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Match Up Solid
« on: June 22, 2017, 10:27:40 AM »
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Storm has upped their game with the Storm Match Up Solid bowling ball. They have changed up the core from the original Match ball to offer more flare potential and more hook with the Stinger 2.0 core. The idea behind this change was to get more entry angle and better pin carry. This core is wrapped with Storms successful Reactor coverstock.

Color: Black / Aqua / Lime
Core: Reactor Solid Reactive
Core: Stinger 2.0 Core for 14#-16# (Modified Centripetal Core for 12# & 13#)
Finish: 1500-grit Polished
Recommended Lane Condition: Dry-Medium
RG: 2.57 (15#)
Differential: 0.035 (15#)
Fragrance: Bourbon Pistachio



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Re: Match Up Solid
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2017, 11:46:00 AM »
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These two Storm balls (Match Up and Match Up Pearl) sum up what entry level balls can be. Ultimately, they may be a bit much for a true novice but fit the bill nicely for more experienced bowlers when you want step down balls or if dealing with medium/lower volume patterns. What Storm did was release this ball with the 1500-grit polished out of box finish. This offers a nice shelf appeal, but ultimately completely distinguishes this Match Up from the previous Match with its 2000 grit sanded OOB finish. The Match was kind of a specialty ball for tournament bowlers because it offered the rare ball that offered great front to back control reaction. The Match Up finish makes it more of a side to side ball. I don't honestly know if you sanded the Match Up if it would turn into the Match but this is one that will be easier to throw for many people on your typical house shots. It will obviously store more energy and have a nice readable but strong motion down lane.

For the Match Up Pearl, I loved the fact that this is the first Storm ball since the Lights Out that I can personally control front to back rather than side to side. I was able to more or less keep the ball in front of me with a simple 12 at the arrows to 7 at the breakpoint look. When I can be there, my life is good. Don't be deceived. Many video reviews cut out the bad shots. I threw 8 of 9 strikes straight out of the gate on this fresh shot, it was so easy to throw. It has easy length as you would expect with a nice muted but strong arc to the pocket. I totally loved it because I carried everything. I had an opportunity to test it on a lower volume pattern with wood backends and it reminded me how aggressive Storm covers are. This thing moved more than I thought it would.

The Storm Match Up and Match Up Pearl sell themselves. They are inexpensive, high performing, and easily could suffice as a 1-2 punch for most THS conditions. Both Guy and I would prefer to knock that polish off with maybe a light 4000 grit pad to get rid of some of that over/under but we could easily see these balls are a nice addition to the lineup.
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Re: Match Up Solid
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2017, 03:56:06 PM »
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I was very surprised at how much I like both these balls. Typically low end equipment, I feel, does not suit me well given the type of style I am (in between stroker-tweeter). In the past I would have a lot of over/under with low-end equipment although both these balls provided very consistent ball motion. When I threw it I knew whether it was going to be good or bad and I had more margin of error than I did from low end equipment of past years.
The Match Up Solid (Layout - 55 x 4 x 80) was very smooth for me. I bowled on very dry lanes and the reaction I got from this ball was exceptional. It reminded me of an IQ tour on stronger conditions (Smooth arc with control).
The Match Up Pearl (Layout - 80 x4 1/2 x 45) was very angular. I waited for the lanes to break down further when I was using my Marvel and Match Up Solid earlier. About 9-10 games in I started using the Match Up Pearl and it reminded me of one of my all time favorite balls that recently got discontinued, the Hectic. This ball goes long and is angular in the back end. This is going to be in my bag for sport shots when the lanes really break down. It gets real clean through the fronts and has a discernible break in the back end.


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Match Up Solid Ball Review By Lonnie Pemberton
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2017, 11:10:39 AM »

Length: 40 Ft


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS


Coverstock: Reactor Solid Reactive
Core: Stinger 2.0 Core
Finish: 1500 Polish
RG: 2.57
Differential: 0.035

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

Ball Layout: Pin Under Bridge 80 X 5 X 80

Storm decided to increase hook in their Hot line. The result are the Matchup balls. These balls are going to be great value purchases. If you have that customer who wants one ball that will give them plenty of hook and they don't want to spend alot, these balls are perfect.

The Solid version of the Matchup is a versatile, big performer at a great price. After drilling my Pearl Match Up and seeing how aggressive it is in the middle lane, I decided to dial the strength of the drilliing down for my match up solid. For my bag, I wanted something that would be of more use playing more up the outside or with less volume out on the lane. The difference I see in these two balls with the difference in drilling is really impressive. My angles immediately got straighter with the weaker layout on the Solid I could play a little more in the dry and the move was more predictable downlane. I still saw great continuation and no problems getting all ten off the deck. Seeing a Hot line ball give me so much performance with such a weak layout is fantastic. 

