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The Pride Empire is an awesome pearl ball that I had drilled to go long and then turn in the pocket I bowl down and in with not a lot of rev rate. I can use the Pride Empire on the fresh and when the lanes transition which makes the Pride Empire a very usable ball that helps control the pocket carrying the corners. This pearl bowling ball is special don't miss out on this Gem go to your pro shop and get one you'll be glad that you did. Always Motivated ❌️ ❌️ ❌️
This ball is EXACTLY what I was hoping for when the Empire was announced. A pearl version of the original Pride that hooks as much, but in a cleaner faster version of it. I am able to change to the Empire, from the original Pride when I need something cleaner, and faster and not have to worry about whether this ball is going to force me too far left off of the change. Once I get into this ball, I can keep chasing left and this ball just keeps coming, and continues from obscene angles that you didnt think were possible.
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The new Pride Empire is a fantastic compliment to the original Pride, providing a very similar shape in the mid lane. The Empire sets itself apart with the backend continuation when compared to the Pride. Drilled 60-5”-35 gave me great control and predictability being able to control the lane front to back when transition hit. This ball fits right in the middle of Motiv’s current ball lineup giving the player a very versatile ball when the lanes are a bit on the dry side.
55 x 5” x 30
Taking pride in the ball motion chart, the MOTIV Pride Empire is introduced with a combination of medium-oil mid-lane read capability and devastating backend. The brand-new Propulsion Pearl Reactive coverstock, finished at 5000 LSP, has been wrapped around the controllable Dominion core (2.50 RG, .042 Diff, .010 Int. Diff) to create a unique reaction with versatile capabilities.
Knowing the Dominion core heavily influenced the reaction I saw in my original Pride, I used a longer pin-to-PAP placement, paired with a smaller VAL, to allow better length and backend recovery. What I ended up with is a ball that outperforms anything else currently in my bag in the last 15-20 feet of the lane. While I could throw this on the fresh for league, I prefer to blend out the lane just a bit more so I will start with the Mythic Jackal. Once my Jackal starts to labor on the back, that is where the Empire shines. The new Propulsion coverstock system is lightning fast in its response time to friction which has given me the ability to throw the Empire at ridiculous launch angles when the transition and burn dictate it. I have had many nights where I switch to this ball towards the end of game one and do not need to pick up any other (except for spares, of course). To give a reference for this break-down lane play, I have lined up anywhere from 22-16 (lay down and arrows) all the way to 35-23 without seeing any diminishing return in its hitting power. While you will see a bit of forgiveness if you miss in, thanks to Dominion getting the ball to rev, watch out if you miss right – it will check mark off that dry to make up for that miss direction! Having that middle of the block ball in your arsenal that can forgive in the oil but hit off of the dry is a great tool to have, and the Pride Empire fits that bill perfectly.
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First off the Pride Empire is a fantastic ball and I'm not much of a hype man when it comes to new equipment. Most equipment designed these days usually performs very well for many bowlers so long as they have their feet in the right place on the lanes. That being said having a ball that helps reward good shots is always a blessing.
Candidly I've struggled with a lot of Motiv Pearls over the years to the point where I've become very speculative of new purchases. Without naming specific pieces the cover formulations haven't been friendly in the hook phases. The Empire laid out with my default test layout 50x5x40 (5x4x3 VLS) offers excellent midlane roll which creates a very large control zone at the breakpoint. The backend motion is forward rolling in nature but still responsive to hand position changes.
Out of the box the surface looks duller than 5000 but not having a scanner on hand we couldn't verify. Motiv is usually VERY consistent with their finishes. It was a little too clean for the fresh but once we has a game on the pattern downlane this one really looked good and control the pins very well. I was splitting the 8-9 often without fear of missing the breakpoint or half ten'ing shots where I didn't get the axis rotation I wanted. If you enjoy the extra clean push of pearls on fresh this one may be perfect to start with especially if tuned with a P5000D pad, finishes to approx 4000 by hand. I tested it again on a fresh lane and had a very good look closing my angles down.
The only way I would I might enjoy this one more is if it was a full symmetrical core or possibly punching up another 70x3.75"x30 to allow for more continuation. This might also just be the nature of the cover as the intermediate diff is really pretty small.