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Pitch Blue Pearl Urethane
« on: February 03, 2016, 12:18:24 PM »
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Description: Storm has created the Pitch Blue, a pearl urethane ball, for their Thunder Line. This ball was designed to be cleaner through the heads and more reactive at the backend on lighter and shorter oil conditions. The Capacitor core gives this ball a straighter but strong delivery.

- Coverstock: Controll Plus Pearl Urethane
- Weight Block: Capacitor Core
- Factory Finish: 2000-grit Abralon
- Ball Color: Blue Pearl
- RG: 2.57 (for 15# ball)
- Diff: 0.022 (for 15# ball)
- Recommended Lane Condition:  Light Oil



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Storm Pitch Blue Pearl Urethane Review by Casey Murphy
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2016, 02:29:05 PM »
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
Layout:  45, 3 7/8, 40 p1 hole

The Pitch Blue is the sequel to the hugely successful Pitch Black.  It doesnít disappoint, evidenced by the moment you pull it out of the box.  The blue coverstock looks incredible.  I love the ball reaction too.  Itís definitely a urethane motion similar to the Pitch Black.  The Pitch Blue, despite coming sanded, is a pearl coverstock.  It definitely is a little cleaner in the front part of the lane and creates a little more tip downlane than the Pitch Black.  The Pitch Blue is the perfect urethane for those who needed a little more help getting the Pitch Black to work for them. 


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Pitch Blue Pearl
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2016, 09:39:55 PM »
Staffer: Keven Williams
Speed: 18 mph
Rev Rate: 450 rpm
Hand: Left Handed
Oil Pattern: Typical House Shot

The Storm Pitch Blue is absolutely amazing for a urethane ball! Anybody that knows me knows im not a fan of urethane, but the new Pitch Blue
is something special. It is much cleaner in the front part of the lane from the Pitch Black with a little more backend down lane. Being a high
rev bowler the Pitch Black hooked so early it would force me too deep and i would get in trouble but not the Pitch Blue! It allows me to play much
straighter with a true urethane roll! This is a fantastic ball!


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Re: Pitch Blue Pearl Urethane
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2016, 01:40:59 PM »
Lane Conditions: Dry
Typical Conditions: House Shot
Type of Lane: All Synthetic
What part of the lane did you play? Second Arrow
Did the ball track out? Normal
Weight of bowling ball: 16
Surface of bowling ball: Factory/Box
What grit was the surface of the ball? 2000

 I recently drilled a Pitch Blue Layout was 4x3 off of my pap and a one inch hole 4 inches over on my mid line. This ball looks great on dryer lanes or on shorter sport patterns. Very clean in the front part of the lane and gives you room off the spot down lane.

 I compared it to my Joyride which was much sharper and pushed me deeper on the lane. My Joyride is a 3x2 1/2 off my pap and was box finish. If your looking for a different type ball reaction the Pitch Blue is a great choice. It a great ball for your high school or college bowler looking to help improve there.


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Re: Pitch Blue Pearl Urethane
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2016, 12:37:35 PM »



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):

Just drilled a Pitch Blue last week to replace my Blue Hammer.  The Blue Hammer was best on wet dry house shots where I could stay out in the dry and still square up, although I also used it on flatter sport patterns under 35 feet.  In box condition the Pitch Blue was much stronger off the dry on a THS, to the point that I couldn't really square up the way I wanted.  I took it up to 4000, and I think this plus soaking up some lane oil will tame the early aggressiveness of the ball.  Pitch Blue is more aggressive for the level of surface I have on it than expected.   

 I like the ball, but I suspect it will be more useful on the shorter sport patterns than on the top hat house shots.  Unlike some people I don't use urethane because lanes hook too much.  I use it to play more direct on certain areas of the lane.  If I have to give the pocket away urethane is not the option.     






