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Rising Star
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
Coverstock: Ultimate Vision Hybrid Reactive 
Weight Block:Neutron Core (14-16) 
Ball Color: Black Solid/Gold Pearl All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown. 
Ball Finish: 1500 Polished 
Track Flare Potential: 3-4 Inches (Med) on a scale of 1-10 Low-High 
Recommended Lane Conditions: Medium-Light Oil 
- A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal 
Description: The intent of the new Rising Star was to create a ball that works well on medium-light oil patterns for bowlers with different skill levels and styles. With the benchmark-type symmetrical core shape, the original Dark Star was the cornerstone of the Shield line in 2010, and the new Rising Star will fit the same parameters and perform even better. The Rising Star was designed to increase total hook as compared with the Dark Star, the Ultimate Vision hybrid coverstock is a must for this new release. It creates a smooth glide through the heads with ample bite on the dry boards without being over-sensitive. And with a 1500-grit polished finish, the new Rising Star is sure to raise the bar. A journey to the center of the ball will reveal the new Neutron core as the power source. The Neutron core's medium RG-medium differential shape is based on the concept started with the original Photon core utilized in the Dark Star. But you'll find an even lower RG and higher differential in the heavier weights. So look for more motion out of the Rising Star with all the benefits of a hybrid coverstock. As you rise to the top with this new Roto Grip release, you'll quickly see why it earned the name Rising Star!

 

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Re: Rising Star
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2011, 10:19:40 PM »
 

Layout- Refer to story in my review, it’s a killer…

 

So  this review comes with a story. I received my Rising Star last week  (early might I add, hoooooooray). It came in via UPS, but the box had a  notable gash in it. Unfortunately, after working in shipping for a  minute, I know it can be messy to file a claim with a shipping company,  so I decided to attempt to make due with it. After careful examination  (and noting that my Infinite Theory was completely unharmed) I found a  large (and completely unmissable) gash on the ball and determined that,  no matter which of my favorite layouts I used, all that really changed  was the part of my track in which the giant gash resided. Most  unfortunate. After several minutes of mental anguish I decided to put my  money where my mouth is and essentially ignore the CG. I’m a big  believer in the USBC’s Ball Motion Study, which gives a pretty reliable  indication that the CG is all but dynamically irrelevant. So, there I  am, about to locate the CG on the negative side of the ball, even  vertically with the pin, when I decide to take it a step further and put  the X-hole where the gash is. I’m quite the mad scientist if I do say  so myself.  This layout also required me to drill the middle finger  deeper in order to eliminate some finger weight and negative side. My  X-hole resides waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay up over my fingers and only slightly  to the positive side. Crazy part is that it was pretty easy to make  legal and the pin is still in a pretty normal spot, right under and  right of the ring.

 

Sooooooooooo,  anyway, to the meat ant potatoes of the convo here, the review. For the  record, I hate black and gold, mostly because of the Steelers, but this  ball ACTUALLY pulls it off.  For such a funky looking layout, this ball  delivered a better-than-expected reaction. It was clean through the  front, smooth on the back and pretty continuous. It should be an  excellent match up on most house patterns for me and is a great  compliment to the Dark Star (which is MY ball for the record, MY ball….  My idea anyway, I expect at least 1,000 emails thanking me- go! There  probably will be at least a few dozen bashing me as well, but I  digress). Definitely smoother than my Dark Stars, definitely more  angular than my Riots, definitely a great ball for me and a great ball  to put in the hands of all but the most speed dominant. Go get ‘em!

 



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Re: Rising Star
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2011, 11:53:28 AM »
LANE CONDITION






Length:41 FT and Storm EBT 2940

 

Volume:50ml


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):


 



COMMENTS





Likes: A nice roll layout


Dislikes: Could be a tad bit stronger- Will drill the next one with a strong hook angle.

 

My specs: left hander, 230 plus average 3 & 5/8th and 1/16th up, 17+ plus ball speed ,bowl in several leagues in 2 counties and bowl in about every tournament locally and state and nationwide.


 


Ball specs: 11RISA17E014- Layout: 60-5-70 pin located below and right of middle finger and CG in palm of hand closer to the thumb hole.


Review: Tested ball on 41ft THS and Storm EBT tournament shot KEGEL (2940). Noticed the ball kind of labored on the house shot trying to swing from 35 to 17-18 area at the breakpoint. Adjusted feet and hand position and was able to hit the pocket and strike when moving my feet to 31 and looked at 13-15 at the breakpoint… Then moved my feet to 18 and played the gutter and had a very consistent roll and hook pattern. VERY predictable and was able to trust it would not hook up early. On the Storm pattern was able to play more of the track area and relatively pretty straight. Reminds me a lot of a Grand Illusion I had a couple of years ago.



