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Match Up Pearl
« on: June 22, 2017, 10:25:49 AM »
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Storm has upped their game with the Storm Match Up 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.

Color: Black / Orange / Silver
Coverstock: Reactor Pearl Reactive
Core: Stinger 2.0 Core for 14#-16# (Modified Centripetal Core for 12# & 13#)
Finish: 1500-grit Polished
Recommended Lane Condition: Dry-Medium
RG: 2.57 (15#)
Differential: 0.035 (15#)
Fragrance: Papaya Splash



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Re: Match Up Pearl
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2017, 11:47:06 AM »
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These two Storm balls (Match Up and Match Up Pearl) sum up what entry level balls can be. Ultimately, they may be a bit much for a true novice but fit the bill nicely for more experienced bowlers when you want step down balls or if dealing with medium/lower volume patterns. What Storm did was release this ball with the 1500-grit polished out of box finish. This offers a nice shelf appeal, but ultimately completely distinguishes this Match Up from the previous Match with its 2000 grit sanded OOB finish. The Match was kind of a specialty ball for tournament bowlers because it offered the rare ball that offered great front to back control reaction. The Match Up finish makes it more of a side to side ball. I don't honestly know if you sanded the Match Up if it would turn into the Match but this is one that will be easier to throw for many people on your typical house shots. It will obviously store more energy and have a nice readable but strong motion down lane.

For the Match Up Pearl, I loved the fact that this is the first Storm ball since the Lights Out that I can personally control front to back rather than side to side. I was able to more or less keep the ball in front of me with a simple 12 at the arrows to 7 at the breakpoint look. When I can be there, my life is good. Don't be deceived. Many video reviews cut out the bad shots. I threw 8 of 9 strikes straight out of the gate on this fresh shot, it was so easy to throw. It has easy length as you would expect with a nice muted but strong arc to the pocket. I totally loved it because I carried everything. I had an opportunity to test it on a lower volume pattern with wood backends and it reminded me how aggressive Storm covers are. This thing moved more than I thought it would.

The Storm Match Up and Match Up Pearl sell themselves. They are inexpensive, high performing, and easily could suffice as a 1-2 punch for most THS conditions. Both Guy and I would prefer to knock that polish off with maybe a light 4000 grit pad to get rid of some of that over/under but we could easily see these balls are a nice addition to the lineup.
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Re: Match Up Pearl
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2017, 11:13:18 AM »

Length: Various Short to medium

Volume: Various

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): Various

The Match UP Pearl is one of the newest release in Storm’s Hot Line.  The combination of the Reactor Pearl Reactive Shell and the Stinger 2.0 Core is a highly responsive bowling ball for your buck.  The Match UP Pearl generates generous length with a very powerful backend motion.  I did have a Match Pearl and it was very over under and I had some issues with continuation through the pins.  However, the Match UP Pearl seems to have corrected that!  The Match UP Pearl’s response to the dry is very distinct and powerful through the pin deck.  The pleasant surprise was how it handled the over under of a freshly laid house pattern.  The Match UP Pearl has really good length and I was able to play right almost on top of the friction with no issues.  When the pattern started to break down and had some carry down the Match UP Pearl still went through the pins as I moved left.  The layout that I used was pin over the fingers with the CG kicked out with an extra hole at 7 inches through the cg.  The Angles are 45 X 5.5 X 45 and that is based off my PAP which is 5 5/8 over and ¾ up.  I am right handed with a rev rate around 300 with medium ball speed (approx. 15 mph).

I can see the Match UP Pearl being used by beginner bowlers or experienced players looking for that strong but not too strong bowling ball.  The Match UP Pearl will be in my bag for the burn squads or shorter patterns, so I can stay right and play my A game! 

Likes: Length and backend motion


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Re: Match Up Pearl
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2017, 03:55:49 PM »
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I was very surprised at how much I like both these balls. Typically low end equipment, I feel, does not suit me well given the type of style I am (in between stroker-tweeter). In the past I would have a lot of over/under with low-end equipment although both these balls provided very consistent ball motion. When I threw it I knew whether it was going to be good or bad and I had more margin of error than I did from low end equipment of past years.
The Match Up Solid (Layout - 55 x 4 x 80) was very smooth for me. I bowled on very dry lanes and the reaction I got from this ball was exceptional. It reminded me of an IQ tour on stronger conditions (Smooth arc with control).
The Match Up Pearl (Layout - 80 x4 1/2 x 45) was very angular. I waited for the lanes to break down further when I was using my Marvel and Match Up Solid earlier. About 9-10 games in I started using the Match Up Pearl and it reminded me of one of my all time favorite balls that recently got discontinued, the Hectic. This ball goes long and is angular in the back end. This is going to be in my bag for sport shots when the lanes really break down. It gets real clean through the fronts and has a discernible break in the back end.

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Re: Match Up Pearl
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2017, 10:09:04 PM »
I am a big believer in the Match balls, the predecessors to the new Match Up series, so I needed to see something to be sold! Storm went back to the lab with the Stinger core and when the door opened, out popped the Stinger 2.0. The Stinger 2.0 adds a little muscle under the cover to increase the ball motion, that’s the basic premise.

The color scheme is “Sunday church sharp” and thankfully the performance is a match! I used this ball in box finish and no practice on a relatively flat 41’ pattern hosting 22.96 mils on a HPL surface. I will say this; the cover gave me the right amount of length and recovery and the difference from the Match to this ball is strictly the core and the upgraded core gave that little extra going through the pins to keep snapping the 10-pin into submission. Every review for every ball will swear to “it was easy to get down the lane and it recovered nice” but for me, I want to see how the ball creates the look through the pins needed to score. I did try other balls on the fill and they were not dancing through the 1-3-5-9 right so I was forced back to the Match Up Pearl.

My 2¢ is this is going to be a solid pick for the average bowler who is bowling on a budget as it will handle the average league condition. For those that bowl competitively, the Match Up line will be your wolf in sheep’s clothing. You should expect a motion off of the breakpoint that is not so sharp that you can’t control it and enough recovery that you will not have to throw it perfectly to score.

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Re: Match Up Pearl Review by Lonnie Pemberton
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2017, 12:48:41 PM »

Length: 40 Ft


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS


Coverstock: Reactor Pearl Reactive
Core: Stinger 2.0
Finish: 1500 Polish
RG: 2.57
Differential: 0.035

Right-Handed Tweener
Speed: 12-13 mph
Rev Rate: 315
PAP: 4 7/8 Right 3/8 Up

Ball Layout: Pin Over Bridge 70 x 5 x 23

Storm decided to increase hook in their Hot line. The result are the Matchup balls. These balls are going to be great value purchases. If you have that customer who wants one ball that will give them plenty of hook and they don't want to spend alot, these balls are perfect.

The Pearl version of the Matchup is a big step up in hook from the previous Match balls. Compared to all previous releases in the hot line you should see a minimum of 3 to 5 boards more overall hook. I have personally found the Match Up Pearl to be much stronger in the midlane than any Hot line release to date.

I was a bit surprised at how smooth the Match Up pearl is. This ball comes into play so much sooner than other balls in it's price point it's not even close. Even on fresh oil, my angles through the front of the lane have to be steeper because the stronger Stinger 2.0 core creates midlane roll that exceeds all expectations. I had expected a cleaner reaction, but even with the earlier roll, you don't stop seeing down-lane motion. Strong and continuous at an unbelievable price for the performance.

This release is going to be a big seller for those of us in Pro Shops. I'm excited about having a big performer to steer my customers toward. If they want one ball to do it all, this is your go to.