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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 the lane 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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Special Instructions


Please add any special notes you have regarding Weight, Pin Placement, Top Weight or any other requests you have for us.

Please give us some room when requesting ball specs, we ask for:

 2 oz margin for Gross Weight (EX. 15.1-15.3 Gross)
.5-1" margin for pin placement (Ex. 3-4" Pin)
.5-1 oz. margin for Top Weight (Ex. 2.5-3.5 oz Top)


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  • Intense Bowling Ball
  • RAD-E Core (14-16 lbs)
  • Triliptic Core (12-13 lbs)

SKU: S194
Reg. Price: $259.95 Our Price: $169.95
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Quantity:
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Description 

Storm Intense Bowling Ball


Radial Accelerating Disk™ (RAD) technology was unveiled in the original X-Factor™ series as the first to feature dual density disc technology. More recently, this design premise emerged in the RAD4™ Core powering the Code™ series. With the new Intense, our R&D Team is taking it a step further with the new RAD-E™ Core. The “E” stands for ENERGY as the elongated ellipses near the pin increase the separation of mass as well as the potential energy of this dynamic beast.

R3S is the third generation of Storm’s flagship coverstock: Reactor cover material. This shell has a measurable porosity that is higher than its predecessor. This increased porosity reads the lane slightly sooner than Reactor or R2S and smooths out the overall reaction. Blending out lane transition is one of R3S’s best features.

