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Pitch Blue

Average Customer Review: 4.94 of 5 stars
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Make a clean getaway on tricky lanes with the Storm Pitch Blue.

Pin to PAP(5 1/8" over 1/8" up) - 3 3/4"
PSA Layout - 3 3/4" x 5 3/4" x 2 5/8"
Balance Hole - n/a
Surface Preparation - Out of Box (2000 grit Abralon)

What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:
So it is no secret that I am not a big fan of urethane. I know they serve a purpose and for some bowlers on certain conditions I get that they work well for them. They just typically dont for me. I get into weird spots on the lane that dont best suit my game.

I went with a pretty simple stacked layout on the Pitch Blue. I am hoping that with a pearl urethane cover this ball will clear the heads clean and pick up the friction enough to set up well for me.

What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:
So I could see myself carrying this ball in the bag. The Pitch Blue is the first urethane in a while that rolled pretty good for me. Even on the fresh I had a pretty good line and this thing carried like you would not believe. Obviously being urethane I still found a decent amount of miss room right but when

I was pumping it up the boards this thing was great.

Off my hand it was smoother then I remember from the Pitch Black. This allowed me to open it up a little more and see some motion in parts of the lane that I like. For me this was a much better overall motion from a urethane cover.

Of course as you would expect from Storm, the Pitch Blue looks amazing going down the lane. Very clean without a bunch of distracting logos, etc. The biggest difference for me was how hard the Pitch Blue hit the pins. My carry percentage was way higher with this ball then the previous urethane's we have tested.

I definitely see the use for this ball on the right condition.

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About the Bowler

League Average:
215.00
PAP:
4 1/2 x 0
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
0.00
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Pin to PAP (4 1/2" over) - 5 1/4"
Layout – 5 1/4" x 3 5/8" x 2 5/8"
Balance Hole - n/a

Surface Preparation - Out of Box (2000 Grit)

What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:

I was a fan of the Pitch Black but there were times when the ball just hooked too early, especially on dry (when I want to use it the most). I was hoping that adding pearl to the coverstock would give extra pop on the backend.

What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:

The Pitch Blue is exactly what I was hoping for. Honestly, I've never thrown a ball that is so easy to hit the pocket with. The Pitch Blue has better length than the Pitch Black but still reads the midlane really well and has a VERY controllable, hard roll to the pocket.

I love that I can hit this ball as much as I want and I know it won't overreact. When you have confidence in your ball reaction, it makes scoring so much easier because you aren't tentative. So far I've thrown 2 games with this ball and I've shot 280 and 270. Only 3 frames were non-strikes in 2 games. Obviously, I don't expect to keep up this pace, but I'm hooked!

High rev players, seriously, hit the Add to Cart button right now. This will be your favorite all-around ball, I have no doubt. Rev dominant and slow speed players as well.

Now THIS is the urethane ball we need for today's conditions!

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About the Bowler

League Average:
220
PAP:
4 1/2 over 1/4 up
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Pitch Blue has a matte finish with 2000 grit. Pitch Blue will give you that easy roll the Urethane pearl is very easy to control the move n the back without losing hit. If you also have slower ball speed this is the ball for you.

Ormond Pro Shop Manager
ormond@bowlingball.com
386-672-2529

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The Pitch Blue, so many words to describe this ball. INCREDIBLE, is one that comes to mind. I expected this ball to go longer than the Pitch Black because of the Controll Plus Pearl Coverstock but still have the same down lane reaction, and that's exactly what I got from it. For me, urethane is my best friend when I'm on short patterns since I am a two handed bowler, and I can even get away with this ball on medium patterns as well. So if your a huge fan of urethane, or just need a ball that you can use on medium-dry lane conditions, then the Pitch Blue is the ball for you. Storm has and always will be the Bowlers Company, and add this ball to your arsenal today.

Nick Pollak
Brooklyn Ball Reviews Staffer

Bowling Hand: Right
Style: Two Handed
Ball Speed: 18-19 MPH
RPMs: 425-450

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I bowl in a Sunday afternoon league and the lanes are dry from the morning league. I needed something for the dryer lanes. I absolutely LOVE this ball.

