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Motiv Trident

The Motiv Trident is Motiv's strongest bowling ball to date. This ball can handle heavy oil while providing a high hook potential. The Coercion HVH (High Volume Hybrid) reactive coverstock, Turbulent asymmetric weight block, and 3000 grit LSS finish combine to provide the traction and revs needed at the mid-lane and a strong transition into a powerful down lane motion. Arm yourself with Motiv's ultimate weapon, the Trident!

  • Color: Black Solid/Charcoal Pearl All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
  • Core: Turbulent
  • Coverstock: Coercion HVH Reactive
  • Finish: 3000 Grit Laser Scan Sanded
  • Reaction: Strong mid-lane motion with continuation through pins
  • RG: 2.49**
  • Differential: 0.054**
  • ** RG and Diff are based off of 15 lb. balls
  • Recommended Lane Condition: Heavy Oil
  • A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
  • Product ID: 10143
  • Brand: Motiv
  • Category: Bowling Balls
  • Ball Performance: High-Performance Balls
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By from Ohio
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


So you're looking for that heavy oil ball something that reads the lane early and can make the turn down lane. If you are like me this is the wish of all bowlers but always seems to be that one thing we can't achieve. The Motiv Trident is that piece. For me the ability to have a ball in my bag that will provide the ability to read the lane early and not stop on the back end is usually unreachable. Most everything in my bag will read the lane when I add surface but always tends to not hit with much force leaving flat 10's most shots. The Trident provides me with the ability to play a more comfortable line to the pocket even on the longest of patterns. The Turbulent asymmetric core enables the ball to retain more energy and produce powerful continuation. Coercion HVH (High Volume Hybrid) cover stock is also new technology. It gives the Trident superb mid-lane read and an incredibly strong transition down lane.
At a recent event on the 52ft Badger pattern the Trident was still quite strong but the continuation was certainly the key. The ability to provide some angle to the pocket is key in getting the ten pin out. For those of you whose A game is deep inside the Trident will allow you to get deep inside and still recover to carry the corners. This ball is a must have and fits well in the Heavy oil spot in your arsenal. The performance of this ball speaks for itself! Get a Trident you will thank yourself for it!
Rick Zakrajsek
Motiv Staff Ohio

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By from Temple, PA
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Harness the power of the God of the Sea!

Those who had the pleasure of utilizing the original Jackal and Jackal Carnage and have felt the void of this loss should have no problem filling that void. After throwing the Trident for several weeks now I can tell you with confidence that the Trident has not only surpassed the bar set by the Jackals, it has destroyed it entirely. Although the Trident may not respond as soon and clean as the Jackal and Jackal Carnage, the overall ball motion, energy retention, and continuation more than make up for these subtle differences. If the advancement of bowling technology has taught us anything, versatility reigns supreme in consistent success. One of the ways to provide bowling ball versatility is the use of energy retention and continuation, especially in an asymmetric piece. When asymmetric piece begins seeing carry down or slight change in the early parts of the lane, carry begins to become questionable as its energy has been spend and has nothing when it reaches the pins. With energy retention and continuation, that question disappears.

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By from Flatrock Michigan
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Yes I would buy this ball again!!

This ball is amazing I love it

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By from Connecticut
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Motiv Trident

Motiv Trident

Motiv Bowling has introduced the New Motiv Trident. I drilled the Trident just like i drill all my
asymmetrical balls (55 x 4 1/2 x 65). For this release i went with a pin down layout. I have used this layout on a lot of previous balls like the Motiv Jackal and Motiv Jackal Carnage. I love this layout because it gives me a early roll but since its asymmetrical it doesn't sacrificing down-lane hook for my style. The Motiv Trident has all New Coercion HVH (High Volume Hybrid) coverstock, which raps around the all New Turbulent Core. The box finish is a 3000 grit LSS (Laser Scan Sanded). The Trident has RG of 2.49 with .054 differential. The Trident is one of my favorite balls to date. I have used the Trident on various amounts of different patterns, and is one of my most versatile balls. This ball is great for medium to heavy oil and is a good replacement if you had any of the Jackals. I find this Trident to be much more continuous than the Jackal Carnage and a little more controllable than the original Jackal. This balls is best fitted for heaver, fresher conditions as a starter piece that you can easily tradition down to a cleaner, quicker cover.

Jonathan Sellers
Motiv Staffer

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By from North Babylon, NY
5/5 Stars
Continuous, Great for heavy oil, Hybrid
Best Uses:
Fresh heavy volume house pattern, Fresh patterns
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

New High Performance

The Trident is Motiv's newest high performance bowling ball. It is a hybrid between the Jackal and the Jackal Carnage. This ball is great for medium to heavy oil and is a good replacement if you had any of the Jackals. I find this Trident to be much more continuous than the Jackal Carnage and a little more controllable than the original Jackal. This ball is very strong in the midlane and can handle a large amount of oil with the right ball surface. This ball can handle more oil than the Revolt Havoc but is not as early, so it can be used for a longer period of time even when the front oil starts to go away. The Trident is also very good on fresh sport patterns or heavier oil house patterns where the revolts may not be enough ball due to its symmetrical core.

