July 4th, 2012 | Published in Ball Reviews
46.5 Hook 16 Length 15.5 Breakpoint Shape
Manufacturer’s Intent: “When we spoke to pro shops across the country about where we have gaps in our product line, the most common response was that we needed something at the entry-level price,” says Scott Hewitt of Motiv Products. “We are very excited to introduce the new Ascent Pearl and Ascent Solid because they provide the performance, price point and a look that will be very attractive to entry-level bowlers.”
Core Design: Both Ascents use the Recon symmetric core design. This taller “golf tee” shape has a high RG of 2.59 with a conservative differential of .025. We saw only 3 inches of track flare with our 4.5-inch pin distance layout.
Coverstock: Supplying the necessary lane traction is the MOTIVator-Z pearl reactive cover. Colors are a bold mix of pink and purple pearls. The surface is polished with 2000 grit. Response time off friction is quick, while oil traction is very limited. The cover’s Ra value is very low.
Test Results: We were very excited to test both versions of the Ascent, as we liked the Motiv QZ lineup, which shares the same cover formula. What we saw, compared to the QZ line, was easier length and less total hook, perfect for burnt patterns. The core’s tall design encourages this front and mid-lane push, and the “Z” cover provides a moderate amount of traction. The Ascent Pearl was one to two boards stronger on most patterns than the original Recon (August 2010), primarily due to the stronger MOTIVator Z cover formula.
When to Use: Use the Ascent Pearl when facing burnt or broken-down oil patterns with moderate carrydown issues. The limited amount of flare and the medium strength cover had no difficulty creating necessary length and back-end motion. We saw a noticeably more assertive breakpoint shape with our high pin drilling above the fingers compared to below the fingers. Both balls had the pin positioned 4.5 inches from the PAP and had no weight hole drilled. The new Ascents offer plenty of performance at an entry-level price point. Kudos to Motiv for this value pricing.