It rolls smooth, reacts smooth, everything about it is smooth! Love the way it reacts, even on fresh oil. Haven't seen a ball like this in a while, really happy I bought it

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About the Bowler

League Average:
215
PAP:
5 1/4
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
200
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
I drilled up a Pitch Blue for a couple of reasons: One to use as a training tool to make sure my release stays crisp as with today's lane conditions urethane just doesn't read the lane like it did when I was younger. And two to have something to be a combo spare/dryer lane ball. This way I could use it to go direct at smaller combos of spares but it also would read to get sleeper pins. Plus if the lane pattern is really short or higher friction surface, it can be in play under these circumstances as well. One of the reviewers above made a great point about using it also to shut down your angles and go straighter and not give the pocket away. I think that is a fantastic way to look at what the Pitch Blue could be used for also.

I got to throw it and it is something newer for my eyes. I have gotten so used to seeing a ball break sharply in the back end and the Pitch Blue is more even and might even be considered early hooking. It sets up well in the back end and I find myself playing a little more to the left trying to get it to hold than letting it out and expecting it to come roaring back. It is not that type of ball and unless you have 500+ rpms rev rate, you will get frustrated.

Put this one in your bag if you do have a large rev rate and can't get any reactives to slow down in the back end. Also straighter players will like the versatility of using it to go straighter at spares and also get on the "dirt" and play direct to the pocket.

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League Average:
225
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
195
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Storm Pitch Blue
Layout: label
Coverstock: 2000ab
Tested on Older HPL on Boardwalk and Easy Street using KEGEL Flex with Fire and Ice oil
Found the Pitch Blue for forgiving than the Pitch Black when it came to coming off of the pattern, my Black made a move instantly off of the oil and the Blue gave me a little shape and consistency off of the pattern, was able to create a little better angle into the pocket resulting in less corner pins. Once the conditioner got used done and near the breakpoint, the Black could not recover, and the Blue did. When using it on Easy Street, I was able to play off of 1-3 boards and get away from the heavy part of the oil pattern and also stayed away from the other lefties that were using stronger stuff and trying to play the track area, and they were getting over/under, and the good thing I wasn’t. Outscored the other lefties by 18-26 pins each game. Glad I had the “Blue: with me. I have used it in league a few times to play straight up when there are other lefties trying to hook all the boards. I get away from what they are creating with using the Pitch Blue and my Loco Solid. If you are looking for a weaker piece from the Locos and similar developed balls, then the Pitch Blue is for you.

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League Average:
Not set
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Staffer: Keven Williams
Speed: 18 mph
Rev Rate: 450 rpm
Hand: Left Handed
Oil Pattern: Typical House Shot




The Storm Pitch Blue is absolutely amazing for a urethane ball! Anybody that knows me knows im not a fan of urethane, but the new Pitch Blue
is something special. It is much cleaner in the front part of the lane from the Pitch Black with a little more backend down lane. Being a high
rev bowler the Pitch Black hooked so early it would force me too deep and i would get in trouble but not the Pitch Blue! It allows me to play much
straighter with a true urethane roll! This is a fantastic ball!

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League Average:
210
PAP:
3 15/16 Right
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
the Storm Pitch Blue gives bowlers that look they were missing with the Pitch Black ,this ball gets down lane and still even though it is urethane still continues to have a strong back end ball motion through the front and middle part of the lane.

Deltona lanes pro shop manager
386-774-2800
Deltona@bowlingball.com

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League Average:
230
PAP:
4 5/8 straight across
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
220
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Orientation: Right Handed
Rev Rate: 375 RPM
Speed: 16-17 MPH
PAP: 4 5/8 straight across

Location: Enterprise Park Lanes, Springfield MO
Pattern: High Volume THS
Layout: 45, 3 7/8, 40 p1 hole

The Pitch Blue is the sequel to the hugely successful Pitch Black. It doesn’t disappoint, evidenced by the moment you pull it out of the box. The blue coverstock looks incredible. I love the ball reaction too. It’s definitely a urethane motion similar to the Pitch Black. The Pitch Blue, despite coming sanded, is a pearl coverstock. It definitely is a little cleaner in the front part of the lane and creates a little more tip downlane than the Pitch Black. The Pitch Blue is the perfect urethane for those who needed a little more help getting the Pitch Black to work for them.

