The research lab at Storm has been busy and discovered a unique coverstock by combining two proven coverstocks into one. The coverstock on the Storm Dark Code is a combination of the R2S and NeX to create the ReX Pearl Reactive coverstock, also known as the "Reactor Extreme". This coverstock along with the RAD4 core provides the ideal amount of mid lane roll and backend reaction as well as awesome pin carry. This ball has something to offer any style of bowler.
Dark code is always in the bag
The Dark Code - I drilled this up with the intention of having a ball with similar motion and saved energy to my Rubicon UC2 but on a slightly heavier volume of oil. This was exactly what I got. If you remember my review on the uc2 I was floored by the way it drives through the pin deck. The Dark Code saves a ton of energy and feels like it never gets lazy on me. I can be comfortable with it on a fresh house shot while being able to throw it all three games in most sets. I love how clean it is in the front but still rolls late in the mids without giving up on the back. The UC2 will follow this piece so well in those linger sets and keep my eyes in a similar part of the lane. If you want that "everywhere" ball and like drive on the back end Id say get yourself a Dark Code ASAP! PS.. the Cherry smells incredible!
The Dark Code features a brand new REX or (Reactor Extreme) Pearl reactive coverstock with the RAD4 Asymmetric Core. The Dark Code has a low RG of 2.50 a high differential of 0.058 and a low intermediate differential of 0.020. To bring this all together, the REX coverstock is a combination of the popular NEX coverstock with R2S. The NEX coverstock seen in the Axiom and Proton Physics and the R2S we have seen in the Astro Physics and IQ Emerald. The Dark Code is going to give you a very smooth roll very clean through the midlane and save all its energy for the backend. It will allow you to get left to right very easily.
The layout chosen was a 75 x 3 ¾ by 80 which will give the ball a medium entry angle to smooth out the wet/dry on a house shot that’s either seen right away on the fresh or in the transition games.
I did a ball comparison to the 900 Global Zen, Storm Code Black and Strom Trend.
First up is the 900 Global Zen, the Zen is the hottest ball on the market for Global right now and as you can see the Zen blends the midlane very well and reacts very strong off the spot for symmetric ball. The Zen is 3 and 2 stronger than the Dark Code.
Next is the Code Black, the Code Black and Dark Code have the same numbers, same core but the Dark Code has a different coverstock additive. The addition of the REX with R2S really shines here because you see how the Dark Code is stronger by 1 or 2 boards then the Code Black. The big difference you will see is how much sooner the Dark Code reads the midlane verses the Code Black.
The last ball in the comparison portion of the video is the Storm Trend. The Trend has the R2S coverstock as well with a symmetric core but the Trend rolls very similar to an asymmetric core on how it changes direction very quick with the Piston core with a corkscrew type motion. The Dark Code is at least 2 boards stronger than the Trend.
I'm strictly an amateur, but it appears to be a beast on freshly oiled lanes, but after two games and the oil starts getting pushed further down the lane, you'll either need to make adjustments or have a back up in your bag.
compare dark code to the trend please thanks
The Dark Code will have a stronger weight block to give this more hook potential than the Trend. They have similar length with both having a pearl coverstock finished at 1500 grit polish but the weight block will give the Dark Code more flare.
asymetrical or symetrical ?
How does dark code differ from the code red
The only difference between the Code Red and the Dark Code would be the coverstock. They have the same weight block and both were finished at 1500 grit polished finish. The Dark Code has a new ReX Pearl Cover while the Code Red had a R2S Hybrid cover. The new ReX Pearl cover is a blend of the R2S and the NeX cover which makes this a little stronger reaction to handle a little more oil.
How does this bowling ball compare to the Storm Hyroad X
This ball will be much stronger than the Hy-Road X. This ball is a high performance ball for heavier oil conditions and the Hy-Road X was a mid performance ball more for medium to lighter oil conditions.
Will this ball be good to pair with my Hy-Road Max?
The Hy-Road Max is a duller finished solid ball and is a mid performance ball for medium oil. The Dark Code is a high performance ball for medium to heavier oil and the ball has a pearl coverstock and polished finish. If you like the reaction you get from your Hy-Road Max but you need something stronger for when the lanes are heavier oil I would suggest getting another solid ball that is more suited for heavier oil like the Storm Axiom or Storm Proton Physix. They have a similar reaction in the midlane with a continuous hook like the Max.
What is drilling protection
Drilling protection is an extra option which will help you if the ball chips or cracks while you are having it drilled at your local proshop. It will help you by getting your drilling cost reimbursed as well as the ball being replaced if the ball meets the drilling protection criteria. To see more about this click the "?" beside the Drilling Protection option.
compare dark code to rstx1 please ... thanks
The Dark Code will go longer on the lanes to have a sharper backend than the RST X-1. However, because the RST X-1 reads a little earlier that will help it have a stronger overall hook and also help it work better in heavy oil while the Dark Code can work better across medium to heavy oil conditions.
which ball out of the trend and axiom pearl most closely matches the dark code ? I have a trend and the axiom pearl and a dark code on order . I need to know which one gets left ot of the bag ? I intend to keep the dark code as one of them .. stroker style 14-15 mph. thanks for your help ?
