Motiv Hydra Bowling Ball
Motiv Hydra Bowling Ball
- Color: Black Pearl
- Coverstock: Hexion LFP Reactive
- Weight Block: Halogen
- Factory Finish: 5000 Grit LSP
- Flare Potential: Medium-Low
- Radius of Gyration (RG): 16lbs - 2.54; 15lbs - 2.55; 14lbs - 2.56
- Differential (Diff): 16lbs - 0.036; 15lbs - 0.037; 14lbs - 0.038
- Intermediate Differential (Diff): N/A
- Fragrance: N/A
Additional product information:
The Hydra is one of the cleanest bowling balls ever produced by MOTIV®. The combination of the incredibly clean and angular Hexion™ cover system combined with the high RG / low differential Halogen core results in easy length with impressive backend motion.
Typically, a 5500 Grit LSP finish is used for light oil balls, but a 5000 Grit LSP finish was utilized on the Hydra because the cover glides through the front of the lane so easily. This finish enables the ball to read the lane better and improves predictability at the backend.
House bowlers competing in high friction environments and rev dominant players will gravitate to the Hydra as it will be the perfect angular ball in their bag. Tournament bowlers looking for a dry lane performance bowling ball need the Hydra in their bag. Unlike entry level pearls, this beast can strike from the deep and provides more angles of attack.
5500 Grit LSP
Love it so far, description says dry line only, but I've used it medium oil, and it is one of the smoothest ball I've rolled in quite sometime.
The Hydra from Motiv Bowling is an absolute must!!
This ball combines the Halogen core with a new version of the Hexion cover. This combination gets us a pearl with great length and a strong angular move down lane.
This ball for me allows me to know I can get left when the lanes burn up and I know this ball with get through the fronts and never be sensitive to oil.
I personally drilled one pin down and pin up, below and above the bridge and have hit the pin down with surface and thrown it on everything late in the day.
Get one of these today and always be able to strike late in the day or on dry lanes in league!
IM VERY PLEASED WITH THE HYDRA. WHAT THEY SAID IT WOULD DO, IS WHAT IT DOES AND MORE. IM ABLE TO KEEP MY ANGLES TIGHT AND THIS BALL HAS THE RECOVERY TO STORM BACK, PLUS IT IS VERY CONTROLLABLE WHEN IT SEE'S FRICTION. IT IS IN MY BAG AS PART OF MY ARSENAL! THANK YOU MOTIV, SHOWS WHY YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!
Very good ball for dry lanes.goes down lane more than the tag cannon but harder off the spot
Bowling Ball: Hydra
Coverstock: Hexion LFP Reactive
Finish: 5000 Grit LSP
Rev Rate: 375-400
PAP: 5 0ver 3/16 up
Introducing the all new Hydra by Motiv!!
I'm extremely excited about this ball. The Hydra features the Halogen core, which is the same core used in the Tag Cannon and has the Hexion cover.
The Hexion cover may just be in fact my favorite covert that Motiv has come out with. It is the same cover used on the Lethal Paranoia just tweaked the slightest bit. The Hexion coverstock is very clean and has a very fast response to friction down lane.
The Hydra fits very well right under my Lethal Paranoia. Since the Lethal has a bigger core in it I find that when it gets to be too much of a ball I can ball right down to my Hydra and it allows me to still play the same part of the lane.
We did a simple Pin under bridge layout with mine. With myself already having such high axis tilt and the Hydra already being so clean this was the perfect layout for me.
One thing I think that is being drastically overlooked is the coverstock versatility. I used it out of box at its 5000 grit and with that cover it is extremely clean, however with the Hexion coverstock when I sanded it down to 1000 this ball became a freight train, instead of it being a ball under my Lethal Paranoia with a duller coverstock it then became a ball right under my Villain (a big asymmetric ball). Motiv has definitely nailed it with this one!
Hope this helps! Cheers and High Scores!
Here's a little clip of myself throwing the Hydra!
YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bambdrJQ-f8
Description: The Hydra is a new name to the MOTIV lineup with the familiar Halogen Light Bulb core, used on both the Tag and Tribal series. However, the Hydra uses the a new version of the Hexion coverstock.
Reaction: The intention of the Hydra is for lighter oil, but I have found that it has more potential. The out of box surface offers plenty of length and a lot of recovery, so you’ll get exactly what the ball is designed to do. Balls that typically fall into a light oil category can sometimes be over/under, meaning the ball responds too violently to the friction or the ball doesn’t respond enough to the oil. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll tend to want to either get a bigger core or more surface in your hand, but sometimes with lower volumes those don’t always equate to being the answer either. Even with the 5000 Grit LSP box surface, at a few different houses now, I don’t feel the ball ever pushed through the breakpoint even on the fresh. The ball does work best when it sees some friction and may not be a ball on fresh for everyone, but soon as they break down and you open up your angles this will be a great addition.
Comparisons: The Venom Shock Pearl is sooner and smoother when it encounters friction. It also has more hook potential, but because the Hydra responds to friction so quickly, it may appear that the Hydra hooks more. The Primal Rage LE is significantly stronger overall and is rounder down lane. Once again MOTIV has done a great job on placing a new ball into their ball guide. I do not feel this ball overlaps any previous release, checkout where the Hydra will fit for you! Although the Primal Rage LE is not on the ball guide, I personally feel it fits below the Trident and to the left of the Trident Quest. (http://www.motivbowling.com/resources/ball-guide.html)
Summary: I feel like this will be MOTIV’s best release in the Light Oil area row (according to the ball guide). I had a lot of success with the Graffiti Tag and it has stayed in the rotation, even since it was retired. The Hydra is a great replacement piece and an upgrade to that shape for me. The Hydra will be very popular because of the performance and the price point in which it is being offered.
MOTIV | Turbo | Bowlifi | Genesis, Staff Member
Being a huge fan of the Tag series I was understandably excited about the upcoming release of the Motiv Hydra. PBA Cheeta and patterns on old wood lanes have always been a challenge for me due to ball speed. Fortunately, my ball tilt allows me to project the ball down the lane allowing for me to remain competitive independent of the challenges I faced. The Hydra – helped to change all that by providing the length and recovery I need on both these types of patterns and surfaces. Initially I tested a pin up version which provided exceptional length while still reacting angularly of the end of the pattern. The ability for the hydra to react down lane is a true game changer for this level product. The balls halogen core coupled with the new Hexion cover provide the perfect mix for higher friction surfaces. When compared to my OG tag I saw added length with a stronger more angular backend reaction. As compared to the Tag Cannon – again it was longer with similar angular motion overall. If your rev dominant or speed challenged and are looking for a ball to get down the lane but still provide a strong angular motion then the Hydra is the ball for you!!!
Motiv Staff- Ohio
The new Motiv Hydra brings back the halogen core previous found in the Tag series. What separates this ball from the Tag series is the new coverstock. The new Hexion LFP Reactive is super strong and gives this ball a ton angle at the breakpoint. Since the coverstock is strong, it will the read the extra oil in the middle part of the lane where other lower end balls will out. This ball has great value at its price point and you won't be disappointed on medium to dry lane conditions.