Storm Dark Code Bowling Ball

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Storm Dark Code Bowling Ball

  • Color: Obsidian
  • Coverstock: ReX Pearl Reactive
  • Weight Block: RAD4 Core
  • Factory Finish: 1500-grit Polished
  • Flare Potential: High
  • Radius of Gyration (RG): 16lbs - 2.49; 15lbs - 2.50; 14lbs - 2.55
  • Differential (Diff): 16lbs - 0.056; 15lbs - 0.058; 14lbs - 0.056
  • Intermediate Differential (Diff): 16lbs - 0.022; 15lbs - 0.020; 14lbs - 0.014
  • Fragrance: Cherry Delight

Additional product information:

The Dark Code features an extremely dense modified disc technology shape called the RAD4 Core. First introduced in the X-Factor™ series, RAD (Radial Accelerating Disc) technology produces, bar none, more torque and entry angle than traditional asymmetrical cores. It’s the new standard for high performance.

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Lane Condition:
Factory Finish:
Polished 1500 Grit
Core Type:
Pearl Reactive
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53 Reviews

  • 5
    Storm Dark Code

    Posted by David O'Sullivan on Oct 14th 2021

    Storm Dark Code Layout - 55 x 5 x 35 Really liking what I've seen out of this ball! One of if not the cleanest big core ball we have made in a while! My standard layout is optimal for the design intent of this ball, very clean through the front of the lane with lots of down lane continuation! I personally found this ball best used taking the factory shine off of it, it seemed to "match up" better with 2000. When the Proton Physix gets too early and lazy in the back its because it is burning up, that when its time to go to Dark Code! This is one is a must have!

  • 5

    Posted by Gil Barkman on Oct 14th 2021

    Dark Code is all i expected and then some. It features the rad4 cover wrapped in the Rex pearl cover stock. This ball clears the fronts with ease reads the mids very aggressively and makes a smooth continuous motion down lane and through the pins. Love using this ball when i am trying to open up the lane and play bigger angles. This ball is a perfect and must have in your arsenal,

  • 5
    Dark Code

    Posted by Evan Mitten on Oct 11th 2021

    The Dark Code has quickly become one of my favorites. It's been a staple in my bag since I drilled one. The RAD-4 core is incredibly strong, but provides a round and very continuous shape through the pins for me. The new cover is a blend of the NEX pearl seen on the axiom pearl, and the iconic R2S pearl seen on balls such as the hy-road pearl. This gives it plenty of friction response and strength, while still giving it a controlled reaction. I think players with more hand will love this ball from deeper angles, while players with less hand will benefit from the shape this core/cover combination provides throughout the lane. Comparing it to another popular pearl asymm out right now, the UC2, the Dark Code is stronger overall and picks up much sooner. If you're looking for something that reads the middle of the lane well, handles angle great, and shapes downlane, this is a must have!

  • 5
    Dark Code

    Posted by William Tefft on Oct 5th 2021

    Ball Specs Storm Dark Code 1500 ReX™ Pearl Reactive Weight Block: RAD4™ Core (Asymmetrical) Color: Obsidian Review: The Dark Code continues the tradition of strong performances from the Code series. The Dark Code offers a unique blend of NeX and R2S cover stocks. The combination offers a strong midlane with an angular backend motion. Even with this strong backend motion the ball is overall very predictable and can be enjoyed bowlers of all skill levels. I put this ball in my bag as a replacement for my Code Black and I have not been disappointed by that choice one bit. If you enjoy striking you should pick up one of these balls ASAP. Will Tefft Storm Staff Member #Stromnation

  • 5
    Cracked the Code

    Posted by Shaun Ciesielski on Oct 3rd 2021

    The Storm Dark Code is a ball that gives me everything I want and need on our house shot. I’ve been using it every league night on our 44ft House shot. Scores have been great 761, 730, 770 to start the season. This ball has the proven RAD4 core that has been around since the X-Factor series nearly 20 years ago. This pearl reactive REX combines r2S and NEX covers. It rolls a bit sooner than the old Code Black. I drilled mine 4.5x4x2. To me its on of those balls that reads the midlane well and transitions to the dry with control. Very nice clean motion off the spot. I can get away playing almost any line. Been most comfortable starting around 17 at the arrows and just bumping it out to the 5-10 area. I have a ton of area with it. It carries very well, I see a lot of those old late trip 4’s. To compare, when it gets to be too much or I need something a touch less, I switch to my shined IQ Tour Nano Pearl. My PAP is 5-1/8 and 1/8 up. Usually around 15-16mph, I’d probably be classified between and tweener and cranker.