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Re: Pitch Blue Pearl Urethane
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2016, 02:25:29 PM »
Storm Pitch Blue
Layout: label
Coverstock: 2000ab
Tested on Older HPL on Boardwalk and Easy Street using KEGEL Flex with Fire and Ice oil
Found the Pitch Blue for forgiving than the Pitch Black when it came to coming off of the pattern, my Black made a move instantly off of the oil and the Blue gave me a little shape and consistency off of the pattern, was able to create a little better angle into the pocket resulting in less corner pins. Once the conditioner got used done and near the breakpoint, the Black could not recover, and the Blue did. When using it on Easy Street, I was able to play off of 1-3 boards and get away from the heavy part of the oil pattern and also stayed away from the other lefties that were using stronger stuff and trying to play the track area, and they were getting over/under, and the good thing I wasnít. Outscored the other lefties by 18-26 pins each game. Glad I had the ďBlue: with me. I have used it in league a few times to play straight up when there are other lefties trying to hook all the boards. I get away from what they are creating with using the Pitch Blue and my Loco Solid. If you are looking for a weaker piece from the Locos and similar developed balls, then the Pitch Blue is for you.


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Re: Pitch Blue Pearl Urethane
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2016, 06:56:04 PM »
The Storm Pitch Blue is a great urethane option for short or light oil patterns, or for those with higher rev rates or slower ball speeds.  The pearl urethane cover gives the Pitch Blue a smooth arcing motion that is very controllable. It is still best used with straighter angles so that carry power can be optimal.  With my medium rev rate and medium ball speed, I am able to use it on medium oil house shots or shorter sport shots such as Cheetah.

When being compared to a Storm Match Solid, the Pitch Blue is approximately 5 boards weaker in overall hook.  I like the comparison between these two bowling balls, because both have a smooth arcing motion, with the major difference being the reactive cover of the Match versus the urethane cover of the Pitch Blue.

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Re: Pitch Blue Pearl Urethane
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2016, 11:04:15 PM »
Pitch Blue Ball Review by PJ Haggerty

The Pitch Blue is the latest urethane release by Storm Products.  After the Pitch Black, which is a very popular choice by many tour and regional players, the new Pitch Blue is a similar, but different idea.  The biggest difference with the Pitch Blue is the coverstock.  With a pearl additive in the coverstock of the Pitch Blue, this creates more length through the front of the lane, and creates a faster response time down lane.

Some bowlers noticed the Pitch Black might have been too strong and too early rolling in the front part of the lane.  A nice compliment to that is the Pitch Blue and itís pearl covertstock.  Iíve drilled one Pitch Blue so far and it rolls great.  Iíll also caveat that Iíve put a weight hole in all of my urethane balls to help them flare more, which would create a bit more hook. 

The one I drilled is mapped out as follows:  3 x 0 with a 1 1/8 hole about three inches deep.  I have also used the Pitch Black and Pitch Blue as a spare ball.  This makes traveling easier by not having to carry a plastic and a urethane ball.

Iíve been able to use the Pitch Blue and Pitch Black on multiple patterns, but they must be on shorter to medium length patterns.  They provide a way to lengthen patterns by dragging oil down lane, or to provide an extremely stable and smooth shape.

If you are missing a urethane ball in your bag, the Pitch Blue is a perfect fit!



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Pitch Blue Pearl Urethane review by Mark Tarkington
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2016, 12:52:56 PM »
Right Handed
Ball weight:  15
Rev Rate:  400
Ball Speed:  17.3
Axis Tilt:  7
Axis Rotation:  45*
PAP:  3 3/4 horizontal, 7/8 up
Layout:  40 x 3 x 40

Many bowlers are going back to urethane for shorter patterns or patterns/surfaces that have a lot of friction.  I have not had much success with the new generation urethanes until the Pitch Black.  I have really enjoyed rolling the Black and it has made me a more versatile bowler.

I drilled the Blue with the same layout to see how much different it is.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that, while cleaner through the fronts, the Blue is stronger than the Black.  While the Black tends to want to roll at your toes, the Blue will get through the heads and make its move in the mid lane.

The Blue gives me a bit more room than I have with the Black on a THS, and I donít lose any carry because of the angles it lets me play. 

Before I drilled the Blue, I wondered if there was any reason to have both the Black and Blue.  Iím quite glad that I drilled up the Blue because it complements the Black so well.

