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Selecting the Proper Ball Weight


Adults:
The weight of the ball should be roughly ten percent of your body weight. Another good rule to go by is to choose a ball that is one to two pounds heavier than the house ball you are bowling with. The reason being is that the grip on the house ball is incorrect and a custom fit ball will feel much lighter because it will be easier to hold on to.

Kids: We recommend a weight equal to their age. Please note 6 & 8 lb bowling balls are designed for kids only not adults. Some manuacturers will not warranty 6 & 8 lb balls that are drilled for adults.


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What is the Pin Placement of a bowling ball?


The pin placement of a bowling ball is the distance between the center of the core and the CG. How far the pin is from the CG will help to dictate the balls reaction on the lane.
 
The shorter pins like (0 - 2") will roll up earlier on the lane, and will have a smoother arcing motion to the pocket.
 
The longer pins like (4"+) will go much farther down thelane before starting to hook toward the pocket. The longer pins will also have a more dramatic motion toward the pins (possibly like a hockey stick shape or a skid/flip type of reaction).
 
The (2 - 4") pins are the most versatile to lay out for your ball driller allowing them to manipulate the ball path and have it roll up earlier or later depending on how they lay the ball out.
 
Why is this important?
You want to have the bowling balls natural intended reaction to match up with your drilling pattern you select for the bowling ball. If you get a short pin but want the ball to go long the ball will want to roll up early, even if you drill the ball to go long. This will cause you to have to loft the ball or push through it harder to try to get the desired ball reaction. If you would have selected the correct pin distance and applied a complementary drilling to the ball, you can throw the ball with much less effort, and let the ball do the work for you. This allows you to relax and be smooth, improving your release and scores.

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What is the Top Weight of a bowling ball?


Top weight is the amount of weight difference from the top of the bowling ball (CG) and the bottom of the ball (opposite the cg).

In general their will always be more weight to the top of the ball (CG). This is due to the fact that when you drill finger holes into the ball you are extracting weight from the ball (generally 2 ounces or more depending the hole sizes and the density of the core) and it was initially designed to keep the ball balanced after it was drilled. 

Balls with lower initial top weight were generally more stable after drilled than those with higher top weights due to the fact that their was so much weight left over after drilling. This created imbalance and often time added length and backend reaction for early three piece (Pancake weight block) bowling balls.

Top weight by today's standards is not nearly as important because a majority of the weight mass of most bowling balls is closer to the center of the ball than the shell and top weight has less of an effect because ball motion is more about the placement of the weight block itself and not the static weight mass. Top weight these days usually dictates hole size for those off label drillings.


What does this mean in selecting the correct top weight?

2.5 or less - Is for standard drilling techniques. It is also used for advanced drillings where moving the cg further off center of span creates a stronger drilling. You may not needing a weight hole with this type of drilling but depending on how far the cg is moved you may need a weight hole.

2.5 to 3.5 - Is great for normal layouts, a weight hole is not typical for this top weight. Stronger drillings may require a weight hole.

3.5 or more - This top weight is good if you want the ball to push more (go farther down the lane) while adding backend motion, but only if the ball driller knows and incorporates this into the drilling.

It can also be used for placing a big weight hole in a ball because it adds static weight to the drilling. This means you can use a stronger drilling than normal but make it legal by adding a weight hole to remove excess top weight (you can only have 1 oz of top weight remaining after drilling).

***NOTE: These are just basic descriptions to what top weight can do. There are many more scenarios for each top weight and what is capable with each different top weight range. Please discuss with your ball driller how they plan to drill you ball to get a better idea if they plan to use a weight hole or not to achieve the ball reaction you desire. There is no way to guarantee a ball will not need a weight hole depending on the top weight selected, the ball layout will determine that.


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Drilling Protection Plan


If your new ball cracks while being drilled by a pro shop, CheapBowlingBalls.com will replace your ball free of charge! Manufacturers' warranties typically do not cover for cracking during drilling and drillers are not held responsible for their mistakes or defects in the ball.

