Black Venom

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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.

Tip: Check with your local pro shop for the best prices. 

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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 .028Int. Differential .009
  • 12

    Radius of Gyration 2.63Max Differential .020Int. Differential .007
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  1. 01/04/2024
    Product Black Venom
    From Baltimore, MD
    About Me League/Tournament bowler (2 Handed)
    Rating 5.0
    Black Venom is a BEAST

    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  2. 12/20/2023
    Product Black Venom
    From Chester, IL
    Rating 5.0
    Great ball

    Awesome ball. Clean. Hits hard. Versatile.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  3. 12/14/2023
    Product Black Venom
    From Holly, MI
    About Me Varsity & JV Coach, League Bowler, 190 avg
    Rating 5.0
    Reviews aren't wrong, this ball is special...

    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 would recommend this to a friend

  4. 12/07/2023
    Product Black Venom
    From Pittsburgh, PA
    Rating 5.0
    This ball is special

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  5. 12/06/2023
    Product Black Venom
    From Baltimore, Maryland
    About Me I love the Motiv brand and everything they stand for! I am always pushing to be motivational to others so the get motivated slogan just fits right into my lifestyle! I haven't been disappointed yet by motiv or a motiv product yet, and don't expect to be
    Rating 5.0
    Monster venom!

    This ball is a monster! In a good way! It is so quick in the reaction and hits the pocket hard!

    I would recommend this to a friend

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