inside and increase our launch angles — the ball rewarding us with easy length, a strong mid-lane presence and an aggressive breakpoint motion in the final 20 feet of the lane.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.