Jackal Ambush

Item Number: MTVBJKAMB

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The newest predator in the vicious Jackal line, the Jackal Ambush will catch opponents off guard with its strength and control of its environment. This ultra-strong beast pushes the boundaries of ball motion and hook in oil, providing a smooth and controlled ball motion, even in the heaviest concentrations. The Jackal Ambush allows you to go on the hunt, knowing that you have the strength behind you to dominate.

The Jackal Ambush introduces the release of a brand new coverstock system; Leverage Solid Reactive. Leverage is formulated to be smoother down lane and stronger in the oil than the Coercion coverstock systems previously used for this ball motion. This is the most aggressive coverstock system ever developed in the MOTIV ball line.

Paired with this new system is the proven Predator V2 core. Used in the legendary Jackal Ghost and the Alpha Jackal used by Wesley Low to shoot 900, the Predator V2 is ideal in heavy oil conditions when a high performance, asymmetrical core is necessary. The low RG and high differential give a fast spinning and dynamic core design, capable of huge amounts flare.

When to Use:
Speed Dominant Bowlers - For speed dominant bowlers, traction and guaranteed hook are so important. The Jackal Ambush is a must for bowlers who are speed dominant. With oil volumes increasing, bowlers with a lot of speed or lower rev rates benefit from increased differential, asymmetry, and stronger cores. The Jackal Ambush checks all of the boxes for bowlers needing help creating shape on the lanes.

Balanced Bowlers - Balanced bowlers will use the Jackal Ambush when in need of the most control and traction possible. For balanced bowlers competing on very high volumes or looking to start further in on a house pattern, the Jackal Ambush will do the trick, offering a smooth and predictable motion.

Rev Dominant Bowlers - For rev dominant bowlers, the Jackal Ambush is a control ball for the absolute lowest friction environments. For these bowlers needing control, a shinier finish may be necessary, but the control offered by the Leverage Solid Reactive coverstock paired with the Predator V2 could be advantageous if angular pieces feel like they go everywhere on fresh oil.

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  • Weight BlockPredator™ V2
  • Cover StockLeverage™ Solid Reactive
  • Finish1000 Grit LSS
  • Weight Range12, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • Length43
  • Backend68
  • Hook85
  • Flare Potential7"+
  • 16

    Radius of Gyration 2.48Max Differential .047Int. Differential .013
  • 15

    Radius of Gyration 2.47Max Differential .054Int. Differential .015
  • 14

    Radius of Gyration 2.51Max Differential .049Int. Differential .014
  • 13

    Radius of Gyration 2.57Max Differential .040Int. Differential .011
  • 12

    Radius of Gyration 2.64Max Differential .030Int. Differential .010
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Reviews 5.0 (Based on 8 reviews) Write A Review

  1. 01/18/2023
    Product Jackal Ambush
    From Kansas City, MO
    Rating 5.0
    Unleash this Predator!

    55 x 5” x 20

    Continuing down the path of heavy oil domination, the Jackal Ambush is a worthy entry to continue carrying the MOTIV torch. By wrapping the legendary Predator V2 core (2.47RG, .054Diff) in the brand-new oil-eating monster Leverage Solid Reactive coverstock, finding friction when the lanes are flooded has never been easier.

    Knowing the majority of the lanes I bowl on do not require ultra-strong equipment, I set my pin extremely high (for my style) to allow the Predator V2 to tumble a bit more downlane before it started its extreme flaring ability. While that only tweaks what the ball does overall a little, it was still just enough to give me versatility in how I can attack the lanes with the ball. For a reference point to test its strength, I got lined up with a 4” pin, 3000 grit sanded Sky Raptor and then threw a shot with the Ambush. I went from dead flush to dead flush, just on the other side of the head pin! The Leverage coverstock shows its teeth early while the Predator V2 keeps turning the ball over in the midlane giving fresh surface to continue biting through the oil. While the backend motion is not going to wow anybody, thanks to the energy bleed from foul line to break point, the continuation off the spot is impressive for something so roll heavy. Even when opening the lane a little bit through the first transition, the ability of the Ambush to still get through the pocket and hit the 8-pin is impressive. Keep in mind, this ball loves oil, so once those heads start to disappear and angles have to become steeper, have that next ball down, such as the Mythic Jackal, Sky Raptor, or Iron Forge, on hot standby.

    Sheer strength is what the Jackal Ambush brings to anyone’s arsenal. If you need an apex predator in your bag to fight through heavy oil conditions, this is your beast of choice.

    Trent Overbey
    In the Zone Pro Shop
    MOTIV Staff

    I would recommend this to a friend

  2. 01/14/2023
    Product Jackal Ambush
    From Omaha, Ne
    Rating 5.0
    Amazing Hook On Heavy Oil

    I needed a ball that can cut thru all the oil on league night. And boy did this ball deliver! It’s great for the first couple games until the oil starts breaking down.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  3. 01/13/2023
    Product Jackal Ambush
    From Findlay, Ohio
    Rating 5.0
    5 Star Bowling Ball

    This is such a great piece that I have added to my arsenal. I shot 700 plus 1st night using it. It clears the pins with no hesitation and is a ten pin destroyer. Motiv has definitely got their formula right on this ball.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  4. 01/13/2023
    Product Jackal Ambush
    From Victorville CA
    About Me 180 House bowler
    Rating 5.0
    Best ball to date

    298 out of the box. Very controllable with a strong finishing coverstock. Highly recommend this ball if you want a little more hook.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  5. 01/11/2023
    Product Jackal Ambush
    From Ballwin, MO
    About Me Motiv Staff
    Rating 5.0
    Very Strong and Yet Quite Predictable

    Seeing so many people post first shot videos I'll admit I was a little gun shy on what to expect and where this ball would ultimately fit. However, after talking with another staffer and seeing how this ball reads early but doesn't necessarily burn early makes this a great complimentary piece in my Asym Lineup. There have been a handful of occasions where my Trusty Ghost is a little to much down lane but the Legacy and Mythic were a tad to forward. This is where the Ambush fits in the bag. Motiv continues to make equipment that compliments and rounds out the bags for the bowler. This was a hole to be filled in the Asym / Jackal Series and they nailed it. Looking forward to getting more game time on it and would absolutely recommend this product to a friend and all Motiv Maniacs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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