 


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Re: Rising Star
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2011, 07:10:32 PM »
LANE CONDITION






Length: 42 ft house pattern

 

Volume: heavy middle tapered to the gutter


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):


 



COMMENTS





Likes: excellant skid through the fronts with tremendous control in the backend 

            Excels on medium- light conditions!!!



Dislikes: The ball doesn't like alot of volume of oil
 

Drilling: I have my Rising Star drilled with a 5.5" pin and the Cg is 4.5" from my PAP no X-hole.

Reaction: I get excellant length with this ball and a very controllable and continuous backend reaction. I compared this ball to the Nomad Dagger with the same drilling. The Dagger is about 4 boards stronger then the Rising Star but has a very similar motion in the backend. This is a great 1-2 punch. For heavy handed players you will love this ball as you can get all over it and still get plenty of length and recovery on the back of the pattern. For those bowlers with slightly less revs you will have to stay to the right but this ball will still have enough on the backend that this ball will be utilized when the pattern breaks down.  Excellant job ROTO!!!!

 

PLEASE CHECK OUT www.videoballreviews for visuals of Britton and I rolling this excellant piece of Roto Gri Equipment!!

 

 

 

 


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Re: Rising Star
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2011, 12:09:10 PM »
BALL SPECS


Pin Length:       2-3


Starting Top Weight:   2.75


Ball Weight:  15.04


  


DRILL PATTERN


Pin to PAP:  4 7/8


CG to PAP:  4 1/2


X Hole (if there is one):

 





BOWLER STYLE


Rev Rate:    350-375


Ball Speed: 15.5

 

PAP/Track:   4 7/8 x 11/16


 



SURFACE PREP



Grit: 1500

 

Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Polish  





LANE CONDITION


Length: 42'

 

Volume: medium-heavy



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS



 


BALL REACTION



Length: Excellent   


Back End: Excellent

 

Overall Hook: Excellent



Midlane Read: Excellent


Breakpoint Shape: Arc


 




COMMENTS


Likes: Smooth roll and very strong roll through the pins.


Dislikes: 


 


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Re: Rising Star
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2011, 09:49:40 AM »
BALL SPECS


Pin Length:  4-4 1/4"


Starting Top Weight: 2 3/4 oz.


Ball Weight: 15 lb 3 oz.


 


DRILL PATTERN


Pin to PAP: 4 1/8"   


CG to PAP: 4"


X Hole (if there is one): none

 




BOWLER STYLE



Rev Rate:  350
 
Ball Speed: 15-16 mph

 

PAP/Track: 6 inches


 



SURFACE PREP



Grit:OOB


Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Polish

 





LANE CONDITION


Length: 35' 

Volume: Medium

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS



 



BALL REACTION


Length:  45'   


Back End:  Great Angle   

 

Overall Hook: Fantastic



Midlane Read: Great   



Breakpoint Shape: Flip



 




COMMENTS


Likes: Goes through the heads great and conserves energy for the backend. Started Around 15 threw to 10 and moved all the way to 40 threw to 8 and still had enough energy to take out corner pins.


Dislikes:  When moving in it wanted to pick up early.


 


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Re: Rising Star
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2011, 04:07:22 PM »
Bowler specs:   low speed (14 mph), avg revs, 45 degrees axis tilt
 
Ball specs:   16 lbs, 3.3 top weight, surface set to 4000 Abralon with polish.
 
Lanes:   Brunswick synthetic with house oil.
 
I had bought and used many control balls for playing on medium to medium-light oil, but they always have a tendency to get stuck on carrydown and ring a lot of 10-pins, which is usually what happens when starting out on wet-medium to medium patterns.    You were expecting breakdown any minute, but it hasn't quite happened yet.   I was looking for a ball that is half-control and half-strong which would allow me to stay on an inside line (3rd or 4th arrow) and the ball would still be able to move back whether it hits the carrydown inside or the drier corner outside.   
 
This ball gave me the answer.    I drilled the 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" layout with pin above the ring finger and cg/mb in right of the "strong line" (in the "roll" quadrant).     I got a lot of length from the core & polish surface (almost but not nearly as long as my Dark Star) with a awfully good move on the down & in (3rd arrow) shot.   I found that I didn't need to worry about carrydown anymore due to the hybrid coverstock.     Before carrydown, I just hit the outside corner and it comes right back in such a nice controllable arc/hook. (It does not hook & set.)  After carrydown,  I simply moved 1 or 2 boards left and stay squared to the pocket area and it'll break to the pocket just after the midlane.
 
