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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)
1" margin for Pin Placement (Ex. 3-4" Pin)
1 oz. margin for Top Weight (Ex. 2.5-3.5 oz Top)


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  • Pitch Black - Free Shipping
  • Capacitor™ Core (12-16 lbs)

SKU: S144
Reg. Price: $189.95 Our Price: $134.95
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Description 

Storm Pitch Black Bowling Ball

With nearly 25 years of experience manufacturing high performance balls, Storm is the bowlers company. Storm knows what you need, and we are here to help. We are here to help you conquer all types of lane conditions, ranging from the deepest seas of heavy oil to the dry lake beds of the Sahara desert.

Speaking of bowling in the desert, the Pitch Black™ is sure to satisfy even the thirstiest camel. Storm looked back to proven technology of yesterday and developed a new spin on it with the porous and predictable new Controll™ solid urethane coverstock. It’s durable, consistent, and just what you need on rough, wood lanes and shorter oil patterns. It’s midlane roll with tons of control!

The Capacitor™ Core helps regulate your flare potential, making you the ultimate master of your ball motion. Higher rev players and those with slower speeds are going to love this shape as it is a true-rolling masterpiece…pure predictability at its finest.

Storm - We are “The Bowler’s Company™.”

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by Tony Reynaud
on 9/25/2014
No Need for Urethane for me
The Pitch Black is a solid urethane ball from Storm. This is definitely not a ball for everyone in my opinion. The fact that I throw the ball fairly straight makes any urethane ball almost useless for me. There honestly aren't very many conditions, which I run into in the course of the year where I say to myself I wish I had urethane. I bowl a lot more than the average person does also. I would say there would be a high probability if I actually ran into a condition where I needed urethane, the ball probably wouldn't be in my car anyway. In short I believe bowlers that throw it straight should spend their money on a good resin ball instead. I just couldn't hook the ball enough to put this ball in my tournament bag. Keep in mind that I am just one guy who doesn’t really have a big need for urethane. The ball has created a lot of buzz since it first came out. The touring pro guys actually did pretty well with the ball on shorter patterns. Another bowler even bowled a 900 series with the ball. If you search the storm website there is even a video of his last few shots. High rev rate guys that still use urethane once in a while would probably really like this ball. The Pitch Black might even work well for bowlers who still bowl on wood. In conclusion I didn't like the Pitch Black because I couldn't hook it enough. Please keep in mind that doesn't mean the Pitch Black is bad, it just means this ball isn't for everyone. If you thinking about buying a Pitch Black, do some research, and I am sure you will someone that liked the ball a lot more than me.
by Samuel Benifield
on 9/24/2014
Pitch Black Review
I set up this Pitch Black with a 30x5x70 layout. Ball really does what I need it to do on some super burn or some short sports patterns leagues. What I really like about this ball is how it rolls where you need it to and still finishes down lane. It starts that roll early in the mid so that it doesn't overpower itself at the end. The out of box surface was just right on this ball, I didn't feel like it needed any extra help from some surface or less surface to push further down. This is the one ball I'll always be able to get to the right with and really trust the ball.
by Christina Hardee
on 8/31/2014
Christina Hardee- Pitch Black Review
When you need Urethane the Pitch Black has it covered. For a while I felt like there was a hole in my bag, urethane options that weren't so skid snappy were not easy to find for Storm. Well they gave us all a answer for that. This ball rolls early and strong like the Urethane of the older days however they also found a way to make it hit like a truck. My corner pin leave percentage is much less with this ball than any other urethane I have thrown. Plus did I say it looks awesome? Solid black and neon green logos... Whats not to love lol? If you are looking into the Urethane market this is a winner for sure. Ball speed: 15-16mph Rev rate- 250-300
by Jeff Richgels
on 8/30/2014
PITCH BLACK review by Storm staffer Jeff Richgels
