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Forza SS
« on: July 27, 2017, 05:02:55 PM »
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The Motiv Forza SS bowling ball is the solid version of the Forza bowling balls. This ball combines versatility and hook potential without losing continuation. The Helix HFS (high friction solid) coverstock is fine tuned with a 3000 grit LSS finish. The Sigma weight block in this ball has a low RG and high differential that offer impressive down lane motion. This bowling ball is ideal on medium to medium-heavy oil conditions.

Color: Charcoal Solid/Red
Core: Sigma
Coverstock: Helix HFS Reactive
Finish: 3000 Grit LSS
RG: 2.47 (for 15# ball)
Differential: .047 (for 15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium to Medium-Heavy Oil



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Re: Forza SS
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2017, 07:26:19 AM »

Description: The Forza SS is the fourth Forza in the series, and the second with a solid cover stock. The infamous Sigma Core replaces the Torx Core in this Forza combined with the new Helix HFS (High Friction Solid) cover stock. This Forza once again has the MOTIV Badge Logo, which gives it great shelf appeal.
Reaction: This Forza is an improvement on the original Forza with the core really changing the dynamics. With MOTIV’s constant improvements in cover stock technology, the Forza SS is a stronger version of the original Forza. In terms of shape the Forza SS is early as you will need even on the heaviest of patterns. As early as the Forza SS is though you will still see what MOTIV is known best for, continuation. If you watch my video you will see the ball being thrown on the PBA Bear pattern (40’, heavy and flat). The ball starts up very soon never gets too right too fast on the pattern. Because the ball stayed in front of me it still had great continuation, even through the heavier gold pins. If there is some decent volume and they are going to play tougher/flatter the Forza SS is really going to be an asset. Next in the video is a fresh house pattern in which the ball allowed me to once again control the lane and honestly never over reacted when encountering friction. This will be a great benchmark ball for those who don’t like to see the ball change direction too fast, but still need something stronger. 

Comparisons: MOTIV inserts the Forza SS in the middle of the smooth column on the ball guide ( It sits above the Venom Shock as the Forza SS is definitely earlier, smoother and has more hook potential than a Venom Shock. The Forza GT has been in my bag a lot recently. I added surface to the original box finish of the Forza GT to get it to read sooner, but the Forza SS is just naturally earlier even with less surface.

Summary:  Personally the Forza line has been the most consistent and successful line for me. It’s nice to have a stronger version of the original Forza as it now competes with the stronger covers that MOTIV has released since the original. The stable core and cover combination also make this a very versatile piece when it comes to changing hand positions which I like to do a lot. This ball provides a lot of hook and consistency at this price point!

Mike Magolan
MOTIV | Turbo | Bowlifi| Genesis Staff | BowlerX Staff
« Last Edit: August 08, 2017, 08:11:03 AM by MOTIVmags »


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Forza SS review by Doug Anderson
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2017, 02:24:39 PM »

COVERSTOCK - Helix™ HFS Reactive
FINISH - 3000 Grit LSS
RG RATING - 2.47 (15 lbs)
RG DIFFERENTIAL - 0.47 (15 lbs)


The Forza SS is the next step in the evolution of the Forza line. This ball has gone back to it's roots with a big boost in performance. The original Forza was best suited for shorter patterns and shallow angles. The Forza SS is an improvement in every way possible. The SS is an early reading ball best suited for medium oil. This ball carries across a wide variety of patterns. Whether you have to play up the outside on a shorter pattern, or move inside and play the middle part of the lane, the SS will get the corners out. It has a smooth yet strong predictable motion that is great when having to control the lane. 



In the video, I compared the Forza SS to the United Revolt, Forza GT, and the Chronic Paranoia. The layout is 60 x 4.5" x 75. In terms of overall hook potential, the Forza SS fits in between the United Revolt and the Forza GT. It is also stronger than the Chronic Paranoia. As for the shape, the Forza SS reads the lane earlier than the other three balls which means it is very predictable. The United Revolt and the Forza SS are somewhat similar in shape with the United Revolt being stronger overall. In the video you will be able to see how the hook potential and shape differ from ball to ball.

I also compared a Forza SS with a 60 x 4.5" x 75 (pin down) layout to one with a 60 x 5.25" x 40 (long pin up). The pin down one had a much slower response to friction which produces a rounder shape and more overall hook. The long pin up gets further down lane with a faster response to friction and less overall hook. I haven't had any problem striking with both layouts from multiple angles.       


