Storm IQ Tour Emerald Bowling Ball

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The premise is wickedly simple: create a ball that’s worthy of your time, energy, and dollars. It’s no mystery that the !Q has become a staple in Storm’s lineup of high performance bowling balls. Favored by bowlers of all levels all over the globe, anyone and everyone can benefit from the benchmark reaction the !Q series is able to provide. NOTHING BUT A SMOOTH REACTION Workable and forgiving, the C3 Centripetal Control Core is a design that revs up quickly, providing a smoother change of direction downlane. This shape is beneficial for players requiring control at the breakpoint. Used only in the !Q Tour series of balls, this core is precisely designed and manufactured using proprietary technology.
CoverstockR2S Pearl Reactive
CoreC3 Centripetal Control
Intermediate Diffn/a
Factory finish1500-grit Polished
Weights12 thru 16lbs
Cleared USBCYes

38 Reviews

  • dcutler241

    Posted by dcutler241 on Oct 19th 2019

    My name is Doug Cutler and I am a Storm Amateur Staffer. I am left handed and throw between 15-16mph. This review is for the Storm IQ Emerald. This ball I am really impressed and I have used a lot on several oil conditions. I have drilled this ball with the pin just above the ring finger and it is stacked and the sure face on the ball I have used a used 3000 to take the shine off the ball. I usually take a 3000 pad on all of my pearl balls and this just makes the ball more controllable. I use this ball on our House shots and also medium to short lane conditions. This ball is between my Pro Motion and my Roto Grip Idol Pro. I use this ball when the Pro Motion starts to read early and start to leave flat 7 pins and also 10 pins. This IQ Emerald is really clean and predictable and I have used this ball a lot and still hits hard. If you want a ball for THS or medium patterns then this is a ball you will need in your bag. This is another IQ that has sold really well. I can use this ball with either playing up the back of the ball or on the side of the ball. Another Great ball from Storm. #stormnation #iqemerald Doug Cutler Storm Staffer PBA Regional Champion

  • bowlstorm3

    Posted by bowlstorm3 on Oct 16th 2019

    Storm IQ Tour Emerald Cover: R2S Pearl Core: C3 Centripetal Control Layout: 60 x 4 x 45 (Pin up) It is hard not to fanboy over an IQ Tour Pearl. It seems like forever since the "gold ball" was discontinued. I had a couple differently drilled gold balls back in the day and I find this Emerald a bit sharper downlane. BUT, with that said, the differences I am seeing may only be due to changes in my game over the years. Regardless, I still think the Emerald has that nice combination of length, control, and hit we all expect from the IQ line and experienced with the gold ball. Since it has taken me a bit to review this ball, I have had the luxury of observing the Emerald in quite a few different hands. It matches up well for lower rev rate/straight/speed dominant players with a bit stronger layout and some surface. But, I have also seen the other spectrum of higher speed and rev rate murder them with this handsome beast. Chris Freeland Storm Amateur Staff Bowler Info: PAP 4 5/16 x 1/4 up, Speed 16-17, Rev Rate 400

  • mwischmann

    Posted by mwischmann on Oct 16th 2019

    The IQ Tour is my all time favorite ball, when I first heard about the IQ Tour Emerald being released I got excited. The Emerald is clean and angular which allows me to open up the lane easily. The emerald complements the IQ Tour perfectly allowing for a smooth transition when the original IQ gets lazy on the backend, the emerald picks up where the IQ Tour left off with little adjustment. The emerald is more aggressive then my IQ tour 30 but not as much as my gold IQ. I have yet to try out any changes on the surface but out of the box this ball is money when the lanes break down around games 3,4 and 5. This is a must have in the bag if you are any type of IQ fan like me, or want a good mid line pearl ball, get yours today. #Stormnation.

