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« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
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Factory Finish-1000 Grit polished

Radius of Gyration-2.52 (low)

Differential-.050 (high)

Hook Potential-25 (25 scale)

Track Flare Potential 7+ inches

Length-5 (10 scale)

Backend-10 (scale)

Cover Stock-Super Sure Grip Traction Plus (tm) Particle

Weight Block-Cyclotron Core(tm)

Color-Orange and Black


Available Weights-14-16 Pounds

Logo's Roto Grip Fuel (tm), "4 Prong Star" Center of Gravity



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Re: Fuel
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2002, 12:03:26 PM »
The Fuel is an even arcing ball for medium to medium heavy oil.  The ball gives you control and a heavy roll for excellent carry.  For those that have used Pulses, Tour Powers, or El Nino 2000s, but would like something that could handle more oil this is it.

An interesting characteristic of the ball is that when the lanes start to dry, you can go deeper and cross more boards.  The ball continues through the pins with very little roll out.  With an arcing ball, I expected a hit flat when I started crossing boards, but this did not occur.

The ball was a 15 lb, 2-3 inch pin, with 3.75 top before drilling.  The ball was drilled with the pin 4 inched from the PAP and at the same level of the fingers.  The CG and mass bias stacked was stacked under the pin.  I throw medium to slow speed without a lot of hand.  However, the amount of rotation I put on the ball matches my speed to get results.


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Re: Fuel
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2002, 12:11:55 AM »
Hey everyone. This is my first roto ball, but I have been throwing Storm products for years now. I've had this toy for a few weeks now. I drilled it with a 4" pin and the star strong, small x-hole 2" past my axis. All I have to say about this ball is WOW. I have bowled on a couple different conditions with this ball. One was a sport 38', the other was a typical house shot 10-10 puddle in the middle. This ball hits like a ton of bricks, carries most off hits, which is a plus. The only negative I have found is you miss left, good-bye. Other than that this is a piece of equipment everyone should have in their bag. Hook I'd have to give the ball a 10 out of 10. Length 6 out of 10. Overall 9.5 out of 10. This ball is definantly the first must have in while.


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Re: Fuel
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2002, 11:39:51 AM »
Put Some Fuel in your Game!

After a very busy summer of Trade Shows and learning about the "Fuel" a few months ago, we were excited to finally get the chance to drill one and try this baby for ourselves! We used a "Label Leverage" drilling with the pin 3-3/8" from the PAP and the CG. in the palm area.

Looking at the weight block design my first impression is that this ball will not produce very much hook unless I rip the cover at release! Boy were we Wrong! This ball FLAT OUT MOVES!!!! With its Super Sure Grip Particle coverstock this ball "Even Shined-Up!" will get down the lane and make a Very Strong "Angular" move to the pocket! with the hitting power of two "Semi-Trucks" Loaded from end to end! This ball crushes everything! including ten pins and seven pins!

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(Roto-Grip balls are made by Storm for those of you who did not know)

We started out on a broken down league condition for our test and found this ball was too strong out of the box rolling only 4 frames. With a trip to the ball spinner and some "Black Magic" ball polish, this ball came to life!

We were able to play anywhere on the lane! We could go down & in! We could play inside out! We could play up the ditch! it did not matter where we stood, we could get this ball to the pocket and strike!!

The new core design with the added "PowerHalo" allows for this ball to "Retain" alot of energy for the break point and then gives it the muscle to turn the corners hard! And with the added PBT technology,(PowerBall) this ball has tremendous hitting power!

Those of you who do not have good release skills will find in this ball one that will "Forgive You!" Those of you who can change your release to adapt to different lane conditions will find in this ball a tool that will replace three balls in your bag! The coverstock has a great range depending on how you adjust it!

Overall, this is one ball that impressed me the most this summer at the Trade Shows, and will be one of those balls that just does not get alot of attention because of the "Roto-Grip" label still does not having alot of Proshops around the country who carry and promote their products! Many bowlers will miss out on this great ball because of that!

We are Highly Recommending this ball to all bowlers and suggest that if you want to experience the power of a Roto-Grip ball? Get this one Today!



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Re: Fuel
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2002, 08:57:16 PM »
I have to agree with BowlPro on this ball.  When I first saw the weight block of this ball, I just didn't think it would work.  A sphere with 2 half rings?  That ball is going to either not hook at all of turn around and come back to me half way down the lane.  hahaha.  As it turned out, it hooks and hooks a lot.  Rotogrips idea of creating a ball with continuous backend worked!!!  It makes it's move toward the pocket and keeps on driving.