When the Revolt Havoc was discontinued I was disappointed. It was my go to ball for tighter conditions because of how it rolled. The Forza SS is better than the Havoc. Plain and simple. It reads early but isn't nearly as forward off the spot as the Havoc. I am able to play a wider variety of pattern while still maintaining a predictable smooth motion. As I have stated before, I am always adjusting surface to see what a cover can and cannot do. So far, I haven't had to touch the cover on either of my Forza SS bowling balls because of how well they roll. I look forward to seeing how much I can vary the shape and how receptive the SS cover is to surface changes. This ball is great on tighter conditions, but it also blends out the wet/dry of house conditions without burning up and going through the pins flat. This ball is a welcome addition to the Motiv lineup and a great piece. 


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Re: Forza SS
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2017, 08:05:44 PM »
COVERSTOCK   Helix™ HFS Reactive
FINISH   3000 Grit LSS
WEIGHTS      16   15   14   13   12
RG RATING      2.48   2.47   2.50   2.56   2.63
RG DIFFERENTIAL   .041   .047   .044   .034   .024               
Bowler Info:
Hand: Right
Weight: 15
PAP: 5 ½ > ¾ ^
Rev Rate: 460
Speed: 17mph
Track: High

Layout – Dual Angle 50x6x65 (Pin Below Middle)
Weight Hole – 2in below PAP on VAL

Wrapped with the all new HFS (High Friction Solid) Coverstock, developed for the Forza SS, the Sigma core is back and better than ever. The intent when developing this ball was to engineer a bowling ball to provide both incredible versatility and loads of hook potential. This bowling ball will absolutely be one that all bowlers will love and appreciate. This ball is incredibly smooth and strong through every part of the lane including the explosive hit power when going through the pins. I drilled this ball to mirror my current benchmark and favorite MOTIV ball, the Chronic Paranoia. With the same layout, I have noticed that the SS is a few boards stronger than the Chronic without losing the continuation that I want to see from a benchmark ball. I have only thrown the ball a few times and I’m very impressed from what I have seen. I can’t wait to test this ball on some sport conditions and in the tournament setting going forward. You can’t go wrong having this ball in your bag for the upcoming league season, the Sigma core is back and better than ever!
Scott “Scotty” Wiley
D.Y.'s Pro Shop
Colorado Springs & Pueblo, CO

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Re: Forza SS
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2017, 11:27:25 AM »


Length: 41'

Volume: Medium

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


This time we had the chance to try the Motiv Forza SS and this ball is definitely an improvement over the popular Forza and the Forza GT.

Personally, the original Forza is one of the best balls I have ever thrown. Due to my low rev rate, this ball offered me easy revs and a smooth and consistent reaction down the lane. When the GT was released, I noticed that it had a stronger motion down the lane, so it allowed me to move in a little bit deeper than with the original, but it wasn't as smooth as the Forza was. The Forza SS gives me the best of both balls.

The Forza SS is really smooth and predictable. I can play more tighter angles with it and the ball has a consistent reaction from shot to shot.

The ball offers a strong midlane read and a surprisingly strong down lane motion. When I had to move right and play deeper, the ball offered me plenty of recovery down the lane, something I didn't have with the original Forza.

Somehow Motiv was able to put together the best features of the Forza and the Forza GT into the Forza SS. It has the smooth, predictable motion of the Forza and it has the strong, but consistent shape down the lane of the Forza GT... Really impressive.

I compared the Forza SS with the Jackal Ghost and the Venom Shock.

The Jackal Ghost is stronger overall. The Ghost has a similar shape than the Forza SS but is a tad earlier. It has more hook potential and it handles more oil than the Forza SS.

The Venom Shock is weaker than the Forza SS. The Shock is cleaner, and has a faster response to friction than the Forza SS.

The Forza SS is the kind of ball I could use on almost anything but extremes conditions. The SS is easy to read, it has great continuation and it is more versatile than I thought.

It is a great option for bowlers who are speed dominant or who have a low rev rate. The Forza SS revs up quickly and if offers something that I'm always looking for when I use a ball like this one: Consistency and predictability.

I feel this ball is a great step down from the Jackal Ghost. Once the Ghost either burns up or hooks too much, the Forza SS is a great ball to go to if you want to keep a similar shape.

This is a great option when you want to blend the pattern. When you are bowling on a walled up house shot or in a flat pattern, you want to control the backend with a ball that offers a smooth reaction down the lane and doesn't overreact.

This is definitely the strongest ball in the Forza series. Kudos to Motiv on improving a ball that was already a great piece. The SS does exactly as advertised.

Thank you for watching!
Angel Loaeza

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