*Ball must be purchased from CheapBowlingBalls.com
*Ball must be drilled within 11 days of receiving it (Extended to Feb 1, for purchases made between Black Friday and Christmas)
*Protection must be purchased before the ball is drilled
*Ball pictures must be sent for inspection and the receipt for drilling charges included also
*We pay shipping back to you


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Extended Warranty


Valid for 2 full years from date of purchase. Covers manufacturing defects of balls, bags & shoes.

This warranty does not cover incidental costs of replacement including, but not limited to; freight, measuring, and drilling.


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Shoe Size Charts

900 Global, Brunswick, Dexter and Storm bowling shoes run true to size.

Right Handed Shoes: Made for bowlers that bowl with their right hand because the slide pad is on the left shoe, which is the foot you slide with.

Left Handed Shoes: Made for bowlers that bowl with their left hand because the slide pad is on the right shoe, which is the foot you slide with.

Uni-sole Shoes: These shoes can be used for right or left handed bowlers because the slide pads are on both feet.



Don't know your shoe size? Do the following...

To get the best fit and comfort, we suggest measuring your feet each time you purchase a new pair of shoes because your feet will change during your lifetime.

1. Get a blank piece of paper, a pencil and a ruler or tape measure.
2. Put on the pair of socks you intend to wear with the shoes you are ordering. Through the course of the day, your feet will swell so it's best to measure them at the end of the day.
3. With the paper placed on a hard floor, sit down in a chair and place your foot flat on the paper. Lean forward, putting more weight onto the foot you are going to measure. As you probably know, your feet are different sizes so be sure to measure your larger foot.
4. Holding a pencil vertically, place a mark at the end of your heel. Place another mark at the tip of your longest toe.
5. With the ruler or tape measure, measure from the heel to the tip of your longest toe.



To Find Your Width:

Measure the distance between the two widest points on your foot. Reduce this number by 5 mm, or 1/5-inch. The result is the number you will use to determine your foot width.

To find your size, use the inch-to-size table. For example, if you are a man and your foot measures 10" long, you will wear a U.S. size 8 shoe. If you are between measurements, size up to the next larger size. It is easy to add a pair of socks to take up a little extra room but very difficult to make shoes that are too small comfortable.

Note: Just because you are a size 9 in one brand doesn't necessarily mean you are going to be a 9 in another. Footwear sizes and shapes vary from brand to brand. Please keep this in mind.
 

( Men's ) Sizing Chart

Heel to toe
Length
(in inches)

Heel to toe
Length
(in Cm.)

Size (USA)

Narrow Width
(B or C) for
this Size

Medium Width
(D) for
this Size

Extra Wide Width
(2E or 3E) for
this Size

9 5/16

23.7

6

3 2/16

3 8/16

3 14/16

9 1/2

24.1

6 1/2

3 3/16

3 9/16

3 15/16

9 11/16

24.6

7

3 4/16

3 10/16

4

9 13/16

24.9

7 1/2

3 5/16

3 11/16

4 1/16

10

25.4

8

3 6/16

3 12/16

4 2/16

10 3/16

25.9

8 1/2

3 7/16

3 13/16

4 3/16

10 5/16

26.2

9

3 8/16

3 14/16

4 4/16

10 1/2

26.7

9 1/2

3 9/16

3 15/16

4 5/16

10 11/16

27.1

10

3 10/16

4

4 6/16

10 13/16

27.5

10 1/2

3 11/16

4 1/16

4 7/16

11

27.9

11

3 12/16

4 2/16

4 8/16

11 3/16

28.4

11 1/2

3 13/16

4 3/16

4 9/16

11 5/16

28.7

12

3 14/16

4 4/16

4 10/16

11 1/2

29.2

12 1/2

3 15/16

4 5/16

4 11/16

11 11/16

29.7

13

4

4 6/16

4 12/16

11 13/16

30.0

13 1/2

4 1/16

4 7/16

4 13/16

12

30.5

14

4 2/16

4 8/16

4 14/16

12 3/16

31.0

14 1/2

4 3/16

4 9/16

4 15/16

12 5/16

31.3

15

4 4/16

4 10/16

5

 

( Women's ) Sizing Chart

Heel to toe
Length
(in inches)

Heel to toe
Length
(in Cm.)

