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The Match Up(solid)
Review Date: 22 August 2017

Reviewed by:
Storm/Roto Grip staffer John Brockland
Style: Stroker Rev Rate: 280-310
PAP: 5.5" over and 1" up

A few years back I had become a big fan of the WIPE OUT, a part of the Hot Line in the Storm arsenal with a simple symmetrical Turbine core and Storm’s famous R2STM solid reactive coverstock.  The ball was great for me on STL house shots as well as lighter volume and some versions of PBA Cheetah and other short sport patterns.  The one I had eventually cracked and I have been looking for a replacement for it in my bag for quite some time without much success.

 I had hoped that the more recent MATCH (solid) would have done the trick, but as sometimes is the case, that ball just never rolled well for me no matter how many different layouts and weight hole options I tried.

The MATCH UP solid, however, is a different story.   It's a tweak on the Stinger core as the original MATCH series – a relatively simple symmetrical core shape.  The tweaking that results in the Stinger 2.0 core seems to have occurred in the disc or puck at the bottom of the core as pictured.  Whatever the specific difference in design may be, Storm says it “offers more flare potential…more entry angle and better pin carry.”  That’s exactly what I’ve seen and, for me, it seems to make just enough difference.

The RG only differs 2.55 to 2.57 but more impactful for me is the increase in the Diff from 0.030 to 0.035.  This is what produces the increased flare.  Compared to the WIPE OUT's 2.53 RG and 0.040 Diff it makes sense that I'm seeing more of what I was looking for than I did with the original MATCH (solid).

In part because the MATCH UP comes at a factory finish of 1500-grit polish, I get easy clean motion through the front part of the lane even on older and very worn STL wood lane surfaces.   The Reactor solid cover, which Storm rates as weaker than R2S solid, is still strong enough with the companion flare potential produced by this core that it will sufficiently navigate the sometimes extra volume in the middle of the lane which STL proprietors often provide to compensate from some of the challenges of their worn wood surfaces.  Most importantly, as a result, I'm getting shape down lane and good motion through the pins that one needs for scoring. 

I have exactly the same layout on my MATCH UP as I had on the WIPE OUT which I was looking to replace.  All in all, the MATCH UP is fitting in the arsenal right where I needed it to.  The layout specs come to 60x5x70.

A regular league bowler in the STL would find the MATCH UP useful if you’re looking for something on the medium to weaker end of your bowling arsenal.  It would help someone who prefers to take a pretty much down and in approach to the lanes to be able to stay in the same zone throughout a league set if a stronger, higher performance ball which with you might start the night begins to get you into trouble.

Lbs. RG Diff. PSA  Diff. 
16 2.56 0.034 N/A
15 2.57 0.035 N/A
14 2.59 0.036 N/A
13 2.59 0.045 N/A
12 2.65 0.035 N/A
11 N/A N/A N/A
10 N/A N/A N/A