This ball gives me the flexibility I need to deal with various medium oil patterns.    I won't use it for heavier oil patterns, because I had already changed the factory OOB surface (2000 Abralon, which is what the 1500 polished is equivalent to) to my preferred surface (4000 Abralon with polish).   If you use the factory finish, you'll be playing on the outside on wet-medium or oiler patterns.   (Crankers will be more inside on this situation.)
 
At the same time, this ball is not for light oil either;  the hybrid coverstock will go off hard.   When that happens, go to your next ball "down".   (See my review for the MoRich Perpetual Motion, for example.)
 
This will be my first ball out of the bag on any place that is not heavy oil.
 
 
COMMENTS

Likes:  Any medium oil pattern, with or without carrydown

Dislikes:   dry lanes

 


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Re: Rising Star
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2011, 09:19:56 AM »
LANE CONDITION





Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):  House


 COMMENTS





Likes: Length, price point, hitting power


Dislikes: 


 


Drill pattern: Drill angle – 70 Deg. Angle to VAL – 30 Deg. Pin to PAP – 3 ¾” 15 lb. Box finish


Roto Grip continues to amaze. This ball performs like a high performance ball at a lower price point. It is quite a bit stronger than the Dark Star, and still has the great hitting power. I found that this ball can be used on a wide variety of lane conditions with high success. To see the ball reaction, please go to the link below.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htFelw-4mRY&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

 


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Re: Rising Star
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2011, 12:29:49 PM »







The Roto Grip’s Rising Star is hands down one of the best balls they have released.  I have had much success with this ball on many different lane conditions.  This ball has worked well for me on conditions ranging from house shots to the U.S. Open pattern.   The ball is so predictable, never losing momentum going down the lane.  It is a great ball for ANY type of bowler and will especially help those bowlers who need equipment that saves energy for the backends to help create maximum carry.  Great Job Roto Grip!


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Re: Rising Star
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2011, 03:31:11 PM »
LANE CONDITION

Length:Short to Medium
 
Volume:Light to Medium

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS

 
COMMENTS

Likes:Suprising performance for a ball in this line. Currently my benchmark ball. Really strong mid-lane and back end motion. Hits very crisp. I believe this ball absolutely belongs in every good bowlers bag. Can't say enough about this ball.

Dislikes: 
As expected really heavy volume of long patterns will slow this ball down but, not for long!
 
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Re: Rising Star
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2011, 01:29:58 PM »
 





COMMENTS
 

 

Ball specs – 15 lbs 2 oz, 2.78 top weight, and a 3-inch pin.


 


The Rising Star was drilled with a 4.75-inch pin distance, a 60-degree drill angle and a 30-degree VAL angle.  This put the pin above and to the right of the ring finger with the CG bumped to the right about 1.5 inches of the grip centerline.  Using Storm’s layout methodology the layout is 4.75 X 4.75 X 2.  An extra hole was drilled at the P2.5 location.  The cover stock was left OOB.


 


I initially threw the Rising Star against the Dark Star for comparison sake.  The condition was a broken down 42 foot sports pattern.  The Rising Star surprised me on the first couple of shots with how strong the mid-lane read was.  After an adjustment left (to get lined up) the Rising Star was very clean thru the heads, picked up a little later in the mids and provided a very strong predictable arc on the back end.  Hitting power and carry was very good.  My next outing was on the house pattern.  The Rising Star was a little over/under on the fresh but once the pattern blended a little it played very easy.  The Rising Star provided tremendous recovery and hit.  The track flare was in the four-inch range.  The Rising Star reads earlier than the Dark Star, has a little stronger move on the back end and a little more overall hook. 


 


With the new Neutron core (lower RG, larger DIFF) and the hybrid cover stock the Rising Star provides another very good and slightly different ball motion for medium to medium-light oil patterns.  The Rising Star is a great fit under the Nomads and another great “bang-for-the-buck” ball from Roto Grip.


 

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Re: Rising Star
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2011, 10:16:29 PM »
LANE CONDITION



Length: 43ft, Legends Oil,  Brunswick Anvilane Synthetic lanes (installed in 2008)

 

Volume: Medium



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS



 



COMMENTS



After taking a 12 year layoff from bowling, I decided to get back into the sport this year and 1 of the first 2 balls I bought was a Roto Grip Rising Star.  I needed something that would work very well when the lanes start to break down later in the blocks.

Now, my bread and butter has always been playing more on the outside of the lane, right of 3rd arrow.  However, I can move deeper if necessary.  Turns out that the 43 foot house shot was too much with going inside for ball reaction, so outside I went, playing between 2nd and 3rd arrow, swinging out to the 5th board.

I bought my Rising Star with a 3" pin, and decided to use a layout for skid/flip, with the CG kicked out and no weight hole. 

