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!Q Tour Emerald
« on: June 20, 2019, 09:30:17 AM »
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 #16 on: August 05, 2019, 09:22:52 AM »
Wow.  First it smells great lol.  This ball is super clean and predictable. I am loving it The shape on this ball lets me read the lane automatically after the first few shots. Def a bench mark piece. There was a lot of anticipation on this release and it def did not disappoint. The IQ line has always been and must have and this fits right in. Def drill this up you will not be disappointed .

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Storm IQ Emerald Review by Luke Rosdahl
« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2019, 09:25:29 AM »
The IQ Emerald is the rebirth of the insanely popular and successful “gold ball,” the original IQ Tour Pearl, which has been sought after, requested, and demanded since it was discontinued years ago.  The IQ Emerald is extremely close to the original, to the point of splitting hairs on the reaction among the highest level players who can notice even the smallest details.  It has Wes Malott’s seal of approval, and the proof was the MVP trophy at the PBA League using the Emerald exclusively and virtually never missing with it, he has a lot of good history with the IQ Tour Pearl and its return is a sigh of relief for him among thousands of others.  It combines one of the best cover formulas in bowling history, R2S Pearl, with one of the best cores in bowling history, the low RG, low differential Centripetal C3 core, and the result is a ball with an amazing amount of versatility, control, and power.  It pairs very nicely with the Astro PhysiX for a similar feel out of the cover, but for different angles and situations, in addition to the Pro Motion as a familiar shape but a great ball down option for transition. 

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Re: !Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2019, 08:58:02 PM »
My excitement for this ball when it was announced was really high. I've loved all the balls in the IQ line. This one is no different the Emerald is that pearl I've been missing in my bag since I moved down in weight. Great control off the spot using one of my favorite layouts 5 x 4 x 40 showed me how great this ball is. Just like the solid IQ the Emerald is my benchmark pearl. A choice for anyone looking to add to there bag


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Re: !Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #19 on: August 14, 2019, 03:37:35 PM »
Storm !Q Tour Emerald

Cover: R2S Pearl Reactive

Weightblock: C³ Centripetal Control Core

Finish: 1500 Polish

RG: 2.49

Differential: 0.029

When I saw the release information on the !Q Tour Emerald, I thought the same as everyone else, a new version of the gold ball----and this ball is as close as can be.

The Emerald is what you would expect from an !Q line ball. Midlane, smooth, controllable, predictable. A great compliment to the !Q Tour Solid, a common benchmark ball for many bowlers. If you are someone, like me, who prefers a pearl as their benchmark ball, then the Emerald is one to give a try.

This one will be seen in many tournament and house shot arsenals for a while!


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« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2019, 01:43:31 PM »
When I found out this ball was coming out, it was a must have in my bag. The !Q line has been a very successful and useful line for me. 30x5 1/4 x50  is the layout I have on mine and I love how smooth this  ball is even with the back end is still gives.The lanes become torched fairly quickly in a lot of the tournaments that I bowl in around here so this ball is perfect for me to use. I’m able to use this ball to get through the front part of the lane and have a nice kick at the end for me. The best part of this ball is really just knowing exactly what it’s going to do. Everyone  should have this in their bag or even have a few.
Great ball and not to mention it’s a great color!

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Re: !Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #21 on: August 16, 2019, 09:30:47 AM »
Storm IQ Tour Emerald Ball Review by PJ Haggerty

If you’ve tuned it to watch the PBA Tour over the last several years and paid attention to the most popular bowling balls being used, you’ll recognize one particular logo, the IQ logo from Storm Bowling.  The IQ Tour Emerald is the newest addition to the line and is a home run.  It’s a perfect addition to the existing line and is worth drilling to fill a gap in your bag.

I’ve drilled one IQ Tour Emerald so far and love it.  I drilled through the middle finger and put a weight hole approximately two inches below my PAP.  I’ve had the most success with this ball when the pattern blends out and I need to create more angle through the front part of the lane.  The response time on the IQ Tour Emerald is on the quicker side, so I’d make sure to account for plenty of angle down lane.  I also hit the surface with a 3000 pad to take the initial shine off and create a smoother reaction.

I’ve seen the players with a lower rev rate really like this ball because of how clean and angular it can be.  Likewise, the higher rev players love it as well because of how much they can open up the lane with it and create angle.  If you need a quicker response ball with a great track record, the IQ Tour Emerald is a perfect fit!



