MoRich Aggressive Motion

by Bob Johnson 0

52 Hook 13 Length 15 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “In designing the Aggressive Motion, we created a hooking symmetrical ball to complement our Perpetual Motion,” Morich’s chief guru, Mo Pinel, told us. “The Aggressive Motion has a much more aggressive, but versatile, cover that is finished 500/2000 from the factory. It is a slightly milder version of the DestroyR cover. MoRich now has a milder (Perpetual Motion) and an aggressive (Aggressive Motion) symmetrical ball in its line, plus a milder (RipR) and most aggressive (DestroyR) asymmetrical ball.”

Core Design: The Aggressive Motion shares the symmetric core found in Morich’s first symmetric ball, the Perpetual Motion. The large mushroom-shaped design has an RG of 2.47 and a big Diff of .054. The low RG revs fast and steady and produces nearly 6 inches of track flare with strong layouts. My benchmark layout used a 60x4x35 dual angle configuration.

Coverstock: The Hi Trac hybrid coverstock showed an unusual amount of versatility and performance. Its 500/2000 grit factory sanding created very good oil traction, followed by a moderate response off drier boards.

Test Results: The Aggressive Motion has the word “benchmark” in its DNA. We saw extreme versatility, a consistent and continuous breakpoint shape and above-average forgiveness on less-than-perfect releases. Its overall hook motion was a touch stronger than the Perpetual Motion (February 2011) but with a very similar shape. The balls share a slower response off drier boards which helps you keep your breakpoint in front of you, thereby keeping your angles more closed.

When to Use: The Aggressive Motion is best with oil volumes in the medium range. We had great looks playing just inside the oil line and feathering it near the friction areas. Speed-dominant players should use lower drilling angle sums to help start the core up sooner. Slower speed or rev-heavy types can use higher sums and longer pin distances to help retain the axis rotation (perceived energy) longer. Heavier oil volumes will be better served with the Morich DestroyR, as it houses a much stronger asymmetric core and more aggressive cover formula.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.