Storm Crux Pearl Bowling Ball Review

Storm Pearlizes the Crux

Storm Crux Bowling Ball

Storm Crux Layout Travis Celmer

50 x 5 x 40

Storm Crux Pearl Layout Elysia Current

55 x 4.5 x 50

First Impressions
This Crux Pearl is likely to be more usable for bowlers on typical shots over the original solid Crux. Very nice ball reaction with a nice heavy roll.

Our Testers:
Travis Celmer
Tweener: 450 rpm
PAP: 5 1/2 & 1/4 up
Axis tilt: low
Axis rotation: ~45 degrees
Layout: 50 x 5 x 40
Resume: PBA Eastern Region Titlist, Real Bowlers Tape staff member

Elysia Current
Tweener: 275 rpm
PAP: 4 3/4 & 1 up
Axis tilt: medium
Axis rotation: >60 degrees
Layout: 55 x 4.5 x 50
Resume: 2011 USBC Queens Runner-Up, Delaware State Women’s Bowling Coach, 2-time Junior Team USA Member and Roto Grip Staffer

Thanks to Jeffrey Smith of Pure It Pro Shop, Lebanon, PA.
Thanks to Limerick Bowl in Limerick, PA.

Keep in mind that coverstock accounts for 70% of ball reaction, but the core creates the dynamic shape of the reaction. Your driller will alter the shape to suit your game.

Test Patterns:
41ft THS, 12:1, 24ml
House: Limerick Bowl, Limerick, PA

Thanks to Jeffrey Smith of Pure It Pro Shop in Lebanon, PA, our partner for ball reviews.

Value 8/10
While the Crux Pearl resides in the Premier Line, it offers a nice bit of versatility.

Specs
The Storm Crux Pearl is wrapped in the ERG™ Pearl Reactive coverstock and inside is the Catalyst™ Core weight block.  The 15 pounder has an RG of 2.50, diff of .052, and mass bias of .017.  That’s the same coverstock as the Lucid but with 1500-grit polished finish out of box.

Overall 8.5/10
The Crux Pearl offers an interesting ball reaction. For anyone familiar enough, you will recognize the typical asymmetrical ball motion which is that more aggressive and angular move off the spot as compared to the smoother reaction of a symmetrical weight block. The polished pearl cover allows the extra foot or so over the original Crux which allows it to store more energy and makes it more usable on medium to medium-heavy volumes. It pairs nicely to the Crux of course as a step down, but I can see bowlers more than likely with the Crux Pearl first out of the bag while the Crux will come out if the Pearl can’t handle the volume.

High Rev tester (9.5/10):
Travis Celmer is a high rev lefty power player. He loved the ball reaction he saw from the Crux Pearl. The ball seemed to match his game extremely well, really showing off its midlane read and smooth and consistent, but powerful backend reaction. It’s strength was very clearly its control of the midlane, yielding excellent forgiveness. He didn’t suffer any consequences of the asymmetrical ball standing up too aggressively. At times, when that happens, folks tend to hit the pocket flat. No such thing for Travis with the Crux Pearl. It helps with the amount of hand he has.

Lower Rev tester (8/10):
Elysia Current is a lower rev righty with a good amount of side rotation. Elysia had a good overall reaction, but there was a bit of variation in the way the ball rolled. Due to the asymmetric core, the ball aggressively turns over. Due to that, you can see it make varying motions from shot to shot. At times, the ball stands up too early causing it to come in a little shallow into the pocket. So while Elysia had good overall carry, the core was probably a little strong for this pattern so there was a little less forgiveness. The smoother symmetric Rocket was awesome for Elysia on this pattern.

Highlights
The Storm Crux Pearl is a nice offering in Storm’s high end Premier Line. When you need the strong move of an asymmetric ball on a medium to medium-heavy pattern, the Crux Pearl offers that clean look through the heads but nice read in the mids. It is not the hookingest ball out there, but that actually makes it more usable than many high end pieces. Adding the pearl cover to this core gives this ball just the added length over the original Crux to make it much more usable on typical conditions.

Digitrax analysis

Coming Soon…

Comments

  1. Is 450 rpm now considered “tweener”? If so, I am probably considered a fluffer.

    But seriously, the typical bowler is closer to Elysia than Travis. If an amazing talent like Elysia has trouble with the Crux Pearl on THS, then not too many people should be buying it. Yet, it will probably be more popular than the Rocket or Unhinged which are better suited to THS.

    One of these days the general bowling public will realize what is truly best for them, until then, Storm and others are smart to produce these heavy oil balls since everyone will buy them even though they never see true heavy oil.

    • Coach T says:

      Hi Sean,
      You know, I’d like to say that most bowlers are lower rev bowlers, if not just to make me feel better… However,the fact of the matter is the game has changed and kids are throwing the ball differently today. All the lift has gone away and a quick snap release is in. Bottom line, the average RPM has gone up. I can hardly find a young bowler with less than 400 rpm these days.
      Just to also clarify, Elysia did not have trouble with the Crux Pearl. It was my observation that the Rocket matched up better and smoothed out the reaction on this condition more than the Crux Pearl.
      In my mind these “heavy oil” balls really have a role in “controlling” motion. What I mean is that when the middle of the road balls are clean through the heads, storing lots of energy, they can really be a bit strong or over/under. Sometimes, balling up to a ball that will read the midlane a bit more will naturally smooth out the backends created a more ideal ball reaction. Travis test showed that very well. For Elysia, she simply didn’t need the potent motion of the asymmetrical core, therefore the Rocket was smoother and more consistent.
      I show both in hopes it will help bowlers see something in their game they recognize to help them make the best decision for themselves.
      BTW, The Rocket and Unhinged are going to be extremely popular balls. I do agree with you, most people rarely see floods. This is part of the reason why the Crux Pearl and Hyper Cell Skid will be pretty popular as they offer a cleaner look than the Crux and Hyper Cell that allows more bowlers to use them on medium conditions, even though they are still fairly strong.

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