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Match Up Hybrid

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 stars
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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About the Bowler

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)
Location: Enterprise Park Lanes, Springfield MO
Pattern: High Volume THS
Layout: 45, 4 ¾ , 70

The Match Up Hybrid fits perfectly between the Solid/Pearl Match Ups. It’s rolls earlier than the pearl, but snaps harder than the Solid. I definitely have a need for some weaker covers and the Match Ups fit that perfectly for light volume patterns or shorter patterns. The Match Up Hybrid is a versatile blend of pearl and solid that will roll great on all but the heaviest of oil patterns.

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About the Bowler

League Average:
215
PAP:
3 5/8 and 5/16 up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
195
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Storm Matched Up Hybrid is Storms newest Hot line release. This Matched Up is the third edition of the Matched Up line and contains the same Stinger 2.0 core as the other two. They Hybrid version is covered with the Reactor Hybrid Reactive coverstock and is factory finished at 1500 polished. The Hybrid is a great combination of both the pearl and solid. It has the strong back end reaction like the pearl but has a smoother overall shape like the solid. This ball is great for medium to medium heavy lanes. Works really well on fresh patterns and mild breakdown but for me is a bit strong for short patterns and heavy broken down lanes. I drilled mine pretty standard with the pin above bridge and my mass bias just to the right of the thumb. For me it’s a 4.5 in pin to pap. I like the overall strength and reaction.
This ball is the perfect benchmark or starter ball. The price point says a beginner bowler can afford it and it contains so much hook potential that a bowler can grow with it and always have a use for it. Its great for those medium oil patterns and if you have faster ball speed would work on short patterns as well.

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About the Bowler

League Average:
235 +
PAP:
5 over 1/2 up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Match Up Hybrid features the same Stinger 2.0 Core as the two previous Match Ups, but this ball uses the Reactor Hybrid Reactive coverstock. This ball takes the best of the solid cover and combines it with best of the pearl cover. If the solid Match Up is starting to leave those flat corner pins, and the pearl match up just isn’t reading the lane soon enough, the hybrid Match Up will be the ball that you need. I drilled mine with the pin below my ring finger just to get the ball to start up a bit sooner and be a little smoother on the backend. The combination of the cover and higher RG core, really gets this ball to push effortlessly down the lane. The backend of the lane is where this ball shines. It makes a really strong move towards the pocket and has good continuation through the pins. I bowl in a second shift league so the lanes are usually pretty dry to start. I find this is the ball I can pull out and still be able to play further right in the burned up track area. This ball is great for beginner bowlers, bowlers with slower ball speeds, or anyone looking for something to go to when the fronts and track area are burnt up.
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About the Bowler

League Average:
225
PAP:
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
195
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Storm Match Up Hybrid
Layout: 50 x 3 ¾ x 60
Testing info: 43ft THS from KEGEL MARK and on older HPL with Brunswick A-2 machines
Results: Looking for the ultimate “mellow” piece to play inside and up 3rd arrow on THS and I found the key piece. Everything else I drilled for this type of lane play was always too weak or too strong. Match Solid would be too weak hitting the pocket and left more than a fair share of corner pins because it would not quite have an enough energy to carry or have enough entry angle to kick the pins around. The pearl version worked great as an “in” the track THS ball, but when I needed that up the 3rd arrow ball, the ball traveled too far down the pattern for any amount of good reaction. The Stinger 2.0 Core offers more flare potential and hook than the original version of this core line. Great ball for an entry level league bowler to start off with or a scratch or tournament bowler that once that real “go to” ball the Match Up Hybrid is PERFECT…

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About the Bowler

League Average:
230+
PAP:
5.5 and 1/2" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
207
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Location: Fulton Bowling Center, Fulton, Missouri
Pattern: Medium Volume THS
Layout: 30 X 3 3/8 X 55

Went with a drill on my Match Up Hybrid that I normally would not use. I wanted something different than my typical drills so I asked Steve “Dive” Divers to layout the ball out for me – he graciously obliged. Steve hit a homerun with the drill. First game out of the box in mthe Monday Night Peterson Point League was 279. Keep in mind this is a tough carrying house. The Match Up Pearl let me stay further right on the THS, which allowed the ball to go through the pins correctly. The Match Up Hybrid picks up the mid-lane sooner than my Match Pearl, but still retains a strong back-end motion. The Match Up Hybrid is a nice blend of solid and pearl. As mentioned in other reviews for the Match Up Hybrid, the ball matches up (no pun intended) well on most conditions other than heavier patterns.

