Roto Grip is doing something different with the Rubicon upper-mid performance ball in their HP3 line of balls. This ball introduces 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 eTrax-S20 Solid Reactive coverstock which can be sanded or polished to meet your needs without reducing traction or responsiveness. Out of the box this ball is ideally used on medium to medium/heavy oil conditions.
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
I was excited to throw this ball. The new Rubicon has a brand new core, the Rondure. The design intent with this core, is to allow players to have the same motion without a balance hole. This ball definitely does that and more. This ball reminds me of a Alpha Crux or Code X, but this balls doesn't slow down. In the ROTO Grip line I find the UFO is very angular and the IDOL was a bit too smooth at times. The Rubicon is a great blend of the two balls. This ball has a nice arch motion and very controllable and easier to read the reaction. I drilled mine 50 x 4 1/4" x 45. This is my medium/benchmark layout. This ball is awesome with this layout in it for me. When it makes the corner it doesn't seem to quit. It also doesn't seem to burn up as easily as most solids if they encounter too much friction up front. This ball will be great for low rev players as well as high rev players looking for more control. If I want to play up the boards or get in deeper this ball allows for both. This ball will work great on a lot of different patterns, but most importantly will be very consistent. Awesome Ball!
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please compare this to the UFO
This ball will not be quite as strong as the UFO. The UFO is a high performance ball while this is an upper mid performance. This would more closely be compared to the Wild Streak with similar cover, finish, and strength to the Wild Streak.
Does this ball hook more or less than the Motiv Trident Abyss?
This ball is not as strong as the Trideny Abyss. This is an upper mid performance and the Trident Abyss is a high performance.
Is this a good replacement for the old Columbia 300 Blue Pulse?
This would have a much different reaction. I believe the Blue Pulse was a pearl coverstock and made to go longer on the lanes. Also this ball will have much newer features so it will be a stronger ball. The Rubicon is duller to read more in the midlane and have a strong arc down the lane.
What happens when I polish the Rubicon on a 40 ft house patterns
Out of the box the ball has a dull finish to help it read more in the midlane and give it a smooth arc hook. If you polish the finish then it will skid more through the midlane and storm more of the hook for the backend.
How does it compare to the Haywire kr what ball in the rotogrip line is most similar to the haywire?
The Rubicon will have a stronger weight block and cover but the finish on the Haywire was a little duller so that it can grip a little more. The Haywire is very close in comparison to the Rubicon Solid or the Roto Grip Idol here: https://www.bowling.com/products/roto-grip-idol.htm
Can I use this ball for all 3 games?
I would not expect this ball to work through all 3 games typically. It is rated for medium to heavy oil so it will do well on the first game or two but by the end of the night the lanes are usually drying out and because this ball reads earlier on the lanes already it would not do well when the lanes are lighter.
Would this ball fit in my bag. I have a Hammer Black Widow Legend, A Rotogrip Idol pearl, and a Black Widow black gold. I'm hoping it will perform similar to the legend.
The Rubicon Solid will read earlier on the lanes compared to the Widow Legend and also compared to the other balls in your bag. It has a solid cover with a duller finish to help it start reading sooner and this will also give it a smoother reaction instead of a sharper backend. It will have slightly more overall hook potential because it starts hooking earlier too.
How does this ball compare to a Roto Grip by-Wire
The Rubicon Solid is going to be stronger and can handle heavier oil than the Hy-Wire. Also, the Hy-Wire would go longer on the lanes and have a sharper backend hook while the Rubicon Solid reads earlier and smoother on the lanes.
Due to the time it takes to produce the Roto Grip Rubicon Solid ball it will ship in immediately. We cannot ship this ball outside the United States.