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Zen Master
« on: August 11, 2021, 04:38:25 PM »
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The 900Global Zen Master high-performance bowling ball uses the S77R Solid coverstock which is ideal for medium to heavy oil. This coverstock a paired with the Meditate Symmetric Core making this ball the strongest symmetric ball in the current 900Global line. The core allows this ball to rev up quickly and continue through the length of the lane. Due to the large size of the core, layouts with the pin up or down will not affect the RG/Diff much after the ball is drilled. This ball will pair well on house or sport conditions.

Color: Megenta/Black/Green
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Meditate Symmetric
Coverstock: S77 Response Solid Reactive
Finish: 3000 Grit Abralon
Hook Potential: High
Length: Medium
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium-Heavy Oil
RG: 2.49 (for 15# ball)
Differential: 0.051 (for 15# ball)



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Re: Zen Master
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2021, 09:39:24 AM »
Layout: 5x5x2
Lane Pattern: house shot, 42 feet
PAP: 5 7/8 over and 3/8 up
Ball Speed: 15 mph

I was late to the party on the Zen. Wasn’t going to make the same mistake with Zen Master. Any time I can put a strong symmetrical ball in my bag, it’s going to be a good day.

When first seeing the RG and differential numbers on the Zen Master I wondered just how different it would be from a Phaze 2. For me, it’s noticeably different. Still a super controllable shape, just much stronger and earlier than the Phaze 2. I went with the same layout on the Zen Master as I did on my Phaze 2 and it’s a good 4-5 boards stronger for me.

Ball is receptive to hand position changes. I was able to back my hand out and play between 1st and 2nd arrow and get it to tumble. Getting around it more and was able to move in between 3rd and 4th arrows and give the pocket away to around the 6-7 board. That’s covering some real estate for me and gets through the pins.

You’re going to need oil up front for this one. I can see speed dominant players being able to stay a little further right in the dry and have success. If you’re a little more rev dominant I don’t see any issues with you moving inside and getting this one to turn the corner for you. This ball will appeal to a wide range of bowlers.

Pairing this one with the original Zen is a great 1-2 combo for any bowler. Put a spare ball in the mix and you have a 3-ball arsenal that should be able to hit most league conditions if you’re not inclined to bring a lot of equipment to league.

I don't think you'll go wrong with this purchase.


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Re: Zen Master
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2021, 09:28:39 AM »
Zen Master- Ball Specs
Cover Stock: S77 Response Solid
Finish: 3000 Grit
Core: Meditate Symmetric
Color: Magenta/Black/Green
Layout: 65 x 5 x 45
RG: 2.49
Differential: 0.051
Intermediate Diff: N/A

The Prime 800 Series greatly anticipated Zen Master does not disappoint and is an excellent complement to the Zen Pearl.  The Zen Master features the S77 response cover combined with the Medtiate Symmetric core, which is the biggest core 900 Global has ever put into a bowling ball. This is the most aggressive symmetric ball I have in my arsenal. I tested this ball on 44 feet typical house pattern. As a mid to low rev player, I was able to move left of 20 and open the lanes up. I was also able to stand right of 20, play the track area and swing it outside of five with great success. Just like the Pearl the Zen Master strikes a lot. My ball’s layout is 65 x 5 x 45. This is a great ball for all levels of bowlers. Order one from your local pro shop today! My ball review videos are posted on YouTube channel Stanley Waite.

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900 Global Zen Master by Casey Murphy
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2021, 04:13:55 PM »
Orientation:  Right Handed
Rev Rate:  400 RPM
Speed:  16-17 MPH
PAP:  4 ½ over and ½ up

Location:  Enterprise Park Lanes, Springfield MO
Pattern:  High Volume THS
VLS Layout: 
Layout 1:  5 x 4 x 2 ½  (pin above bridge)

LOVE THE ZEN.  It’s one of my favorite balls of all time!  Sometimes it isn’t strong enough.  Zen Master solves the problem.  The Zen Master hits the mid lane just like the Zen and keeps on hooking.  But since it’s solid, it does it about 5 feet sooner.  It’s EXACTLY what you think it would be.  Need I say more.


