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Really good ball for old, wood lanes. Very smooth and predictable all the way through game 3. I love the snappiness of Motiv balls, and this one lives up to the hype.
This is one of the best bowling balls Ive ever bowled with. Im an average league bowler. I bowl with two fingers in the ball and my palm under the ball. My rev rate is high and my ball speed is medium and I have a difficult time finding the right equipment for me. While I love my Venom shock there are nights that it just hooks too hard. I bought this ball so I dont have to move left and throw over the gutter. This ball has a great shape when thrown and I can play 6 to 8 boards right of where I play with my venom shock. this ball seems to have forgiveness also. I can miss right and think the ball is gone but it can grip the dry part of the lane and come back, I can miss left and come in high flush and it still has a good chance of striking. Im very excited that Motiv is working a lot on the dry oil product line. Due to the way I bowl a light oil ball is great for medium oil patterns. Motiv has given me options in their product line.
I went out on a limb and bought 2 motiv balls at the beginning of the season, the Hydra and the Rogue Blade. Didn't throw them much at the beginning of the season. Started throwing the Hydra about a month ago. I shot my best overall series of 839! 249 290 300. The ball hits so well, great continuation, doesn't overreact even when you jump way inside. I've now thrown 2 300s with this ball, I only had 2 before that. I'll be buying another one of these.
After purchasing the Venom Shock pearl and Venom Cobra, I needed that 1 final ball to clean up the dry end of the lanes when my Cobra was just hooking to much. After talking it over with the Motiv Staff, and telling them I want to try to get away from using urethane (no offense, but you can't always get good carry although you can get strikes), it's just not the same as resin balls and I was recommended to get the Hydra so I purchased it. Today, February 12th I finally got a chance to get it drilled up which is perfect because I am getting a chance to use it right off the bat off dry/light oil lanes. I don't know what else to say except wow. First shot I missed my target right to where I was closing in on the 1/2 board...no problem, that thing shot back to the pocket struck like a bat out of hell pardon the expression. Second shot, I missed my target 2 boards left...no problem it held steady left a stone 9 (curse that pin). Then I get the perfect pocket shot sent the pins into concession protocol. I cannot think of anything negative to say about this ball because there really isn't anything negative to say about this ball.
I just ordered one of these it’s got maybe 20 games on it . I had this ball drilled to go long before the snap and it does just that. Great pin action, great mixer. I can play the lane. I can play where no one else really does. This ball is great.