The Motiv United Revolt is the first pearlized ball in the Revolt line of bowling balls from Motiv. This ball is ideal for medium to heavy oil conditions. The United Revolt features the Helix HFP (High Friction Pearl) Reactive coverstock as well as the low RG Vanquish core and is fine tuned with a 5000 Grit LSP finish. These features give this ball the ability to go long while transitioning easily to provide a consistent strong backend motion with continuation.
The new United Revolt is the first pearl ball in the Revolt Line and it is certainly a ball out of this world. It is a ball that is clean through the fronts but still reads the midlane strong and has an angular but continuous motion with a pin up drilling. This ball is great on medium to heavy oil but also a go to ball on many sport/pba patterns as well as it can read the body of the pattern much more easily than other balls in the line. Compared to the Revolt Havoc, the United is cleaner and more angular down lane. A pin down version of the United will still have a clean look on the lane but have a much smoother reaction on the backend. Not only is this a great ball but the lime green and pearl grey colors really make this ball stand out. You can see this ball from many lanes away because it stands out to so well. My pin up version, I actually added more polish to the ball to add increased length to save a little more backend energy. I found that this was a great solution for lanes that may hook a little more in the front part of the lane or in the backend. Overall, this ball can be a great benchmark that's stronger than the forza GT or Chronic Paranoia as well as a ball that can be a good compliment to the revolt havoc.
I feel MOTIV has accomplished something unique with the United Revolt. One of my favorite characteristic of the Revolt lineup has always been the smoothness of their ball reaction yet it still possesses a large weight block in the Vanquish core. The issue at times with smoother ball reactions unfortunately is that it can require a 'perfect' entry angle into the pocket, otherwise, it won't generate the properly pin action or drive through the pin deck the right way to snap out corner pins. This was an issue I experienced with the Havoc as I've expressed in my Havoc review. The beauty of the United Revolt is that, although it still maintains the Revolt roots with still containing a smoother ball reaction, the new High Friction Pearl (that's right, it's a Pearl!) cover stock provides length and remarkable down-lane reaction. I will be the first to admit that pearl cover stocks are not always my favorite due to the risk of an unpredictable skid-flip reaction that could get me into trouble. The United on the other hand, by wrapping this new pearl cover stock around the Vanquish core allows to me enjoy the benefits of length/down-lane reaction but still provides me with very readable transition and powerful continuation. Of course, I had to punch this piece up with my favorite that I have done with both my Covert Revolt and Vengeance, the pin resting below the bridge (just above the palm of my hand) and the CG kicked out about 45 degrees (remember, I'm left handed!). This drilling does give me the early read that I like but the down-lane reaction this new cover stock provides gives me good energy retention that still allows continuation through pins even if I miss inside slightly. Be warned! Once this ball sees friction, it will grab and grab hard if its drilled this way! There have been times that I have gotten this ball going up the boards a bit too soon on a beat-up house shot... and let's just say the result was not always pleasant. Besides this slight issue.