My fuel is still factory finish as I have not toyed with the surface as of yet.  I'm simply afraid to lose the great reaction I have with it now.  The only thing I have to worry about is leaving a lot of 9 pins because it drives so hard through the pins.  I rev the ball up quite well and this ball needs carry down for me to be able to throw it right now.  The shell has held up very well and hasn't changed a bit during the month I've now had the ball.  It's not the typical "sponge" that some of the older particles were.

This ball is highly recommended for bowlers with little or no hand and also highly recommended to high rev players who run into carry down occassionaly (yes that's sarcasm, we all run into carry down hehe).

This ball has seen a major explosion in the area I live in.  I've never seen a smaller market ball do this well in my area.  Good job RotoGrip.

I grade this ball at an A, 94%
UPDATE:  I just have to up the grade on this ball.  I've now had it 2 months and give it a grade of 97%.  Yes, this is one of the best balls I've owned in recent years.  Extrmely versatile and gets better with time.  Unbelievable ball for oily, medium, and dry lanes!  Get lined up and throw 12 with this one!

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Re: Fuel
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2002, 11:06:12 PM »
3" pin, 3.2 TW, 15#.   RH stroker type.  High track.   Pin even with fingers, 3/4" from ring finger.   MB below, and 1" to right of thumbhole.   38' fresh oil, AMF synthetics, typical house pattern.   Out of box seems like a ringing 10 pin or 4 pin every squared up pocket hit.  3/4 or 1/2 pocket hits, pins traveling to side and on the deck.   This ball a little different.   Don't know what yet.  Going to tweak the surface some for this bowler and see what happens.

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Re: Fuel
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2002, 09:03:57 AM »
Hank from Roto-Grip was nice enough to send us one of these balls to test, and I would like to say thanks and sorry for taking so long to post a review.

We drilled this up of a lefty that likes to swing the lane.  We used Storm Xtra Polished on the ball with the Box finish.  We laid it out with a 5 by 5 stacked drilling.

The bowler used this on a second shift condition with light to medium carrydown.  He was able to play inside of 3rd arrow and swing this ball out to around the 5th board and have the ball boom back to the pocket.  With the layout this bowler had a booming arc reaction with a ton of energy at the pocket.  As the night moved on the bowler had to move deeper to get enough head oil to get the ball down the lane.  

The Fuel is a great ball. As with any other aggressive particle ball you will need to put this on in the bag when the head dry out, and grab a Silver Steak or Retro Roto Blue.  Bowlers looking for a strong arcing reaction with an aggressive shell, I recommend this ball. This is another strong release from Roto-Grip and we are looking forward to drilling the Silver Streak Pearl, Sonic X, and the next Fuel.

Thanks again to Hank at Roto-Grip.
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Re: Fuel
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2002, 01:52:19 PM »
I had this beauty drilled up "sorta" 5 x 3 but with pin below ring finger w/weight hole on PAP and left it with it's sheen finish.

I used this ball the first time on wood lanes with some pretty heavy oil.  It came back ok, but just rolling mellow and then crashing the pocket. Shot 649, not too shabby.

I then used this ball on the shot that I had it drilled up for.  ABSOLUTELY NIIIIIIICE!!  I'm used to shooting on 7-7 synthetics with some out of bounds and with some good backend reaction.  THIS shot was 10-10 wet, 9-5 dry, and 5 out.....BONE DRY and not to mention SCREAMING BACKENDS.  

So anyways, I pulled this baby out and gave it a shot, and a good one too!  Shot 268...192...265 for 725.  Not bad considering I tried to do extra with the ball in the second game and not letting the ball kill the shot. This ball just loved staying in the dry area and then just coming back and blasting the pocket like a couple of Biker buddies in a bar fight with some computer nerds!

Two things I have noticed so far is that not only is this ball very controllable (possibly the best I've thrown in a while besides the Pearl Assault) but this ball is officially the "go-to" ball for harder shots.  And another thing is that you can't, and I repeat, CAN'T do anything extra to make it do more, because it doesn't need the help.  It'll just do the work itself.

