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Reviews by Trent Overbey

Motiv 2Cruel

Motiv Ascent Pearl Pink/Purple

Motiv Ascent Solid Blue/Red

Motiv Chronic Paranoia

Motiv Forza GT

Motiv Forza Redline

Motiv Forza SS

Motiv Freestyle Black/Blue Pearl

Motiv Freestyle Rush

Motiv Jackal Carnage Jackal USBC Approval Revoked

Motiv Jackal Ghost

Motiv Jackal Rising

Motiv Lethal Paranoia

Motiv Octane Burn

Motiv Octane Carbon

Motiv Paranoia

Motiv Primal Fear

Motiv Primal Impulse

Motiv Primal Rage Remix

Motiv Raptor Attack

Motiv Rebel Tank

Motiv Revolt Havoc 12 Only

Motiv Sigma Hybrid

Motiv Tag Cannon

Motiv Tank Rampage

Motiv Thrash

Motiv Trident

Motiv Trident Quest

Motiv United Revolt 16 Only

Motiv Venom Cobra

Motiv Venom Shock Pearl

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Motiv 2Cruel
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Lane Condition:
40ft THS on AMF HPL
Medium-Heavy Volume
Layout:
4 ¼” x 5 3/16”
65* x 4 ¼” x 35*
If you are looking for a ball that combines the power to cut through heavy oil and the retention of energy for an angular backend motion, the Motiv 2Cruel is what you want in your arsenal. Combining the strength of the Whiplash hybrid coverstock with the high RG Sinister core (2.55 RG, .053 Diff) you will see a unique reacting that is tough to find in the high-performance category. With the patterns I have been bowling on I have seen a good mix of clean front lane projection, smooth midlane transition and an angular backend move with continuation. I have been able to play multiple angles with this ball, something that I have not been able to do this effectively with coverstocks that are this aggressive. While playing straighter lines I have seen a strong motion at the spot with plenty of power going through the pins. When I have stepped left and started playing the middle part of the lane, with both open and tight angles, I have not lost any hitting power as the core gives this ball the ability to transition quickly from projection to hook. Overall the 2Cruel has given me a special look that I usually need two different balls to fulfill. The unique reaction this ball has is a phenomenal addition to my bag, one that anyone who loves angularity in heavy oil should enjoy.
Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
Motiv Staff


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Motiv Ascent Pearl Pink/Purple
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Lane Condition:
40ft THS on AMF HPL
Medium-Heavy Volume
Layout:
4 3/8” x 3 3/8”
56 x 4 3/8” x 43
Motiv is releasing its first entry-level price point equipment with the Ascent line, but there is nothing entry level about the Ascent Pearl. The combination of the high RG/low Diff Recon core (2.59 RG, .025 Diff) with the MOTIVator Z pearl coverstock (used in the QZ line) allows the ball to easily push down the lane and make a strong backend motion, one not normally seen in an entry-level ball reaction. I laid my Pearl out with the idea of using this ball to its strengths and it has not disappointed. With this core and coverstock working together I have no problems getting the ball to glide through the heads and the midlane. Once the ball gets down to the break point it reads the spot aggressively and makes a very pronounced move towards the pocket. Once going into the pocket the Pearl has no issue getting through the pins, driving through them with incredible energy (thanks in part to the Recon storing energy for such a late move). Once the lanes begin to break down I can start getting left and use this ball to bounce off of the dry and keep a strong, angular motion through the pins even with larger launch angles. Entry level pricing with an advanced reaction, this perfectly describes the Motiv Ascent Pearl.
Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
Motiv Staff

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Motiv Ascent Solid Blue/Red
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Lane Condition:
40ft THS on AMF HPL
Medium-Heavy Volume
Layout:
4 1/8” x 3 9/16
65 x 4 1/8” x 71
Motiv is releasing its first entry-level price point equipment with the Ascent line, but there is nothing entry level about the Ascent Solid. Even with the high RG, low Diff Recon core (2.59 RG, .025 Diff) as its engine, the MOTIVator Z coverstock (found in the QZ line) takes charge of this ball’s motion by creating a very smooth, controllable ball reaction for an entry-level product. I laid this ball out with every intention of creating a similar, but weaker, motion to my Thrash and that is exactly what I got. This ball gets through the heads extremely easily because of the weaker nature of the core/cover duo, but once it gets further in the mids it begins to rev up quite well. Once the ball decides to make its motion to the pocket I have seen a very smooth but continuous movement; it is very easy to read and extremely controllable at the spot. Going through the pins has been no issue since the Recon core stores up that little extra punch of energy down lane. My Solid, which is drilled fairly aggressively, has been a great compliment to my weaker Thrash. When the Thrash became too much ball, by hooking too soon, I moved to the Solid and was able to continue my great look without having to compromise too large of a launch angle. This ball will excel on shorter and flatter patterns because of the smoothness and control it has at the breakpoint. Entry level pricing with an advanced reaction, this perfectly describes the Motiv Ascent Solid.
Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
Motiv Staff

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Motiv Chronic Paranoia
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
75 x 5 x 40

