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Ball Review


THE SKINNY ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST


47 Hook 18 Length 16 Breakpoint Shape MOTIV: ASCENT APEX PINK/GREEN PEARL


Manufacturer’s Intent: “The new Pink Pearl/ Green Pearl Ascent Apex is a new color option at that performance level and price point,” says Motiv Vice President of Marketing, Scott Hewitt. “Because we anticipate this Ascent Apex to be purchased by more women, we wanted to make it just a touch earlier than the original Mountain Blue Ascent Apex [July 2014], so it fea- tures the new Fusion XLS [coverstock].”


Core: The Ascent Apex uses the popular Recon symmetric core used in the other Ascent balls. It has a high RG of 2.59 and a low differential of .029. We saw about 2 inches of flare with our layouts.


Coverstock: The pink and green Fusion XLS (extra long) pearl reactive coverstock comes out of the factory sanded with 5000 grit LSP, has an


RA value of 3.95 and an effective surface grit of 4310.


Overview: We were able to get lined up on the light house pattern easily, playing around 15 at the arrows out to the seven-board at the 46-foot (according to CATS) breakpoint with a strong flip toward the pocket. Compared to the Graffiti Tag (reviewed next), I was four boards right with the feet and about two at the arrows, with a foot-lon- ger breakpoint — and I enjoyed a strong, angular motion back to the pocket. On the Stone Street pattern, we had to play straight up the first arrow, but there was a little too much volume and length for us to create enough angle or area. This ball was a little too angular on both USBC Open patterns, because of its length and back-end motion, but we were able to find a shot playing


“THE ASCENT APEX WOULD BE A GOOD NUMBER THREE BALL IN YOUR TOURNAMENT ARSENAL WHEN THE LANES BREAK DOWN AND BURN UP.”


around 10 at the arrows out to five- or six-board at the 46.5-foot breakpoint. The Ascent Apex would be a good number three ball in your tour- nament arsenal when the lanes break down and burn up. With its low differential, we were able to get some great hitting power even from an inside angle. This is a good ball for the money from all types of angles and for most players needing good hook. The motion is the same as the Blue Ascent Apex we tested last year, so don’t let the colors fool you — real men throw pink!


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