Motiv Forge Flare Bowling Ball
Motiv Forge Flare Bowling Ball
- Color: Black/Orange/Yellow
- Coverstock: Coercion MXC Solid Reactive
- Weight Block: Detonator
- Factory Finish: 2000 Grit LSS
- Flare Potential: 5" +
- Radius of Gyration (RG): 16lbs - 2.47; 15lbs - 2.47; 14lbs - 2.49
- Differential (Diff): 16lbs - 0.054; 15lbs - 0.055; 14lbs - 0.054
- Intermediate Differential (Diff): N/A
- Fragrance: N/A
Additional product information:
2000 Grit LSS
This ball was drilled perfectly as usual with my specs on file. Only had a chance to throw it once and just like all reviews I have seen, the cover is no joke. The cover reads the mid lane aggressively, yet the unique part of the ball is it never seems to lose any continuation.
This ball simply put...hooks and drives hard through the pins!
WOW! I'm just blown away by this ball. The new cover absolutely digs in the oil and the ball never seizes to quit. Throwing this ball on heavy oil patterns or fresh house shots, it shines all day long. What also baffles me is this cover does not lane shine fast at all! Very versatile ball for all types of bowlers, whether you are a tweener, or in my case a two-hander.
The layout I used on the Forge Flare is 60x5 ¼ x65. I have never thrown a stronger symmetrical ball in my life! This ball will win plenty of tournaments. I was already able to find success with this ball, winning a Black Friday 10 game marathon tournament in Georgia. For how early this ball reads the pattern, you can find great continuation through the back part of the lane and through the pins. Most balls, when this early tend to struggle to continue on the back, the Forge Flare does not. When comparing the Forge Flare to other bowling balls, I would have to say the closest thing to it is an Alpha Jackal. Both balls for me see the midlane in about the same area, however where the Alpha Jackal tends to want to go forward, the Forge Flare will continue downlane. To me, this is truly the most unique bowling ball made by Motiv to date.
The easiest way for me to put this, is that no cover has any business being this strong...
You know what that means, the ball should be awful any time there isn't a complete and total puddle, right? Actually no. I don't really know how to explain it, but this ball somehow manages to retain energy even when I really should be throwing something a lot weaker. I'm not saying it is remotely optimal, just that it runs circles around other strong balls when compared on stuff they really shouldn't be thrown on.
Don't get me wrong, I can't throw this on absolutely on everything, but if you're building a bag on versatility, this is definitely going to be that big core symmetrical solid in your bag.
This ball is so strong that i joined a league on the Route 66 pattern to be able to test it on longer and higher volume patterns, and I can tell you from personal experience, I consistently get 7 when I should have gotten 0. You know what I'm talking about right? The ball is 5 right at the arrows and you're ready to wave goodbye, but SOMEHOW THIS COVER HANGS ON??? Any other ball would be in the ditch and this one is somehow still chugging.
Enough overly excited review though, here are some stats:
Surface: I hit it with 1000 by hand if it's not doing what it should be, but this ball laneshines really slow compared to everything else, so I don't have to do it often.
Lower volume long patterns (I just prefer weaker and quicker response stuff for these)
I like to hit my stuff with a lot of surface early and let it laneshine during competition, but this shines too slow for me to do that. In a perfect world I'd probably have a slightly lower flaring Flare at the higher surface once this one starts burning up too much for my liking.
Motiv’s new Forge Flare is unlike anything ever seen before in the Motiv line. The Forge Flare is designed to use on medium-heavy oil conditions, it has unreal traction in the front of the lane without taking away down lane reaction.
The Forge Flare shapes easily in higher oil volumes. It is so strong because of our new Coercion™ MXC (MaXimum Continuation) Solid Reactive cover stock. It is the strongest solid shell Motiv has ever made.
The Forge Flare has the symmetrical Detonator core, which is used to provide a low RG and high differential. The result is a fast revving, strong, and continuous bowling ball with a lot of track flare potential.