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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.
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.
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!
Out of the box finish-5000 Grit LSP
Cover Stock-Hexion LFP
PAP: 5 5/8 over & 3/4 up
Surface: right out of the box
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.
Rev Rate: 375-400
PAP: 5 0ver 3/16 up
Introducing the all new Hydra by Motiv!!
I'm extremely excited about this ball. The Hydra features the Halogen core, which is the same core used in the Tag Cannon and has the Hexion cover.
The Hexion cover may just be in fact my favorite covert that Motiv has come out with. It is the same cover used on the Lethal Paranoia just tweaked the slightest bit. The Hexion coverstock is very clean and has a very fast response to friction down lane.
The Hydra fits very well right under my Lethal Paranoia. Since the Lethal has a bigger core in it I find that when it gets to be too much of a ball I can ball right down to my Hydra and it allows me to still play the same part of the lane.
We did a simple Pin under bridge layout with mine. With myself already having such high axis tilt and the Hydra already being so clean this was the perfect layout for me.
One thing I think that is being drastically overlooked is the coverstock versatility. I used it out of box at its 5000 grit and with that cover it is extremely clean, however with the Hexion coverstock when I sanded it down to 1000 this ball became a freight train, instead of it being a ball under my Lethal Paranoia with a duller coverstock it then became a ball right under my Villain (a big asymmetric ball). Motiv has definitely nailed it with this one!
Hope this helps! Cheers and High Scores!