Storm Intense Tech Sheet
Storm Intense Design Intent

Reviews

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by Mike Sipple
on 2/14/2018
Intense
BALL SPECS Pin Length: 3 - 4 Starting Top Weight: 3 oz Ball Weight: 15 DRILL PATTERN Pin buffer 3 inches 4 x 5 x 3 BOWLER STYLE: RH - Stroker Rev Rate: 380-420 Ball Speed: 15-16 PAP/Track: PAP: 5 13/16” and 1/2" up SURFACE PREP Box Finish: factory 1500 polished BALL MOTION Radial Accelerating Disk™ (RAD) technology was unveiled in the original X-Factor™ series as the first to feature dual density disc technology. More recently, this design premise emerged in the RAD4™ Core powering the Code™ series. With the new Intense, our R&D Team is taking it a step further with the new RAD-E™ Core. The “E” stands for ENERGY as the elongated ellipses near the pin increase the separation of mass as well as the potential energy of this dynamic beast. COMMENTS I drilled the Intense pin up with a 3 inch pin buffer. This ball really goes through the head with a strong backend motion. If you are looking for a ball to go down the lane and make a sharp backend motion this is your ball. Mike Sipple Storm/Roto Grip/Amateur Staff
by Chad Hauser - Storm Staffer
on 1/19/2018
Storm - INTENSE
STORM - INTENSE This ball is definitely INTENSE! This ball features a new, pearl R3S coverstock with modified RAD core known as RAD e. The R3S coverstock has a little larger “footprint” (more of the surface of the ball contacts the lane) so you will see a lot stronger motion “off the spot.” Combine this with the new RAD e core (modified RAD core) and you have a ball that has a very aggressive angle of entry into the pocket. 
I drilled mine 70/4/70 and my other one 70/4/30. My PAP is 6” and up 1/8”. This ball has a strong reaction no matter how it is drilled I have noticed. It comes off the spot strong and hits hard. My first drilling is to tame it down a bit and get it smoother off the back and it works awesome. My second drilling allows the ball to get down lane and corner hard off the spot. This ball for me keeps the pins low and explosive. It also works well with the cover being knocked down a little with a 3000 grit pad and smooths the backend out nicely. Any style of bowler
by Fred Callahan
on 1/17/2018
Storm Intense
The Intense is Storms high performance release from October. I know it's January and I'm way behind....holiday madness. The new Asymm RAD-E core is wrapped up with the R3S cover. So, first off, this ball hooks a ton....I drilled two of these beasts, one pin up and the other down. Our house shot is a THS, 42 feet in length and we use Kegel Current lane conditioner. I was amazed at how quickly this ball read the lane....with a pearl shell, one would assume a clean front end reaction, nope. The pin down had a very strong arc through the pattern and the pin up was just a touch more angular at the spot. I'm no super star on the lanes and this ball is above my pay grade. I don't have enough axis rotation to move in to the oil where this ball wants to be. I basically flat corner pinned every shot or I'd miss it a touch and go bucket, half bucket. The R3S is just too aggressive for me and my pedestrian skill level. I drilled a few for some other customers and the response was similar..."wow, it hooks" "kinda burns up" or "wow, it really hooks" So, with that, if you bowl on soup and you can't get a ball to read, the Intense is the rock for you. Thanks for reading. #stormnation
by marlon enriquez
on 1/6/2018
Storm Intense
I recently had to replace my favorite Storm pearlized ball, the Code Black because I used it so much that i've tracked it out. Probably over 120 games. The RAD 4 core with the R2S cover was a great combination so when i heard that the Intense had the RAD-E Core wrapped with the R3S cover, I knew it would be the perfect replacement! I used my benchmark layout 4x4x2. 5"right X 3/4" up PAP The reaction I got was so impressive. It was clean through the heads and read the midlane really well. The most impressive thing about it was the backend motion. It stored its energy with this layout so well that its motion through the pin decks was amazing. All tolled, i would say that it gave me 4-5 more boards of backend more than my Code Black. If you're looking for a ball with tremendous backend motion and great hitting power, the new Storm Intense is for you!
by Tommy Gollick
on 12/31/2017
Intense review by Tommy Gollick
The Intense is the new asymmetrical ball in the premier line of balls from Storm, the Bowlers Company. The Intense uses the new RAD-E core, that has numbers of 2.49 Rg, 0.050 differential, and 0.017 intermediate differential in 15lb bowling balls. The cover of the Intense is R3S pearl, and has an appealing color combination of lime, black, and white. I drilled my Intense with a 4 x 4 x 2 layout. This is the first time I have used this layout. I wanted to try something a bit different, to give a different shape in my bag. The Intense is very clean through the front of the lane, with a strong, firm, change of direction once encountering the friction on the lane. The Intense with this layout for me, is the very definition of skid flip, or hockey stick type reaction. Because of the clean nature through the front of the lane, I have hit the cover with a used 4000 abralon pad, just to “break the cover in”. I have used the Intense on different patterns with different volumes of oil, and the best reaction I have had so far with it, is on USBC White #3. I can start off in the track area on the lane with the Intense, and migrate in on the lane, as the pattern changes, and still get corner, recovery and carry from deeper angles than what I normally can with other asymmetrical bowling balls. I haven’t really tried the Intense on really flat patterns yet, as I’m not sure the sudden change of direction would be beneficial, in that environment. The Intense has shown me enough, that I would like to drill another one, using one of my more standard layouts, as this 4 x 4 x 2 seems to have left me with a very condition specific ball, which I anticipated, and is why I went with this layout. In my opinion, the Intense was designed to offer a really strong change of direction at the friction spot, in which it does. If you want to see that type of reaction, then you really should try an Intense. If you are looking for control, than maybe a different option would be more beneficial for you, like a Marvel pearl or Dare Devil. Thank you for taking the time to read my review of the Storm Intense. As always, don’t forget to bowl up a Storm!
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Lane Condition: Heavy Oil
Coverstock: R3S Pearl Reactive
Weight Block: RAD-E Core (14-16 lbs)
Triliptic Core (12-13 lbs)
Ball Finish: 1500-grit Polished
Ball Color: Lime/Black/White
R.G. / Diff.: #12 - 2.59 / .029
#13 - 2.57 / .032
#14 - 2.53 / .050
#15 - 2.49 / .050
#16 - 2.49 / .050
Intermediate Diff.: #15 - 0.017
Durometer: 73-75 Rex D-scale
Flare: 6”+ (High)
Fragrance: Moroccan Mint
Recommended Cleaner: Reacta Shine
Date Released: October 27, 2017
Manufacturer SKU: BBMTNN
Warranty: 1 Year Warranty



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