Iron Forge

Item Number: MTVBFGIRN

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“This is the strongest pearl symmetric ever manufactured by MOTIV® Bowling and it’s not even close.” - Nick Pahr - Motiv R&D

The Iron Forge™ is, without a doubt, the strongest pearl symmetric Motiv has made to date.  The latest addition to the popular Forge™ line, the Iron Forge™ has the same Detonator™ core as previous Forges™, but with the proven Infusion™ MVP pearl seen on the Ripcord™ Velocity.  The combination creates unbelievable angle on  medium-heavy oil conditions. 

Inside the Iron Forge™ is the Detonator™ core.  This low rg / high differential core is the same absolute beast of a core used in the ultra strong Forge™ Flare.  The low rg and high differential core is stable, with a wide footprint on the lane; this combination equals more total hook, but also more mid-lane traction and control than other symmetrical core options.  This uniquely strong symmetrical core is what allows us to use such a clean and angular coverstock in moderately heavy oil patterns.

Around the Iron Forge™ is the Infusion™ MVP coverstock, the fastest response and most angular cover ever made by MOTIV®.  This cover has only previously been used on the Ripcord™ Velocity, which is widely accepted as the most angular ball ever made by MOTIV®.  Using this cover with such a strong core allows bowlers to see that proven angle on higher volumes of oil or earlier in their progression than they are able to use the Ripcord™ Velocity. 

When To Use:

Speed Dominant Bowlers: The incredibly strong core in the Iron Forge™ allows for speed dominant players to use a pearlized coverstock when that may have been difficult in the past.  Many speed dominant players are forced to use solids and hybrids rather than pearls simply because a clean cover combined with a clean core oftens skids too far for their game.  The Iron Forge™ allows these players to have an angular option in their bag when no other symmetrics would be strong enough.

Balanced Bowlers: The uniqueness of the Iron Forge™ for balanced bowlers is that the strong cover / angular core combination allows them to keep up with rev-dominant bowlers through transition.  When rev-dominant bowlers see transition, one of their great advantages is being able to create angle and follow transition into the pattern earlier than the rest of the field.  A high flare, fast spinning core paired with a sideways cover lets balanced bowlers stay ahead of transition without sacrificing carry or fearing that their ball will miss the breakpoint. 

Rev Dominant Bowlers: For rev dominant bowlers, this is a strong pearl cover that will allow for seeing length and control on higher friction surfaces even from the beginning of a block.  The Iron Forge™ is strong enough that many rev dominant bowlers will have the luxury of using a pearl coverstock on fresh oil, which is incredibly rare.  PBA Bowler Zac Tackett said that he was most excited that this was a ball he could use for an entire block. 

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  • Weight BlockDetonator™
  • Cover StockInfusion™ MVP Pearl Reactive
  • Finish5000 Grit LSP
  • Weight Range12, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • Length16
  • Backend18.5
  • Hook57
  • Flare Potential5"+
  • 16

    Radius of Gyration 2.47Max Differential .054
  • 15

    Radius of Gyration 2.47Max Differential .055
  • 14

    Radius of Gyration 2.49Max Differential .054
  • 13

    Radius of Gyration 2.55Max Differential .045
  • 12

    Radius of Gyration 2.62Max Differential .032
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Reviews 5.0 (Based on 11 reviews) Write A Review

  1. 11/30/2021
    Product Iron Forge
    From Omaha, NE
    Rating 5.0
    My Favorite Pearl

    I've been throwing this ball for a while now, and it has never stopped amazing me with what it can do!

    First off, this is one of the most beautiful bowling balls I have ever drilled. The silver and red play off of each other perfectly to create a very distinct look both on the shelf and on the lane.

    I tend to have trouble with pearl balls, because they are too clean for me and I miss the breakpoint or they just never see the lane how I need them to. However I have had no issues with this piece. While the Iron Forge still is clean and has that pearl "pop" down lane, I see this ball being a bit more rolly with that detonator core. I have had success throwing the Iron Forge on a multitude of patterns, and it quickly became a staple of my bag. I think everyone needs to give this one a try!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  2. 11/28/2021
    Product Iron Forge
    From Dubuque, Iowa
    About Me 52003
    Rating 5.0
    Delivers as promised

    I was looking for a new orb that didn't read early off the back end of a pattern, this certainly is it. You'll certainly know it makes the turn, even with a pin down layout. Having seen the Infusion cover on the Ripcord Velocity, length was not a concern, but with the Detonator core, the move off the breakpoint is an eye opener. This ball adds to the already wide variety of shapes in the Motiv line, allowing a wide variety of styles to score from the younger two handers up to the older (senior) players not with the speed had in earlier years like myself.
    One barometer for me occurs in what happens the first five to ten shots down the lane. First ball was a messenger strike in a house not known for messengers. Second full game in league with it carried the front ten.
    This ball will be in the bag for awhile. Should have known another Motiv ball with even a little bit of red in it (original Primal Rage, Primal Rage LE, Red Tank) put an immediate smile on my face. Get one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  3. 11/28/2021
    Product Iron Forge
    From Irvine, CA
    Rating 5.0

    When I first drilled my Iron Forge, I had a preconceived idea of what it might do with the core and cover combination. Infusion MVP in my opinion is our fastest responding cover formula down lane and it was featured on the Ripcord Velocity. The Velocity for me was amazing when the lanes got beat up and I needed something super clean and really angular for when I moved further left. At times, I felt I needed to make the Velocity start, which got me out of my comfort zone because I felt I needed to do too much with my hand.

    This is where the Iron Forge fits PERFECTLY in our line. The Iron Forge fits perfectly between balls like the Pride, and our cleaner balls like the Velocity as an option for transition games when you need something cleaner, but still need the get the ball to start up. The stronger Detonator Core in the Forge series really helps the ball pick up earlier than a Velocity, but is a much cleaner option for when you need to shell down to get your ball through the fronts.

    Layout: 4.5" x 70º

    I would recommend this to a friend

  4. 11/23/2021
    Product Iron Forge
    From Jenison, MI
    Rating 5.0
    Shelf to the pit…WOW

    First and foremost Motiv hit an absolute grand slam on the shelf appeal for this one. I understand it’s personal preference, but the red/gray/silver polished cover looks EXCELLENT on the shelf.

    Several times prior to this release, I see very over/under reactions with pearl covers. Often times I throw it through the break point, or get it out a little quick and it jumps through the nose on me. This Iron Forge is different. I have never seen a ball with a better balance of mid-lane read, easy length, and strong but controllable angularity. It isn’t so strong that it jumps on pulled shots, strong enough to recover well on shots I miss, and any time I get that kind of forgiveness out of a ball that checks the shelf appeal block…I’m a fan.

    As with all Motiv balls, it hits and carries extremely well. It’s an excellent piece of equipment, and I look forward to using it every chance I get.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  5. 11/18/2021
    Product Iron Forge
    From Green bay Wisconsin
    About Me I am a 2 handed bowler and throw all motiv
    Rating 5.0
    Amazing ball

    I pre ordered the ball last week and got it this week and after throwing it for a while I'm in love with the ball and how it goes down lane and at the end has a nice snap to it this ball fits really well in my bag. I really recommend this ball for someone looking for a pearl ball

    I would recommend this to a friend

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