The first night of trying this ball, I had practice lanes available for 2 hours.  After throwing my Nomad Dagger for the first 4 games, the lanes started to break down and this provided a great opportunity to switch to the Rising Star for the last 2 games.  I was impressed. The ball is clean through the heads, has a great midlane read, and the carry is excellent with keeping the pins low.  I also noticed that if I miss right slightly, the Neutron core has more than enough power to bring the ball back and carry well, even with off pocket hits.  If I pulled left, the hybrid cover helped prevent overreaction which I had seen with some past Columbia 300 and Brunswick balls I used to own.

The great thing with the Rising Star is that I did not need to make many adjustments to keep the same line.  Moving 3 and 1 was all I needed to do and it worked extremely well the rest of the night.  I'm looking forward to trying this ball on some shorter patterns in the near future.

As this is 1 of the first 2 balls I ever bought from Roto Grip, I am very happy with both balls so far.  If you are looking for a versatile ball on lighter volume medium or lighter oil conditions, this is a great ball that can fill the arsenal well. 

Likes: Clean through the heads, great midlane read



Dislikes: None so far

 


 

 

 
Current Ball Arsenal
Heavy:
MOTIV Jackal Legacy
Roto Grip No Rules Pearl Extreme

Med-Heavy:
MOTIV Forge Fire
MOTIV Covert Revolt

Medium:
MOTIV Sigma Sting

Medium-Light
MOTIV Venom Shock
MOTIV Tribal Fire
Roto Grip Nomad Dagger

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Re: Rising Star
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2011, 07:42:55 PM »
LANE CONDITION






Length: 38'

 

Volume: Med/Light


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


 



COMMENTS





Likes: The hitting power, the angular moton, predictability


Dislikes: If you have any hand this ball is not for dry lanes.


 


   Roto-Grip has a solid release with this ball. For me it's not a dry lane ball. 

  I drilled this ball with the pin in the ring finger and the MB (found using a DeTerminator) on my VAL. This ball revs great and hits like a freight train. On our house shot which I consider a drier shot this ball just cuts thru and checks up too early. On a true Med Volume shot I think this ball would be much better for my game. That's not to say this ball is bad. It hits wonderfully, it reads the lane beautifully, and is above all else predictable. If I throw it 10 times and do everything right the ball will do the same thing 10 times. Another great release from Roto-Grip. 

 

 



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Re: Rising Star
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2011, 07:37:07 PM »

 


Rising Star


The new benchmark!


 


It is very nice when a new ball comes out and immediately fits right into your arsenal. The Rising Star is that ball for me.


 


Roto Grip has consistently produced the highest performing entry level balls on the market and this one is goes far beyond its predecessors in performance and versatility.


 


I drilled my Rising Star with the pin 4" from my pap. I used a mild drill angle and have a small balance hole on the val at the midline of my grip.


 


The hybrid cover and strong differential has allowed me to use the Rising Star on both house and PBAX conditions. The cover can be easily adjusted to handle heavier volumes. If you were watching the PBA telecast last weekend you saw Steve Jaros advance throwing the Rising Star.


 


The Rising Star is clean through the front with a great read down lane.


 


Here is the best part! Drill a Rising Star strong and it will perform as well as it's more expensive brethren.


 


In my arsenal it is a great ball that compliments my Nomad Dagger. I use the Dagger on heavier patterns but when the fronts break down and my Dagger reads too early; the Rising Star is the perfect next option.


 


On my THS league the Rising Star has now become the first ball out of my bag.


 


The Rising Star gives me high performance at a discount price.


 


A ton of bang for the buck!


 



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Re: Rising Star
« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2011, 09:04:02 PM »
LANE CONDITION






Length:39' House Shot and Route 66      

 

Volume:


Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):House Shot and Sport Shot


 



COMMENTS





Likes:Clean through the fronts and real strong backend movement.



Dislikes:None 

 


 

Roto Grip Rising Star


 


Where to begin? WOW!!! I took this ball along with the Riot and Dark Star and bowled on a 39' house shot. The Riot was great as always with a smooth strong arc to the pocket. The Dark Star was long and angular to the pocket. The Rising Star was AWESOME!!!! It gave me the best of everything. Super clean through the fronts and a snapping backend movement. I also threw this ball on Kegel's Route 66 pattern after I had broken the pattern down with my Infinite Theory and the ball didn't miss a beat. It gave me the length on the beat up pattern and still gave me strong continuous backend movement. I never ran out of room left. This ball just kept on clearing the fronts and recovering from almost every angle. This line of equipment would give any league bowler a BARGAIN FOR HIS BUCK!!!! GREAT JOB EVERYONE AT ROTO GRIP AND STORM. Best rolling, looking and striking balls on the planet!!!!