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 Post subject: Coverstocks
PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:49 pm 

Joined: Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:25 pm
Posts: 26
Location: West Palm Beach, Fl
Just an observation; but has Motiv gone pearl coverstock crazy in the last 2 years? At present 7 of the 13 active options are pearls, 2 urethanes, 3 solid reactives and 1 Skid/Flip. I guess they are making up for all the solids they produced in the beginning, but this is starting to alienate many that switched to Motiv in the first place. Also, many of the NOS pearls are still readily available yet, the solids are few if any and demand top $. I really like your older equipment, but your newer releases not so much. I understand marketing but I can still buy a TV4, RX1SP, QZ or even a GT1 out of Canada; but finding a primal scream, RX1O or a TR2 is near impossible. Yes there are still a few in the UK but really who is going to spend as much for shipping as the price of the ball? This being said, I hope Motiv evens out the options in the future.

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 Post subject: Re: Coverstocks
PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:26 pm 

Joined: Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:09 pm
Posts: 393
Location: Metro Detroit
The Sigma Sting was my first pearl in a while, I was surprised at the reaction of it with my usual layout. I was concerned it would have a hard snap at the back end which is not what I was looking for. For a pearl, that ball is the perfect balance between smooth and angular reactions. My clear cut #1 ball right now.

I recently scored a Cruel Intent NIB really cheap. I drilled it have a smoother reaction, again to reduce that hard snap. It was a monster on the Scorpion @ OOB surface. I'm looking forward to the Shark tomorrow @ 2K sanded. I haven't used it on a THS yet.

Look at a Venom Shock, the videos make it look pretty smooth like the older MOTIV stuff. You might be able to get what you're looking for from the Fusion Pearls using layout and surface.

Just my thoughts...

Jon Ellert
Basement Bowlers Pro Shop

 Post subject: Re: Coverstocks
PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 8:40 am 

Joined: Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:42 pm
Posts: 219
Location: Houston, TX
I believe many of today's bowlers are caught up in marketing when it comes to covers. Today's "pearls" have a wider range of reaction shapes just as today's solids have a wider range of reaction shapes than they did 5-10 years ago. Coverstock adjustments along with drilling options can give you almost any shape you want with any coverstock you choose (there are early pearls and there are late solids). Choose a ball for the reaction you see and not the reaction you expect.

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