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Ball Review


Lord Field: Big Hurt Hook 56 • Length 14 • Breakpoint Shape 15


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“We intended this ball to be a hard turner off the break- point, allowing good recov- ery from all angles,” says Lord Field Vice President of International Sales Tony Martin. “The coverstock has a medium particle load designed to help in heavier oil conditions. The average bowler will see greater recovery, while the high-rev player will create maximum area.” Core Design: The symmetric core powering this oil lover has an RG of 2.50 with a .049 differential. Our testing showed nearly 6 inches of track flare with the pin either above or below the fingers at a 4.5-inch distance from the PAP. Coverstock: The Micro Particle additive is a medium load. Colors are fusion of black, blue and dino-purple. The surface comes sanded with a 2000-grit pad. Oil traction is well above average and responsiveness off dry is moderate. The Ra measures 5.35 and the effective surface grit reads 4300. Test Results: The particle additive in the cover increases oil traction, similar to studs on a snow tire. In turn, we feel it also tempers the responsiveness off drier areas downlane, albeit subtly. We


saw an even-rolling ball best suited for medium to medium-heavy oil volume. Never did we see any skid/flip motion, regardless of tested oil pattern or layout choice. Even our 450 rev rate tester loved the even-arcing nature as well as the above-average pin carry the Big Hurt displayed on many patterns. Polishing the cover did add some length, but the oil traction characteristic was still visibly evident.


When to Use: Use on heavier oil volumes or when trying to manage over- reaction off friction. Particle covers are a rare breed today, and we love the features they can provide compared to solids, hybrids and pearl reactives. Our best looks were on extreme wet/dry side-to-side ratios which many house shots present. Speed-dominant and higher rev rate players also will find extended uses as the Big Hurt picks up quickly in the midlane and rolls smoothly downlane. The ball also matched up great when oil carrydown reared its ugly head, provided one could stay firm through the fronts and midlane. Slower speed players will see better pin carry with pearlized options such as the Judgement (January 2013) or Heritage (September 2012), as these two products retain axis rotation better.


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Motiv: Tank Hook 43 • Length 13 • Breakpoint Shape 13


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“Some of the urethane balls on the market seem to be stronger than the urethane performance of the past,” says Motiv V.P. of Marketing Scott Hewitt. “Many of our


Motiv bowlers are asking us for that ‘old school’ performance that is smooth and con- trolled. We’ve achieved this motion with the Tank, utiliz- ing Ballistix urethane cover- stock and our low-RG, low-Diff Gear core. The 2000-grit sanded


finish also complements the smooth, pre- dictable ball motion.”


Core Design: The Gear symmetric core also is used in the Venom Strike (December 2012) and Venom Toxin (April 2013). Its low RG of 2.48 and .034 differen- tial create the motion Motiv is looking for. The low RG lets you rev it to get the party started; the low Diff keeps the flare low to lessen total hook. We saw nearly 3.5 inches of tightly spaced flare rings with the 4- and 5-inch pin distance layouts.


Coverstock: Motiv’s “old school” cover is called Ballistix urethane. Its camouflage appearance is easy to spot, instead of blending in. The dull factory finish is from a 2000-grit sanding. The Ra is 9.35 and the effective surface grit is 3400. Response


time off friction is very slow; oil traction is average.


Test Results: It’s important to get the ball into an early enough breakpoint motion phase because of the slow-response nature of all urethane covers (when compared to reactive resin). When we played with lower grits of 500 to 1000, the Tank did roll earlier and with increased hook, but bowler release power and consistency were still para- mount for an acceptable carry per- centage — as is true with all urethane covers. Since reactive resins can hide less-than-perfect releases with acceptable pin carry, they’ll always be the ball choice for many. So why is there a need for urethane? The answer is control, my friend, especially on patterns where reactive resin is too finicky. When to Use: The Tank will match up best on light to light-medium oil with clean back- ends. Playing outside angles will offer better pin carry than deeper inside angles for most players. Only higher rev players can create enough entry angle to enjoy satisfactory pin carry when venturing inside. The Tank can be a great dry-lane ball, a great spare ball and a great practice ball. I say practice ball because anyone trying to assess their release consis- tency and power should throw urethane (or plastic) for more honest feedback than reac- tive gives.


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