Size (USA)

Narrow Width
(AA) for
this Size

Medium Width
(B) for
this Size

Wide Width
(D) for
this Size

Extra Wide
Width (EE)
for this Size

8 11/16

22.1

5

2 13/16

3 3/16

3 9/16

3 15/16

8 13/16

22.4

5 1/2

2 14/16

3 4/16

3 10/16

4

9

22.9

6

2 15/16

3 5/16

3 11/16

4 1/16

9 3/16

23.3

6 1/2

3

3 6/16

3 12/16

4 2/16

9 5/16

23.7

7

3 1/16

3 7/16

3 13/16

4 3/16

9 1/2

24.1

7 1/2

3 2/16

3 8/16

3 14/16

4 4/16

9 11/16

24.6

8

3 3/16

3 9/16

3 15/16

4 5/16

9 13/16

24.9

8 1/2

3 4/16

3 10/16

4

4 6/16

10

25.4

9

3 5/16

3 11/16

4 1/16

4 7/16

10 3/16

25.9

9 1/2

3 6/16

3 12/16

4 2/16

4 8/16

10 5/16

26.2

10

3 7/16

3 13/16

4 3/16

4 9/16

10 1/2

26.7

10 1/2

3 8/16

3 14/16

4 4/16

4 10/16

10 11/16

27.1

11

3 9/16

3 15/16

4 5/16

4 11/16

10 13/16

27.5

11 1/2

3 10/16

4

4 6/16

4 12/16

11

27.9

12

3 11/16

4 1/16

4 7/16

4 13/16

 

( Kids' - boys & girls ) Sizing Chart

Heel to toe
Length
(in inches)

Heel to toe
Length
(in Cm.)

Size (USA)

3 5/6

9.7

2T

4

10.2

2.5T

4 1/6

10.6

3T

4 1/3

11

3.5T

4 1/2

11.4

4T

4 2/3

11.9

4.5T

4 5/6

12.3

5T

5

12.7

5.5T

5 1/6

13.1

6T

5 1/3

13.6

6.5T

5 1/2

14

7T

5 2/3

14.4

7.5T

5 5/6

14.8

8T

6

15.2

8.5K

6 1/6

15.7

9K

6 1/3

16.1

9.5K

6 1/2

16.5

10K

6 2/3

16.9

10.5K

6 5/6

17.4

11K

7

17.8

11.5K

7 1/6

18.2

12K

7 1/3

18.6

12.5K

7 1/2

19.1

13K

7 2/3

19.5

13.5K

7 5/6

19.9

1K

8

20.3

1.5K

8 1/6

20.7

2K

8 1/3

21.2

2.5K

8 1/2

21.6

3K

8 2/3

22

3.5K

8 5/6

22.4

4K

9

22.9

4.5K

9 1/6

23.3

5K

9 1/3

23.7

5.5K

9 1/2

24.1

6K


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Shoe Size Protection Plan

 

If customer selects UPS for original shipping, CheapBowlingBalls.com will send you one UPS return label to get the shoes that do not fit back to us, and for the correct shoe size to be resent back to you one time only.

If customer selects USPS for original shipping, the customer will be responsible to ship the shoes back to us using USPS Standard Post and we will credit the amount of shipping back to you. CheapBowlingBalls.com will then send the correct shoe size back to you one time only using USPS Standard Post.

The shoe size protection plan must be purchased at the same time as the shoes. If ordering multiple pairs of shoes only the pair(s) which purchased the shoe size protection will be honored.

Shoe Size Protection Plan is valid only for the same model shoe you purchased just in a different size. You may not switch shoe models.

Valid only in the Continental US.


