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Roto Grip Defiant Soul Reviewed By: John Brodersen 02/19/2013 13:09 ( stars)

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About the Bowler
Bowling Hand    Right Handed
Ball Speed    Medium
Style    Tweener
PAP    5 1/4 Over
Ball specs – 15 lbs 4 oz, 3.45 top weight, and 3.5 -inch pin.

The Defiant Soul was drilled using the dual angle method with a layout of 4 1/4 inch pin distance, 55 degree drill angle and a 65 degree VAL angle. Using Storm’s drilling methodology the layout is 4 1/4 X 4 1/2 X 3 7/8 pin buffer. An X-hole was needed and was placed at the P2.5 location. The surface was left OOB which is 4000 abralon.

The HP4 line Defiant Soul, which is a hybrid, was rolled on a left over 41 foot, 24 micro-liter house condition. I threw some shots to get lined up and ended up standing 32 and targeting at 16. Once lined up the Soul made the house pattern play very easy as it struck on 16 of 18 shots. The Soul was clean through the fronts, picked up appropriately in the mids and unleashed a hard arc on the backend. The Soul had plenty of energy on the backend with hit and carry being exceptional. When comparing the Soul with the original Defiant, the Soul had more length and a stronger move down lane. When comparing the Soul with the Defiant Edge the Soul picked up sooner and was not as angular on the backend. The overall hook of the Soul was close to the Defiant and a little more than the Edge.

The Defiant Soul is a great fit between the original Defiant and the Defiant Edge. If you are only going to get one ball in the HP4 Defiant line, the Soul may be your best pick for medium/heavy to heavy conditions.

John Brodersen
RG amateur staff

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