Adam Chase
Motiv Staff

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By from MD
5/5 Stars
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Love this ball!

I love this ball!! For the person that reviews this ball earlier, I suggest that that you may not be bowling on a good amount of oil. Find oil and the ball will be perfect.

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By from Idaho
2/5 Stars
Sounds good on impact.
I've moved all over the approach and the ball
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

So far, unimpressed!

If I hadn't paid so much for this ball I would have given up on it by now, after six games of well below my average of 180.

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By from Folsom, Ca
5/5 Stars
Good Looking ball, Good Looking!, Heavy hook with very little effort
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love the ball!

Hits Hard! Lots of hook!

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Question: Is this the replacement ball for the Jackel Carnage?

7/25/2016 - By

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Answer: Hello! Yes, this ball is essentially the replacement for the Carnage. It will be a fairly similar ball overall.

7/25/2016 - By

Answer: No, this is not the replacement for the Jackal or Jackal Carnage as part of Motiv's replacement program for the two balls previously banned by the USBC. The replacement to be shipped to the pro shops of people who previously purchased & filled out the replacement form on Motiv's website is called the Jackal LE, which by what I've seen so far will be similar to the Jackal Carnage & will be sold in limited quantities to the public. The Trident is by spec, similar in reaction to the original Jackal.

9/7/2016 - By

Question: What ball is this most like that storm makes

7/30/2016 - By

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Answer: Hello! I think the closest ball that Storm makes would be the Storm Lock.

8/1/2016 - By

Question: Will this ball hook more than storm lock and go futher down lane

8/2/2016 - By

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Answer: Hello! This ball should actually move pretty similarly to the Storm Lock.

8/2/2016 - By

Question: Which ball gonna more and is continuous between the trident and the lock

9/6/2016 - By

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Answer: Hi! The Trident should have a stronger and continuous hook than the Lock.

9/7/2016 - By

Question: How much different is trident from roto grip no rules.

9/19/2016 - By

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Answer: When comparing the two balls we like to look at a couple of the main differences. The coverstock and finish on the Trident will make the Trident read a little later on the lane than the Roto Grip No Rules. They are both going to work well in heavier oil and even though the Trident goes a little longer on the lanes, it looks like it could be a little stronger hook overall.

9/29/2016 - By

Question: Why was the Jacklel banned in the usbc for???

10/2/2016 - By

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Answer: Hello. The revocation comes after USBC determined that the Jackal and Jackal Carnage balls do not comply with current specifications and requirements in the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications Manual. USBC testing showed a significant percentage of the Jackal and Jackal Carnage, both produced by Motiv, exceeded the maximum 0.060" differential radius of gyration standard specification during spot checks of bowling balls in the field.

10/4/2016 - By

Question: I sent in 4 bowling balls in March last year and followed all the directions that Motiv posted but the people at Motiv say they don't have the ball I sent in. I sent in balls for other people and now none have a chance to get the replacement balls. Why do we have to lose our money on these balls if we bought them, should you not find a way to replacement those balls also. These guys are old bowlers and dont really know a lot about computers and their getting screwed on these expensive bowling balls, and that aint right.

10/6/2016 - By

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Answer: I believe you are referring to the Motiv Jackal and Motiv Jackal Carnage bowling balls. Motiv is handling this issue directly with the people who purchased those bowling balls so would not have any information on this. I would continue to check with Motiv on this and if you have a tracking number to reference when you shipped them back you may bring this information to their attention.

10/7/2016 - By

Question: I have not seen this ball with a drilling pin down (under) position. With ball speed around 14. can you give me an idea of the reaction I will see on THS please?

10/13/2016 - By

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Answer: The Trident is rated for heavier oil and the cover and finish are designed to help the ball to start hooking in the mid lane and continue very strong on the backend with a large smooth hook reaction. With your ball speed, it could give the ball more time on the lane to grip and hook so it would actually make this ball hook a little stronger. The drilling options can tweak this a little but it will not change the reaction so much that you get a completely different reaction. Some patterns will give it a little more length and other patterns may be designed for more hook but this would only be small changes from what the ball was designed to do. If you were to order this, I would talk to your driller about possibly getting more length on the layout because that may help with your ball speed.

10/14/2016 - By

Question: How would you compare this ball to the rapter talon?

11/6/2016 - By

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Answer: The Trident will be a more aggressive ball than the Raptor Talon.

11/11/2016 - By

Question: How would this ball compare to the Storm Code Black?

11/14/2016 - By

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Answer: To compare the two bowling balls we need to compare the coverstock, finish, and weight block. The Trident is a Hybrid coverstock and the Code Black is a Pearl coverstock so the Trident will want to read earlier because of the coverstock. Also, the Trident has a 3000 grit finish compared to the 1500grit polished finish on the Code Black which also make the Trident want to read earlier on the lanes. Finally on the weight block, the Trident weight block should help it roll a little earlier to give it more time to react and hook on the lanes. The Code black has a slightly stronger weight block but because the weight block and everything else on the Code Black is designed to go longer, it will have less time to hook. The more aggressive ball out of the box will be the Trident and the longer backend ball will be the Code Black.

11/15/2016 - By

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