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!Q Tour Emerald
« on: June 20, 2019, 09:30:17 AM »
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The Storm !Q Tour Emerald continues in the success of the long line of !Q bowling balls. The !Q Tour Emerald takes the R2S Pearl Reactive coverstock and wraps it around the C³ Centripetal Control Core. This combination assists the bowling ball in easily gliding through many lane conditions in addition to a big backend reaction.

Color: Emerald
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Coverstock: R2S Pearl Reactive
Core: C³ Centripetal Control Core
Finish: 1500-grit Polished
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium
RG: 2.49 (15# ball)
Differential: 0.029 (15# ball)
Fragrance: Melon Mint



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Re: !Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2019, 02:02:10 PM »

Length: 42

Volume: 25mls

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS





I’m probably the only Storm equipment user who has never thrown a ball in the IQ line. So the !Q Tour Emerald is my first experience.

I went with a 2.5x4.5 x1.5 layout. That brings the pin more toward my positive axis point which gives me an earlier, stable roll down the lane. I’m likely not going to use this ball on a fresh, heavy, 40’ pattern. My options are lower volume league shots, patterns that become over/under or heads that burn.

I put a few games on a freshly oiled pair at Gold Crown Lanes in St. Johnsbury. I threw variety of surfaces and angles to help simulate a chopped up, burned pattern. When I threw the !Q Tour Emerald, I found that I was able to stay a little further right allowing the intricacies of my game to work for me. The symmetrical core allowed it to glide down the lane, but the R2S cover took over at the end of the pattern and allowed the ball to bite. Where stronger surfaces and cores would burn up early and lose carry, the !Q Tour Emerald gave me a dependable and controlled motion all the way through the pins.

Watch my review video here:

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Re: !Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2019, 03:50:54 PM »
Here it is all we have been waiting for! The IQ tour Emerald is exactly what you would expect.
Clean through the fronts doesn't over read the friction. Clean and easy to control.
Perfect compliment to the IQ tour and idol pearl fits perfect with these 2 balls.
Ball is good for later in blocks on a range of different length patterns and game 2 or 3 in a league setting.
I drilled mine 60x5.5x30

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Re: !Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2019, 07:01:59 PM »

Length: 42ft

Volume: not known (But, it isn’t anywhere near a heavy condition. More mediumish)

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Likes: Does what it is supposed to do.

Dislikes:Little squirty OOB (Most Storm pearls are for me )


 First of all, NOT A STAFFER.

 As a matter of fact, I tend to not like much Storm stuff. And yes, that means the vaunted Hy-Road too.

 Now, on to my opinions:

 Even though not a big Storm fan, I've been waiting on this one. Ive seen too much success from too many people using one version or another of this ball to simply let another chance to own it slip by me.

 Drilled it pin up, about 4 inches from pap, and stacked it up. Came with a nearly 4 inch pin out, and 2.75 top. With my pap, that made it close to 4 x 3 with just a little top left.

  Like nearly all polished Storm pearls (for me), this one seemed a little squirty right out of the box, especially on the fresh. A small move into the oil line, and the clean length of the fresh polished cover would hit the pocket, but was pinging wrap tens like it was on auto pilot. But, that was ok really, because I really expected that from the fresh OOB finish on the R2S pearl, and I was living in the pocket. Figured it would only get better as the ball surface “broke in”, and the condition transitioned.

 Started out playing with feet on 22, targetting 10 at the arrows. The longer I threw it, the better it seemed to react, so I continued, figuring the surface and the condition were going to match up soon. I was right.

 It took 2 full games, but third game I go strike, 8-1(split), and moved in with a 3-2 move with feet and target. Finish with a 10 bagger for 268 last game on an open frame.

 All in all, a good experience, and a purchase I’m glad I finally made.No, this isn’t a miracle ball, but it does do what they say it will, and what it is designed to do. I can easily see how this and the tour solid could make a really good 1-2 punch on lots of house conditions.
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Re: !Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2019, 09:16:05 PM »
Storm iQ Tour Emerald
Layout: 4 x 4 x 2 Storm Pin Buffer Layout
Rev Rate: 300 rpm, 7 degree of axis tilt, 40 degree of axis rotation
Testing information: 41 foot THS (medium to light volume)
Bowling Center: Fulton Bowling Center
Kegel Machine – Brunswick Anvilane

The Storm iQ Tour Emerald utilizes the C3 Centripetal Control Core and the R2S Pearl Reactive Coverstock.  For the bowlers that missed out on the iQ Tour Pearl (Gold), this is your second chance to own one.  As with the Gold version, the ball motion of this symmetrical pearl was predictable and pin carry good.  I had better carry when I was going straighter through the front part of the lane, but that was probably because of my lack of revs.  I feel all styles will enjoy this one though.  I will use the Storm iQ Tour Emerald as a step down ball when the fronts start to burn early for the asymmetrical balls and stronger symmetricals.  It can also be a benchmark ball in your tournament bag.
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Storm IQ Tour Emerald Review by Casey Murphy
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2019, 11:13:12 AM »
Orientation:  Right Handed
Rev Rate:  375 RPM
Speed:  16-17 MPH
PAP:  4 5/8 straight across

