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Nuclear Cell
« on: March 06, 2020, 09:12:33 AM »
The Roto Grip advances the popular and successful line of Cell bowling balls with the Nuclear Cell High Performance ball. This ball has the fan favorite Nucleus core which claims to be the most versatile core design to date. This ball is wrapped in the eTrax-P20 Pearl Reactive coverstock that provides more traction at the midlane and responds more to friction down lane. eTrax stands for Enhanced Traction and pairs well when facing medium oil to medium heavy oil.

Color: Purple Haze/Burnt Orange/Red Hot
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Nucleus (14-16#)
Coverstock: eTrax-P20 Pearl Reactive
Finish: 1500-grit Polished
RG: 2.52 (for 15# ball)
Differential: 0.056 (for 15# ball)
Hook Potential: High
Length: Late
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium Oil-Medium/Heavy Oil



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Re: Nuclear Cell
« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2020, 12:29:25 PM »
Layout: 45 x 4 3/8 x 40. The Roto Grip Nuclear Cell is an absolute house shot killer! It has the perfect combination of length, strong backend, and control. The Nuclear Cell gets through the front part of the lane extremely easily, which makes it a very good option even when the lanes are broken down, and/or you have to move left to open up the lane (as a right hander). Pin carry is excellent. This ball (with the shiny out of box finish) is not intended to be used on fresh, heavy lane conditions, but from what I have seen, it can handle any other type of condition. One of my favorite balls of the last few years! Mike LeViner.


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Roto Grip Nuclear Cell
« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2020, 06:55:03 PM »
Roto Grip hit the nail right on the head with this asymmetrical pearl. Wrapped around the all new eTrac-P20 Pearl cover, the trusted Nucleus core will always prove its might. I drilled mine 6 x 5 x 2 and after throwing it a few time I’m really glad I didn’t drill it any stronger because it would just be too much ball for me. Even being pin up and the longer pin you can see this ball start reving super early and it never quits. I used this ball multiple times before I got into the stronger symmetrical  balls.


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Re: Nuclear Cell
« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2020, 08:24:14 AM »
Roto Grip Nuclear Cell

Layout: 80 x 2 3/4 x 50

Ball specs: 1500 grit polished - eTrax-P20 pearl / Nucleus Core

With a lower RG and diff then the Wild Streak I was at awe that on SPL with the more blended and more volume pattern the ball did not quit in the heavier part of the pattern like other balls I have used with similar pearl coverstocks. Found it to be a better and stronger version of the original Cell Pearl and not as flippy as the Hyper Cell Pearl. I did drill this one with a higher front number and small pin to pap to add length before reaction and to cut down the flare due to I am still recovery from my accident 2 years ago. For sure my prior benchmark layout and ball selection has been changed since then, and when I know I will be bowling on Brunswick or newer SPL panels, the Nuclear Cell will be the first ball out of my bag.


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The Nuclear Cell is, well……NUCLEAR!
« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2020, 10:51:55 PM »
Bowlers Info: RH tweener, PAP 4-1/2 x 7/8 up, 365 RPM, 17* of Axis tilt, 60* of Axis Rotation

Ball Layout: 50 x 4-1/2 x 40

Finish: OOB + Light 3000

I have always been a big fan of the iconic Cell Core and matched up well with its numbers.  The Nuclear is no exception!  This ball is straight up just super fun to throw.  Stand left, throw right, and watch that ball come back from nowhere and demolish the rack!  I drilled this ball 50 x 4-1/2 x 40 which is pin in the bridge and PSA 1-1/2” right of my thumb.  I always hit shiny OOB finishes with a light 3000 pad to give it some teeth for better midlane read and less snappy off the back.  This one’s a house shot killer for sure!  Cleaner than my Phaze III and a bit bigger backend, a ball I can really open the lane up with.

Need a house shot killer?  Looking to open the lane up?  Go grab the Nuclear Cell and enjoy ripping those racks!

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Nuclear Cell Review by Luke Rosdahl
« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2020, 09:34:22 PM »
The Nuclear Cell is Roto Grip’s latest ball in the HP4 line.  It features the popular Nucleus core from the previous Cell releases, and the updated pearl eTrax formula, P20.  The Nuclear is maybe the quickest response ball I’ve ever thrown, it definitely rivals the Phaze 3 for strength of motion off the dry.  I think the out of box finish makes it a little too sensitive, but I took it 3000 and that helped tremendously.  It still has a very strong backend motion, but handles wet/dry significantly better.  This is definitely the strongest shiny ball I’ve ever thrown, and when sanded, it nearly rivals the Halo Vision and UFO for hook potential.  Due to the overwhelming strength of the ball, it’s not usable very often for me, but when you need effective traction and especially a stronger backend motion on heavier conditions, this is one of the first balls I’d reach for. 
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Re: Nuclear Cell
« Reply #21 on: March 31, 2020, 09:50:44 PM »

Layout: 50x5x45

Surface: factory surface (1500/polish)

