Mine is pin up, no hole. Too clean and too sudden off of the friction at factory. Have tried a worn 4000 abralon pad by hand, worn 3000 by hand and pretty fresh 2000. Improved the control of the fronts and I personally got a better overall shape with either the 3000 or 2000.
It is fair to say that with my rev rate, out of the box pearls have never been a favorite of mine anyway, but I liked the core specs of this ball and at some point I will drill up a DD Trick to basically do what I was trying to get this ball to do by adding surface.