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Originally used in the Tribal, I was a big fan of the Halogen core that Motiv used in this bowling ball. Based on the description offered by them, as well as the Hydra’s position on the ball guide, I expected a fairly tame reaction; a ball that got down lane easily and offered a majority of its motion down-lane.
What I got was a little bit different than I expected in that it is MUCH stronger than I anticipated. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just a bit of a surprise. On a typical house shot, I am able to swing this ball out a little, and rely on it to consistently corner and find the pocket. The cover is strong enough to recover very well from misses outside, but weak enough to hold in the oil on misses inside. Because of that, the Hydra is VERY forgiving. The only other ball I’ve seen this much forgiveness from is the Venom Shock.
The Hydra is a reliable, medium-light strong arcing reaction that can be counted on time and time again to corner when you need it to, and hit and carry very well. I know it’s personal preference but I really love the look of the ball as well. I love the gray pearl color and the low contrast logos. It’s a winner for sure!
I can't sing the praises of this ball enough. I have won more money from this ball. When people are complaining about the dry...I love it. Give me this ball all day. It is responsive off the spot for many people, including me. However, I keep mine at 4k to 5k and it gets enough length to keep the look I want.
If I could sell you one Motiv ball...it would be this. I think it is one of the most underrated balls for a house shot hero.
I had this ball in my bag for about a year now. I always find myself going back to it in the later games of my league night.
Must be one of the most underestimated balls of all time.
Very clean through the front and huge reaction to the dry for a light oil ball
Bowled my first 300. Love the Hydra.