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Roto Grip Realm Pro CG - Overseas Release Reviewed By: bowlingball.com reviews by Tony Ruocco 01/12/2010 15:16 ( stars)
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The Royal line of balls was never released in the US until now - The Realm offers a new look to an already awesome line-up.
Pin to PAP(5 1/8" over 1/8" up) - 4 1/8"
Mass Bias Position - 3 1/4" from PAP on VAL (verticle axis line)
CG Placement - 3/4" left of center line
Balance Hole - none
Dual Angle Layout - 25 degrees x 4 1/8"x 40 degrees
Surface Preparation - 2000 grit Abralon and Xtra Shine
What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:
We decided to do a video of the Realm for numerous reasons. One being that this line of balls was never released in the US until we secured the remaining overseas inventory. The Royal line was going to be released early this year in the Roto Grip line but due to the success of the Cell line they decided to
hold off in the US.
Now we are able to bring you a ball that nobody else can get and bowlingball.com is the only source for it.
We also wanted to shoot a video using Pro CG balls to demonstrate some of the unique layouts that may need to be used but also that they still react great and can be very usable on many conditions.
As far as what we were looking for in this layout, not really sure. On my Realm Pro CG I took what would be considered a really odd pro cg layout. When I say that I mean the cg was kicked well left of the pin/mass bias line.
In the past we have had many customers who received a ball like this and said their ball drillers were unsure of what to do with it. I thought lets take one of these and show them what the ball can do.
We are expecting this layout to produce a lot of heavy roll with a good amount of movement. The Realm comes out of the box at 2000 grit Abralon so we also added some Xtra Shine to the cover to help get the ball through the heads a little cleaner. Based on the pin to PAP length and the placement of the mass bias we just wanted to be sure the ball stored enough energy for the backend.
What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:
Wow, this ball impressed me on two levels. One the amount of ball reaction I got from this ball was ridiculous. Roto Grip has had great ball motions throughout the Cell line of balls but you can tell that this ball was
intended to be one level up from those. The ball reacted a ton on the THS we tested it on.
The other thing that really impressed me was how good the ball reacted with the Pro CG layout we used on it. We know that cg placement only has static weight meaning but even with the cg left and the mass bias out on my
VAL the ball reacted great.
After a few shots getting a feel for the reaction I saw nothing but hook. The ball cleared the heads pretty clean, I think without the addition of the Xtra Shine it may have rolled a little early on the shot. As the ball transitioned into the middle part of the lane it revved up stronger then any other ball I have tested recently. It held pretty good as it got to the backend where it still had energy to continue through the pins strong.
Overall this is a great addition to the Roto line and I think it compliments the Cell line as well as the other balls currently in their lineup. Keep in mind that you can only get your Realm from bowlingball.com.