I see this question pop up a lot, so I thought I would comment on it. Roto Grip feels we can have a complete product line with 3 lines of balls & 3 balls in each line. At any given time we might discontinue a ball and people feel it leaves a gap.
I don't believe this to be true.
I think on any given night you should be able to take a ball, adjust to the lane conditions and score well. Maybe on a Sport Pattern League it might require a specific ball, but even then we are athletes and able to adjust how we play this sport, I.E. hand positions, ball speed, rev rate. Saying we have a gap would be like saying if you didn't have a 5 1/2 Iron you would be in trouble on the golf course.
My main point really is this; If Roto Grip would release a bowling ball, discontinue it 1-2 years later and then release a new ball with a different color that reacted the same, wouldn't that seem pointless? Why not just keep the ball in the line? I am sure most of you might say, "Well manufacturers re-release balls to increase sales when the ball has slowed down."
That is why we discontinue a ball, but I feel I am cheating my customer by coming out with the "exact same thing".
In closing I just want to say that as the game changes with new bowling centers opening, different ideas presented, heavier oils, and different lane patterns arise; Roto Grip will continue to be innovative, changing our equipment, and trying to stay ahead of the competition. When a ball comes out it does replace a ball that was discontinued in the Line
, but not the same reaction.
Let me give you an example:
For those of you who loved the Solid Black Silver Streak, we tried to compliment that ball with 2 releases.
First, Roto Grip released the Retro Resurrection, matte finish instead of polish with a higher RG and differential. Similar, but not the same.
Second, we released the RS-X, lower RG and a higher differential. Similar, but overall stronger than the Silver Streak. This ball had our new coverstock on it, so it was even earlier giving this ball a great name that I think will hang around for a while.
For those of you who are sorry to see the Silver Streaks go, take a hard look at the RS (Roto Star) line. In my eyes they are better than the Silver Streaks ever were.
Point of the story - We don't replace, we come out with something better!
I have seen a lot of threads on this topic and I wanted to clear that up. I'd love to hear your feedback on this topic regarding not only Roto Grip, but other manufacturers as well.
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