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Rubicon UC3
« on: November 05, 2021, 03:55:22 PM »
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
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Roto Grip continues to do something different with the Rubicon upper-mid performance balls in their HP3 line of balls. Like the original Rubicon and the Rubicon UC2 the Rubicon UC3 (Ultimate Concept 3) uses the asymmetrical Rondure Core which was designed to provide more ball motion overall without the need for the now-banned balance hole. This performance core is wrapped in Roto Grip's Tour-ethane Pearl Reactive coverstock which was formulated to offer max performance as well as control when facing high friction patterns and surfaces.

Color: Platinum Pearl
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Rondure Core (Asymmetrical) (14-16#)
Coverstock: Tour-ethane Pearl
Finish: 1000-grit Abralon
RG: 2.49 (for 15# ball)
Differential: 0.052 (for 15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Light Oil – Medium/Light Oil

 

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Re: Rubicon UC3
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2021, 12:31:42 PM »
I rarely throw Urethane although after testing the UC3 that will change. It acted as a weaker reactive ball yet provided plenty of control and angle down lane. I hit this with 500 and it looked fantastic on Scorpion. The UC3 is the most angular urethane to date from Storm. It could be a good step down off the Pitch Black when that begins to burn up too soon. The UC3 is a great compliment to the arsenal when trying to combat those shorter to medium sport conditions. It, also, may be suitable for bowlers on house conditions who love that urethane shape.

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Re: Rubicon UC3
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2021, 05:47:32 PM »
Rubicon UC3 - Ball Specs
Cover Stock: Pearl Tour Ethane
Finish: 1000 Grit Abralon
Core: Rondure Core
RG: 2.49
Differential: 0.052
Intermediate Diff: .011

Review
The HP3 line has taken the Tour Level performance to a new level with the Rubicon Ultimate Concept 3 (UC3) which has the Rondure Core with the Tour ethane Pearl cover stock. The UC3 is engineered for medium/light oil, but let me tell you this ball strong. I tested this ball on 44 feet typical house pattern after Saturday morning junior bowling league. As a mid to low rev player I was able to stand any where from 21 to 26 board with my feet and between 6 and 10 board with my eyes. The UC3 has a great midlane reaction and power through the pins. This ball will be in my bag for league and tournaments. This is a great ball for all levels of bowlers. Order one from your local pro shop today! My ball review videos are posted on YouTube channel Stanley Waite.
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Rubicon UC3
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2021, 07:42:16 PM »
The Rondure core has helped bridge the gap been the symmetrical cores to the bigger asymmetrical core with the Rubicon and Rubicon UC2, now Roto Grip has taken that core and added a whole new cover stock and style to the Rubicon line with the brand new Tour-Ethane pearl cover stock. I drilled mine 4.5 x 4 x 1and after throwing this ball I was completely shocked. I thought it was going to be a little stronger than the Fever Pitch, which was Storm’s pearl urethane ball, but this ball was a totally different motion. It revved up quick like typical urethanes do but then it kept going and continued through the pin deck even after it had about 5-6 games of oil on the cover where other balls would start deflecting. The UC3 is a lot stronger than any of the urethanes on the Storm line and will be a great addition to any bowlers bag who is looking for something when there is extra friction on the lane.

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Re: Rubicon UC3
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2021, 11:13:46 AM »
The Rubicon UC3 uses the asymmetrical Rondure Core found in the Rubicon and UC2 but wrapped with new Tour-ethane coverstock material. This ball has taken me by total surprise as this is not your typical urethane ball. This is by far, one of the smoothest rolling balls I have ever thrown. It is strong like a resin ball, but still has that same smooth rolling urethane shape, but with more hitting power. One of the biggest problems I have with urethane, is its so much up front that it can be tough to carry the corner pins. With the UC3, that is no longer a problem. This ball blends out the lane so well, it almost eliminates any over/under you may have. Its tough to compare this to anything I have thrown before, but it is somewhat close to the Pitch Purple, it is just as strong, but is much smoother rolling. This is now my go to ball for league, simply because its strong enough to throw on fresh, and blends out the over/under that occurs by game 3. This will be in my bag for a long time.

