Intent:With a commitment to innovative core design development, it’s no wonder that Storm® continues to push the envelope with shapes like the C.A.M.™ and Centripetal™ weight blocks.The Origin™ core found in the Invasion™ recently helped Tommy Gollick set a World Record of 47 consecutive strikes! Bowlers like Tommy see the benefits of Storm’s precision engineering, and you’ll be sure to gain confidence with a Storm bowling ball in your hand. While the Invasion is developed for the heaviest of oil patterns, oil depletes quickly as proven by Kegel® and Storm in a cooperative seminar series earlier this year.So, the goal of the new Anarchy is to develop a high-end strong asymmetrical that is clean through the heads and turns over sharp at the break point, even for bowlers without all the revs of the tour guys. Design:With 25 years of experience in coverstock chemistry starting with U-Clean U-Score™, Storm is the industry leader of high performance bowling balls.Premier Line balls like the new Anarchy all feature strong asymmetrical shapes that are engineered from concepts different from the “industry standard.” It’s what sets Storm apart from the competition. Looking at the Origin core, we find a strong asymmetrical design that is dynamic and contoured to maximize usability. Wrapping the Origin core with R3X™ coverstock material, the shell is designed to maximum surface texture which increases overall ball motion. The polished finish of the new Anarchy ensures a glide through the heads and strong backend motion that we all love. The Invasion helped Tommy Gollick set the World Record for consecutive strikes. With an Anarchy in YOUR hand, his record might just be HISTORY!In conclusion, Storm continues to develop innovative technology combined with fine workmanship. That’s why we are “The Bowler’s Company.”STORMBOWLING
BALL REACTION and COMMENTS
I have now used the Anarchy for 2 league sets and a few practice games. The lanes are fresh when we hit the floor for league. My average in that league is 222 for 69 games. Since using the Anarchy I haven't tried another ball during league. For those 6 games my low was 224 (and that included flagging a 10-pin). One of my students has used her Anarchy for several weeks and recently had her high league set (a 10-pin leave in the 10th of the 3rd game kept her from her first 800...she finished with 786).
My bottom line for this ball is that it not only hooks but it knows where to hook. Typically I use the Virtual Energy and target the 12 board at the arrows sending the ball to about the 8 board near the far right range-finder during the first game of league and as the transition takes place I end up changing balls in the middle of the 2nd game. Sometimes I use that 2nd ball the rest of the night and sometimes not. The last 2 weeks I have used the Anarchy for every first ball and other than making slight hand-position changes to increase the skid and flip at times, I have had zero trouble with the transition. My line has been a little deeper with the Anarchy (compared to the VE) but it's basically the same. The difference is that now I have a little bit more room to miss left or right by a board or two and still be in the pocket. With the VE my mistakes to the left ended up being 2-pins or flat-10's...now if it isn't a strike it's a 4-pin. Wow what a difference!
I never thought I would like a ball as much as I liked the VE but I do. The Anarchy is it. I liked what the Invasion did on the fresh pattern but after a game it had to go in the bag. The Anarchy makes me wish our league was a 6-game set...I'm not ready to stop throwing strikes after just 3 games!
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Current and book average on "house shot" - mid 220's, PBA Experience avg - 200
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I have drilled two Anarchy's. I drilled the first one to compliment my Invasion and Virtual Gravity. To allow me to stay in the same part of the lane when the Virtual and/or Invasion start to read the lane to early as these are the balls I start with on longer/heavier patterns. This Anarchy was drilled with the pin 1" above the center of my grip with the PSA at 45 deg. This makes the pin 5 1/2" from PAP with about a 3 1/2" PSA to PAP. I didn't have to put a weight hole in this ball as the cg was slightly left of the line from pin to mass bias. This is drilled almost exactly like the VG, the only difference is the VG has a small hole down.
I got just what I was looking for. The pearl cover on the Anarchy allows me to make the switch from the VG or Invasion as they start to hook to soon. The Anarchy is much cleaner through the front of the lane. For me total hook of these balls is pretty close, but the shape is different as the Anarchy sees the friction faster making it more angular.
The second Anarchy is drilled exactly like my Virtual Energy. The pin is above my bridge with the PSA slightly to the right of my thumb hole. The VE has been one of the most versatile balls for me. I was hoping to get the same ball motion only with more hook. The Anarchy was real close. It reads the lane a little earlier than my VE, but is stronger down lane as well. I used the Anarchy on the ToC pattern and it hooked about 3' earlier and around 4 boards more than the VE.