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League Average:
Not set
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Lane Conditions: Dry
Typical Conditions: House Shot
Type of Lane: All Synthetic
What part of the lane did you play? Second Arrow
Did the ball track out? Normal
Weight of bowling ball: 16
Surface of bowling ball: Factory/Box
What grit was the surface of the ball? 2000
Likes:
Dislikes:

I recently drilled a Pitch Blue Layout was 4x3 off of my pap and a one inch hole 4 inches over on my mid line. This ball looks great on dryer lanes or on shorter sport patterns. Very clean in the front part of the lane and gives you room off the spot down lane.

I compared it to my Joyride which was much sharper and pushed me deeper on the lane. My Joyride is a 3x2 1/2 off my pap and was box finish. If your looking for a different type ball reaction the Pitch Blue is a great choice. It a great ball for your high school or college bowler looking to help improve there.

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League Average:
240
PAP:
5
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
210
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Pitch Blue is the most recent ball released by Storm utilizing a urethane cover called Control Plus Pearl. The out of the box surface texture is created with a 2000 abralon pad. The Pitch Blue
uses the same Capacitor core found in the Pitch Black which has an Rg of 2.57 and a differential of 0.022 in 15lb balls. The bright blue pearl with red lettering is very appealing to the eye.

I drilled my Pitch Blue 4 x 3 ½ x 3. This is a similar layout that I have on a Pitch Black. Comparing the two balls with their respective box finishes, the Pitch Blue gets through the heads much cleaner, has more length in the midlane and has much more pop on the backend. Using them on a fresh lighter volume house condition, I can stand about the same place or within a board or so with both balls and just bring my eyes more in front of me, to close down my angles to use the Pitch Blue. One big difference I see between the two balls is that the Pitch Blue seems to be more sensitive to carrydown, than the Pitch Black. The Pitch Blue has similar ball motion characteristics to my Super Natural.

I’ve had the most success with my Pitch Blue bowling in a PBA regional on wood lanes, on Cheetah pattern. I led “A” squad shooting +313 on a version of Cheetah that wasn’t near as high scoring on our squad as we are usually used to seeing. The Pitch Blue gave me the extra length I needed as my Pitch Black was hooking too soon, and forced me to go too much away from the pocket. The Pitch Blue allowed me to keep my angles more in front of me, and get push from the cleaner cover; compared to having to belly the heads with the Pitch Black, putting me in the wrong angles to have good pin carry. The Pitch Blue and the Pitch Black compliment each other very well on short patterns. I generally will be using the Pitch Blue more often on wood lanes, and the Pitch Black on synthetic lanes.

Thank you for taking the time to read my review of the Pitch Blue. And remember to Bowl up a Storm!

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League Average:
240
PAP:
5
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
210
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Pitch Blue is the most recent ball released by Storm utilizing a urethane cover called Control Plus Pearl. The out of the box surface texture is created with a 2000 abralon pad. The Pitch Blue
uses the same Capacitor core found in the Pitch Black which has an Rg of 2.57 and a differential of 0.022 in 15lb balls. The bright blue pearl with red lettering is very appealing to the eye.

I drilled my Pitch Blue 4 x 3 ½ x 3. This is a similar layout that I have on a Pitch Black. Comparing the two balls with their respective box finishes, the Pitch Blue gets through the heads much cleaner, has more length in the midlane and has much more pop on the backend. Using them on a fresh lighter volume house condition, I can stand about the same place or within a board or so with both balls and just bring my eyes more in front of me, to close down my angles to use the Pitch Blue. One big difference I see between the two balls is that the Pitch Blue seems to be more sensitive to carrydown, than the Pitch Black. The Pitch Blue has similar ball motion characteristics to my Super Natural.

