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The Motiv Venon Shock has it all at an affordable price. This ball pairs the Gear weight block with the Turmoil MFS Reactive coverstock from the Covert Revolt to produce a smooth but angular backend motion that continues through the pins. The colors on this ball really pop on the lane and produce shocking results on light to medium oil conditions.
The Venom Shock is a great compliment to the recent releases from MOTIV. The low RG / Medium Differential Gear core, paired with a new solid coverstock provides a smooth roll throughout, with just enough at the backend to give me consistent carry. The best way to describe it is that the ball seems to drive forward through the pin deck, with less deflection. The pins also seem to stay lower - which I've seen with previous MOTIV balls that utilize the Gear core.
After bowling with the Venom Shock for a few weeks, I've determined that my favorite time to use it is on a fresh medium to heavy oil pattern. It really helps to smooth out the lane from front to back. I'm able to groove it right up the track area in those conditions. On short sport patterns, this one also comes in very handy when I'm looking for a "hook/stop" type shape from an outside angle. I feel like this really widens the pocket for me, when more angular equipment would over-react on the back end. This piece is a "must" in my bag when it's tournament time!
Description: The Venom Shock is the third installment of the Venom series and again placed in the lower mid-price range. The Venom Shock coverstock has the new Turmoil MFS, which is a modified version of the Turmoil HFS coverstock on the recently released Covert Revolt. For the core, MOTIV again used the Gear Core from the previous two Venom's and the much older GT-1.
Reaction: In a one liner the Venom Shock is very clean through the front part of the lane and provides a consistent controlled downlane motion. I have found myself throwing the Venom Shock when playing straighter angles, but when my more predictable pieces do not seem to respond fast enough downlane. The shape it provides is between a mild slower response piece and something mild that is longer and has a faster response. My style doesn't quite allow me to throw this ball on the fresh or heavier patterns at the box surface, but that is not exactly the intention of this piece, however altering the surface to 2000 allowed it match up very well. Believe it or not the Venom Shock is a benchmark ball for me, it allows me to get straighter and still maintain a great shape downlane.
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Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):modified house shot / house shot
Recommended Lane Condition: Light-Medium Oil
MOTIV Venom Shock:
MOTIV Venom Shock Ball Specs:
Likes: The MOTIV Venom Shock is definitely something special! This ball is an extremely reliable, smooth rolling, beast of a light to medium oil ball! Not only does the Shock look great going down the lane, it is affordable and has the ability to out perform any medium - light oil ball out there on the market. The SHOCK pairs well with the MOTIV Covert Revolt. Once the lanes begin to break down, the SHOCK is your go to ball with very little adjustment if any! When you need something you can rely on when you begin to notice carry down that will push through the oil, you can pull the Shock out of your bag! Your Arsenal isn't complete without the MOTIV Venom Shock in your bag!
Venom Shock Specs
Breakpoint Shape:Smooth / Early Hook
Coverstock: Reactive Resin
Coverstock: Turmoil™ MFS Reactive
Factory Finish:4000 Grit Sanded
Core Type: Gear™
Color: Purple/Purple Solid with Orange/Green NeoMark™ Graphics
I am an advanced Right Handed female bowler with a league Average of 200. My ball speed is consistent around 17 mph with a rev rate of approximately 250.
PAP 5 1/4 up 1/2 right
Layout for the ball drilled in the video below:
80 x 4 x 70
4 x 4 x 2
Ball is super clean with good movement at the back. Very surprised considered it is a solid. Was able to use the same break point all night, just moving further inside. Will be the first ball out of my bag on house or sport.
64 years young,right handed low 192 bowler low 15- high 14 mph ball speed, 14 pound venom shock light polish cover two league bowler love the game and motiv toys venom shock first toy out of the bag on fresh house shot good for 1 1/2 2 games rolls great hits like a runaway train really cracks the pins music to my ears LOL makes me feel good and young for a few hours third game bring out motiv octane carbon all bases covered. kicking butt taking names! LOL thanks MOTIV rocket ron
great ball on fresh house shot, first squad I am 64 years young ball hits like a jack hammer really cracks the pins makes bowling fun again old timers in senior league look on and ask what kind of ball it is , and some of the younger guys in my other mens league look on, I just tell them to get motivated, LOL PS my venom shock is 14.5 lbs. hits like 20 lbs. thanks motiv rocket ron
I have been a Hammer-head for most of my life but a friend convinced me to look into MOTIV. I did a lot of research on the line of balls they offered and decided to try the Venom Shock. WOW!!!! I put a 70x40 @ 4" layout on it and this ball has amazing reaction when it gets to the dry. It hits with the perfect angle and with an amazing amount of power. My first game with the ball I threw my lifetime high of a 254. For a guy who does not bowl overly competitively I could not be happier. I think my new league arsenal is going to be MOTIV based. This ball is the perfect benchmark ball for me. I highly recommend this ball to anyone.
