The Motiv Venom Shock bowling ball is one of the most effective and versatile bowling balls on the market today. Our Venom bowling ball review will take a look at this cost-effective gem from all sides. With that, you’ll have a panoramic view of one of the most intriguing bowling balls to have been released in the past several years. Simply put, this ball will wow you in many ways.

Motiv has lent its name to a wide variety of high-performance bowling ball options, and the Motiv Venom Shock may very well be the best of the entire bunch. Why do we say that? Keep reading our in-depth Venom bowling ball review to find out!

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The Motiv Venom Shock is one of the most versatile high-performance bowling balls you’re going to find out there. An update of the Motiv Venom Toxin, the Motiv Venom Shock’s new reactive solid cover stock reacts to oil pattern transitions and surface changes much better that its reactive pearl predecessor. 

The best part of the Motiv Venom Shock is that it facilitates one of the strongest, most consistent motions from the breakpoint to the back end. It’s simply much smoother than the previous Motiv Venom Toxin, forgiving mistakes and off hits while providing ample explosiveness when your shot starts to click.

While it doesn’t have a wild back-end flurry which will lead to dynamite pin carry, it more than makes up for it with a steady motion down-lane which builds energy and transfers through the pins extremely well. This steadiness remains in effect on a variety of different oil patterns. Unless you’re playing on extremely dry lanes, you know exactly what you’re getting out of the Motiv Venom Shock every time you throw it.

One of the nicest advancements with the transition from the Venom Toxin’s pearl cover stock to the Motiv Venom Shock’s solid reactive cover stock is a boost in overall hook potential. You can cover more boards with more efficacy and consistency with the new Venom Shock cover stock than its predecessor.

All together, the Motiv Venom Shock is one of the most well-balanced reactive resin bowling balls available for sale. There simply isn’t much it can’t do. While it won’t wow you with reactivity or some of the extremes of other balls, it simply does a lot of things well and with a consistent flourish that’ll make it an essential addition to your bowling ball arsenal.

Features, Specs & Materials 

The Motiv Venom Shock bowling ball only comes in one color combination, but it’s a gorgeous marbled purple so all is forgiven. The bright orange Venom snake logo pops even from far away, and the green “SHOCK” underneath adds a nice little touch.

Sporting a reactive solid Turmoil MFS cover stock box finished to a gorgeous 4,000 grit, the Motiv Venom Shock is consistently reactive across a wide variety of oil patterns. It may not be the most angular and absorptive cover stock out there, but that can prove extremely fruitful for less-experienced bowlers who still want great reactivity at their fingertips.

The consistency provided by the Motiv Venom Shock’s reactive solid cover stock is only aided and abetted by the Gear symmetrical core. It’s 2.48 RG and 0.034 differential makes it a great ball for low-speed bowlers and high-speed bowlers alike. It gathers energy extremely effectively and transfers it through the pins with hard-hitting efficacy.

In short, this ball’s specifications strike the perfect balance to be effective for a wide variety of different bowlers on a wide variety of different surfaces.

Advantages and Disadvantages


Tested with a variety of different shot styles by a wide swath of different bowlers, the Motiv Venom Shock has come up time and time again as one of the easiest-to-pick-up high performance bowling balls in the marketplace. No matter where you play or what your shot style is, chances are you can get something out of the Motiv Venom Shock.

Hands down, the Venom Shock bowling ball is a beacon of versatility on the lanes. No matter where you start your hook or what level of oil density you’re looking at on the lane, the Motiv Venom Shock has ample reactivity and strength to cover multiple boards and finish with power.

When oil patterns get depleted or there’s wild transitions built into the lane, the Motiv Venom Shock still portends consistent hook potential and just enough length to keep you firing hard through the mid-lane. 

Smoothness is the name of the game with the Motiv Venom Shock. It simply hits the lane easy, builds steam without a hitch, and fires hard through the pins with utmost force. You know exactly what you’re getting with the Motiv Venom Shock on every throw, and that’s a massive advantage especially when you’re just starting to perfect your hook shot.


Advanced bowlers who are looking for a wild, more angular hook will be disappointed by the Motiv Venom Shock. It’s also not going to provide the fiery back-end reaction which comes from atypical hooks and entry points into the pins.

The hook potential is very solid but it’s not anywhere near the apex when it comes to high-performance bowling balls. You’ll sacrifice top-end violence and pin carry as an expert bowler for a ball that simply does a lot of things good, but nothing particularly great.

While the Motiv Venom Shock is one of the most versatile bowling balls out there right now, it still has struggles with extremely dry lanes. Tested in those conditions, the Motiv Venom Shock tends to hook too early and lead to off hits. 

The Motiv Venom Shock is a beacon of consistency. It’s not for bowlers who have already found their expert groove and are looking for a dynamite strike ball to add extra oomph. It’s more for bowlers who  are willing to sacrifice the top end of hook potential and back-end reaction for consistent marks on the scoreboard.

If you’re an expert bowler, the Motiv Venom Shock may be too tame for you. For anyone else, it has vast potential.

Closing Thoughts 

If our Venom bowling ball review leads to one conclusion, it’s that the Motiv Venom Shock bowling ball has the potential to please many different bowlers with many different nuances to their games. Its budget-friendly price point and consistency makes it a fantastic investment as a strike ball. There’s not much the Motiv Venom Shock can’t do and do well.

If you want a ball that will give you options and help you fine-tune your hook shot to a thing of beauty, the Motiv Venom Shock could very well be for you.

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