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Review Date: 21 November 2018

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

The Physix is a brand new release in Storm’s Premier Line that has been several years in the making.  Storm describes the power and potential of the all-new Atomic Core here as “firmly ensconced at the top of the Storm performance heap.” There is no question that the PHYSIX is intentionally a strong ball (0.053 total differential).  Storm says “the rest of its prodigious oomph accepts credit from the strategically placed inlets surrounding the oval bolt and greater mass displacement along the z-axis creating an enhanced intermediate differential.” Several options were tested for coverstocks for this new release and “NRG Hybrid was the undisputed winner.”

Storm's expressed design intention with the PHYSIX was to create motion that fit in between the CODE X and the SURE LOCK.  With an RG of 2.48 it has great midlane.  This new core “finds its preferred spin axis quickly and effectively.”   The NRG Hybrid Reactive, which until now has only been used overseas, combines to provide cleaner motion through the front of the lane than Roto Grip’s HALO or Storm’s SURE LOCK and strong motion down lane that is more arcing and controllable than either of those.  It is a bit earlier and has more angular motion than my CODE X but that could be because I have the mass bias in a much stronger position on the PHYSIX than on the CODE X (5 inches from pap compared to 3 inches from pap).
The drilling on mine is a pretty standard high pin asymmetrical layout for me.  The pin is 5.5 to pap.  The mass bias is 5 inches to pap.  And the pin buffer is about 2.5 inches.
I first had opportunity to use the PHYSIX on the 2018 USBC OC's minors pattern which played a little tricky in a center with old HPLs.  Until then I had been starting with either a worn in TRICK or the trusty short pin to pap ALPHA CRUX that I also used in Syracuse.  I found that the PHYSIX rolled really well for me, well enough that it was among the few strong asymmetrical balls that I shipped out to Las Vegas to use at the South Point Senior Shootout.
There, I found it extremely useful as a next ball in transition after starting with my HALO on the 43-foot pattern we bowled on.  It is enough cleaner through the front part of the lane that when the HALO began to burn up and I needed to get further left, the PHYSIX navigated the front well enough to retain energy and go through the pins great!   For that reason it was also useful later in the day to bail out a really important 238 game at the end of an otherwise terrible block of -26 for six games on the tournament’s 39-foot pattern.  It saved me from potentially shooting myself in the foot for the cumulative total qualifying points for the main event on Friday of the week.
For the league bowler, the PHYSIX would be worth consideration for anyone looking for a high performance strong asymmetrical ball but who still wants to maintain as much controllable ball motion as possible in that range of hooking power.   My experiences with the PHYSIX make me hope this Atomic core stays around for a while with various cover applications.  It will be staple in my tournament bag for sure for quite a while.

Lbs. RG Diff. PSA  Diff. 
16 2.48 0.054 0.017
15 2.48 0.053 0.017
14 2.53 0.052 0.015
13 2.57 0.032 0.010
12 2.59 0.029 0.008
11 N/A N/A N/A
10 N/A N/A N/A