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!Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #22 on: August 18, 2019, 08:51:00 AM »
Ball Specs:
Storm IQ Tour Emerald
R2S Pearl Reactive
1500 Grit Polished
C3 Core
Layout 55 x 3-3/8 x 40

Bowler Specs:
Right Hand. PAP 5” Over 1/2 up
Rev Rate 300. Tilt 20. Rotation 50.
Speed at release 17

I never rolled the Gold IQ but drilled plenty of them for my customers. I knew that ball was very good, so I had a feeling the Emerald IQ would be another hit for Storm. Man it sure is! The combination of the R2S Pearl Cover and The C3 Core are a perfect match. The ball revs easily, but saves power for backend and a nice hit. The Emerald IQ has a defined move on the back but it is not jumpy. This is one of the best core and cover combinations I have ever bowled with. I have used this ball on 6 different patterns over 4 houses and was able to easily find a line to the pocket with good carry. The Emerald is also forgiving if you make a bad shot. I have drilled the new Emerald for many styles of bowlers and it seems to work for everybody!  As I go bowl and watch tournaments there is already plenty of Emerald IQ’s in use. This speaks to the confidence and success bowlers already have with this ball. I put this ball between my Idol Pearl and Halo Pearl in total hook with a bit smoother roll. I recently switched to rolling all Storm and Roto Grip equipment and am very impressed with the motions I am getting.
This ball will be a great addition to any arsenal.

The Emerald IQ is a great ball on many conditions.
The color and shelf appeal is very nice.
The entry angle provides a great carry percent.
The Emerald works for many bowling styles.

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Re: !Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #23 on: August 20, 2019, 03:10:14 PM »
Layout: 60 x 4 5/8 x 40

The IQ Tour 30 is one of my favorite Storm balls of all time, so I was extremely excited when I saw the impending release of the IQ Tour Emerald. Just like the IQ 30, the Emerald has a strong backend but is still quite controllable. The Emerald is best on medium oil patterns, as it is a bit too clean for fresh or heavy oil patterns; when the lanes break down is when this ball shines. It is more responsive to hand position changes than most balls - getting up the back of it allows me to go down-and-in and a bit straighter, and getting around the side of the ball allows it to come off the end of the pattern quite strong and allows me to open the lane up considerably.The Emerald is 3-4 boards weaker overall than the Astro Phsyix, making those two balls a great 1-2 punch that covers most lane conditions, especially house shots.


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Re: !Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #24 on: August 22, 2019, 08:56:08 AM »
IQ Emerarld
IQ Tour Emerald is essentially the rerelease of one of the most iconic Storm balls of the last 10 years, the gold IQ! From what I remember the gold ball was a little sharper down lane than the emerald.
The Emerald is what you would expect from an IQ line ball. A smooth, controllable, predictable shape with more motion than the original IQ Tour. A great compliment to the IQ Tour Solid, a common benchmark ball for many bowlers.


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Re: !Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #25 on: August 25, 2019, 05:15:30 PM »
Volume: High
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS
Rev Rate: 450
Ball Speed: 17 mph
PAP: 5 1/16 x 3/4 up

Introducing the IQ Tour Emerald, the newest release in the Master line. This is a remake of the IQ Tour Pearl and IQ Tour 30. Still utilizing the R2S Pearl cover and the C3 Centripetal Control Core made famous by those previous releases. The layout I used was 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 which put the pin in my ring finger. The IQ Tour Emerald has quickly joined the ranks of the IQ Tour Solid as one of my favorite pieces to date. The smoother core with the pearl cover pair perfectly with each other. The Emerald clears the fronts very well and gives me a very strong and continuous motion down lane. It also pairs really well with the Astro Physix as they both utilize the same cover but the Astro has a stronger core. If you liked the original pearl then this is a must have or if you never had a chance to throw the original, this is your chance to make up for lost time. 

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Storm !Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #26 on: August 28, 2019, 02:56:49 PM »
  The new IQ Tour Emerald is newer version of the very popular IQ Tour Pearl aka Gold Ball.   The Gold Ball is probably my favorite ball of all time from Storm.  So to say the least I was pretty pumped to see the Emerald.  I drilled mine with my favorite drilling 5.25 x 5 x 2.5 pin up no hole.  The Emerald has the same great length and roll of the original.  I think the Emerald is just a hair stronger overall with maybe a little stronger motion down lane due to the 2019 R2S coverstock version.  I think the Emerald has that different motion in the Storm line that we have been missing for a little while.  Throughout  our Matchmakers the Emerald has been probably the most popular with all styles of bowlers.  I personally think the Emerald is one the best league balls you can buy especially for the wood lanes or lower volume house patters.  Also this summer we have seen great success on TV with the PBA guys striking a lot with the Emerald. 
Wes Malott being a big supporter.   

