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Epic Odyssey
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Ball NPS Score: Not Available
The journey continues with the introduction of the Epic Odysseytm. Since the inception of the Epic line in 2004, Roto Grip has been on the forefront of High Performance asymmetrical technology with the Maximustm core and the Ultimate Visiontm line of coverstocks.

The Odysseytm is a defining introduction with the quick spinning Maximus IItm core, and the enhanced traction Ultimate Visiontm solid reactive coverstock. This combination is guaranteed to provide the most versatile asymmetrical bowling ball on the market today.


Factory Finish  2000 Abralon  
Track Flare Potential  7+ Inches  
Lane Condition  Medium - Heavy Oil  
Cover Stock  Ultimate Visiontm Solid Reactive  
Weight Block  Maximus IItm Core  
Color  Scarlet / Maroon / Crimson  
D-Scale  73 -75  
Available Weights  10 -16 Pounds
Spin Rate  5 Seconds (15lbs)  

Core Dynamics

16 lb.  2.47 (Low)  .046 (Medium-High)  
15 lb.  2.48 (Low)  .050 (High)  
14 lb.  2.52 (Med)  .040 (Medium)  

RG: X-axis  RG: Y-axis  RG: Z-axis  Mass Bias
2.483  2.534  2.508  .026 (15lbs)  



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Re: Epic Odyssey
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2007, 02:50:36 PM »
I drilled my Odyssey to be a little archier than its nature. Pin outside and slightly above my ring with the cg swung waaaaaaay out and mass bias at about 5 o'clock. 1 1/4 inch hole drilled 2 and a 1/2 inches deep about 5 inches out and an inch up. In spite of this smoother drilling (primarily because of the size of the hole) it still has enough kick on the back to hit very well. For me, it doesn't over react to the dry either, which is a problem for higher rev rates at my home house. It faces up enough on the back to help me carry my higher half hits, which is also a common problem for me. I feel like this ball has a versatile cover and has a place in EVERYONES arsenal. It really is a must have and it has great shelf appeal. I'm positive that you could do everything with this ball from making it long and strong to rolling at your toes.

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Re: Epic Odyssey
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2007, 03:03:09 AM »
Just got this ball and drilled it right away. Pin just below my ring finger, cg shifted right about 2 1/2 inches and mas bias about 5 o'clock, 1 inch below and 1 inch right of thumb hole. Balance hole 5" out from canter of span with a 7/8 in bit about 2" deep.

This ball flat out moves, my ball speed is around 16mph with above avg rev rate. Had a hard time keeping the ball on the right side of the lane playing the ball out across 15 board to the 4 board, on a fresh oil pattern. This is a ball that you can do anything that you want with and have great success.

It's a ball to deffinatly have in your bag. Looks great and rolls even better.

Robert Powell
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Re: Epic Odyssey
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2007, 07:12:01 PM »
Hello all...

Hopefully this review will be helpful in you deciding if you wish to
try the Epic Odyssey.   If any questions, please PM me here and as always,
if you are looking to purchase one or have it drilled you may check out
our website at


Bowler Information:
Span: 3 15/16 x 4 3/16 RH - 7/8 Offset Thumb, No Grips, Toms Thumb.
PAP: 4 1/8 x 1" Down
Speed: 14-15 mph
Medium Rev Rate


Ball Data Before Drilling:
15# 2oz, Pin 3.5-4", Top 2.77

Left Box Finish


Ball Layout And Finishing Weights:
4 1/2 " Pin X 4.5" MB, Pin Above Ring. MB On Mid-Line below Thumb.
X Hole on line from fingers thru PAP 2 1/4 past for increased
flare.  X Hole Pitched to add top weight and remove side.

Finger Wt: 1/8oz, Top Wt: 1.0oz, Side Weight: 1/2oz

Was looking for a ball to give me a heavy oil ball.  I chose
this over any sort of particle as particles seem to not match up
well with my speed/tilt.