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About the Bowler

League Average:
218
PAP:
5 over 3/8 up
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The MatchUp Hybrid is Storms third edition to the MatchUp line. It uses the Stinger 2.0 core and the Reactor Hybrid cover. I drilled mine with my trusty Symmetric Pin up and cg kicked a bit layout. I first threw it on a fresh 42ft THS on Brunswick Pro-Anvil using Kegel Current lane conditioner. I was really impressed with the mid lane read from this rock, you can really see the shape in my ball review video. It hit well and retained a strong motion to the pin deck. Where the other MatchUps were a bit weak when faced with some heavier volumes of oil, the hybrid was able to combat those situations. Where this ball really shines is on a later shift or a third game scenario. In league, when the track started to cook and my Intense was too much, I pulled out the MatchUp and was able to move back toward the track, regain the pocket and continue to strike. If you're looking for a ball for when the lanes are starting to burn up on you, go drill the MatchUp Hybrid! Great Price and Performance! Cheers to the Ladies and Gents in Utah! #stormnation
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
4 1/4 x 1/4 up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The matchup hybrid features the same stinger 2.0 core found in the matchup pearl and match up solid, but is now wrapped in the reactor hybrid cover. With the matchup balls having a lower differential (0.035), and a higher RG (2.57), this series is perfect for rev dominant players, or anyone looking for that third game league ball. The lower differential will keep the ball from flaring too much, and the higher RG will get the ball through the heads easily. This ball looks great when i use it on dryer lanes when other balls are to early and too strong for my game. I drilled mine 50 x 4 x 30 very clean in the fronts and get's in a heavy mid lane roll with pop off the spot.
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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 my Match Up Hybrid 75 x 5 x 40 or pin over the bridge with CG almost dead grip center. This kind of layout lets the ball tumbles end over end for me and is good when length thru the fronts become a problem. I put this on the lanes with my Match Up Solid and Pearl. The MUH got thru the fronts easier than the MUS. Not quite as well as the MUP, but the move on the backend was quicker than the MUP or the MUS. Put this one in your bag to give you an option when you need to keep straighter angles for carry and your trusty symmetrical pearls are just strong off the spot.
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About the Bowler

League Average:
Not set
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Storm Match Up BYR is the latest release in the Storm Hot Line. This new Hybrid Match Up fits perfectly right in between the solid and the pearl. The Match Up cores features a higher RG and Diff. This lends itself to storing energy a little longer, leading to more shape down-lane. I like both of the other two Match Ups (solid & pearl), so a hybrid cover is a very welcome edition to the line for me. I have found this to be THE ball when the lanes start to transition but pearl covers still get too far down the lane.

I think this will be great on drier house patterns or for lighter oil volume patterns where you need a little help getting through the fronts. Plus the value and shelf appeal alone on the Hot Line is a homerun!

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About the Bowler

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)
After drilling the original Match and having some success when the lanes were flat or had a lot of friction, I felt like there was a gap between the Match and the Dare Devil. The new Match Up Hybrid is a perfect step up above the Match. The Match Up Hybrid has the new Stinger 2.0 engine with a hybrid coverstock to give us an earlier but quicker response time than the original Match.

I drilled this Match Up a little weaker than my original Match because of how much stronger this one is. I mapped it out as: 4 ½ x 4 with a small hole on my axis. I also tweaked the surface to 3000 by hand to create an earlier motion and slow down the response time just a touch. This is a full step underneath my Sure Lock, Dare Devil, and No Rules Exist. It’s perfect for when the asymmetrical balls are too strong.

I’ve also seen the Match Up Hybrid used most on medium to longer patterns but after they transition and have blended out. If you need a step down from the high performance balls but want something than the original Match, the Match Up Hybrid is a perfect solution.

