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Xponent Pearl
« on: February 16, 2024, 10:11:50 AM »
The 900Global Xponent Pearl was designed to expand the 700 Series performance with a superb medium-light oil choice. Featuring the Shrapnel 2.0 Symmetric Core for an early, controlled revving shape, and paired with the handcrafted Reserve Blend 702 Pearl Cover designed to provide extra length on drier conditions. The Shrapnel 2.0 Symmetric Core, previously successful in the XPonent Solid, offers unique RG and Diff numbers, making it an ideal benchmark for reading lanes. Its smooth transition off the pattern makes it an excellent alternative to the Zen Gold Label on dry lanes. The early revving nature balances the clean cover, while the Reserve Blend 702 Pearl Cover, finished with Reacta Gloss, ensures remarkable front-lane length. Perfect for attacking lighter oil conditions and worn lane surfaces, it stands out as a premier option in the 900 Global lineup.

Color: Sky Blue/Black
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Shrapnel 2.0 Symmetric (14-16#)
Coverstock: Reserve Blend 702 Pearl Reactive
RG: 2.48 (15# ball)
Differential: 0.042 (15# ball)
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium Oil



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Re: Xponent Pearl
« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2024, 03:49:46 PM »
The 900 Global Xponent Pearl features the same Shrapnel 2.0 symmetric core as the original Xponent, but this time it is wrapped in the Reserve Blend 702 pearl coverstock.  At 15 pounds, the RG is a low 2.48 with a differential of .042.  Drilled at 5x4x2 (pin above middle finger), the pearl Xponent is a great compliment to the original.  The pearl cover finished with Reacta Gloss allows this ball to clear even the dries of heads with ease.  The Xponent pearl has a much stronger backend reaction compared to the original.  The pearl is about 3 to 5 less boards of total hook with a much more defined motion on the backend.  The original Xponent is a great benchmark ball, it won’t wow you with amount of hook or angular backend…it just provides a consistent, controlled reaction.  When the solid Xponent starts to lose its hitting power and you leave those weak corner pins, switch to the Xponent pearl in the same part of the lane and get back to striking!  These two balls make a great one, two combo for medium conditions as well as most league conditions.


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Xponent Pearl
« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2024, 10:18:25 AM »
Bowler Specs:
Right Hand. PAP 5” Over 1/2 up
Rev Rate 300. Tilt 20. Rotation 50.
Speed at release 17

If you are looking for a very medium and  very controllable pearl, this may be the ball you want. The new Xponent Pearl reads the lane sooner than I would have expected form a pearl. The Xponent Pearl also has a more controllable shape down lane than I expected from this pearl cover. I personally would have liked to have seen a bit more backend from this ball but I know this would be against the design intent. I also did not feel the ball was forgiving for my style and I had to be more precise with my release. I did let a no thumb bowler try mine out (still with my thumb hole in it) and he saw better results. He had more area but with the same control. This is a good looking benchmark ball to build an arsenal around. I would put this ball between the RIP and Sublime in total hook.

The Xponent Pearl has a very nice smooth motion.
This ball should not be jumpy or erratic.
High rev bowlers needing control may really like this ball.

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Re: Xponent Pearl
« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2024, 07:45:17 PM »

Length: 43

Volume: 25

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Layout: 4 1/2 x 4 x 2

The Xponent Pearl takes the original Xponent and changes from a solid coverstock to a pearl.  If you liked the Xponent, the pearl is the same core, the same 702 series coverstock, but in a pearl version.  The pearl is an excellent ball down from the original when the fronts start to burn up.  While the original read the midlanes well, the pearl gets much further down the lane and has a much more angular shape than the original.  This is a great third game ball or later in the block on heavier tournament shots when you need to get the ball further down lane.

My Specs -
Speed - 16 mph,
Rev Rate - 315. 
PAP 5 1/8 x 7/8 Up.

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Re: Xponent Pearl
« Reply #19 on: April 02, 2024, 01:05:05 PM »
Xponent Pearl • 900 Global • 700 Blend Series
Coverstock • Reserve Blend 702 Pearl Reactive • Finish Reacta Gloss
Core • Shrapnel 2.0 Symmetric
Weight • 15 lbs. RG • 2.48 Differential • .042
Layout •4 1/2 x 3 7/8 x 1 7/8
Tester PAP • 5” R, 5/8” D Tester Axis Tilt • 9° Testers Rev Rate • 250
Test Pattern • 42' THS (Typical House Shot) • Modified, Kegel Stone Street

900 Global once again strikes worldwide with the release of the Xponent Pearl. With the combination of the Shrapnel 2.0 Core and the Reserve Blend 702 Pearl reactive coverstock, the Xponent Pearl proves to be an essential powerhouse that belongs in any straighter player's arsenal! So, let's take a closer look at what's behind the fantastic results I found with the 900 Global Xponent Pearl!

