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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.
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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.

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Re: Cutting Edge Pearl
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2019, 03:39:05 PM »
The Cutting Edge line is designed to be a “benchmark” line where each ball in this family will provide a smooth, even, predictable roll on the backend. There is nothing “flashy” about these balls, but they are so reliable and predictable, you will want them in your bag.

The latest edition is the Cutting Edge Pearl. Given it’s pearlized cover stock, you can predict a little more length than the Cutting Edge Solid, but more “flip” on the backend. This ball is great if you want more length than the Cutting Edge Solid but don’t want to move your feet that much, if any.

Also, this ball tends to rev up on the backend. It’s great at storing energy through the front part of the lane, so when it gets into the roll phase on the backend, it’s going to hit hard.


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Re: Cutting Edge Pearl
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2019, 06:47:50 PM »

Ball Weight: 15 lbs


Dual Angle: Pin down 6"  45 degree kick (Rico  no x- hole)


Rev Rate: High , between 475-500 rpm

Ball Speed: 17 mph

PAP 5 15/16" over and 3/8" down


Grit: Box

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Polish


The Cutting Edge Pearl is exactly what bowlers have been asking for since the melee jab was discontinued a low-rg pearl with great back-end motion, that wont break the the bank.
this ball is cleaner that the Cutting Edge solid and hits a rock down-lane. Stores massive amounts of energy and simply decimates the pins.  Best ball in the Edge line to date the solid, hybrid and pearl are a complete 1,2,3 punch in a line.  Perfect for a night of league or bowling tournaments. The performance you get from this line of balls at this price point will leave you on the edge of your seat!! 

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Re: Cutting Edge Pearl
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2019, 04:39:48 PM »
Rev rate 390-410
Speed 17.5
Style Tweener
Conditions Typical House Shot

I was hoping to get this ball reaction as soon as I signed with Brunswick.  I really like the solid Cutting Edge, but at times I hoped for a little more motion and "pop" when I have to get deeper on the lane.  I don't create a lot of motion with my release, so like when ball has some built in.  I drilled it similar to the solid version and saw a little more push through the front and much stronger motion on the backend. 

Tried using it on fresh league but it was a bit too clean, although not unusable.  However, I didn't need it for that.  When I got to game 3 and had to move a bit left and my Vapor Zone, Fearless or Method didn't have the recovery needed, this ball gave me an easy motion and continuation I felt like my bag was missing.

A must have in my opinion.


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Re: Cutting Edge Pearl
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2019, 10:29:53 PM »

Pin Length: 3.5"

Starting Top Weight: 2 oz

Ball Weight: 15 lbs 4 oz


Ball: 65 x 5 x 35

X Hole (if there is one): none


Rev Rate: 375 rpms

Ball Speed:17.5 mph off hand

PAP/Track: 4 3/4 over 3/4 up


Grit: 500 Grit with Compound

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Compound


Lengths of patterns: 41 foot house shot

Volume:  Moderate

Type: House


Length: Very Long

Back End: Skid/Snap

Overall Hook: Moderate

Midlane Read: Very Little

Breakpoint Shape: Angular


Likes: Length and angular reaction

Dislikes: none

The Cutting Edge Pearl is a great ball for medium to lighter oil conditions.  I find this ball to be most useful once other balls like my fearless hook too early and I am looking to continue to open my angles.  The Cutting Edge Pearl is weaker that the previous two Cutting Edge releases and fits just underneath the Solid in terms of hook.  This is the most angular ball in the line and gives fantastic length.  If you like the long and strong reaction and are looking for a step up from the Rhino series, check this one out.
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Re: Cutting Edge Pearl
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2019, 12:22:27 PM »
The Cutting Edge pearl is a great option for light to medium oil patterns, or on burn squads of tournaments when the fronts tend to transition.  I would stay away from this ball on heavier patterns, or for me even cliffed house shots as a miss into the oil could cause a flat response at the pins.

But when this ball matches up, wow does it strike and hit hard.  Mine is drilled pin over ring finger and I see easy glide to the breakpoint and then a snappy (but controllable) response to the friction.

If you prefer to keep your angles square then this is a must have.  Or for high rev players there's no fear of early read with this ball.  A great choice for the right situation.

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