Storm: Reign Supreme

by Bob Johnson 0

51 Hook 15 Length 15 Breakpoint Shape

Core Design: The symmetric 500 horsepower core in the Reign series promotes early and midlane lope with a power back-end move. Its higher RG of 2.57 and Diff of .048 supports this as well. We saw nearly 5” of track flare with the 3.5 and 4.5” pin distance layouts.

Coverstock: The Reign Supreme’s R2S Hybrid cover is designed to offer the best of both motion worlds. The solid element offers predictability and traction, while the pearl enhances length and back-end strength. The surface is polished at 1500 grit, the same as all other polished Storm products. Colors are ruby and purple, and the ball is scented in Lava Spice. Response time is quick off friction and moderate in oil.

Manufacturer’s Intent: “The new Reign Supreme features the same C.A.M. weight block, but showcases a finely-blended hybrid shell,” says a Storm spokesperson. “Bowlers looking for a clean glide through the heads with a smooth transition in the midlane will cherish the R2S Hybrid shell.”

Test Results: The Reign Supreme reminded us of the Hy-Road (December 2008) with its total hook and down-lane motion. We saw no skid/flip reaction with any layout or surface change. The RS is all about a late-revving, smooth-arcing motion for medium amounts of oil. It also creates a motion shape between the strong-arcing Reign of Fire and the Reign pearl. Total hook is similar to the Reign pearl, but reads the mid-lane earlier and is smoother off drier boards.

When to Use: The Reign Supreme’s smooth, continuous breakpoint shape offers many uses on medium volume patterns. We had great looks on flatter patterns and even wet/drys when lined up correctly. Down-and-in players should incorporate longer pin distances from their respective PAPs, and position the pin below the fingers to help lengthen the hook zone and keep the response time slow. Pins drilled closer to the vertical axis line and 3-4” from the PAP will create more hook with a shorter, more defined hook zone. My testers found the 4.5” pin distance with a 2.5 to 3” buffer provided us with the most user-friendly layouts.

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.