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Zen Master
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2021, 08:29:20 PM »
Last season the 900 Global Zen took the lanes by storm and quickly became a must have for every bowler. This season bowlers will have another ball they must add to their arsenal, Zen Master. The Zen Master features the same Meditate Core found in the original Zen but has the S77 Response Solid Cover. I was so hyped about this ball that I drilled two of them right off the rip, a pin down 4.5 x 4 x 4 and a pin up 5 x 5 x 3. Starting with the pin down one, this ball provides me a lot of early hook and a smoother motion where as the pin up one lets me open the lane up and is stronger on the backend. I have to say these two balls remind me a lot of the two Roto Grip Idols I had and I loved them, they made a great 1-2 punch on a lot of pattern lengths and volumes. Your not going to want to miss out on this ball, I will always have both these balls with me and I cant wait to use them more and more!


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Re: Zen Master
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2021, 07:25:20 AM »
Compared my Zen Master  up against my Phaze 2 and Axiom.  Definitely was earlier and smoother for me then both. That being said I believe I'm going to like it the most.  That's crazy to even say with how much I like the other 2. The early motion while still creating as much continuation as this ball has in the back is going to make it the 1st ball out of the bag for anyone that bowls anywhere with a decent amount of oil on the lanes.

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Zen Master Review by Luke Rosdahl
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2021, 03:21:56 PM »

The Zen Master features the S77 Response solid coverstock and incredibly strong symmetric Meditate core.  Angel’s layout as always is 5 x 3 ½ x 3 ½, putting the pin above her bridge, mine is 4 ¾ x 3 ½ x 3 ½, putting the pin in my ring finger, and because this is a symmetric core, the cg placement doesn’t matter.  Global covers give you some semblance of their strength with the number in the cover name, S77 is getting up on the strong side and is currently Global’s second strongest cover, and it feels like it’s in Incite territory, or like the solid version of that coverstock would be the best frame of reference, it’s really strong, early, and smooth.  The Meditate core is the same one from the Zen, 2.49 RG and an .051 differential in 15 pounds,, and it’s very strong, early, and rolly, reminds me a lot of the Centripetal HD core from the Son!Q and Super Son!Q, so I think that’s why the Zen has been so popular, it’s the best of several different worlds.  It’s a really smooth and blendy ball that’s squarely in Phaze 2 territory.  I think it’s actually a bit earlier and smoother, it feels like it’s trying to roll a little sooner and it definitely rolls a bit heavier, but realistically the difference is pretty small.  There aren’t a lot of nuances to talk about here, the ball reaction is pretty straightforward. It hooks a lot and is really smooth.  For ratings, once again it’s solidly in Phaze 2 territory but I think even a bit stronger and earlier, so approaching Axiom strength and length, but a bit slower, so the Zen Master gets a 9 for hook potential, a 4 for length and a 4 for backend. 
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Re: Zen Master
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2021, 08:50:49 AM »
Zen Master
S77 Response Solid
3000 finish OFB
RG: 2:49 Differential: 0.057
Drilling: 40 X 4 X 50

It’s finally here! The new Zen Master by 900 Global. I have to say I was so excited when I first heard the ball was going to be released by 900 Global. Since a drilled and started throwing the Zen. It has been the first ball out of my bag. I have had my first 300 and highest series to date 793. I was hoping that solid version of this ball was coming and well no we have it delivers. Zen master with the S 77 response solid cover is smoother down lane with a lot of backend. Then Zen master has great continuation through the pins. Zen master is a bit earlier and smoother than say the phase 2 and not as angular as the original Zen. The Zen Master will be a staple in my bag for sure. It will be a great compliment to the phase 2 and the original Zen. The Zen Master will be a versatile for various play styles and lane conditions. If you're looking for a new strong symmetrical ball, check out the new Zen master at your local VIP pro shop.


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Re: Zen Master
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2021, 11:13:44 AM »
Zen Master:
The Zen Master features the S77 Response Solid cover and the Meditate symmetric Core. The numbers on the Meditate core are 2.49 RG, .051 diff.

Mine is drilled 4.5” to PAP with a 2.5” pin buffer. The original Zen is a strong contender for “ball of the year”, so the Zen Master has big shoes to fill. And I will tell you now, the Zen Master is special! I would label the shape as medium-to-med/slow but the S77 cover is super strong. My Zen Master out hooked my Axiom and my Phase II and it reminds me of the original Roto Grip Idol.


