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Roto Grip Menace

JEFF RICHGELS | The 11th Frame |

I’ve long had a love/hate relationship with asymmetrical balls as they tend to either work great for me or are duds. And even those I love typically only work on certain conditions.

I think that’s logical considering my moderate and declining speed and revs, and lowering ball track — asymmetricals are so strong they tend to start too early or jump too much for me.

One that did work for me was the Roto Grip HYPER CELL. The control drilling I tried first was a dud as it gave me early hook and a lot of weak 10-pins.

But then Roto Grip's Chris Schlemer advised me to try something seemingly radical — the pin quite a bit up above my ring finger with the mass bias kicked a bit to the right of the grip.

The result was a ball that on heavy oil rolled hard and kicked strong without making a hockey stick type of move that’s too hard to control.

When there was so much oil nothing else I had would react, the HYPER CELL would: It was the only ball that kept me in contention at the 2014 USBC Senior Masters. 

I did a Storm CRUX that way but it’s proven to be more of a house shot ball, where the HYPER CELL was better on tougher shots.

The Roto Grip SINISTER, which I reviewed here, is a step down from those two balls, as I said in my review here.

When I switched to 14 pounds, I ordered a SINISTER because I like how it rolls — it definitely is in play on more conditions than the HYPER CELL or CRUX.

The new Roto Grip MENACE puts a solid coverstock over the Cage core used in the SINISTER, which has a hybrid cover.

I immediately thought of the drilling I used in the HYPER CELL and CRUX for the MENACE and it turned out to be a great decision.

Based on my PAP number of 4 inches over and 5/8 up, the MENACE numbers are 5 3/8 pin to PAP, 2 3/4 mass bias to PAP, and 1 1/4 pin buffer. (For ball motion purposes, ignore the small weight hole above my ring finger — I drilled it only to make the ball static weight legal after drilling the fingers super deep wasn't quite enough.) 

My first uses with it were on the house shot for the pro-am and the PBA50 Viper pattern for the tournament at the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort and Casino Open. 

The 3,000-Abralon finish really forced me into a stand left-throw right mode on the house shot and was simply too much for the PBA50 Viper.

Then while I struggled in the first round of the PBA50 tournament, Ron Mohr blasted them with a MENACE. After I chatted with him a bit that evening, I decided to shine my MENACE in the morning and then lightly touched it by hand with a 2,000-Abralon pad.

The reaction I had with the MENACE was beautiful..[...]

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9.1.2015 Ball Review: Roto Grip Menace