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Critical Theory
on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
Coverstock: Insight Pearl Reactive 
Weight Block: Triliptic Core (14-16 lbs), Modified Triliptic Core (12-13 lbs) 
Ball Color: Cherry/White/Obsidian All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown. 
Lane Condition: Medium-Heavy Oil 
Ball Finish: 4000-grit Abralon 
Flare Potential: 7+ inches 
RG: 16#-2.49, 15#-2.49, 14#-2.54, 13#-2.57, 12#-2.59 
- RG Differential:
 16#-0.051, 15#-0.058, 14#-0.049, 13#-0.032, 12#-0.029 
- A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal 
Description: The Triliptic core helps the ball get into a roll easier due to the additional contours and elongation of the ellipses within the shape of the weight block. With the Critical Theory, Storm is expanding the Theory series with its first pearl Insight coverstock. Designed to maximize dry lane traction, this shell will help increase your entry angle and sharpen your break point, all in an effort to help you strike more! Testing proved that the Critical Theory created the most entry angle in the entire product line. Its textured 4000-grit surface increases the Ra value, minimizes oil sensitivity, especially at the end of the oil pattern, and maximizes your bowling enjoyment. Wrap the new textured pearl Insight cover around the high-torque, asymmetrical Triliptic core and you have some horsepower.

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Re: Critical Theory
Reply #1 on: June 29, 2011, 09:15:24 PM
LANE CONDITION






Length: 41 ft

 

Volume: medium


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): ths


 



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The Critical Theory made an indelible mark in my mind with its strong motion. It truly stood out from all the balls we tested so far. It’s going to be capable of handling a decent amount of volume and generate that big move that bowlers love to see. I think this ball could make the short list for many bowlers looking for something new this fall.  It really makes a very defined strong move at the breakpoint.  With it's 4000 out of box finish, it allows the ball to handle medium to medium-heavy shots as well as fresh shots easily.  That's something I can't say for pearlized balls typically.


 

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Re: Critical Theory
Reply #2 on: July 06, 2011, 06:29:41 PM
 

 








 

CRITICAL THEORY #1 50 X 4 X 55 WITH P2 HOLE BOX CONDITION – 11RCTE25H086




INTENDED USE FOR HEAVY OIL SPORT CONDITIONS WITH DRIER BACK END




TEST BALL ON TURNPIKE, DEAD MAN'S CURVE, AND AUTOBAHN AND A THS




FOUND THE BALL TO ROLL QUITE NICE ALL THE WAY DOWN THE LANE, IT WORKED TO MY ADVANTAGE TO HAVE THIS ONE LAYED OUT THIS WAY AND ANOTHER DRILL WITH A LITTLE MORE BACKEND IN IT. I ENJOYED USING THIS BALL ON SOME FRESH HOUSE SHOT WITH A LITTLE GRITTY LANE PANELS. THE BALL PATH WAS NICE AND CONSISENT AND NEVER SHOWED SIGNS OF ANY OVER/UNDER REACTIONS. ONE THING I WILL SAY IS THAT THIS REACTED MORE LIKE ANY MY CELLS THAN THEN ORGINIAL THEORYS THAT I DRILLED.




 

 

 


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Re: Critical Theory
Reply #3 on: July 06, 2011, 06:30:47 PM

 


CRITICAL THEORY #2 – 40 X 4 ½ X 20 OUT OF BOX CONDITION




INTENDED USE: TO BE STRONGER AND EARLIER THEN BANDIT WITH SIMILAR LAY OUT.




TESTED ON THS, AUTOBAHN, AND TURNPIKE.




FOUND A BALL HOOKS EARLIER AND STRONGER THEN ANYTHING I OWN. I WILL SAY I PLAYED DEEPER AND LESS HAND THEN ANYTHING ELSE I EVER OWNED. THIS BALL OUT HOOKS ANYTHING ON THE MARKET WITH THIS LAYOUT. YOU HAVE HEAVY OIL HOUSE PATTERN WITH SUPER SLICK LANE PANELS... THIS IS THE BALL FOR YOU...




