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« on: May 09, 2019, 03:36:58 PM »
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Motiv Thrill Purple/Blue Pearl
Motiv designed the Thrill Pearl balls to offer length as well as control when the lane oil is light and there is a lot of friction. These balls feature the Flux weight block which has a higher RG in order to delay the balls reaction on the lane and generate the length required on lighter oil. The very low differential found in this ball helps to minimize track flare and also assists in ball motion control at the lane's backend. The coverstock used for the Motiv Thrill Pearl is the Agility XP (Striking Precision) and is finished with a 5500 Grit LSP. This ball is great for beginner bowlers as well as seasoned high rev bowlers looking for a good dry lane ball.

Color: Purple/Blue  or  Magenta/Wine
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Flux
Coverstock: Agility XP (Striking Precision)
Finish: 5500 Grit LSP
RG: 15#-2.57
Differential: 15#- .015
Recommended Lane Condition: Light Oil



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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2019, 11:47:28 AM »
65 x 4” x 35

Need more kick than urethane on lighter conditions but need the reactive to be controllable? Kickstart your game with the new Thrill. Sporting two new technologies for MOTIV, this ball brings a great balance between light oil performance and controlling the breakpoint. Agility XP Reactive (55000 LSP) is a fine-tuned cover for those light and burned conditions that allows the ball to clear fronts and mids well so that it can take advantage of the fiction downlane rather than bleeding it early. The Flux weight block (2.57RG, .015 Diff) was designed to help the ball get down the lane but still create a stable motion once it makes its move towards the pins. Though I have a higher-than-average rev rate, I gave myself a stronger pin-to-PAP layout so that I could take advantage of the Thrill’s versatility. The first true test I had for my Wine/Magenta version was on day-after, leftover league conditions. I was pleasantly surprised by the range of motion I had in playing on these conditions with this ball. To start I played as close to the friction as I could, which by that time was crossing around 20 but not swinging through the dirt. The Thrill cleared the fronts easily then read that early burned friction without immediately jumping. What this allowed me to do was play a mid-lane hook reaction that still left pop at the breakpoint for continuation through the pins. No one else I was practicing with could come close to that line with anything they had. After I felt comfortable with seeing the ball do that, I then jumped more than an arrow left and tried swinging to the friction. Whereas shots before the ball read the mids and smoothly controlled its reaction to the pocket, this new line let the ball glide down to the breakpoint before making a strong change of direction towards the 1-3. While still not jumpy, being able to play such a deep angle with a smooth motion to the pocket would be quite fortuitous had I been bowling for score later in a long tournament block. For comparison, my Hydra would get cleanly down the lane as well but would jump significantly harder at the spot; this equated to almost a full arrow’s worth of move for me. Whether you need a lighter-condition piece, or you’re looking to give someone their first reactive ball, the Thrill is a good ball to want.

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Re: Thrill
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2019, 01:25:02 PM »
After throwing the Thrill on “Summer League” patterns for the past 4 weeks, I think I have found my go to ball for the desert. It is the cleanest and smoothest ball in the Motiv lineup in my opinion. I have found that the Thrill is cleaner, smoother, and about 5 boards weaker than an identically drilled Hydra. This allows me to chase inside with the Hydra and then ball down and stay in the same zone when the Hydra starts to become to angular. Through testing, I hit the surface with a fresh 1000 and then followed with a worn 2000. This gave the ball more of a matte finish. When testing this surface, I had a ball that would follow right below the Venom Shock. Still cleaner than a Shock, but within 3 boards overall. The Thrill is a very versatile ball with a very economical price.
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2019, 10:47:31 PM »
By Bryan Ramsey

From Phillipsburg, NJ

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What a THRILL, awesome length, backend pop
The thrill is the perfect bang for your buck release bowlers should be looking for. This piece gives you incredible length, it’s very smooth and still gives you that downlane energy for really solid pin action and carry. Overall I’d say the thrill is 4/5 boards weaker than the look my hydra would give me. If you bowl on older wood houses, or houses with a lot of friction to start, the thrill is the perfect piece you’ve been looking to add to that motiv arsenal. Don’t hesitate to get yourself a THRILL, you will be kicking yourself if you don’t.

I would recommend this to a friend


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Thrill Review
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2019, 07:48:57 PM »
Ball Specs:
 Motiv Thrill
 Agility XP Reactive
 5500 Grit LSP
 Symmetrical Core
 Layout 70 x 4 x 30

 Bowler Specs:
 Right Hand. PAP 5 Over 1/2 Up
 Rev Rate 275. Tilt 20. Rotation 50.
 Speed off hand 18

The Thrill is a new entry in the Light Oil category for Motiv.  The Thrill is available in two attractive colors, Reddish/ Wine and a Blue/ Purple. For those of us who thought the Hydra was too strong for dry lanes the Thrill may be just what we needed. The Thrill features a new lower flare core for control combined with a high RG to help get the ball down the lane. This new core is wrapped in a lower friction pearl cover. I have a lower rev rate and on our wetter house shot it was too weak but at the end of the day on total burn I could go down the boards and had plenty of length with a nice rev and flip in the back end. I have not changed the surface because I feel this would negate the intent of the ball. The Thrill has an entry level price point but is not limited to that group alone. I passed mine around to some higher rev folks and some no thumb bowlers and they were able to gain a nice reaction that did not over hook early or late. I also think bowlers with slow speeds could benefit from this Ball. The hit was also better than expected.  A bowler can purchase the Thrill as their first reactive ball and get much more than they paid for.  The Thrill was stronger than my Burgundy Tank on the dry but not as strong as my new Covert Tank. The Thrill read much later than the Covert but had more entry angle. So far the Red/Pink or technically the Magenta/Wine is the crowd favorite color.

The Thrill is a true dry lane ball.
Two nice color combinations available.

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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2019, 01:19:59 PM »
This ball is the newest introduction into the MOTIV line made for lighter oil conditions. The MOTIV Thrill features the new Agility XP (Striking Precision) reactive pearl cover stock combined with the new Flux core.  It has a higher RG to delay ball reaction and create length needed on light oil patterns.  It's very clean through the lane, therefore it retains energy and makes a strong move on the backend.  It has very low differential to minimize track flare and provide ball motion control at the back end of the lane and as usually has the great continuation that MOTIV balls have become known for.

It will be a great fit in your bag on light oil. The Thrill will be the ball you can count on when the lane are hooking and nothing else will go down the lane. This ball will give you much more length and control than any other ball you will find at this very affordable price.

My Thrill is laid out with the pin up (above the ring), the cg slightly shifted right and no extra hole. This ball has already found a place in my bag, it's a great go to ball when the lanes are hooking. The ball is very useful on short oil patterns, on lanes with burned up headed and on older surfaces. If you need a ball at a great price point for short patterns or hooking lanes this is the ball you are looking for.

Craig Auerbach
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