Storm: IQ

by Bob Johnson 0

58 Hook 13.5 Length 15.5 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “Our intent was to expand the Master Line with the introduction of a newly-developed coverstock material which we have named Progressive Friction Technology, or PFT,” says Steve Kloempken of Storm’s marketing and design team. “It creates higher friction in the heads while tapering gently as it travels down the lane. This cover fits neatly between the strength of the NRG and R2X premium coverstocks.”

Core Design: Storm opted to use the Centripetal symmetric core design for the IQ. This core promotes an earlier roll with the 2.48 RG and plenty of flare thanks to the .050 differential. The core is slightly modified for the 12- to 14-lb. weight ranges. We saw nearly 6 inches of track flare with the stronger flaring layout.

Coverstock: The IQ’s cover is a new mixture called PFT solid. The factory finish is sanded to 3000 grit and colors are a mix of red, indigo and purple. The scent offers the sweet smell of cherries. Oil traction is above average and response time is quick and strong. The Ra level is in the medium range with factory finish.

Test Results: Storm has added yet another unique motion shape to its long list of pedigree super hookers. The IQ features the PFT cover surrounding the company’s flagship, early-rolling, smooth-arcing core. The IQ rolled similarly to the Marvel solid (March 2011) and Modern Marvel (March 2012), but did display a cleaner look through the first 35 feet or so, and then responded a touch more angularly off friction. It doesn’t have the potential to react as sharply as a Virtual Gravity (March 2011) or Vivid (April 2012), but does provide more than other solid symmetrics in Storm’s line. Plus, the IQ was three to five boards more aggressive than the new IQ Tour, contingent on which oil pattern we bowled on.

When to Use: Use the IQ when you need heavy oil traction and/or when you want to cover some real estate. This ball hooks and corners, and can also match up well on touchy wet/dry patterns. The above-average traction in oil rewarded us with some tug area inside our target lines and easily recovered on errant shots wide of target. On the PBA Shark, we had great looks from the 3rd to 4th arrow. On the PBA Cheetah, we had great looks banking the gutter. The IQ rarely hooked out, provided we maintained our ball speed and axis tilt and rotation.

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.

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