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Pitch Purple Solid Urethane
« on: March 06, 2020, 09:04:23 AM »
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The Storm Pitch Purple carries on the successful line of Pitch bowling balls in the Storm line up. The Pitch Purple introduces the Capacitor Core which offers the control and characteristics of the core in the Pitch Black but also results in the great backend motion that Storm prides itself in. This mid performance ball offers a high level of control for aggressive players while finesse players will find plenty of power at the pins. The Pitch Purple generates a long and smooth roll on difficult lane conditions due to its higher RG and lower differential. The Rev-Control Urethane coverstock was designed to offer a urethane midlane reaction as well as a responsive backend reaction giving this ball great maneuverability.

Color: Purple Solid
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Coverstock: Rev-Controll Solid Urethane
Core: Capacitor
Finish: 1000-grit Abralon
RG: 2.57 (for a 15# ball)
Differential: 0.022 (for a 15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium-Light Oil



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Pitch Purple Solid Urethane
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2020, 11:16:06 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 Pitch Purple, the newest urethane release in the Thunder line. The Pitch Purple uses the new Rev Controll Urethane Cover wrapped around the  Capacitor Core. The layout I used was 4 x 4 x 2 which is a stronger layout for me that puts the pin and cg stacked out to the right of my fingers and thumb. Right off the bat I was super impressed with the Pitch Purple. The Pitch Purple gives me that urethane motion but with that little extra pop off the back-end. Because of the extra down lane motion that it gives me, it allows me to get a little more comfortable with it and be able to get in a little deeper with it. If you are looking to get a urethane ball, then look no further then Pitch Purple.   
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Pitch Purple Solid Urethane review by Lonnie Pemberton
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2020, 10:27:53 AM »

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS


Core: Capacitor
Coverstock: Rev-Controll Urethane
Finish: 1000
RG: 2.57
Differential: 0.022

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

Ball Layout: Pin over Ring 4 3/4 Pin to Pap 2.5 in Pin Buffer

The New Storm Pitch Purple is a definite departure from previous Urethane releases. There's never been a Urethane this CONTINUOUS!

The new Rev Controll cover is juiced up much like the Fever Pitch but where the other Urethane releases would hook stop when covering boards the Pitch Purple just keeps coming.

I tested the Pitch Purple of a house shot that had a league session bowled on it prior. There was surprisingly no part of the lane I couldn't play with the pitch purple. I started off very near the friction and had to be sure I kept my hand up the back but it performed spectacularly when i did. I could play very straight angles at the pocket and even saw the cover save some shots I got right. I then tried moving in a bit and rolling it more to the track. The amount of area I opened up amazed me as I was able to miss as much as 10 boards down-lane and still get the ball back and through the rack for a strike. Just out of curiosity I decided to see how far left I could get and even from 5th arrow I was seeing consistent hook and carry. As my rev-rate is only in the 300 range I'm very impressed with this ball!

Anyone who liked the increased power of the fever pitch but wished they could stay with it longer and cover more boards, this is your ball!


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Re: Pitch Purple Solid Urethane
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2020, 12:32:11 PM »
The Pitch Purple is AWESOME!. As a 300 rpm rev player I am never able to throw a urethane, however from what I saw after throwing the Pitch Purple I will definitely have it in my bag for those shorter length sport patterns. The biggest thing I notice is that it is continuous on the backend. Most urethanes I have thrown just roll out right away and I cant get them down lane.  The Pitch Purple is like a low end reactive ball with more controllable back end.  It is great on medium to dry lane conditions. For me I have to play more up the outside, but doesnít seem to quit down lane.  I have mine drilled 45 x 4.25 x 40, which gives me a lot of versatility.  If you have trouble with regular urethane balls this one is for you. You wont be disappointed with this one.


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Re: Pitch Purple Solid Urethane
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2020, 11:35:26 PM »
The Pitch Purple is scrumdiliumptious.