This release is going to be a big seller for those of us in Pro Shops. I'm excited about having a big performer to steer my customers toward. If they want one ball to do it all, this is your go to.


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Re: Match Up Solid
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2017, 11:35:35 PM »
Storm Match Up Solid Ball Review by PJ Haggerty

When I first saw Storm created this Match Up, it immediately reminded me of the great Marvel-S that should be in some sort of hall of fame.  However, this Match Up has earned a very nice spot in my bag, especially when I know there’s going to be some friction.  I’ve been able to use this ball on Cheetah, Viper, and some shorter patterns where you don’t need stronger equipment. 

The one I drilled is mapped out as 4.5 x 3.5 with a small hole under my axis.  I drilled this one a bit stronger to make sure it flared enough and read the lane early enough for what I like to see.  If I were to bowl nationals again, this one definitely would have made the trip because of how smooth it is.  It also makes for a nice compliment to the Sure Lock, No Rules Pearl, and Timeless.  It provides a slower response time but with a cleaner shape which is extremely rare to find.

I can definitely see tournament players carrying one of these in their bag as well as more traditional league players because of how versatile this ball can be. 

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Re: Match Up Solid
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2017, 11:09:19 AM »

I bought the Match Up Solid with the intentions of replacing my rocketship. Me being a higher rev and speed player, I usually fall in love with medium strength pieces because they can be used on almost anything. This ball hasn't disappointed! I drilled mine with my usual 4' pin layout, 70x4'x40. I've been bowling on a lot of flatter patterns lately, with lighter volume, and the higher end pieces have just been too much ball to get a constant reaction while still having good pin carry, whereas low end pieces are just too quick. The Match Up Solid fills that gap perfectly, giving me a nice smooth and round shape to the pocket, without sacrificing carry! Be sure to head to your local pro shop today and pick up your own! #StormNation


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Storm Match Up Solid Review by Casey Murphy
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2017, 01:17:17 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:  40, 4 ¾   , 70

The Match Up Solid is a great update from the original Match Solid.  Storm updated the core to be a little higher RG and Diff.  So that means the Match Up Solid is longer and flippier than the original Match solid.  I liked the original Match Solid but there were times where I couldn’t use it later in the day because it didn’t go long enough.  The Match Up Solid solves that problem.  It’s clean enough and flippy enough on the back to be used later in the day when the lanes dry out.  The Match Up Solid is a great ball for light oil or transition.


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Match Up Solid by Matthew Kemper
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2017, 11:44:24 PM »
Storm Matched UP Solid Review:
Lane Type: Wood

Length: 41ft

Volume: 21ml

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Likes:  Smooth ball motion and strong move off the breakpoint.  Great ball house shots and shorter oil patterns 
Dislikes: none
The Storm Matched Up Solid is Storms newest Hot Line ball.  The solid contains the Stinger 2.0 core and is surrounded with the Reactor Solid cover stock and is finished at 1500 grit polish. 
I drilled mine with the pin above my middle finger and the cg kicked to the right of my thumb.  This gives my ball length and more of a stronger move off the break point.  I have found this ball is great for shorter oil patterns and lighter volume house shots.  The ball has good reaction for a lower level reactive but doesn’t handle heavier volumes of oil. 
I recommend this ball for anyone looking for a good cheaper benchmark ball or a ball they can grow with.  This ball is perfect for house shots and for shorter sport patterns. 


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Re: Match Up Solid
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2017, 10:55:37 AM »
I drilled up my MATCH UP SOLID to be my shorter pattern "shape" piece. I had a ROTO GRIP LOCO that was always dynamite on shorter patterns or higher friction back ends. I got to use this one on some shorter and more hooking patterns. Our house pattern is shorter than most at around 38-39'. Compared to the MATCH UP PEARL, the MATCH UP SOLID had enough cover to get rolling stronger to play into the oil line more. I still have better options in the bag if the wet is wetter, but could see the MATCH UP SOLID being excellent when they get a "cliffed" look and the move is to get the ball into the dryer part of the lane to combat the over/under. Now this one might be a better choice in that "cliffed scenario with more surface as you could stay at the oil line longer. I would recommend this one to the players who need more length than their high end solids but don't need the change of direction the pearls provide. This one should keep you out of trouble until a move is needed.
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Re: Match Up Solid
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2017, 07:26:41 PM »


