Roto Grip Rogue Cell Bowling Ball Review

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A new generation within the kingdom has materialized and looks to seek total domination. Enter the Rogue Cell.

Pin to PAP (4 1/2″ over 1/2″ up) – 5″
Mass Bias Position – 2″ from Center Line
CG Placement – 1″ Right of grip center
Balance Hole – None

Surface Preparation – Left at Box Finish (4000 Abralon)

What I Was Looking For In This Layout: I wanted to a ball reaction similar to my Virtual Gravity, so I was looking for another ball to hook… just not as much as my Virtual. With the Rogue Cell’s Cytoplasmic XL Hybrid coverstock, I decided to put one of my favorite layouts on it to try and achieve the reaction I wanted.

What I Ended Up With In This Ball Layout: If you’ve thrown a Cell, whether it’s a solid or pearl, you are going to want this addition in your bag. If you haven’t thrown a Cell… What are you doing?! This is a great addition to the line offering a different reaction that compliments the Cell and Cell Pearl. With the layout I put on my Rogue Cell, it now allows me to play a similar line to my Virtual Gravity, only it clears the heads a little easier with the Hybrid coverstock.

The Hybrid Reactive coverstock allows me to be versatile and play different areas of the lane when needed. If I’m playing on a medium condition or burnt lanes, I can stand left and throw right with little worry of having the ball recover back to the pocket due to the energy saved down the lane. When the lanes are fresh and a little tighter, I can square up and watch this ball make a left turn off the fresh backends.

My recommendation is that if you have not tried any ball in the Cell line, this would be a good time to start. If you do have a Cell, the Rogue Cell is the perfect compliment. The Hybrid reactive coverstock allows bowlers of all styles to play their favorite part of the lane. If you’re a cranker, you can tune the surface and swing the whole lane. If you’re a tweener, polish the surface and head outside. No matter what your favorite line to play is, the Rogue Cell’s combination of core and coverstock allow any bowler to easily fine tune the reaction for the perfect reaction desired.

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Roto Grip Rogue Cell Bowling Ball Review was last modified: February 23rd, 2009 by Brian Halstrom

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  1. I know you haven't had much time to compare, but how would the Rogue stack up against the Virtual Gravity? I was originally looking to choose between the Virtual Gravity and the Original Cell. However, I think I like the sound of the new Rogue better than the Original Cell.

    I know I asked you already to compare the VG and the Cell…but how would you compare the VG and the Rogue, and which would you choose if forced to?

  2. Hey Adam,

    Honestly right now, I don't think I could choose between the two yet because I haven't thrown the Rogue enough to compare. I've had a chance to throw it a few games and I can tell you that it rolls great. Reaction wise, it is in the same ball park as the Virtual Gravity. I still think the Virtual is going to hook a little more than this. The Virtual is just one of those balls that seems to hook on everything.

    We will be shooting a video on this tonight and should have it up within the next few days.

    Thanks Adam

    • hi,when will the reaction video for rouge cell be out….anxious to seee

      • Hi Shaun,

        We are getting ready to launch the reaction video for the Rogue Cell within the next day or so. We're just putting the finishing touches onto it now.

  3. Hi Brian, I have read a few of your reviews on Bowlingball.com and have found them to help my ball decisions. I am currently throwing 3 cells. 2 regular and one Pearl. The pearl and one of the original cells have the pin next to the ring finger and the RG 1" off the thumb. The other original cell is a pro CG drilled for late flip. I am going to get a Rogue either as soon as released or at USBC at the end of March. Looking for a drill that will help me open up the lane early on fresh oil. Any suggestions?

  4. Brian Halstrom, how have you been man its been a while( loschetter days) …its cool to come on here and see you throwing all this new stuff..Its about time i found a video review site that I can relate to…Our games are pretty similar. What do you think of the virtual? i threw somebody elses and it seems to be a beast on the 42 foot shot i threw it on..Also i want to see the rogue on here. how long till you get one?

    • Hey Matt,

      How have you been? Good to hear from you! My opinion on the Virtual Gravity is that it is one of the most aggressive balls I've ever thrown, hits like a truck to boot. I haven't had a chance to get it on many tournament shots so I'm not sure how it would work there. It will definitely eat up the house shots though.