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Rubicon UC3 Review by Luke Rosdahl
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2021, 06:34:45 PM »
The UC3 was a quite unexpected release in the HP3 line, and is a pearl urethane Rubicon.  The mild asym Rondure core is the same at a 2.49 RG and an .052 differential with a .011 intermediate differential, with the tour-ethane pearl urethane coverstock.  The result is also unexpected, the UC3 controls the lane like urethane, it’s early, very stable in the midlane and fairly strong, but also has a surprising amount of shape down lane.  The shape it creates is a bonus to the urethane idea, and it successfully bridges the gap between urethane and reactive in a way I haven’t seen done before.  It really acts like a smoother Incite or Omega Crux.  Due to the higher flare created, this is also a urethane ball that you can use in league without worry of creating extra carry down or “ruining” the shot. 
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Roto Grip Rubicon UC3 review by Trevor Roberts
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2021, 10:17:11 AM »
Lane Condition
Length: 40
Volume: Medium
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

Comments
The newest urethane from Roto Grip is here! The Rubicon UC3 is the strongest urethane from Storm to date! I compared this ball with the Pitch Black and Fast Pitch in my YouTube ball review. I can be way further left with my feet with the Rubicon UC3 than either of the other balls I just mentioned. The interesting thing about this ball is that it rolls like both urethane and reactive. The motion can be very forward, or it can hook a lot down lane depending on your hand position and roll. I did notice that the cover stock began to shine up once I had 4 or 5 games on it. This is not a bad thing though, it just allowed me to play further left. I really like this ball, and I think you would like it to!

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Rev Rate: 400
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PAP: 5 1/2 up 13/16

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Roto Grip UC3 by Casey Murphy
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2021, 11:17:57 AM »
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: 
Layout 1:  4 ½ x 4 x 4 1/8 (pin below bridge)

Holy Crud, what the heck is the UC3.  At first it hook so much more downlane than my Pitch Black I thought it was reactive, but after a few shots I realized it’s got urethane in it for sure.  It will definitely pull a little oil downlane.  But that said, it’s something else entirely.  It acts like urethane it the front part of the lane but has a very strong midlane and good backend motion.  I can play this like a urethane and not worry if I miss like a “reactive” ball because it will still hit the pocket.  The UC3 is incredible and not like anything else Roto Grip has EVER Made!

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Re: Rubicon UC3
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2021, 10:11:24 AM »
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Ultimate Concept (UC3)
Cover Stock: Tour-ethane Pearl
Finish: 1000-grit Abralon
Core: Rondure Asymmetric
RG: 2.49
Differential: 0.052
Int Diff: 0.011

Layout: 4 1/2 x 4 x 5 - 2LS
Layout Extras:  2 1/8 Finger Depth, "X" - 4 1/2 D and 1 Inch Left
Tester: PAP 6 1/2 R, 1 1/4 D

Review:
What an awesome concept that has hit the Roto Grip line.  This unique core and coverstock combination just might be the tournament and/or cliffy THS pattern solution you are looking for. The blended coverstock allows the ball adequate length while the core concept provides flare over fresh surface of the ball.

Use the UC3 on drier conditions where traditional urethane is not getting the job done and where reactive pearls do not provide the control needed to manage the pocket. Also, if you tend to see a lot of higher friction lane surfaces this may be a ball for your arsenal.  The UC3 will allow you to move inside compared to previous offerings in urethane lines.

For me, the UC3 has impressed me the most regarding pin carry. I tested this ball on both a fresh and also a very beaten up THS pattern. Although more testing is needed on my end, I am satisfied with what the UC3 has shown me so far. When comparing the UC3 to previous urethane or urethane type options such as the Honey Badger Urethane, Badger Infused and the Shadow Ops I am liking what the UC3 brings to the table with its core and coverstock combination. For example, the HBUs provided an asymmetric option in urethane, however, at times with it's longer roll phase would not quite carry the pins the way I desired. However, I absolutely love my 900 Global Shadow Ops, so for me the UC3 is a must have.

The UC3 definitely has a space in the bag for shorter and high friction patterns.  If you haven't jumped into urethane or dislike overreaction in pearl lines or simply looking for a urethane "look and feel" with some extra features you'll be happy with this offering from Roto Grip. Be sure to try out a UC3 today!

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Re: Rubicon UC3
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2021, 09:39:00 PM »
Rubicon UC3   Cover: Tour-Ethan
1000 grit Pearl Urethan Finish   Core: Rondure
RG: 2.49 Dif. 0.052 PSA: 0.011

Layout: 30 x 3 ¾ x 30, Speed Dominant, Rev Rate 275-325 PAP: 5 ¾ over 1” up.

The highly anticipated UC3 Urethan ball is finally here. I’m not sure where to start. This ball is nothing short of amazing. I am not one to use Urethan much, however that being said there is a place for it especially when balls like the UC3 are released. For me this ball does not act in anyway like Urethan. Its is early and picks up and just keeps going. The shape is smooth and rounded. When there is friction, it picks up but does not jump and has great backend with great carry. I am not one to play in more of a stroker style player. However, this ball forced me to move left more than normal and have the ball turn the corner and finish hard. The UC3 is a big surprise for sure. This is a great ball for any style and seems to be able to play from any part of the lane. This ball is a great addition to the Roto Grip line.

