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Motiv Venom Strike Reviewed By: qmastr4540 04/28/2013 22:15 ( stars)

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About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
Experience    Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
League Average    221
Sport Shot Average    196
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Tweener
PAP    4 out
 
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I felt obligated to share this on behalf of good friend
I bowl in a 4 man scratch with a solid performer who carries a 227 avg on THP 38' to 40' patterns! As with many high performer we have a tendancy to toy around with new equipment and try different cores, covers etc...
I'm a strong supporter of Storm, Rotogrip equipment however I do have a new Marauder madness which hits solid and is very forgiving! My partner purchased and drilled a venom strike in Feb because " he liked the cover stock colors" at first glance the ball rolls consistently strong, snaps hard but amazingly hits like a water balloon! This ball was amazing to watch roll out once hitting the pocket, my partner carries a 227avg and was committed to give this ball at least 9 games before passing any judgements, he waited too long! For the first time in 6 years he failed to shoot even 500 the first week he had this ball leaving 8-10 splits, 7-10 pocket shots, and I even saw consecutive 4-6s in one game. He finished that night 488 series, the following week wasn't much better and yet again couldn't shoot 500 finishing with 496. The final week with this ball he shoot a robust 514. The fourth week he came out with freshly drilled Storm ROP and shot 731. He put this ball on the house rack and it has remained there for the last several weeks. When your looking to try something new throw the ball before competetion play and stick with what works!! Sorry Motiv I can't say you'll be on my radar anytime soon!!!


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Motiv Venom Strike Reviewed By: ferd 03/27/2013 14:41 ( stars)


About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Left Handed
Experience    Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
League Average    160
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Stroker
 
I had to switch from rt. to left handed due to a shoulder tear. I also went from 15 to 13 pound equipment. I now own 4 Motivs with the Venom Strike being the latest. At my age, these 13 lb Motivs are fantastic, was about to quit bowling, but thanks to Motiv I'm coming bake strong. Love my Venom Srike, shooting down and in, does not deflect as what you might expect for 13 pounds. Great ball.
Considering in getting the Venom toxin,


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Motiv Venom Strike Reviewed By: hfkwill 01/30/2013 09:55 ( stars)


About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
Experience    Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
League Average    225
Sport Shot Average    200
Ball Speed    Fast
Style    Tweener
PAP    5 1/8 right, 1/2 up
 
The gear core is back MOTIVnation! Wrapped around a new formulation of the Atomix cover found in the successful Sigma Tour, we introduce the Venom Strike! The Venom Strike is orange, blue, and strikes a bunch. Out of the box at 3000, it is smooth as butter.
I have drilled two Venom Strikes so far. The first one was drilled 70 x 5” x 40, no weight hole needed. This ball is great for me with additional surface (1000) and with polish. This ball is very versatile and my benchmark ball. The second Venom Strike is drilled 40 x 4.25” x 40, with a big hole on my axis point and this ball reads the lane and is the smoothest on the backend. With additional surface on this ball, it is a great ball to start with.
In comparison to other bowling balls in the MOTIV line, the Venom Strike is intended to be smooth and your ideal weapon for light-medium oil. In respect to the other symmetrical balls MOTIV produces, the Venom Strike hooks earlier and is smoother down lane than the quadfire core balls (thrash, backdraft, qz2 blue). Stop by your local pro shop and get MOTIVated!


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Motiv Venom Strike Reviewed By: MOTIVmags 11/06/2012 10:30 ( stars)


About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
Experience    Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
League Average    220
Ball Speed    Fast
Style    Tweener
PAP    4 3/4 Over x 1/8 Down
 
Venom Strike – Layout 4 1/2 X 4

MOTIV’s current goal is to release bowling balls that will be able to provide bowlers with an arsenal of equipment to combat all conditions.

Description: The Venom Strike is going to be an addition to the lower mid-price range, but with much higher expectations. The coverstock on the Venom Strike is a modified version from the popular Sigma Tour and has been renamed the Atomix Arc Solid Reactive. This shell is known being dependable and versatile. For the core, MOTIV brought back the highly requested Gear Core from the GT1. The Gear Core provides easy revs and a low flare potential for down lane control.

Reaction: In my opinion the Venom Strike is stronger than advertised, but only up front and in the mid-lane, it is still very tame and smooth when going into the roll phase. For me, this filled in a gap where a lot of high performance and similar lower RG equipment have more backend and higher flare potential. At the box finish (3000 grit sanded) I found that it allowed me to square up or play more down and in on a 41’ house shot. After adding polish it did give me more motion in the backend but also forced me to just move my feet a few boards right. I was happy to see the polish didn’t force me to play more left to right or make the break point uncontrollable. I can see this ball being a stud on conditions where you see a more wet/dry condition as it will blend the pattern very well!

Comparisons: When a ball such as the Sigma Hybrid is too early, but you don’t want to get away from the smooth and predictable backend motion the Venom Strike is a winner. This is an ideal ball for those who struggle in transition and feel that whenever they ball down they lose the pocket because of too much downlane hook. I found that when a ball such as the Thrash is too long and isn’t starting up soon enough the Venom Strike was a great matchup. Although the Thrash provided more backend motion, the overall hook potential went to the Venom Strike. The Venom Strike provides a strong arcing motion that is ideal for control on tougher conditions, even more so than the Thrash. Depending on the surface you choose, the Venom Strike could fit into many different areas of your arsenal.

Summary: The Venom Strike is a ball that for the price a lot of people should invest. I believe depending on the layout and surface bowlers will be able to use this on everything but the heaviest or driest conditions. For those who haven’t yet tried a MOTIV piece this is a great one to try. It will provide a moderate hook potential and a lot of control down the lane!

MOTIV Staff Member - Mike Magolan


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