I’ve had the most success with my Pitch Blue bowling in a PBA regional on wood lanes, on Cheetah pattern. I led “A” squad shooting +313 on a version of Cheetah that wasn’t near as high scoring on our squad as we are usually used to seeing. The Pitch Blue gave me the extra length I needed as my Pitch Black was hooking too soon, and forced me to go too much away from the pocket. The Pitch Blue allowed me to keep my angles more in front of me, and get push from the cleaner cover; compared to having to belly the heads with the Pitch Black, putting me in the wrong angles to have good pin carry. The Pitch Blue and the Pitch Black compliment each other very well on short patterns. I generally will be using the Pitch Blue more often on wood lanes, and the Pitch Black on synthetic lanes.

Thank you for taking the time to read my review of the Pitch Blue. And remember to Bowl up a Storm!

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League Average:
Not set
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Slow
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Beginner
The Pitch Blue is the latest urethane release by Storm Products. After the Pitch Black, which is a very popular choice by many tour and regional players, the new Pitch Blue is a similar, but with a slightly different cover. The biggest difference with the Pitch Blue is the coverstock. With a pearl additive in the coverstock of the Pitch Blue, this creates more length through the front of the lane, and creates a faster response time down lane.

For some bowlers, the Pitch Black might was too strong or too early rolling in the front part of the lane. The Pitch Blue’s pearl covertstock gives players the same great urethane shape, without getting into such an early roll.

My PAP is 5 over and ¼ up, and I drilled my Pitch Blue just like my black with the pin under my ring finger and no weight hole. I’ve had a lot of success using the Pitch Blue and Pitch Black on multiple short patterns or patterns where I need a ball that responds VERY slowly to friction. They provide a way to lengthen patterns by dragging oil down lane, or to provide an extremely stable and smooth shape.

If you are a tournament player, or an extremely rev-dominant player, the Pitch Blue is a perfect fit!

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League Average:
220
PAP:
3 3/4 horizontal, 7/8 up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
195
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Rev Rate: 400
Ball Speed: 17.3
Axis Tilt: 7
Axis Rotation: 45*
PAP: 3 3/4 horizontal, 7/8 up
Layout: 40 x 3 x 40

Many bowlers are going back to urethane for shorter patterns or patterns/surfaces that have a lot of friction. I have not had much success with the new generation urethanes until the Pitch Black. I have really enjoyed rolling the Black and it has made me a more versatile bowler.

I drilled the Blue with the same layout to see how much different it is. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, while cleaner through the fronts, the Blue is stronger than the Black. While the Black tends to want to roll at your toes, the Blue will get through the heads and make its move in the mid lane.

The Blue gives me a bit more room than I have with the Black on a THS, and I don’t lose any carry because of the angles it lets me play.

Before I drilled the Blue, I wondered if there was any reason to have both the Black and Blue. I’m quite glad that I drilled up the Blue because it complements the Black so well.

For any bowler wanting a urethane in your bag, the Pitch Blue is a great option.

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League Average:
238
PAP:
5 x 1/8
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
225
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Pitch Blue Ball Review by PJ Haggerty

The Pitch Blue is the latest urethane release by Storm Products. After the Pitch Black, which is a very popular choice by many tour and regional players, the new Pitch Blue is a similar, but different idea. The biggest difference with the Pitch Blue is the coverstock. With a pearl additive in the coverstock of the Pitch Blue, this creates more length through the front of the lane, and creates a faster response time down lane.

Some bowlers noticed the Pitch Black might have been too strong and too early rolling in the front part of the lane. A nice compliment to that is the Pitch Blue and it’s pearl covertstock. I’ve drilled one Pitch Blue so far and it rolls great. I’ll also caveat that I’ve put a weight hole in all of my urethane balls to help them flare more, which would create a bit more hook.

The one I drilled is mapped out as follows: 3 x 0 with a 1 1/8 hole about three inches deep. I have also used the Pitch Black and Pitch Blue as a spare ball. This makes traveling easier by not having to carry a plastic and a urethane ball.

I’ve been able to use the Pitch Blue and Pitch Black on multiple patterns, but they must be on shorter to medium length patterns. They provide a way to lengthen patterns by dragging oil down lane, or to provide an extremely stable and smooth shape.

If you are missing a urethane ball in your bag, the Pitch Blue is a perfect fit!

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