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Re: Zen Master
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2021, 10:21:22 AM »
I drilled my ZEN MASTER up 65 x 4.5 x 35 which is my go to drilling on most symmetrical pieces. I have left it box which is 3000abr.
ZEN MASTER review:
I have thrown my ZEN MASTER up against some of my other stronger pieces like the PROTON PHYSIX, INCITE, and REALITY. The ZEN MASTER is not quite as strong early as the PROTON or REALITY, but definitely moves earlier than the INCITE. The ZEN MASTER actually makes me think of the PHAZE II with how it shapes and reads the front compared to the big balls. I'm thinking this is just on the stronger side of a benchmark but I was able to get a good read on the lane with mine and make choices from there. I put the original ZEN up against it and obviously the ZEN is longer but the motion is very similar just a few feet further down lane than the ZEN MASTER. This one should be the 900 Global version of the PHAZE II and should be a great medium-strong piece with predictable motion.
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Re: Zen Master
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2021, 11:33:49 AM »
The new addition to Global's 800 series line is the new ZEN Master. It has the massive Meditate Symmetric Core from the original Zen, wrapped with the S77 Response Solid Cover which has been purposely engineered for medium-heavy oil. The original Zen quickly became one of my favorite balls, so the Zen Master had some high expectations, to which it did not disappoint. I was very surprised by how strong of a Symmetrical ball this actually was. I picks up much sooner in the midlane than I anticipated, while still having that strong backend motion that I came to love about the original Zen. For me, this ball fits right between the Reality and Ordinance C4, and will be a great benchmark ball for upcoming tournaments.


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Re: Zen Master
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2021, 01:13:39 PM »


Volume: 22.5 mLs

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Likes: Control, Consistency, Performance

Dislikes: NONE


This is the ball that I have been waiting for since the Idol was discontinued.  This higher end, symmetrical solid reads the midline well and provides good angle as well.  I mentioned the Idol before, but this ball also reminds me a bit of the Dare Devil Trick, an older high end symmetrical solid.  These type balls are the ones that I lean on when I travel to keep me out of trouble and to allow me to get a fast start…the key word here is consistency.  This ball doesn’t do anything that you won’t be expecting.  Control, Consistency, Performance.  I love this ball already!

My Layout for this ball is 50x4.75x30 or 4.75x4x2

Balls that are currently in the bag:
Zen- 50x4.25x65
UFO Alert-50x5x65
Dark Code- 50x4.25x65
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900 Global Zen Master review by Trevor Roberts
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2021, 07:06:57 PM »
Lane Condition
Length: 40
Volume: Medium
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

The new Zen Master is exactly what I needed in my bag: a stronger Phaze 2. This ball is the perfect step down from the Reality or RST X1. The Zen Master comes with a 3000 abralon finish, but to me looked and rolled like it had more surface than that. Keeping this ball at box finish, it will be able to combat heavy oil patterns with no problem. When it lane shines, it becomes more similar to a Phaze 2 and works well when you need to blend the pattern without too much down lane shape. I like this ball with more shine on it, so for me it has kept getting better with time. I am definitely going to drill another Zen Master pin down, it is that good!

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Trevor Roberts
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Right Handed
Rev Rate: 400
Speed: 16
PAP: 5 1/2 up 13/16


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Re: Zen Master
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2021, 08:17:44 PM »
This ball loves oil! I rolled it, actually hooked a little sooner then the Reality, and a little more on the back end as well. BUT...the Reality has lane shine on it, I love that ball as well. I had the Master drilled the same as my Zen...because that is what I wanted. I love the Zen...and this is going to make me love BOTH balls now! When I started my feet were at 25 throwing over 3rd arrow, taking it out to 10-8 boards...and yeah! Its a great starting ball indeed! As the league went on (lol...yes I wanted to throw this ball!) by the 3rd game, standing 32 and hitting 4th arrow and taking it out to 12 board...make sure you keep your speed up, don't get lazy. (or you can change balls lol) I can't lose with this ball if there is a lot of oil on the lane, man it rolls so nice!


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Re: Zen Master
« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2021, 01:00:43 PM »
900 Global Zen Master
Cover: 3000 S77 Responseâ„¢ Solid Reactive
Core: Meditateâ„¢ (Symmetrical)
Color: Magenta/Black/Green

Can you say ball of the year? There were very high expectations for this ball due to the high demand of the Original Zen. This piece did not disappoint AT ALL! We love strong symmetrical solids. For high speed and high rev players like ourselves, this piece works great, giving us continued motion and contained energy all the way through the pins. The Zen Master has similar ball motion to the reality, playing a few boards to the right. If you are starting out with a strong Asymmetrical piece this ball would work well as a transition in between that and something similar to the Burner or in the HP2 or HP1 lines by Roto. We anticipate keeping this ball on our shelf in the shop for a while.

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