Roto Grip: Shout

by Bob Johnson 0

45 Hook 16.5 Length 13.5 Breakpoint Shape

Manufacturer’s Intent: “Introduced alongside its pearlized counterpart, the Shout, too, is designed for lighter oil conditions or those high-friction lane surfaces,” says Chris Schlemer. “Again, a bright and fun color combination creates another superb option for the novice or beginner player. Even high-rev, tournament-ready players will appreciate the length and control the Shout delivers on lighter oil patterns.”

Core Design: The Shout has the same low-flaring Late Roll 46 symmetric core used in the Scream. The RG is higher at 2.57 and the differential is nice and low at .022. The conservative numbers help lessen early roll and track flare. This is a prime example of when less is more; less hook often can result in more control and more strikes.

Coverstock: The solid 45L coverstock is an all-new formula from the folks at Roto Grip. The fun colors are a mix of bright orange and deep blue. The factory finish is polished at 1500 grit. We saw a reasonably slow response off friction with limited traction in oil. The Ra reading also is low, which is best for added length.

Test Results: The Shout was one of our favorite test balls this month. We say this due to its above-average usability, above-average ability to control the pocket and above-average pin carry. With its conservative core/cover combo, we needed to play near or in friction areas to get a good look, but that seems pretty easy to do in today’s high-friction environment. We commonly see so much friction due to synthetic lane surfaces being older, and thus rougher.

When to Use: The Shout allows bowlers to play farther outside, which helps create more angle through the pocket. Both it and the Scream also make for less dramatic moves through the oil transitional phases. We found we could make one- to two-board moves as the pattern broke down, whereas with higher flaring balls, we would have to make three- to five-board moves with our feet. Since the Shout and Scream create minimal track flare, we were able to use stronger layout patterns of 3- to 4-inch pin distance from the PAP, and still maintain excellent pin carry on the burn. Even our 5.5-inch pin distance created enough hook for above-average pin carry on all of our broken-down test patterns.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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