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Hustle RIP review
« on: June 16, 2023, 10:25:47 AM »
Layout: 4 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 3
Surface: Reacta Gloss

The new Hustle RIP is a brand new solid cover Hustle in the HP1 line while utilizing the Hustle Core and VTC Solid Coverstock.  On the typical house pattern, I found a smooth but continuous motion even while being polished with the Reacta Gloss.  The Royal Imperal Purple color makes it visually very easy to read how the ball is rolling throughout the lane.  Designed for light to medium oil conditions, this Hustle gives a lot of performance for its lower performance range.  Comparing this to the Hustle USA (1000 Abralon surface), I saw more length with the reacta gloss and a slightly more angular motion.  I think comparing the two balls with the same surface would have made the Hustle USA slightly more angular for me.  Compared to the new Hustle M-M, I saw earlier and smoother motion and was about 2 boards smoother down the lane.  The best uses for this ball would be fresh house patterns that have lanes with a lot of friction or medium to lighter oil sport patterns where you need control.  Adding more surface to this ball will make it earlier rolling and stronger in the oil if you need more traction from it.

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Re: Hustle RIP review
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2023, 08:32:02 PM »
Roto Grip Hustle RIP
Ball Specs: Hustle Core with VTC Solid Reactive cover and finish with Reacta Gloss

Layout Specs: 45 x 5 x 45 - tested on THS with a slight bit of out of bounds towards the gutters and Pro Lane panels

My insight: When I opened the box - I was transported back in time to 2017/2018 when I drilled my second Hustle that was close to this shade. The general look of the ball is very sweet, like purple concord grapes from the Erie region of Pennsylvania. On the lanes the reaction was quite similar to my first INK in 2017, little earlier in motion compared to my Hustle USA w/a very similar layout of 50 x 5 x 45 with 500ab, 2000ab, with Reacta Gloss. The RIP still saves a good bit of energy through the pins, not as much as my Roto Grip Duo, but very close. Going back and forth with the Duo, the Hustle was not as jumpy off the end of the pattern like the Duo was when getting it out the drier portion of the pattern and would be smoother on the transition from end of the pattern to the pocket. Looking at the same tracer boards as a target, I was 7 boards left on the approach, I'm left handed for those that are reading this then I was with the Duo using the same target. A great ball for anyone that loves to bowl, the Hustle RIP is made for all skill levels, from the first timers all the way up to the professionals you see on TV and videos. Release date is fast approaching, make sure you visit your local pro shop to get yours. The RIP makes the pins REST IN PEACE!

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Re: Hustle RIP review
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2023, 05:06:08 PM »
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Hustle RIP
Coverstock:  VTC Solid Reactive
Finish:  Reacta Gloss
Core:  Hustle Core
RG:  2.55
Diff:  0.030

Layout: 5 x 4 x 3 - 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

The hustle series continues on with the Hustle RIP. If you enjoyed previous versions of the hustles or new to the hustle line the Hustle RIP is a must have.  The Hustle RIP will work best on medium to drier THS patterns.  Also, this ball can be used at the oob finish and can also do well with surface modifications as needed.  Word on the street is the Hustle RIP is just as good as the original Hustle Ink released in 2016.

The oob Reacta Gloss finish is perfectly fine on the RIP.  For me, I generally skuff my reactive pieces with a fresh 4k or 3K by hand to slightly dull the surface.  I always suggest to roll the oob finish first to see what the lanes are telling you to do.

Unfortunately, I did not own the mac daddy of the hustle line, which was the original Ink. However, for my comparison I used the Hustle Wine as a baseline. In doing so, the Hustle RIP hooks slightly sooner and is more controlled than my Hustle Wine.  In otherwords, the RIP will be very forgiving on a wide variety of conditions. From my viewpoint the Hustle RIP will definitely make the starter bag due to the fact this ball has a lot of range for many conditions.

The Hustle RIP is a nice addition for any arsenal and you'll likely find a spot in the bag for most medium to dry THS patterns.  I truly recommend this one for your THS conditions where you desire to move easy with the transition.  It's quickly becoming a nice ball to have in the bag.  Please be sure to visit your favorite pro shop today!

