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QZ2 Backdraft
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
- COLOR: Solid Black/Fire Pearl 
- INNER CORE: Quadfire 
- COVERSTOCK: MOTIVator-Z Reactive Hybrid 
- FINISH: 2000 Wet Sand / Power Gel Polish 
- FLARE: 4"+ 
- BACKEND: 15.5 
- LENGTH: 13 
- HOOK: 49 
- RG: 16#-2.54 15#-2.55 14#-2.56 13#-2.58 12#-2.59 11#-2.70 10#-2.76 
- RG DIFFERENTIAL: 16#-.040 15#- .043 14#-.043 13#-.047 12#.050 11#.018 10#.013 
- A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal 
- DESCRIPTION: Set your game on fire with the QZ2 Backdraft for light to medium oil. The Quadfire core is engulfed by the Fire Pearl and Solid Black MOTIVator-Z Reactive Hybrid shell. 
Adding fuel to the fire, the 2000 polished finish has an increased Ra value to read the lane slightly earlier and cover more total boards than the original QZ2. Still, the QZ2 Backdraft gets through the heads cleanly and displays excellent backend motion.



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Re: QZ2 Backdraft
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2011, 08:59:56 PM »

The MOTIV QZ2 Backdraft is another one of Motiv's new Pearl Cover Stock bowling ball.

The QZ2 Backfraft features the all new unique MOTIVator-Z Reactive Hybrid Cover that is extremely clean through the heads yet strong enough to hook on carry down along with a very strong continuous backend motion.

I drilled two of these balls up and took them to the Mens Travel League Tournament in the Dallas, TX area.  Because the ball was design for medium to dry lanes I decided not to bowl with them and placed them on the bench.  I called them rookies on the bench waiting to play.  I started with my Cruel and I left 3 flat 10 pins in a row.  My team members were laughing cause they were striking.  I brought the QZ2 Backdraft (Rookie) off the bench and I struck out to finish with 257.  My next 3 games were 268, 245, 257 to total 1028 for the four game set.  The next week same house for Texas Men's State Tournament.  How lucky can you get.  The Rookie got the starting job and I shot 279 out the gate.  I finished 1st and 2nd 28 out of 30 brackets and the second set 278 out the gate. Finished 26 out of 30 brackets.  This Rookie gave me a very even and smooth transitions along with a hook on the backend I couldn't believe.  This type of back end reaction resulted in very high scoring.  In addition, I bowled the San Antonio Association Bowling Tournament and finished 6th out of 144 bowlers, not bad for the Rookie.  I used a stacked layout in max flare position for heavier oiled conditions and the out of box surface finish plus a Rico layout on these balls.


The awesome part about the QZ2 Backfraft was the setup type reaction that works well playing a more direct line on heavier fresh oil patterns.   This is great when the lanes are fresh.  The other good part is after the shot breaks down the ball will not burn out to early and not carry, although I had to speed the ball up just a little and stayed in the same zone.  I really loved the predictability of this bowling ball, with it’s ball motion.

I will never leave home without them.


You can get more details about this bowling ball in the link above.


Edited on 6/5/2011 at 7:04 PM


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Re: QZ2 Backdraft
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2011, 09:35:04 PM »

Pin Length: 3-4 in.

Starting Top Weight: 3.5 oz.

Ball Weight: 16 lbs.



Pin to PAP: 4"

CG to PAP: 2"

X Hole (if there is one): on my PAP. 7/8" bit, 2" deep.

Drilling in Dual Angle was a 35 x 4 x 30 w/ a P1 hole.



Rev Rate: 350 RPM

Ball Speed: 18.5-19 mph


PAP/Track: 3 3/8 left, 5/8 up



Grit: 2000

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): polish



Length: 40 ft.


Volume: medium

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS and Sport



Length: less length than the other releases in the QZ line.

Back End: strong, and continuous.


Overall Hook: Most total hook of all the other QZ balls.

Midlane Read: the strongest midlane of the other QZ releases.

Breakpoint Shape: strong arc. not as angular through the pins for me as the other QZ balls.



Likes: This is a welcome addition to the QZ line of bowling balls. Stong midlane and most total hook of the four balls in that line up make it an ideal match for any fresh medium lane environment. I have had success with this piece on the PBA Viper playing around first arrow, Cheetah firing is straight up 1-2, and on just about any medium-light volume pattern when I need to move in and belly the ball more.

Dislikes: This piece really matches up well on the fresh patterns I encounter b/c the backend move is smoother due to it reading the midlane more than other QZ balls. That being said I can run into problems getting the corner pins out when the backends become spotty or some carrydown occurs. This is when I will go to one of the other QZ releases as they are all straight pearl coverstocks. They go through the first half of the lane much cleaner, and therefore retain more energy for a more skid/flip look and more angle through the pins.






