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This is the most versatile ball I have ever thrown. I just recently bought a 2nd one for my arsenal. I just recently threw my highest set with mine, 792. This ball is on it's 5th layout and easily has over 300 games on it. Still works like I just purchased it.
I bought a Shock the year it came out and used it for several years. Then I started more and more Motiv balls and liking them all and realized my Shock was neglected at home. Since I had changed my fit I decided to sell that one and knew eventually I’d get another. Only took a few weeks for me to want a new Shock and I ordered one. This ball is just so good. Super smooth and controllable, hooks more than you’d think based on its spot on the ball chart. The looks of it are also super nice.
This was the first Motiv ball that I purchased and I fell in love with it as soon as I threw it. It’s everything Motiv said it was. I have had all my best games with this ball. I love Motiv so much that I now own 4 of them, and I would never bowl with anything else. I would highly recommend this ball to any bowler. This company has great customer service you can always get someone on the phone, they are very professional and have always given me great advice. Answered all my questions and make you feel like you're part of the family.
I have built a nice Motiv arsenal so far in the last 2 years since I started bowling and adding the Venom Shock to my bag was definitely a smart choice!
This ball is so versatile for any lane condition and is always one you can count on when you just cant find that spot.
Great piece to have in any bag, combine this with the fatal venom and you got a deadly combination
I’ve had a bit of a love hate with this ball so much so I drilled a number of them thinking I could possibly find what others found so special. My ball review is with respect to all drilled balls and surfaces in hindsight. On fresh, all reactions were generally blended closer to each other and as a reminder to all to adjust surface to tune ball reaction first.
Ball 1 used my default layout 5” x 35deg which puts the pin on grip centerline just above my bridge giving me a quicker/straighter move in the roll phase. With my high rev rate and moderate axis rotation I couldn’t square up with the lane and pushed me left unable to carry the corner unless giving it a good 60-70degs axis rotation which lead to bowler skill issues (me) getting my hand cleanly out of the ball. Surface only exacerbated carry issues and polish made it over/under.
Ball 2 was laid out 5” x 70deg, the dreaded pin down symmetrical… I actually shot a 300 out of the bag in box finish first warming up with the pin up ball and switching to the pin down. This one flared significantly less and really gave it a glide through the middle of the lane. The box finish also worked very well on wood. Unfortunately the lower flare look didn’t hold up well as I migrated left.
Ball 3 was laid out 3.75” x 30 and was my favorite look with this ball. The added flare in my eyes helped match the cover dominate nature of the ball making it start earlier and be more continuous. The ball worked easier with a more moderate hand position 45-55deg. The ball still being relatively strong downlane, I liked it more with a little surface 3000CTD to make it a little rounder. The added traction does push me a little left but also the peace of mind knowing I won't miss the breakpoint.
General observations… if you have higher axis rotation or are speed dominate you will love this ball. For those like myself who are a little more forward it may be a little too strong for typical house shots although getting to the 1-3 will be cake. It’s easily to see why this ball is so popular, pretty, aggressive , and cheap.