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Break Pearl
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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Coverstock   Reactive Pearl
Core   2-piece Asymmetrical
RG   2.484
Differential   0.055
Factory finish   4000 abralon
Weights   14 thru 16lbs
Lane Conditions   Medium-Heavy Oil

The Breakâ„¢ Pearl features the same core and S70â„¢ coverstock developed for the original Break. The first Break was a big back ending honor score producing machine. The Pearl Break was designed with the same properties based on feedback from Pro Shops and bowlers alike. Look for the Pearl Break to be cleaner in the heads and mid-lane with a more pronounced move at the breakpoint.



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Re: Break Pearl
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2008, 04:52:11 PM »
Drilling: Rico

Surface: OOB Polish

Bowler Stats: 350-400 rev rate, 45 degrees axis rotation, PAP is 5 3/8 over, zero up or down

Review: The Break Pearl is quite simply one of the most angular balls on the market today. Weird thing is, though, that it's also tremendously versatile and useful on a wide variety of lane conditions, from house to sport. The ball gets nice length up front, even on not-so-fresh oil, before revving hard and making its hard move left. It is strong enough to cut through mild carrydown, and does not, unlike some strong pearls, "die" down-lane. Moving in, the recovery is always there...the ball can also let you play short, just a very useful and practical ball for whenever you need a more angular reaction. It's a great 1-2 punch with my solid Break (also drilled Rico), and fits perfectly in relation to the rest of the 900G/AMF equipment. My best guess is that this baby will be a BJI Ball of the Year contender.


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Re: Break Pearl
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2008, 01:30:55 PM »
Ball spec's" 15.3 3" pin 2 1/2oz top
My profile: power stroker, rt hand, 15-17mph

Tested on all lane surfaces, synthetic, wood and overlays.

Drillings, pin up over ring finger 12 o'clock cg swung out rt, small wt hole.  Polished surface.

The much anticipated Pearl Break is a great #2 to the 1-2 punch of the Break line! The solid is the BEST ball I've thrown in 5 years without a doubt. The Pearl is a close second! I thought i would see the skid/flip verison of the solid and to my surprise it is more! This pearl revs up and rolls strong for a pearl in the midlane and has an arc/flip for the backend. I drilled mine 4 by 3 with a 2" pin. First few games I was hesitant TO TRUST IT and had a tendency to stay in the dry and the ball jumped high a lot. Now I have comfidence to get in and let it go to the dry!  It does as advertised - now I know why everyone wants one! It makes a great move to the pocket and carries light AND high flush real well. It doesn't roll as early or as much as the solid but flips off the dry harder. It is also a real sharp looking ball that turns heads when it rolls down the lane. I haven't played with the surface yet but I am going to try another with some 2000 or 4000 abralon. Will update on the differences soon! This one needs to be in your bag...

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Re: Break Pearl
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2008, 02:32:36 AM »
Drilled my Break Pearl with the pin above and to the right of my ring finger just a bit, and the MB marking right at the top edge of my thumbhole.  First time out with it on an easy house shot it was amazing.  Great length, and nice hard arc into the pocket, missed a perfect game by a 10 pin in the 7th.  Since then using it on varying lane conditions, it's been a bit squirty.  Too much length on some patterns, too much overreaction when not enough oil.  Still tweaking it a little to get that same carry and angle from the THS on other patterns, finding the right line with it.  When you do, the ball is fantastic, been working with it more in practice recently, and will let you know how it goes, if the review needs to be modified after different results.


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Re: Break Pearl
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2008, 08:26:05 PM »
900 Global Break Pearl
Weight: 15#
Top Weight: 2.75 oz.
Pin Placement: 3-4"

4 1/2" Pin Above the Ring Finger. Mass Bias at 50 degrees. CG in negative position, no weight hole required.

First Impression:
The Break Pearl gives me a skid/snap reaction type with decent length and considerable back end reaction.


Break Pearl vs. Black Widow Pearl

The BWP starts to read the oil pattern 2 to 3 feet sooner; however, both balls give me a skid/snap reaction type. The Black Widow Pearl would benefit me on a just slightly heavier oil pattern. The Break Pearl would be put to good use on a lighter side of medium oil condition.

Break Pearl vs. Total NV

The Total NV is about 3-4 boards more aggressive. Both balls have the same skid/snap reaction type but the coverstock on the Break Pearl is considerably weaker. I think the Break Pearl is a good step down if the Total is reacting way too much.

Final Conclusion:

The Break Pearl is an excellent benchmark ball that works on most medium oil conditions. If you are seeking skid/snap, give the Break Pearl a chance. I'm definitely impressed with the Break Pearl!
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Re: Break Pearl
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2008, 04:51:54 AM »
15lb 2 1/2" pin above and between the fingers CG below the fingers and just right of center. No weight hole.

