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Core Type: Asymmetric
Factory Finish: 3000 Grit LSS
Radius of Gyration (RG): 2.54 (15lb.)
Differential (DIFF): .051 (15lb.)
Coverstock: Coercion MFS Reactive
PAP: 5.125 Over, 1.125 Up
Layouts: 60x4.5x35 and 55x6x40
Ball Reaction Video: https://youtu.be/KPZGnzk5XR8
The new Motiv Villain is something completely different than anything I've thrown before. Extremely strong, extremely versatile, and extremely deadly, I'm starting to think this ball could *possibly* be better than the Shock.
I find the Villain with the 4.5 inch pin to be too strong for most of the house shots I bowl on, but I had a chance to throw it on a pretty high volume flatter pattern and it looked incredible. It gave me so much miss room and drove through the pins extremely hard. I drilled the Villain with the 6 inch pin later, after finding that the first was too strong to use in league after the first game a lot of the time, and saw a huge difference immediately. The flare rings were tighter, the ball was sharper, and it drove just as hard as the stronger Villain did on the higher volume shot. The ball falls right in between the Jackal Rising and the Forza SS in hook potential, but is quicker off the spot than both.
If you’re looking for a stronger ball that you can throw on a lot of medium-high volume stuff, I’d pick one of these up pronto.
After rolling the new Villain, within a few hours, I had to order a second. I never had the chance to roll previous product with the Sinister core so I wanted to have two completely different layouts to visually compare how they would each read friction. WOW!!!
The strong core in this ball allows several different layouts thus making it my most versatile MOTIV ball in my arsenal. The cover, medium friction, allows length even though the Sinister core is so strong. These balls come with an OTB surface of 3000 yet can easily be adjusted and this ball responds very well with surface adjustments.
I used the first layout of 85x4.75x65 on a THS and wow was it stellar. I really liked how the first angle gave me the later read I was looking for while the second angle gave me a very smooth reaction off the back end. Once the lanes started to break down and the track was blowing up, this ball could move in and play inside of everyone else. It responded so well to friction and with the second angle being designed to control the off the spot motion, it gave me a predictable motion I could see. This ball stores its energy and keeps the pins low therefore allowing me to carry at a much higher percentage. The core allows this ball to be thrown at many different launch angles because the core is beastly!!
The second layout is a 40x4x40. I wanted something to respond quicker to friction and create more angle off the spot. I throw the ball 19.5mph and have over 500 rev rate therefore this layout allows me to jump inside and get the ball right. It holds in the middle and can give me a great look on shorter patterns too.
Coercion Cover with Sinister Core is a deadly combination on a THS and has the versatility on many different and challenging patterns. The ball responds to surface adjustments with ease, multiple angles gives this ball, for me, a high percentage of carry and a great ball to use during a complete block or night of league.
I’d recommend you buy a new MOTIV 3 ball bag because being limited to one Villain is a crime.
Great through the midlane with strong backend. Great ball for $$$.
The Villain is the latest release from MOTIV Bowling that has brought a return to the MOTIV line fans have not seen in few years. The Sinister core was a favorite of MOTIV fans and having it back should make you happy once again. Pairing the Sinister core with the Coercion MFS solid cover stock, this asymmetrical bad boy gives the Villain incredible versatility on the lane that you won’t see in most bowling balls. With good length, smooth reaction, and continuation through the pins, the Villain is a must in all bags.
WEIGHT BLOCK Sinister
COVER STOCK Coercion MFS Reactive
FINISH 300 Grit LSS
Back in 2012 when I first signed with MOTIV, one the first bowling balls I fell in love with was the 2Cruel. Loved the shape and versatility it game me on the lanes and had a lot of success with. When it was announced that MOTIV was coming back with the Sinister core, I couldn’t wait to get this rock n the drill press and out some holes in it. Soon as I threw my first few shots, it brought a tear to my eyeing and remembering the good times I had with that 2Cruel so long ago. What I love about the Villain is the versatility. I can play multiple angles on any lane condition and still have the confidence to strike. Medium to higher rev players will love the piece especially for that and lower rev players as well because you can start with straighter angels and as you move, you won’t give the pocket away and have the confidence to strike at will.
Likes: Good length; retainable energy; most versatile bowling ball I’ve ever thrown.
I recommended this bowling ball to all types of bowlers.
MOTIV Staff Player,
90 x 4” x 35
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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