      I got a chance to throw the Rogue Cell and it's right up there with the Virtual. It doesn't hook as much as the Virtual, but then again, I don't think anything does. The Rogue Cell rolls great and actually allows me to play on more lane conditions because of the coverstock. Both are great balls. We'll have a video out for the Rogue Cell up very shortly.

  5. Hi Randy,

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Rogue Cell. I'm happy to hear that some of my reviews are helping other bowlers with their ball drilling decisions.

    For the Rogue Cell, I really like the way the coverstock allows you to play the lanes. A layout that I like that helps me get a better midlane roll on fresh conditions is putting the pin under my fingers. This combination with a dull coverstock tend to work best on fresh conditions for me. When I have the pin under my fingers and polish the coverstock, I get a more angular reaction down the lane that works better when I have to play outside or when the lanes are starting to move more.

    We will be posting the Rogue Cell ball reaction video very shortly. We've got three different layouts on the video so you can see how each of them roll. From what I've seen, they all seem to roll pretty good! Then again, it is a Cell, so that's kind of to be expected right?

  6. Hey Brian Halstrom. I am a high school bowler who currently averages a 195 with a tweener style and medium speed. I usually throw a Hammer Toxic, and everyone knows it's time to add a new ball to my bag. I have trouble getting the Toxic to react on a lot of conditions and can not throw the angle I'd like, so I've been looking at the more aggressive Rogue Cell. I'm not familiar with Pin to PAP, so I was wondering if you could help me select a layout. Thanks a lot.

  7. Actually I've just watched your videos on talkbowling.com and got a lot of help on understanding the drilling options. I'll be working on finding my positive axis point within the next few days.

  8. Out of every ball in the world, can someone tell me what ball has the most hook.

    • From what I've seen, and what a lot of people will say right now…it is the Storm Virtual Gravity. Watch the video of Brian and the guys throwing it. It's hard to argue.

      • Hi Mitchell & Adam,

        I would have to agree with you that the Virtual Gravity is the most aggressive piece I have in my bag. I've been throwing my Rogue Cell more and I'm really liking the reaction I've been getting from it. Both are great balls.

  9. Hey Brian
    I'm going to Nationals on the 23rd of March and want to revamp my arsenal. Current bag contains NVS THS 4.5 Pin from PAP Stacked, RAW ACID THS 5" from PAP, LM Counterstrike Pin on PAP (Fred Borden's Tournament layout) I've never liked this or found a shot that liked this layout. My PAP is 6 1/8, 1/2 up taken off a Target Zone so no flare. My style is Strong Tweener average 212 to 220 depending on house ball speed (Normal 15.5 When shot starts to dry out 16MPH then when shot is Dried Out I'll hit 17MPH). I have a new 2nd Dimension NIB undrilled 3 Pin 2.84TW 15LB 3oz. Want to buy NIB Cell Rogue 15 or 16LB. What Ball characteristics (Pin TW) and how would you suggest for laying out these two new balls to take to the Nationals. Last year at Nationals AE scores were 630, 649 & 607 We broke the shot down over board 7-8 then played around 10 for most of the tournament maybe 3 or 4" belly. We're planning pretty much same attack.
    Arsenal this year would be the 2nd Dimension and Rogue Cell

    Any help would be Greatly Appreciated. I'll need to order the Rogue early and have them ship when available to the public.

  10. Hello Brian,

    In as much that Rogue Cell may not be the latest ball right now and considering that I have a Mutant Cell and Nomad Pearl.

    I still elected to get a Rogue Cell with pin below and between fingers with mass bias almost 3 inches kick out from thumb. How would you expect this Rogue Cell Layout to go?

    FYI – My Mutant Cell is pin above ring finger
    Nomad Pearl is pin above ring finger also.

    Thanks in advance for your reply.

    Sid

    • Hey Sid,

      The great thing I liked about my Rogue Cell is that is was powerful, consistent and controllable. I would expect the Rogue to start rolling more in the midlane with a strong backend reaction. Possibly a good choice to start with that ball or the Mutant depending on how the lanes are playing, then as they transition switch to the Nomad Pearl to get through the heads and provide good backend reaction.

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