PAP: 4-1/2 R, 1-3/8 U

Rev Rate: 500rpm

Speed: 20mph off hand

Conditions: THS, on both wood and synethetic lanes


Roto Grip's much-beloved Cell line has a new entrant, and it might just be one of the best ones yet! The Nuclear Cell combines the eTrax-P20 Pearl coverstock (updated from the eTrax-P18 of the Idol Pearl and Halo Pearl) with the familiar Nucleus core (2.52 RG, 0.056 diff, 0.018 int diff). In terms of on-lane feel, it definitely has that same heavy-rolling feel from the other Cell line balls... but this thing flat-out HOOKS!!! Give it a bit of oil up front and a bit of friction downlane and it feels nothing but inevitable that this ball will make a strong move downlane. It's definitely cleaner and more responsive than the recent Hyper Cell Fused, and also much more angular off the spot than the Halo Pearl. If you need a lot of hook and angularity wrapped in a fantastic-looking package, start and end your search with the Nuclear Cell!


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Re: Nuclear Cell
« Reply #22 on: March 31, 2020, 10:04:02 PM »
One of my favorite Roto Grip balls of all time was Cell Pearl (still have one). The Nuclear Cell is almost like the rebirth of the Cell Pearl. The Nuclear is very clean and does a great job of skidding through the front part of the lane. The HOF-worthy Nucleus core is fast revving which makes the Nuclear want to pick up and transition sooner than a pearl symmetric like the Idol Pearl or Hyroad Pearl, but that doesn’t mean that the Nuclear Cell is weak on the back… Actually, quite the opposite! I am in love with how much shape this ball creates without sacrificing the mid-lane read that you sometimes need to give up out of big back-ending, pearl, balls. Don’t miss out!


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Re: Nuclear Cell
« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2020, 04:38:05 PM »
Ball Specs:
Roto Grip Nuclear Cell
1500 eTrax-P20â„¢ Pearl Reactive
Weight Block: Nucleusâ„¢ Core (Asymmetrical)
Color: Purple Haze/Burnt Orange/Red Hot

Another ball in the cell line and another instant hit! There is a reason why certain lines stick around for a long time… they are top notch pieces. The Cell line is to Roto Grip as the Hy-Road line is to Storm. One thing that stuck out with the Hyper Cell Fused was the level of comfort the line gave to the player and that is why you saw so many Hyper Cells at tournaments. You will find similar characteristics in this piece. This is a tiny step down from the Hyper Cell but with similar entry angle and motion. The Nuclear will give you a little more length down lane and a little more hold before having to ball down. Overall this is a great complimentary piece to the fleet of Cell bowling balls and a great ball for tournament or league bowlers alike!

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Re: Nuclear Cell
« Reply #24 on: April 02, 2020, 04:15:07 PM »
The NUCLEAR CELL is a pearl ball that is much more controllable motion than most other pearls.
Patterns used for review are HP modified.
Pattern A: 43Ft, 29 Mls, 5:1 ratio

Pattern B: 40Ft, 27 Mls, 3:1 ratio

The Nuclear Cell out of box is a very pleasing to the eye.  It is able to get down lane easily and gives you a good controllable motion off the friction. I wanted to see how much different the Nuclear Cell was from the Idol Pearl. It was definitely a little less angular but had the same if not more hitting power and continuation. Very easy to read the Nuclear Cell has it migrates down lane.
Pattern A:
As play started, I gave the ball room to right playing 12 to 5. This ball revved up and read the lane. The motion because it was predictable was easier to make moves left and the roll/power and carry increased as I chased the pattern inside. After moving back out side to the friction the cell became a bit more angular down lane but still was able to get down lane easily through the friction or lower volume part of the pattern.
Pattern B:
The Nuclear Cell on the shorter pattern easily was bale to play a swing line in comparison to pattern a. The NC just kept recovering from all areas to the right. One thing to note was when I missed at the bottom of the swing on this pattern, I still had good motion and carry.
LOW DOWN: NOTE A: The Nuclear Cell is going to be that ball one needs when they need big block and cover, but less angular motion as they bowl. You wont need much more as a polished pear than the NC.






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Nuclear Cell Basll Review
« Reply #25 on: April 04, 2020, 05:46:04 PM »
The next big asymmetrical pearl that's going to fly off the shelves just as fast as it changes direction down-lane. The new Nuclear Cell by Roto Grip is the newest addition to the Cell series and it takes a left turn. The Nuclear Cell has the vintage Cell Core wrapped with the eTrax-P20 Pearl Coverstock. This ball gives the player a ball that is very clean through the front part of the lane and a sharp change in direction down-lane. Players would use this ball when the lanes are "wet-dry" where the player is looking for a ball that when they miss in, it'll still go through the pins well and when they miss right, to have a ball recover and create the right shape going through the pins.

I feel like with this new Nuclear Cell, it fills a gap that we've been missing. At least for me, I've struggled to like an asymmetrical pearl as of late. I always jump to a symmetrical pearl ball to create the right shape by slowing down my ball speed, but with this ball, it'll allow me to still be aggressive and not be afraid to throw it hard and create some angle in order to strike.

