The Master line has long helped players across the globe achieve great levels of success. Look for the new IQ Tour Edition to continue that tradition. With marvelous predictability and unwavering reliability, the IQ Tour Edition is sure to become your new benchmark ball. The C3™ Centripetal Control Core has a similar shape to the original Centripetal Core but is created with different densities that produces lower differential, creating ample midlane roll with a smooth transition. This fast-revving symmetrical shape is unique in its mass distribution and is the brains behind it all. Prepped with a perfectly balanced 4000-grit Abralon finish, the IQ Tour Edition’s proven R2S™ solid coverstock ensures great traction and performance. You may know that coverstocks come in a variety of levels of aggressiveness. Since we built the IQ Tour Edition to be the foundation of your arsenal, you can be confident in the fact that this ball will be consistent across a variety of lane conditions. Crankers, tweeners, and strokers alike are sure to see why Storm’s IQ and IQ Tour Edition are THE SMART CHOICES!
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Hello All and thanks for reading. Here is the link to our video review : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of2IKxfwarM&feature=BFa&list=UUUdapKcbpNzp3PGwdo7P6GQ Storm you have certainly outdone yourself. Sometimes less is more so the saying goes. We are all familiar with this shape core from the other IQ and Marvel series but changing the densities has made a winner. This ball is the new industry benchmark. I have thrown this ball (layout 65 x 4 3/4 x 65) on every house shot on every lane surface on every animal pattern and had much success. Surface changes are easy and very effective but mine stays box surface with maybe a slight glaze. With a core that helps the ball hold energy downlane and into the pins this ball is easy to score with. Smooth through the front, midlane transition is predictable and continuation is the best in the biz right now. Enjoy this one guys, it may be around for a long time....at least I hope so.
I couldn’t sit aside and watch people strike with this ball against me any longer, so I had to drill one up for myself finally. The IQ Tour is a unique formula; a low rg, low differential core with a fairly aggressive cover has not been done as long as I can remember. The ball motion is unique as well. If you can imagine in your head what the quintessential “benchmark” ball reaction would be, this is it. It doesn’t hook early, but doesn’t squirt too long. It doesn’t flip, but finishes consistently and continuously. It hooks a good amount in oil, but doesn’t over hook in dry. This is truly a remarkable ball. Mine is drilled 60 x 4 x 35. Compared to my IQ, the Tour Edition is cleaner through the front with a little more pop in the back. Compared to a Victory Road Solid (the last ball with this coverstock), the IQ Tour offers a more controlled move at the breakpoint, because of its lower differential. This is really a ball that will find a spot in every bowler’s bag. Straight guys, hook guys, and all guys in between have had success with this ball as their centerpiece in their arsenals.
I had my driller drop one off for me right before the start of league, so I only had a couple minutes to work it out and a few shadow balls. Right away, I could see this ball was something special, in that a couple of light rippers had pins flying everywhere. Started first game with front 10, then overthru the 11th. Ran the sheet the next game. Third game was soft 10, strike, ring 10, and ran sheet again. Out of the box 289-300-270 (859) If first impressions count, then WOW Ball was drilled pin down, with CG slightly kicked out. Bowled at Olympia Lanes, where we have the senior national stop in August every year, where I've had some success.
My layout: 65 x 4 1/4" x 35 My PAP: 4 3/4" over 1 5/8 up The IQ Tour is an incredible bowling ball. I have used this ball on a variety of conditions, low scoring as well as high scoring. The IQ Tour gets through the front with ease, then reads the mid lane, and then continues through the back in a motion that is very smooth and predictable, yet very powerful. This is a combination that really fits my bowling style well. I feel it is very important for any serious bowler to have a ball in their ball with a very predictable motion like the IQ Tour. It is a lot easier to read lane conditions as well as the transition when you ball isn’t doing tricks as it goes down the lane. I think bowlers tend to make more quality shots when they are lined up. The IQ Tour adds up to more consistency and higher scores. In closing I had a lot of tournament success with the IQ Tour on a variety of different shots. The ball reacted great in tournaments on a house pattern, modified house pattern, Dick Webber, as well as Stockholm. The angle I played was out as far as 2-3 and as deep as 17. The ball performed equally great on all these conditions at a variety of angles. The IQ Tour is the first ball out of my bag in every tournament!
The !Q Tour ball details are here: http://www.stormbowling.com/products/balls/iqtouredition I drilled a 3-4 inch pin out placing pin below finger on center line 5 1/4 inches from PAP and "MB" 4 inches from PAP with hole in P3. This is by far my favorite drilling and like to use on longer to flatter patterns. I took the box finish from 4000 to 2000 an this still has a enough energy retained off the entry angle to carry. The R2S cover has been very versatile for me and for many. I believe the !Q Tour and Fire Road will make headlines in the WSOB and other PBA and big tourney events.
