How To Build A Ball Arsenal
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With the Blue Coral Venom being my all time favorite ball and the Venom line in general being my favorite, I knew I needed this added to my arsenal. Right out of the box, this thing was a monster. Similar yet different than my Blue Coral and that's just what I needed. Motiv, keep bringing the HEAT!
Awesome ball. Clean. Hits hard. Versatile.
My only regret now is not getting this ball sooner. I am late to the party but I finally picked one up and worked with my pro to layout the ball for what I wanted. I was looking for a ball that I could pull out when I hit the cliff. I put a pretty strong layout on this ball and was beyond impressed with how versatile this ball is. I am usually a pretty balanced bowler with 350-400 rpm and 16 mph ball speed. I can consistently bring my speed up to 18.5 mph if needed (to keep the ball up the right side) or drop down to 13 mph if needed (if I have to move way left and slow roll a big shape when the right side of the lane is torched). You can usually find the limits of a ball pretty quickly where some covers are so aggressive that it is impossible to not go Brooklyn bowling up the right side at any speed without completely flattening your wrist, or the core isn't strong enough to move to the far left zone and slow roll it through the oil without the ball losing energy and not carrying through the pins. With the Black Venom, I was able to start right and play closer to the 10 board and hold a line to the pocket. i was able to move 7 boards left and play a bigger shot shape with what I would consider a "normal" release. For fun, I decided to move in front of the ball return to see what the limit was on this ball. I slowed the ball speed down, lofted over the gutter and was able to get the ball through the pins from about the 5 board. I still can't believe how versatile this ball is and I feel like a kid with a new toy that just can't wait to go play with it again. As I said in the first sentence, my only regret is not getting this ball sooner.
I've been throwing Motiv balls for about 10 years and this might be the best one I've thrown. I don't have a high rev rate, but this ball hooks a ton for me. I've nicknamed it "cheat code" because it's just that good. For reference, I'm a 226 average.
The center I bowl at has a house shot with a heavy amount of oil from 13-28 (I'm a righty) and in the fronts for the first 6-10 feet gutter to gutter. Total volume of the pattern is 26ml with a length of 43 feet. Overall, it's 6.45:1.
This ball gets through the fronts clean, picks up in the midlane and rips off the end of the pattern to find the pocket.
It's the first ball out of the bag on most nights. It allows me to play a little straighter, away from the heavy oil, and move in as the night goes on. Versatile doesn't even begin to describe this ball.
This ball is a monster! In a good way! It is so quick in the reaction and hits the pocket hard!