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#172933 - 11/10/12 08:24 AM Motiv Venom Strike Ball Reaction Video and Review
mattyg3535 Offline
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Right Handed
PAP 5 3/8 right, 3/4 up.
Speed 15.5 on camera
300 rev rate
low axis rotation
med/high axis tilt

Drilling: {85} x 4 1/2 x 70 Drill angle is not relevant.
Surface prep: 2,000. Did not have 3,000 to replicate box finish.

Likes: Smooth move of the dry without sacrificing any hitting power

Dislikes: Even with the big VAL the ball still needs to longer patterns to maintain its energy through the pins.

Review: Upon getting the Venom Strike I was looking for a ball in my arsenal that could handle longer patterns. In the past I have drilled up equipment that should have worked but just never gave me the ability to blow them away. The Venom Strike was just that ball. The "pin under" layout makes the ball roll up early and have a predictable and consistent move of the dry. It is the kind of ball that you know will strike when it is at 20'. So much equipment today stores it's energy for the last 10'. With that comes the dreaded "over/under" reaction. The Venom Strike is nothing like that! I was surprised to see how much oil it did take to keep the Venom Strike's fangs full though. On shorter house patterns I had to get very deep and spin the ball for it to store enough energy to get back to the pocket. If that is the case, I always have the Primal Scream that gives me a deep angular look, with a lot less effort. That being said, I did us the Venom Strike more in the track area and adjusted with speed on my league night. League is on a 42' pattern that I usually wind up playing a breakpoint between 10 and 12. With the Venom Strike I was able to play 7 -8 and it just found the pocket like a Mack truck.

Conclusion: Drill this ball with a higher VAL angle and just move the pin distance to control where you want it to start to break from. Ball will be great on longer patterns for most. Speed dominate players can take advantage of the Venom Strike's ability to get into a roll early on any pattern. Don't be fooled. The Venom Strike is true to it's name. It looks as if it is trapping the pins into a corner and the strike is inevitable.

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