 



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Re: Critical Theory
Reply #4 on: July 10, 2011, 03:43:16 PM
LANE CONDITION






Length:

 

Volume:


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):house sht


 




This ball can be very critical to the lane condition that is in front of you. This ball hooks alot and wants to continue to hook. It is very good on medium to heavy oil. My ball is driled with a 50x4 1/2x 50. works great on heavy oil cause of the combination of the asymmetrical core and reactive coverstock. Good ball ton have in your bag to attack the heavier oil patterns
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Re: Critical Theory
Reply #5 on: July 18, 2011, 05:01:40 PM
 

 

Layout- Pin over bridge, cg in the palm, mass bias by the thumb and no hole.


 


I was interested to see what this ball looked like. I LOVED the Theory. I ended up drilling 2 and polishing the bejesus out of one to use on more conditions and left another one dull for when I ran into a flood (for the record, my dull theory out hooks my Nano on heavier patterns). The Infinite Theory, on the other hand, was a pretty conditional ball for me. It looked really good on medium length patterns on medium-light friction surfaces when I could straighten out more (so higher volume patterns in addition to those other qualifications). It rolled fine, but not as universally usable as I had anticipated from a higher end hybrid cover. The Critical was a tad weaker than I had anticipated in terms of overall hook (but I did lay it out kinda weak as well), however the reaction was A LOT more usable than I had gotten from my Infinite. It looks like a nice compliment to the Theory (or even the Nano) because it responds to friction a lot sharper on the back part of the lane, but does so in a controllable way, so you can transition from the control reaction of the Theory to the poppier (yet still controllable) reaction of the Critical as the heads go over the course of longer format tournaments or during league sessions where you see greater lane breakdown (say 4 game leagues, 5 man leagues or a lot of guys throwing charcoal in the track). The Critical Theory also stands out- I love how Roto Grip branched out into a different color scheme they usually wouldn’t touch. They gave this ball great shelf/lane appeal.

 



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Re: Critical Theory
Reply #6 on: July 18, 2011, 05:01:53 PM
 

 

Layout- Pin over bridge, cg in the palm, mass bias by the thumb and no hole.


 


I was interested to see what this ball looked like. I LOVED the Theory. I ended up drilling 2 and polishing the bejesus out of one to use on more conditions and left another one dull for when I ran into a flood (for the record, my dull theory out hooks my Nano on heavier patterns). The Infinite Theory, on the other hand, was a pretty conditional ball for me. It looked really good on medium length patterns on medium-light friction surfaces when I could straighten out more (so higher volume patterns in addition to those other qualifications). It rolled fine, but not as universally usable as I had anticipated from a higher end hybrid cover. The Critical was a tad weaker than I had anticipated in terms of overall hook (but I did lay it out kinda weak as well), however the reaction was A LOT more usable than I had gotten from my Infinite. It looks like a nice compliment to the Theory (or even the Nano) because it responds to friction a lot sharper on the back part of the lane, but does so in a controllable way, so you can transition from the control reaction of the Theory to the poppier (yet still controllable) reaction of the Critical as the heads go over the course of longer format tournaments or during league sessions where you see greater lane breakdown (say 4 game leagues, 5 man leagues or a lot of guys throwing charcoal in the track). The Critical Theory also stands out- I love how Roto Grip branched out into a different color scheme they usually wouldn’t touch. They gave this ball great shelf/lane appeal.