The proven Shrapnel 2.0 symmetrical core has the essential benchmark reaction we straighter players like to see. I found the Shrapnel 2.0 to be smooth and consistent as it rolls through the mid-lane, and most importantly, I liked how the Shrapnel 2.0 is predictable and precise off the pattern. Although it is a symmetrical core that will rev early, the Shrapnel 2.0 builds a strong momentum as it heads down the lane without losing its gusto and makes its turn towards the pocket. So, I found the Shrapnel 2.0 a great blend of rev and power, making the Shrapnel 2.0 a well-balanced core that delivered results.

The Reserve Blend 702 Pearl was super clean from my first roll with the Xponent. And for my straighter, higher-speed, low-rev game, it was a bit too clean and long with the factory Reacta Gloss finish. So, I took my Xponent to 1500-grit Abralon, followed by Storm's Rough Edge Polish, and my Xponent Pearl lit up the lanes! With the correct surface adjustment, my Xponent was clean in the front part of the lane, smooth in the midsection, and easily blended the back end. I especially liked that the Reserve Blend 702 Pearl provided a predictable motion as the lanes started to break down. And I also liked how the Reserve Blend 702 Pearl blended those spotty conditions without being over-sensitive as the night continued. The Xponent Pearl is a great game two and three ball you can count on while still staying in your comfort zone!

In conclusion, 900 Global has produced a winner with the Xponent Pearl. And what makes the Xponent Pearl well worth the purchase is its excellent functionality. The Xponent Pearl is smooth, clean, and predictable, making the Xponent Pearl a decisive choice on its own. Yet, with its benchmark look and roll, the Xponent Pearl would greatly complement the original Xponent. Combine the original benchmark Xponent for fresh oil and the benchmark Xponent Pearl for dryer lanes, and you will have an arsenal that will score results! So, stop into your local Storm VIP Pro Shop today and have your Xponent Pearl ready to roll! It is well worth it!

Rick Klimowicz
Storm Products Pro Shop Staff
Roll the Ball Pro Shop
Penndel, PA


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Re: Xponent Pearl
« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2024, 11:59:58 AM »

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): Multiple sport and recreational patterns.


The Xponent Pearl is a new addition to the 900 Global line. This bowling ball features Shrapnel 2.0 Symmetric Core and the Reserve Blend 702 Pearl coverstock. I have thrown this Xponent Pearl for a while now and it has taken me a little longer than expected to figure out where this bowling ball fits best in my arsenal.

With the medium differential available in this core of the Xponent Pearl, I drilled mine with my typical pin-up layout: 65 x 4 1/2 x 30. I have never thrown the original Xponent, but it appeared to be early to me and I think the same translates to the Xponent Pearl. The core wants to rev-up pretty early making the ball come off the line sooner while the cleaner coverstock tries to make the bowling ball skid further down the lane. Putting a little bit more surface on my Xponent Pearl seemed to make the bowling ball “read” the lane a little bit smoother and more consistently.

I believe this bowling ball will look very good on higher friction lane surfaces and/or patterns that have some friction built-in. I believe that the Xponent Pearl, because of the earlier core, could also work well on the patterns that have a lot of volume in the middle part of the pattern. Finally, I think bowlers that are looking for a weaker alternative to the original Zen, will really enjoy throwing the Xponent Pearl.


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Re: Xponent Pearl
« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2024, 11:19:21 AM »
900 Global – Xponent Pearl 

Patterns used for review:

Pattern A1: 41 Ft 27Mls 8:1


LAYOUT:  5X4X1, I used multiple hand positions and speed changes which changes rev rate, read and speed of ball.


The 900 Global Xponent Pearl. Definitely worth the read. Something you need to think about as far as a bench mark mid ball in your arsenal that is a pearl.

