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Storm has created the Pitch Black, a solid urethane ball, for their Thunder Line. This ball is intended to provide control on lighter and shorter oil conditions. The Capacitor core gives this ball a straighter but strong delivery.
I purchased this ball as an upgrade to my old (20 years) Columbia 300 Shadow. It is a definite improvement over my older ball. While it is stronger than my Shadow it finishes MUCH better which is what I was looking for in this ball. I no longer leave 5-7's or just 5's on a worn out THS. It can cover more boards at times, but it is just as smooth and controllable as my Shadow.
not meant for everybody not a ball you want to used on a house shot unless it for 10 pins but if you are a tournament bowler and come across 35ft and especially 32ft patterns this ball is a nice option when you cant find the pocket its a urethane bowl want did you expect only meant for short patterns
THE PITCH BLACK SHOULD BE LISTED FOR STARTING BOWLERS. MY AVERAGE HAS DROPPED 20 POINTS SINCE I STARTED USING THIS BALL. IT WAS A WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME. I HAD PROFESSIONAL HELP USING IT AND THEY TOLD ME TO GET ANOTHER BALL.I HAD THE BALL SANDED AND IT STILL DOES NOT HIT WELL. I WILL DONATE IT TO THE SCHOOL LEAGUE.
For anyone who knows how to bowl. This ball is great. This ball is not going to hook a mile by any means this ball is not for someone who gets very little revs it is for someone who knows how to control the ball on a short oil pattern. I've seen my friends bowl consistently in the 220s with this ball. My other friend bowled a perfect game with this ball.
Works well on very little oil. My high performance ball designed for oily lanes was not working well and finished up with this ball on lanes with a lot of oil and I was impressed. If I got near the headpin--the ball blew them out. Even got strikes by hitting direct on head pin. Very pleased--only regrets are that I did not get a 14 lb ball and that the first time it was drilled that it was done wrong. As it is I am dong well with a redrilled ball. Also I don't have a lot of rev but I cant complain with this ball.
This ball was perfect for my 35 foot sport pattern. I was only averaging 175 with my Brunswick Rhino gold pro but as soon as this ball came in I move my lone two boards in and the last 3 weeks I haven't shot under a 200! Also great for house oil. It's extremely constant if you are.
I am a two handed bowler with a 215 average and I had issues adapting to my sport shot leagues lane conditions, but no more. The Storm Pitch Black rolls like a monster. I had it drilled pin up to the right of center with the CG kicked out about an inch to give some added length to a ball that is known to hook early. I then sanded it to 1000 grit so it could still bite and wouldn't go too long. I would recommend this ball to anyone who needed a versatile ball that could be a combo for a spare and Strike ball.
This ball keeps you to the right of the lanes It works well from middle to dry lanes. The ball hits hard if you have a lot of hand. Also this ball will make you more accurate in your delivery no room for error
how do drill this ball3/28/2016 - By big dog
Hello, you may check with the person who will be drilling this ball for you prior to ordering to determine which layout and specs they would use to get you the desired reaction.3/29/2016 - By Bowling.Com Staff
How does this compare to the fanatic btu?8/22/2016 - By Mac
Im a twp hand bowler with alot of rev. I has trouble with lanes being to dry. Would this be a good ball for me10/22/2016 - By Zack b.