Get your Nuclear Cell as soon as you can! They are going to be a hot Cell!

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Re: Nuclear Cell
« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2020, 08:48:24 AM »
I drilled my Nuclear Cell 4 inches from my PAP..

Firstly, I have had every Cell that has been made and I have been a big fan of them all! When I first heard about the Nuclear Cell, I was very excited for another Cell. This line has always fit my game when I need a big core-pearl.

This ball honestly reminds me of a bigger Cell Pearl. It glides through the fronts, and it snaps fairly hard at the end of the pattern to give you that true pearl reaction. For being an asymmetrical I think it does get through the fronts great. This ball is easily becoming one of my go to pearl balls when I need to get left
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Roto Nuclear Cell Review
« Reply #27 on: May 31, 2020, 10:06:41 PM »
Roto Grip Nuclear Cell Ball Specs:

Cover stock P20 Pearl Reactive
Nucleusâ„¢ Core (Asymmetrical)
Color Purple Haze / Burnt Orange / Red Hot
Finish 1500-grit Polished

Bowler Specs:
Right Hand. PAP 5” Over 1/2 up
Rev Rate 300. Tilt 20. Rotation 50.
Speed at cameras 15.5

 The Roto Grip Nuclear Cell has sold very well and preforms above expectations. I did not bring many of these in to the shop inventory and that was a mistake. Without much fanfare this ball has been in high demand. If you get a Nuclear Cell you will understand why. The look of the ball is very nice, but it really shines on the lanes. The Nuclear Cell is pretty close to my Halo Pearl in reaction but seems to read the mid lane a bit stronger and with more drive in the back end. It would be fair to say it is between my Halo Vision and MVP Pearl in total hook rating. I really like the defined breakpoint this ball shows me as it makes the turn to the pocket. The carry of this ball is very good as well. It creates more entry angle to help knock out the corner pins. The total hook of this ball is more than I expected for a pearl.  I can trust this ball to come back if I miss to the outside. A very nice feature of the Nuclear is the ease of fine tuning the surface. I hit mine with a 1500 and then a worn 2000 Abralon pad and this created more total hook on heavier oil without sacrificing much in the back end. This is a pearl I’m not afraid to scuff. If you are looking for a strong versatile pearl the Nuclear Cell is a great choice. I am sure this ball will be a great seller when centers and shops open back up as we work through the Covid restrictions. Stay safe and bowling will be back in force soon.

The Nuclear Cell is a very strong pearl.
The entry angle and hit are great.
The surface takes adjustments easily for a shiny pearl.

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Roto Grip Nuclear Cell by Casey Murphy
« Reply #28 on: June 19, 2020, 10:10:11 PM »
Orientation:  Right Handed
Rev Rate:  400 RPM
Speed:  16-17 MPH
PAP:  4 ½ over and ½ up

Location:  Enterprise Park Lanes, Springfield MO
Pattern:  High Volume THS
VLS Layout:  4 ½ x 4 x 4 1/8

The Nuclear Cell is the next great installment in the famous Cell series.  The Nuke Cell is quite a bit stronger than the Hyper Cell.  It’s earlier and snappy and is strong enough to use on the fresh but versatile enough to use through the transition.  If you’re a “Cell” fan, you’ll love the Nuclear Cell.

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Re: Nuclear Cell
« Reply #29 on: June 21, 2020, 09:30:28 PM »
Roto Grip Nuclear Cell Ball Review by PJ Haggerty

Over the last ten years or so, the Cell core has been an extremely successful engine in the Roto Grip line.  When the Nuclear Cell was announced, I was excited to see how it was going to perform.  After drilling two of them and using them on multiple types of conditions and lane surfaces, the Nuclear Cell is a home run.  With an RG of 2.52 and a differential of .056, this ball is in my bag everywhere I go.

Between the two I drilled, the one I’ve had the most success with is mapped out as 4.5 x 4 x 75.  This puts the pin above my ring finger and the mass bias just to the right of my thumb.  I’ve noticed that once my Halo Vision or Omega Crux starts to get tired or I need a quicker response time, but still need to use a big core, the Nuclear Cell is the perfect compliment.  It’s a perfect transition piece under the Omega Crux but still has a bigger, forward motion than the Hyroad or IQE Emerald.
If you need a ball that’s useable on multiple patterns & lane surfaces, the Roto Grip Nuclear Cell should be the next ball in your bag.  Go drill one!


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Re: Nuclear Cell
« Reply #30 on: June 24, 2020, 10:23:46 AM »
Nuclear cell by Roto Grip is a hit. If you liked the Cell Fused but wanted a little more punch here it is. The Nuclear cell is very snappy and strong down lane and explosive through the pins. Being a pearl asymmetrical it gets through the fronts very well and creates a strong down lane angel. This ball also looks great going down the lane and easy to read its moves. Great ball to have