Motiv SR2

by Bob Johnson 0

50 Hook   15.5 Length   15.5 Breakpoint Shape

Core Design: So far, all of Motiv’s core designs have been symmetrically shaped. The Impact core used in the SR2 is no different; it has a low RG of 2.47 with a 6” flaring .047 Differential.

Coverstock: This black ball is finished with 2000 Abralon and factory gel polish applied for added length. It’s called MOTIVat-R solid reactive, and has a quick response off dry and limited traction in oil.

Manufacturer’s Intent: Scott Hewitt of Motiv bowling had this to share: “This should be the snappiest MOTIV ball yet, but still gives you a smooth breakpoint. The Sigma core is the same as the SX1’s, but the MOTIVat-R coverstock is much more aggressive.” This ball helps round out the various motion characteristics in Motiv’s lineup of high-performance equipment.

Test Results: One would expect to see fast revs with a symmetric core having a 2.47 RG. Surprisingly, we did not see early revs, but more downlane revs picking up steam around the 40’ mark. This delayed revving action helps support Motiv’s intent of length and flip. The SR2 was as easy through the fronts as many pearls available today. I feel the main advantage of utilizing a solid coverstock for length is its inherent ability to be less sensitive to oil carrydown. And we all know how bothersome oil carrydown can be, especially when forced to play inside angles. The SR2 provided us with predictability, ease of length and a back-end motion we could count on. Total hook was 2-3 boards less than the GT1’s, with easier length and a more crisp back-end reaction.

When to Use: Our best looks came on light to medium volumes of oil. We never needed to force the ball through the fronts or midlane, providing we chased the oil adequately. Hitting and carry power were very good, as with all of Motiv’s products. The SR2 will provide a very dependable reaction with a strong yet easy-to-read move at the end of the oil pattern. The SR2 will work well for all rev rate ranges, but we did see progressively stronger downlane moves as we traveled up the rev rate ladder.

— Joe Cerar Jr.

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.