DV8 Diva Pearl
Avg 300 rev rate
Ball speed: 17 mph at breakpoint from CATS program at Kegel Training Center
PAP: 4 5/16 RT, 7/16 up
Axis Rotation: 5-20 degrees
Axis Tilt: 0-20 degrees
DV8 Diva Pearl 40x3x70 Pin Under
P3 Motion Hole
Marauder Madness 35x3.25x80 Pin under P3 Motion hole (500, 2000 Surface)
#1: Typical House Shot for 5-man League (41ft), Oil: Kegel Defense
Note: On this house pattern, the oil has a tendency to carry down during league play.
On fresh oil I begin the night with my Marauder Madness playing my target 8 board @ 17ft with my breakpoint around 5 board @ 42 ft. It gives me a good look early in the night with small moves left (1-0 left, 2-1 left) but during the night the carry down makes the Madness go a little longer than I like. I drilled the Diva Pearl to get a similar ball motion because I wanted something to complement the Madness. Throwing it for the first time in league I did not know what to expect out of the Dive Pearl. After a couple of shots I ended up moving another 1 and 1 left from where my Madness would not finished, pulled my break point about 2 feet towards me and found the reaction I was looking for. Ball was very clean thru the heads and because the oil had been pushed down a bit I found a small fraction area for the Diva Pearl to make its move. With the drilling it made more of angular movement towards the pocket with plenty of energy to get excellent carry rather than the skip flip it was intended to do. With the backend reaction the ball produced, I was able to play the rest of the night (roughly about a game and half) in the area of the lane I like to play. continuous motion thru the pins and carry, it is a ball I recommend for people that want to open up the lane especially for low rev rate bowlers.
#2: Typical House Shot for Friday Morning 3-man Senior League (42ft) ), Oil: Kegel Ice:
Because of the difference in lane oil and maintenance I played the Diva Pearl around more up the boards because of the cleaner backend, I starting around 8 board @ 17ft with my breakpoint around 5 board @ 42 ft. The Diva Pearl got thru the heads and maintained its energy down lane. When the ball cleared the pattern, even with clean back ends, it maintained it angular motion thru the pocket with excellent carry. As the morning continued and the lanes experienced a breakout, I made moves of 1 and 0 left, 2 and 1 left and finally a 1 and 1 left to keep the ball in the same breakpoint area and continued to get great ball motion to the pocket and still have carry.
Compared to my Marauder Madness with similar layout this ball is about 2 boards stronger, compliments the Madness very well, as it gets thru the heads cleaner with a better backend reaction, especially on the carry down condition, and yet still keeps it energy for pin carry.
Compared to the original Diva which reads the lanes a little earlier (about 2-3 feet), this ball and layout go a little longer down the lane but still moves very well to the pocket.
I believe the Diva Pearl can not only compliment the original Dive but the Marauder Madness as well if you have confidence with your drilling layouts being similar on both balls.
This is another great ball from DV8.
Senior PBA Regional Member
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