Iron Forge

Item Number: MTVBFGIRN

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Retired 1/4/2023

“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 broken down medium-heavy patterns. This ball loves it when the friction shows up!

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 polished cover has only previously been used on the Ripcord™ Velocity, which is widely accepted as the most angular ball ever made by MOTIV®.  Using Infusion™ MVP with such a strong core allows bowlers to see that proven angle when higher volume oil patterns begin to breakdown and the friction shows up.  The Iron Forge™ offers oustanding length, energy retention, and an impressive backend.  

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™ Symmetric
  • Cover StockInfusion™ MVP Pearl Reactive
  • Finish5000 Grit LSP
  • Weight Range12, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • Length75
  • Backend90
  • Hook68
  • 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 4.9 (Based on 60 reviews) Write A Review

  1. 06/17/2023
    Product Iron Forge
    From Gainesville Georgia
    About Me I bowled the PBA South Regional Tour, then I moved to Florida. After 20 years of not bowling, I moved back to Georgia.
    Rating 5.0
    Iron Forge

    I recently moved back to Georgia and learned that the technique that I used to layout my balls is no longer practiced. I was given a copy of Mo Pinel's Dual Angle Technique. Very interesting read.
    With that said, my pro shop guy laid out my Iron Forge: 45x4 1/4x25 surface taken down to 2000. With this layout the ball rolls nicely through the mid lane, goes long and hits hard on the backend.
    A great ball. I was an all Ebonite guy, now I’m stuck with MOTIV.
    Thank you for a great ball line.


    I would recommend this to a friend

  2. 03/03/2023
    Product Iron Forge
    From Moose Lake, MN
    About Me 210 AVG low rev
    Rating 4.0
    An early ball or after break down

    The high rev bowlers love this ball more and can get that movement out of it. I am a lower rev guy and so this ball is good the first game until the oil carries down, when that happens I don't have the revs to overcome the oil. However you can slow it down and still get some pop out of it. So for different conditions, this works! But I'm going to call it a higher rev ball, and if you have higher revs, your gonna like this one!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  3. 01/24/2023
    Product Iron Forge
    From Beale AFB, CA
    About Me Single hand no thumb bowler
    Rating 5.0
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    The Iron Forge is my first Motiv ball. I bought it for my son for Christmas but I have found myself using it more than him. The hook took me awhile to figure out but once I did, my score jumped.

    This may be my first Motiv ball but it surely won’t be my last. I can’t wait to try out the rest of the line up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  4. 01/11/2023
    Product Iron Forge
    From Orlando, Florida
    About Me Old school
    Rating 5.0

    I know this ball lists as medium to heavy oil but my layout is long and strong and this ball is my go to ball when the lanes start burning or if there is a lot of friction early. It plays the friction so nice, even this 300 rev player can move left, send it right and it loves to explode the back-end. I have an Ember, as well, and soon a Flare but this is clearly a must have ball for Motiv faithful!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  5. 01/07/2023
    Product Iron Forge
    From Deland fl
    Rating 1.0
    Not what I was expecting

    So I had this ball purchased as a birthday gift, and had it drilled at my local pro shop who had done all my other balls. Not sure of it's luck of the draw but this ball has no movement, it's basically an over priced straight ball. I recently switched back to my Villain which isn't supposed to be as aggressive and it had way more action.

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