PITCH BLACK review by Storm staffer Jeff Richgels Drilled July 4, 2014 Non-resin urethane balls should be in every serious bowler’s arsenal for use on extremely short and/or low volume patterns. I started bowling at a high level starting in the late 1970s, years before the first urethanes debuted, so I had years of experience with rubber (LT-48), polyester and urethane. Even after resin debuted more than two decades ago, I still used urethanes like the Ebonite NITRO, Columbia WINE U-DOT and Faball BLUE HAMMER on a regular basis. It wasn’t until I became a Storm staffer and started throwing Storm balls exclusively that I retired my urethanes for good. There were times over the next decade or so that I really wished I could pull my BLUE HAMMER out of the basement, such as when bowling on the PBA Cheetah pattern, as Storm didn’t have a urethane like that. Then Storm came out with the NATURAL urethane ball, which I used almost exclusively in making it to the semifinals of a PBA Regional on Cheetah not long after it came out. http://www.stormbowling.com/products/balls/classic/natural?search=&exclusiveClassic=false The NATURAL’s only issue is it wasn’t quite strong enough to handle any significant volume of oil (for me at least) on even a short pattern. (The PBA Regional where I made it to the semis featured a Cheetah that was hooking quite a bit.) I also got a SUPER NATURAL when it came out, but that urethane with a touch of resin also skidded too much in any significant volume of oil for me. Storm has completely solved that issue with the PITCH BLACK, which provides the best urethane reaction I’ve seen since the glory days of my favorite urethanes two decades and more ago. I make that conclusion after using it on fresh Cheetah-type short patterns, wet/dry house shots and well transitioned PBA patterns. The Controll solid urethane coverstock handles today’s oils up to fairly significant volume IF there is some dry area. It actually gave me a better reaction on the longer wet/dry house pattern and well transitioned PBA pattern than on the shorter pattern – playing the hold came easier for me than playing the hook. The PITCH BLACK rolls strong and will dig out 10s and blow 5s if it’s thrown good. It will hook off the dry and stop when it gets to the oil on a longer pattern – that’s what was missing for me on the short pattern. I used it my final two games of the PBA50 Tour Fort Wayne Classic on the PBA50 Chameleon pattern that had broken down into a fairly wet/dry condition that was providing me lots of 9-counts with about everything I tried from an inside angle. With the PITCH BLACK, I could hit the pocket virtually every shot moving back to playing straight up around 10-board and finished with a pair of games in the 230s, which was as high as I got that tournament. With the basic Capacitor core in the PITCH BLACK I don’t think an exotic drilling will matter much. I have mine with the pin over the ring finger and the CG kicked a tad more right, and I get just a touch of flare. (I am not providing numbers on my drillings because I just don’t know what to use for my PAP numbers. For years, I used old numbers that I know weren’t accurate and my re-measured numbers came on one of my experimental grips that I gave up on as I returned to my long-time grip. I plan to get re-measured when I get a chance.) The PITCH BLACK works so well in its box finish that I have no desire to alter the 1,000 grit box finish coverstock. I also think shined up it would become too touchy in oil for me. I have seen no evidence of lane shine so far – and I have been using my PITCH BLACK for spares since I got it. Other than those favored urethanes of long ago, I don’t know what to compare the PITCH BLACK to. It’s certainly much stronger than the SUPER NATURAL or NATURAL. I’d recommend it for anyone who struggles with wet/dry conditions and is looking for some control and also for those who compete on short patterns. I’m sure it also would be good playing “defense” on a truly brutal pattern where keeping the ball in play and avoiding designer splits is important. The only caution I would provide is that for me I needed dry boards to provide a good reaction – the couple of times I tried it on a fresh non-house shot with no defined dry area I had trouble finding a consistent reaction.
by Casey Murphy
on 8/27/2014
Storm Pitch Black Review by Staffer Casey Murphy
Orientation: Right Handed Rev Rate: 375 RPM Speed: 16-17 MPH PAP: 5 across ¾ up Location: Enterprise Park Lanes, Springfield MO Pattern: High Volume THS Layout: 60, 5 ½, 40 The Pitch Black is a one of a kind ball! I had to admit at first I had my doubts about it, because I haven’t had much luck with urethanes in the past. But the Pitch Black is so much different than the Natural series. For me the Pitch Black is a good deal stronger than the Natural series. At least 5 boards I’d say. You could easily expect to play an arrow deeper compared to other urethanes. But even though it’s much stronger, you still get the same smooth predictable urethane backend. The Pitch Black would be a great ball for short patterns, playing near the gutter, or patterns with a lot of friction. It’s a versatile piece with endless uses!
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Lane Condition: Light Oil
Coverstock: Controll™ Solid Urethane
Weight Block: Capacitor™ Core (12-16 lbs)
Ball Finish: 1000-grit Pad
Ball Color: Pitch Black
R.G. / Diff.: #12 - 2.63 / .021
#13 - 2.61 / .021
#14 - 2.59 / .022
#15 - 2.57 / .022
#16 - 2.56 / .023
Durometer: 72-74 Rex D-scale
Flare: 2” (Medium-Low)
Date Released: May 13, 2014
Warranty: 1 Year Warranty

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