  • Joel.Johnson86

    Posted by Joel.Johnson86 on Oct 14th 2019

    Ball Specs: Storm !Q Tour Emerald 1500 Polished R2S Pearl Reactive Weight C3™ Centripetal Control Core (Symmetrical) Color Emerald Review: This ball is an awesome addition to the IQ line that Storm has put out over the years. The R2S pearl reactive cover allows this ball to read the lane very well. You won't find a lot of unwanted jump out of the gate with this ball. The IQ proves to be incredibly smooth down lane and very predictable from front to end of lane. If you are a tournament player or enjoy bowling in different houses, this ball is a must have! It works on virtually anything. Kyle & Joel Johnson Storm Pro Shop Staffers #StormNation

  • ct9pinking

    Posted by ct9pinking on Oct 10th 2019

    IQ Tour Emerald The RS2 Pearl Reactive Cover is combined with C3 Centripetal Control Core which is also in the IQ Tour. This is a pearl ball that isn't sideways in the back part of the lane. The IQ Tour Emerald is very responsive in the mid-lane and is continuous on the back part of the lane. The IQ Tour Emerald is the perfect pearl ball to compliment the IQ Tour. I never go into league or tournaments without mine. Another awesome Symmetrical ball and great addition by Storm. Oh I forgot the amazing scent....melon mint! Bowler Info: PAP 4 9/16 x 1 3/16 up; Ball Speed 18mph; Rev Rate 620 RPM #stormnation Keith DeMaine Storm Amateur Staff Connecticut State & County HOF IQ Tour Emerald Ball Review by Keith DeMaine

  • Ricmccormick2000

    Posted by Ricmccormick2000 on Oct 2nd 2019

    The Storm Iq Tour Emerald features the R2S Pearl Reactive cover wrapped around the Centripetal Control Core which provides a clean bowling ball through the front part of the lane with a smooth predictable motion on the backend. This ball will complement the famous Iq Tour Solid when it starts to hook early and you need some more length in a ball. I can definitely see me using this ball later in blocks at tournaments for a nice smooth motion front to back on the lane. If you liked the Iq Tour Solid you will love this ball as it brings another great addition to the Iq line.

  • Haley3

    Posted by Haley3 on Sep 23rd 2019

    Storm IQ series are known for their predictability and becoming every bowlers benchmark ball. The IQ Emerald will have that same reputation. When first throwing this ball I was very impressed how clean it got down the lane, that is something I have been looking for to add to my arsenal. I've needed something for high friction houses and burned up shots. Even with a burned up shot I could still get the ball through the front part of the lane with a controllable back end. If you need a late block ball this will be it. On fresh I can square up and get that benchmark shape !

  • msipple

    Posted by msipple on Sep 19th 2019

    BALL SPECS Pin Length: 3 - 4 Starting Top Weight: 3.1 oz Ball Weight: 15 DRILL PATTERN Pin buffer 4.5 inches Drilled pin under the ring BOWLER STYLE: RH - Stroker Rev Rate: 380-420 Ball Speed: 15-16 PAP/Track: PAP: 5 13/16" and 1/2" up SURFACE PREP Box Finish: 1500-grit Polished symmetrical BALL MOTION The emerald IQ gets through the fronts very easy as with most pearl covers. The one thing for me that is different than other pearl covers is that it reads a little sooner and is more predictable off the spot. The pin down drilling has some to do with that motion also. COMMENTS I drilled this ball up pin down. It rolls great and hooks more than most pearl balls on the market. This ball is a keeper. When my Pro Motion starts rolling too early I can pick this ball up and not miss a beat. Mike Sipple Storm Amateur Staff

  • StoRoto2013

    Posted by StoRoto2013 on Sep 17th 2019

    The !Q Tour Emerald is the perfect complement to the original !Q Tour. The smoothness and predictability of the original !Q Tour is legendary. The Emerald utilizes the C3 Centripetal control core but it is surrounded by the R2S Pearl Reactive Coverstock. The R2S Pearl will help the !Q Tour Emerald retain more energy and power for the backend. Me being a low rev player (rev rate approx. 300) and medium ball speed (15 to 16MPH) sometimes the !Q Tour is just too early or just too smooth to get around the corner. However, the !Q Tour Emerald is the solution to this issue. The R2S Pearl coverstock helps the Emerald to get through the deteriorating heads and power through the carry down. I was able to witness this in action when I threw the original !Q Tour and the !Q Tour Emerald on a fresh and a beat up house pattern. The !Q Tour Emerald was pretty good on the fresh but maybe a little TOO responsive to the friction for me. I have this issue with every pearlized bowling ball but if I dulled up the cover a little it would have been fine. The original !Q Tour blended the house pattern and I had some hold and get back area to start. When the carry down started and the heads started to get dry, the original !Q Tour just had too much too early or not enough down lane. At this point I switched over to the !Q Tour Emerald and went right back to striking. The !Q Tour Emerald had enough length to keep my launch angles within my comfort zone while moving left. I had no issues getting the !Q Tour Emerald to go strong through the pins.