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Shoe Size Protection Plan

 

If customer selects UPS for original shipping, CheapBowlingBalls.com will send you one UPS return label to get the shoes that do not fit back to us, and for the correct shoe size to be resent back to you one time only.

If customer selects USPS for original shipping, the customer will be responsible to ship the shoes back to us using USPS Standard Post and we will credit the amount of shipping back to you. CheapBowlingBalls.com will then send the correct shoe size back to you one time only using USPS Standard Post.

The shoe size protection plan must be purchased at the same time as the shoes. If ordering multiple pairs of shoes only the pair(s) which purchased the shoe size protection will be honored.

Shoe Size Protection Plan is valid only for the same model shoe you purchased just in a different size. You may not switch shoe models.

Valid only in the Continental US.


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Code Black Bowling Ball
  • Code Black Bowling Ball
  • RAD4™ Core (12-16 lbs)

SKU: S182
Reg. Price: $259.95 Our Price: $169.95
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Storm Code Black Bowling Ball

The Code Black has arrived. This technology is being introduced for the first time in the USA as a worldwide release. Science this good shouldn't be kept secret. The RAD4 Core was an engineering breakthrough for Storm. R2S is the perfect balance of length and reactivity. It's been several years since this coverstock has been featured in a Premier line ball. Our foundation has been established, and the Code Black is set to build your future.

Storm - We are "The Bowler Company."

Storm Code Black Tech Sheet

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Average Rating:
(based on 23 reviews)

Showing 1 - 5 of 23 Reviews:

