Motiv Supra Rally Bowling Ball Review

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First Impressions
Motiv proves it knows how to make skid flip balls with the release of the Supra Rally but is that a good thing?

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Tamer Elbaga (Lefty)
Style: Tweener
RPM: 375 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: 450 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 Supra Rally uses the Quadfire™ V2 symmetric core inside the Propulsion™ DRS Pearl Reactive coverstock.

15 pound = RG of 2.57, diff of .040
14 pound = RG of 2.59, diff of .040
Coverstock finish: 5500 grit LSP

Ok look, I’ll just preface by saying as a lefty and someone who bowls on sport shots exclusively, skid/flip balls generally don’t excite me. However, The Motiv Supra Rally clearly has a purpose and I can say that Motiv fulfilled that. The Supra Rally is very clean, in fact I felt a little too clean which is extremely rare for factory finishes out of the brand. Light scuff with 3000 pad was helpful. It gets down lane pretty easily unless you are too close to the friction and then it’s sideways very quickly. So you have to give it some room for the side to side motion but on a mostly fresh shot here, it was a little tricky due to that over/under. You want a smoother reaction on fresh. That’s not to punish the ball but just to say you need to understand when a ball like the Supra Rally comes into play. The ball is fit into the bottom right of Motiv’s ball guide which means it’s an angular ball for drier conditions. It fits exactly there. That puts it in Mid Late category in my arsenal building methodology. On the fresh, mid late isn’t ideal and especially from the left side. A few corner pins with the ball coming in late but again, the main message is that this is a skid/flip dry lane ball. I had the Supra Enzo on hand to compare. You can clearly see it’s a little rounder is the way I would describe it. The Quadfire core creates a sharper transition than the High Impulse core in the Enzo. Plus the Enzo is a hybrid vs pearl on the Rally. I like the rounder boomy shape of the Enzo quite a bit more personally but they do have slightly different purposes. Enzo winds up a little more mid control due to its versatility.

We move on to Tyler and the Supra Rally looks quite good for him. His more rev dominant higher rev rate style gives him a better opportunity to make effective use of the long and flippy look from this ball. You can clearly see the aggressive response to friction from the Rally as the ball is probably as close to a hockey stick shape as any ball from Motiv to date. For him there wasn’t as much over/under. He could easily play near the 4th arrow. He was even able to move in as deep as the 5th arrow. The hit got softer but he still carried the light hits. So the responsiveness of the cover really telegraphs the Rally’s capabilities of managing board coverage. A quick comparison to the Enzo again shows the rounder response. So it still goes about as long but kind of booms off the pattern instead of cutting harder like the Rally. Still to the eye, Tyler likes the round shape of the Enzo. It still impresses even though it’s gone from the lineup now.

Now on to Bryan and he really had no issues with the Supra Rally. Sometimes Mid Late balls are on the weak side since they arc a bit more for him. However, Bryan got lined up fairly quickly and found 10-11-12 at the arrows to be a nice line. More than enough boards room for Bryan to score well. Similar to Tyler he didn’t really see over/under per se. He just saw a relatively clean reaction that responded generally well to friction. If anything he got the occasional extra skid which caused the ball to hit light. It’s enough to realize it’s not the ideal ball for this condition until it dries out a little more. But overall it seemed like a pretty reasonable mid late fit for Bryan. Bryan also compared to the Supra Enzo and he felt that it was a touch stronger with a rounder ball motion that he prefers. In this case, the Enzo could be a Mid Late for Bryan so this is a bit more head to head.

Final Thoughts
Bottom line the Supra Rally is a very clear Mid Late fit with its skid flip type reaction. It needs or prefers some dry boards to work more effectively. Higher rev rate seem to have a little less over/under. The Quadfire core has always been that loping flippy reaction and Motiv revives it again in the Supra namesake. I would prefer Motiv not change cores in model naming but I guess that’s just my pet peeve. If you like the sharper high response shape in your Mid Late part of the bag, the Supra Rally will be a great fit. Nice compliment to the similarly shaped but stronger Sky Raptor.

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