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Happy release day for the Motiv Hydra! The Hydra is marked as a light oil ball and I feel Motiv made a great addition to their lineup. I drilled mine pin above the bridge with the cg kicked out. I used my Hydra on three different occasions to get a good idea of what this ball can really do.
Session 1 was on a fresh heavier oil pair. Although this wasn’t the ideal scenario to use a “light oil” ball, the Hydra made a violent move once it saw friction and I was surprised of how well it drove through the pins. I was tempted to hit it with a 2000 pad, but I wanted to keep it at box to test on other conditions first.
The second session was during an 8-gamer doubles tournament. I started the block with my Primal Rage LE and Villain. When both started to read the lanes early, I switched to the Hydra and was able to stay in the track. While everyone was playing the deep inside line, the Hydra got through the fronts and stored its energy for the backend. The Hydra definitely saved me here and kept us in play to cash. I moved maybe 2-3 boards over the final 3 games.
My third session was practice on a pair left over from the night before. There was a good amount of carry down, but it didn’t seem to bother one bit. Misses left would hold, misses right would come back and still hit pocket. It’s a perfect fit when the Primal Rage LE is too much ball.
I feel there is a time and place for every ball, but the ones that stay in my bag are the ones I can use in multiple scenarios. The Hydra is one of those balls. I don’t have a lot of tilt, but this ball still makes a nice turn in the backend and allows me to play different angles when my other equipment is just a touch too strong. With a little surface adjustment, I see this ball reading sooner, but still getting down the lane with ease. It’s a perfect 1-2 punch with the Primal Rage LE or Villain.
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Just Bowling Pro Shop
This ball is the newest introduction into the MOTIV line of bowling balls. The MOTIV Hydra features the combination of the incredibly clean and angular Hexion cover system combined with the high RG/low differential Halogen core which results in easy length with impressive backend motion. It's very clean through the front of the lane, yet doesn’t hydroplane on oil and has a ridiculously fast backend response. Most importantly, it features the continuation through the pins that MOTIV balls are becoming known for.
It will be a great fit in your bag on medium to light oil. The Hydra will become that ball you can count on when you need to go away from the pocket and have no fear that it will recovery giving you the angularity and continuation you need to go through the pins.
My Hydra is laid out pin up (to the right of my ring finger), the cg in the palm and no extra hole. This ball has already found a place in my bag and drives through the pins with easy from an insane angle. If you are looking for a ball with crazy backend reaction, continuation and awesome hitting power. Look no further, you've found it.
MOTIV Staff Member
Motiv proves once again that you can pack high performance into a ball on the lower end of the ball guide. The Tag line will always be a favorite of mine but now that I have a Hydra I just can't put it down. I've never seen back end on a ball like this. It's so clean through the front but fast off the dry you be amazed. I employed a pin up drilling as I do with most of my equipment. If you have not purchased a Motiv or you are a Motiv enthusiast this is the ball that will keep you coming back for more. This is the best time to buy as well because you have a chance to test the ball over the summer before leagues and tournaments. Find your favorite pro shop today and Hydra up.
Symmetric Halogen Core
Right Hand. PAP 5 Over 1/2 up
Rev Rate 275. Tilt 20. Rotation 50.
The New Motiv Hydra is a lot of ball for a value price. The Hydra comes with 5000LSP box finish and is what I have tested it most with. The Hydra hooks more than advertised at box finish and is real close to my Rage LE in total boards but has more length and back end motion. The Hydra clears the front part of the lane easily and has a good move on the back. The cover was adjusted to keep the ball from squirting through the break point. With todays very slick oils it is important a ball can read soon enough and still meet the design intent. Motiv has nailed the reaction on the Hydra and the Halogen core is a great match for this ball. I think the factory Finish is a nice choice for this ball. You can add polish for dryer lanes or higher rev rates and you will increase the length and backend of the Hydra. I love the way the Hydra reads the friction and has a strong angular move to the pocket. The carry is outstanding. This is a great ball to go to when a Shock is too strong or Freestyle is not enough. For me at box I put this ball above my Shock Pearl, which disagrees with the Motiv ball chart. With polish my Hydra is still a bit stronger than my Shock Pearl and I feel the Hydra is more predictable.
I have tested this ball on a lot of medium house patterns, but our flatter modified house shot matched up nicely with the Hydra at box finish. When I want to tighten up my lines or when bowling on dry and I have a bumper on the outside this ball will be an easy choice. I was able to even move left with my lower rev rate, come around the side of the ball more and the Hydra came back to the pocket nicely. I truly believe Motiv has another winner here due to the performance and price point of this ball. Surface adjustments also make this ball versatile.
The Hydra is a very good Med.-Dry Ball.
The New Hexion cover provides good read and angle.
A great ball when the VSP just won’t get there.
The Hydra is a super ball at a great price.
Core Type: Symmetrical
Factory Finish: 5000 Grit LSP
Radius of Gyration (RG): 2.55 (15lb.)
Differential (DIFF): .037 (15lb.)
Coverstock: Hexion LFP Reactive
PAP: 5.125 Over, 1.125 Up
Surface: 2000 Light Polish
Layouts: 60x4.5x35 and 55x6x40
Ball Reaction Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbOxWDcnbVg
The new Motiv Hydra is Motiv’s newest addition to the line, featuring the strongest Hexion cover to date, wrapped around the Halogen core, previously found in the Tag line. The OG Tag was one of my favorite balls, and this release helps me not miss it so much. Very similar shape, but overall I'm pretty sure this is stronger.
I’m pleasantly surprised by the shape this ball creates, even in the oil. Where the Lethal Paranoia might labor a little bit, this ball comes off the spot significantly stronger. I’m able to keep my angles straighter through the fronts on medium volume shots with a little bit of surface, and open up the lane on burnt shots with shine, so I’m seeing a ton of versatility from this ball already. I had an opportunity to throw it on a 40’ 1:1 flat pattern, and was surprised at how easy it made the lane look when I took it down to 2000. I shined it back up after a few games and it gave me an awesome shape from inside.
If you’re looking for a weaker ball that you can throw on a lot of light-medium patterns, or just something for your basic house shot, the Hydra is a great choice.