#StormNation

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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 over 1 down
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
200
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The matchup hybrid features the same stinger 2.0 core found in the matchup pearl and match up solid, but is now wrapped in the reactor hybrid cover. With the matchup balls having a lower differential (0.035), and a higher RG (2.57), this series is perfect for rev dominant players, or anyone looking for that third game league ball. The lower differential will keep the ball from flaring too much, and the higher RG will get the ball through the heads easily. I went with my usual 50x5x50 layout, which will compliment nicely with what I expected the ball to do out of the box. My matchup solid, with the 70x4x40 layout, produces an earlier and more continuous ball motion for the fresh. The matchup hybrid gives me the perfect option to take a step left and open up the lane more when the solid just refuses to make the corner. The matchup hybrid reminds me a lot of my Hyroad, with a very similar shape, just a few feet earlier. The matchup hybrid is now available for purchase, head to your local pro shop today! #StormNation

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About the Bowler

League Average:
231
PAP:
5-1/4 x 1 UP
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
195
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
After drilling the Match Up Hybrid (70x6x50) I was quite surprised at just how much this ball was able to hook and how much area we were able to create. At the price point, this ball out hooks most other balls in the same area which makes this piece very cost effective for a wide range of bowlers' abilities as well as styles.

In recording a video and comparing this ball to the IQ Tour and Phaze II, you can see we were actually able to move in deeper than both pieces and create more angle down lane and still get corners out. The fact that this ball could create that much direction change at a lower level price point was very impressive!

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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/2 RT, 3/4 UP
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
210
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Match Up Hybrid is simple and straightforward, same core as the Match Up Solid and Pearl, but with the Hybrid Reactor cover. This ball for me is very clean and readable and predictable. It’s a no frills, no nonsense, just get to it and get it done type reaction. The overall hook potential is very close to the Pearl and the Solid, for me it seems like the biggest difference between the 3 balls is shape being that they all have the same surface finish. The Hybrid like the other two doesn’t really seem to rev, but for me it rolls truer, if that makes sense, it’s very consistent. It’s easy down the lane, I feel like I can really catch it at the bottom and not worry about it getting down the lane or being lazy at the breakpoint if I get too firm with it. It is occasionally sensitive to carrydown, but it seems to take quite a bit of carrydown for it to not at least make it to the pocket, most commonly though it’s just a flat corner which is something I can live with when it comes to what I call “information reaction.” I would recommend this ball to virtually anyone looking for something for medium oil.
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About the Bowler

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)
Speed: 18mph
Rev Rate: 450rpm
Pattern: Typical House Shot

The Match Up Hybrid fits into the perfect progression between the Match Up Solid/Pearl. It’s rolls earlier than the pearl and hooks more downlane than the Solid. Weaker cover bowling balls come in play a lot for longer tournaments late in the day and these balls are unreal. The Match Up Hybrid is a versatile bowling ball for all styles in bowling. Cant go without it!

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About the Bowler

League Average:
232
PAP:
11/16 X 5 1/4
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
229
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The other Intense was drilled with pin at about the 2 O’clock position and the CG about 1/2” to 1” off of my center line. This drilling caused the ball to be smoother, great mid lane reaction and strong backend but not overly aggressive. The pin reaction was great and read the middle part of the lane extremely well.
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About the Bowler

League Average:
235+
PAP:
5.5
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
210
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Just drilled and threw my new Match Up Hybrid. One of my favorite balls prior to this purchase for standard house shots was the Pearl Match Up. Well, now my favorite ball for standard house patterns is The Match Up Hybrid. The Stinger 2.0 symmetrical core gives me a steady read on what can be wet dry lane conditions. Combine this with new modified Reactor™ Hybrid Reactive coverstock and we have proven winner. This ball delivers a lot of performance for a moderate price point and is hard to beat for regular league bowling.
My Match Up Hybrid was laid out 4 x 2 x 2 and is very similar to the layout on my other Matchup. The main difference I see is a lot smoother transition at the breakpoint without sacrificing length. In other words, this ball travels very cleanly through the front part of the lane, reads the mid-lane and gives me a smooth steady roll to the not pocket. For me, it is not as angular as the pearl model. The only weakness I have seen in this model is when I needed to move very deep. The original pearl reacted a little better from deep inside the lane after numerous games were thrown on them.
I believe this would be a versatile ball for many league bowlers and works well on a variety of house conditions. Very good ball for the price.

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