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Street Fight
Review Date: 11 October 2016

Reviewed by:
Storm/Roto Grip staffer John Brockland
Style: Stroker Rev Rate: 280-310
PAP: 5.5" over and 1" up

The original FIGHT was all around a brand new development in Storm’s Thunder Line.  It combined 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.

Many have thought the FIGHT a bad ball because it isn’t the big booming backend ball that so many people want these days.  It’s a niche ball – perfect for the tournament player on medium volume and medium length patters (sometimes shorter and lighter volume as well) when keeping launch angles closed and controlling backend motion is key.

The STREET FIGHT is similar, though more versatile.  The downside to the original FIGHT for me was that in situations when it was the perfect tool, its usefulness was not long-lived.  When lane transition required moving out of an initial “tube style” of lane play, the FIGHT oftentimes didn’t provide enough down lane recovery for me on shots sent wide of target or shots missed at the bottom just a little.  The STREET FIGHT is wrapped with an R4S Pearl Reactive cover that provides more pop on the backend than the R4S solid cover on the FIGHT does.  For me, that has made its usefulness a little more expansive especially in typical league play around the STL.  Whereas the FIGHT was great for going up the track at the outset of league but usually had to be put away by the middle of the second game, the STREET FIGHT can go the three-game distance as lanes transition.

 The layout on mine is the same as my FIGHT, a pretty standard pin over the bridge layout for me.  The specs come to 55 x 5.5 x 45.  On hooking STL house patterns the STREET FIGHT has produced a handful of 750+ sets for me.  Not having bowled on any tougher patterns lately, I can’t speak to how it would handle them.  Judging from what I have seen, though, I would be very surprised if it doesn’t end up being a very effective tool to have along for medium volume and medium length patterns.  Too much volume and too much length in the pattern would not be a good combination (for me anyway) with this ball’s very high RG.  I would end up missing the break point most of the time.  I’d say the same might be true for higher speed players or bowlers with lesser hand even on regular house shots.

 Recently, a friend who is a solid bowler and who prefers a “down and in” approach to things so much that he bowls most of the time with urethane, plastic, or some sort of an antique resin ball decided to try a STREET FIGHT.  During his first practice session he sent me a series of texts lamenting the fact that he couldn’t get a hook with it.  His eye was used to seeing urethane/plastic hook early/stop ball motion going straight up the dry outside of 10-board on a high friction surface.  Once reminded that this ball isn’t your typical reactive resin ball – which always translates for this friend into a mindset of having to “shoot the ball through the heads” in order to get it to stay on line in his down-and-in approach to things – he started focusing on really getting it into a roll off his hand and he began to see the STREET FIGHT’s true potential come through.

I have very much enjoyed using the STREET FIGHT in league so far this fall.  While maybe not the perfect choice all the time, I have often stuck with it because using it forces me to keep my release from getting lazy (a peril I suffer bowling a regular diet of house shot bowling with more forgiving equipment).  Even though it provides a little more backend motion than the FIGHT, a miss at the bottom will still translate into a flat ten most of the time.  That’s a good thing in my book….for a bowler who wants to be forced to execute well in order to strike.  It has helped turn league sessions into an occasion for staying sharp, which is never a bad thing in my book

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