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Ball Speed: 16-17mph
Ball Weight: 15lbs
PAP: 5 left 7/16 up
Degrees of Tilt: 17
Layout: 35 x 4 x 30
The Anarchy is STRONG! It is a pearl version of the Invasion with the same weight block. It is really angular on the backend so if you miss your mark down the lane it will recover no question. It is a good ball for some heavy oil to medium oil. You can compare the ball to the Virtual Energy which more even and more for medium oil. When the Anarchy is too much you can go to the Reign and have the similar look but more controllable. With my rev rate and ball speed I was able to use this ball on the fresh Earl Anthony pattern and used it for 3 out of the 6 games with another left hander on my pair which convinced me the ball can last longer on the lanes even when the lanes are a little broken down. But it is obvious when the ball is over reacting when the ball jumps way too soon. Great ball! Thanks Storm!
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The “Anarchy” is the pearl reactive version of the Invasion designed for us bowlers that don’t have the rev of the tour guys.
This ball is just “AWESOME”. It is so clean through the heads and the sharp turn at the break point on it’s way to pin crushing results.
I used the same drilling as my “Invasion”. A 4 x 4 with the pin under the ring finger. No extra hole was necessary .My “ Anarchy” was 15lb 3oz, with 2.80 oz of top weight with a 2.5 to 3 in pin.
No surface adjustments were made and its striking power for me was amazing and just three solid eights from another 300. A lot of ball with crushing power and those that know me will be the first to tell you that it’s the ball. My ball speed is around 15mph with a rev rate of 250 to 300.
I have only the opportunity to bowl with ball on two different house shots .
A} blended 40’ on Anvilane B] blended 39’ on lane shield.
The research and development division of “Storm” has just created the strongest pearl ball ever with a ball reaction second to none.
ANARCHY – 4 1/2 Pin-PAP, 4 1/2 Pin-Key, 4 3/8 pin buffer. Pin is below ring finger with key kicked right in about a 60 degree drilling. Small weight hole on VAL and grip center lines. This essentially copies an all-time favorite PARADIGM that I still have. Goal is power – a pearl ball that can be used on oil, especially heavy-in-the-middle easy shots.
The ANARCHY is a pearl version of the INVASION -- R3X pearl coverstock with the Origin core.
Unlike some bowlers who complained about being unable to throw the INVASION because it was too strong, the INVASION has been one of my favorites since it came out. I've used both a strong drilling and a control drilling. For anyone who watched our 2010 USBC team event webcast, that was my strong INVASION.
So you can imagine how excited I was to hear that Storm finally was going to come out with a pearl version of the INVASION, which is called the ANARCHY.
I decided to drill my first ANARCHY similar to an old favorite PARADIGM that I still use. Other than that PARADIGM, I had no current pin-down strong pearl ball.
I also figured that a pin-down strong drilling would allow me to use the ANARCHY on fairly heavy oil where rough surface balls struggled to get down the lane.
So far, so good.
I've used the ANARCHY on three conditions: a modified house shot on Brunswick synthetics in an original wood house, the PBA Dick Weber pattern on very hooking Brunswick synthetics in a center built in 2003 (I've written about the unique hooking nature of this center before), and a USBC White pattern on old wood.
I was somewhat surprised that the ANARCHY was usuable on all three shots, since all three conditions hooked quite a bit and balls with surface were totally unsuitable.
The ANARCHY provided early, strong roll but I had little trouble getting the ball to the break point.
In the first tournament, I switched to a pin-up drilling in a REIGN SUPREME to get a better shape and reaction to the pocket. In the league, I used a NATURAL the first game and then the ANARCHY the last couple of games. In the wood tournament, I used the ANARCHY for two games before switching to the REIGN SUPREME. This White pattern featured just 17.9 mls of oil and my best reaction probably would have been an old TROPICAL HEAT that I left at home, yet even as much hook as there was the ANARCHY was very usable.
I can tell, though, that the ANARCHY will be plenty strong for heavier oil by its strong and early roll – at least to the point where surface would work better.
I would say the ANARCHY is maybe 3-5 boards stronger than the VIRTUAL ENERGY, although I've never thrown a VE with a pin-down drilling. The ANARCHY pin-down is definitely a smoother shape than my pin-up VE. I would expect that a pin-up ANARCHY would make a sharper move but probably not as sharp as the VE because of its overall stronger nature.
I would recommend this ball for just about anyone, but particularly for those who struggled to throw the INVASION but wished they could use it more.