Storm Tropical Breeze

by Bob Johnson 0

45 Hook 16.5 Length 14.5 Breakpoint Shape

Core Design: The inverted light bulb Camber symmetric core boasts a high RG of 2.57 with an very low Diff of .009. We never saw more than 2” of track flare with any of our layouts (3”, 4”, 5” pin from PAP). This is all about length with a controlled move downlane.

Coverstock: The Reactor core is Storm’s tamest reactive cover. There will be three color schemes to choose from: a pink and purple pearl, a Kona blue with silver pearl, and a solid blend of black and teal. All three are 1500-grit factory polished. Oil traction is limited, while response time off friction areas is moderate.

Manufacturer’s Intent: “The new Tropical Breeze isn’t just eye candy,” says a Storm spokesman. “The Camber core’s inverted light bulb shape has real substance. It provides more predictability and control than the Tropical Heat, so it’s the perfect complement to the Tropical line.”
Test Results: Creating a ball motion just a sprinkle stronger than a urethane is a challenging task with today’s powerful cores and covers. Storm decided to dial down the core strength significantly to achieve the proper look. We found we could park it in the friction lane with either the solid or pearl version of the Breeze. We saw easier length when compared to a like-drilled pearl Natural, yet a modicum stronger off friction areas. Hitting power was very good with good releases, but not with missed releases. Compared to a similarly drilled Tropical Heat pearl, the Breeze provided 4-6 boards less total hook, 1-2 feet more length and a much smoother response downlane.

When to Use: The Breeze is designed for dry to light-medium oil volumes. Our testing showed that the drier the pattern, the better the looks we saw. Bowlers will need to send the ball toward friction for the tame core/cover combo to strut its docile self. Power players, slower speed types, and higher rev-to-speed ratio bowlers will all find a niche for the new Breeze line. We highly recommend using this ball on its intended lane condition only, as scuffing did little to increase its motion in heavier oil.

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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