The Hyroad pearl is the latest addition to the Thunder line of bowling balls in the Storm catalog. The Hyroad has been a mainstay of the Storm line for about five years so it doesn’t come as a surprise (albeit how long it took) for another version of this ball to come down the pike. The core is the same as the T-Road series, as well as the Hyroad, Fe2. The cover is R2S pearl, which is much stronger than the R2S pearl that was on the T-Road pearl. Materials are much improved upon compared to the original release on the R2S pearl cover, allowing the current version to read oil better, while still having a strong change of direction. The Hyroad pearl replaces the Victory Road in the current line-up.
I drilled the Hyroad pearl with pin over ring finger and CG on the grip line. It is the same layout I use on almost all pearl balls, when drilling a new one to be able to give accurate feed back with my reviews. The comp balls will be a Victory Road, and a Freak’n Frantic.
One thing I would like to mention before going further with my review has to do with how core RG relates to different styles of players. It is important to keep in mind that how higher RG cores may react for my style can be different for how they react for another player. For example, for me, a low to medium rev player with a higher ball track (lower tilt) and softer speed, I really see the difference in high RG to low RG balls. Bowling balls like the Hyroad pearl with a higher RG and medium diff, actually goes down the lane longer and has less board coverage than what the lower RG, lower diff Freak’n Frantic does for me. So for my unique roll, the Hyroad pearl is actually a ball down from the Freak’n Frantic. Now a player that has more revs, and can apply more torque to the ball than what I do, will find that this increased torque actually makes the Hyroad pearl a stronger piece than the Freak’n Frantic, because of how the core reads the lane based on applied rotation. They can get the ball to cover more boards because the ball hasn’t “spun up” as quick as what the Freak’n Frantic would. Plus, the added speed would not allow the Freak’n Frantic’s lower RG to “read” the front of the lane the way I can get it to. So with all of that said, I have the Hyroad pearl as about a three with my feet and two with my mark, left move compared to my Freak’n Frantic. It gets to the spot much cleaner, and has less over all motion. The shape is a skid snap for me. The Hyroad pearl gets down the lane a touch longer than an identically drilled Victory Road, and “flips” off the spot a touch more than the Victory Road. I have the Hyroad as a one and one left move from the Victory Road. The Hyroad has a hook-set shape closer resembling the original Reign. The Victory is more rounded and continuous.
This ball seems to like the new Kegel Fire oil, as it doesn’t slow down too early, and doesn’t over hook. At 38 feet, and 18ml’s of oil on our house shot, It glides easily to the spot with very little effort and has a great change of direction for good entry angle and pin carry, especially as the shot dries up and I have to move in. The Hyroad pearl will see a lot of use from me when the fronts start to go away, and I need push to the spot. This ball will allow me to keep my angles in front of me on lower ratio side to side patterns, that don’t have much built in hold.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review of the Hyroad Pearl. And always remember to bowl up a Storm.