  • NateGarcia

    Posted by NateGarcia on Sep 11th 2019

    The IQ Tour Emerald is a game changer for benchmark pearl bowling balls. The Emerald has the trusty IQ Core with the R2S coverstock making this ball very clean through the front part of the lane and having a responsive change of direction downlane. You'll find youreself using this ball later in tournament blocks or for very dry house shots. I would say that when you find your lower end balls like a Hyroad Pearl being too responsive to the friction, going to the IQ Emerald would be perfect option. The IQ series is known for predictablility and control. With the addition of the IQ Emerald, it gives the IQ line even more verity than ever.

  • sportshot

    Posted by sportshot on Sep 2nd 2019

    Ball Specs: Storm IQ Tour Emerald R2S Pearl Reactive 1500 Grit Polished C3 Core Layout 55 x 3-3/8 x 40 Bowler Specs: Right Hand. PAP 5" Over 1/2 up Rev Rate 300. Tilt 20. Rotation 50. Speed at release 17 Review: I never rolled the Gold IQ but drilled plenty of them for my customers. I knew that ball was very good, so I had a feeling the Emerald IQ would be another hit for Storm. Man it sure is! The combination of the R2S Pearl Cover and The C3 Core are a perfect match. The ball revs easily, but saves power for backend and a nice hit. The Emerald IQ has a defined move on the back but it is not jumpy. This is one of the best core and cover combinations I have ever bowled with. I have used this ball on 6 different patterns over 4 houses and was able to easily find a line to the pocket with good carry. The Emerald is also forgiving if you make a bad shot. I have drilled the new Emerald for many styles of bowlers and it seems to work for everybody! As I go bowl and watch tournaments there is already plenty of Emerald IQ's in use. This speaks to the confidence and success bowlers already have with this ball. I put this ball between my Idol Pearl and Halo Pearl in total hook with a bit smoother roll. I recently switched to rolling all Storm and Roto Grip equipment and am very impressed with the motions I am getting. This ball will be a great addition to any arsenal. Summary: The Emerald IQ is a great ball on many conditions. The color and shelf appeal is very nice. The entry angle provides a great carry percent. The Emerald works for many bowling styles. Glenn Wendel PBA Member Storm Pro Shop Staff

  • tommygn

    Posted by tommygn on Aug 30th 2019

    The !Q Tour Emerald brings current bowlers the chance to relive the !Q 30 and "gold ball". The Emerald uses the same Centripetal core (2.49 Rg, 0.029 diff in 15lbs) found in the previous Tour releases as well as the same R2S pearl cover, but this time with an emerald green color. The Emerald is still in the Master line of balls in Storm's catalog. I drilled the Emerald with a 4.5" pin and 2.5" pin buffer from PAP, the same layout used on my Idol Pearl. My !Q 30 and my "gold ball" both had the pins at 5" with 2.5" pin buffer from PAP. Compared to a current ball in the Idol Pearl, the !Q Emerald is more responsive to friction at the end of the pattern, and creates more angle. The Idol Pearl starts up sooner, and is smoother overall, while covering more boards. This is almost always the case for me when comparing lower differential to higher differential balls. Other people and their roll may see it differently. Comparing the Emerald to a Son!Q with a 4" pin and 3" buffer, the Emerald needs to be straighter through the fronts to get the ball to read the right way, and has more angle than the Son!Q. Basically, I can use the Son!Q when seeing fresh backends, and switch to the Emerald when more backend shape (but less overall board coverage) is needed. The overall shape the emerald makes throughout the lane is very similar to that of the !Q 30. It seems to be more continuous through the backend than the "gold ball", just like the 30. The !Q Emerald is a welcomed addition to many tournament bowlers who see conditions that straighter trajectory through the fronts is key. The Emerald still has its place on easier conditions, especially those players with very high rev rates, who wants to circle the whole lane when they hook, as well as players who are speed dominate and want to keep their angles very tight. Thank you for taking the time to read my review of the !Q Emerald. As always, bowl up a Storm!

  • williamsonkm20

    Posted by williamsonkm20 on Aug 30th 2019

    As an owner of the original IQ Tour Pearl Gold I was beyond excited for this release. This ball epitomizes what a benchmark ball truly is. So much control and the ability to see what the lanes are really doing. This is always the first ball out of my bag even if I know the shot doesn't call for it because it allows me to read the lanes and make other ball decisions from there. Aside from this ball looking AMAZING it just feels right in your hand. You know even if you throw a "bad shot" that it will most likely not be "max penalty." I do go to the lanes without this ball, bottom line. A remake of one of my all time favorite balls that I still have today!

