Bowler Ratings


Bowler ratings are from 1 to 10 in order of Stroker (ST), Tweener (TW), Cranker (CR)

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General Info

Reviewed:February 2020
Coverstock Specs
Name:Inciter Max
Type:Reactive Solid
Box Finish:500 / 2000 SiaAir
Color:Black / Purple / White
Core Specs
Int. Diff:0.016

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The Intimidator is the latest high performance option in the DV8 lineup. This ball uses an asymmetrical weight block and a new coverstock to give bowlers hook in the middle of the lane with a strong back end recovery. The Assailant core shape that was used previously in the Instigator is a low RG (2.481″) and high differential (0.051″) design that revs up quickly and provides a large amount of track flare potential. The reactive solid Inciter Max cover is stronger than the Inciter coverstock that was seen on the Instigator and Verge. This cover had no trouble creating hook in the midlane while still retaining energy for a strong move at the breakpoint.

We found this ball’s large amount of hook potential to be best on the heavy oil test pattern for all three testers. Stroker could start his ball around 15 off his hand, with a target across the second arrow and a breakpoint on eight on the fresh. Tweener got his Intimidator to the same breakpoint as Stroker, but played about six boards deeper through the front

Additional DV8 Intimidator Resources

Click here to visit DV8's website to read the manufacturer-supplied information on this ball. Also, see below for the manufacturer-produced promotional video for this ball.

Please remember that our reviews are solely based on our own testing and that you may sometimes find differences between our comments and ratings and the manufacturer's claims. Links to these manufacturer resources are provided here strictly for convenience purposes.

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