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Ball Review

Motiv: Sigma Sting Hook 52.5 • Length 15 • Breakpoint Shape 15.5

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Manufacturer’s Intent: “The

Sigma Sting is an outstanding benchmark ball,” says Motiv Vice President of Marketing, Scott Hewitt. “Since launching the Motiv brand, the Sigma core has always been a favorite, because the low RG and moderately high differential yield great versatility. Now we are combining this core with a pearl shell, but not just any pearl shell — Fusion Pearl Reactive.” Core Design: The popular Sigma

symmetric core is known for its smooth and continuous motion. The shape provides a low RG of 2.47 with a .047 differential. Our testing measured nearly 5 inches of widely spaced track flare rings with a 3.5- or 4.5-inch layout. Coverstock: As coverstocks go, the

Fusion reactive is what has gotten Motiv noticed big-time. Both professionals and top amateurs love its motion- shape potential and longevity. This time around, it is colored in a subdued mix of black and yellow pearl. The factory finish is 1500-grit polish. Response time is both quick and strong. Oil traction is somewhat limited with box shine. The Ra measures 1.6, with a 5300 effective surface grit.

continues to ride its Fusion coverstock wave, and with good reason. The Sigma Sting is one of the smoother- motion balls utilizing this

aggressive cover. We found the Sigma core to rev quickly and easily, yet not display any sudden down-lane reaction. The cover matched up great on many light-medium to medium oil volumes. Surface modifications can enhance or

lessen the hook potential range for

those so inclined. Hitting and carry power were above average on both fresh and transitioned lane patterns. We felt the Sting fit nicely between the aggressive red Primal Rage (July 2013) and the skid/flip Tribal (November 2013). When to Use: The Sigma Sting was

designed to be a benchmark-type ball with its medium hook range and its arcing motion. Motiv nailed this perfectly. It’s always a combination of core and cover that either delivers the goods or fails to do so. The Sting can be used on many light- medium to medium-heavy environments, contingent on the particular bowler’s physical specs. “It’s a great ball to build an arsenal around,” commented one happy tester. We agree wholeheartedly.


Seismic: Solaris Platinum Hook 47 • Length 16.5 • Breakpoint Shape 15.5

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Manufacturer’s Intent:

“The Solaris Platinum revisits our first-ever bowling ball, the Solaris, with the same classic Trailblazer symmet- rical core specifications, wrapped with our AVCx Pearl Reactive coverstock,” says Seismic Bowling Managing Director, Ryan Press. “The coverstock is a newer for- mulation of the cover used on the original Solaris, this time providing a little cleaner skid through the heads and a later read through the midlane. The Platinum sets up for that ‘fast arc’ backend for which the original became known.” Core Design: Powering the Solaris

Platinum is a low 2.48 RG, medium .048 differential, symmetrical core. The earbud-shaped core provides fast revs with a strong, controlled arcing motion down lane. We saw nearly 5 inches of track flare with stronger non-weight-hole layouts. Coverstock: The AVCx coverstock is

loaded with a pearlized additive that adds extra front- and mid-lane length. Coloring is a beautiful liquid platinum. Factory finish is a 4000-grit polish. We measured the Ra at 1.4, with an effective surface grit of 5500, excellent for light to medium oil.

Platinum is designed for light to medium oil volumes, contingent on bowler ball speed, rev rate and angle of attack. We felt the ball provided effortless length

with a quick, yet controlled, move when leaving the oil pattern. Hitting and carry power were very good, as long as the oil carrydown was minimal. When it wasn’t, we needed to lightly scuff the ball to lessen the oil wiggle near the pocket. Our other option was to use the Seismic Venator (August

2013), which provided added late mid-lane traction and hooked five to six boards stronger. When to Use: With the Solaris

Platinum’s ability to negotiate dry heads and midlane areas, we loved its reaction after the burn appeared. Fact was, the drier the better, as this environment allowed us to throw it more aggressively and never feel as though we had a small target area to hit. Our favorite layout when playing deeper inside angles was our 65x4x35 dual angle with the pin positioned above and right of the ring finger. On shorter patterns, we all preferred the 65x4.5x65 dual angle layout with the pin located below the ring finger, as this created a longer, smoother hook zone.

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