WEIGHT BLOCK: Capacitor Core
WEIGHT: 15lbs
RG: 2.57
DIFF: 0.022
COVER: REV Control Urethane
OUT OF BOX: 1000 Git

Patterns used for review are HP modified.
Pattern A: 40Ft, 24 Mls
Pattern B: 43Ft, 29 Mls

The Pitch Purple was able to play both patterns, but favored Pattern A. On Pattern A the Pitch Purple was a beast. I still had a decent look and Pattern B but had to be careful with my speed.  Higher rev players would just eat up both patterns.

For my style I've never considered a urethane.  I understand the purpose of urethane but, after throwing this purple beast I will definitely reconsider.

Pattern A:
On this pattern the ball rolled extremely well.  I could play all over the lane. Take some hand out and go straight up the boards, no problem.  Move 10 left and give it some hand, no problem.

Pattern B:
Outside was definitely better for my style.  As I migrated inside I had to be more aware of my speed control and hand position.  Definitely needed to keep this one rolling. Any slight skid and just couldn't carry.

LOW DOWN: If you never considered urethane the Pitch Purple will make you want to reconsider. #StormNation

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Re: Pitch Purple Solid Urethane
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2020, 12:53:41 PM »
Storm Pitch Purple Ball Review by PJ Haggerty

Over the last several years, Urethane has made a huge resurgence back into the game.  I continue to see more and more urethane in league and tournament play.  To be honest, it took me a while to jump on board because I wasnít sure how to use it.  Urethane creates a very different shape compared to reactive, but if used correctly, it can be extremely effective.  The newest urethane addition to the Storm line is the Pitch Purple. 

Iíve drilled one Pitch Purple so far and love it.  Itís so much different than the other urethane balls Iíve drilled (Pitch Black, Hot Cell), and can be used on so many different patterns.  The one I drilled is mapped out as: 4 x 2.5 with no weight hole.  I drilled the pin through my ring finger and have left the surface alone.  The Pitch Purple provides a clean motion through the front part of the lane with a slower / smoother response time.  Iím truly impressed with the motion it provides.  Itís unlike anything else in the line and compliments the Pitch Black perfectly.

If youíre looking for a new urethane ball to add to your arsenal, the Pitch Purple should be the one!


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Re: Pitch Purple Solid Urethane
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2020, 04:29:12 PM »
One of the things I struggle most with is using urethane, I do not have a huge rev rate to make most of them go into a roll soon enough. This ball comes with the same capacitor core, with a RG of 2.57 and a diff of .022, that has been in the pitch black and pitch blue. It is wrapped with the Rev-Controll Solid cover stock at 1000. I used a strong layout on this ball as I did not expect it to be as strong as it was, with a 4x4x1 layout.
This ball has surprised me a many other at a Match Maker. I recently worked one with Travis and one of the bowlers mentioned he was going to give it a try but he called it the spare ++. After a few shots he brought it back and said it was a lot more ball than he realized it was going to be. I agree this ball has a lot of potential especially on light oil conditions. It is very smooth and predictable but shapes down lane very well. Please understand that this ball will let you know when you make a mistake as it still has urethane characteristics.
For me this ball will be best utilized on short patterns like cheetah where there is plenty of friction. It is not a spare ball or anything of the sort, it has a very specific place in my bag for tournaments as we know different houses play differently.
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Re: Pitch Purple Solid Urethane
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2020, 09:58:06 AM »
Gender: Female
Rev Rate: 315
Ball speed: 16.5 mph
P.A.P: 4-1/2 & 1-1/8

I for one am not a urethane lover they usually donít match up with my game style. With my rev rate I donít ever find myself needing to throw a urethane in league or tournaments I can usually throw a ball that is slow to create the same shape as it. I however did drill up a Pitch Purple just to see if it does hook a lot more than any other urethane that storm or Roto Grip has released. I must say that to start I was very impressed with the way it picks up in the mids and has great smooth shape. If i squared up I was able to get great reaction out of this ball with great entry angle. Throwing it with the Pitch Black I can say that for me the Purple is about 5 boards more and drives through the pocket without hesitation. So for all you low rev rate/speed bowlers this might be a ball that will allow you to get the benefits of a urethane like the power players!!!! I am excited to try this on more short patterns to practice using urethane and reaping the benefits of it. Overall i think this will be a look that a lot of bowlers are missing and need to have in their bag

Take a look for yourself in my video review below!!!Ē


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Re: Pitch Purple Solid Urethane
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2020, 06:49:55 PM »
I drilled my PITCH PURPLE up 50 x 4 x 30. This is normally a much earlier reading layout for me. I have thrown it so far at box finish which is 1000 abr.