  • stormroto

    Posted by stormroto on Aug 28th 2019

    The new IQ Tour Emerald is newer version of the very popular IQ Tour Pearl aka Gold Ball. The Gold Ball is probably my favorite ball of all time from Storm. So to say the least I was pretty pumped to see the Emerald. I drilled mine with my favorite drilling 5.25 x 5 x 2.5 pin up no hole. The Emerald has the same great length and roll of the original. I think the Emerald is just a hair stronger overall with maybe a little stronger motion down lane due to the 2019 R2S coverstock version. I think the Emerald has that different motion in the Storm line that we have been missing for a little while. Throughout our Matchmakers the Emerald has been probably the most popular with all styles of bowlers. I personally think the Emerald is one the best league balls you can buy especially for the wood lanes or lower volume house patters. Also this summer we have seen great success on TV with the PBA guys striking a lot with the Emerald. Wes Malott being a big supporter. Brian Watson PAP - 5 up 1 1/8 RPM - 400 Speed 16-17 Tilt - 17 Storm Amateur Staff

  • EaronV

    Posted by EaronV on Aug 25th 2019

    Length:42 Volume: High Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS Rev Rate: 450 Ball Speed: 17 mph PAP: 5 1/16 x 3/4 up Introducing the IQ Tour Emerald, the newest release in the Master line. This is a remake of the IQ Tour Pearl and IQ Tour 30. Still utilizing the R2S Pearl cover and the C3 Centripetal Control Core made famous by those previous releases. The layout I used was 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 which put the pin in my ring finger. The IQ Tour Emerald has quickly joined the ranks of the IQ Tour Solid as one of my favorite pieces to date. The smoother core with the pearl cover pair perfectly with each other. The Emerald clears the fronts very well and gives me a very strong and continuous motion down lane. It also pairs really well with the Astro Physix as they both utilize the same cover but the Astro has a stronger core. If you liked the original pearl then this is a must have or if you never had a chance to throw the original, this is your chance to make up for lost time. Earon Vollmar Roto Grip Amateur Staffer

  • Tony Marino

    Posted by Tony Marino on Aug 22nd 2019

    IQ Emerarld IQ Tour Emerald is essentially the rerelease of one of the most iconic Storm balls of the last 10 years, the gold IQ! From what I remember the gold ball was a little sharper down lane than the emerald. The Emerald is what you would expect from an IQ line ball. A smooth, controllable, predictable shape with more motion than the original IQ Tour. A great compliment to the IQ Tour Solid, a common benchmark ball for many bowlers.

  • BowlersMartPark-Mike

    Posted by BowlersMartPark-Mike on Aug 20th 2019

    Layout: 60 x 4 5/8 x 40 The IQ Tour 30 is one of my favorite Storm balls of all time, so I was extremely excited when I saw the impending release of the IQ Tour Emerald. Just like the IQ 30, the Emerald has a strong backend but is still quite controllable. The Emerald is best on medium oil patterns, as it is a bit too clean for fresh or heavy oil patterns; when the lanes break down is when this ball shines. It is more responsive to hand position changes than most balls - getting up the back of it allows me to go down-and-in and a bit straighter, and getting around the side of the ball allows it to come off the end of the pattern quite strong and allows me to open the lane up considerably.The Emerald is 3-4 boards weaker overall than the Astro Phsyix, making those two balls a great 1-2 punch that covers most lane conditions, especially house shots.

  • Scooter38

    Posted by Scooter38 on Aug 19th 2019

    This ball is the smoothest ball I've ever seen. Sits if you tug it and recovers if you pitch it out. Hits hard. If your looking for a benchmark ball then look no farther

  • PJ Haggerty

    Posted by PJ Haggerty on Aug 16th 2019

    If you've tuned it to watch the PBA Tour over the last several years and paid attention to the most popular bowling balls being used, you'll recognize one particular logo, the IQ logo from Storm Bowling. The IQ Tour Emerald is the newest addition to the line and is a home run. It's a perfect addition to the existing line and is worth drilling to fill a gap in your bag. I've drilled one IQ Tour Emerald so far and love it. I drilled through the middle finger and put a weight hole approximately two inches below my PAP. I've had the most success with this ball when the pattern blends out and I need to create more angle through the front part of the lane. The response time on the IQ Tour Emerald is on the quicker side, so I'd make sure to account for plenty of angle down lane. I also hit the surface with a 3000 pad to take the initial shine off and create a smoother reaction. I've seen the players with a lower rev rate really like this ball because of how clean and angular it can be. Likewise, the higher rev players love it as well because of how much they can open up the lane with it and create angle. If you need a quicker response ball with a great track record, the IQ Tour Emerald is a perfect fit! #StormNation