Is this ball comparable to the black hammer ball2/22/2017 - By Joe d
So this ball is more compareable to the blue hammer ?2/22/2017 - By Joe d
Hello Joe! The Blue Hammer will have a 2000 grit finish and it is also a pearl coverstock. The Pitch Black is a solid coverstock with a 1000 grit finish. It will have a difference performance to the Blue Hammer2/24/2017 - By Bowling.Com Staff
Can this ball be used to complement the black hammer. If not what ball complements this ball well7/13/2017 - By Nick
Does it come 10#11/28/2017 - By bill
Kind of weight block is in it12/30/2017 - By Big Bird
On heavy oil could the pitch black be used as a reliable spare ball?1/27/2018 - By Colton
This ball is a urethane ball and is not a spare ball. It will not bowl straight, it will have a hook to it. If you need something to bowl straight, we recommend looking into our spare balls.1/29/2018 - By Bowling.Com Staff
If I don’t need any drilling for the ball I just choose no protection for drilling??3/17/2018 - By Sabby
Could you compare this ball to the Hustle ink. With the pin above fingers.10/13/2018 - By Chris
The difference is that the Hustle Ink is a Solid reactive and the Storm Pitch Black is a solid urethane. The Hustle Ink will have a 1500 grit finish and the Storm Pitch Black will only have 1000 grit finish, meaning the Hustle Ink will go longer down the lanes before breaking.10/15/2018 - By Bowling.Com Staff
I roll a very straight ball. Would this be a good fit for my style10/17/2018 - By TheGrimm1
If you are wanting a ball that will bowl straight, please click on the link that follows. https://www.bowling.com/shopping/all/bowling-balls/all?performance=410/18/2018 - By Bowling.Com Staff
Will this ball be a good ball to thumbless bowler which have lots of spins?12/4/2018 - By James
Will this be good for wet and dry Condition1/30/2019 - By Stroke
Besides the 2 different cover stocks how does this ball compare to the rhino black Pearl. What ball will be more aggressive at the back end. Thank you!2/12/2019 - By Mike
is there a difference in the core for a 13 and 14 lb ball7/23/2019 - By juju
How does this ball compare to the old red pearl hammer9/6/2019 - By Manny
I do not have a lot of details for the older equipment but this ball has a urethane coverstock which is much more tame on hook potential when compared to the reactive coverstocks. This ball will have a nice smooth hook on lighter oil conditions with a very readable reaction.9/12/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
Looking on the specs, how am I able to tell if this ball hooks a lot or doesnt have much hook. I would like to know by looking at the specs because I would like to buy multiple ball but would like to figure out the hooking for each ball before buying.11/21/2019 - By TEEBRAZY
There are a couple of things to look at which will help you determine how strong the ball hooks. First you can check the performance level. Usually the higher the performance, the more the ball hooks. Second you also want to check the lane conditions the ball is rated for. If the ball is rated to handle more oil then it will be a stronger hooking ball. If the ball is rated for lighter oil then it will not be very strong in most cases. That will usually get you in the right direction using those two options but I do want to point out one more thing. Urethane coverstocks are not going to hook as much as reactive coverstocks so if you have checked the first two options and then see it was a urethane cover then that ball will be less hook than a similar ball in the same categories that has a reactive cover. I hope this helps but feel free to call us if you have any further questions.11/21/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
I need a ball that works well in tournaments after the lanes have broken down. My chronic paranoia is still too strong as a two hander. Is this a good weaker option?11/23/2019 - By Dustin
This is going to be a significant drop down from the Chronic Paranoia which was rated as a higher performance ball for medium lanes. First, this was a urethane cover which is weaker than almost every reactive ball that is made including some of the entry performance reactive bowling balls. So dropping from a high performance ball to a mid performance ball would normally be a good drop but dropping to a urethane mid performance is a significant drop and you may even need something in between. There are some medium performance balls designed for medium to lighter oil that have a reactive cover and that could also be a good option to check into as a drop from the Chronic Paranoia.11/26/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
What is the average time for the ball to get delivered?1/14/2020 - By Starfish
I am a straight bowler and have a Hustler 3tp in which I hook on dryer lanes. I have a pitch black ready for drilling and am wondering if this will give me a starighter ball on dryer lanes. I throw at about 14.5 to 15 mph. what will be the difference in pin action between the 2 balls.3/15/2020 - By Ace
The urethane will be weaker than reactive so it should be a straight overall shot compared to the Hustle 3TP. If the ball comes into the pocket straighter with less entry angle then it will not drive as well through the pins so you will get less pin action throwing straighter.3/18/2020 - By Bowling.Com Staff
I am a full roller is this ball a good ball for me? I already have astro physix, phaze3, gravity evolve4/18/2020 - By Jags
This could be used for a full roller but you would have to make sure your driller puts a full roller drilling layout on the ball. Also, this would be much weaker than the other balls you have because this was a urethane ball. So if you needed a good ball for lighter oil or drier conditions then this would be a good option for those conditions.4/20/2020 - By Bowling.Com Staff
How would u compare this ball to the Roto Grip Hot Cell4/25/2020 - By BC
The Roto Grip Hot Cell will have a more advanced weight block so this will make it a little stronger than the Pitch Black Solid Urethane. They have similar length though due to the same finish out of the box.4/28/2020 - By Bowling.Com Staff
how would this compare to the covert tank ?5/26/2020 - By army dad
They are going to have a very similar overall reaction. The Covert Tank has a stronger weight block but the Pitch Black has a duller finish out of the box so they will have a similar overall hook potential.5/26/2020 - By Bowling.Com Staff