I wanted this ball to just show it's stuff but not overreact to the dry.  This has to be one of the best pearls on the market today and while it's taken a little time to get used to, once you get the feel (keeping the speed up to avoid those pesky 4-9s, 4s, stone 7s & 9s) the carry is phenomenal. 10 pins are becoming no more frequent than any other single pin spare which is tremendous progress for me.  My speed is typically 15-16mph which seems to be a the lower limits needed for this ball.  Slower strokers will find this ball too much on medium house shots. Just went to a new house with a broken-down late afternoon shot and rolled 1186 for 5 games.  While my solid ball was struggling inconsistenly, the Break Pearl seemed to even out the spottiness of the lanes.  This ball and a little Bean's Secret Sauce will change your game!


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Re: Break Pearl
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2008, 04:19:07 PM »
Thanks to revtrex's video on the two breaks I got my break pearl with the rico drill. now im just going to go on and say it, this ball has to be the pearl ball of the year. i have not seen anyone who has anything bad to say about this thing. it is just a fantastic ball. med-lower rg, revs up nice in the mid lane and reacts so nice off the break point. I mean this is definitely my favorite ball right now and i recommend it to everyone. 900 global is quickly becoming the best company out there. keep it up guys!
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Re: Break Pearl
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2008, 06:43:46 PM »
Ball stats: 15 lbs. 3 inch pin. Layout-pin up 4.5" to PAP/MB 4.5" from PAP (about 3" right of thumb) CG in midplane 1" from center of grip. No weight hole. Surface OOB.

Have had the BP for about 2 months and it has at least 50 games on it. Very versatle ball, have thrown it everywhere from 1st arrow to 5th arrow with success. Very condusive to release changes.

This is one ball that anyone looking for a strong pearl should consider. I consider this ball as good today as the Inferno was when it was released. This ball covers at least 75% of the conditions most of us see. Also, it is a great looking ball, both on the return and rolling down the lane.

I would not hesitate in trying more 900G equipment.


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Re: Break Pearl
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2008, 04:38:38 PM »
ok so now im on my second break pearl, and have a second black break also waiting to be thrown.
i brought out the new pearl today and threw it, and it is niiiice.
the pin is above my ring finger and the MB to the left of my thumb.
goes longer than my other pearl (rico drill) and pretty strong in the backend. i threw it on a fresh THS and i like how it compliments my rico quite well. if i need smooth i throw rico, if i need some pop in the backend, i throw the new one.
i just love the break series alot and recommend them to everyone i can, so next its on to the S-75!
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Re: Break Pearl
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2008, 09:59:58 AM »
I recently ordered 3 Pearl Break from Eric at 900 Global.  The balls were drilled as listed below:

BALL 1  15 POUNDS PIN 2-3 INCHES, Axis Leverage drilled/(0 Degrees). I used this ball on a heavy oiled Synthetic lanes with very little backends, Boy was I surprised this drill pattern allowed for me to clear heads clean and heavy roll through the mids playing 10 to 5 and back to the pocket with excellent carry for 3 games. Once the lanes broke down and starting talking to me (leaving 10 pin) I switched to BALL 2 15 POUNDS PIN 0-2 INCHES,drilled/(60 Degrees)I was able to move further right and play straight up 3 board for 3 more games with excellent carry playing straight through the oil wall that I built up throwing BALL 1 for the first 3 Games. In game 7 I started leaving a lot of flat 10 and 7 pins, so I decided to switch to BALL 3 15 POUND PIN 3-4 INCHES,drilled (90 Degrees) with pin above the fingers. I moved all the way in to 20 to 5 and bumped it off the wall for 4 more games with excellent carry. The one thing I didn't mention above was the fact that I was bowling with three other bowlers who was playing all over the lanes, which helped me get a realistic look on how to transition with this three piece arsenal. I'm thinking about calling Eric back today and order 3 pearl creatures so I can drill them the same way to cover the drier conditions. Based on the performance of the 3 Pearl Breaks I think 900 Global hit the Jackpot with this ball.



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Re: Break Pearl
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2008, 10:57:57 PM »
Layout - 65 degrees x6 3/4" x45 degrees. Duel angle layout
Surface - Box

The reaction I get off this ball (when I use my normal release) is real long and strong. I lovet his reaction on THS, mostly when we get into the later frames. It helps me not have to unload on a ball to get to get back when I am real deep. However if I change my axis rotation I can get a completely different reaction. This is something I like about this layout. It is one that helps me control the reaction of the ball.
Rating 9

Once again with this layout it is not a ball I will use to read the lanes with. However the ball itself could do this with the surface taken down. Yet this is not the best ball to do this with. However if you were press with equipment this ball could be benchmark. You would just need the right layout and surface prep on it.
Rating 8

This ball screams versatility, and screams it well. I have used mine on multiple shots. I have seen them used on multiple shots, from THS, PBA ex, all the way to College shots. This ball is among the most versatile balls on the market. However because it is from 900 global a relatively small company, it is often overlooked when it comes time for a purchase.
Rating 10