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Re: QZ2 Backdraft
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2011, 12:29:37 AM »

 Lane Condition: 40ft. THS
Ball layout: 5 x 4.5 cg with pin 2 inches above midline

PAP: 5 1/8 3/4 up

Rev rate: 327

Left handed

Comments: The new Backdraft is now my go to ball. The Motivator Z hybrid shell fits perfect on this ball. I find to be a perfect combo with the original QZ1. I find this ball to work best when the Qz1 starts to read a little to early on me to be able to stay in the same zone just with the New Backdraft. I find this ball to be about 3 boards stronger with a more continuous motion downlane with the Backdraft. Yet another great piece by MOTIV. Keep up the great work!

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Re: QZ2 Backdraft
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2011, 02:56:27 AM »
REV RATE:   400
PAP:   4 7/8 x 3/4 UP
50 X 3 3/8 X 50 WITH A P3 HOLE (1 1/2 DEEP W 7/8 BIT)
LENGTH:   41'
    This is one of the most surprising MOTIV bowling balls I have ever used.  This new hybrid cover on the backdraft clears the first part of the lane with ease, as does the original QZ2.  You really see the difference between them by the earlier, and stronger drive of the backdraft.  I have noticed you have a little more "bump" to the right, and a little more "tug" to the left with this new cover.
   I have noticed that this ball works great on fresh shots, either on synthetic, wood, or an overlay on top of wood.  Able to play straight up the lane, or swing out to the dry, and it will recover with enough energy to carry out those corners.  
   My opinion, this is a must have ball.  Motiv has done it again. 




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Re: QZ2 Backdraft
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2011, 10:01:31 AM »


The new MOTIV QZ2 Backdraft is on FIRE !!!!!!!!!


The Backdraft uses the same Quadfire core design as the previous QZ bowling balls. This core usually gives me medium revs through the entire lane which helped me get the ball through the front of the lane. The Backdraft's hybrid 2000 abralon box finish gave me a little stronger read in the mid lane than the original QZ2. I was able to get a 4 inch flare with the OOB finish. The back end recovery was smooth and very controllable as I rolled the Backdraft during a tournament this weekend on a reverse block oil pattern. I was able to play a tight line around 18 to 12 (right-hand) as I worked the middle part of the lane using the range finders.


The versatility of the QZ2 Backdraft will lend a hand to most bowlers on medium oil patterns and the new MOTIVator-Z Reactive hybrid coverstock is a must have in your bowling bag.

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Re: QZ2 Backdraft
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2011, 10:51:41 AM »


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):




MOTIV QZ2 Backdraft Review

My Information:
Ball speed-15 moh average,Rev Rate-285
Axis Rotation45 degrees,Axis Tilt-15 degrees
Right Handed

Ball Spec Information
Core-Name :Quadfire.Type Symmetrical
Coverstock-Name:MOTIVator-Z.Type :Reactive/Hybrid
Ball Surface-2000 wet sand/with MOTIV Power Gel Polish
Color-Backdraft Black with Fire Pearl
RG-2.55 15lbs. Diff.-.043 15 lbs.

55*x50* @4.5" with a P2 hole,1.5" deep,with a 1" bit.

Type of lanes ball has been thrown on.
Pro-Anvil lanes-2.5 years old
Anvil lanes-9 years old
Anvil lanes-11 years old
Wood lanes 35 years old with guardian overlay
Wood lanes 30 years old.

The QZ2 Backdraft is MOTIV'S upgrade on the popular QZ2 Blue.
MOTIV has given this mid price winner,a new hybrid reactive cover.

 The new QZ2 Backdraft still clears the heads nicely.But it has a
better midlane reaction than the QZ2 Blue.
The Backdraft revs sooner than the QZ2.The hybrid cover greatly
helps in this area of the lane.The stronger midlane read of the
Backdraft helps to control the backend reaction,allowing this
ball to be less jumpy at the backend.
The ball motion from the midlane to the end of the pattern is more
continuous and less flippy.The reaction at the breakpoint is heavy
arcing and not as skid flip as the QZ2 Blue.
The total hook of the Backdraft throughout the entire lane is more
than the QZ2 Blue.
The Backdraft gets about 1-1.5' less length than the QZ2 Blue.
The Backdraft is more forgiving,which gave me more miss room
to the right and still get good recovery.And if I missed left,it would
hold the line.Giving me good tug area.
The Backdraft is a great control ball.This ball is now my THS ball.
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Re: QZ2 Backdraft
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2011, 12:04:51 AM »


