RG: .025 The core from the Recon is back, this time with the MOTIVator-Z cover from the QZ series. The high RG helps get the ball down the lane despite the dull box finish.
Diff/Flare: The low flaring core keeps the Ascent Solid from changing directions too hard when it sees friction. Bowlers can see between two to three inches of flare. All three testers noticed all the flare rings were very tight and close to each other.
Scale: 5.5/ 1-10
Torque: The combination of a really rough box finish and low flaring core makes the break- point shape very smooth. A smooth arc is easy for bowlers to control on over/under type lane patterns.
OILY: 5/6/7 MEDIUM: 9.5/9/9 DRY: 7/6/4 SPORT: 7/6/6
Name: MOTIVator-Z Reactive Type: Solid Reactive Box Finish: 1000 Wet Sand Color: Red/Blue
Density: Dual Symmetrical
Scale: 11/ 1-25
Length: The 1000 wet sand finish wants to bite through the oil quickly. Even though it grabs quickly, it does not go left. The rolly nature of this core and the grab from the cover keep the length rating low.
Scale: 13/ 1-20
Back End: The same elements that keep the length ratings down, keep the back end down as well. This ball is designed for a smooth, arc-shaped motion.
Scale: 49/ 1-100
Total Hook: The total hook is low for such a rough finished ball. Control and traction are what you are getting with the Ascent Solid.
Comments: The new Ascent Solid is the second of two new entry level balls from Motiv. The Solid uses the same Recon weight block as the Ascent Pearl. The difference in the two is simple and pretty obvious by just looking at them. The color, box finish, and coverstock type are all different on the Solid. The rough 1000 wet sanded solid cover creates much more traction through the oil and we were able to use it with success on our medium test pattern. The Ascent Solid wanted to grab the lane as soon as it came off the tester’s hands. Lower rev bowlers will love the additional traction provided by the ball. Stroker was amazed at the control the ball had on shots leaked to the friction early and the hook provided on shots tugged into the oil. Higher rev bowlers will like the smooth consistency even as the lane pattern goes through transition. As the medium pattern broke down, usually Cranker has to move his eyes left with his feet to keep the ball from over-reacting. With the Ascent Solid, he could move deeper with his feet and not worry about the ball boomeranging off the friction. We thought we could find close to the same success on our heavy test pattern as on the medium. Even with the sanded box finish, the core simply did not create enough flare for the ball to be the best choice for this pattern. Stroker’s lower rev rate was the only one to have mild success on the short dry test pattern. Even being the most rev challenged of the group, Stroker gave in to the same surface change as Cranker and Tweener, which was a layer of Power Gel Polish. The polished cover allowed the Ascent to glide through the lane easily and was smoother at the breakpoint than the Ascent Pearl. The sport pattern offered an acceptable look for all three testers. Each was able to square up to the lane and snuggle up against the friction.
Strengths: This ball did not over-react like stronger reactive balls. The sanded cover and weaker weight block gave us traction in the oil and a smooth roll off the dry.
Weakness: Pin carry can get tricky for lower rev rate bowlers at the box finish. The 1000 grit cover will want to create early friction so, as the pattern breaks down, the natural move is left. The hitting power just is not there with the rough finish trying to go around the lane.
Overall: The Ascent Solid is the more hooking entry level ball for Motiv. Even though it has a rough box finish, we could not throw it away from the headpin too much.