I love the hit of this ball. It is just the kid of hit guys should look for. Hard and keeps the pins low and gives them a good chance to mix and cause good carry. The hit is hard, and there isn’t much more I can say other then I have yet to really be hit with a stone hit with this ball. Nothing that I didn’t cause.
Rating 10

Overall comments
This ball is a good ball. The fact that it is overlooked is a shame. The ball is a great overall ball. Good for many styles and is among my choices for the best balls on the market today.
Rating 9.9

Overall rating
9 for reaction
8 for readabilty
10 for versatilitay
10 for hit
9.9 for overall comments
Final rating - 9.38
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Re: Break Pearl
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2008, 09:28:31 AM »
 I have two Break Pearls...
#1 - 4" pin up x 4.5" MB to PAP.  I never thought I would say a Pearl would be too strong for me.  This ball rolls up mid land then goes she goes left on the back end.  To score consistently, I need to play deeper than I'm comfortable with doing.

#2 - 5.5" pin over bridge x 4.5" MB to PAP.  Wow what a difference!  This ball is soooooo smooth and long with the strongest move I've ever thrown on the back end.  The hit & carry are downright unbelievable and I do not have to get in real deep.  I can swing on the THS wall or play straighter on the flat pattern.

The Break Pearl is truly fantastic, it compliments my Break solid perfectly!  THANK YOU Phil, Eric, and the rest of the 900G staff for the amazing products!!

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Re: Break Pearl
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2009, 04:29:46 PM »
got a break pearl and had it drilled fri, drilled pin below ring finger, with weight hole, oob finish. threw it sat, and sun in all city tourney, ths, 1st squad, shot 592, sun 1st squad, 659, i'm not a big cranker, or have alot of revs, or speed, but i was satisfied with the way it reacted on fresh oil, i threw from 20 to 10, and it came in with a nice arc, sat left some corner pins, but sunday moved up on the approach and that cured most of the corner pins. i like the way it reacts from oil to dry.

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Re: Break Pearl
« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2009, 06:57:39 PM »
I had one drilled up  to go along with my Break,Drilled the same. Was looking for more length as the lanes dried out.Drilled stacked with the pin under ring finger with weight hole to make legal. Pin in this ball was a mite bit shorter (half inch maybe)then the break but back end was huge, way way to much ball for my game.Hit hard, carry was out standing.I gave it to my son who has more revs and better speed then I do and he loves it.This line my be the best in bowling as of the last couple of years.
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Re: Break Pearl
« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2009, 11:17:32 PM »
The ball: 15 pounds, 3.5-inch pin
The drill: "Double Thumb"-style drilling, pin over bridge, CG straight below ring finger, MB marker just to the right of the thumb. 1-inch weight hole drilled adjacent to the thumb in thumb-positive quadrant 2 inches. Works out to a 4.5 x 4 x 3.5 (pin/CG/MB) drill for me. Surface is 2000 Abralon plus Reaction Plus.
Me: PAP 4 over 3/8 up, tweener revs, good speed, high axis rotation and low tilt


After having good success with a Break S75 and watching others have good success with the Break Pearl, I decided to try this ball. I bought a low-mileage model used off a BallReviews member. That person was left-handed, so after plugging the ball I pretty much had a "fresh" area to lay it out.

I chose a Double Thumb-style layout. The previous owner's weight hole became my thumb hole and his old thumb hole was plugged and then redrilled as a larger-sized weight hole. Shifting the fingers over gave me a pretty typical pin-over-bridge layout with the CG inside the grip triangle and the MB drilled out. I then did a full resurface on the ball, getting it to 2000 Abralon plus Reaction Plus polish.

Testing next to the S75 gave me a good reference point for this ball's performance. The first thing I noticed was that this ball, with this drill pattern, isn't as angular as one might think. It is instead a very strong ball over all, with a good midlane read, a powerful move and good drive through the pocket. It manages the breakpoint well, much better than expected from a pearl.

The cover at 2000 plus polish allows it to get a good push through the heads, but the strong MB drilling still makes the ball flip over fairly soon in its roll. When the ball transitions, it does so rather quickly, then the movement of the ball seems to "catch up" to the transition it just made.

In total look, the ball reminds me a great deal of Storm's X-Factor: You can play with it when there's more oil out there that other balls can handle, and the backend reaction, while strong, is not uncontrollable.

I was, perhaps, looking for a bit more of a snap at the back, and I was also looking for a little bit more of a gap between this ball and the S75. This ball is simply stronger than you might think, looking at the surface. This is one of the best cores to come down the line, from any ball manufacturer, in some time.

In all, this is a great ball for mediums and could be tweaked, drilling- and cover-wise, to fit just about anyone.


The good: Tunable cover, great core dynamics that inspire controllability, probably one of the five nicest looking balls of the last decade.

The bad: Not an angular monster at the breakpoint, unexpected strength could be too much for some users.

Overall: A good benchmark pearl for mediums that is usable on a wide range of patterns due to its roll characteristics.