Do you feel the need for speed? The Storm Hy-Road Pearl R2S™ Pearl Reactive coverstock is meant to react to your ball speed though the backend. This speed will unleash from your ball to the pins when they meet creating pin domination. Take the Hy-Road!
The Hyroad pearl is the latest addition to the Thunder line of bowling balls in the Storm catalog. The Hyroad has been a mainstay of the Storm line for about five years so it doesn't come as a surprise (albeit how long it took) for another version of this ball to come down the pike. The core is the same as the T-Road series, as well as the Hyroad, Fe2. The cover is R2S pearl, which is much stronger than the R2S pearl that was on the T-Road pearl. Materials are much improved upon compared to the original release on the R2S pearl cover, allowing the current version to read oil better, while still having a strong change of direction. The Hyroad pearl replaces the Victory Road in the current line-up.
I drilled the Hyroad pearl with pin over ring finger and CG on the grip line. It is the same layout I use on almost all pearl balls, when drilling a new one to be able to give accurate feed back with my reviews. The comp balls will be a Victory Road, and a Freak'n Frantic.
One thing I would like to mention before going further with my review has to do with how core RG relates to different styles of players. It is important to keep in mind that how higher RG cores may react for my style can be different for how they react for another player. For example, for me, a low to medium rev player with a higher ball track (lower tilt) and softer speed, I really see the difference in high RG to low RG balls. Bowling balls like the Hyroad pearl with a higher RG and medium diff, actually goes down the lane longer and has less board coverage than what the lower RG, lower diff Freak'n Frantic does for me. So for my unique roll, the Hyroad pearl is actually a ball down from the Freak'n Frantic. Now a player that has more revs, and can apply more torque to the ball than what I do, will find that this increased torque actually makes the Hyroad pearl a stronger piece than the Freak'n Frantic, because of how the core reads the lane based on applied rotation. They can get the ball to cover more boards because the ball hasn't "spun up" as quick as what the Freak'n Frantic would. Plus, the added speed would not allow the Freak'n Frantic's lower RG to "read" the front of the lane the way I can get it to. So with all of that said, I have the Hyroad pearl as about a three with my feet and two with my mark, left move compared to my Freak'n Frantic. It gets to the spot much cleaner, and has less over all motion. The shape is a skid snap for me. The Hyroad pearl gets down the lane a touch longer than an identically drilled Victory Road, and "flips" off the spot a touch more than the Victory Road. I have the Hyroad as a one and one left move from the Victory Road. The Hyroad has a hook-set shape closer resembling the original Reign. The Victory is more rounded and continuous.
This ball seems to like the new Kegel Fire oil, as it doesn't slow down too early, and doesn't over hook. At 38 feet, and 18ml's of oil on our house shot, It glides easily to the spot with very little effort and has a great change of direction for good entry angle and pin carry, especially as the shot dries up and I have to move in. The Hyroad pearl will see a lot of use from me when the fronts start to go away, and I need push to the spot. This ball will allow me to keep my angles in front of me on lower ratio side to side patterns, that don't have much built in hold.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review of the Hyroad Pearl. And always remember to bowl up a Storm.
The HyRoad Pearl is a very versatile bowling ball. I was not a big fan of the original HyRoad but the HyRoad Pearl will always be in my bag! The HyRoad Pearl gives me enough length and is strong enough on the backend to get through the carry down. The Layout that I used was 70 X 5 ½ X 70 or pin under the bridge with a weight hole 3 3/8 down from my axis point. My PAP is 5 5/8 over and ¾ up. I am right-handed and a low rev player (rev rate around 300). My ball speed is around 15mph to 16mph depending on the calculations.
I have used the HyRoad Pearl on numerous conditions and realized that the HyRoad Pearl is pretty good on most of them. Versatile is the word I use with this ball. The pearl cover allows you get through the heads and retain energy and core has enough strength to make the turn. The heavier the oil concentration or longer patterns do give the HyRoad Pearl some issues because of how clean the HyRoad Pearl gets through the heads. Surface changes do help with getting the ball to start to hook sooner but in reality…. It is still a pearl. The short to medium patterns with medium concentration of oil will suit the HyRoad Pearl fine!
