Bowler Ratings

PatternStTwCr
Oily:8.58.59
Medium:876
Dry:543
Sport:766

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

General Info

Coverstock Specs
Name:Formula 7 Reactive
Type:Reactive Solid
Box Finish:4000 Grit Wet Sand
Color:Purple / Black
Empty
Core Specs
Name:NA
Type:Asymmetrical
RG:2.46
Diff:0.060
Int. Diff:0.015

Everything is new on the Raptor P7. The new Formula 7 reactive shell is wrapped around a new Predator asymmetric core. They give the Raptor a stronger read of the front and midlane with the back end that the Primal was missing, allowing it to handle larger volumes of oil.

We found the Raptor P7 to match up best with our heavy test pattern. The overall ball motion allowed each tester to play in their respective comfort zones in terms of release and area of the lane. All three testers were able to use the Raptor without surface adjustments on this pattern. The 4000 grit wet sand finish created enough friction in the wettest part of the lane and still stored enough energy to have continuation through the pin deck.

The medium pattern forced all three testers to play an arrow deeper than they were playing on the oily pattern. The overall ball reaction was just as good, but just from a deeper inside line from all three testers. Those who are not comfortable playing the inside part of the lane will want to look into adding some Power Gel Polish to create the necessary length to play further right on medium patterns. While Stroker and Tweener were able to use the Raptor at the box finish, Cranker got tired of lofting the gutter after a few shots and went to the spinner to make the adjustment. The polish added the extra length needed to allow him to inch a bit further right, closer to the other testers.

Drier as well as shorter patterns will require longer pin-to-PAP layouts combined with a heavily polished finish for the Raptor to perform. We strongly suggest just picking up another Motiv ball like the Recon RX1 Silver, instead of trying to make a ball like the Raptor work on these types of patterns. The Raptor P7 creates plenty of friction by itself so it does not need much help from the lane.

Sports patterns on the medium to oily side will offer the best look for the Raptor. The Raptor has a strong arcing breakpoint, so for bowlers wanting to use it on fresh sport patterns, we would recommend using drill patterns to even out the movement as the ball transitions to the back end.

Performance Ratings

NameValueComments
Torque6.5
As quickly as this ball starts up, it has a surprisingly strong move off the pattern. The box finish provides traction through oil, but still stores enough energy to have continuation through the pins.
Length14
The 4000 grit wet sand finish easily chews through all types of oil patterns. If the box finish is too early for the pattern you’re bowling on, don’t hesitate to add a coat of polish.
Back End16.5
As early as the Raptor rolls and combined with the dull box finish, the midlane is where this ball makes the majority of its move. The back end can be best described as a strong arc.
Total Hook54
The Raptor combines the Primal’s ability to read the midlane with the added luxury of more total hook. This is easily the biggest hooking Motiv ball to date.

Strengths

The total hook potential of the Raptor P7 is by far the biggest strength. We had miss room both ways with the Raptor.

Weaknesses

The biggest strength of the Raptor is also its biggest weakness. The large hooking nature of the ball will make it very difficult to use on lighter volume patterns.

Overall Summary

This ball handles oil just about as well as any other on the market today. Motiv users will now have a ball to use on even the biggest floods.

The BTM Ball Testing Team

About The BTM Ball Testing Team

The BTM Ball Testing Team is led by Eric Martinez. Our team of three testers has thrown and reviewed hundreds of bowling balls for Bowling This Month. When not testing balls for BTM, Eric owns and operates University Pro Shop in San Antonio, TX and he is an avid competitive bowler. Click here to learn more about how we test and review bowling balls.