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Ball Review

Motiv: Cruel Intent Hook 55 • Length 14 • Breakpoint Shape 16.5

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Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Cruel Intent is the longest and most angular asymmetric ball Motiv has ever produced,” says Motiv’s Scott Hewitt. “Utilizing the Fusion Pearl Reactive shell that was first introduced on the Primal Rage [July 2013], the Cruel Intent provides the back-end motion you would expect from a power pearl built for heavy oil.” Core Design: The Sinister asymmetric core powers the Cruel Intent. The RG is medium-high at 2.55 with a differential of .053. The PSA strength is also strong at .018. We saw nearly 6.5 inches of track flare during testing.

Coverstock: The Fusion Pearl makes yet another appearance, this time finished in a 4000-grit sanded sur- face. The colors are a subtle green and deep blue pearl mix, with yellow/silver NeoMark graphics. The response time off friction is moderately quick and oil traction is above average. The Ra mea- sures 2.5 with an effective surface grit of 4600. Test Results: When a ball manu- facturer has a great cover formula and some interesting core shapes available,

good things can result. The Cruel Intent demonstrated excellent lane-grabbing abil- ity, coupled with an angular back-end motion shape thanks to its Sinister power

plant. The ball hooked an aver- age of 3 to 4 feet sooner than a like-drilled Tribal, and pro- vided angularity down-lane. Total hook off dry boards was only marginally more, but in oil, the Cruel Intent provided four to five boards more hooking traction. Motiv is providing a multitude of motion shapes, all with the popular Fusion coverstock. When to Use: We had good match- ups on the majority of medium to heavi- er fresh patterns of the house or Sport variety. The ball had ample mid-lane traction, yet was less flipping than a pol- ished pearl. I’m not saying the backend was tame, just less angular. With our lower rev rate testers, this was most evident with our pin-down layout com- pared to the pin-up layout. Our 450+ rev rate tester saw an angular flip more often with the pin-down layout. Also, sanding the surface can really open up the hook potential for those desiring even more board coverage. At 1000 grit, the ball would earn a 60 hook rating.


Hammer: Absolut Hook Hook 54 • Length 13 • Breakpoint Shape 15

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“The Absolut Hook is built with a powerful new H-200 solid coverstock that’s designed to han- dle slick lane conditions,” says Hammer Brand Manager Jeff Ussery. “With its low-RG FatMax core shape, this Hammer revs up in the midlane and offers big continuation downlane.” Core Design: The fast-revving Fat Max sym- metric core provides the power for this ball. We saw nearly 5.5 inches of flare rings. The RG is 2.48 and the differential .048 on all 15-lb. equipment. This core also is used in the Absolut Curve (July 2013). Coverstock: The H-200 solid reac- tive veneer creates plenty of oil-loving lane traction for the Absolut Hook. Colors are a black and purple mix. The factory finish is sanded with 800-, 1000- and twice with 2000-grit Abralon pads. Response off fiction is moderate and oil traction is above average. The Ra read-

ing is 9.0 with an effective surface grit of 3500. Test Results: The Absolut Hook can be an all-purpose solid reactive for many different bowl- er styles. Our higher rev tester loved the control and evenness the ball displayed. Our lower rev tester loved the total hook it offered. The total hook was, on average, four to five boards more than the Absolut Curve. Overall, we appre- ciated the ball’s easy-to-read nature and its above-average pin carry on fresh house and Sport patterns. When to Use: The ball will shine on most medium to heavier fresh oil patterns when control in the midlane and backend is required by the lane. When the pattern began breaking down, we just chased it inward and pin carry was still quite good. The only issues we had were on lighter oil volumes, where it was just too much ball. It read the lane too early and didn’t conserve axis rotation long enough for good pin carry. An easy ball change to the Absolut Curve was a great option when this occurred.

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