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With the amount of success I’ve had with the Forge and Forge Fire, I instantly became excited upon details of the Forge Flare. Fittingly, I compared all three together. The immediate reaction I got after the few couple shots was “OMG this ball hooks!!” The downlane motion was more impressing to me as the amount of continuation for something this strong is simply unbelievable. Typically, balls that are this strong in cover have a tendency to go more forward on the backend - I can’t think of another way to say that the Forge Flare defies this. It’s fairly common for me to start with the original Forge on fresher patterns. While having the option to transition to the Forge Fire as the lanes transition, I now have the option to start deeper in the puddle or go to the Forge Flare as it is able to cover more boards without sacrificing any power downlane.
The Forge Flare in simplest terms is the strongest symmetric ball ever produced by MOTIV Bowling, and I like it a lot. There is no style that this ball will not fit. From the rev dominant to the speed dominant, and all in between, the Forge Flare should be in everyone’s arsenal. The ability of how well it handles the heavier volumes is impressive, especially when given the option to stand further into the puddle, and how it responds to the friction. The Forge Line, with no pun intended, just got that much stronger.
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Pure hook in a box. I could stop my review there and it would still be ample enough to describe the sheer power that the Forge Flare offers, but why not go further? Wrapping the new Coercion MX cover (2000 LSS) around the devastating Detonator core (2.47RG, .055Diff) has created an arsenal piece that can dig through the heaviest of patterns while delivering impressive pocket performance.
I drilled my Flare with the expectation of having it dig early but still be continuous through the pins. It took me a while to actually test that ability because of how many shots I had to keep moving left just to get lined up! I threw my first shot with it on the same line that my Jackal Flash hit flush and I hit the four-pin head on (right hander). As I said, pure hook in a box. By the time I got lined up my Forge Flare was about 18-10 left of my Jackal Flash. After this, since the houses I bowl in do not have heavy volume sets, I took the ball down to 500 grit and then worked it back up to 2000. This created a smoother finish than how the ball comes out of the box and allowed me to square up my angles on our fresh patterns. Even after doing this the characteristics of the ball did not change, just how far down the lane it would go before turning left. Early hook and early roll is the name of the game. This cover and core combination create a strong force for early motion, chewing up the midlane to find (or just create) the friction. Once it gets its teeth sank into the lane, an extremely smooth motion towards the pocket happens that contains enough power to continue through the rack with energy to spare. The comment most said to me by those watching this ball is how they cannot believe a ball that hook so early, and so much, still plows through the pins without quit. The best part of this ball is that it is not reliant upon backend friction to hook. Whether the lanes are fresh, or you have urethane pushing oil down, the Forge Flare will hook before the end of the pattern so that you can control your transitions much better than those not throwing this beast. This is a true ‘one’ ball for anyone’s arsenal.
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The new Forge Flare by Motiv is by far the most aggressive ball I have ever thrown. I waited until I had around 50 games on the Flare before writing a review to make sure this ball didn’t begin to slow down any. The all new Coercion MXC cover has held up nicely with very little lane shine. The Flare digs early and often and still retains energy to be continuous through the pins. My Flare is drilled pin up and with my lower ball speed and lower rev rate, I’m still able to control this ball with ease. The yellow, red and black colors are certainly eye catching.
The new Forge Flare is what i would call a hook beast. This ball wants to eat thru the oil and smash the pocket. I would have to say this is the strongest ball have drilled to date.
Motiv has taken the Detonator core and wrapped in a new version of the Coercion cover stock known as MXC Solid reactive. This combination creates a very unique ball reaction, Super early up front with good continuation for how early this ball hooks. This one-of-a-kind ball does have its drawbacks, it needs OIL. Where this one shines is when moving left in oil and needing to create shape, unlike big asymmetrical balls that quit once a player needs to migrate left. The Forge Flare has by far the strongest cover I have ever thrown from any company! When a symmetrical heavy oil ball is needed this one will outshine the rest with its ability to shape down lane in oil, allowing a player to stay with it longer during league or in a tournament.