For any bowler wanting a urethane in your bag, the Pitch Blue is a great option.
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Re: Pitch Blue Pearl Urethane
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2016, 01:30:05 PM »
I drilled up a Pitch Blue for a couple of reasons: One to use as a training tool to make sure my release stays crisp as with today's lane conditions urethane just doesn't read the lane like it did when I was younger. And two to have something to be a combo spare/dryer lane ball. This way I could use it to go direct at smaller combos of spares but it also would read to get sleeper pins. Plus if the lane pattern is really short or higher friction surface, it can be in play under these circumstances as well. One of the reviewers above made a great point about using it also to shut down your angles and go straighter and not give the pocket away. I think that is a fantastic way to look at what the Pitch Blue could be used for also.

I got to throw it and it is something newer for my eyes. I have gotten so used to seeing a ball break sharply in the back end and the Pitch Blue is more even and might even be considered early hooking. It sets up well in the back end and I find myself playing a little more to the left trying to get it to hold than letting it out and expecting it to come roaring back. It is not that type of ball and unless you have 500+ rpms rev rate, you will get frustrated.

Put this one in your bag if you do have a large rev rate and can't get any reactives to slow down in the back end. Also straighter players will like the versatility of using it to go straighter at spares and also get on the "dirt" and play direct to the pocket.
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Re: Pitch Blue Pearl Urethane
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2016, 09:21:40 AM »
The Pitch Blue is the latest urethane release by Storm Products.  After the Pitch Black, which is a very popular choice by many tour and regional players, the new Pitch Blue is a similar, but with a slightly different cover. The biggest difference with the Pitch Blue is the coverstock.  With a pearl additive in the coverstock of the Pitch Blue, this creates more length through the front of the lane, and creates a faster response time down lane.

For some bowlers, the Pitch Black might was too strong or too early rolling in the front part of the lane. The Pitch Blueís pearl covertstock gives players the same great urethane shape, without getting into such an early roll.   

My PAP is 5 over and ľ up, and I drilled my Pitch Blue just like my black with the pin under my ring finger and no weight hole. Iíve had a lot of success using the Pitch Blue and Pitch Black on multiple short patterns or patterns where I need a ball that responds VERY slowly to friction. They provide a way to lengthen patterns by dragging oil down lane, or to provide an extremely stable and smooth shape.

If you are a tournament player, or an extremely rev-dominant player, the Pitch Blue is a perfect fit!


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Re: Pitch Blue Pearl Urethane
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2016, 01:06:43 PM »
The Pitch Blue is the most recent ball released by Storm utilizing a urethane cover called Control Plus Pearl. The out of the box surface texture is created with a 2000 abralon pad. The Pitch Blue
uses the same Capacitor core found in the Pitch Black which has an Rg of 2.57 and a differential of 0.022 in 15lb balls. The bright blue pearl with red lettering is very appealing to the eye.

I drilled my Pitch Blue 4 x 3 Ĺ x 3. This is a similar layout that I have on a Pitch Black. Comparing the two balls with their respective box finishes, the Pitch Blue gets through the heads much cleaner, has more length in the midlane and has much more pop on the backend. Using them on a fresh lighter volume house condition, I can stand about the same place or within a board or so with both balls and just bring my eyes more in front of me, to close down my angles to use the Pitch Blue. One big difference I see between the two balls is that the Pitch Blue seems to be more sensitive to carrydown, than the Pitch Black. The Pitch Blue has similar ball motion characteristics to my Super Natural.

Iíve had the most success with my Pitch Blue bowling in a PBA regional on wood lanes, on Cheetah pattern. I led ďAĒ squad shooting +313 on a version of Cheetah that wasnít near as high scoring on our squad as we are usually used to seeing. The Pitch Blue gave me the extra length I needed as my Pitch Black was hooking too soon, and forced me to go too much away from the pocket. The Pitch Blue allowed me to keep my angles more in front of me, and get push from the cleaner cover; compared to having to belly the heads with the Pitch Black, putting me in the wrong angles to have good pin carry. The Pitch Blue and the Pitch Black compliment each other very well on short patterns. I generally will be using the Pitch Blue more often on wood lanes, and the Pitch Black on synthetic lanes.

Thank you for taking the time to read my review of the Pitch Blue. And remember to Bowl up a Storm!
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