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Cutting Edge Pearl
« on: January 03, 2019, 04:14:43 PM »
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Brunswick Cutting Edge Pearl
The Brunswick Cutting Edge bowling balls continue the Edge series of bowling balls featuring a low RG symmetric weight block. The Cutting Edge Pearl combines this core with their 3C Pearl Reactive coverstock. This pearl version gives easy length with a sharp break point which makes it ideal for bowlers who throw the ball a little slower or when the lanes start breaking down.

Color: Copper/Titanium/Purple
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Coverstock: 3C Pearl Reactive
Core: Cutting Edge Low RG Symmetric (14-16#)
Hook Potential: Medium-High
Length: Late
Finish: 500 and 1,000 Siaair / Crown Factory Compound
RG: 2.521 (for 15# ball)
Differential: 0.039 (for 15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy Oil


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Re: Cutting Edge Pearl
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2019, 04:25:42 PM »
Drilled my Cutting Edge Pearl 40 x 5 x 40 (same as my Cutting Edge Solid) for use on dry lanes.  My Cutting Edge Solid is weaker and sharper than I had expected so I had concerns over the Pearl skidding so long that it wouldn't get much playtime.  So before even taking it out of the shop, I killed the polish with an old 2k pad.

The first time I used this ball was on 48' Great Wall of China after 2 hours of play.  For such a slick/long pattern, this ball actually rolled ok.  I kept my speed soft, hung out near the track and had enough roll to mix the pins respectably.  I know this wasn't the ideal pattern for this ball, but I felt good seeing the Cutting Edge Pearl roll up.

Next up was our house pattern and this was quite the conundrum.  My look to the pocket from the middle of game 2 and on was excellent.  Balls that were inside of target still rolled after the end of the pattern and shots that got right quick didn't dive left.  I unfortunately left more than a fair number of 8's, 9's and ring 10's, but that is somewhat expected for using a medium-weak ball on medium-heavy oil.

My best look has been at a drier house across town.  The 50 year old wood lanes have been covered with lane shield and the pattern is dressed with an old Phoenix S lane machine where most bowlers bring their beat up equipment and plunk soft 10's from inside 3 arrow.  I surprisingly didn't have to start much inside 3rd arrow and saw a nice controllable strong arc from the friction.  As the night went on, I just kept stepping left and trusting the ball right as my look continued to get better.  I had 290 my last game, felt great about snapping 10's out in a house that typically doesn't carry well and have a new piece to add to my tournament bag!

Compared to other balls in my bag, the Cutting Edge Pearl fits under my midrange balls but above my BTU/Alley Cat.  The general reaction shape most reminds me of the original DV8 Hooligan with just a little bit of that classic Brunswick midlane read.  Against the original Edge Pearl, the Cutting Edge Pearl is more arcy in shape which allows me to close my angles down a little bit.  Strangely, I have the Cutting Edge Solid at the same finish only being marginally earlier but noticeably quicker off the friction than the Pearl.  That may have a bit to do with me being able to stay more parallel with the Pearl, but the Solid has really surprised me with its angularity.

I recommend the Cutting Edge Pearl for bowlers looking for something a little weaker than their favorite midrange balls, but not wanting to get into low end equipment.  Anybody bowling on medium to drier lanes will like what they see out of this ball in league and I expect this to be a top pick amongst bowlers with softer ball speed, particularly at this price point.
Brandon Riley
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Re: Cutting Edge Pearl
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2019, 05:42:18 PM »
My Personal Reflection:
The cutting edge hybrid is by far the most versatile ball in this three ball line up! The hybrid will give you a smooth reaction that isn't extremely jumpy off the pattern allowing you to be able to get a good read of the lane. The hybrid can be a true benchmark ball for any Brunswick arsenal!

The cutting edge solid gives the bowler a little more down lane motion than the hybrid version. If the hybrid is becoming lazy off the pattern moving to the solid will give you that backend motion and entry angle that is required to kick the corners out.

The cutting edge pearl is much smoother compared to hybrid and solid balls in the fronts and mid lane. The pearl coverstock gives you an added juice factor off the pattern that many bowlers love! If you want a mid-priced ball that is angular, this ball is for you!!!


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Re: Cutting Edge Pearl
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2019, 02:07:52 PM »
Watch our latest episode of Lane Side Reviews as #TeamLSR takes Brunswick Bowling's latest, the #CuttingEdgePearl to the lanes! Does it live up to the first two, or could it be even better?

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Re: Cutting Edge Pearl
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2019, 03:02:24 PM »

Ball Weight: 15 lbs


Dual Angle: 55 x 5 x 75

X Hole (if there is one): No


Rev Rate: Medium , between 250-275 rpm

Ball Speed: 17-18 mph

PAP/Track: 5 1/2" over and 1/2" down


Grit: Box Finish

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Polish


The Cutting Edge Pearl is a great addition to the Cutting Edge line.  The Cutting Edge Pearl is cleaner through the fronts than the Cutting Edge Solid, and has a strong flip motion on the backend.  I drilled mine for medium to light oil for when the front part of the lane become pretty dry and need a ball to skid through the dry and maintain a strong motion on the backend.  The Cutting Edge Pearl is a great benchmark ball to have in your bag.

Charles Withers II
Brunswick Regional Staff