Location:  Enterprise Park Lanes, Springfield MO
Pattern:  High Volume THS
VLS Layout:  5, 4, 1 3/4
Dual Angle:  60, 5, 30

The IQ Tour Emerald is the Gold IQ reborn.  It features the same R2S pearl cover as the Gold ball, but is a super awesome looking Emerald green color.  If you loved the gold ball, then you’ll love the IQ Tour Emerald.   If you’ve never had an IQ Tour Pearl (Gold) then it’s the perfect step down from the OG IQ Tour Solid.  When the IQ Tour Solid burns up a little too much, then the Pearl is the perfect solution.  And it looks amazing.


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Re: !Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2019, 03:30:16 PM »
Hey everyone, this is Storm amateur staffer and turbo regional staffer Josh Shoemaker here with another ball review for the brand new Storm IQ tour emerald. Before we begin, I want to thank Storm and Turbo for providing me with all the equipment I use every time I step on the lanes, and the Facebook page Storm and Rotogrip Bowling Balls for Sale for providing me with a platform to promote all of this great equipment. I recently decided to switch to 16lbs, so both balls featured in this video are indeed 16. Anything with the IQ name has been a staple in the storm line for years now. With how popular the IQ tour pearl was, it’s only fitting that storm brought back the same ball with an updated color. The emerald features the same R2S pearl cover as the original, as well as the same centripetal core. For this video, I decided to bowl on a house shot after a couple of league sets had been bowled. These lower friction balls love when the track is beat up a little bit, so you have a little room to throw them to. The emerald breezes through the heads and offers a firm but defined motion off the end of the pattern. I decided to venture off my usual layout for this ball, because of how similar it was to the gold ball. I was not a big fan of the original, so I put a stronger and slower response layout this time around. With the color change and layout tweak, I can pretty visibly see a difference from the original. The emerald fits right in between the original gold ball, and the tour 30. I can see myself using the emerald a ton on house shots, or towards the end of longer tournament blocks once the track area has developed. When compared to the hyroad, the emerald is a zone longer and a few boards less overall. Be sure to stop in to your local storm vip pro shop and preorder your very own today! #StormNation #Turbo

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Re: !Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2019, 11:51:01 AM »
!Q Tour Emerald (emmy)

Another home run for Storm. First off this ball looks great. The Emerald Green gives the ball a great look on the pro shop shelf as well as on the lanes.
The !Q tour solid has been a staple in my bag for as long as Storm has been pumping them out of Utah. I was very happy when I heard that they were bringing back a pearl version.
The !Q line has been great for all styles and skill levels of bowlers for years and this is just the newest member of the !Q family. The !Q tour solid might be the smoothest rolling ball in the Storm line and the Emerald just gives it more length and pop on the back end. When you need to play bigger angles or just need a little extra length this is the ball for you.
This ball is great for all styles of bowlers and everyone needs one in their bag.
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Re: !Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2019, 01:47:56 PM »

Length: 43'

Volume: 21 mL

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Likes: Great Complement to the !Q Tour

Dislikes: none yet

It feels so good to have the !Q Tour Pearl BACK! The Emerald is just as good as the Gold! We all know that color dictates a little bit of the ball's reaction, but, as soon as I started throwing this ball it immediately felt like home. It's the same smooth yet strong reaction that we all fell in love with when the Gold ball was around.
I drilled this one pin down which lowers the diff a bit and makes it a little cleaner getting down lane.  The ball off the spot is strong but not jerky.  Our house is wood and It does a great job of controlling the angle off the spot for a pearl.  I am going to load up on these because I didn't realize how much I missed this motion until the gold balls were gone. 

Layout: 60 x 5 x 70 pin down, no hole

What I'm throwing a lot of right now:
Halo Pearl- 60 x 5-1/2 x 35 (pin up)
Idol Pearl- 60 x 5-1/2 x 35 (pin up)
CodeX- 45 x 5 x 35 (pin up)
HyRoadX- 60 x 5 x 70 (pin down)

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!Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2019, 08:13:12 PM »
Storm’s iQ Tour Edition line has been successful since day one with the original iQ Tour Solid, since then they added 3 more amazing releases with the very popular iQ Tour Pearl, iQ Tour 30 Edition & iQ Tour Fusion. Well now we have another huge hit on our hands the iQ Tour Emerald. My first impression throwing this ball is how much it reminds me of the original Gold ball. This version is a touch earlier and softer off the spot, those trickier short-medium length pattern with some friction will match up the best with the new Emerald, this will pack an awesome 1-2 punch with the iQ Tour Solid.


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Re: !Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2019, 03:08:52 PM »

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): Any


Layout: Pin above bridge with CG kicked an inch.
PAP: 5 over.. 3/4 up

The IQ series has been a staple in the Storm line for awhile now. All of the different creations have been big hits in the market, and it's going to continue with the new edition: !Q Tour Emerald.