The Bowler:

Left handed

Ball speed = 17

Rev Rate = 400

PAP = 5 ¾, 3/8 up


The Ball: Motiv QZ2 Backdraft

Ball Specs = 15# 2.55 RG .043 Diff

Layout = 60x5x65

Axis Migration with layout = 3 ½ inches

Surface = 2000 grit polished


This Medium oil monster has a beautiful hybrid cover with fire red pearl and black, with gold Neo-Mark graphics. The cover helps pick up the midlane about two to three feet sooner and a smoother midlane then the other QZ balls. The Quadfire core with my 5 inch pin to pap layout has an axis migration of three and a half inches from my hand to the pins. This keeps the ball in check through the heads and allows the ball to uncoil in the mids and backend. I was shocked how the ball just doesn’t quit when it hits the break point; it just seems to keep hooking. I will be using this ball as a benchmark ball for every lane condition from the house shots to sport shots, but its home will be on medium to medium light oil. I haven’t had any carry down issues with the ball in all my testing and have been able to stay with it though over six games. It doesn’t seem to burn out your line near as fast as stronger balls.

In short if you’re looking for a great medium oil benchmark ball look no further, get a QZ2 Backdraft.



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Re: QZ2 Backdraft
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2011, 05:32:51 PM »

     The QZ2 Quadfire Backdraft is a fantastic ball for Medium Oily to Medium Dry lanes. The real star of the show is the Hybrid Coverstock. I find that it picks up very well in the mid-lane, and makes a strong, confident move on the backend, without overreacting to the dry. I typically pull this ball out of my bag on league night in the 2nd game, just after the lanes have broken down just a little bit. I can carry consistently from the deeper inside angles, without the ball being too skid-flippy. 

I find that the ball is also very effective on medium Sport patterns such as the Chameleon. When other balls “float” a bit in the mid-lane, the box finish the QZ2 Backdraft gets through the heads, and gets just the right amount of traction where I need it. Because of that, I feel confident that I can get really aggressive with my ball speed when I need to. Similar equipment I’ve used in the past would have a tendency to blow right through the breakpoint on sport patterns when I got too aggressive. If I need a ball to fully take advantage of a pattern opening up, this is the one I most often choose.

The QZ2 Backdraft is a very versatile ball, at a great price.  If I were allowed to use only one ball in a tournament/league situation, I’d be hard pressed to find a better ball to bring with me.

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Re: QZ2 Backdraft
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2011, 07:13:27 PM »

Pin Length:   3.7"

Starting Top Weight:    3.0

Ball Weight:   15



Pin to PAP:     4"

CG to PAP:     ??

X Hole (if there is one):    P2.5



Rev Rate:    285   

Ball Speed:     17


PAP/Track:    5" x 3/4"  UP



Grit:    Box  &  2000

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded):   Matte



Length:    40' THS  &  43' Dead Man's Curve


Volume:   20ml - THS
          27ml - DMC

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):   Both




Really like this ball alot !!!   Drilled mine 60x4x45 w/P2.5 hole just to make it complient.  The Backdraft has one of the best continuations through the pin deck I've seen from a Motiv ball.  Absolutely destroys the rack.   Did a typical 18 out to 6/7 on our THS  (wood lanes) w/box finish & I could not miss.  Unless I threw it wide & hit 3/4 board it came back screaming everytime.   Really appreciate the ease at which the Backdraft revs up.  Excellent midlane read & strong motion off the pattern. 

Decided to hit it w/2000 pad & try it in our Sport League.  43' pattern.  Amazed at the reaction & drive it gave me.  Had to square up alittle more than when I threw on the THS but had not problem getting it to make a solid move off the pattern.  And talk about messengers . . Holy Cow does this ball throw the pins around.

This has got to be one of the best mid-prices ball going.  No Questions!   I will be drilling another one.  Until then,  stay Motiv-ated ! ! !






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Re: QZ2 Backdraft
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2011, 08:40:26 PM »

Pin Length: 3.5"

Ball Weight:15.03 lb

4 x 5 layout

Grit: 2000

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Polish


Length: 39'
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Drilled up my Backdraft with a 4x5 layout. Took to the lanes and compared this QZ2 to the Blue and Black QZ2. Right away I noticed that the Backdraft is noticeably stronger than the Blue and Black by at least 4 boards.
Where my original QZ2 (blue and black), tends to be a bit more snappy, the Backdraft has a great continuous arcing motion that drives through the pins. This is a ball that I can definitely see coming out of my bag first.
Now the center did inform me, at the time of taping, that they had just switched to a new oil and were still working out the new pattern and this was a little lighter than what it will be. 
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Re: QZ2 Backdraft
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2011, 01:29:49 PM »




Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): Both the USBC White (THS) and the PBA Chameleon



Likes: This ball is so good in the mid lane.
This is another GREAT Motiv ball and has replaced my SR2 as my benchmark ball. I get such a good read in the mid-lane and the ball is very clean through the fronts. I love all the QZ balls, but this new cover retains it's energy longer than the QZ1 Purple and kills the pocket. What is most impressive is the way it goes through the pin deck with very little deflection and finishes in the middle of the pit. I have great sets using this ball, I know you will too.