I threw my PITCH PURPLE side by side with a newer PHAZE III and OMEGA CRUX as I drilled all 3 at the same time. The PITCH PURPLE is definitely a slower response down lane compared to both of those balls. I was pleasantly surprised at how much better I could get it to hit than the last urethane ball I drilled which was a FEVER PITCH. I like the motion out of this one and would love to be on some short patterns to see how this one will fare.

I would say for more rev challenged players who want to try out urethane, give the PITCH PURPLE a try first.
« Last Edit: March 20, 2020, 06:51:47 PM by Bigmike »
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Storm Pitch Purple Solid Urethane
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2020, 11:31:11 AM »
The new urethane ball from Storm is the Pitch Purple.  Urethane has been real popular lately on the shorter patterns we see today and with the PBA tour guys. But for me I havent had a lot of success throwing the Hot Cell, Pitch Black, Fever Pitch.  My rev rate just isnt high enough with the previous urethane releases.  I drilled mine 5 x 4 x 2.5. But with the new Pitch Purple I can see myself using this ball more.  Especially on the shorter sport patterns and later blocks of tournaments.  The Pitch Purple gives a little extra pop at the backend where the other urethanes didn't. Very controllable for me stay on top of the friction. The Pitch Purple id going to great for the sub -500 rev rate bowlers for are looking for the urethane option!

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PAP - 5 up 1 /8
TILT - 17
Speed - 16-17
RPM -400


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Re: Pitch Purple Solid Urethane
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2020, 04:05:41 PM »
Letís just say that 99% of us arenít Jesper Svensen, Osku or Belmo. I donít have a 600 rev rate and throw the ball 20 MPH. And i canít split half boards on the lanes like those guys. So, I use urethane when the lanes have very little volume or very short oil or a combination of both. Iím not a urethane hater. I have bowled a few 800ís and 300ís with urethane (and polyester) but I know my limitations. The truth is, this ball rolls like urethane but finishes on the backend like a reactive ball. For me, itís kind of like a Pro Motion that had a little baby. Itís cleaner up front, silky smooth on the backend and enables me to play in the high friction areas of the lane without any over-reaction. I did a pin up 4.5Ē pin to PAP and a 2.5Ē pin buffer layout on this one to keep it fairly strong but not defeat the purpose of the ball. The Capacitor Core has a high enough RG and low Differential to keep the ball from flaring too much. The Rev Controll solid coverstock keeps the ball from rolling too early but allows it to have more recovery downlane than a typical pure urethane cover. It fits between the Pitch Black and a lower end reactive like a Tropical Storm. So, cleaner than the Pitch Black and smoother on the back than a reactive. Use it on blitzed lanes, screaming backends and anytime you need to keep your angles closed. I drilled one of these for my girlfriend who is rev challenged and has very slow ball speed (12MPH). She bowled a 220 game with it first game! Hope she doesnít read this. But, that being said, this ball is a great option for bowlers in a similar situation. #Stormnation


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Re: Pitch Purple Solid Urethane
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2020, 11:05:03 AM »
Storm Pitch Purple

65 x 3 3/8 x 15

This has been a very anticipated ball for me.  Please understand the urethane bowling balls are very niche!  On most lane conditions Storm has lots of options for every lane condition.  Urethane bowling balls are best used on short oil conditions, typically we want to embrace that early hook and use it to our advantage.  If it hooks early it will be very controllable down lane.  What happens with the Pitch Black and other traditional urethane is the cover starts to oil shine itself and produces less and less hook.  Pitch Purple is the perfect compliment to the Pitch Black.  It gets through the front easier and has more continuation and overall hook, while still maintaining a urethane-ish performance.  For those of you that didnít get enough hook out of the Pitch Black, this one is for you.  For those of you that have the Pitch Black and love it, this will compliment it perfectly.  Drill it the same and watch strikes fill your frames! 


