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Ball Review


Motiv: Primal Rage Hook 54 • Length 16 • Breakpoint Shape 17


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Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Primal Rage is the most angular ball Motiv has ever made,” says Scott Hewitt, Motiv’s VP of Marketing. “The new cover is engineered to be long and very strong at the backend of the lane, with a fast response to friction. This allows the Primal Rage to get deep and go around the oil carrydown when the pattern transitions. On long, fresh patterns, the ball is very angular at the backend and retains energy for outstanding continuation through the pins. The Primal Rage was created with the professionals and com- petitive tournament bowlers in mind.” Core Design: The symmetric core shape provides plenty of internal power for length and back-end reaction. The V2 core boasts an RG of 2.56, with a .054 differential. This core also is used in the Primal Impulse (December 2011) and Primal Scream (October 2012). Testing showed 6 inches of track flare with 3.5- and 4.5-inch pin distance layouts. Coverstock: The Primal Rage uses a


new, quick-response reactive cover called Fusion pearl. Coloring is a medium red pearl with lime green lettering accents. The factory finish is a 1500 polish, which


moderately limits the traction in oil. The Ra reading from our laser scanner is 1.85, with an effective surface grit of 5200. Test Results: Having the luxu- ry of both watching and talking to PBA players using the Primal Rage added another dimension to the review process. Their higher rev rates, professionally trained eyes and experience provide insights not typically seen in league play. That said, the ball handles oil — even the 52-ft. PBA Badger pattern. It shows a quick and strong recovery when encountering friction, and handles carrydown very well. The higher RG core, combined with the Fusion cover, makes the Primal Rage one of the more angular medi- um-heavy oil balls on the market. When to Use: Use confidently when playing inside lines to the pocket, and for steeper launch angles. The ball’s quick recovery helps create added angle of entry, which is needed when playing inside lines. The higher RG core will create some early front-lane lope, but it picks up momen- tum in the midlane and backend. Speed- dominant types should consider faster-rev- ving drill patterns such as a 40x4x40 dual angle layout. The Primal Rage adds yet another usable aggressive motion shape to the Motiv line.


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Hammer: Absolut Curve Hook 48 • Length 16 • Breakpoint Shape 16


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“Absolut Curve is the next generation in Hammer pol- ished ball performance,” says Hammer Brand


Manager Jeff Ussery. “With the heavy rolling FatMax core and the H-150 Crosscover cover, the Absolut Curve offers significantly more down-lane motion than our previous polished sym- metric balls. Absolut Curve fits just underneath a Taboo Jet Black [February 2012] in total hook.”


Core Design: The FatMax symmetric core shape offers yet another motion shape. The RG is low at 2.48, and the dif- ferential measures .048. We saw nearly 5.5 inches of track flare with both the 3.5- and 4.5-inch pin distance layouts. Coverstock: The H-150 Crosscover reactive shell for Hammer’s newest mid- priced product is sanded with 3x500 and 1500 Abranet and then polished. Colors are a manly mix of orange, yellow and black. The Ra is 5.35. The effective sur- face grit measures 4200. Oil traction is average, but dry lane response is quick and strong.


Test Results: The Absolut Curve is a beast. It revs quickly and effortless-


ly at release, and maintains great down-lane continuation through the pin deck. It reminded me of the Resurgence core’s motion potential, but with more back-end kick. The ball gave us great looks on fresh house patterns as long as we played well inside the oil line and just tickled the friction areas. Its response off friction was strong and decisive, so there’s no need to play this ball timidly. As the pattern broke down, the ball still played well, displaying above-av-


erage ability to navigate through carry- down and a deteriorating midlane. On fresh Sport patterns, such as the USBC Open Championships, our preferred surface tweak was 4000 grit to improve the mid-lane read and slow down the friction response. When to Use: The Absolut Curve


matched up great on many oil volumes and pattern shapes. The only times we strug- gled to strike were on extremely heavy oil or extremely dry conditions. The former can be overcome with surface sanding to lower grits such as 500 to 2000. For extreme fric- tion, we suggest choosing a ball from the Hammer Nail or Vibe series. Our favorite layout choices were from Ebonite’s Blueprint software: a workhorse 65x4x40, and for a smoother move, a 50x5.5x70 pin down layout.


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