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Re: Hustle RIP review
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2023, 07:25:41 PM »
Roto Grip Hustle Royal Imperial Purple (RIP)
Coverstock: VTC Solid Reactive
Core: Hustle
Factory Finish: Reacta Gloss
Layout: 4 x 4 x 2

The Hustle series is one of my favorite lines in bowling. When the Hustle INK was discontinued, it left quite a void in the bag. The RIP not only has that INK look, it also has the combination of length and control that made the INK such a timeless piece for years. Another selling point of the RIP is that it is not allergic to oil. It seems to handle itself well on our 43 ft house pattern that has quite a bit of volume in the center of the pattern.

As normal, summers are for sport pattern sweepers and very little league. Although it does look great on house, my experience with the RIP so far has been on mainly on sport patterns when I am able to get left and open up the lane after the pattern stretches a bit.

The Hustle line is for everyone from beginners to tournament players and it provides value well above the price. You won’t be disappointed.


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Re: Hustle RIP review
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2023, 09:47:40 PM »
Roto Grip Hustle RIP
VTC Solid Reactive
Finish: Reacta Gloss
Hustle Core
RG:  2.53
Diff:  0.030

Layout: 5 1/4 x 1 3/8
PAP: 4 7/8 R, 3/4 UP
Tested on AMF HPL THS after 3 games of league bowling

Get your Hustle ON!
This is my second Hustle after the infamous Ink. Didn't matchup very well due to my lower rev-rate (325) but since moving south I incurred a lighter THS, so here we go.

The RIP was surprisingly more responsive than I anticipated. It gave me more miss room to the dry than I ever had with a high RG/low diff. ball. I can honestly state it is more predictable to my eyes and the carry was better than average.

Basically this is the ultimate game 2-3 ball on the lighter medium to dry THS. Controlling my ball speed is key as the polished VTC cover has no problems getting down lane. This formula delivers outstanding performance while providing control and versatility without being overly aggressive. Moves right to left gave me a wider range of entry angles and greater carry. 

This is a league bowlers dream ball while be an ultimate tournament ball for those who prefer resin over urethane like me.

So again "Get your Hustle RIP On"!

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Re: Hustle RIP review
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2023, 10:17:02 AM »
The Roto Grip Hustle RIP has a Medium RG value of 2.53 a low differential of 0.030.
Roto Grip listened to the masses and came out with the second coming of the Hustle ink with the Hustle RIP. 
The Hustle RIP features the original Hustle Core with the Versatile Traction Control (VTC) cover.  This formula delivers outstanding performance while providing control and versatility without being overly aggressive. So, if stability and control is what you are after, look no further.
The Hustle INK put the bowling world on notice when it delivered the 34th sanctioned 900 Series in bowling history. From that point on, the Hustle Series has become better known for providing the most "bang for your buck."
In comparison to the Roto Grip Hyped Solid in which has the same coverstock, the Hustle RIP will be a pinch smoother and later off the spot basically due to the core differences. The RIP will offer you a very versatile ball in which you can drill the ball either pin up or pin down to favor the driest of conditions.
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Re: Hustle RIP review
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2023, 10:33:22 AM »
The new Hustle RIP (Royal Imperial Purple) features the tried-and-true Hustle core wrapped in the VTC Reactive Solid cover stock.  At 15 pounds the RG is 2.53 and the differential is .030.  I drilled this ball at 5x4x2 (pin above bridge) to replace my Hustle Ink.  The Ink in my opinion was the best ball ever made for the price.  The RIP is very similar to the Ink.  The ball just seems to glide along the lane in a very controlled arcing motion.  The RIP starts up about 2-3 feet sooner than the M&M and has a much more controlled backend motion.  This ball will see a lot of action on my league patterns.  I can play just inside the “cliff” and feed the RIP to the dry and it will just ease its way back to the pocket.  Another one of those balls that won’t wow you with an overall hook or massive backend reaction.  The only place it wows you is on the scoresheet.  Dollar for dollar, the best ball on the market.

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Re: Hustle RIP review
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2023, 12:28:56 PM »
Hustle RIP • Roto Grip • HP1 Series
Core • Hustle Core (Symmetric)
Coverstock • VTC (Versatile Traction Control) Solid Reactive• Finish Reacta Gloss
Weight • 15 lbs. RG • 2.53 Differential • .030
Layout • 4 x 4¼x2 ¼
Tester PAP • 5” R, 5/8” D Tester Axis Tilt • 11° Testers Rev Rate • 300
Test Pattern • 42’ THS (Typical House Shot) • Modified, Kegel Stone Street

Roto Grip continues its successful Hustle line with the new Hustle RIP. This new Purple Solid version of Hustle brings a unique quality to Roto Grip’s HP1 line. And I was pretty impressed with how an HP1 ball could deliver such good results. So, let’s take a closer look.