Roto-Grip has made a customer out of me!  Good ball guys!!
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Re: Fuel
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2002, 04:02:06 PM »
This review is on the Roto-Grip Fuel.I got this ball a few weeks ago drilled it stacked.It is a fingertip.Anyway this ball destroys every pin!!If you throw it a bit right it will hook back with ease.When you hit the pocket the pins blow up.The first couple games I bowled with it was 240,300,299 to shoot a 839 .The first game sucked because I had to get used to it.The lane conditions were disgusting(oily) but did not effect ball.My pin p is 3-4 I think cant remember.All and all this ball kicks @$$!!!I rank this ball 11 out of 10.Thank you Roto-Grip for a exellent ball!!KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!!!!!!!


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Re: Fuel
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2002, 10:21:02 PM »
I am a high revs, high speed bowler.  What a HOOKER!  This ball requires a whole lot of oil.  I tried using this ball in out of box condition and I couldn't find a place to throw it.  But on the oil it is absolutely incredible.  I shined it all the way up and immediately following I shot my first ever 299 with this ball.  When it comes to an oil ball this is it.  This ball has absolutely NO PROBLEM with any over/under reaction.  So if you are looking for something very predictable on the oil this is a great ball.  If you bowl in a city like Pittsburgh and there aren't any centers with enough oil for this ball then choose something less aggressive.


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Re: Fuel
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2002, 10:37:49 PM »
I have been away from bowling for 2 1/2 years. Found it hard using old equipment. Really struggled with todays condition. I'm in my 50's, but still have a high ball speed. Used to be 205 average, since I came back I struggled to average 180. Just got the Fuel, and am fairing much better. Been around 580 for 2 weeks, and had 264, 628 tonight. This ball is excellent on medium to heavy oil, with higher ball speed. I now have hope to get back to respectable average.


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Re: Fuel
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2002, 03:40:36 PM »
I did not keep this ball for long and that was a major mistake.  She was a monster on the lanes.  Drilled 3 3/8 stacked weight hole on my PAP. Ripped the rack consitently.  I traded it for the Response(BIG MISTAKE). Sometimes the grass looks greener on the other side but it's not.  Awesome ball w/  excellent carry.  This one handled oil and carry down very good.  Nothing stopped it but a lot of polish.

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Re: Fuel
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2002, 03:13:36 PM »
OK, well i got this ball drilled up Sat 12-7-02, and it was drilled 4x3,  Pin 4, cg 3, with a weight hole at a 5 o'clock pos, below the thumb.  Anyways i got this ball because, i needed a ball for heavy oil, and since it was a particle, ball, i would give it a try.  I used it for 4 games on Sunday in a scratch tournament, and i bowl at this house in a regular league and it normally puts out a heavy amount of oil from 10-10.  And i was able to play inside of 4th arrow to 15, and still have it make it to the pocket, were any other ball i have wouldnt make the turn.  Well, i will say that this ball hits, a ton, left only 2 -10pin, in four games. I did, hafta take a scotch brite pad to it, by hand, cuz in outa box condition, it wasnt enough to play in the soup.  But the scotch brite did the job.  Anyways, i plan on leaving this ball as is, and not changing the cover stock again.  I will say that when this ball finds dry, it will turn hard.  I did leave two pocket splits, one a 7-10, and a 4-9.  But besides that, this ball is a great heavy oil ball.  Oh and this is my first ball since 97 that wasnt a STORM ball, but since it is made at the STORM FACTORY, i figured why not, lol. anyways, i give this ball a 10 outa 10 great ball ROTO GRIP
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Re: Fuel
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2003, 03:16:57 PM »
Ball Specs: 15lbs. pin to the right of the ring finger gc kicked out about 2" from center weight hole in thumb quadrant. Got this ball used. In factory condition I found this ball did well on mediums but wasn't enough for heavier patterns. I bowl mostly on wood lanes that aren't stripped but once or twice a week so carrydown is always present. I scuffed the surface with a green scotchbrite and the ball came alive. It still gets thru the heads but gave me a better midlane reaction and a smoother backend. Carrydown does not seem to effect this ball. When it makes its move it keeps right on going. It is a very nice arc to the pocket. I have a swamp monster and this ball is definitely stronger. I haven't been able to throw it on a sport shot yet but I can't wait. If you need a medium heavy oil ball to cut through the carry down I would highly recommend this ball. My specs are in my profile.

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Re: Fuel
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2003, 04:55:40 PM »
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