Motiv is ascending the boundaries of entry level performance with the Ascent Apex. For the Ascent Apex Motiv modified the original Fusion coverstock to make the Fusion XL (xtra long) coverstock. They have finished the cover with a 1500 grit and polish. The core of this ball is the Recon. This core has high RG and low differential that provides length, controlled track flare, and a more angular move on the backend. All of these factors combine to make a great entry level bowling ball.
The Ascent Apex is priced as an "entry level" ball, but it is high performance through and through. It has the Recon core, which is a High RG 2.59, Low Differential 0.25, with a modified version of the strong pearl cover first featured on MOTIV's landmark ball the Primal Rage.
I have long been a fan of the Recon core from way back on the RX1, which was my first MOTIV ball. I have had a lot of success with the RX1 and the original Ascent balls, particularly on short oil patterns. For me, the new Ascent Apex is about 3 or 4 boards stronger than the original Ascent on the back-end, and has about 3 or 4 boards less overall hook than the Primal Rage, so it fits that sweet spot perfectly.
This ball is an excellent choice on short to medium short oil patterns when the heads break down a little bit, and you need a ball that's clean through the fronts with good back-end kick. I also bowl a league at a house that has a house shot with low volume, and the Apex does the trick.
This is a key piece of equipment for me to bring to every tournament. Even on longer patterns, the later it gets into the block, the more likely that it's coming out of my bag. It doesn't do crazy tricks down-lane – it does just what it needs to do to kick out that 10 pin, and that's all I need it to do.
The Blue Mountain Pearl Ascent Apex is an addition to MOTIV's entry level line. First, this is NOT an additional color and another name slapped on the ball, this is a true upgrade to the Ascent Pearl. The Ascent Apex again contains the Recon Core, but the upgrade on this ball is the coverstock. It has the new Fusion XL coverstock, which is a modified version of the cover used on previous balls such as the Primal Rage, Tribal, Cruel Intent, and Sigma Sting.
The ball gets down the lane with ease on any pattern, and I don't think that will change no matter what your style. I have thrown the Ascent Apex on some very lighter volume/burned patterns thus far and have seen all the length I needed. In addition it has a fast response downlane, but for the amount of friction it encounters is still very controllable. Compared to the original Ascent Pearl I actually see more length with the Ascent Apex but, this only provides it with more backend. The total hook potential isn't much more than the original Ascent, but the backend shape is where they really differ. Overall, this release has allowed me to play deeper, as required on some lighter volume and broken down patterns, but at the same time creating more creating angle.
I am recommending the Ascent Apex to anyone who is looking for entry level length with MORE than entry level backend.
MOTIV Staff Member
65 x 4 ¾ x 35
The Motiv Ascent Apex is a ball built for you to take advantage of those challenging condition late in the day when the lanes are dry and you need something with length and backend pop. The proven Recon core (2.59 RG, .025 Diff) has been paired up with the newest member of the reliable Fusion cover family, Fusion XL. Finished at 1500 grit + polish, this new cover provides length to get through the early burn while still keeping some teeth on it to take advantage of the friction on the backend. My expectation for this ball was to have something on the lower end with a quick response time to friction but be stronger than the original Apex and the Ascent has filled every bit of that. I have had no issues with this ball getting down the lane easily and then making a strong motion back to the pocket. I typically save this ball for later in the day, but if you're a high rev player who has difficulties with throwing stronger equipment at the beginning on house shots, this will be good for you because of its energy retention and power through the pins. Overall I have found this ball to be a delight to throw when I've needed to get ahead of that second oil transition and stay on top of the scoreboard.
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Great carry. This is a great ball when you get lined up. It doesn't seem to have as much room as other balls in my arsenal but when I hit my mark I am pretty confident in the result.