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Yes, this ball has let me in shock at times!
This is probably MOTIV's most popular bowling ball ever and there many reasons why. If you don't have one yet, I encourage you to get your hands on one ASAP.
I mostly like to throw this ball on...well almost anything. Big angles in short patterns, Medium Patterns, and yes Long Patterns too!
It does work straighter as well!!!
I was skeptical at first, but oh my... I can bowl with the Venom Shock on flat fresh long patterns and house shots alike!
And the hit? Well... I throw probably the sickest messenger on my life with this one...
The Venom Shock is everything you would want in a dependable benchmark ball. No surprises. Easy length, Reads the friction but doesn't over react. Handles speed and tilt changes well. Even when the ball isn't the most perfect option for the pattern, it always tells me what direction in equipment I need to go. Was able to shoot 300 this past weekend with the Venom Shock in our local association tournament in an old wood house that requires a little more finesse than power. Everyone can use this ball in their bag.
For me this ball plays a couple angles well. I can normally play up the boards say 12 to 8 when the back ends are softer. It will carry the 10 with no problem. Has a sharp snappy and continuous motion at end of pattern. It rolls best for me on Medium long or flatter patterns. The second line for this ball for me is around 17-20 out to about 10-8 at the break point. Ball has a smooth predictable motion through the entire lane. If the back ends are clean or strong, this ball for me can be too much and will jump.
Layout is 45 x 4-1/4 x 30. Surface 360/3000
I drilled mine 70x5x70 and this is far and away my favorite ball on the right lane conditions. I would personally classify this as more of a medium oil ball than med-dry with this layout. I have a higher ball speed and this thing still covers boards. Beautiful motion and a very, very strong backend. LOVE THIS BALL!!
This is the first ball out of my bag when I bowl on unfamiliar lanes. It is very smooth and predictable—thus making it the best ball to get an initial read on the lanes. This ball should be in everyone’s bag.