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Attention Star Review
« on: February 26, 2024, 12:17:45 PM »
Layout:  5 x 4 x 4 1/2 (50 x 5 x 70)
Surface: Reacta Gloss

The Attention Star brings the new Momentous Core (originally found overseas) with AI Technology paired with the etrax Plus Pearl Coverstock originally found on the RST X2.  The Attention Star brings a more unique to the Roto Grip Line Up by being an asymmetrical pearl with less differential than the other current HP4 balls.  The AI Core technology brings the RG down to 2.48 which allows this ball to read the midlane pretty well.  I got to test this on a 44ft THS and a 42ft Sport Pattern.

What I found on the house pattern, was that the surface of the ball is a little too clean to use mostly on the fresh but the core is strong enough to slow down in the right part of the lane.  Removing the Reacta Gloss or giving a strong drilling can get the ball to be better on fresh oil conditions.  The way I have mine drilled, I prefer to use it as a first transition ball due to the angle it creates.  I have been very happy with this ball so far.  It has much more versatility then originally expected and it reads the body of the lane very well.  I had a 300 game with the first time using the ball in my league  in game 2 which doesn't happen often.  My pin down layout gives me slightly smoother motion then one would get with a pin up layout which I think enhances my ball reaction more.  It doesn't seem to want to over flip in the dry much at all but can read the inside oil better than most other pearl balls in the lineup.   

On the 42ft sport condition, I see a lot of similar characteristics to the house pattern.  The Reacta Gloss does not allow the ball to be fantastic on the fresh and it's not really designed for that.  A ball like the Optimum Idol, Gem or Magic Gem would be a better choice for fresher oil conditions.  After urethane and solid balls were used on the fresh, the Attention Star became the go to ball.  It allowed me to open the lane up really well and I didn't have a fear of the ball not recovering down lane.  Its strong midlane read gave me similar shape to a gem while giving much more angle down lane for continued carry.  If you are looking for a medium strong ball to create angle down lane, then this Attention Star is a must to get.  It has a lot of versatility and has been working well for many styles.

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Re: Attention Star Review
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2024, 05:34:15 PM »
Dual Angle Layout: 55 x 4 ½ x 25
The Attention Star gave me a reaction I have not seen out of a SPI ball in quite a while.  This ball gets through the fronts easily, has a strong midlane reaction, and then smooth backend.  Even with a smoother backend this ball hits like a truck.  This ball quickly became the first ball out of my bag for league.
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Re: Attention Star Review
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2024, 12:45:05 PM »
The Attention Star has a pretty unique motion that’s a bit deceiving.  What I had heard about this ball was that it’s a slower response pearl that sees the mid lane pretty well.  I had also heard people compare this ball to a stronger UC2.  I disagree with both of these statements.

The Attention Star, for me, is just unique. 

I did not change the cover, It is still out of box finish.  For me it’s fairly clean through the front, reads the mid lane very well, but comes around the corner and is quite continuous. 

It has the continuation of a symmetrical ball but reads the mids of an asym!  It’s pretty cool!

Layout for mine is 5x4x2

Balls Currently getting play:
Absolute Power: 5x4x2
Xponent Pearl: 5x4x2
Zen Gold Label- 5x5x2 (pin up) box surface
Optimum Idol- 5x4x2
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Re: Attention Star Review
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2024, 03:17:44 PM »
Roto Grip Attention Star
Coverstock: Reacta Gloss eTrax™ Pearl Reactive
Weight Block: Momentous™ AV + A.I. Core (Asymmetrical)
Color: Berry/Silver/Iron

This is a ball that is getting a lot of air time on BowlTV on the PBA. It is a pearl that isn’t too clean to not be useful first of out bag but also doesn’t transition off the pattern too quickly. It is unique in ways of versatility. It can blend patterns well and not see too much but also not see too little if that makes sense. Our style: tweener, 350-375 revs, 16.5mph, layout of choice is 4x4x2 (pin is above bridge). This is one of those bowling balls that is going to be hard to get out of because it looks so good on so many patterns. On patterns with a lot of volume this would be your go to ball after starting the block with say a Harsh Reality or another big solid. It fits perfectly in between those big asymmetrical solids and a lower symmetrical ball such as zen gold label or HyRoad pearl. If you need a ball that fills that gap or are looking for a replacement asymmetrical pearl this is a great option for any style of bowler!

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Attention Star Review
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2024, 08:55:28 PM »
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The Attention Star has been an interesting ball for me. I was so excited for this ball because of all the new technology and the idea behind it and when I first threw the Attention Star I absolutely hated it. Then I remembered that it had Reacta Gloss so I hit the ball with a 3000 pad and boy did my mind change. I was hoping that this was going to be a benchmark ball for me, but it is going to be my cliff beater ball. What I mean by that is that when the lanes get over under, I can grab the Attention Star and play the oil line out to the dry and crush it. I drilled this ball at my benchmark drilling of 5 X 5 X 2 but think I am going to get another one and drill it a little bit different to see if I can get this to be the first ball out of bag. I do like this ball but will be a cliff killer for me. Please see what Darrin and Chaise had to say about the Attention Star, their opinions are different than mine.

Darrin Dohlman - Darrin really likes the Attention Star and was surprised on how strong and how much arch his has. He said that he likes how controllable the Attention Star is and that it feels like a stronger Zen. He and I agree that we aren't excited about the variety or the difference in each Attention Star is. Mine is pretty straight, his is really strong and Chaise is basically in between. Yes we all threw the ball a little different and drilled them up slightly different but not to get the range of differences of reaction on not only ours but others that have drilled up an Attention Star.

Chaise Donner - "THIS IS GOING TO BE A STAPLE IN MY BAG!" This is what Chaise first said to me after throwing the Attention Star for a few weeks. He goes on to tell me that this is the first ball that he is pulling out during league because as the night goes by and the cliff builds, he can play the cliff with the Attention Star and that this ball gives him the best look during league. Chaise goes on to say that on a sport shot he likes the Attention Star during the transition and that he doesn't have to worry about this ball burning up and giving him false reads. Needless to say, Chaise is in love with this ball and he has been killing it in league with the Attention Star. Tak a look at the videos and see what you think. Please let me know if you get on and how much you like it!

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