The Hustle Core has become a thriving industry standard since its introduction in 2017 inside the Hustle INK. And the Hustle Core has proven to be a smooth, consistent workhorse. And I found those same results with the RIP as with the original Hustle INK. The Hustle Core revs smoothly in the mid-lane and continues with a consistent motion as it makes its way off the pattern. And for a medium RG and differential, the Hustle Core has plenty of destructive power through the pin deck. So, don’t let the thought of HP1 push you away; the Hustle Core will deliver results for any style or level of bowler, especially for straighter players like me.

Let’s talk about the awesome VTC (Vertical Traction Control) Solid found on the Hustle RIP. Mind you, being a straighter player, Surface is my best friend. So, I sanded my Hustle RIP with 2000-grit Abralon for a league night, and the VTC Solid performed flawlessly all night for me on a THS. Starting out playing up ten (Second arrow), I could rely on the VTC Solid to clear the fronts easily but still had mild traction in the mid-lane. And without being overly aggressive, that mild traction allowed my Hustle RIP to retain a lot of energy to be unleashed at the pins. Further, as the night went on and I could open up my angles, I loved how the VTC Solid rolled smoothly and blended the over under conditions that developed. So, make no mistake; the VTC Solid is an excellent choice for any down-and-in player like me.

In conclusion, Roto Grip has continued its successful Hustle line with the Hustle RIP. And the Hustle RIP will be an excellent choice for any bowler style, especially for a straighter like me. Further, I highly recommend the Hustle RIP to any new bowler looking to get into the sport and the parent looking to get their child started; look no further; the Hustle RIP is an excellent choice. So, stop into your local Strom VIP Pro Shop today and see where you’re Hustle RIP fits into your arsenal! It is worth it!

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Re: Hustle RIP review
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2023, 09:11:06 PM »
I drilled up my HUSTLE RIP 4.5 x 4.5 x 2.5. This is my usual layout for lower diff balls. I hit the surface with a light 2000 to crack the shine and smooth the reaction out.

I put the HUSTLE RIP up against the RUBY RED IQ and HUSTLE M & M. The RIP was right in the middle of these two balls. The M & M was later than the RIP but not as sharp as the RUBY IQ was off the spot. The HUSTLE RIP was at home for me on a med to med dry to pattern when my stronger RUBY was locking up. It also was a good compliment to the M & M as they played off one another pretty well.

I feel that the HUSTLE RIP will get play as a 2nd ball out of the bag at places with some early friction burn in the fronts and also when the big pearls are starting to lock up and lay flat down lane but the low powered gear is not enough yet.

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Hustle RIP Review by Luke Rosdahl
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2023, 09:11:28 AM »
User Specs: Left handed, 375 rev rate, 17mph speed, 45 degree angle of rotation, 7 degrees tilt Layout: 4 x 2 The Hustle RIP is a new symmetric ball in Roto Grip’s HP1 line. It features the VTC Solid coverstock, which is a medium to lower strength cover. The core is the Hustle core, which comes in at a 2.53 RG and .030 differential in 15 pounds. On paper, it’s a reskin of the Hustle Camo, and on the lane it’s very close, while also giving very strong Hustle Ink vibes. I’ve used the Hustle RIP on several different conditions at a couple different surfaces. First, the box Reacta Gloss surface hasn’t been great for me, so I resurfaced it to 1000 grit on a resurfacing machine, and then finished it with Storm’s Step 2 compound. The result was a clean round arc. It’s rounder than the Camo and very close indeed to the Hustle Ink, and is the same overall strength as both. For whatever reason I think the Camo handles angle better, and the RIP is marginally cleaner. I ended up taking a worn 3000 pad to it by hand to crack the shine to blend it out a little but still retain the general reaction. The RIP is very similar to a longer and sharper IQ Tour, which makes it very usable and throwable on a wide variety of conditions. It’s a little too clean and weak to be a first ball out of the bag in league unless you have a lot of friction, and I would recommend using a slight bit of surface on it to strengthen and blend the reaction a little. Overall it fits well in its price point as far as total hook potential, but overshoots it quite a bit when it comes to performance, it’s one of the best bangs for your buck on the market.
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