Are you looking for a benchmark ball that reads the lane for you but still have a strong backend that does not quit through the pins? Go now further than the Chronic Paranoia. The younger sibling to the skid/flip Paranoia shares the Oblivion core (2.53RG, .047Diff) but uses a stronger, solid coverstock (Agitator Solid, finished at 4000LSS) to give it more teeth. This combination provides ease of motion through the heads thanks to the med-high RG core while still creating a midlane read that allows you to read the lane and make the proper transitional moves. I left mine at box finish and have found that it is an amazing compliment to the prior release, the Primal Fear. Where the Fear glides through the fronts and mids effortlessly, the Chronic picks up a little more in the midlane. This earlier motion creates a bit more control and makes it easier for me to read the lane effectively. Once I start making zone moves left then I can switch to the Fear and continue moving left with no worries of a flat 10 showing up. I have been equally impressed with this ball’s motion through the pin deck. Typically one might see the ball lay off just a little bit because of the midlane roll but not the Chronic; when it decides to go left it sees the job all the way through. This piece fits nicely in the middle of my arsenal. At the beginning of the block I can take this ball out, throw it on the pattern, and properly identify how I should attack the lanes; this is the definition of a benchmark ball. If you want to cure yourself of the chronic madness that challenging lanes can create, find the Chronic Paranoia.

Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
Motiv Staff


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Motiv Forza GT
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
65 x 5 ½” x 40

Building upon the success of the reliable Torx core (2.50RG, .051Diff), the latest iteration of the Forza line not only looks good on the shelf, it leaves its mark on the lane as well. The new Helix HR coverstock (finished at 4000 LSS) allows the GT to read the mids like the original while still saving energy for some backend pop similar to the Redline. This ball is slotted to provide a middle ground for the Forza line and it does not fail. Throwing mine on several shots I have found that it blends the wet/dry extremely well, giving me a more tempered reaction at the breakpoint without sacrificing a continuous backend roll through the deck. The ability for this to read the mids gives me a heads up on the transitions but also some forgiveness in case I was a bit behind the move. Even when I get deeper on the lane I can see the ball blending out the hook spot to give me a controllable breakpoint. If you’re looking for a benchmark ball that will control the pocket for you while giving you a bit of miss-right forgiveness, look no further than the Forza GT.

Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
Motiv Staff


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Motiv Forza Redline
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
65 x 5 x 35


Looking for your new benchmark ball? Look no further than the Motiv Forza Redline. By combining the controllable Torx core (2.50RG, .051Diff), first found in the Forza, with the brand new Helix Pearl Reactive coverstock (finshed at 5000 Grit LSP) a ball motion has been created that gives excellent read on the lanes without sacrificing hitting power. I drilled mine the same as the benchmark that I was currently throwing, the Sigma Sting, to test this ball’s mettle. Upon throwing them side by side I believe that the Redline is a great successor for this spot in the ball chart. The Redline clears the heads easily but once in the midlane you can really see the Torx going to work. I see the ball start to read without hooking too soon thereby giving me an accurate look at how the lane will play. When it comes time to transition from roll to hook the ball makes a strong but very controllable motion to the pocket where it drives through as though it lost no energy at all. Though a traditional pearl the ball is not unpredictably flippy which makes it very forgiving on the fresh and transition alike. While both the Sting and Redline have similar characteristics for me, the Redline hooks a bit sooner therefore giving me several more boards of overall motion. Whenever the lanes get tough and I need to control the pocket this little ball of sunshine will be just what I need.

Trent Overbey
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Motiv Staff


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Motiv Forza SS
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
65 x 5 x 35

Versatility, predictability, and reliability all define the Motiv Forza SS for me. The new Helix HFS reactive coverstock (finished at 3000LSS) was developed to be wrapped around the successful Sigma core (2.47RG, .047Diff). The Sigma has been my favorite core bar none and I have been excited to see it back in action. The total strength of this ball has allowed me to easily play on fresh house shots without being too early or energy-deprived at the pocket. The HFS/Sigma combination reads the midlane ridiculously well while still retaining energy to continue through the pin deck. Once the shot starts to break down I have been able to move left quite a bit without sacrificing much hitting power; the houses I bowl in have a fair amount of volume so a typical three game block has not necessitated me crossing left of 20 yet. So far the only factors that this ball has not excelled at is on burned up, or lightly applied, oil and large launch angles through the heads; this is not a detractor as this ball is meant to eat through the heavier to medium conditions with the Tag Cannon or Freestyle Rush being able to fill the later-in-the-day role. The Forza SS gives me a good benchmark ball to test patterns and start the day out reading the lane properly.

Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
MOTIV Staff


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Motiv Freestyle Black/Blue Pearl
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
MoTion Hole drilling for 5”+ PAP

Prepare to #showoff when the lanes get dry with the Motiv Freestlye. Coming in either a Blue/Black or Pink/Black color scheme, this gem will give you the ability to attack those later day conditions with ease. By wrapping the proven Recon core (2.59RG, .025Diff) in the all new Turmoil LFP Reactive coverstock, we have a ball dedicated to gliding through the dry without sacrificing any power through the pins. I drilled mine with the MoTion hole as I wanted to crush the core a little bit thereby creating more revving action which my medium rev-rate would appreciate; I am not disappointed. I could immediately tell that this ball is a great successor to the Ascent line as it still provides the length needed on drier condition yet has an enhanced downlane reaction thanks to the new coverstock. While not flippy the motion at the spot is more pronounced than my Ascents and the hitting power is just as impressive. I was able to go straight up outside of seven when other people on my pair were struggling with similar equipment inside of ten. This ball compliments my arsenal well due to its unparalleled length, a nice step down from the Venom line. Oil is not this ball’s friend so remember that friction is needed in order to get the optimal designed performance out of it. Dry lanes, scorched heads? Show everyone your moves by Freestyling on the lanes.

