On the Shelf.....
The Black/Silver color scheme of this ball is relatively basic for Storm. It will not give you that WOW factor on the shelf, but I personally like the color. They also have a different fragrance, Ginger Verbena, for this one as well. Yeah, I know, scented bowling balls, but hey it matters to some customers.
On the lanes.....
Alright, for everyone thinking about the reaction of this ball, you will have to free your mind, since when you see the price point and the word "Tropical". The first thought in everyone’s mind will be that it’s a dry lane ball. Not with this combination of core and cover stock! This ball was tested on both AMF HPL, Brunswick Pro Anvilane, and wood surface with Guardian heads. All three centers had house patterns, but the characteristics of the pattern calls for playing 3 different parts of the lane. The Tropical Heat Hybrid is quite a change from the other Tropical line bowling balls. It clears the front part of the lane with ease, as the Tropical Storm bowling balls did, but this ball has a lot of backend reaction. The combination of the Fast/Furious core, coupled with the Hybrid cover, gives this Tropical Heat a serious good look out on the lanes.
The industry is changing to give better equipment for those bowlers looking for a great reacting bowling ball without spending a lot of money and Storm has listened to the bowlers. I believe everyone will have a place for the new Tropical Heat. Strokers may have to tweak the cover because of how clean this ball is in the front part of the lane. Tweeners will enjoy the backend reaction, and Crankers may also have to watch the surface as well, to make sure that it doesn’t have "too much over/under". Storm has stepped up their game to make this ‘entry level’ bowling ball one that will be used on most house conditions, and some of the shorter sport/challenge patterns.
Stock: Reactor Hybrid Reactive
Weight Block: Turbine
Review Ball 15 lbs.
Layout: Pin 4.5" X 40 degrees pin above ring finger
GLC's "Out of 5 Stars" Ratings......
Length: 4.25 Back End 4.75 Shelf Appeal 3.75