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The Hydra™ is one of the cleanest bowling balls ever produced by Motiv. The combination of the incredibly clean and angular Hexion cover system combined with the high RG/low differential Halogen core results in easy length with impressive backend motion.  Typically, a 5500 Grit LSP finish is used for light oil balls, but a 5000 Grit LSP finish was utilized on the Hydra because the cover glides through the front of the lane so easily.  This finish enables the ball to read the lane better and improves predictability at the backend.

Bowlers competing in high friction environments and rev dominant players will gravitate to the Hydra as a perfect angular ball to add to their arsenal.  Tournament bowlers looking for a dry lane performance bowling ball need Hydra in their bag. Unlike entry level pearls, this beast can strike from the deep and provides more angles of attack.

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  • Weight BlockHalogen
  • Cover StockHexion LFP Cover Stock
  • Finish5000 Grit LSP
  • Weight Range12, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • Length17
  • Backend18.5
  • Hook49
  • Flare Potential4"+
  • 16

    Radius of Gyration 2.54Max Differential .036
  • 15

    Radius of Gyration 2.55Max Differential .037
  • 14

    Radius of Gyration 2.56Max Differential .038
  • 13

    Radius of Gyration 2.59Max Differential .038
  • 12

    Radius of Gyration 2.64Max Differential .031
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Reviews 4.9 (Based on 21 reviews) Write A Review

  1. 12/24/2018
    Product Hydra
    From St. Louis MO
    About Me Team Motiv Staffer
    Rating 3.0

    If the lanes are burnt this will be your go to. The hitting power of the hydra is remarkable! Provides tons great roll on the dry. You will not have a problem getting this ball through the heads

    I would recommend this to a friend

  2. 09/11/2018
    Product Hydra
    From Madison, WI
    About Me Motiv Staffer
    Rating 5.0
    More than your average light oil ball!

    They Hydra might be a "light oil" ball but it packs a lot of performance for the dollar. The Hydra has been a life saver for me in both the fresh on a high friction condition and also the burn in match play of a tournament.

    The problem with a lot of light oil balls is that they usual don't blend out wet/dry conditions well. They under-react to the oil on small misses in causing light splits, or they are too jumpy off of the friction to the right causing high hits. The Hydra is the exception for me as it reads just enough in the oil to still drive through the pins but also reads smooth enough off of the friction to provide control at a time in the tournament or league where that is very important.

    Here I am talking about it providing control but it somehow also is extremely punchy through the pins and keeps the pins low causing unbelievably good carry.

    If you're bowling on a high friction league and need something to give you length, control and great pin carry then there isn't a better ball on the market for it, especially not at the lower price point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  3. 09/10/2018
    Product Hydra
    From East Palatka, FL
    Rating 5.0
    They put this ball in the wrong category

    This ball has more backend snap than any ball in my bag. Beautiful length through the heads and retains a lot of energy. Drilled mine 60x4.5x40. Perfect for shorter sport patterns and THS.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  4. 08/29/2018
    Product Hydra
    From Hanover, PA
    About Me Motiv Staff
    Rating 5.0

    The Hydra from Motiv Bowling is an absolute must!!

    This ball combines the Halogen core with a new version of the Hexion cover. This combination gets us a pearl with great length and a strong angular move down lane.

    This ball for me allows me to know I can get left when the lanes burn up and I know this ball with get through the fronts and never be sensitive to oil.

    I personally drilled one pin down and pin up, below and above the bridge and have hit the pin down with surface and thrown it on everything late in the day.

    Get one of these today and always be able to strike late in the day or on dry lanes in league!

    Cody shoemaker
    Motiv Staff

    I would recommend this to a friend

  5. 08/12/2018
    Product Hydra
    From Olympia
    About Me Motiv Staffer, Husband and Father of Two
    Rating 4.0
    MOTIV Hydra

    Out of the box finish-5000 Grit LSP
    Weight Block-Halogen
    Cover Stock-Hexion LFP

    PAP: 5 5/8 over & 3/4 up
    Surface: right out of the box
    Layout: 60x5.25x30

    The MOTIV Hydra is a ball I really wanted to try knowing I liked the Lethal Paranoia. Knowing the Hydra would have the same skin on the outside of the ball as the Lethal Paranoia and having the Tag Cannon for an engine within the ball, I was certain to appreciate this newly released combination.

    The Hexion cover gives me greater length through the mid lane and responds well when running into friction. Out of the box it's definitely a bit tamer than the shape of the Lethal Paranoia however when adding some surface to the ball I was able to play a bit further in and still able to get the shape I was looking for. With the factory finish the ball was a bit squiggly down lane because of my high rev rate(525) and ball speed(19.5) on fresh, so this hydra is going to be a great transition ball for me. Making some surface adjustments really allowed me to migrate in a tad when the track blew up and when facing friction down lane.

    To be honest, I drilled this ball the exact same way as my Venom Shock and Venom Shock Pearl. The hydra is great because it gives me greater shape when going down lane. The Hydra allows me to see the cleaner motion through the front part of the lane without giving away the pocket. This ball will open the lane up a lot when the lanes break down.


    Ball is great when facing a track that’s blown up and on medium to dryer lanes. The cover gives length and responds to surface adjustments.

    Here are two quick videos of a couple shots taken.


    I encourage all bowing enthusiast to make room in their arsenal for one of these.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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