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Motiv Thrill Review:
The Thrill is Motiv’s new low end piece. Even though it’s low end, this ball still offers a ton of motion and versatility at its price point. I ended up drilling both Red and Blue Thrills with two different layouts, and they both made a spot in the bag. I used a 5.5" layout on the Blue one, and it lets me open up the lanes but not get too flippy when they start to burn up. I end up throwing it on most house patterns. The Red one I used a 1" layout and it lets me start with straighter angles and follow it left. Both balls compliment each other really well. The Thrill is a great piece if you bowl on a lot of friction or are a rev dominant player! So be sure to check it out!
65 x 4” x 35
Need more kick than urethane on lighter conditions but need the reactive to be controllable? Kickstart your game with the new Thrill. Sporting two new technologies for MOTIV, this ball brings a great balance between light oil performance and controlling the breakpoint. Agility XP Reactive (55000 LSP) is a fine-tuned cover for those light and burned conditions that allows the ball to clear fronts and mids well so that it can take advantage of the fiction downlane rather than bleeding it early. The Flux weight block (2.57RG, .015 Diff) was designed to help the ball get down the lane but still create a stable motion once it makes its move towards the pins. Though I have a higher-than-average rev rate, I gave myself a stronger pin-to-PAP layout so that I could take advantage of the Thrill’s versatility. The first true test I had for my Wine/Magenta version was on day-after, leftover league conditions. I was pleasantly surprised by the range of motion I had in playing on these conditions with this ball. To start I played as close to the friction as I could, which by that time was crossing around 20 but not swinging through the dirt. The Thrill cleared the fronts easily then read that early burned friction without immediately jumping. What this allowed me to do was play a mid-lane hook reaction that still left pop at the breakpoint for continuation through the pins. No one else I was practicing with could come close to that line with anything they had. After I felt comfortable with seeing the ball do that, I then jumped more than an arrow left and tried swinging to the friction. Whereas shots before the ball read the mids and smoothly controlled its reaction to the pocket, this new line let the ball glide down to the breakpoint before making a strong change of direction towards the 1-3. While still not jumpy, being able to play such a deep angle with a smooth motion to the pocket would be quite fortuitous had I been bowling for score later in a long tournament block. For comparison, my Hydra would get cleanly down the lane as well but would jump significantly harder at the spot; this equated to almost a full arrow’s worth of move for me. Whether you need a lighter-condition piece, or you’re looking to give someone their first reactive ball, the Thrill is a good ball to want.
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Being a lower rev rate player (315) I wasn't sure how the Thrill would fit into my game. The ball is lightning fast thru the fronts. It's a game three ball for me at box finish but man does it perform in that spot for me on house shot/lighter oil conditions. Stores energy and saves it for where it's needed, at the pins. Don't be afraid to hit the surface if you plan to use it earlier in the night. Great value for this price point.
So the blue thrill has a shorter pin layout. I believe it was something like 40x2x30, and I have mine at 1500 grit sanded. This ball hooked more for me than I had expected. It wasn't lazy like other lower performance balls I've had in the past. It was as strong as my Shock that has much less surface. Follow me on Facebook and watch the new release go down the lane each week.
I was thrilled when I heard about this new release. I love the Hyrda and its angularity so knowing this ball is designed for lighter oil conditions that will give me the control I need when facing drier lanes and encountering lots of friction, I was like YES PLEASE!!
This ball has a brand new Flux weight block and with it having a higher RG to help suspend ball reaction, it will also add additional length when facing lighter oil conditions thanks to low differential and pearl shell. I started up the 8 board and was really impressed with its continuation so I gradually moved my feet and target left. I was able to play up 15 and could get the ball out to about 6 with the fresh 5500 Grit LPS finish. Being speed dominant and having 500 revs I like how this ball pushes quickly through the front part of the lane and then gives me a very predictable smooth motion when coming in contact with friction.