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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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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