Inner Core: SigmaTM
Coverstock: FusionTM Pearl Reactive
Finish: 1500 Grit / Polished
15#RG:2.47, Diff: .047
Ball Color: Black Pearl/Yellow Pearl NeoMarkTMColor: OrangePearl/SilverPearl
I had my hubby (Zack Jellsey) drill it 4×4 which puts the pin over my ring finger and added a bit of factory finish polish to the box surface. For me this is a very aggressive layout. First night out in league I started a bit slow with 207 trying to get used to how strong this ball is compared to my Source, then got goin a little better with 238 (couple stubborn 10 pins) before 268 my last game while swinging the ball a bit more than usual. I loved being able to move in and know it would come back from almost anywhere. Hitting power was very good considering when I move left I can fight the dreaded flat 10.
Shelf appeal on this ball is good but not amazing. Zack teases me cuz I like balls that are “pretty”, and this one is just OK. I would rate it 6/10 for looks.
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Motiv has a new member in the Cruel line, and it’s Cruel Intent. I drilled the video ball 60x5x30. This allowed the ball to easily get through the front of the lane and let its energy out on the back of the lane. This ball has the Fusion pearl coverstock on it, the same cover as the Primal Rage and Tribal. You can use the same coverstock, for three totally different lane patterns because of the core differences. Cruel Intent has a pretty strong asymmetric core that will allow this ball to get started sooner and respond faster to friction allowing you to use this ball when the lanes are pretty tight. As the lane transitions, and if this ball starts to hook too early, you can move to a Primal Rage or Tribal and continue to get the backend motion you’re looking for. Cruel Intent hooked about 5 boards more than my Tribal on this typical house pattern. I think if there was more volume on the lane, and less free hook to the right, the difference between these two balls would have been much greater. Pin carry and the hitting power were defiantly there with this ball.
I really like the concepts Motiv comes up with when it has to do with colors, names, logos and marketing. I like the name and logos very much on this ball, but the color itself if just okay to me. I do think Motiv fans will like this ball, especially if they liked the #redball (Primal Rage) or the Tribal. To grade this ball out, Performance: I would give it a B, its defiantly above average and overall good. Cosmetics: I would give this ball a C. Maybe it’s because my standards are set so high with Motiv with their color combinations and this one is just average to me. As always, for all of the information on this ball and all of the Motiv Products visit bowlersdeals.com!
I could do this review in three words. THIS BALL HOOKS! The first couple shots I threw with this ball hooked off the lane! I drilled this ball similar than other high end asymmetric balls in the past. This may have been one of the most hooking balls I have ever thrown. At times it was too much hook, and I said “this thing is a monster”. I will polish it when I attempt to throw this again. Mastermind has great hitting power when I got it to the pocket, which at times was difficult. High ball speed/Low rev rate players will LOVE this ball. Player that have heavy oil for their league will love this ball as well. There will not be a doubt if the ball is going to hook. If you have a problem getting bowling balls to hook, give this a shot!As I have stated before, I am a sucker for orange! I really like this ball as it rolls down the lane. Vibrant colors and tons of hook! This ball will be noticed and get you noticed! I like the name and logo combination. Someone is really a Mastermind that made this ball hook that much. Grading this ball out is difficult for me. If I am grading on hitting power and overall hook, this ball gets an A. Although it was difficult for me to control on the lane conditions that I was on at times. The colors on this ball really pop. I like it a lot. I would give that a solid B+. You need hook? Look no further! Check out all of the information on this ball at bowlersdeals.com!Joel RickettsCo-Founder bowlersdeals.com
Brunswick has a new high performance ball called Melee. I have thrown a lot of Brunswick balls in the past, and this one has as much back end motion as anything I have thrown from them in quite some time. I used it for the video on a standard house condition, and it was pretty impressive. It was very strong off the spot down the lane, but did not over react to the extremely dry outside portions of the lane like a lot of balls with a skid/flip type of motion. I used a 5 ½ pin from PAP, over my bridge, to try to get this ball to store up energy for the backend, and did it ever. It had very good hitting power. A few times I turned around and was chuckling because the ball was splitting the 8 and 9 pins in half. I think this is a ball you could see a lot of the Brunswick touring guys using at the World Series of bowling that is upcoming in Las Vegas, NV.Brunswick wanted an “old school” look to this ball and they got it. When I took it out of the box I thought I had a old red urethane balls from the late 80’s. We joked as we filmed this video that it looked a “red house ball”. Although it didn’t roll like one! The looks of this ball are different, and I give them some credit for that. I am not a huge fan of the color, but it may be one of those balls that grows on you after awhile. For a grade, Performance: I would have to say it was pretty good and I would give it a solid B. I would feel confidant drilling this for my customers. Cosmetics: While I am not a huge fan of the color, it should get noticed and generate some talking about. I will give it a B for its concept alone. Nice work in this piece by Brunswick, and I hope they have the color right on this ball because it could be a gem. For all of the information visit bowlersdeals.com!Joel Ricketts
Tribal is everything Motiv said it was going to be. It looks great, and has some serious back end motion! With cores that have higher RG and lower to medium differentials, I tend to drill these with stronger pins so that I don’t throw the ball through the breakpoint. The RG on this ball is 2.55 and diff of .037. The cover on the Tribal is the same cover from the Primal Rage! If you have the Primal Rage, and by the third game it starts to hook too much and you have to go too far to the left, this ball is your answer! Tribal is east through the front half of the lane, and when it reads the friction on the backend, it unleashes a ton of snap on the back. This ball goes need to have some dry on the lane. If there is too much oil on the lane you could see and over/under reaction with it. It’s very responsive to the dry on the backend. If you have and liked the Primal Rage, this is a must have in your bag!The looks of this ball is off the charts. It’s everything a pro shop guy could want. Its different looking, GREAT logos, and gets the customer touching the ball all on its own. This ball is a can’t miss for customers to see and start talking about it. There is not much else you can do to the cosmetics of a ball to make it any better. I would grade performance of this ball an A-. Cosmetically: I would grade this ball an A. This piece has great looks and great performance. What else more do you need? Check out all of the information on this ball at bowlersdeals.com ormotivbowling.com!Joel Ricketts
