I received some supportive comments at Travel League last week. Thank you for the encouragement and interest in the blog.
I drilled up the new Crux Pearl from Storm with 60 x 3.5 x 30 layout. This ball has the same Catalyst Core as the original Crux, but with ERG Pearl Cover. The pearl is definitely cleaner through the front of lane, with a strong backend finish. (I must mention the root beer scent makes me crave IBC root beer whenever I use the ball.) I have had the most success with a weaker hand position on the house shot, but it is a really strong ball. Pin carry is exceptional! This ball is great compliment to the original Crux.
As tournament season get into full swing, bowlers are always looking for the perfect ball. Is the Crux Pearl better than the Crux? What about that new Rocket? The answer is "it depends". It depends on the bowler, the lane condition, the other balls in your arsenal. It depends on the layout we want to use, and the surface we want on the ball. In the pro shop we try very hard to match the ball to the bowler. High tilt bowlers need a ball and drill pattern that help them loose that tilt before the ball gets to the pins. Slow ball speed bowlers needs a ball to get down the lane, before it hooks. The examples could go on for ever but the message is pretty straight forward. Choosing a bowling ball is about choosing a ball reaction relative to you as a bowler. I cannot emphasize this enough, choosing a bowling ball is about choosing a ball reaction relative to you as a bowler. As we all strive to find that perfect ball, you should never forget something I learned 20 years ago from the great Mike Riggins (Charter Member of IBPSIA and Columnist for the Bowlers Journal)..."There are no magic bowling balls, only magic bowlers."