MoRich: LocoMotion

by Bob Johnson 0

51.5 Hook 15 Length 15.5 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “The LocoMotion is a cover-dominant symmetrical ball,” says Mo Pinel. “Cover-dominant balls read the back of the lane, while core-dominant balls read the midlane more. In the two previous Motions, Perpetual [February 2011] and Aggressive [November 2011], we used the densest version of the HUGE core (.054 total diff.) with two different strengths of coverstock. In the LocoMotion, we combined a less dense version of the HUGE core (.045 total diff.) with the strongest cover we’ve ever used in a symmetrical ball to create a later, harder breaking, symmetrical ball.”

Core Design: Mo Pinel decided on the HUGE symmetric core design for his symmetric lineup. The RG is medium-low at 2.50 and the differential moderate at .045. Testing produced nearly 5 inches of track flare with the strong 3-inch pin distance layout.

Coverstock: The level-4 pearlized Hi Trac reactive is MoRich’s strongest to date for its symmetric core product line. Coloring is a mix of black and silver pearl. The surface is factory-sanded with 1000 and 2000 grits prior to a high-gloss polish. The low Ra level cover responds quickly off friction and has limited oil traction.

Test Results: We had the luxury of comparing the new LocoMotion with MoRich’s other two symmetric offerings, the Aggressive Motion and Perpetual Motion. We used the same dual angle layout of 50x3x40 with a P3 weight hole (7/8 inch at 3-inch depth) on all three balls and sanded them with a pure 2000 grit. The LocoMotion played the strongest through oil and off dry areas, despite its lower flaring core and pearl cover. We credit the level 4 cover as solely responsible for the stronger read. The earlier balls had level 2 and level 3 cover strength ratings. With all three polished, the LocoMotion out-hooks them all.

When to Use: Our best looks were on any light-medium to medium oil volume patterns when length and a strong arc were warranted. On heavier oil volumes, sanding grits between 500 and 2000 got the job done quite nicely. All layouts produced a smooth to strong arc as the HUGE core shape was both release-friendly and arcing in nature. We feel the earlier two Motions, when polished, produced more of a skid/flip motion on lighter volumes. The LocoMotion was better on more oil. MoRich continues to produce quality products with proven coverstock formulas that reward bowlers with longevity and performance.

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.