Kyle Hartzell of BowlerX and Eric Filipovits test the Roto Grip Outlaw. The testing was performed on a medium house tapered shot.
Kyle launches the ball 17.5 mph and the ball enters the pocket at just over 16 mph. He’s targeting 17 out to 7 at the breakpoint of about 41 ft. Kyle is able to generate over 7 degrees of entry angle. This ball’s core like to flip but the solid cover smooths it out a bit. However, it was absolutely amazing to see the amount of entry angle Kyle saw with this ball! It was downright impressive and completely unexpected. When you compare to what Eric was getting, it looks like it just matched up just right with Kyle’s release.
Eric launches at 18 mph and the ball enters the pocket at 17.5. It really loses very little speed. He has to be so deep with this ball that he is in the depths of the oil. Thus he wasn’t getting a big move on the backend. This worked well for Eric and gave him a different look.
Here you will see the comparison between the Outlaw and Bandit for both bowlers.
For Kyle, the Bandit as expected will cover less boards for a pearl. However, he actually got less entry angle. It seems that the Bandit cover allowed the core to flip more quickly at the breakpoint which had it lose a bit of energy when compared to the Outlaw. The Bandit is a nice compliment to the Outlaw. It covers less boards overall, is just a bit weaker, and slightly less entry angle.
For Eric, this was a tale of two cities, as it were. Whereas he had to move his breakpoint in with the Outlaw, Eric could swing the Bandit just a bit more. The stored energy for him created substantially more entry angle with the Bandit.
The Outlaw and Bandit compliment each other nicely, but here you see how different the relationship might be depending on your individual ball reaction.