This ball reminds of the Gold !Q. I can see some of the 30th edition in it as well. If you liked either of those balls, then you'll love this ball. The ball is very clean, but it's not super fast off the spot either. It's a predictable ball in my arsenal. I already this ball as a good transition ball from the OG !Q Tour. I go to this ball when the !Q Tour gets a little to early.

I highly recommend this new gem in the Storm series.

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Re: !Q Tour Emerald review by Lonnie Pemberton
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2019, 01:28:33 AM »



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):High Friction THS


Cover: R2S Pearl Reactive
Weightblock: C³ Centripetal Control Core
Finish: 1500 Polish
RG: 2.49
Differential: 0.029

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

Ball Layout: Pin over Bridge 50 X 5 1/2 X 40

The New Storm !Q Tour Emerald is very close to what alot of people were hoping for: Return of the Gold Ball! The Emerald features the Low RG Low Diff C3 Centripetal Control Core and the legendary R2S Pearl cover. The Gold-speckled dark emerald green color is gorgeous and offers a smoother reaction than original !Q Tour Edition. The Pearl cover is still clean through the front but it offers a bit of midlane read and plenty of continuation despite the steady roll off the backend.

I found the Emerald !Q to be a vast improvement over the !Q 30. The 30 was smooth but a bit too clean through the front. While that reaction certainly has it's place it wasn't the motion everyone loved in the original !Q Tour Pearl. The Emerald is between those two releases but a shade closer to "Goldy"

This ball is phenomenal on high friction lane beds, (It's original design was to combat the high friction surface at the South Point Bowling Center lanes previous to the Arena being built". The resulting ball is very versatile and works for a plethora of styles and conditions. In short this ball has something for everyone. It's strong enough for strokers, clean enough for crankers and ultra reliable for tweeners like myself. It may be the most responsive ball to hand position changes ever made.

If the !Q Tour Emerald isn't in your tournament bag, you are missing one of the greatest tools on the market.



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!Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2019, 01:52:54 PM »

Length: 42ft

Volume: 24ml

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Likes: Great for when the lanes start to open up, good length with a stronger backend

Dislikes: Not for heavier oil

Drilled 5x5x3, which puts the Emerald !Q pin above the fingers for me. Very good angular addition to the Storm line up. Able to get inside a little with this piece when the lanes start to break down, and get good recovery on the backends. The E!Q for me is a little stronger than the AstroPhysix off of the dry, in part because of being symmetrical. Very clean thru the heads, I was able to play 20 to about 10 and get it back to the pocket and carry with no issue on a slightly used ths pattern. On the fresh, it was a little to skid snappy for my game, but others have like that reaction. Overall, I would transition to this once my Physix or ProMotion became too much ball. another fine addition to the Storm family!




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Re: !Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2019, 08:03:50 PM »
Ball:  Storm !Q Tour Emerald
Layout:  4x2
Surface:  Box
Lane Condition:  THS mediumvolume
Lane Surface:  Brunswick Anvilane

Tester:  Sabrina
Average:  228
Dexterity:  Right

I kept going back and forth with myself on if I wanted to drill the !Q Tour Emerald and I am so glad that I did. I think this ball is going to fit perfectly in my arsenal when the lanes start to dry out. This ball allows me to stay further right with my feet and target once the lanes start to dry out. I am bowling in a league this summer and the lane conditions have been a bit drier so I am actually able to start with this ball and then move my feet left if it start over hooking on me. I am curious to see what this ball will give me during the fall/winter in our Scratch league. I am not sure if I will be able to start with it but I think by game 3 or 4 the lanes will be dry enough to where I can switch to it while keeping my feet and target right. I think this ball will also be good for me when it comes to tournament play and the lanes start to dry out. I am not rev dominant but speed dominant.

Overall, I am very pleased that I decided to get this ball drilled. I am very impressed with what I have seen practicing with it and also using it in the league I bowl in during the summer. It is not jerky down the lane and very smooth. I am looking forward to seeing what this ball will give me during the fall/winter leagues and also when I go to tournaments. I just wasn’t sure how this ball was gonna fit in my arsenal but it fits perfectly.

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Re: !Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2019, 09:03:57 AM »

Length: 40ft

Volume: medium

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Likes: HOMERUN!!!!!!!

This ball has quickly become a favorite for me!!! The rebirth of the IQ pearl is a smashing success IMO. The new IQ Emerald is as close to an exact replica to the gold IQ pearl as you can get. I put a 70*5*45 on mine which is my usual, pin up over the ring and the cg straight down. I put it up against the other prl balls in my bag like the Idol pearl, astrophysix, and halo prl. compared to the Idol prl it is alittle sooner but still has great shape down lane. I have mine just alittle less off the spot than the Ido Prl. For me the Idol prl was just alittle too clean on fresher conditions, it gave me alittle move over/under. So the IQ Emerald fits my game alittle better. Compared to the AstroPhysix its cleaner and weaker overall. The Halo Pearl is similar in length but much more change of direction off down lane. Overall the IQ Emerald is a great all around ball, especially on your typical league pattern just like the original IQ Pearl was.

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