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Re: Pitch Purple Solid Urethane
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2020, 04:28:56 PM »
Storm Pitch Purple

Coverstock: Rev-Controll Solid Urethane

Core: Capacitor Core

First off, I will say that I am not a huge fan of urethane. I feel that the average league bowler has little to no use for it. I think too many bowlers see the professionals use them on TV and think since they do well with them that the average bowler could too. The fact is that most bowlers don't see the patterns that urethane is really made for.

But...I was pleasantly surprised with the Pitch Purple. The ball had a bit more reaction that I have seen in other Storm urethanes. This ball gave me the ability to move right a control the my entry angle on a few different patterns (Allen Pattern, 35ft ths, 40 ft ths). It actually reminded me of the reaction I could get from a light oil/entry level reactive ball.

I have alway had issues moving right. With the Pitch Purple I could hold a shot releasing at 10, playing to 2-3...NOT my comfort zone. I think the Pitch Purple will continue to help me learn to move right...something my game has definitely lacked in the past.


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Storm Pitch Purple Review
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2020, 11:59:02 AM »
Ball Specs:
Storm Pitch Purple
Cover stock Solid Urethane
Symmetric Capacitor Core
Finish 1000 grit
Layout 45 x 3-3/4 x 30

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

The New Pitch Purple Urethane is a good looking Solid and an upgrade on the Pitch Black in my opinion. This new version uses a very good core called the Capacitor Core that delivers control and paired with the new urethane cover a nice back end and hit from a urethane ball. What I am seeing is a bit more hook than the Pitch Black mostly in the back end of the lane. The Pitch Purple is a bit cleaner through the front than I expected from regular urethane. Sometimes we give up some hit when we donít use reactive but this ball will help in that regard because it creates more entry angle to the pocket. I also have some miss area to the dry with the Pitch Purple. The Pitch Purple has a different shape than other urethane balls and if a Pitch Black was not quite enough hook the Purple may just fit the bill for those bowlers. The Pitch Purple should be a good choice for the no thumb or high rev crowd or when the lanes get tore up after a lot of games thrown. I can also see this being big with the college bowlers. We have drilled a few of these and I like what I see from the power players as well as low speed stroker styles. This is more of a niche ball to help build an arsenal but another very good piece to have in the bag.

The Pitch Purple delivers more hook than the Pitch Black.
This ball has a nice back end for a Urethane ball.
The Pitch Purple will be a nice addition to round out an arsenal.
The Pitch purple should be a hit for high rev or college bowlers.

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Re: Pitch Purple Solid Urethane
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2020, 10:58:48 PM »

Length: 43'

Volume: 21 mLs

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Likes: Shapes down lane

Dislikes: its urethane

The Pitch Purple got some early press with Chad McLean releasing a video of him throwing it on Instagram.  The Hype was real, the Pitch Purple Shapes down lane much more than the Pitch Black.  Both using the Capacitor Core, the Pitch Black reads much sooner and is much smoother down lane.  The Pitch Purple is cleaner in the front than the Pitch Black allowing it to create much more shape down lane. I also threw my Hot Cell With it, and the Hot Cell popped a little more down lane but wasn't as continuous as the Pitch Purple.  For people like myself who likes to see more of that shape down lane, the Pitch Purple is the Urethane ball for you!  This ball is best used on shorter patters, 37' or less.  I am not a person who will use Urethan on a house shot, so you won't see me throwing it on that.

Pitch Black Layout-60x4.5x30
Hot Cell Layout-60x4.5x30
Pitch Purple Layout-70x4x20
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