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Re: QZ2 Backdraft
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2011, 11:09:47 AM »



MOTIV QZ2 Backdraft


The QZ2 Backdraft bowling ball features a Red Fire Pearl and Solid Black MOTIVator-Z™ Reactive Hybrid shell. It provides a strong but controllable reaction on light to medium oil.

 Box Finish:

Adding fuel to the fire, the 2000 polished finish has an increased Ra value to read the lane slightly earlier and cover more total boards than the original QZ2.  Still, the QZ2 Backdraft gets through the heads cleanly and displays excellent backend motion.

 Inner Core: Quadfire™

The proven Quadfire™ inner core produces an RG that stores energy for the backend reaction and a differential for controlled track flare. The 15# ball has an RG rating of 2.55 and differential of .043.

 QZ2 Backdraft drilled:

Axis Point - 5" over 0" up/down

Pin to PAP- 4" – pin slightly above and right of ring finger
CG Placement - lower right quadrant, left of pin
Balance Hole – no balance hole was needed
Basic Drilling 4 X 4
Surface Preparation - Out of Box (2000 Polished)


The reaction from this ball is just what Motiv advertises, a little earlier read than the original QZ2 through the front part of the lane. This is due to the hybrid cover and factory finish (original QZ2 is 4000 polished). The midlane roll has a smooth transition into the back part of the lane for a nice controlled motion to the pocket. Since this ball is suited for light to medium oil it is my first choice when playing on typical house patterns. The attractive two-tone red pearl and solid black cover along with the gold pearl lettering makes this ball a stand out from the rest of the pack … but the color isn’t the only attractive feature, it’s the striking ability that this ball contains that will keep this ball out of your bag.

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Re: QZ2 Backdraft
« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2011, 03:56:39 PM »

About myself:

Right handed

Weight- 15 pounds

Ball speed = 16

Rev Rate = 320

PAP = 4 7/8, 1/8 up


The Ball: Motiv QZ2 Backdraft

Ball Specs = 15# 2.55 RG .043 Diff

Layout = 55x5x60

Axis Migration with layout = 3 inches

Surface = 4000 Abralon and polished


Well first off, this ball is one of the prettiest balls MOTIV has come out with, it brings the attention to the eye and is very presentable for many customers by just having it on display. This Hybrid cover makes for a clean and predictable reaction with a very versatile surface options. Although clean through the front, very strong back end ball. This is very much a benchmark ball for any user, and when complimenting other balls, fits in nicely with any arsenal. I have an SR2 drilled similar, and is a very mid lane rolling ball, The Quadfire fits right in next in line when the SR2 is a little too early for what I am trying to accomplish on the lanes. This is for sure one of the favorites of mine, lots of hitting power and not much quit in it, all fight, can't beat that in a bowling ball. I have used this ball playing up the lane and going around them as well, and either option is acceptable, with great results. The MOTIV buzz and excitement is bigger than ever! And will only get stronger, with makes like this ball and all the other great bowling balls MOTIV has to offer, it is a true no brainer. Being a staff member of MOTIV is a new and exciting experience, the QZ2 Quadfire Backdraft makes me want to just go out and bowl just because of how good these balls roll, this one is a true winner, get your hands on one and I promise you will not have a single complaint.

All in all, if you’re looking for that great medium oil ball to start with, the QZ2 Backdraft is the perfect answer!



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Re: QZ2 Backdraft
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2011, 07:51:41 AM »

Length: 40 ft. tournament pattern



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):



Likes: The Backdraft is a very versatile ball which can be used on a wide variety of conditions. Compared to its predecessor, the blue/black QZ2, it clears the heads with ease, while reading the midlane stronger, with a predictable, continuous motion through the pins. I drilled mine similar to the b/b QZ2, pin under ring finger with a small cg kick, and find the Backdraft to be the perfect compliment...makes a good benchmark ball, as it reads the midlane so well and isn't too snappy off the breakpoint. this ball would be a great addition to anyone's tournament arsenal, and especially to anyone curious about the MOTIV brand...

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