Trent Overbey
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Motiv Staff


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Motiv Freestyle Rush
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout
70 x 4 x 40

Building off of last year’s Freestyle, MOTIV’s Freestyle Rush finds another level of performance to keep you competitive when the lanes are all but toast. The all new Agility LFP cover (5500LSP finish) is wrapped around a tweaked Recon core (now at 2.60RG, .030Diff) to provide a slightly beefed up performance level than what we have previously seen. I have noticed that the increased differential, though ‘only’ .005 more, has helped to create a little more flare motion to my ball. This factor, along with the strengthened coverstock, has allowed me to play larger angles in slightly more oil than my original Blue/Black Freestyle. When compared to my Venom Cobra, I see more length but a similar motion at the spot; controlled yet continuous. This motion gives me a solid compliment to go down to when the heads and mids become too dry for the Venom line. To top this all off, the color scheme looks fantastic in person. Who does not want to look good while scoring later in the day?

Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
MOTIV Staff


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Motiv Jackal Carnage Jackal USBC Approval Revoked
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
75 x 5 ¾” x 35

If you’ve been waiting for something that has a few more teeth than the original Jackal, your patience is being rewarded in the form of the new Jackal Carnage. This beast matches the proven Predator core (2.46RG, .060Diff) found in the original Jackal with the all-new Coercion XFS solid coverstock. When I first removed this ball from the packaging it was already rolling left, literally hooking out of the box. I put a slightly weaker layout on mine to make it a bit more versatile for the lower volumes I see on a weekly basis; even with this influence I can still see the high strength of this ball. On the fresh I see the ball starting to read the lane just past the arrows, starting its ¾ of the ball flaring trying to find the friction. Once the ball finds (or even creates) a dry spot it goes into a very heavy roll; the breakpoint is ultra smooth and extremely controllable. This roll continues on through the pin deck with ease. I have found the most success with this having smaller laydown-crossing angles as a ball that hooks this early is not meant to loop the lane. My first set with the ball I shot 300-800 by playing out near the friction only covering two boards between my laydown and target at the arrows. If I missed in the ball would grab and tip just enough to carry light; if I missed a bit out the smoothness of the ball blended any ‘jump’ and kept me high-flush instead of through the face. Over all if you need something that will give you the utmost control of the heaviest of volumes without sacrificing power grab yourself a Jackal Carnage and get #OntheProwl.

Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
Motiv Staff


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Motiv Jackal Ghost
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
90 x 4 x 40

Heroes get remembered, but Legends Never Die. The Jackal Ghost brings back the spirit of the original Jackal line using new technology to deliver the same performance. The Predator V2 core (2.47RG, .054Diff), wrapped in the all new Coercion HFS Solid coverstock (finished at 3000LSS), delivers the same continuation of the original Predator and hits the pit just as hard as well. I put the same layout on the Ghost as I did the original Jackal to give myself a good comparison and I have not been disappointed in the new versus the old. Since this new Coercion is much stronger I see the ball read the mids extremely strongly (I have come close to flaring the entire ball when I have to get on it) yet I see no hesitation when it comes to changing direction towards the pocket. So far I have found this to be an easy 3-2 to 5-3 more than my Trident of similar layout; both box finish. Though I get the best results when I am a bit more square, the ability of this ball to open up surprises me as I can swing it almost like it is a medium volume piece of equipment without the fear of it bleeding too much energy and finishing weak. What impresses me the most, though, is that the continuation is astounding. Once the Ghost decides to go left it just keeps going; a ball that cuts through heavier oils rarely flirts with leaving as many 9-pins as I have. Do note, however, that this is a heavy oil beast so I usually have to put it away by the end of game one in league (a medium oil shot at best). So long as you remember to stay in this hunter’s natural habit, enjoy unleashing this deadly beast that has risen from the dead, the Jackal Ghost.

Trent Overbey
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Motiv Staff


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Motiv Jackal Rising
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
75 x 5 ½ x 35

What was once a Ghost is now Rising to the living. The Jackal Rising is the next evolution of the Jackal line. The new Coercion HV2 coverstock (finished at 2000LSS) is more controlled off of the downlane spot than the Ghost which is created by its sharper teeth; this allows it to grip the midlane sooner. The Predator V3 core (2.47RG, .055Diff) has more intermediate differential than the Predator V2; this makes the ball rev up even more, creating more flare and more motion potential. Boasting these two new innovations, this ball is meant to tackle the heaviest of oil conditions. Out of the box mine showed how early it could hook yet it still did not lose the line-characteristic of superior drive through the pins. I saw early read in the mids, a controlled motion at the breakpoint, and devastating motion into the pit. For my typical house shot it was a bit strong so I polished it up while leaving the grit untouched. This gave me a bit more length through the heads yet retained a similar overall motion. Even with the slightly increased breakpoint angle due to the retained energy I never felt like the Rising was going to do anything unpredictable. For me this ball is best utilized early where there is plenty of oil and my angles are straighter. Once I start opening up the transition to the Trident Quest is almost seamless. If a heavy oil buster is what you need, the Rising is a great option.

Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
MOTIV Staff


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Motiv Lethal Paranoia
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
65 x 5 x 35

Motiv’s second ball sporting Hexion technology is out and all I can say so far is that angularity is back with a vengeance. The Lethal Paranoia combines the new Hexion Hybrid coverstock (5500LSP finish) with the higher RG, dual density Oblivion core (2.53RG, .047Diff) to create a medium oil ball that responds to friction in an impressive manner. Leaving mine at box finish I decided to put my longer, quicker responding layout on it to compliment the skid-snap reaction this was said to have; that is exactly what I got. The Lethal has no issues getting through the fronts with the clean cover/core duo it has. Once friction is found, however, watch out! The response time from projection to hooking back is impressively short, creating quite the sharp angle towards the pocket. I have yet to find a spot where getting too far left is an issue as the motion this ball creates can be beneficial for swinging it as much as fading it from deeper angles. Typically I can start a league night with my similarly-drilled Trident Quest (sanded to 2000) and seamlessly transition to the Lethal once the former starts to labor due to its big block. Several times I have actually had to make an immediate 2-1 to 3-2 left when ‘balling down’ to this Paranoia as that friction response time loves to take advantage of the burn created to the right. This Hexion duo has been quite the one-two punch for me so far. If you want a true skid-snap piece meant to tackle transition and medium oil conditions, once the Quest starts to hook a bit too much, this is hands down the ball you should put in your bag.

Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
MOTIV Staff


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Motiv Octane Burn
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
40 x 4 ¼ x 40


If you need a ball that can easily glide down the lane and finsh strongly on the backend then look no further than the Octane Burn. By wrapping the high RG Quadfire core (2.55RG, .043Diff) in the brand new Helix SFP Reactive coverstock we have a blend of the original Octane’s backend motion and greater control at that spot. I was a bit aggressive with my angles so that I could get the ball to rev up a bit sooner for me, to give me a stronger midlane read before dry and this ball does not disappoint. Even though I can see it rapidly flaring in the mids it still effortlessly glides through the fronts and mids; so far this trait has been shown anywhere from straight up on the fresh to playing left of fifth arrow on some extreme burn. Friction is this ball’s friend. Once you find the dry the Burn reads hard without being snappy or overly jumpy. This motion towards the pocket does not stop once it gets to the pins as it drives through to the pit. I have also noticed that this ball is very good at keeping the pins low; more pins around the deck translates to better carry. In my bag this iteration of the Octane fits extremely well between Redline/Shock and the Tag. If it’s dry that you need to combat, pick up an Octane Burn and #LightEmUp!

Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
Motiv Staff

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Motiv Octane Carbon
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
75 x 4 x 40

When the lanes start to dry out and you need some added performance in your game, get #firedup with the Octane Carbon. Motiv has brought two new pieces of technology to the Octane line to provide a truly high-rev piece: the Agitator MXR Pearl shell (5500LSP) wrapped around the duly density Injector core (2.56RG, .042Diff). The intention of my layout was to provide a slightly stronger compliment to my Venom Cobra between those second and third transitions and that is exactly what this ball provides. The pearl shell/high RG core combination provides easy projection through the heads. Given that I put a 4in pin placement on it I start to see the Carbon read the midlane yet it does not react early; it still glides down the lanes even though it is showing it is already reaction to the surface. Once at the breakpoint this ball unleashes a powerful move to the pocket which greatly helps when my launch angles widen (which they always do as the day progresses). Watching others throw their Carbons with longer pin placements reveals a backend that is even more dramatic. I have been able to throw mine on the fresh since our house shots are medium volume and even then it impressed. While I had to square up the lane I did not see any over reaction on the crisp, new backends. The ball read the mids well before making a quick motion to the pocket which carried through to the pit. This may be one of the more versatile balls I have in my bag right now.

Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
Motiv Staff

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Motiv Paranoia
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
45 x 5 ¼ x 25

Be prepared to #FreakOut with the Motiv Paranoia. This brightly marked ball looks good on the lanes both reaction wise and color wise; it really pops on the lane. This ball combines two brand new technologies in the Agitator Pearl Reactive coverstock (finished at 5500 Grit LSP) wrapping around the Oblivion core (2.53RG, .047Diff). Built as a controllable upgrade from the original Octane, this ball fits very nicely into the Medium Oil-Angular motion chart slot. On the fresh this ball is super clean, saving its energy for a very strong, yet predictable, backend motion. I do have to be square and go up the lane with it as friction is its friend, but the read this ball gives and the continuation through the pin deck is superb on this sort of line. As the lanes burned up I am able to jump left…and left…and left with this ball showing no quite. The glide through the heads stores up enough energy for a quick transition at the breakpoint allowing the Paranoia to be used with larger angles later in the day. My second game out of the box with this ball was 290. I have also sanded this down to 2000 grit so that I could be more aggressive earlier and I have not found disappointment. This added texture allows the ball to hook a couple of feet sooner but not so much so as to burn up any breakpoint energy. I get a better midlane read without sacrificing a quicker transition or driving power. A sanded Paranoia and an out of box one can be a dangerous one-two punch in medium conditions that easily burn. Over all if you need a medium oil, quick responding ball that gives you control and power through the pins, look now further than the Paranoia!