On a typical house shot with oil stacked in the middle I found this
layout to earlier with a controlled breakpoint.  Simply too aggressive
for the wet/dry we experience on 2nd shift leagues.  Polish would help
definately but this isnt what I need for this ball.  

On a heavier pattern on fresh oil the ball is more explosive off the break
point.   Definately need head oil for this ball to show its true colors.

Comparion Balls With Simliar Layouts:

NONE Currently.

I definately see a progression with these three pieces:
 to start, then step down to the Mysic and end up at the Domination.

Yet another excellent piece from Rotogrip/Storm.   Thanks for everything
guys and look for my review shortly on the Neptune.


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Re: Epic Odyssey
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2007, 09:57:09 AM »
Drilled with the pin 6" from PAP above my finger and the CG 4 1/2" from PAP and MB right of thumb.  Left ball in box condition.

This ball really hooks.  It gets very good length with this drill pattern even with a dull coverstock.  In oil it makes a very good turn (more of an arc) without burning up too soon.  On a house shot, when it gets off the oil, it makes a very distinct turn.  A bit too much ball for dry lanes.  On oil or sport patterns this is an excellent ball due to the arcing motion and traction in the oil.


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Re: Epic Odyssey
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2007, 10:43:06 AM »
I drilled the Odyssey with the pin 4" from my PAP, 2 1/4" from the Rev Line, which puts the MB about 4" from my PAP, and the pin is 3 1/2" above the midline, with a balance hole 5" straight over. I started with the original finish on the ball, but ended up putting a light shine on the ball, and wow did that change the reaction. I was wanting to use the ball on heavy oil, and now I can. I bowl in a house with heavy oil but no backends, so putting the shine on really helped out a lot. I can still play deeper than the rest of the lefties in the league, which is what I like to do.
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Re: Epic Odyssey
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2007, 11:17:43 PM »
Ball specs – 15 lbs 3 oz, 3.74 top weight, 2.5 inch pin.

The Odyssey was drilled 4.5” X 65 degrees.  This put the pin above the ring finger and the pre-marked mass bias 2 inches right of the track in the strong position.  A balance hole was placed 1 1/8 inches down from the PAP on the VAL to bring the ball back to ½ ounce positive side.  The cover was left in OOB condition.

The Odyssey is a monster ! ! !  I have never had a ball reaction like what the Odyssey provides.  It is surprising clean, but not long through the fronts with the OOB surface.  It read the mids very well and then revved up and provided a very, very strong move off the spot.  The Odyssey rolled through the pins like they didn’t even exist.  This ball provides more back end recovery than anything I have ever thrown.  Use it for what it is intended for (oil) and you won’t be disappointed.  This is definitely Roto’s strongest release to date.

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Re: Epic Odyssey
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2007, 12:43:16 AM »
Since the inception of the Epic line in 2004, Roto Grip has been on the forefront of High Performance asymmetrical technology with the Maximus II Core
and the Ultimate line of Cover stocks.
A great oil ball,
Ultimate Vision solid reactive cover stock.  combination is provides the most versatile   reaction  and back end recovery   in the market today.
. It reads the mid lane very well and then revved up and provided an very, very strong movement.
 The Odyssey Ultimate Vision solid reactive cover stock has enhanced traction grabber on the lane where it should react
This combination provide an surprising versatile asymmetrical bowling ball that
maintains its readability
There was no  trouble  playing deep inside (5th arrow) getting the ball through the heads, And no problem getting an reaction back from deep inside an  back to the pocket with out losing any hitting power.
Oil absorption rate is very slow which is good for today’s  bowling balls,
This is definitely Roto’s strongest  to date.


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Re: Epic Odyssey
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2007, 03:35:07 PM »
Well let me start this post off by stating this ball truly suprised me.

The Look I wanted:

I chose this piece because I really struggle with pearl reactive pieces. Based on what ive been told about this ball, it gets down lane very well for a solid reactive ball, and an bonus, the change in direction is amazing!


