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Something Sinister truly has come with the new black and blue Villain. For the first time in MOTIV history, a high performance asymmetric core is being released at a lower than high performance price point. The historic Sinister core (2.54RG, .051Diff, .018IntDiff), found in previous high end equipment such as the Cruel Intent and 2 Cruel, has been wrapped in the brand new Coercion MFS Reactive cover (3000LSS) to create a ball that can get down the lane and release a strong backend motion while still having teeth in medium to heavy oil. I laid mine out in a manner that would allow the core to tumble a bit further down the lane before really taking hold but would allow the cover to still read the midlane strongly; that is exactly what I received. The higher RG allows the Villain to get through the heads relatively easy, allowing projection in a manner that is a bit labored in the Jackal line. The midlane is pronounced but not overbearing, giving some forgiveness if projected into the dry a bit quickly but being solid enough to read when tugged into the soup. Once the ball gets to the dry of the backend I see a strong, but not snappy, motion to the pocket with devastating continuation through the rack. So far the best reactions I get from the Villain range from the fresh patterN with straighter angles to crossing around third arrow swinging it out to a breakpoint around five board. By this latter point, usually in game two, the ball will still come back but I can tell it is starting to work a bit harder so my next move is usually to ball down into my Lethal Paranoia and keep moving left or scoot back right with the Venom Shock Pearl. If you need teeth for oil, but also want something that can go deeper in the day than your traditional ‘heavy oil’ buster, consider the Villain, it is a great combination of both worlds.
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The new Motiv Villain is a fun ball to roll! Throw it to your target and watch it come back. Motiv has wrapped a very nice medium friction Coercion cover around the Sinister core. The Sinister core was used some time ago and had many fans. I was, and I am still a fan of this core. In the older balls with the Sinister core I had to use weaker layouts so the ball would not burn early, not with this one. I have put three different layouts on my Villains and got three distinct differences! I see more shape variations with layouts on this ball than any other ball I can think of. I believe this is because the medium friction cover allows for easy length even while having a strong core. The Villain fits between my Rising and SS in total hook. On our typical house shot during league I mostly cannot use my Rising due to the early read and total hook at box surface. I have not had any problem using my Villain at box during league, even when moving deep. It may not be the best choice for the third game but it is too much fun to put down! The ball comes with 3000 surface but tunes easily. The Villains versatility will make it a must have strong benchmark or tournament ball. Motiv shows the Villain to be smooth on the back end but the ones I have used and drilled have been pretty angular. I have used this ball at three different houses so far. One a medium house shot, one a wet house shot and a medium volume flat shot. The ball worked very well on all conditions. The Villain carry is excellent probably due to the entry angle and the ball continues nicely through the pins. I drilled a Villain for one of my better high speed bowlers and I’ve never seen him carry light hits as well as he does with tis ball. I think Motiv has developed something special with the Villain. It moves differently than any non-polished ball I have ever used. The Villain will definitely be part of my house, tournament and National line up this year.
The Villain will be an excellent strong benchmark or tournament ball.
This ball is very versatile with layouts and surface.
The Villain reads the mid lane while retaining energy for plenty of hit.
If you like to trust a ball the Villain is a great choice.
The Motiv Villain is by far one of the cleanest balls i have owned in the last few years, its gets thru the heads and provides a backend reaction that is strong but not sharp. Its very readable allow you to keep up with the transitions on the lanes
Motiv’s new release of the Villain is so exciting because they are bringing back the Sinister core with their modern Coercion MFS cover stock. Looking at the Sinister core, this asymmetric gives you a high RG with loads of differential. As a result you can expect to see impressive power and great continuation. The cover, Coercion (medium friction solid), offers great versatility allowing you to easily adjust down to a smoother motion or back up for more of a benchmark look. You get so much performance with this ball at such a great value being in the medium-heavy range on the ball chart. The Villain became and immediate favorite in my tournament arsenal!
Steve Haas, Motiv Staff
The new Motiv Villain is an upper mid performance, asymmetrical. They have taken the proven Sinister core and wrapped the Coercion Solid cover around it, and this combination is a definite WINNER. If you bowl on a medium to heavy volume house shot that is a little on the longer side, you need to have this ball in your bag. I have found that this ball is great when the lanes are on the wet/dry side, and you need something to blend out the pattern. i used the numbers 50x4.5x70 on this ball which allows it to be smoother out of the pattern, but the ball still changes direction like no other upper mid asym that I have ever thrown. It also allows me to move left as the front part of the lane dries up, without sacrificing hitting power at the pins. This ball is one of a kind, and something everyone needs to have in their bag. This ball is one of the BEST BALLS Motiv has produced TO DATE.