Trent Overbey
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Motiv Staff


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Motiv Primal Fear
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
75 x 4 ½ x 40

With the continued success of the Primal line it’s no wonder why Motiv’s latest release follows this path: the Primal Fear. By wrapping the proven dual-density Impulse V2 core (2.55RG, .050Diff) within the brand new Voracity Pearl Reactive shell a reaction that is true to the ‘flippy’ nature of the line has been born. I laid mine out with my more benchmark-type angles so that I could play as many lines as possible and this ball has yet to disappoint. My first night with it out-of-box I went wire-to-wire never feeling as though I was in danger of losing the ball motion or pin action; I started crossing at 11 and finished crossing at 20. Even though the shell is on the stronger side it still reacts as a true pearl with its ability to easily clear the heads to retain energy for the backend. Once friction is found I see a strong, but not unpredictable, motion made with impressive continuation through to the pit. I have yet to see this ball snap in an uncontrolled manner nor have I felt as though I was in a phone booth with where I could play on the lane. While I can play on a fresh house condition with it I also see it as a great compliment to my Trident. When the latter starts to hook too soon, starting to bleed energy getting back to the pocket, I can immediately pick up the Fear and continue on that line and beyond. For how strong it is I am impressed by its quick clean-then-hook motion. Overall I would say this ball is true to form for the medium-heavy lane conditions with the ability to play further into lighter volumes than other equipment with similar overall hook. If you need bite through heavier condition without sacrificing a strong backend motion, make the pins scared seeing that Primal Fear come out!


Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
Motiv Staff


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Motiv Primal Impulse
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Motiv’s first shot at a ball that gives a true skid-flip reaction does not miss its mark. The 2000-grit finish with the Power Gel Polish, combined with a 2.60 RG core, allows the ball to easily clear the heads and save its energy for the backend transition. As the ball approaches the breakpoint it begins to rev up quickly allowing it to move sharply off of the spot, something the .050 Diff helps to facilitate. The Primal Impulse has been a very good medium oil and broken-down oil ball for me. Once my Sigma Tour begins to hook a little too soon I switch to this, make a small adjustment right and continue to crush the pocket. The ball effortlessly glides through the heads and is very strong in its backend reaction. Once it hits the pins it continues through the deck with great power; I have already left more 9-pins because of it driving through to the pit than I have with the rest of my arsenal combined. Even when I have missed to the right the ball still has enough energy to turn on its left-turn signal and make it back to the pocket. If you’re looking for angularity and continuation power, not to mention the snazzy color scheme, the Primal Impulse is the ball for you.

Trent Overbey
In The Zone Pro Shop
Motiv Staff

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Motiv Primal Rage Remix
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
70 x 4 ¼” x 34

Looking to add some #RawPower to your arsenal? Look no further than the new Motiv Primal Rage Remix. The combination of the extremely successful Impulse V2 core (2.55RG, .050Diff) with the new Raw Fusion Hybrid Reactive coverstock (finished at 4000 LSS) creates a ball that gives you the traction needed in heavier volumes of oil with the backend power and continuation to drive ten into the pit. I’ve thrown my Remix on several different house conditions and it exhibits the same qualites from house to house; ease through the heads, good mid-lane read without over reacting, and a definitive move off of the spot that continues through the pin deck. While this sort of reaction is expected on the fresh when playing straighter angles, I have found that this ball continues this reaction even when moving depper on the lane. In a minors set I bowled in a tournament I used this ball exclusively: started crossing at 12, finished crossing at 24. The entire time the ball would give a good midlane read to help with my moves and then continue a strong motion to the pocket. This sort of versatility can give you the effect of two or three balls in one. Stroker, tweener, or cranker, I believe this piece can empower your game with a unique ball motion for its overall hooking category.

Trent Overbey
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Motiv Primal Rage Remix
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
70 x 4 ¼” x 34

Looking to add some #RawPower to your arsenal? Look no further than the new Motiv Primal Rage Remix. The combination of the extremely successful Impulse V2 core (2.55RG, .050Diff) with the new Raw Fusion Hybrid Reactive coverstock (finished at 4000 LSS) creates a ball that gives you the traction needed in heavier volumes of oil with the backend power and continuation to drive ten into the pit. I’ve thrown my Remix on several different house conditions and it exhibits the same qualites from house to house; ease through the heads, good mid-lane read without over reacting, and a definitive move off of the spot that continues through the pin deck. While this sort of reaction is expected on the fresh when playing straighter angles, I have found that this ball continues this reaction even when moving depper on the lane. In a minors set I bowled in a tournament I used this ball exclusively: started crossing at 12, finished crossing at 24. The entire time the ball would give a good midlane read to help with my moves and then continue a strong motion to the pocket. This sort of versatility can give you the effect of two or three balls in one. Stroker, tweener, or cranker, I believe this piece can empower your game with a unique ball motion for its overall hooking category.

