Motiv Pride Dynasty Bowling Ball Review

First Impressions
The Pride Dynasty looks to be my favorite of the Pride lineup.

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Tamer Elbaga (Lefty)
Style: Tweener
RPM: 330 rpm
PAP: 5 & 3/8 up
Average Speed: 18.5 mph (at release)
Axis tilt: low
Axis rotation: medium/high
Test Equipment: 14 Pounds
Layout: 50 x 5 x 45

Bryan Hoffman (Righty)
Style: Stroker
RPM: 280 rpm
PAP: 4 1/2 & 1 1/2 up
Average Speed: 18.5 mph (at release)
Axis tilt: high
Axis rotation: medium
Test Equipment: 14 Pounds
Layout: 50 x 5 x 45

Tyler Church (Righty)
Style: Power Player
RPM: 425 rpm
PAP: 5 1/2 & 1/2 up
Average Speed: 19 mph (at release)
Axis tilt: med
Axis rotation: medium
Test Equipment: 14 Pounds
Layout: 50 x 5 x 45

“Keep in mind that coverstock accounts for 70% of ball reaction, but the core creates the dynamic shape of the reaction. Your driller will alter the shape to suit your game.”

THS: 42ft, 23ml
Sport: TBD

The Motiv Pride Dynasty uses the Dominion™ Asymmetric core inside the Leverage™ MFS Solid Reactive coverstock.

15 pound = RG of 2.50 diff of .042, mb of .010
14 pound = RG of 2.52, diff of .043, mb of .011
Coverstock finish: 2000 grit LSS

Tweener’s Take
Alright, anyone else see a noticeable color scheme? This is almost identical to the Storm Sure Lock and Ebonite Choice Solid. Anyway, it looks pretty nice going down the lane so no qualms. I’m somewhat intrigued and confused by the new Motiv Pride Dynasty. Motiv slotted it in the middle smooth. It uses the Leverage MFS Solid which is the same formulation as the Black Venom. Bottom line it is stronger than the Black Venom which I had as mid control. I’m actually not sure I really see it as that much weaker than the Jackal Ambush. The mild Asym does really put it correctly in the Motiv ball guide. It is relatively smooth but strong for sure. Wasn’t super happy with very open angles as you would kind of expect with a diggy ball. With 2000 grit, the ball really did feel strong. We just tested the Eternity Pi and it was a touch weaker but it kind of felt like it could be a strong defined ball as well. For me, it offered a similarly good solution to managing a house shot. It rolled heavy, didn’t completely die in the friction which allows me to play straighter if I want but in it’s wheelhouse, it controlled the house shot and carried extremely well. It’s definitely a bit rounder shape. I was somewhat on the fence of whether to slot this in Strong Defined or Strong Control. My first instinct was Defined but I think it’s fair to slot it in Strong Control. It feels a little strong downlane for that slot but that’s probably the truer slot. It is a very reliable motion. I never thought it wouldn’t make it until I got to the 4th arrow. Once I asked it to cover too many boards, it wasn’t happy. It can be played deep but just needs a bit shallower angles. All that said, this is my favorite Dynasty ball by far to be honest. It’s a lot stronger than the original Pride in my opinion. I really like the reliable strong continuous shape it created for me. I prefer it to the Forge Ember in the strong control slot and I think is a nice compliment to the strong defined I would have in the bag, the Jackal Ghost.

Power Player’s Persective
We have Tyler as usual as our power player testing the new Motiv Pride Dynasty. He has a slightly rev dominant, medium high axis rotation, very low axis tilt. Hopefully you’ve watched part 1 already, if not check that out. We talked a bit about the ball itself and what I saw is also what Tyler saw. The ball seemed to create a very similar motion for the 2 of our styles. He needed to get a bit past the 3rd arrow before he could find the pocket, such is the strength of the Dynasty. Not surprising for a 2000 grit cover and a fairly strong ball. It really does appear a bit stronger than where it’s placed. I mean it is in between the Jackal Ambush and Black Venom, but it’s a lot closer to the Jackal in strength than the Black Venom. It is pretty heavy rolling. The core wants to right itself but not as much as a huge asym. So it splits the difference between a sym and asym being a mild asym. So same story for Tyler it’s kind of straddles the line between Strong Defined and Strong Control. It definitely doesn’t stand up as hard as the Eternity Pi but also not as round as pure symmetrics typically in the Control category. Additionally, while it does cover a good amount of boards, there is a pretty clear limit of side to side motion. However, it was still pretty impressive for the type of ball it is. Strong surfaced asyms can sometimes struggle to cover boards as they bleed too much energy. The Pride Dynasty formula allows for some good energy at the breakpoint and through the pins. Ultimately it was a very pleasing ball reaction for Tyler with good carry.

Stroker’s Stance
Bryan was up next with the Motiv Pride Dynasty. We described it in detail in my part 1 video so we’ll just focus on what it looks like for Bryan. As you can see, it has that big ball style motion. Medium length, medium arcy heavy roll. This type of motion can be challenging on house shot or amazing. In this case, it was somewhat in between for Bryan. House shots force you into a zone of play typically with the walled up pattern laid on the topography. So Bryan can find an OK slot but it was somewhat limited. The ball is too strong to work well from on top of the outside friction. It was also a bit hard to open up the lane as it is a bit too rolly for Bryan. We all saw that rolliness when we got in, but we all have different limitations in ball reaction depending on our bowling style. The motion is still a very nice shape with that strong arc and when it worked it looked very good. Would be much better on a sport shot for Bryan. He had his Forge on hand which would have filled this same Strong Control type slot for him. The Forge got a touch more length and therefore provided a touch more punch. While neither ball are ideal for this particular condition for Bryan, the Forge was a touch more versatile. The Pride Dynasty with its strong cover and strong core really dictate the shape and add that to the condition dictating lane play, Bryan gets a bit of a narrow window. But the shape is certainly worth strong consideration for the Strong Control, especially since we bowl on sport shots more often than most.

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