Volume:medium to heavier

Type (THS, Sport Pattern THS

                                          MATCH UP SOLID

I was a little hesitant about drilling one of the Match Up Solids, due to me and the original Match didn't match up. But after a few conversations with my ball driller and my sales rep, my ball driller put holes in one for me. And I am very happy he did.
Not having any ideal on what to expect due to my original Match, I went to a center that I don't practice in much. At first I took my IQ Tour solid, cause as we all know, you can't go wrong with it. This center is a 41' house shot with pretty high volume, with a flood in the middle. After several shots with the IQ I switched to the Match Up Solid and with the fresh cover it really rolled good and hooked more than expected. The Match Up Solid really reads the midlane very good with a strong backend motion with continuation through the pins. After several games the Match Up Solid really came to life. I could start opening up the lane and striking from multiple angles. For me once the cover got just a little oil soaked it really started to perform. I think this will definitely be a great house shot ball for everyone and a must for all tournament bowlers.





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Re: Match Up Solid
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2017, 12:15:46 PM »

Length: Various Medium Lengths

Volume: Various Medium Volumes

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

The Match Up Solid was introduced into Hot Line in June along with the Match Up Pearl.  Both Match Ups are at 1500 grit and polished.  The Match Up Solid has the new Stinger 2.0 core and the Reactor solid coverstock. The difference I noticed after throwing both of them was how the Match Up Solid was aggressively smooth and continuous through the pins.  The Previous Match Solid had a tendency to not go through the pins well from inside angles unless you really wrench on it…  I do not wrench on it, my rev rate is around 300, ball speed tends to be around 15 mph and I am right handed.  The Match Up Solid is a vast improvement from the Match Solid.  The Match Up Solid combines the smooth nature of the Match with more backend.  I was able to toss both Match Ups and the Match Solid on several different variations of house patterns.  Out of all three, I liked the Match Up Solid the best because it allowed me to play closer to my comfort zone.  The Match Up Pearl made me move my feet deeper and bounce it off the dry and the Match Solid was extremely smooth but was not strong enough to open up the lane.  The Match simply burn up too fast in the dry.  The Match Up Solid was strong enough to tackle the carry down but smooth enough to handle the dry.  If you are looking for consistency and strength on drier patterns the Match Up Solid is the ball for you.



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Re: Match Up Solid
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2017, 04:16:46 PM »
The new Storm Match Up Solid and Pearl are new and improved versions of the original Match Solid and Pearl. The Match Up cores features a higher RG and Diff. This lends itself to storing energy a little longer, leading to more shape down-lane. I liked the original Match Solid but the dull cover and low RG seemed to always give it a short shelf life on the lanes for me. And the original Match Pearl went through the fronts super clean but didn’t quite have the strength on the back I needed.

The new Match Up Solid and Match Up Pearl are much better at “Match-ing Up” to medium/medium-dry lanes. Even the solid cover is clean enough through the front to use later in blocks and stores enough energy to not give me an over/under shape.

I think these will be great on drier house patterns or for lighter oil volume patterns where you need a little help getting through the fronts. Plus the value and shelf appeal alone on these balls is a homerun!


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Re: Match Up Solid
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2017, 11:26:52 AM »
Storm Match Up Solid
45 x 5 x 45
44ft THS on Kegel Ice oil on older HPL surface – fresh and burned THS
Ball at BOX surface – 1500 grit polished
What I like: What is not to like… Solid cover, mid- strength core and polish. The ball matches really well for me for light to medium oil and shorter sport and challenge patterns. The first ball out of my bag at a few houses that are wood or ½ and ½ that I bowl and compete at. It slows down enough in the front part of the lane, but still retains all the hitting power in the back end. Use it in a doubles league where I don’t have a lot of play on the left side of the lanes and really don’t have to move much throughout the 4 game matches. The ball is: smooth, hits really hard in the pocket and very easy to maintain the performance over the course of ownership. Recommend this ball to all once a week league or new league bowlers.
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Re: Match Up Solid
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2017, 03:19:09 PM »
Match Up Solid Ball Review by Mark Michalek

I was very surprised by The Match Up Solid the first time I threw it, I thought that it would need more friction similar to that of the Match Up Pearl but it was stronger than expected. I  drilled mine 45x 4 7/8X 45 which is my benchmark layout and the same layout as my IQ Tour. The match up was very clean through the front part of lane and stronger on the back end where as my IQ tour was generally smoother all the way to the pins. I would recommend this ball for bowlers that are looking for something that is smooth and predictable on your house shots and for your tournament patterns that are short to medium.


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Re: Match Up Solid
« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2017, 09:30:11 PM »
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