Trent Overbey
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Motiv Raptor Attack
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Lane Condition:
40ft THS on AMF HPL
Medium-Heavy Volume
Layout:
5” x 5 3/8”
70 x5 x 40
While throwing the Raptor P7, with its Predator asymmetric core, I have thought to myself ‘how can I extend this great ball motion into the later games of the day?’ Enter the Motiv Raptor Attack. By wrapping the Predator (2.46 RG, .060 Diff) in the Atomix SFP Pearl Reactive coverstock (finished to 2000 with polish) you will retain the great revving motion of the Raptor P7 while getting the ball to push further down the lane and creating a stronger backend reaction. I decided to lay this ball out relatively weak when compared to my P7 because I wanted the ball to definitively make it through the heads and save its energy for a strong and continuous finish, and that is what I obtained. Even though the mass bias is placed in a weak position for me, the Predator still creates 5”-6” of flare every time I release the ball. The ball roll created by that flare has given me a firm midlane revving reaction that helps it to push through any carry down and drive through the pins like a beast. I have found that this ball reaction is a great compliment to both the P7 and the Sigma Tour. When the lanes are a little too dry to throw the P7, but still too slick for the Sigma to read early enough, the Attack fills that role perfectly. If the pins are trying to hold you hostage, bring out the Motiv Raptor Attack and strike with a vengeance!
Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
Motiv Staff

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Motiv Rebel Tank
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
70 x 4 ¼ x 60

The newest addition to the Motiv line up is built for the lanes get absolutely scorched and your typical low-end reactive ball is too much. The Rebel Tank combines the DMX Pearl Urethane coverstock originally used on the Arctic Sniper (finished at 4000 LSS) and combines it with the proven Halogen core (2.55RG, .037). This pairing gives you more overall hook than the Arctic thanks to the dynamic core but still less than the reactive Ascent line; a very nice go between for when the lanes become drier than the Sahara. I drilled mine to optimize the smoothness that urethane gives. My Rebel Tank glides through the heads and mids with absolute ease. While I can see the ball flaring thanks to the Halogen it still does not aggressively grab the lane and make any sudden motions. Once it hits the end of the pattern it calmly transitions into a roll that can walk into the pocket and deliver a powerful blow to the pins; I am pleasantly surprised by the continuation this ball has being a urethane. While I can significantly square up the lane and throw this ball on a fresher shot, my games sees the most benefit much later in the day when control and consistancy will win the day. I highly recommend this ball for those needing something for the later games of a long block or those heavy-handed throwers who need something that is tame and will not react violently to the first bit of friction it sees.

Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
Motiv Staff

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Motiv Revolt Havoc 12 Only
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:

45 x 5 3/4” x 40

If you want absolute control over jumpy or soaked lane conditions look no further than the Revolt Havoc. By combining the proven Vanquish core (2.47RG, .056Diff) with the new Helix HFS Reactive coverstock (finished at 3000 LSS) a ball has been created to give unprecidented control with continuation. In the past with equipment at this performance level I have had an issue with the ball burning a bit too early and not driving through to the pit; not so with the Havoc. The pin distance on mine allows the ball to easily skate through the heads but still pick up strongly in the mids thanks to the core’s strong diff. Once at the breakpoint the ball makes a very smooth motion towards the pocket; I have yet to see this ball jump at all, even on snappy backends. The most impressive part of the ball, to me, is its ability to keep rolling through the pindeck. Whether I am playing straight up the lane or swinging it a bit, this ball is not left wanting for strong continuation. I have had the most success with this going up the boards as the ball controls the breakpoint so well that I do not have to worry about touchy backends. I have even been able to move right later in the day and watch this ball make it through the burn with enough energy to still smash through the pocket; it is truly a unique ball reaction. The Revolt Havoc is the ball that anyone who calls themselves a #ControlFreak should have.

Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
Motiv Staff


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Motiv Sigma Hybrid
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5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Lane Condition:
40ft THS on AMF HPL
Medium-Heavy Volume
Layout:
4 ½” x 4 7/8”
90* x 4 ½” x 70*
Using the award winning Sigma core, Motiv has strengthened their already powerful line-up with the new Sigma Hybrid. The combination of the Sigma core (2.47 RG, .047 Diff), with its strong midlane read and backend motion, with the new Atomix Hybrid coverstock has created a ball that has no issues giving you the controllable, aggressive ball motion you want in heavier volumes of oil. Where my Sigma Tour excels in medium oil conditions, so too does this ball does in heavier conditions, giving me a solid 1-2 punch of Sigma satisfaction. While more aggressive overall than the Tour, my Hybrid still has little problem getting through the heads before giving me a very strong midlane read and smooth but powerful backend. I have been able to play a variety of lines with it so far from ‘straight up’ on the fresh to being around 5th arrow at the end of a league set. It has continuously excelled on a variety of patterns. On the fresh the Hybrid gives a very pronounced midlane read which is great for being able to control the breakpoint when there is a lot of oil or when the backends are flying. When the lanes are broken down the ball is still clean enough to get down to my breakpoint and retain enough energy to make a strong, continuous motion through the pins (stuffing a 9-pin from 5th arrow is not all its hyped up to be as this ball can do it easily). Combined with the Sigma Tour, the Sigma Hybrid creates a dynamic duo that is tough to beat on any lanes.
Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
Motiv Staff

