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Roto Grip Critical Theory Reviewed By: bowlingball.com reviews by Tony Ruocco 06/16/2011 16:57 ( stars)

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About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
League Average    215
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Tweener
PAP    5 1/8 right 1/8 up

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The Critical Theory expands Roto-Grip's Theory line of performance balls.

Pin to PAP(5 1/8" over 1/8" up) - 5"
Mass Bias Position - 4" from PAP
PSA Layout - 5" x 4" x 4"
Balance Hole - n/a

Surface Preparation - Out of Box (4000 Grit Abralon)

What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:
Roto-Grip hypes the new Critical Theory up as the most angular motion in their ball line. With the quality of the balls coming out of their plant a statement like this gets you kind of excited.
I took a really good middle of the road layout for me and figured I would see what this thing could do. I kept the pin and mass bias in a strong but not too strong of a position using a 5" pin to PAP and 4" Mass Bias to PAP placement. We coupled this with a modest 4" pin buffer and we were off. I expected this layout to offer plenty of skid and a good look at the backend when this ball found friction down lane.

What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:
I will say that I love when ball companies talk their new releases up really big and then they not only meet your expectations but they completely blow them out of the water.

The Critical Theory is possibly my new favorite ball. I think the Roto-Grip guys were tired of the Storm guys telling them they had the strongest motion on the backend and they said we will show you. The new Critical is ridiculous and I ahve personally not seen this kind of ball motion since I threw the original Virtual Gravity and the recent Nano release. The amount of area and angle I had down lane with this ball was absolutely amazing.

From the first shot I threw on the fresh pattern I had all the room I wanted right and no matter what I did this ball came off the break point so sharp it almost looked like it was going to come back at me. This combined with a core that just killed anything in its path and all in all this was a pretty easy ball test for me. The color combination had me a little concerned when I first saw the ball but let me tell you it looked pretty cool going down the lane and turning left. I said the same thing the first time I saw a Virtual Gravity but just like with that ball I loved the way it looked going down the lane.

The Critical Theory is definitely my favorite in this line so far and I think it will expand the line greatly for Roto-Grip. The only thing I think is more exciting then this release is, what could they possibly do next?

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