 



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Re: Critical Theory
Reply #7 on: July 25, 2011, 08:13:16 PM

Hand: Left

 

Ball Speed: 15-16mph

 

Ball Weight: 15lbs

 

PAP: 5 left 7/16 up

 

Degrees of Tilt: 17

 

Layout: 5 x 4 x 3

 

The Roto Grip Critical Theory is the strongest back end motion ball Roto Grip has in their ball line. I have it drilled pin up with the mass bias an inch away from the thumb to help control the strong motion it has. With the factory finish at 4000 abralon and using it on the kegel highway to hell pattern, I can get the ball clean through the front of the lane so it can have a strong finish on the back end. It reads the mid lane fast on the heavier pattern, but still has the drive after the pattern to put all 10 pins in the pit. I am very impressed with how it reads and how strong it is. I polished it over the 4000 abralon and it is even cleaner through the fronts, does not read the mid lane as fast and has a more angular back end motion which is great on a medium condition or even on a house pattern for the high speed or low rev bowlers.

 

I have a video on facebook and youtube! If you have any questions about the Critical Theory email me at grichardson7716@aol.com.

 


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Re: Critical Theory
Reply #8 on: August 02, 2011, 02:59:04 PM
BALL SPECS


Pin Length: 3 1/2"


Starting Top Weight: 3.21 oz


Ball Weight: 15 lb 4 oz


 


DRILL PATTERN


Pin to PAP: 5"


CG to PAP: 3"


X Hole (if there is one): 1" on axis

 





BOWLER STYLE


Rev Rate: TWEENER


Ball Speed: 14.7 AVG

 

PAP/Track: 5 1/4 X 1/8 UP


 




SURFACE PREP


Grit: 4000 ABRALON (BOX)


Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded):SANDED BOX

 




LANE CONDITION


Length: 43'

 

Volume:MEDIUM


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


 



BALL REACTION


Length: MEDIUM


Back End: VERY GOOD

 

Overall Hook: ABOVE AVERAGE/STRONG


Midlane Read: VERY GOOD


Breakpoint Shape: STRONG ARC


 




COMMENTS


Likes: BEST ROTO GRIP BALL FOR MEDIUM TO HEAVY OIL, MORE SURFACE THAN ORIGINAL THEORY AND CRITICAL THEORY. ROLLS EARLY BUT PEARL SHELL DOESN'T ROLL OUT EASILY. IT WILL TURN THE CORNER WITH ENERGY TO SPARE. WHITE, CHERRY , AND OBSIDIAN COLORS MAKE SEEING YOUR BALL SKID/FLIP EASY. ALSO "SHELLING DOWN" TO OTHER THEORY'S IS A GOOD MOVE WHEN THE HEADS DRY UP.


Dislikes: NOT GOOD FOR SHORTER OIL PATTERNS  OR LIGHTER PATTERNS IF YOU DON'T HAVE BLAZING SPEED, BUT I CAN SEE A BOWLER WITH GOOD SPEED USING THIS BALL ON DRIER CONDITIONS ESPECIALLY POLISHED.


 


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Re: Critical Theory
Reply #9 on: August 25, 2011, 07:10:47 AM
BALL SPECS


Pin Length: 3.5-4   


Starting Top Weight:   2.70      


Ball Weight:  15


 

DRILL PATTERN



Pin to PAP:  5"


CG to PAP: 4 1/4


X Hole (if there is one): p-3

 




BOWLER STYLE



Rev Rate: 350


Ball Speed: 16

 

PAP/Track:


 



SURFACE PREP



Grit: 4000



Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Abralon

 





LANE CONDITION


Length: 39' 

 

 Volume: medium



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): USBC Senior Master's;  PBA Sr Tour 39'



 



BALL REACTION


Length:  Very good


Back End: Strong

 

Overall Hook: Strong



Midlane Read: Excellent 


Breakpoint Shape:  Arc/Flip



 




COMMENTS


Likes: Pearl cover with 4000 abralon does not squirt off oil like other pearl shells have a tendency to do


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Re: Critical Theory
Reply #10 on: September 06, 2011, 11:24:53 AM
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My Axis is 5 5/8 right, ¼ up, my speed is average and I would consider myself with higher revs but more up the back. So not a cranker but not really straight either.