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RPM - 400
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Re: !Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2019, 11:22:16 AM »

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As an owner of the original IQ Tour Pearl Gold I was beyond excited for this release. This ball epitomizes what a benchmark ball truly is. So much control and the ability to see what the lanes are really doing. This is always the first ball out of my bag even if I know the shot doesn't call for it because it allows me to read the lanes and make other ball decisions from there. Aside from this ball looking AMAZING it just feels right in your hand. You know even if you throw a "bad shot" that it will most likely not be "max penalty." I do go to the lanes without this ball, bottom line. A remake of one of my all time favorite balls that I still have today!

Length: 42

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS



Dislikes: Control, smooth, predictable.



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Re: !Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #28 on: August 30, 2019, 12:55:47 PM »
The !Q Tour Emerald brings current bowlers the chance to relive the !Q 30 and “gold ball”. The Emerald uses the same Centripetal core (2.49 Rg, 0.029 diff in 15lbs)  found in the previous Tour releases as well as the same R2S pearl cover, but this time with an emerald green color. The Emerald is still in the Master line of balls in Storm’s catalog.

I drilled the Emerald with a 4.5” pin and 2.5” pin buffer from PAP, the same layout used on my Idol Pearl. My !Q 30 and my “gold ball” both had the pins at 5” with 2.5” pin buffer from PAP. Compared to a current ball in the Idol Pearl, the !Q Emerald is more responsive to friction at the end of the pattern, and creates more angle. The Idol Pearl starts up sooner, and is smoother overall, while covering more boards. This is almost always the case for me when comparing lower differential to higher differential balls. Other people and their roll may see it differently. Comparing the Emerald to a Son!Q with a 4”  pin and 3” buffer, the Emerald needs to be straighter through the fronts to get the ball to read the right way, and has more angle than the Son!Q. Basically, I can use the Son!Q when seeing fresh backends, and switch to the Emerald when more backend shape (but less overall board coverage) is needed. The overall shape the emerald makes throughout the lane is very similar to that of the !Q 30. It seems to be more continuous through the backend than the “gold ball”, just like the 30.

The !Q Emerald is a welcomed addition to many tournament bowlers who see conditions that straighter trajectory through the fronts is key. The Emerald still has its place on easier conditions, especially those players with very high rev rates, who wants to circle the whole lane when they hook, as well as players who are speed dominate and want to keep their angles very tight. Thank you for taking the time to read my review of the !Q Emerald. As always, bowl up a Storm!
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!Q Tour Emerald
« Reply #29 on: September 11, 2019, 04:08:34 PM »
The IQ Tour Emerald is a game changer for benchmark pearl bowling balls. The Emerald has the trusty IQ Core with the R2S coverstock making this ball very clean through the front part of the lane and having a responsive change of direction downlane. You’ll find youreself using this ball later in tournament blocks or for very dry house shots. I would say that when you find your lower end balls like a Hyroad Pearl being too responsive to the friction, going to the IQ Emerald would be perfect option. The IQ series is known for predictablility and control. With the addition of the IQ Emerald, it gives the IQ line even more verity than ever.


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« Reply #30 on: September 17, 2019, 10:21:40 AM »

Length: Medium

Volume: Medium

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

The !Q Tour Emerald is the perfect complement to the original !Q Tour.  The smoothness and predictability of the original !Q Tour is legendary.  The Emerald utilizes the C3 Centripetal control core but it is surrounded by the R2S Pearl Reactive Coverstock.  The R2S Pearl will help the !Q Tour Emerald retain more energy and power for the backend.  Me being a low rev player (rev rate approx. 300) and medium ball speed (15 to 16MPH) sometimes the !Q Tour is just too early or just too smooth to get around the corner.  However, the !Q Tour Emerald is the solution to this issue.  The R2S Pearl coverstock helps the Emerald to get through the deteriorating heads and power through the carry down.  I was able to witness this in action when I threw the original !Q Tour and the !Q Tour Emerald on a fresh and a beat up house pattern.  The !Q Tour Emerald was pretty good on the fresh but maybe a little TOO responsive to the friction for me.  I have this issue with every pearlized bowling ball but if I dulled up the cover a little it would have been fine.  The original !Q Tour blended the house pattern and I had some hold and get back area to start.  When the carry down started and the heads started to get dry, the original !Q Tour just had too much too early or not enough down lane.  At this point I switched over to the !Q Tour Emerald and went right back to striking.  The !Q Tour Emerald had enough length to keep my launch angles within my comfort zone while moving left.  I had no issues getting the !Q Tour Emerald to go strong through the pins.   

Likes: Color and overall Ball motion is top shelf


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