Storm: Vivid

by Bob Johnson 0

60 Hook 12 Length 16.5 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “The new Vivid creates a motion which expands the current Premier line, giving a clear picture of the lane condition while utilizing Storm’s most technologically advanced cores and coverstocks,” says Storm’s Matt Martin. “This new Vivid will be a perfect fit between the original Virtual Gravity Nano solid [March 2011] and pearl [November 2011] versions, combining mid-lane traction and back-end hook.”
Coverstock: The Vivid’s coverstock is the venerable NRG solid reactive formula. It’s colored in black, blue and green, and scented in wild mint leaf. The surface is factory-prepped with 2000 grit. Our Ra level came in at a scary-high 24.2. Response time off dry was quick, and oil traction was well above average.

Core Design: The new MAD (Maximum Accelerating Disc) asymmetric core shape is destined to be one of Storm’s premier power-plants. It offers a medium-low RG of 2.52, a .050 differential and a .017 intermediate mass bias. Testing showed nearly 6 inches of track flare with stronger 3- and 4-inch layouts and flare-increasing lower quadrant weight holes.

Test Results: When testing the Vivid, we naturally pitted it up against a Virtual Gravity Nano solid, as well as a Roto Grip Defiant (February 2012), a Marvel solid (March 2011) and Modern Marvel hybrid (March 2012). The overall hook and breakpoint motion shape were on par with the Defiant, and earlier with more back-end movement than either Marvel. The Vivid rolled sooner but with an eyelash less backend than the Nano. Total hook was slightly stronger on the majority of test patterns for my entire test staff. Hitting and carry power were exceptional for all testers, as expected on our medium-heavy to heavier oil volumes.

When to Use: With the aggressive nature of the Vivid’s core and coverstock, the ball will match up best on heavier oil volumes for most player styles. Higher speed-to-rev-rate users may find uses on lesser oil volumes, but they may need smoother surface grits. Polishing the surface created much more length and stored the back-end hooking energy better for most. We actually liked the Vivid with many surface variations: box finish, 4000 grit, mid-polish, as well as high-gloss surfaces. Be sure to pay close attention to the layout as this core responds well to drilling and VAL angle changes.

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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