Motiv: 2Cruel

by Bob Johnson 0

55 Hook 14.5 Length 16.5 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “The 2Cruel is the first Motiv ball ever to provide a long and angular motion on heavy oil. This is no easy task, but the 2Cruel delivers in a big way,” says Scott Hewitt of Motiv. “It really showcases its potential in the second and third game when the heads get beat up and the heavy oil pattern pushes down the lane.”

Core Design: The new Sinister asymmetric core shape was developed by Motiv specifically for the 2Cruel. The design offers a medium RG of 2.55, a strong differential of .053 and an intermediate diff of .018. Motiv makes some of the industry’s strongest asymmetric core configurations.

Coverstock: Providing the needed lane traction for the Sinister core is the Whiplash hybrid cover. The ball is sanded to 4000. Colors are a pin-bruising black and blue blend. The oil traction measures at medium. Response time off drier boards is quick and strong. The Ra reading is moderately low.

Test Results: The 2Cruel proved to be one of our favorite medium-heavy to heavy oil balls ever tested. We saw a fast revving action despite the 2.55 RG, a heavy rolling mid-lane presence, and a powerful, hard-arcing finish downlane. Pin carry was very good when we played “in” the oil and when we circled it some. The only time we felt the need to bag it was when we completely fried the midlane and the ball began to read up too quickly. Higher speed-to-rev rate bowlers may not experience this plight, though. When we brought the surface to a smoother finish with Motiv’s Gel polish, we had an easier time navigating friction areas, as this allowed us to get even deeper and create steeper angles with a surprisingly angular breakpoint.

When to Use: Use the 2Cruel when trying to open up the lane and create a more angular down-lane motion path. Down-and-in styles may be better served with Motiv balls with slower response covers such as the Ascent solid (July 2012), Thrash (January 2012) or Sigma series (September 2011 and May 2012), with the appropriate drilling layout. Those who prefer to boom it and cover some lane need simply apply their favorite layout and fire away.

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.