The Dark Code is actually going to be stronger than both the Trend and the Axiom Pearl. The coverstock on the Dark Code is actually a blend of the coverstock used on both the Trend and Axiom Pearl so the core on the Dark Code is much stronger and will give this more hook potential than the Trend or Axiom Pearl. The Trend is also listed as a high performance ball like the Dark Code but the Trend is on the lower side of high performance and the Axiom Pearl is on the higher side of upper mid performance so they are very close to each other but you may find that you could remove the Trend and just use the Dark Code and Axiom Pearl.
What is the hook number I don’t see it
There is not an exact number given on this balls hook potential but this is a high performance ball so it will be a pretty aggressive ball. It is rated for heavier oil conditions and the pearl cover with a polished finish will make it read really aggressive on the backend. While it may not be the highest hook potential overall of any ball we have it would be one of the highest backend balls that is currently on the market.
Compare to the SoniQ
Both options have a pearl coverstock finished at 1500 grit polish but the Dark Code is a high performance ball so it will have a stronger cover and stronger weight block than the Son!Q which was an upper midperformance ball.
How will this be compared to the IQ nano tour?
This ball will have a stronger hook potential and it will also go longer on the lanes to have a sharper backend hook than the IQ Tour Nano.
What speed is most effective with this ball for hook?
This ball has a polished finish and a pearl coverstock to make it react later on the lanes. If you have a high ball speed and low rev rate then it may not have enough time to have a strong reaction on the backend. Almost all other styles would be fine but high ball speed, low rev rate may not like this option.
What ball is stronger between the dark code and the Zen
The Dark Code will have a stronger weight block that has more flare potential than the Zen Pearl but they are both very high performance balls and both have a high backend hook potential.
70 yr old female slow speed. What ball would you recommend?
This ball is going to be a very strong ball and it also requires a lot of oil on the lanes for it to work correctly. If you have a slower ball speed you will want a ball with a pearl cover or a polished finish to get farther down the lane before it starts hooking so this ball does have a pearl cover and polished finish but you want to make sure you match the lane conditions to what you most often bowl in.
Are the 15lb and 14lb Dark Code made the same specifications. I ask this because the write stated 15lb Dark Code
They have the same cover and finish but the RG values will change slightly. Here are the specs for the 14lb: RG - 2.55 RG Diff - 0.056 . So from this the 14lb will go a little longer and have a little less flare potential than the 15lb.
Will this ball be good to pair with my Hy-Road?
How does the dark code react on lanes with not much oil on them
The Dark Code was designed to work in heavier oil so it will be too strong to use in lighter oil conditions. The ball would starting hooking earlier than intended and would also be too strong to get a good reaction on it.
compare to the Melee Jab blood red. thanks,
The Dark Code is showing to be stronger than the Melee Jab. The Dark Code is a high performance while the Melee Jab was an upper mid performance. The Dark Code was meant for heavier oil and the Melee Jab was medium to heavy oil. Both are designed to go longer on the lane with a sharper backend hook.
compared to the parallax effect
They both have great length and a strong backend hook. Both are high performance and designed to work in heavy oil. The only slight difference is that the Dark Code will read just slightly earlier and have slightly more flare potential than the Parallax Effect but they are small differences.
Would this ball be a good step up from a phaze III?
Yes, this ball can handle more oil than the Phaze III and has more hook potential also. Plus the Dark Code has good length so you still get that similar backend reaction that you get on the Phaze III.
I'm joining a bowling league and at the end you get to choose a free bowling ball. My gf is joining with me for fun and she is giving me her ball. Which two should I pick? The choices are Storm Dark Code, Rubicon UC2, and 900 Global Reality.
The Rubicon UC2 would likely be the most versatile ball to use in league play because it can work well down into medium oil conditions. The Reality is designed to work in heavy oil only so in a typical league you may not get to use that ball as much. It could work the first game but you could struggle in the later games as the lanes start to try out. The Dark Code is basically the middle option here as it is stronger than the UC2 but still gives you good length and would be able to work in some medium conditions better than the Reality. So with this in mind you may see which ball sounds like the best match for you.
I got an average speed of around 15 to 16 mph and TWO HANDER style with (i think) around 400 to 500 rpm (well thats what i think cause house balls i shoot goes CRAZY over my rev on most of the oil i bowled on)... And I really wanna get a new ball since my 4 years old Phaze 1 broke (literally, cracked badly after a fall from my hands). Do you think i have what it takes to tame such a BEAST? Would you recommend Dark Code? Or what else would you recommend other than this ball?
If you were seeing a good reaction from your Phaze before it broke then you would like the length of the Dark Code but the Dark Code is going to be much stronger and because of this it would need more oil to get this to work well for you. If you typically bowl in more medium oil you may prefer to go for something like a Phaze 4 to replace your old Phaze.
Is this ball 1500 grit sanded and then polish if so what is the name of the polish ?
To get the 1500 grit polished finish they actually start with 500, then 1000, then 2000, then 4000 sanding pad and finish the ball with a Storm Step 2 compound.