I used the HyRoad Pearl on Viper and also Athens and on both patterns gave me decent length with a strong but readable backend motion. The moves were simple and was able to just move left and chase the pattern as it broke down. I compared the HyRoad Pearl to the Lights Out and there was no comparison. The HyRoad Pearl was stronger than the lights Out with about the same length. What I noticed was that the HyRoad Pearl was just more readable than the Lights Out. Both balls have a place and the Lights Out needs more dry while the HyRoad Pearl just needs to be thrown and go from there!
The HyRoad Pearl will always be in my bag!
IN THE PAST STORM EQUIPMENT HAS NOT DONE ANYTHING FOR ME. I AM TYPICALLY A HAMMER GAL, BUT I LET MY PRO SHOP OWNERS HERE IN HOUSTON CONVINCE ME THAT THIS IS A MUST HAVE BALL FOR ME AND I TOTALLY AGREE. THIS BALL IS SMOOTH AND HAS ONE OF THE GREATEST BACKENDS I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED. I LOVE THIS BALL AND WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMED IT.
Ball weight: 14
Rev Rate: 378
Ball Speed: 18.2
Axis Tilt: 6.67
Axis Rotation: 45*
PAP: 3 7/8 horizontal, 1 ¼ up
Layout: 3 7/8 Pin to PAP, 4 1/8 PSA to PAP, 1 5/8 pin buffer
I've had two of the original HyRoad and loved both of them. I was very curious to see what a full pearl version would do.
Before drilling mine, I had talked to another shop operator that had drilled one and he had nothing but great things to say about it.
I decided to drill mine for when sport patterns open up and there is some bump right.
I've used it on a beat up Dick Weber pattern and a fresh house pattern.
On the Dick Weber pattern, I used it from games 3-6 and it was a great option. I had serious problems trying to keep the ball far enough right. More operator error than ball issues. As long as I gave the ball room to the right, it recovered quite well. There was NO hold in the middle, so if I tugged it (which is my normal M.O.), it was through the nose or even runaway Brooklyn. It was very clean through the oil, but around game 6, the middles started burning up, so it started checking up early.
On the house pattern, the ball was quite clean through the heads and recovered so well that I was surprised that it made the corner. It glided to the breakpoint and was sharper than any ball I've thrown in a few years.
Of the few games I've put on this ball, I can say it reminds me of the first Thunder Road Pearl more than any ball I've rolled since that one was released. It's sharper than anything in my bag, but it's not an uncontrollable flip. It reads the lane so well, that the movement on the friction is not unpredictable. Of course, with a ball this sharp, the carry is pretty spectacular.
I'm looking forward to using this one on a variety of patterns and seeing how it matches up with different volumes, but I can say that as a first ball out of the bag on a THS, it could be a little strong, but the rewards could outweigh the risks.
I never leave home without this ball. This ball is great on house shorts and shorter sport patterns. I drilled this one 5.5 x 4 and it is still a beast off the corner. Very clean though the heads saving it all for the backend and pin deck. Adjusted cover to 3000 polished. I love this in my hand when the heads start to go away, or when the break point starts getting sloppy, which is when I can move right and go around it without losing carry.
I was out of bowling for 34 years due to my job. Bowling was a whole different game back then...I was always pretty much a down and in bowler and I have been looking for a ball that would give me length with good break into the pocket. This ball is perfect for me. I'm 62 and my ball speed averages 14.5 - 15.5 MPH. The ball is very smooth and very predictable.
This ball is amazing.. Bowled a 220,190, and a 279 with it last night during league! Ended up with a 689 with it in a 3 game series. This ball compliments my Anarchy perfectly. BUY IT!!! Go Storm!
used on tournaments and house shots same layout ball works great honor scores shot with this ball 300 299 and a few 790 series, the ball plays good for me on heavy to light oil pattern most consistent ball I've ever thrown
This ball is just as amazing as the original Hy-Road. I drilled this ball with the pin above the ring finger and the cg swung out 2 inches with the weight hole on my axis. I love throwing this ball because it rolls so smooth and is so strong on the backend. The carry is great too! I've only had this ball a few weeks and have already shot many high 270's with it. I'm going to drill another Hy-Road Pearl with the pin down in order to play the wetter lanes just as well. This is a versatile ball that is a must have in your bag at tourneys.
