Black Venom

Item Number: MTVBVMDRK

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Introducing the Black Venom™, a bold upgrade to the already incredible Venom™ line. This uncompromising new addition features the latest Leverage™ cover technology from the Jackal Ambush, modified for maximum performance on moderate oil volume.  Pairing this new Leverage™ MFS Solid Reactive cover with the Gear™ APG core creates earlier read and unstoppable traction when attacking light-medium oil lane conditions.

The cover stock on the Venom™ Shock has been the gold standard for benchmark performance since its release nine years ago.  As oil volumes have increased over time, the Venom™ Shock appears more angular, so it’s time to take things to the next level.  Upgrading to Leverage MFS technology means the Black Venom has more bite and a smoother motion on the lane, giving you the upper hand when maximum traction is what you need.

At the core of the Black Venom you’ll find the Gear™ APG.  Originally developed to overcome the loss of weight holes in sanctioned play, it’s a uniquely low RG / low differential asymmetric core that delivers performance beyond its price point.  With versatile drilling options, you can create many shapes on the lane with just this one Gear APG core. 

Speed Dominant Bowlers - For bowlers who have always wanted a Venom™, but the previous releases have been too weak or condition specific, the Black Venom™ is ideal. The Black Venom™ is a modern adaptation of the original Venom™ Shock, meaning that it is now stronger and smoother. This should make the Black Venom™ the perfect Venom™ for people too speed dominant for its predecessors.

Balanced Bowlers - Bowlers with balanced speed to rev rate ratios will find incredible versatility from the Black Venom™. As in the Venom™ Shock, the real magic in the Black Venom™ is the ability to use it on a multitude of conditions and from shallow to steep angles.

Rev Dominant Bowlers - The Black Venom™ is the ideal benchmark ball for a rev dominant bowler. All bowlers need a ball to use as a lane reader that is right in the middle of their arsenal and can be used on most conditions. The moderate strength Leverage™ MFS Solid Reactive paired with such a low differential (.036) in the Gear™ APG is perfect for Rev Dominant bowlers.

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  • Weight BlockGear™ APG Asymmetric
  • Cover StockLeverage™ MFS Solid Reactive
  • Finish4000 Grit LSS
  • Weight Range12, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • Length40
  • Backend65
  • Hook58
  • Flare Potential3"+
  • 16

    Radius of Gyration 2.48Max Differential .032Int. Differential .011
  • 15

    Radius of Gyration 2.47Max Differential .036Int. Differential .013
  • 14

    Radius of Gyration 2.50Max Differential .033Int. Differential .012
  • 13

    Radius of Gyration 2.56Max Differential .033Int. Differential .009
  • 12

    Radius of Gyration 2.63Max Differential .028Int. Differential .007
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Reviews 4.8 (Based on 5 reviews) Write A Review

  1. 03/17/2023
    Product Black Venom
    From OH
    Rating 5.0
    The hype

    The hype is REAL about this venom line and the amazing Gear core!!

    I PRE ORDERED this to add to my bag because if anything has a Gear core it’s worth buying! Priced in at an affordable Priceline also ! It’s almost as if Motiv wants to give this ball away!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  2. 03/15/2023
    Product Black Venom
    From Cold Spring, MN
    About Me Motiv Staff
    Rating 5.0
    Well Done Motiv

    First impressions was, WOW. Extremely strong for the Venom line. The Black Venom is going to be the most bang for the buck on the market. I drilled mine 50-4 1/8-60, which gave me a smooth and really continuous motion whether the fresh THS or leftovers from the night before. The Black Venom is extremely versatile and put it up there with the Jackal Ghost as far as usefulness across a variety of conditions. Compared to the Ghost it was 3 stronger, and about 2 stronger than the Coral with lots more continuation. Beyond impressed with the motion of the Black Venom it has a motion that I haven’t seen from Motiv since the Ghost was released. Well done.
    Eric George
    Motiv Staff

    I would recommend this to a friend

  3. 03/12/2023
    Product Black Venom
    From Derry, Pennsylvania
    About Me Amateur bowler with interest in competing and growing my game.
    Rating 5.0
    Incredible ball that is worth buying.

    I got to throw the Black Venom at a test drive this morning and the ball was incredible. It handled both short and long patterns incredibly well. Getting to throw that ball side by side with others like the Coral Venom, the Sky Raptor, the Primal Shock, Jackal Ambush and the Ripcord was great, and the Black Venom was my favorite out of all of them. I immediately ordered my very own Black Venom. It hits hard and has incredible action coming across the lane. I was really surprised to see how it handled in heavier oil compared to the light oil lanes. I've been searching for a low oil ball and the end of the month can't come fast enough for the release to drop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  4. 03/10/2023
    Product Black Venom
    From Rockford, IL
    About Me MOTIV Staff
    Rating 5.0
    Motiv Black Venom

    This ball is the ball we have been needing forever! This Black Venom is very predictable, controllable, and is the benchmark ball everyone has to have! This Leverage MFS cover reads the midlane very well, is very strong, smooth, and continuous! And adding the Gear APG core with it with its low diff but extra strength makes this one killer combination! You are going to want one of these!

    Layout - 5x4x3 Vector layout (translates to 45x5x50 Dual Angle)
    PAP - 5 1/8 Over
    1 5/16 Up

    I would recommend this to a friend

  5. 03/04/2023
    Product Black Venom
    From Verona,Virginia
    About Me just an average bowler
    Rating 4.0
    Cannot wait

    This looks like a ball I would want to add to my bag -- I hope our pro shop gets one in soon so I can check it out and see what other people think about it also. Keep up the good work as you have a great ball collection to chose from and great looking balls

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