Motiv Rogue Blade Bowling Ball
Motiv Rogue Blade Bowling Ball
- Color: Red/Black
- Coverstock: Hexion SE
- Weight Block: Sigma
- Factory Finish: 4000 Grit LSS
- Flare Potential: 5"+
- Radius of Gyration (RG): 16lbs - 2.48; 15lbs - 2.47; 14lbs - 2.50
- Differential (Diff): 16lbs - 0.041; 15lbs - 0.047; 14lbs - 0.044
- Intermediate Differential (Diff): N/A
- Fragrance: N/A
Additional product information:
One of the most trusted cores in bowling is now being combined with a groundbreaking new cover in the MOTIV® Rogue Blade™. This strong, angular weapon for medium oil slices through the competition. The Rogue Blade™ masterfully combines outstanding control in the mid-lane with a powerful response down lane.
The proven Sigma™ core has been a favorite amongst competitive and casual bowlers for years due to its versatility and incredible power. Masterfully merging a moderate differential with a low RG, it provides the Rogue Blade™ with easy revs and outstanding control in the mid-lane.
The Rogue Blade™ is wrapped with MOTIV®’s new Hexion™ SE (Strength Enhanced) cover stock. This new shell builds upon the original angular Hexion™ cover with powerful new technology. Hexion™ SE is stronger in the oil and provides a faster response (more angular motion) down lane. The result is a substantially stronger motion than the original Hexion™ without sacrificing any angle.
The Rogue Blade™ comes at a 4000 grit finish. When polished this piece is incredibly fast response and when dull it is controllable and strong. The 4000 grit finish gives the bowler an outstanding control without sacrificing great angularity.
4000 Grit LSS
Introducing the all new Motiv Rogue Blade! This ball has one of my favorite cores ever produced from any company! The Sigma Core! What got me hooked on this core was the SR2 from Motiv about 8 or 9 years ago! That ball instantly became a favorite of mine and now Motiv has truly outdone themselves by slapping the Hexion SE coverstock! This coverstock is very clean through the fronts but the SE (basically supercharged from the original Hexion cover) provides better traction through the oil while still having a superfast response to friction downlane.
The Rogue Blade is extremely versatile. Even with it being so clean in thr fronts, the sigma core still allows the ball to read the mids very nice.
The Rogue Blade for me is a great ball to switch to once my Venom Shock becomes a little too early and I need to switch to something cleaner through the fronts.
The layout I chose for it was a 30x5x30. We chose a stronger layout because of my fast ball speed. My speed is generally between 17.5-18.5 and this layout allows me to stay in my comfort zone and not have to worry about throwing my ball past the breakpoint.
However I feel that you could prpobably put any layout on this ball and it would still strike regardless. This ball is just THAT GOOD!
The Rogue Blade gives me the ball I have been dreaming of since we brought back the Sigma Core with the Forza SS.
This ball combines that Low RG with our new Hexion Cover to give me control of the middle part of the lane with some angularity down lane.
This ball has proven for me that it can be good with any surface on it. Polished, this ball clears the fronts and gets going sideways down lane. While with some surface this ball allows me to really control the middles and throw it in some oil.
This ball is the first ball out of my bag and complements the villain perfectly with being a step down while being a step up from the Hydra.
So Ive finally had an opportunity to reflect on my last 4 PBA50 events and the one thing that truly stands out to me is that the Rouge Blade is a REALLY GOOD BALL. The versatility truly stood out as the patterns used at these events ranged from 41 to 45 ft in length with varying volumes matching those of the toughest PBA patterns. Scoring pace ranged from crazy high in Anderson Indiana to CRAZY Low at the PBA50 Cup in Wyoming Michigan. Even though the scoring pace varied the one thing that remained the same was the versatility and effectiveness of the Rouge Blade. I used 2 of my favorite layouts with pin up and pin down positions while hitting the pin down version with 1000 prior to competition start. The ability of this piece to see the breakpoint over the wide array of patterns allowed me to easily transition throughout the 16 game block on within all events. The length and consistency of the shape this piece provides is truly what makes it a great piece for sport shot events as well as your typical house pattern on league night. The ability to consistently get through the fronts while not over reacting on the friction is possibly the most important factor of a versatile piece. By hitting the surface with 1000 on the pin down piece it easily provided me with 2 balls to cover both the fresh oil as well as a piece to start with on the burn event patterns prior to moving on to something additionally at the end of the burn. If you truly want something as a go to ball the Rouge Blade will not disappoint!
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Description: The Rogue Blade is the fourth name to utilize the trusted Sigma core, previous generations
include the SR2, Sigma Tour, Sigma Sting, Sigma Hybrid and the most recent, the Forza SS. However,
with this release it’s obviously wrapped in a new cover, Hexion SE, meaning a Strength Enhanced
version of the existing Hexion cover stock.
Reaction: The Rogue Blade does use a version of Hexion, but I wouldn’t characterize the ball as having
quite the angular motion you are used to seeing in balls like the Lethal Paranoia and the Hydra even
though they both use a version of the Hexion cover stock. This new release is going to be a benchmark
ball with a little quicker motion than MOTIV’s previous benchmarks, like the Sigma Sting and Forza
Redline. Even with the low RG (2.47) core, it still gets plenty of length with the out of box surface (4000
Grit LSS). This will truly be a ball that you can use for an entire league night. It’s plenty strong enough to
start on the fresh and blend the pattern early yet creates enough angle down lane even when playing
steeper angles. It will be good in a lot of scenarios…most except the extreme conditions. You can find
balls that read earlier and are smoother and you can also find balls cleaner and more angular. However,
I’ve added surface, and this is easily the strongest symmetrical ball in MOTIV’s lineup, the same goes for
polishing it, you can certainly get this ball to be cleaner and quicker. So, you can dictate where this
benchmark ball will fit best for you.
Comparisons: The Rogue Blade is the strongest ball that the Sigma core has ever touched, it is also the
most angular ball that the Sigma core has ever touched. I think the Sigma Tour was a great piece at the
time, but MOTIV was not the company that they are now today. The Rogue Blade is an improvement on
what so many people liked in the Sigma Tour. I say improvement because the Sigma Tour was a little
lazy down lane at times, but the Rogue Blade is not too angular where you will struggle with the
over/under on house patterns. Now, the Forza SS is earlier and much smoother when encountering
friction. Honestly, I have the Rogue Blade just a little stronger than my Forza SS as far as hook potential.
If you had identical layouts and surfaces on the Forza SS and Rogue Blade, the Rogue Blade would be
stronger. So, if you feel the Forza SS blends the pattern too much and you could use more shape the
Rogue Blade will be a great addition with similar hook potential.
Summary: This will be a benchmark ball for just about anyone. I rarely seeing it as too strong or too weak
for league bowlers. I think for me this is also a ball that will make the trip to USBC’s next season. I really
like how it shows me the lane and if it’s not the right ball it will help me identify which ball I should be
MOTIV | Turbo | Bowlifi | Genesis, Staff Member
If you like the Forza SS, you need this ball! Cleaner, faster response, more angular, the works. For a cover that isn't polished out of the box, I was surprised how easy this ball got down the lane. This ball will be great on house shots and medium - medium heavy sport patterns. A great step down from the Forza SS as well as the Jackal Series.