  • CooperMathewson

    Posted by CooperMathewson on Aug 14th 2019

    Storm !Q Tour Emerald Cover: R2S Pearl Reactive Weightblock: C³ Centripetal Control Core Finish: 1500 Polish RG: 2.49 Differential: 0.029 When I saw the release information on the !Q Tour Emerald, I thought the same as everyone else, a new version of the gold ball----and this ball is as close as can be. The Emerald is what you would expect from an !Q line ball. Midlane, smooth, controllable, predictable. A great compliment to the !Q Tour Solid, a common benchmark ball for many bowlers. If you are someone, like me, who prefers a pearl as their benchmark ball, then the Emerald is one to give a try. This one will be seen in many tournament and house shot arsenals for a while!

  • rodbowler75

    Posted by rodbowler75 on Aug 13th 2019

    My excitement for this ball when it was announced was really high. I've loved all the balls in the IQ line. This one is no different the Emerald is that pearl I've been missing in my bag since I moved down in weight. Great control off the spot using one of my favorite layouts 5 x 4 x 40 showed me how great this ball is. Just like the solid IQ the Emerald is my benchmark pearl. A choice for anyone looking to add to there bag!


    Posted by ITZPS on Aug 8th 2019

    The IQ Emerald is the rebirth of the insanely popular and successful "gold ball," the original IQ Tour Pearl, which has been sought after, requested, and demanded since it was discontinued years ago. The IQ Emerald is extremely close to the original, to the point of splitting hairs on the reaction among the highest level players who can notice even the smallest details. It has Wes Malott's seal of approval, and the proof was the MVP trophy at the PBA League using the Emerald exclusively and virtually never missing with it, he has a lot of good history with the IQ Tour Pearl and its return is a sigh of relief for him among thousands of others. It combines one of the best cover formulas in bowling history, R2S Pearl, with one of the best cores in bowling history, the low RG, low differential Centripetal C3 core, and the result is a ball with an amazing amount of versatility, control, and power. It pairs very nicely with the Astro PhysiX for a similar feel out of the cover, but for different angles and situations, in addition to the Pro Motion as a familiar shape but a great ball down option for transition. Video Review:

  • stormstarSLZ

    Posted by stormstarSLZ on Aug 6th 2019

    My first impression of the !Q Tour Emerald was definitely an eye opener. I don't usually get along well with lower end pearls, I usually see a lot of over under with my lower ball speed and higher axis rotation. I layed mine out with my favorite pin up drilling which is 60x4x45. This is the perfect match made in heaven with the proven R2S pearl cover and the C3 centripetal control core. My PAP is 5 over and 1 1/4 up. I am generally a straighter player, I generalize myself as a Tweener (my rev rate slightly overpowers my ball speed). This ball is the perfect combination of clean through the heads, control through the mids, and a strong continuation all the way through the pin deck. Within 1 shot this ball shows me exactly where I need to play or what ball I need to switch too. So, if you're looking for that perfect transition/tournament ball this ball is it! Don't sleep on this "GEM" it is certainly a must have in everyone's arsenal.

  • stormstarSLZ

    Posted by stormstarSLZ on Aug 6th 2019

    My first impression of the !Q Tour Emerald was definitely an eye opener. I don't usually get along well with lower end pearls, I usually see a lot of over under with my lower ball speed and higher axis rotation. I layed mine out with my favorite pin up drilling which is 60x4x45. This is the perfect match made in heaven with the proven R2S pearl cover and the C3 centripetal control core. My PAP is 5 over and 1 1/4 up. I

  • Gil B

    Posted by Gil B on Aug 5th 2019

    Wow. First it smells great lol. This ball is super clean and predictable. I am loving it The shape on this ball lets me read the lane automatically after the first few shots. Def a bench mark piece. There was a lot of anticipation on this release and it def did not disappoint. The IQ line has always been and must have and this fits right in. Def drill this up you will not be disappointed .