Roto Grip Winner Ball Review
Layout: 65 degrees x 5 1/2" pin x 40 degrees
Weight hole: Not required
Surface: 1500 grit polished
What I wanted from this ball: With the Intense Fire in place to cover the medium oil range that I see in most of my league and practice sessions, I wanted a ball that would clear the midlane with less effort, while still retaining a very strong backend motion. In the past, Storm Hyroads have covered this space in my bag. I expected the Winner to be a similar motion downlane.
What I ended up with in this ball: Honestly, I got a big more than I bargained for. The Winner is a ton of backend motion for the $119 price point at Total Bowling Gear. I don't think we have a ball in stock right now that covers more distance in the last 20 feet, and definitely not at that price point. The Winner is very easy to get to the breakpoint with a medium-high rg rating of 2.54". The .054" differential gives the Winner plenty of track flare to create friction once it sees the friction. The difference between this ball and others from their lineup (All Out Show Off and Hustle Ink) is the strength of the new VTC-P18 coverstock. It's simply one of the strongest response covers in their lineup, and with a 1500 grit polished finish, this ball moves on a dime in the backend.
If you're looking for a "fun" ball to throw, this is your piece. You can open up the angles to your breakpoint and really send it away from the pocket, as long as their is some friction on the lane. It's also a fantastic price point with a lot of bang for the buck. Finally, if you're looking for something to upgrade from that traditional Hyroad ball motion, this is the ball we'll be recommending to you. A great new piece from Roto Grip!