I love the fact that I don't need to put a lot of power to This ball if you hit your mark the ball will go down there and hit the pocket every time I Love This ball
This is my favorite ball in my arsenal. In my opinion it is the best ball Motiv has every made. It's a great ball with early smooth hook yet a very strong back end. This ball is very good too use once the fronts has broken down or on light to medium oil. It is very versatile you can play from a lot of different angles from the far left or far right or right down the middle.
I am around a 130 to 140 average and I bowled this ball for the first time 2 days ago on optimal medium oil and my first game was a 150. I was pleased with that. My first couple frames were strikes. I realized you wanna be towards the middle of the lane for better control. Then the next game I bested my best score and hit a 197. It never left my with any splits and I was able to hit the pocket about 99% of the time. That 1% I was a little nonchalant on the hook but all in all I can't wait till league night.
Is it good for two handed bowling2/21/2017 - By Bowler22
Hello! You can use any ball for two handed bowling. This will be a good ball for two handed bowling. It will really get it down the lanes.2/23/2017 - By Bowling.Com Staff
Do u have these in 13 lbs 5 oz2/28/2017 - By Fred
Hi Fred. You can request for a 13 pound 5 ounce ball in the blue box that says "click to request pin/top weight", and we will let you know what we have in our warehouse after the order has been placed with the specifications.2/28/2017 - By Bowling.Com Staff
can you apply abralon to this ball6/8/2017 - By Jason Belmote
Is it good for a back up bowler2/12/2018 - By Ginny
Would this be a good spare ball2/22/2018 - By Greekpapa
This is a mid performance ball. Spare balls are made out of plastic/polyester coverstock and that is what you would need for a straight ball.2/23/2018 - By Bowling.Com Staff
Are these "First run" balls or "factory blems"?2/20/2019 - By John
Is this the original Venom Shock (has a darker colored cover stock) or is this the new Venom Shock (has a lighter colored cover stock)?2/21/2019 - By Tyler
I am looking for something that is as similar to the old Sapphire Zones. Would this Venom shock or the Pearl be more similar to the Sapphire??3/10/2019 - By TK
The newer balls today have made more advances compared to the older balls. The newer balls will be more aggressive. You may want to reach out to Brunswick direct if you want to know a comparison on the Sapphire balls, they may be able to find a more comparable ball.3/11/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
What is a great ball for medium-high oil patterns in the venom series4/9/2019 - By Storm-motiv bowler 9
Which ball would give more length without over reacting this one or the cobra5/5/2019 - By Greg
Do you give up too much with a 13 pound ball versus a 14 pound ball?9/20/2019 - By KEV
Motiv has the same weight block on the 13 and 14lbs weights so there is not a big drop off on performance. Of course the lighter you go in weight the less the ball will carry through the pocket so heavier usually hits the pins better.9/25/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
Can I get A 14lb9/24/2019 - By Dan
I just bought this ball and I am straight ball bowler. Based on internet inquiry this ball is highly recommended for bowlers like me. Do you agree?10/11/2019 - By Randy
It you bowl straight you could get a much less expensive spare ball that would go straight. This ball is designed to have hook potential so you are paying extra to have the hook potential on this ball. If you do not spin the ball or hook it then it will go straight but you are spending more money for features that you do not need.10/11/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
Is this a good ball for beginner bowlers like myself?3/17/2020 - By Tone
Yes, this will work well for someone looking at their first performance ball. This works in medium to lighter oil conditions and it will not be such a drastic step up that it is hard to control. It helps you to get familiar with a performance ball and if later you needed to get something for heavier oil conditions then you can still have this option as a backup because at some point in the night the lanes will almost always get back to medium to light conditions and this would still be a great option then.3/18/2020 - By Bowling.Com Staff