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#181752 - 10/03/13 10:39 AM IQ Tour Edition
Joe Bowler Offline
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I like it! I know I am late to the party, since this ball was first introduced in July 2012, but what a great rolling ball! There were three conditions I was hoping the unique low RG, low Diff core/strong solid cover combination would be helpful - sport for control, top hat THS to blend over/under, and short THS with oil in the backends for better carry. I drilled it my usual 3-3/8 Pin to PAP x 6-3/4 Pin to center of thumbhole (97.5 X 3-3/8 x 41 dual angle), and polished it for its first test.

My first chance to roll the ball was on the short THS with oil in the backends. I was surprised how far inside I could stand, and how steep an angle I could play through the heads, and bring this ball back to the pocket hard with its modest Diff. The hook shape was a beautiful banana-shaped arc. It was very smooth, very predictable, and very forgiving. The lanes were extra dry, and I was standing 29, targeting 9 at the arrows. That's 2 boards off the lane at 40 feet! The ball never jumped, and never wiggled. There were no signs of carrydown or depletion, and I did not have to move my feet or target all night. If I was anywhere near my mark, I struck. My best game was a 269.

I am looking forward to trying the ball in my PBAX league, and the top hat THS with over/under. The cover seems to be very soft and porous, and picked up a lot of lane marks from its first 3 games. So, it may need to spend some extra time in the shop to maintain a smooth, oil-free surface. With its plain, dark blue cover, it is not likely to win any beauty contests, but it does have stealth appeal. Overall, for its first test, it was a big winner.
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#181754 - 10/03/13 12:16 PM Re: IQ Tour Edition [Re: Joe Bowler]
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Joe,

I was thinking of the IQ Tour Pearl but never considered this ball. i'd like to hear what happens on the sport shot (which one?) and the tophat THS with that ball. it may influence me. i threw the IQ Tour Pearl (gold one) and it seems to be a strong cover. the ball did not fit me and i only threw it 2x. the thumb hole was way too big but the span was close enough to throw it. the look i got was a sharp hockey stick backend. i may have to throw it more to give it a good eval.

RR
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#181755 - 10/03/13 02:30 PM Re: IQ Tour Edition [Re: rrb6699 (RayRay)]
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For some folks the IQT Pearl seems to have the most back end of any ball EVER, for others it's a nice strong controlled reaction. I don't know but I think it depends on where you fall on the rev-match scale, that's my theory anyways. I'm picking one up used from a buddy of mine in a couple weeks so we'll see what it does for me smile

My Mass Eruption (low RG, medium diff, hybrid) was MONEY on Cheetah last night, 877 for 4 which I'd imagine was my personal best on sport. Right now I'm sold on "Low RG, medium diff" for short. I really think you will like that ball Joe, and like you're thinking, not just for short sport patterns either.
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#181776 - 10/04/13 11:10 AM Re: IQ Tour Edition [Re: Joe Bowler]
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My IQTPearl is drilled to be less hockey stick and more arc. Works great MOST of the time and is the weirdest ball I've ever thrown.

I shot a 740 with it, including a 280. I didn't have to move the entire series - period. The thing does NOT come back with a track. . . ever. The ONLY time I've had to move during a game was when a husband/wife combo were playing just crossing my line AT the break point so I had to make two adjustments all evening. Weird - and when I swap to another ball, I have to remember to make the small progressive adjustments! LOL
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#181777 - 10/04/13 12:11 PM Re: IQ Tour Edition [Re: Joe Bowler]
rrb6699 (RayRay) Offline
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I find that I like pearl balls better in general. most of my better balls were pearls. storm has a matchmaker clinic here tomorrow. I will be there tryin all tryin all the balls they have there.
hopin to throw the IQ Tour balls with a closer fit than last time I threw a friends iqtp.
rr
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#181778 - 10/04/13 12:12 PM Re: IQ Tour Edition [Re: Joe Bowler]
Joe Bowler Offline
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I see a lot of the IQ Tour Pearl on the lanes. Frankly, it's hard to miss it with its bright gold color. Not so much the solid blue IQ Tour Edition. I guess I shouldn't be surprised a review of the IQ Tour Edition would generate so many comments about the IQ Tour Pearl. I guess it's true...blondes have more fun.

There is certainly nothing wrong with R2S Pearl Reactive, the popular coverstock material in the IQ Tour Pearl (Hy-Road Pearl, Freak'N Frantic, etc.)...if you want more of a hockey stick reaction. But, for a smoother, stronger, controlled ball reaction, I will stick with R2S Solid Reactive in the IQ Tour Edition...you know, the older, quieter, brainier sister of the fun-loving blonde ball, hehe. wink
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#181781 - 10/04/13 12:40 PM Re: IQ Tour Edition [Re: Joe Bowler]
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Ray,

Are you going to the matchmaker at AlleyKatz?

If so, my good buddy Chad McClean is running that event with the South Region Product Rep, Ralph Solan.

Should be a great event!
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#181790 - 10/05/13 05:03 AM Re: IQ Tour Edition [Re: Joe Bowler]
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The IQ tour Pearl flew out of the Pro Shop and was all over the lanes, here. But, they are disappearing quickly. The Tour Edition is still being used a lot.

Saying that, the 300 shot against my team a few weeks ago was with a Pearl.
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#181792 - 10/05/13 01:53 PM Re: IQ Tour Edition [Re: Joe Bowler]
Joe Bowler Offline
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Suggestion for Storm: Using the same control core, combine the dark blue IQ Tour Edition (solid) and gold IQ Tour Pearl using R2S hybrid technology to create the new blue and gold IQ Tour Ultimate. It would likely become the benchmark ball of the future.

I like the ball reaction of the IQ Tour Edition so much already that I am considering replacing my current benchmark ball with it. A hybrid version would be an even better fit.
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USBC (2008-2016):
300s: 9
800s: 7
House: 239
Sport: 210

PBA (2014-2015): $850

Heavy: Nano, HyperCell, Eternal Cell
Medium: IQ Tour, Tour SiC, Tag
Light: Spare+, Tank, Rebel Tank
Spares: WD

Internet advice is offered free, as is, at your own risk.

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#181802 - 10/06/13 10:40 AM Re: IQ Tour Edition [Re: Joe Bowler]
56bird Offline
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Originally Posted By: Joe Bowler
Suggestion for Storm: Using the same control core, combine the dark blue IQ Tour Edition (solid) and gold IQ Tour Pearl using R2S hybrid technology to create the new blue and gold IQ Tour Ultimate. It would likely become the benchmark ball of the future.

I like the ball reaction of the IQ Tour Edition so much already that I am considering replacing my current benchmark ball with it. A hybrid version would be an even better fit.


I like this plan A LOT although it might look a lot like a Defiant Soul where they forgot the green. Performance-wise, this ball would be for real. Remember the R2S Hybrid has been one of the most successful covers of all time (Hy-road et al)

<Edit to add> Hey, how about "Hy-Q"?


Edited by RickSchott (10/06/13 10:42 AM)
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