The IQ TOUR ball details are here: http://www.stormbowling.com/products/balls/iqtouredition You can find a picture of my IQ TOUR on my blog here: http://www.11thframe.com/page/reviews_id_6 There has been a lot of talk that the IQ TOUR has the core of the TOUR POWER, which is one of the great control balls of all time. The IQ TOUR core is not exactly the TOUR POWER core, but the fast-revving symmetrical C3-Centripetal Control Core is close enough to think of it that way. The very low 0.029 differential (15-pounders) is the number that stands out. Put it with the R2S solid coverstock (4,000 Abralon box finish) that was used in great balls like the SPECIAL AGENT and T-ROAD SOLID and you have what should be a great benchmark ball. That certainly was my thinking in choosing a drilling with the pin under my bridge and the CG kicked right at about 60 to 75 degrees. I chose the pin under drilling because if it's going to be a benchmark ball for fresh oil it better have a drilling that gets it rolling. My 61/64 weight hole is at P3, which should increase flare by 21 percent The PIN to PAP is 5, PAP to "MB" is 4 7/8, and pin buffer is 4 3/4. I have used the IQ on a wet-dry house shot on Brunswick ProLane synthetics and the PBA Chameleon pattern in a PBA Regional on older Brunswick synthetics, as well as several other conditions since my initial review was posted on other sites. My reaction to the IQ TOUR is simply: WOW! The midlane move on the IQ TOUR is incredible. On the house shot, I had to get about 3-and-2 deeper than I was with the IQ and could throw it very hard and it never went through the breakpoint. And it was completely unusable on Chameleon for my moderate speed/tweener rev rate combination. The IQ TOUR is such a strong ball that I struggled to find a condition that it worked for me on - my moderate ball speed and tweener revs simply made it a tough ball for me to control, even after I shined it. I finally gave up and plugged my IQ TOUR and will be drilling it with my favorite control drilling -- the pin up and to the left of my middle finger with the CG kicked back to the grip center or so. This gives me much more control and was a favorite drilling for me in a VIRTUAL GRAVITY and before that a VERTIGO that I used for several years. If you're someone looking for a ball that makes a strong move in the midlane, the IQ TOUR is a ball you should get. If that's something you don't like, you probably want to avoid it, or at least plan on drilling it weak.
I have used this ball in every tournament I bowled in since I received the ball. It proved to be a very reliable ball in every tournament. In the Eastern PBA50 tournament in Cherry Hill, NJ, I lead qualifying and finished 2nd overall. I played around 3rd arrow. The next tournament was the New England Bowlers Association Senior. I used it in the finals playing 1st arrow. I shot 289, 299, 247 to when the tourney. I bowled in the Grand Masters tournament in Wallingford, CT. Played arround 2nd arrow and finished 2nd. As you can see it performed great in 3 different areas! I highly recommend this ball!
STORM does a perfect job in creating a "benchmark" ball. For a solid ball this doesn't hook as much as a NANO or a VIVID and doesn't react like a pearl or a hybrid. An awesome ball to go to when you're lost on the lanes and definitely could be the first ball out of your bag come league night!!
My layout: 65 x 4 1/8" x 30 My PAP: 5 7/8" over 1/8" The IQ Tour edition combines the C3-Centripetal Control Core with the R2S cover finished with 4000 abralon. I have used this ball primarily on a 40' heavy oil house shot so far, aside from a couple of games this past weekend when I needed something to step down from the IQ to in order to clear the front of the lane a little better but still handle the volume of oil in the midlane. This ball handled both just fine. What I saw this ball do on the house shot prior to shooting a demo video was insane. The ball literally struck from everywhere on the lane. One shot that I completely threw out the window recovered and struck. This ball will without a doubt help most bowlers open up the pocket. Storm says "Since we built the IQ Tour Edition to be the foundation of your arsenal, you can be confident in the fact that this ball will be consistent across a variety of lane conditions." I see no evidence to contradict this statement. I see the IQ and IQ Tour being a great 1-2 combination in anyone's bag. The IQ Tour when a sharper reaction is needed off the spot and the IQ when you need an earlier read and smoother backend reaction. Storm Bowling Products enjoyed much success on the PBA tour this past season and that doesn't seem to be changing with Rhino Page winning in the South Region on June 17th with the IQ Tour Edition. http://www.stormbowling.com/news/2012/06/3740 For more information on the IQ Tour Edition, visit the following page: http://www.stormbowling.com/products/balls/iqtouredition