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Match Up Black Pearl
on: May 31, 2018, 10:17:15 AM
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Storm has upped their game with the Storm Match Up Black Pearl bowling ball. They have changed up the core from the original Match Pearl ball to offer more flare potential and more hook with the Stinger 2.0 core. The idea behind this change was to get more entry angle and better pin carry. This core is wrapped with Storms successful Reactor coverstock. The finish from the original Match Up Pearl was adjusted to 2000-grit Abralon to allow the ball to handle more oil better.

Color: Black
Coverstock: Reactor Pearl Reactive
Core: Stinger 2.0 Core for 14#-16# (Modified Centripetal Core for 12# & 13#)
Finish: 2000-grit Abralon
Recommended Lane Condition: Dry-Medium
RG: 2.57 (15#)
Differential: 0.035 (15#)
Fragrance: Berry Splash


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Re: Match Up Black Pearl
Reply #1 on: June 01, 2018, 11:03:38 AM
Ball Review:
For those light to medium oiled conditions or lanes in transition the new Match Up Pearl will be a great option to have in your hands.
Don't let the Match Up Pearl confuse you with it's abralon finish (2000) as beneath that finish is a pearl coverstock that will get the ball clean through the fronts yet provide a smooth motion in the mid-lane.

I tested this ball on pretty beat up conditions as there was a lot of open play prior. I had to get pretty far left and throw it to the dry; roughly board 7 as my break point.
For a low end ball the Match Up Pearl hooks. This is in part to its sanded (matte) finish.

This ball will be good on the light to medium light fresher conditions or lanes transitioning when your symmetrical solid and sanded bowling balls are too aggressive for the lane conditions. The Match Up Pearl will help blend out the pattern with its 2000 grit finish and mitigate that over/under reaction.


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Re: Match Up Black Pearl
Reply #2 on: June 05, 2018, 11:01:53 AM
The Match Up Black Pearl features the same specs found in the original match up pearl, but with a few key differences. The ball comes out of the box with a 2000 grit finish, and is almost solid black. When compared to the rest of the line, this ball is much earlier and rounder overall because of the lower grit finish. For anyone that is a fan of the Rotogrip IDOL, the motion I see out of the Match Up Black Pearl is almost a carbon copy from an arrow farther right. I see myself using the Match Up Black Pearl first out of the bag in league, or changing the surface to 2000 + Polish and using it at the end of a long Tournament block. Be sure to order your own for the June 15th release! #StormNation

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