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by Doug Cutler
on 3/22/2017
Code Black
My name is Doug Cutler and I am a Storm/Roto Grip Staffer and my ball review today is the Storm Code Black. I am left handed and my ball speed is around 15.5-16.0. I drilled my Code black with my Favorite drilling Pin Under the fingers, and the CG kicked to the left a little. The surface I hit it with a used 3000 and man I love it. This Code Black is a Beast. The Code Black is the Strongest Assym Storm has in their line and I think it is the strongest Assym on the market. I have used this ball on multiple lanes conditions from Medium to Long patterns like Abby Road, and Rome, and Mexico City to your Typical House Shot and have done well on all of the conditions. I have shot 1- 300 and a 813 with this ball. The Code Black definitely creates angle down lane. It will be best used on longer patterns, but can be used on medium patterns when you need more down lane motion. When I need something strong, but my Alpha Crux and Snap are to early, I use the Code Black. Comparing it to the Snap Lock, the Code Black is cleaner and more angular down lane. What makes the Code Black special is that it doesn't give you the over/under reaction you can get from pearl bowling balls. While it clears the front of the lane, it still picks up in the right spot and creates nice angle to go through the pins. If you needing a strong angular ball in your bag, you need to get yourself a Code Black. I promise you will not be disappointed. #codeblack #stormnation #bowlupastorm Doug Cutler Storm/Roto Grip Staffer PBA Regional Champion
by Mark Tarkington
on 3/14/2017
Code Black review - Mark Tarkington
I wanted the Code Black to work on our high-volume house pattern. It’s pretty amazing… This one has plenty of length, but has no issue making the turn. It flares a ton, so be careful with balance hole placement. As the pattern breaks down, it is strong enough to allow you to move deeper into the puddle, with a hand position change. I really like the motion I get from this ball. It is long and sharp, but it’s not uncontrollable at the breakpoint. On a normal league night, I can use this ball all night and never have to change balls. Slight adjustments allow me to keep the ball in the pocket for the three game series. The Code Black does not disappoint. It is a great ball and should be a welcome addition to any arsenal.
by Josh
on 3/4/2017
Awesome Piece from storm!
After having a few months to throw the code black I am extremely impressed. With being a rev dominant bowler, it's often hard for me to throw asymmetric balls with strong covers during league. The code black with its weaker cover clears the fronts like nothing else, still revs up in the midlane, and produces a strong continuous backend motion. I've thrown mine in multiple houses on a few patterns and I'm very impressed. Huge winner here from storm! #StormNation
by Tommy Gollick
on 2/23/2017
Code Black review by Tommy Gollick
The Code Black is the most recent release in the premier line of bowling balls from Storm, the bowler's company. The Code Black was released a little while back in the overseas market, and based on its strength of sales, eventually made it to the domestic market. The core of the Code Black is called RAD-4, in it is the fourth generation of the radial accelerating disc technology. This core design produces a very high intermediate differential of .020, an RG of 2.50, and an overall differential of 0.058 in 15 lb balls. The cover used for this piece is the R2S pearl reactive, and is a stunning black/charcoal/silver combination, and has a box finish of 1500 grit polish. I drilled my Code Black using the same layout as my current Crux Pearl, which is 4 x 5 ½ x 2 ¾ for comparison purposes. The Code Black glides through the front part of the lane with ease with the box finish. The mid-lane is where I start seeing a difference between the Code Black and the Crux Pearl. The core on the Code Black seems to migrate faster to its prefered spin axis, although the cover is still pushing the ball longer down the lane, compared to the Crux Pearl. The Code Black has about two feet more length for me, and rounds off the corner a little more gradually than does the Crux Pearl. For me, the Crux Pearl has a more defined shape through the hook phase than does my Code Black. As per PBA tour rep Jim Callahan’s suggestion, I then hit the Code Black lightly with a 4000 pad, to just break the cover a touch. The added cover texture now has my Code Black reading about the same part of the lane as the Crux Pearl, maybe even a hair earlier, but has a slightly more defined shape through the backend of the lane then it did with the polished box finish. With this cover adjustment, the Code Black isn’t overly sensitive to carry-down on the lane. I have used the Code Black on a variety of different patterns, and for me seems the best on lanes that I need easy skid through the fronts, with a strong change of direction that the asymmetrical core gives me. I was even surprised when I was able to use this Code Black on Kegel Boardwalk pattern after it carried down a bit entering into game three. I can see why Storm decided to introduce the Code Black to the domestic market. For me, the Code Black is almost interchangeable in my arsenal with my Crux Pearl. If you are in the need of strong pearl defined backend shape ball and have trouble getting the ball through the heads, you really need to look at the Code Black as an option for your arsenal. Thank you for taking the time to read my review of the Code Black. As always, bowl up a Storm!
by Chad Hauser - Storm Staffer
on 2/9/2017
CODE BLACK Ball Review - Amazing!
The CODE BLACK was a ball I was waiting to throw. Stonger asymetric ball with multiple different characteristics. I wanted a bit smoother drilling than I had in the Snap Lock, so I drilled the Code Black 45 / 4.25 / 40. I am a high track player with approx 375 rpm. This ball reads the mid lane amazingly and still gives me a smooth look with a continuous motion on the backend part of the lane. The R2S coverstock one of storms signature coverstocks proves again why it is so good. I have thrown this on house shots, sport shots etc and I can always find a line for it. Not only that but with forgiveness. Had many shots where I have had 3-4 boards target room and ball still faces up to the pocket. Very readable with different layouts. Very versatile in drilling layouts and changing the coverstock finishes. This is a must ball in your bag and will compliment many other Storm balls. If you don't have this ball, go buy it and you will wonder why you never bought it sooner.
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Lane Condition: Medium to Heavy Oil
Coverstock: R2S™ Pearl Reactive
Weight Block: RAD4™ Core (12-16 lbs)
Ball Finish: 1500-grit Polished
Ball Color: Black/Charcoal/Silver
R.G. / Diff.: #12 - 2.72 / .022
#13 - 2.63 / .039
#14 - 2.55 / .056
#15 - 2.50 / .058
#16 - 2.49 / .056
Intermediate Diff.: #15 - 0.020
Durometer: 73-75 Rex D-scale
Flare: 6”+ (High)
Fragrance: Orange Chocolate
Recommended Cleaner: Reacta Shine
Date Released: November 22, 2016
Manufacturer SKU: TCK
Warranty: 1 Year Warranty
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