 


Pin above ring finger, MB right of thumb, CG straight in line with Pin and MB.


 


Ball out of box is clean in the fronts then it reacts very strong at the mid lane with a nice angle to it then it rolls down nicely which improves my carry. The ball does get a little weaker after several games but with good ball maintenance it can stay very strong. Personally I got better reaction once it got a little oil absorbed in it.


 

Great ball to start with due to mid lane reaction. You can get a good read on the lanes.



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Re: Critical Theory
Reply #11 on: September 07, 2011, 06:49:05 PM
Hello all and thanks for reading.  Here is the link for the Critical Theory by RotoGrip where you can see my video review:
 
I really have to hand it to RotoGrip for putting yet another ball in the Theory line that I just cannot put down.  What a great looking great performing and great hitting bowling ball.  Full pearl with some surface and another winning combination.  The pearl allows this ball to clear the heads very clean but the surface and core help pick up in the midlane but let me tell you when you allow a ball to store that much energy for the last 15 feet of the lane........  You might find the ball comes back but the pins may not want to.  
 
I will mention for review purposes that this ball was the first one on a fresh oil pattern and it certainly didn't disappoint.  I was left of 25 with my feet and throwing from the middle of the lane to the track area an watching it scream on the back part of the lane with ease.  There is so much power stored in the ball that you do not need to add much.  Great for players of all levels and rev rates.  
 
Comparing to the Infinite Theory you can see how much straighter through the front part of the lane the Infinite will travel on its was to a strong arc motion while the Critical Theory will start further left, travel further right, and move off the break point like reactive compared to Urethane.  But wow does this ball HIT HARD!!!!  Keep up the Great work and I can't wait to see whats in the future for RG.



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Re: Critical Theory
Reply #12 on: September 12, 2011, 12:08:06 PM
LANE CONDITION






Length:40'

 

Volume: Med-Heavy


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


 



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Likes: Easy length with the pearl cover, strong midlane move, and excellent continuation. 


Dislikes: Not a fan of balls with white color in them, but this one doesn't bother me too much :)  I guess the excellent hitting power and strong reaction make up for the white color in the ball.


 


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Re: Critical Theory
Reply #13 on: September 18, 2011, 07:21:05 PM
The first chance that I got to throw it was at the TAT. It reads the mid lane so well you'd think you were throwing a solid. It is stronger and more angular off of the spot than the Infinite Theory.  It really plays well for me on medium patterns. When I got home and used it on a house shot, it rolled really well on them fresh but as they dried out it got to burning up a little quick. So I took it and applied some polish on it and then it came back to life, and I never lost my reaction. I kept on moving left and it continued to strike. I never moved to far left for me that it didn't recover. The box finish on this ball makes it react on slicker oil patterns where you normally wouldn't think about using a pearl.  ONE AWESOME BALL!!

 

Ricky Woods



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Re: Critical Theory
Reply #14 on: September 25, 2011, 07:43:05 PM
 








 

Ball specs – 15 lbs 1 oz, 3.15 top weight, 3 3/8-inch pin.


 


The Critical Theory was drilled using the dual angle method. The layout is a 4 ½ inch pin, 50-degree drill angle and a 40-degree VAL angle. An x-hole was not needed. Using Storm’s layout terminology the layout would be 4 ½ by 4 1/8 with a 2 ½ pin buffer. The cover was left OOB which is 4000 abralon. 


 


The first thing you will notice about the Critical (which is a pearl) is that the cover comes dull from the factory. This will allow it to handle heavy and medium-heavy patterns. The Critical had a great mid-lane read, made a medium-strong move down lane with great continuation. Hit and carry were very, very good. The Critical is a little longer and a little stronger down lane that the original Theory. 


 


Keep the Critical on some oil and you’ll be striking often


 


John Brodersen

 


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