Bowler Ratings


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

General Info

Name:Raptor Talon
Reviewed:December 2012
Coverstock Specs
Type:Reactive Solid
Box Finish:2000 Wet Sand
Color:Black / Grey
Core Specs
Int. Diff:0.015

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The latest addition to Motiv’s high performance line is the Raptor Talon. The Talon puts to use the Predator core used in the Raptor P7 and Raptor Attack. The difference this time around is that it is surrounded by the new Fusion solid coverstock. This cover comes out of the box at a very rough 2000 wet sand finish. All the elements of this ball told us it was going to hook a lot, but we had no idea what we were in for.

We lined up what we thought would be close on the heavy test pattern and every tester crossed over the headpin. Sometimes with rougher surface balls, after a few shots they tame down and give a more realistic idea of ball reaction, but the Raptor Talon just kept hooking. This ball clawed into the oil as soon as it hit the lane and wanted to go left. Eventually we lined up to get to the pocket, but we demolished the pattern within about a game. We actually raised the surface to a 4000 wet sand shortly after to try and tame down the reaction.

We applied the same surface adjustment to all three test balls on the medium pattern after just a shot or two. The higher finish allowed the Raptor Talon to get through the front without wanting to go left off our hands. The big hooking motion was still there and forced all three testers a lot farther left than they usually play on this pattern. We added a coat of Power Gel polish on top of the 4000 finish to add the length we needed to play farther outside on this pattern.

On our short dry test pattern, this ball was almost useless for the test staff. We kept the 4000/ Power Gel finish and the ball was still too strong for this pattern.

The Talon was able to completely overpower our sport pattern and made the out of bounds totally disappear.

Performance Ratings

There is not much angle to this ball going down the lane. At the box finish, the breakpoint will be much sooner than bowlers are used to seeing.
The combination of the low RG core and 2000 wet sanded cover make this one start up as soon as it touches the lane. Even on our heavy oil pattern after only a few shots, we started having trouble getting it down the lane at the box finish.
Back End14
Because of how early the Raptor Talon starts and how much area it covers in the midlane, the back end rating is low. This latest release offers a smooth and controllable back end motion.
Total Hook57
We threw this one next to a lot of balls that we had given the “56” rating and it just hooked more. Anyone who needs to see more hook than they currently do will want to look into the Raptor Talon.


This ball can create friction on the slickest of lane conditions. Raptor Talon users will never complain about lanes being too wet.


On the other side of the coin, we had trouble finding enough oil for this hooking monster. For anyone with some rotation, polish and pin up layouts will be requirements to use this ball on most THS.

Overall Summary

This is the highest hook rating we have given. We would have trouble around here finding enough oil to use it, but for those of you who bowl league and tournaments in houses where you have trouble getting the ball back to the headpin, the Raptor Talon is for you.

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