When I first heard Storm was releasing a different version of the Hyroad, I immediately started thinking about what tournament I was going to win next. Making a pearl version of one of arguably, the best balls ever made? Yeah I'll take 10 please. The motion of this ball is pretty self-explanatory. It's a Hyroad, same name, same guts, just a different cover. With this ball, I see more length and more pop down lane. The original Hyroad reads the mid-lane extremely well for me, but if I need something with the same shape, just two-to-four feet later, I'm putting the pearl in my hand. This gives me another option when I see friction and am looking for hook down lane.
For the straighter players, I think it's a great option because you can play farther right with a more direct line or even move in and this ball will have enough pop to create some shape. The high rev guys are going to love this ball when they have to stand left, throw right, and watch it fly back to the pocket. Whenever I think a ball is going to have a "flippy" motion, I always drill it stronger to smooth out that flip. My favorite Hyroad Pearl has the pin under my ring finger, with a slight shift, and a weight hole approximately 2' under my pap. This will be a ball I will drill many of and strike a ton with too! Go drill some!
I cannot say enough good things about this ball! I own the Hyroad as well and this ball is the perfect compliment to it. I love the way the hyroad pearl gets down the lane and comes back to the pocket hard and snappy. I use this ball alot during league play and tournaments when the heads dry up a bit and I want to get the ball down the lane farther and still have a hard angle to the pocket. It looks great and hits great. I have the pin above my ring finger and maxed side with just a small weight hole on my PAP. You gotta have this ball!!
COVERSTOCK: R2S™ Pearl Reactive
WEIGHT BLOCK: Inverted Fe² Technology™
LIGHT WEIGHT BLOCK: Modified Centripetal™ Core
FACTORY FINISH: 1500-grit Polished
BALL COLOR: Blue/Purple
DUROMETER: 74-76 Rex D-scale
FLARE POTENTIAL: 5" - 6" (High)
FRAGRANCE: Grape Punch
WEIGHTS: 12-16 lbs.
My layout: 70 x 3 5/8 "x 40
My PAP: 4 3/4" over 1 5/8 up
I am going to start out this review by saying the Hy-Road Pearl looks better in other bowler's hands then in my own. I do think it is important to understand that I have really don't like many pearl balls at all. I have had a lot of success with the Fringe, and Lights Out, the IQ Tour Pearl even made my tournament bag. For the most part I have the most success with Solid balls. Please refer to my reviews of the Marvel S and the IQ tour to see how I feel about them.
One of the reasons I tend not to write my reviews near the release date is I like to get a chance to see how balls roll for other people besides myself. I like to get feedback from other bowlers also. I know in the past I haven't had success with some pearl balls that other people loved. So I try to balance my feelings toward a ball with how much success others are having with it.
I am going to give the Hy-Road Pearl a medium rating even though I struggled with it because the ball has looked awesome in a number of others bowlers hands. Just this past Sunday, I watched a bowler in NEBA go from out of the cut to leading the Squad in one game once he switched to his HY-Road Pearl. He even suggested I bring mine the next day. I have also seen the ball look great in a number of other bowler's hands. Those bowlers told me they really love the ball. Please take that for what it is worth.
I have drilled most of my pearls pin up, and I am going to start experimenting with some pin down layouts on pearls. I am going to plug and redrill my Hy-Road Pearl with the hopes that a different layout will make mine roll as good as the others out there. We will see what happens.
I did like the ball on the day I shot the video, but I just haven't had the immediate success with it the few times I tried it in league or tournaments. The ball squirted too much for me, which surprised me after seeing and hearing others talk about the ball.
I guess the point I am making here is don't count out this ball because of my review. Read other reviews and watch other bowlers before making a decision on the HY-Road Pearl. I have a pretty big suspicion I am in the minority here when it comes to this ball.
I originally got this ball as something I could get deep and would roll out and that has worked perfect for, I average a 210 but out of the box my first red series were 704 with a 290, 684 and 649. I throw with 2 hands with ridiculous revs and speed and look forward to buying more and drilling them out differently, best carrying ball I've ever seen. Can't go wrong with this one.