Pattern A1:

The Xponent isa favorite of mine. Typically, I carry one at 2000 grit and the other 2000/polished. When the Xponent Pearl came out I was excited to add that one element for pattern transition without making to many adjustments as the pattern developed. Initially the XP was smooth and strong off the spot one the fresh. Easy to get down the lane and a strong move to the pocket. I decided to take out a 2000 Xponent and Phaze II to transition the lanes a little faster. After 4 games and other bowlers on the lane the XP was brought out again. The XP definitely shined more so at this point than on the fresh. The control and recovery showed me its strengths as the pattern transitioned. The Xponent Pearl will actually move up ahead of the polished Xponent and free a space in the bag. The XP responded to speed changes without reading the pattern to quick and transitioning. The XP actually became better as the pattern continued to transition and the cover started to break in.

LOW DOWN: The Xponent Pearl is a ball that fits nicely in the middle of the arsenal for all bowlers but won’t penalize lower/slower speed/rev players. Definitely a great league ball.

More to follow on challenge and sport patterns.


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900 Global Xponent Pearl by Casey Murphy
« Reply #22 on: April 12, 2024, 07:36:28 PM »
Orientation:  Right Handed
Rev Rate:  400 RPM
Speed:  16-17 MPH
PAP:  4 ½ over and 1 1/8 up

Location:  Enterprise Park Lanes, Springfield MO
Pattern:  High Volume THS
VLS Layout: 
Layout 1:  4 5/8 x 4 x 2 ½  (pin above bridge)
Layout 2:  4 1/4 x 4 x 4 1/8 (pin below bridge)

This one is simple.  The Xponent Pearl is a pearl version of the Xponent.  If you liked the OG but wanted a pearl, look no further.  My Xponent was rounded and smooth and continuous like a solid should be.  As such, there were times it wouldn’t hook enough downlane.  The Xponent Pearl solves that problem.  It’s clean and it jerks accordingly downlane.  There’s not much else to say, if you’re an Xponent fan this is a must have!


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Re: Xponent Pearl
« Reply #23 on: April 24, 2024, 05:06:15 PM »
900 Global Xponent Pearl
Cover: Reacta Gloss Reserve Blend702™ Pearl Reactive
Core: Shrapnel 2.0™ (Symmetrical)
Color: Sky Blue/Black

The Xponent combines a new cover blend with a core last seen in the Ordinance C4. We drilled this ball with our normal layout: tweener, 350-375 revs, 16.5mph, layout of choice is 4x4x2 (pin is above bridge). The first thing that we noticed was how smooth this cover/core combination is. This ball easily fits in to that ‘benchmark’ ball category. Predictability that is like the Hy-Road Pearl to give an example. This is probably the most consistent mid-high performance (below the Zen line) ball that the 900 Global has produced to date. One thing to note is we did not change the out of box surface on this piece (Often we will blend the covers a bit to be a slight bit more predictable on our house pattern). The reacta gloss finish is looking much better than it did on some previous pieces. With its versatility we see this ball being in many bags, league bowlers and tournament players too!

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Re: Xponent Pearl
« Reply #24 on: May 01, 2024, 02:10:42 PM »
Layout: 60 x 4 3/4” x 35

The reaction of the 900 Global Xponent Pearl shows how massively important the coverstock and surface finish is to the final overall motion – whereas the original Xponent rolls very smooth and predictable, the Xponent Pearl has an aggressive, flippy backend reaction.  It is super clean through the front part of the lane, and picks up hard in the later part of the midlane.  This ball is perfect for medium to medium-dry lane conditions. For lanes that are too oily for the Xponent Pearl, the Xponent slides in perfectly.  As far as comparisons go, the Xponent pearl rolls very similar to the Summit Peak for me.

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Re: Xponent Pearl
« Reply #25 on: May 02, 2024, 11:03:55 AM »
Xponent Pearl - Ball Specs
Cover Stock: Reserve Blend 702 Pearl
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Core: Shrapnel 2.0 Symmetric
Layout: 5 x 4 x 4 1/2
RG: 2.48
Differential: 0.042
Intermediate Diff: N/A

The Xponent Pearl features the all new reserve blend 702 pearl coverstock wrapped around the Shrapnel 2.0 Symmetric core. If the Xponent is the benchmark ball, then the Xponent pearl is the ball for medium to dry lanes that compliments that so well My Xponent pearl is drilled pin down and is still really clean through the fronts, and even though I drilled it to be slower down lane, this ball still really continues through the pins.  I have found this ball to be really good on house patterns after the first couple games, as well as some medium length challenge patterns.   For a mid part of the bag, I believe this is a must have ball.

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Hillsboro, OR