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Storm has upped their game with the Storm Match Up Pearl bowling ball. They have changed up the core from the original Match Pearl 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.
I am a senior league bowler. In the past I have used many different balls but when I got the Storm Match Up pearl I really saw a big difference in my scores. This ball really works for me. It goes long then snaps into the pocket. It hits hard and keeps the pins low when it hits. I am a low speed high rev tweener and I couldn't be happier with the way it works. Right out of the box I shot a 229, a 205 and. 198. Two weeks ago I shot a 255. My league average is 172.
Unfortunately rule changes make it extremely difficult to continue using my beloved SureFire after August 01, 2020. I can't see using anything but a Storm. I've finally found the right replacement ball!
Tonight was my 1st time with this Matchup, I've got an earlIer manu Pearl going to our local Special Olympians ASAP. This Matchup Pearl doesn't behave like a pearl. This 1 acts more like a typical Storm solid. Like my 1st generation SureFire hybrid reactive. Doesn't require a lot of muscle to attain a decent speed nor any special aiming or hooking to pick up a lot of pins. I'm so happy to just fling this ball & still get a 6-9 in count on a "miss." And get my spares easily. Picked up 12-15 pins on my average just tonight! In 2008, my SureFire took me to a +150 average from a low hundreds average in 2 years. After recovering from severe medical problems, I've been struggling to keep my average in the 120's-130's. Not my SureFire's fault, I've been adjusting to new constraints for 4 years now. Not tonight! I haven't felt so confident & relaxed with my ball in a long time! I've been working with certified coaches as I'm Lefty & even they were scratching their heads a lot of nights. This Storm doesn't shift or take off on it's own vector like other SureFire replacements. My ball speed has miraculously reappeared along with my aim! This ball sticks to the line you put it on. Requires so little effort too! I do need to work on a couple of lefty "nuances" to get my average "respectable" again but I'm looking forward to that work! Oh! I was so happy that the Matchup Pearl was behaving so like my old SureFire. I don't think I have any complaints with Storm balls other than I wished I'd found this ball lots sooner! Well, maybe a better defined hook but I'm being picky here. No more skids & lost speed! No more "huh? I didn't throw it that way!" Not a single gutter ball tonight either. I'm looking forward to Sunday "practice" & a tournament 3 weeks from now! Yay Storm!????
This ball is a great addition to the Hotline, if you're looking for a ball for dryer lanes that still has that kick in the back like the high end stuff. You've found it with this ball this ball compared to the Match Pearl is stronger down lane and really drives through the pins. I have a hard time putting this one down once I see the lanes changing. My layout was 5 x 4 1/2 x 30
Hello, I am a lefty that is currently throwing a 15lb pin down Storm Code Black and am looking to get a 2nd ball for when the lanes start to dry up, would this ball fit that or would you suggest another?5/18/2017 - By Drewskie98
Would this ball go good with my original match pearl. There are some nights my original match just can't get enough angle to take out the 10 pin6/19/2017 - By Weeksie
I am bowling with a 12# Match Pearl. Is there much difference, performance wise, if I go up to a 13# ball?3/6/2018 - By Linda
Would this ball be better for dry lanes compared to a storm tropical ball? Which would be the better choice my style,(stroker).8/12/2018 - By Smoke31
I’m a 2 Hander looking for something that won’t skid flip or have a real strong backend would you recommend this ball?8/13/2018 - By Matt
I’m a 2 Hander looking for something that won’t skid flip or have a real strong backend would you recommend this ball?8/14/2018 - By Matt
When did the ball come on market?8/28/2018 - By Linda
Would a 13lb ball, with speed of 12 to 13 MPH, thrown down 5-10 board work for Senior male bowler?10/28/2018 - By JH
Yes, this ball has a chance to work well for your style. The pearl coverstock helps this to go longer which will let you play more of a down and in style shot.10/30/2018 - By Bowling.Com Staff
Can ball be used as a spare ball ?11/19/2018 - By MJ
This is considered a Mid Performance ball and it will have a hook to it. This is not considered a spare ball, for spare balls only bowl straight.11/19/2018 - By Bowling.Com Staff
Right hander throwing b/t 14/15mph. 130 avg, looking to work on improving my hook for house league play. Thinking this, or Hy Road....thoughts? Also, as to coverstock, do you recommend Pearl or not for my experience level? Thanks!1/9/2019 - By CMart
I'm a 2 hander and bowl on an Allen pattern, would this ball have too much back end hook on a pattern like this?2/6/2019 - By Ad
Hi Im slightly new to bowling I have been for around 4 months and I want a ball This looks like a good ball but im confused as to what the bell is on the 2nd picture3/16/2019 - By Eli
I am 66 years old and I just got back to bowling. My pro shop drilled a 16 lb match pearl, I think it is too heavy for me and my bad knees. Would this be better for me. Would you recommend a 14 lb or a 15 lb?5/17/2019 - By Bob
We recommend going with the weight that does not tire you out or hurts you. If you feel like you should go down in weight to a 14 or 15lb ball, that would probably be a wise decision.5/20/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
I'm 66 years old and thinking about moving down to a 13 lb ball can this ball hit hard enough to put 10 in the pit?8/1/2019 - By John
Is the storm match up I deal for wood lanes ?10/18/2019 - By Paddyo
This ball is rated for medium to drier lane conditions and wood lanes tend to dry up quicker than synthetic lanes so you would likely be in lighter oil more often on wood lanes.10/22/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
How does the Match Up compare to the old rocket11/3/2019 - By TLB
The Rocket looks like it was just a little stronger than the Storm Match Up Pearl. The Rocket was designed for medium oil and the Match Up Pearl shows to be best in light to medium.11/4/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
Would it still have good reaction even if I threw it on a fresh oiled house shot?12/14/2019 - By Colton
how work for 2 hander that has speed around 13 to 14 MPH3/14/2020 - By Sid
This ball is designed to get down the lane and hook strong on the backend. So with your ball speed and what I am guessing is probably a high rev rate you would need a ball like this to give you good length. For you this will be a good ball in medium oil conditions.3/17/2020 - By Bowling.Com Staff
Do you give senior discount3/19/2020 - By Susie