AMF has this new Incinerate Pearl! This ball was a big surprise to me. I was not too familiar with the motion of the AMF balls, seeing that it has been awhile since I have drilled one for myself. I liked the core numbers in the ball (2.54 RG .050 Diff) so I used one of my favorite layouts with this ball, (4 ¾ x 4 ½) a simple stacked drilling on the label. This ball got down the lane easily and had some real bang on the backend! Pin carry was better than I anticipated. I even made a few mistakes on release and asked the ball to “hook” or “carry” in my head and it did just about every time. With this ball I can see a lot of different styles of players liking this ball on a most lane patterns. I do think it will struggle with extreme oils, and extreme dries, but will do a pretty dang good job on those medium conditions which we see most of the time!What can I say? I am a sucker for orange! I really like the colors of this ball. Orange and Black pearl, a nice contrast in colors that make this ball standout. I do like the name as well, it’s different and catchy. The logo is the only real turnoff for me. The logo is kind of plain, and just there. I wish there was a different font maybe, and some more flames. But overall, it’s a pretty good looking ball. Let’s grade this thing out! Performance: Better than I thought it would be, I would feel just fine drilling this for someone at my center. I’d give this a very solid B+. Cosmetically: I am a sucker for orange, so the grade for me maybe higher than others, but I would give it a B+. Overall, solid piece for a lot of bowlers on typical league patterns! Thank you for reading our reviews, and check out all the info for this ball at bowlersdeals.com or amf300.com!Joel RickettsCo-Founder bowlersdeals.com
The DUDE! I was pretty excited to do the video review for this ball. With all of the success and good bowling done with the Diva, I was pretty sure this would be a fun one to do. I drilled this ball with a 5” pin from my axis to allow the ball to go down the lane and make a harder turn on the backend. This ball went long! I was pretty surprised how long it went. Once I slowed my speed down, and moved in on the lane to allow it some room to the right it came back pretty well. I thought I would see more motion right off the bat than I did. This ball struggled to make the move down lane that I wanted until I slowed down. I could have drilled the ball with a stronger layout to see more motion, and I probably will when I drill this ball for a customer unless that person has a higher rev rate.The whole concept of the Dude is pretty cool. The Diva was a big hit for us on our site and in our shops. The Color combo and logos were PERFECT. This color scheme does not say “Dude” to me. I think the black color is good, but a purple color does not say “dude” to me. I wish the color was more vibrant, like all of the other DV8 balls. Dude is a little to plain for me. Grading this ball out, performance I thought was very average. I’d give it a C. Cosmetically it’s lacking. I would grade the looks at a C. I still think this ball is going to sell well, and do well for DV8. I will drill them stronger for my customers for more performance. Thank you for reading these reviews and checking out our videos! For all of the information on this ball please check out damngoodbowling.com andBowlersdeals.com!Joel Ricketts
Along with the Reax Version 2, Yeti Untamed is a new ball from Radical. When we did the video reviews for this ball I drilled it with a 5 ½ inch pin from PAP to allow the ball to store some more energy for down the lane because of the low RG and high differential this core processes. It defiantly went longer than the Reax Version 2 and had a little bit more down lane. For me, the two balls had about 3-4 board difference in overall hook, with the Reax version 2 hooking a little bit more. Yeti rolled pretty good and had decent hitting power. I do think this ball could struggle when the heads get a little too dry or if you have a lower rev rate and have to move farther inside on the lane. On fresh type of lane patterns this ball will roll pretty well.Cosmetically I like the color combination of this ball. Kind of safe, but still enough contrast with the green and black that it stands out. When you see that ball going down the lane, you’ll know what it is. The logo leaves something to be desired, for me. I am not a fan on big logos, and this one has a huge logo. Overall grading on this ball, performance: I would say this ball is above average and I would give it a B grade. I like the black and green color but the logo knocks it down for me. There is nothing WOW about the way it looks. I would say average and about a C grade. Thank you so much for reading our reviews and watching our videos. For all of the information on this ball check out bowlersdeals.com orradicalbowling.com!Joel RickettsBowlersdeals.com Co-Founder
DV8 is adding to their Pro Performance line with the new Ruckus. This ball with the out of box finish got through the front part of the lane pretty easy with the class 8 hybrid cover stock, and made a nice move in the mid lane and made a stronger move on the backend than I expected. This core has a higher RG and higher differential that lets the ball store energy for the backend of the lane. The pin carry was pretty good with this ball as well. In the video I was playing the track area of the lane and it had plenty of energy left on the backend if I needed to move farther in. I think this is going to be a big hit with the DV8 fans. It had more motion on the back then the other Pro Performance DV8 balls that I have thrown in the past. This ball is going to be good on fresh lane patterns and you should be able to stick with this ball longer than some of the other really strong balls.
I love the color scheme on this ball. DV8 balls have louder and bolder color combinations than most of the brands in bowling. The neon green, black and black pearl looks cool! It will get the attention of the customers that come into the pro shop, and turn some heads when they see it go down the lane. Good ball motion and good colors is going to make this ball a success for DV8. I would grade the performance a solid B and the shelf appeal an A-.
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