  • 5
    Dark Code

    Posted by Tyler Meyer on Sep 20th 2021

    My Stats Left Handed Ball Speed: 15-16 mph Rev Rate: 375-400 PAP: 4 ½ over by ½ up Storm Dark Code Core: RAD4 Cover: ReX Pearl Surface: 1500-grit polished Layout: 50 x 4 x 65 Storm has revitalized the famed CODE series by launching the new Dark Code. I have never thrown any balls from the series before, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw this come through. The RAD4 core wrapped in the NeX Pearl coverstock gives the Dark Code plenty of length and lots of backend motion for bowlers of all styles. I drilled my first Dark Code with one of my standard pin down layouts, 50 x 4 x 65. This places the pin below my ring finger. I was most impressed with the rounder shape I was able to achieve with the layout. Typically, balls with this much backend motion can be uncontrollable for my style, but I did not see that here. This ball clears the front part of the lane easily and gets around the corner strong. I liked it so much that I recently drilled a second one with the pin in the middle finger. My goal of this layout was to allow me to close my angles down and be able to play a little more direct. This has been a perfect combination so far as the second layout is about 5-7 boards weaker overall, but still gives that great motion off the back part of the lane. I was a huge fan of the Axiom Pearl, which also has the ReX cover. I see the Axiom Pearl (with similar layout to first Dark Code) as a few boards weaker, but it picks up a bit earlier due to the symmetric core and lower RG. The Dark Code will slot in right below the Proton Physix for most bowlers in large part due to the coverstock differences. If you’re bowling on your league night and the Proton becomes too strong or too early, the Dark Code would be a natural progression to move into. Tyler Meyer Storm Pro Shop Staff Joplin, MO

  • 5
    Dark Code Review by Kyle & Joel Johnson

    Posted by Kyle & Joel Johnson on Sep 17th 2021

    Ball Specs: Storm Dark Code 1500 ReX™ Pearl Reactive Weight Block: RAD4™ Core (Asymmetrical) Color: Obsidian Review: The dark code has been a hot seller in our shop. The name is great, the color is great, and the motion that the ReX cover and RAD4 core bring is even better. The cover is a blend of the NeX and R2s. What this means is that you will see a strong midlane and angular backend motion (that you would expect from a Storm pearl cover. Overall, this ball handles the lane in a very predictable way and is our current first out of bag on most patterns). The versatility is amazing and therefore can be used playing multiple parts of the lane with various speeds and rotation. The code series has never disappointed, and this is just more proof that this line is for real!! Kyle & Joel Johnson Storm Pro Shop Staff Members #StormNation

  • 5
    Dark Code

    Posted by Kassy Shumate on Sep 15th 2021

    I am going to start off by comparing this to the Zen. Simply put, even though one is asymmetrical and one is symmetrical they have very similar looks for me. As smooth as it rolls it never seems to quite when entering the pocket. That is big for someone like me without a ton of revs or hand in the ball. I was quite shocked with just how smooth this ball was being it is asymmetrical and REX Pearl. I typically bowl on a THS for my leagues on what is considered pretty dry. The Dark Code blends the lane out perfectly making the transition periods less dramatic. I would also like to note that the smell of this ball is AMAZING. I only wish it would hold as strong as the OG HyRoad does!

  • 5
    very nice!!

    Posted by Todd Pawlak on Sep 14th 2021

    Ok everyone, sorry if I'm a little late....BUT...Wow what a great ball! I like to throw a ball in different houses, different leagues, a couple tournaments. Now this is for me...I hit it with a 4000 pad after I threw it a few games. For me it was going a bit to long. I have some games on it after hitting it with the 4000 pad and I'm SO Happy with this ball. Its a great ball out of the bag. I normally start standing 25 and throwing 3rd arrow (15 board) Take it out to the 10 board. In reality I have a few boards to play with this ball. LOL...the 10 pin loves me though. But was a great shot. Adjust a little and your back on it. Its a great ball....and it smells AWESOME lol!!!

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