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Re: Rubicon UC3
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2021, 01:39:41 PM »
LANE CONDITION

Length: 43'
 
Volume: 22.5 mLs

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


COMMENTS

Likes: My Favorite Urethane Shape EVER

Dislikes: None!

This ball is a revelation.  Urethane that reads early enough but also creates more continuation than any Utah  branded urethane to date.  I am not the biggest fan of urethane, mainly because I bowl a lot of house events where urethane is used, but not correctly.  I see this ball being extremely versatile and being able to be used in A LOT of situations. 
One of the biggest things I am taking away from this ball is that it’s a urethane option that lower rev players can use without sacrificing carry.  With that being said, I predict this ball dominating the PWBA tour next summer! 

My UC3 layout is 5x4x2

Other balls getting a lot of play:
Dark Code-4.5x4.25.3.75
UFO Alert-4.5x5x3.75
Altered Reality-4.25x5.25x2
Wolverine-4.25x5.25x2


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Re: Rubicon UC3
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2021, 10:46:23 PM »
WHAT THE HECK DID I JUST THROW?!?! Roto Grip newest urethane addition, Rubicon UC3. The UC3 is the newest addition to the Roto Grip Urethane line and this thing is an absolute monster! The UC3 has the same core found in the very successful Rubicon line, but it is wrapped with the new Tour-ethane coverstock. This ball just flat out hooks. Easily an entire zone left from the Pitch Black and possibly 2 zones left of the Fast Pitch; but that’s not a bad thing!
Now our urethane options are even more diverse and gives the player enough difference in equipment that they can cover all the basis when it comes to urethane options. What I see out of the UC3 is it can be used on a wide verity of short and medium patterns and not just from straighter angles, but also from steeper angles on those specific types of patterns. Ive never thrown a urethane ball that hooks this much and continues from such ridiculous angles without loosing pin carry or without manipulating my release to making the ball work. This ball is truly something special and I cant wait for you all to get your hands on it!

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Re: Rubicon UC3
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2021, 07:15:46 PM »
Ball Specs:
Roto Grip UC3
Coverstock: 1000-grit Tour-ethane™ Pearl
Weight Block: Rondure™ Core (Asymmetrical)
Color: Platinum Pearl

Review:
This is a special ball for so many reasons. Not often do you see a pearl urethane asymmetric ball drop and be so successful and talked about. This ball seems to react well on all different kind of lane surfaces and patterns. Even when you need a ball to hook, freshening up the surface with an abralon pad will make all the difference in the world. The continuation and carry down on this ball is also amazing. Overall, the combination of core and cover is really special and looks great with that matte grey finish.

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Re: Rubicon UC3
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2021, 07:16:22 PM »
Ball Specs:
Roto Grip UC3
Coverstock: 1000-grit Tour-ethane™ Pearl
Weight Block: Rondure™ Core (Asymmetrical)
Color: Platinum Pearl

Review:
This is a special ball for so many reasons. Not often do you see a pearl urethane asymmetric ball drop and be so successful and talked about. This ball seems to react well on all different kind of lane surfaces and patterns. Even when you need a ball to hook, freshening up the surface with an abralon pad will make all the difference in the world. The continuation and carry down on this ball is also amazing. Overall, the combination of core and cover is really special and looks great with that matte grey finish.

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Re: Rubicon UC3
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2021, 07:42:56 AM »
Roto Grip cracked the urethane code with the UC3!

Bowlers Info: RH tweener, PAP 4-1/2 x 7/8 up, 365 RPM, 17* of Axis tilt, 60* of Axis Rotation

Ball Layout: 65 x 5.5 x 65

Finish: 2000

This tweener couldn’t have been more excited to see that I could FINALLY throw a urethane ball I can bend on the backend!!!  I was skeptical at another urethane attempt, but after watching some other ball reviews, I gave UC3 a shot.  Now, the Rubicon is by far my all-time favorite ball, and the core combined with this pearl urethane (yes, it’s urethane only, no resin!), I was able to get shape more down lane vs. so much upfront.  My layout puts the pin under my middle finger and PSA in the thumb.  I can play up the boards and even get left and this ball comes back and has the 6 pin snap out the 10, very few weak 10’s!!!  This hits like a tank!  I would recommend a longer pin layout, at least 5” pin as this will still be early.  In fact, I took mine up to 2000 to get it a bit cleaner thru the fronts. 

For those of us who don’t have a ton of revs and need urethane option when the lanes get squirrely, GO GET THE UC3, nuff said!!!

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