This is part 3 of 3 in m Coverstock designator analysis! Today we are talking about hybrid bowling balls and how they aren't always in between a solid and a pearl! Ball featured today are the Roto Grip RST X1 Roto Grip UFO Alert and the Storm Trend 2!
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Got all 3. Alert is most used and prob therefore my favorite. T2 is too angular for the house and rstx1 is way too strong for the dry conditions. I will throw it in warmup to cut out area if in Bristol but Kingsport never puts out enough for me to use. Less hand players love it though. Same with T2. More speed or less hand and its great. Just didn’t quite match up often. When they do different patterns all 3 have been in play depending…
I’ve watched each of your videos regarding “cover designations” and appreciate your viewpoint and sharing of information/demonstration. For anyone reading the comments and trying to learn, I think what people need to learn is the difference between core dynamics and cover dynamics. Differences between covers should mainly be made relative to core dynamics. In other words, comparing covers wrapped around the same core is more appropriate/relevant than across lines. The characteristics of pearl versus hybrid versus solid cover are meaningful if there are all wrapped around Roto Grip’s E.T.™ Core. However, a solid cover on the E.T.™ Core and a pearl cover on the Rondure™ Core are not meant to be compared independent of the two cores. Thanks for the great content and sorry for the verbose comment.
The core dynamics weren’t the only things in play here either. The Alert actually has the earlier/stronger core, but Etrax Hybrid is cleaner and more responsive than the Microtrax Hybrid cover on the RST X-1 that actually has the higher RG and lower differential (1 point difference on each, but still). Luis has them both at the same surface, so this is a perfect comparison to show that the formula matters. Both hybrids, really similar core numbers, but the one with the earlier/stronger core goes longer and responds more to friction because it has a cleaner, more responsive cover formula.
I’ve seen people say that an RST X-1 wouldn’t fit someone’s strong ball slot because it’s a hybrid, so it’ll be kinda long and flippy and it’s not. It’s stronger than the solid Rubicon that has an even lower RG, therefore earlier rolling core, but the formula on it, again, is cleaner than the microtrax hybrid cover is.
The point of these videos is that you have to know what cover formulas are on them, not just solid, hybrid, and pearl. Then look at the core numbers. Yeah, Trend 2 has the longer weaker core and that’s what you see, but the UFO has an earlier, stronger core than the RST, but cover formulas are so different that the RST actually winds up being the earlier and smoother ball. And if Luis left them at the oob surface, the difference would be even bigger.
@Chris Strong – First, thanks for the reply and I agree with everything you said. Also, I understand and agree with the point of the videos being to move past the general descriptors used in bowling cover names. Secondly, I was not insinuating that core dynamics were the *only* things in play. However, a broader issue, in my opinion and experience, is the comparison of bowling balls simply based on the cover descriptor instead of ALL of the actual factors that matter more than simple, general terms (i.e. – actual cover chemistry/formula, core dynamics, etc.). And in order to let go of poorly understood information, one must understand the nuance of the elements that play a part in ball performance and allow for an “apples to apples comparison” of oranges and grapefruits (in other words, comparing commonalities between somewhat disparate products). LOL
Great video, I have the X-1 and the Alert and the Alert is easily my favorite
Great series of vids on this topic. Good job Luis, this is both educational and myth busting info that any bowler can use to make wise arsenal building choices
all very good and mad good sense. would of been cool to see u compare maybe a brunswick motive and storm but awesome either rate. I think this goes good when people ask about what layouts u use etc.
Sam’s Town… like the Killers?
I dunno man.. I enjoyed watching this series just to see shape differences with each of the balls featured, but to me you made a series that better shows the characteristics of the cores more than the cover designator differences.
I think the concept would have been better shown with 3 different balls that have same core. Perhaps some Idols, Hustles, or Electrify’s?
Luke inadvertently nailed this idea when he did the !Qubed video after the nano Pearl released.
Anyway, rant over. I always look forward to the new videos and will continue to watch them all.