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Review Date: 4 February 2016
Reviewed by:
Storm/Roto Grip staffer John Brockland
Style: Stroker Rev Rate: 280-310
PAP: 5.50" over and 1" up

The FIGHT is an all around brand new addition to Storm’s Thunder Line.  It combines an unusually large core (Iron CrossTM) with a new R4S solid reactive coverstock.  The size of the core creates an RG at the upper end of the spectrum (2.62) with a moderate diff (0.043) at 15lb.

I was skeptical about the FIGHT at first precisely because of the very high RG and large core.  Often for me that results in loping ball roll.  But that isn’t at all the case with the FIGHT.

The layout on mine is 55 x 5.5 x 40 which puts the pin directly over my bridge center.  Several staffers have tossed around several ideas of other balls to compare the FIGHT to in an attempt to describe how it performs.  Some have said it reminds them of the smooth ball motion they get from a MARVEL-S.  For me, the FIGHT has much easier length than the MARVEL-S and overall hooks much less.  The comparison that has rung true for me based on my experience is a similarity to the OUTLAW from Roto Grip.  It had an RG of 2.57 and a diff of 0.048.   As the numbers suggest, to me the FIGHT is a bit longer than the OUTLAW was and overall has a little less hook potential.  But the roll and shape are similar. 

The FIGHT is definitely not a big booming ball.  It’s hook potential is appropriate to the Thunder Line.  It gets into a good tight heavy roll once it transitions from skid phase through the hook phase, but its motion is not at all angular.  The ball motion for me is reminiscent of what I have gotten when I’ve experimented with pin-axis drillings – smooth, rolling, continuous motion without any significant change of direction.

 I’ve only had opportunity so far to use the FIGHT in league on a wet/dry STL house shot that has been playing much tighter than most around town and in a center where carry is notoriously difficult.  It has allowed me to stay square to the lane and go “down and in” with the pattern which, even though it’s playing are on the tighter side, still isn’t possible with most other equipment.   Staying squarer to the lane has made a world of difference in carry in this center as well.  The FIGHT has produced two solid 700’s in the past few weeks.   I had only shot one other set over 700 all year there.

 I suspect that the FIGHT will be very useful on medium volume, medium length flat patterns when keeping launch angles closed is required.  It’s easy length is an asset for that purpose.  I will say, though, for me that this large core and high RG are not very forgiving of a bad release.  Shots missed at the bottom and shots that get a little bit on the thumb-down side are a guarantee to miss the break point completely.    A few more trial runs on different patterns in practice will make the determination, but I could see the FIGHT being helpful for the beginning few games at USBC Open Championships if the patterns this year are similar to the past few years.

A league bowler who wants a ball that would allow them to avoid moving in as a league session transitions would also find the FIGHT a useful tool.  


Fight Layout

Lbs. RG Diff. PSA
16 2.60 0.044  
15 2.62 0.043  
14 2.58 0.042  
13 2.59 0.045  
12 2.65 0.035