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Motiv Tag Cannon
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
70 x 4 x 35

Be ready to make a statement. The Tag Cannon is a bold ball that was created to compliment the Octane Carbon and Freestyle Rush yet still stand out on its own. The proven Halogen core (2.55RG, .037Diff) stays in this new Tag iteration as the motion it helps create fits really well with the medium-light conditions this ball is built for. The new Agility SFP cover (finished at 5500LSP) not only stands out because of its bright color choice, it also creates a motion that will give bowlers a strong option later in the day when friction is aplenty. I drilled mine with a stronger pin placement in order to get the core revving a bit more for increased flare-traction. Even with this in mind, which I did obtain, the Cannon still effortlessly glides through the heads to retain energy for its downlane motion. Once at the breakpoint the ball makes a strong, but not uncontrollable, move towards the pocket with excellent continuation through to the pit; one of my teammates is continuously impressed by how well this Tag goes through the pins. I can throw this on a fresh summer house-shot, making sure to stay right of ten the entire time, but this is built for, and excels, once the lanes open up. As I stated above, this is a good compliment to my arsenal as it is about two boards weaker than my Carbon (due to additional length) yet stronger than my Rush (about three boards stronger). If you need length without sacrificing breakpoint control for the medium-dry conditions, the Tag Cannon is a solid choice to make.

Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
MOTIV Staff


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Motiv Tank Rampage
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
70 x 4 ¼ x 60

Urethane is back with a vengeance and MOTIV’s latest one lets you go on a Rampage with it! The Alchemy Urethane coverstock (3000 LSS) creates a lot of traction for a urethane shell yet keeps that same smooth, predictable motion that is expected from this technology. To enhance this reaction, the Gear core (2.48RG, .034Diff) has been modified specifically for this ball and now boasts numbers of 2.55RG, .020Diff. These new specs help push the Alchemy cover further down the lane thereby allowing it to retain more energy for its backend motion through to the pit. I drilled the Rampage the same as my Rebel Tank as I wanted a good comparison. The verdict: they are not even close. The Rampage is far and away more aggressive in the oil, helping to create a more pronounced mid-lane motion which helps to read the transition easier. Control is still the name of the game, but the Tank Rampage adds power to that to create a unique reaction within today’s urethane game.

Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
MOTIV Staff

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Motiv Thrash
0 of 4 people found this review helpful
5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
4 15/16” x 3 15/16”
60 x 4 15/16” x 73

If you have been looking for a ball that will give you a predictable, controlled reaction on even the toughest of conditions, the Motiv Thrash is the ball you want in your hands. While the core does have a higher RG than most ‘controllable’ equipment (2.55), the Z Max Solid Reactive coverstock , sanded to a 1000-grit finish, keeps the ball from making any violent motions down lane that you may not want. I laid this ball out with the intention of having something that could give me a solid midlane read without overreacting once it hit a dry spot and that is exactly what I got. This ball easily gets through the heads and then makes a smooth transition from midlane read to backend motion. Once the ball decides to make its definitive move to the pocket it revs very hard and makes a strong, smooth, continuing arc through the deck. Even without a sharp entry angle I have had no problems with the Thrash driving though the pins. Where I think this ball excels, though, is when you find yourself on a short pattern or a flat pattern. The smootherness this ball has when reading the spot translates to a very controllable and forgiving breakpoint, excellent for when the last thing you need is unpredictable jumpiness. Consistent. Predictable. Smooth. All of these words aptly describe, and define, the Motiv Thrash.

Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
Motiv Staff

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Motiv Trident
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
90 x 4 x 35

Are you looking for the ultimate weapon for heavier oil conditions? Arm yourself with the Motiv Trident. Combining two brand new technologies, the Coercion HVH reactive coverstock (finished at 3000LSS) and the asymmetric Turbulent core (2.49RG, .054Diff), this ball bolsters an arsenal by providing strong midlane roll without sacrificing backend hitting power. The Trident is slated to be the top-middle piece on the Motiv ball guide and it fits that bill to a T, hooking sooner than my original Jackal but proving more downlane motion than the Carnage. Leaving mine at box finish I found that I could play multiple angles showing off the ball’s versatility. When I was outside 10 going straight up the midlane roll would take over and smooth out my reaction; there was no jump from the dry, only a smooth roll to the pocket. When I moved further in and swung it I could easily get it through the heads and see it read the breakpoint stronger, giving me the recovery needed to climb back and drive through the pins. This ball is best fitted for heavier, fresher conditions as a starter piece that you can then easily transition down to a cleaner, quicker cover.

Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
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Motiv Trident Quest
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
65 x 4 ¾ x 40

The next step in MOTIV’s coverstock technology has arrived: the Quest is on. The Trident Quest follows up the original Trident by using the steady Turbulent core (2.49RG, .054Diff) but takes a radical departure in its reaction thanks to the brand new Hexion reaction coverstock (finished at 5000LSP). This new cover brings back the length and backend reaction not fully seen since the Fusion Pearl reactive coverstock first used on the Primal Rage. I drilled mine for length with backend snap and that is exactly what I received. Even with the stronger core the Quest glides through the fronts easily. In the mids you can see the ball starting to read but you do not see it starting to bleed any energy, it still keeps pushing down the lane towards the breakpoint. Once friction is found a pronounced, sharp motion is produced thereby allowing the ball to enter the pocket at steeper angles. While I have had to keep my lines in front of me to start on a fresh house shot, I have been able to continue moving left as the lanes break down without any hesitation; not yet have I found ‘too far left’ to be in this ball’s vocabulary during a typical league set. Anytime I can project the ball through oil to friction, the response and left turn impresses me. Simply put, the Trident Quest is Medium-Heavy to Medium skid-snap.

Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
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Motiv United Revolt 16 Only
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
80 x 5 x 70

The revolution continues in bold fashion with the Motiv United Revolt. This is the first pearl shell (Helix HFP, 5000LSP) to be wrapped around the proven Vanquish core (2.47RG, .056Diff) which brings a fresh look to the lineup (not to mention the vibrant color scheme). Throughout the different shots I have thrown this on I see many similarities in ball motion to the previous Revolts of the line, which is a good thing, while also adding its own unique characteristics to bring diversity to the name. Where I see similarities the most are in the midlane and the pin deck. The Vanquish core provides a strong engine to help the ball read the mids well giving traction even in the fresher/heavier conditions. This traction-motion also provides the ball solid continuation through the pin deck, keeping up with the precedent set by its older brothers. Conversely, where I see the new characteristics take over are in the heads and at the breakpoint. The Helix coverstock allows this ball to glide through the heads easily, something my solid Covert had issues with at times, thereby saving more energy for further down lane. Once at the breakpoint there is a strong, but not snappy, motion made. This quicker transition allows the United to be used from deeper angles compared to the rest of the line. I have found that mine works quite well on the fresh (for added teeth on slightly heavier conditions I have used 1500 for the surface) and allows me to continue well into game two before I switch to a great compliment: the Primal Fear. By comparison, the United allows you to cut through the oil with straighter angles which will then open up the lane for the Fear to bounce off of that track further inside. If you need something to clear the heads yet give strong control in the mids and at the breakpoint for heavier shots, the United Revolt is a solid (for a pearl) option.

Trent Overbey
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Motiv Venom Cobra
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
65 x 5 x 40

When your high performace equipment starts to hook too much, and the lanes seem to be getting the best of you, it’s time to #Strikeback at them with the Venom Cobra. The Venom line has all new technology that still retains the essence of its roots. The new Top Gear core (2.47RG, .034Diff) is a dual-density modification of the wildly successful Gear core. By tweaking the densities of the core Motiv has been able to create a ball motion true to the control the Venoms have given in the past while enhancing the driving power through the pins. The Sabotage Hybrid cover (finished at 5500LSP) is a good match to the Top Gear as it provides good length yet enough traction to grab the downlane friction for an amazingly continuous backend reaction. Compared to my Shock, which has relatively the same layout out, I see more glide through the heads but a much quicker transition at the breakpoint. I believe that once the #purpleball starts grabbing a bit too soon you will be able to pick up the Cobra and continue moving left without any fear of losing reaction. This truly has been a Medium-Light oil ball for me as friction is its friend. Once in the dry the ball makes a pronounced move for me that does not relent through the pins; I’ve already left more 9-pins with this than I have with my other equipment combined. While strong off of the spot, it’s not jerky or uncontrollable. I can easily see how the ball is rolling and reading the lane which helps me identify when the moves are coming. I honestly believe that this ball could be one of the best we have ever seen from Motiv, right up there with its bigger brother, the Shock. If you need a middle-later in the day ball, do yourself a favor and grab a Venom Cobra.

Trent Overbey
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Motiv Venom Shock Pearl
0 of 0 people found this review helpful
5
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/8" right x 7/8" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Layout:
65 x 5 x 35

The Venom line is back in a bold new way with the Venom Shock Pearl. The combination of the Top Gear core (2.47RG, .035Diff) from the Cobra with the brand new Hexion MFP coverstock (5500LSP) captures the essence of the original Shock while providing a different motion; this has created a strong 1-2 punch. The VSP has been designed to skid further down the lane while providing more recovery than its original namesake so that it can be used later in the day once the OG Shock starts to hook too early. I drilled mine the same way as my longest tenured Shock (and most successful!) and also hit it with a light 3000 pad to get it to the same finish to give a true comparison. While these two reacted with the pins the same (keeping them low and on the deck for better carry), their reactions are vastly different. This iteration of the Hexion cover continues to impress with its reaction time to friction while the core keeps the ball in control. The VSP goes several feet further down the lane and responds to the friction significantly quicker. This motion allows me to get further left on the lane and still get the corners out where the OG Shock would start to burn a little early. Taking the polish off of the box finish has allowed me to use this ball on the fresh without sacrificing control. With the polish back on I get a ball that can continue going left so that I may keep that reliable Venom reaction in my hand even longer. If the Venom Shock is a staple in your bag then the Venom Shock Pearl is a must-have enhancement to that arsenal.

Trent Overbey
In the Zone Pro Shop
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