The Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused bowling ball is the latest blockbuster addition to the crowd-favorite Roto Grip Cell series. Our Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused review will look at this aggressive high-performance bowling ball marvel from every angle, giving you a panoramic view of Roto Grip’s newest offering before you make a potential purchase decision.
How does the strength of the Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused stack up against the other bowling balls in Roto Grip’s HP4 high-performance line? Is the Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused versatile enough to be a primary strike ball in a wide variety of oil conditions? Delve into our in-depth Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused bowling ball review for the answer to these questions and much more!
The Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused pairs the returning (and proven) Nucleus asymmetrical core design with the first run of a new and extremely aggressive hybrid reactive coverstock. Paired together, the core/coverstock combination shines by offering easy length through the fronts and efficacious energy-storing capacity before a huge back-end reaction sends pins flying in every direction.
The Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused is the fourth entry (and second with the beloved Cell moniker) in Roto Grip’s HP4 line of high-performance bowling balls. It joins the Hot Cell (urethane coverstock), No Rules Pearl (reactive pearl), and No Rules Exist (reactive solid) on the shelves. Out of the four HP4 bowling balls, the Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused has the strongest overall reactivity quotient of the bunch.
While the Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused is best used in medium or medium-heavy oil conditions, it does a fantastic job blending wet and dry on longer oil patterns. In fact, the Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused has one of the most powerful and distinct motions we’ve seen off the dry in quite some time. This ball is all movement and firepower when it has enough oil to burn through as fuel.
Speaking of firepower, the Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused hits harder than any of the four HP4 high-performance bowling balls we’ve played with. It’s an absolute wrecking ball when slotted into the pocket, partially thanks to its distinct angularity out of the breakpoint and an undeniable back-end burst which portends peak pin carry and continuation all the way through to the back wall.
Features, Specs & Materials
The return of the Nucleus asymmetrical core in the Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused is a welcome one for those familiar with the company’s previous offerings. It’s an extremely heavy-hitting core design which turns off-kilter juts and turns into insane pin trajectories after impact.
The Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused’s big selling point is the debut of the fiery eTrax-H18 reactive hybrid coverstock. eTrax stands for Enhanced Traction and the coverstock lives up to its name by offering some impressive friction creation and traction capabilities when oil conditions are at their freshest.
The standard 1500 Grit box finish on the Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused works perfectly in conjunction with the ball’s hybrid coverstock to cut through oily fronts with ease as the ball stays long and gets stronger for its back-end theatrics.
Color: Jet Black, Silver, Violet
Core: Nucleus (Asymmetrical)
Coverstock: eTrax-H18 (Reactive Hybrid)
Finish: 1500 Grit Polished
Flare potential: Moderate to Strong
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium
The Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused hits a reactivity home run with the debut of the eTrax-H18 reactive hybrid coverstock, but there is a trade-off. This is an extremely porous coverstock and needs constant maintenance to ensure that you get peak reactivity and angularity in the oil. You have to be diligent cleaning it or you’re going to see a sharp drop in this ball’s effectiveness.
If you’ve never thrown a Roto Grip ball with the Nucleus asymmetrical core inside, be prepared for some off-kilter fun! It can feel a little off upon first throw, but that’s the case with a lot of asymmetrical-core balls which also sport an aggressive coverstock.
Advantages & Disadvantages
If you were a fan of the distinct motion and back-end punch of the Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused, this is that ball but with an extra helping or two of punch and hitting power. If you need a high-performance bowling ball which is primed to go long on medium and medium-heavy oil patterns before crushing the pins from a variety of entry angles, order the Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused right away without hesitation.
The Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused is a fantastic find for bowlers who have a very straight-line approach and need some kick at the end of the lanes (and through the pins). Oddly enough, it’s also a great ball for higher-rev players who want to get very deep with a firm approach but are worried about a lack of lane length or a decrease in hitting power.
This ball is versatile enough to make a wide variety of players happy, especially considering how easily this ball gets through the fronts. It’s nearly effortless to push through and find traction in the middle of the lane when faced with fresh conditions on medium and medium-heavy oil patterns. That lack of effort is paired with peak energy storage for the aforementioned back-end crashes and booms.
In short, the Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused is a true powerhouse which simply hits differently. You’ll hear it when this ball gets angular and crushes the pin pocket from an impressive variety of directions. The Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused is an exercise in calculated aggression which will impress even the most seasoned of bowlers.
The Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused does well in transitional oil patterns where wet and dry coincide, but it’s not made for less complex patterns which skew dry or extremely wet. This ball will get burnt up badly on dry lanes and will become gummed up and submerge itself if the oil is too deep. Keep a secondary strike ball just in case oil conditions start to deplete badly.
Asymmetrical bowling balls with such aggressive coverstocks are not made for beginning and intermediate bowlers just finding their way. The Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused is simply too strong and can be unwieldy for those who struggle with adjusting their games to play to its strengths.
If your game needs a powerful finishing touch to take it to the next level on medium and medium-heavy oil patterns, you’re not going to do any better than the Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused in the marketplace. It’s all strength and wicked back-end movement, so it can be a little hard to handle.
However, taming this ball isn’t the point. If you want to embrace a bit of angular chaos on the back end and use it to your pin carry advantage, you’re going to fall in the love with the Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused on your first throw.
Overall Score: 9 out of 10