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For this mini-study, I’ve selected three of my favorite layouts. I will also select three different patterns that each ball should excel on and roll similar lines with them to distinguish each ball’s unique characteristics:
Each of these layouts give me such distinctive motions that its hard to justify not having one of each (on any particular ball) in my bag at any given time. It’s important to remember that it’s not about how much a ball hooks, it’s about when a ball hooks.
To say “This ball saves a lot of energy” is a misnomer. No ball can save energy. In fact, it’s using energy the very instant it leaves your hand. The more accurate phraseology is “How quickly does my ball slow down?” Start thinking of ball motion in these terms, and things get very easy to understand from here on out.
The 5 x 4 x 3 option is a benchmark layout for me and I’m relying on the pin distance for the bulk of this ball’s motion type. This layout, for my style, excels on patterns 40’+ in length with a defined hook spot. This longer pin to PAP distance, strong PSA location, and medium length pin buffer gives me just about anything I could ask for in a layout. When I want to get left of everyone and bounce the ball off the dry that’s been created to the right of me, this is the layout I’m going to first. All three of the layout parameters are in relatively strong positions, but not too aggressively to the point where it’s uncontrollable or too early reading that the ball burns up. In general, longer pin-to-PAP distances are good to use on the burn when you need the extra tumble through the front part of the lane. This type of layout enables the ball to transition slower and not use too much energy too soon. Remember, there’s 34lbs of pins a 15lb ball must contend with. Capitalizing on the phases of ball motion ensures the ball is transitioning not only where, but when you want it to properly.
A 3 x 5 x 1 Omega Crux is thirsty for friction – when it finds it, it’s going to grab and go. Medium length, heavy oil patterns are what I mainly use this layout for. This is largely due to the very strong pin to PAP distance and very small pin buffer. And because my rev rate pushes 500 RPM’s these values are only amplified. A 3 3/8 pin-to-PAP value is, in a manner, the most unstable position any core can be in. High differential, low differential, symmetric, or asymmetric, this orientation is going to wobble more than any other and produce the most track flare. This layout on an Omega Crux is all about the midlane. Moreover, when the lanes begin to transition and you need something to blend out the pattern, this layout can turn the unruliest patterns into a smooth sailing situation. Shorter pin buffers preserve the low RG axis of the ball and raise the already high RG axis of the ball, essentially increasing the overall differential. And because a low RG ball transitions quicker, utilizing the Omega Crux’s already low RG Catalyst Core makes this type of layout an excellent choice for strong, fast transitions when the lanes are demanding. Small pin buffers are excellent for a multitude of reasons!
An Omega Crux with a 0 x 7.5 x 0 layout is unique to be certain. Short, flat patterns without a lot of hold built in are what I would typically use short pin-to-PAP layouts like this on. I’m taking advantage of the lower RG side of the curve with such a layout. And because the core is in an extremely stable position, the ball generally hooks less and earlier on the lane. That combination of facts as they apply to this ball provides me ultimate “hold”. When the core is laid down, its being placed in a more stable position around the low RG axis of the ball. Shorter pin-to-PAP distances promote a faster and smoother transition through the front part of the lane. As such, this earlier rolling, with controlled backends are great on short patterns when you don’t want to see abrupt changes of direction at the end of the lane. The challenge with such a layout is getting the ball to go through the pins the proper way. Because it enters its roll phase very early, you’re going to have to be a scrutineer when it comes to what patterns and surfaces you use it on. Ultimately, if you’re not a fan of urethane, this reaction may be as close as you’re going to get utilizing this type of layout on a reactive. And because the PSA is forced to the maximum distance it can be from the PAP, this ensures the ball still has some continuation off the spot despite the core being in such a stable orientation.
And for all you tech-junkies out there, the pre- and post-drilling RG values for each of the balls are showcased below. And yes, 6.75″ is the standard measurement away from the pin a PSA spins up. BUT, as we’ve said before: SHAPE MATTERS! And the properties of this shape and its mass pushes the PSA to 7.5″ away from the pin. Remember, knowing how each hole you place in a ball affects its motion and why it happens makes adjusting between balls all the easier!
INTERESTING FACT: The O” pin had the highest total differential after drilling, but hooked the least overall because of the core’s low moment of inertia blending out the patterns and the overall stability of the core at the direction of release.
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9 thoughts on “Omega Crux – Layout Comparison”
I Love Storm and Rotogrip. Im lookig for a ball and layout that I can use. I have quit a bit of hand but the speed has never been there around 13-14 mph
I am 81 years of age with the necessity of taking only one step because of nerve damage ,i am now using 14 lb. balls,speed of 10-11 rpm at 250-260 ,my average has dropped from 200+ to 170+.I have bowled for 72 years and i hate the thought of quitting ssssso i will continue as long as i can.I have used Storm Equipment for over 25 Yearsand will continue .Thank you. I purchase my equipment fro Rick Zevgolis at Oaklawn Bowl in Hopewell,Va.
Technically, there’s only about 13- 14 pounds of pins to hit. 1-3-5-9 for RH bowlers. The rest is up to pin carry.
great observation….that is true for most instances, indeed.
Bowl up a Storm!
I just got the OMEGA CRUX I am look for a low flare layout to put on this ball
Thanks Patrick for your question… If you are looking for lower flare you must place the pin in a more stable position. I recommend trying the 1.5/5.5/1 layout if you really like staying to the outside part of the lane, close to the dry. But if you have a medium or higher rev rate, especially relative to your speed, which would typically mean that you like playing deeper inside, then I would try 6/5/4.5 to help reduce flare and still get some shape from the middle of the lane.
Steve… That is not physically possible on a Crux ball. The MB is 7.5″ from the Pin, so a 5.5″x1.5″ layout would be .5″ short of the arcs ever intersecting.
Thanks Kenny and yes, that is true, if the PSA is farther than the typical 6.75″ from the pin which we see with most core designs. Great point and thanks for mentioning.
Great information Storm. Will definitely help us in getting the correct layout on our customers bowling balls. Thank you.
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