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I own the Rogue Assassin which smooth ball on the backend. The pro shop owner drilled this Coral Venom to have more angular movement on the backend. The ball travels well through the oil and has energy to finish in the pocket. I played between the third and fourth arrow and delivered 279 244 279 for 802 series. Few weeks later playing much straighter around second arrow bowled 784 series. This ball will not disappoint!!
I wish I had bought the Blue Coral Venom before I went to Nationals. I had so much over under I could not find a groove and be consistent. My pro shop rep talked to me about the Blue Coral Venom when I got back. I said ok maybe it's time for a change from Storm & Roto. I have more control and continuation without having to force the ball to and through the break point. I like it!!
I picked this ball up from my Pro Shop and walked into a PBA shot Sweeper (Alcatraz) night. I had no idea what to expect, but I couldn't just put it in the bag. I ended up winning the Sweeper that night because of this ball.
The only other time I've thrown it was also on a more difficult pattern, Big Ben. While I didn't win that one, it was the right ball for me, on that pattern. Spares got me that day.
This ball is smooth through the oil, and isn't jumpy in the transition. It's as predictable as my Shock. But for me is a number of boards stronger. That makes it a great 1/2 punch. When it starts to get to aggressive, I can go to the Shock and just keep rolling along. Or, I don't need to be afraid of going to the inside because it's still strong enough to handle it.
Core: Gear APG
Coverstock: Coercion MFH Reactive
Box Finish: 4000 Grit LSS
Layout: 45 x 4 ½ x 70
Blue Coral Venom has the most shape at the breakpoint of all the previous Venom weaponry, although it has a lot of teeth in the midlane the reaction isn’t erratic.
The hybrid coverstock Coercion MFH Reactive provides reasonable traction in the oil without sacrificing versatility, I found the cover to be useful on both fresh and severely broken down patterns.
The backend reaction of Blue Coral isn’t as violent compared to Venom Recoil, as strong as the backend reaction it didn’t force me out of my comfort zone.
Blue Coral fits underneath the Pride and Jackal weaponry in terms of overall hook, bigger than Venom Shock and Fatal Venom. I understand what conditions Blue Coral are meant for however I’ve had tremendous success on heavier patterns as well, the forward roll is produces is contentious.
I wasn’t successful with Blue Coral on extreme friction and extreme volumes, however that is why I have Top Thrill and Jackal Legacy for such occasions.
Blue Coral was created to respond to the friction more reasonably that Venom Recoil, although low flaring weaponry is typically encouraged more so on medium patterns Blue Coral for me was rather versatile. Out of box Blue Coral gave me plenty of hook but it wasn’t as much as bigger weaponry like Ghost and Odyssey, a reasonable asymmetrical option to the symmetrical options of Venom Shock and Fatal Venom.
I love Blue Coral on transition as much as I do on the fresh, in the event urethane is being too slow or when bigger weaponry is giving off too much motion Blue Coral has enough of a controlled motion at the breakpoint to not give you too much at the breakpoint.
Should you find yourself in fresh or transitional turmoil I encourage you to look at the versatile Venom Blue Coral.
Your game will thank you for it .
K.C. White II
This ball is a beast to say the least! It has to be one of the most versatile balls I have ever had. This and the Shock are in my bag for a long time to come! If you don’t have it get it!