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This was my first Motiv. It was the ball that has allowed me to move from just down and in. I use this as my trusty heavy oil sport shot ball. It can read in the oil and it can handle some friction. I am not able to use this on most house shots, because of my rotation issue...but when the lanes feel flooded, it is a villain. Bad pun.
This has been a great ball, and became my benchmark ball, even for an asymmetric! Has a smooth yet huge motion through the lane, but is easily workable to shape your shot for new oil to worn out patterns. Pocket hits roll through the pins perfectly and strong. Highly recommend this ball, was able to take my game to a whole new level after throwing this ball.
We bowl on a 42 foot modified main street pattern from Kegel and this ball does a great job for me on fresh. I play up the boards with very little hand, so this smooth motion ball really packs a punch for me. I have the pin above my middle finger. With this layout, the Villian will store all its energy through the head and drive to the pocket to carry the 10.
I like this piece a lot. It gives me good length and an aggressive back end that continues through the pins, but it's still controllable without going full on skid/flip. I can see this working in a pretty wide range of oil conditions. Unless there's a flood of oil, a pattern that's a mile long, or totally bone dry lanes, this ball will probably be in play. Plus it has a super cool color scheme, name, and logo. Very aesthetically pleasing.
On the downside, it's not exactly the most forgiving ball, at least in my experience. Misses in tend to not hold super well and go through the face. Misses out are a little better. It'll climb back from the gutter for a makeable spare okay, but it'll leave its share of washouts too.
Overall, I feel like this would make a good addition to many bowlers' bags, and would recommend at least giving it a chance.
I've recently switched jobs and now only bowling one day a week and my speed has increased a lot so the Villain for me is a great later game ball for when lanes dry up a tad bit. And since my switch to all balls Motiv, my average has jumped back up into the high teens low 220's. I got my carry back