I went with a 4 1/4 pin with the MB on my VAL with an X-hole 1/2in above my PAP which is 5"over and 1/4up.

Oil Pattern:

I threw this ball on 2 different patterns. 1st was THS and the 2nd was on a 50' Sport shot.

House- Here in the Columbus area, I struggle with playing deep inside and getting the ball through the puddle in the middle. This ball in its factory condition chews right through this stuff and simply flips hard at the end of the pattern. The ball drives and carries with ease.

50' Sport- On this pattern the best option for me is to play soft and straight. The ball was able to chew the demanding oil and turn hard and smooth towards the pocket, with great carry.

Overall- This is going to be a ball that will stay inside my bag for some time.
With great carry, great read and a sweet color this ball is sure to get some attention. Grab this jewel before its gone.

I have a few more tournaments that I think I can use this ball in the coming months and I will post more reviews on the Odyssey at that time.

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Re: Epic Odyssey
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2007, 05:12:55 PM »
Odyssey is my new favorite ball. My PAP is 5" over, 1" up. Speed at release approximately 18-19 mph. Mine is drilled pin-under ring, MB at approx. 30* right. For me(high speed, medium revs), this starts reading the pattern early and continues revving through the mid-lane with no drop-off. Once it hits the dry, it is very powerful off the spot. I usually start out playing down-and-in between the 7-10 board, and when I dry up this line after a couple games, I can move five boards left, back 5" - 6" on the approach, lower my ball speed slightly, and play a nice little swing over the same breakpoint. Ball is in box finish of 2000 abralon, and outperforms my Ultimate Inferno drilled the same way by 2-3 boards, THS patterns. You do have to stay firm with your release and speed to keep this ball under control. This is a PERFECT ball/drilling for my game, and if I can eliminate/minimize the mental mistakes, I see great scores in my future! I also have the Saga, drilled pin-above bridge 1", MB kicked right about 35*-40*, which I would use should I find any drier/burnt conditions. What a GREAT 1-2 punch!

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Re: Epic Odyssey
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2007, 08:09:19 AM »
3 3/4" pin x 3.2 top
Drilled with weight hole on vertical axis line 1" down.  pin right above touching ring finger.  For everyone that is really in love with all of the EPIC line like I am, this ball is a must.  Nearly all of my honor scores for the last two years have come from the EPIC line.  For me this ball is the strongest off of the break of all the EPIC line.  If strength is what you want, here it is.  I slightly polished this guy, but when more oil is present, a little scotch brite is perfect. If strong mid lane and backend reaction is what you want, here it is.  

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Re: Epic Odyssey
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2007, 06:29:55 PM »
My Odyssey came with a 3” pin.  It was drilled with the pin above the ring finger and both the pin and Mass Bias 4” from PAP.  We put a 1 1/8” balance hole on the VAL.  The CG was swung way to the right.  The box finish seemed very dull, and the resulting reaction was the ball hooking early.  The ball seemed to lope down the lane.  We hit the finish with the 2000 abralone pad again which seemed to give sheen to the surface.  On a house shot I was able to play  between the 2nd and 3rd arrow and bounce the ball off the dry.  Under this condition, the ball had a nice smooth reaction back to the pocket.  I think this ball will be best for me when I am playing a longer oil condition.
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Re: Epic Odyssey
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2007, 06:02:30 PM »
High Perfomance Line
Asymmetrical Core
Solid Reactive coverstock

The Odyssey hooks way too much OOB.  However before you run to shine it up throw a couple games on it.  With very little play the ball tames down nicely.  Very familiar roll as the Saga and Battle.  However a little stronger off the spot.  I found it best on fresh patterns as the ball is too strong once the front part of the lanes break down.  Due to the Ultimate Vision coverstock, which is also very adaptable.  Adjust the coverstock for your favorite pattern.  And Enjoy!

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Re: Epic Odyssey
« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2007, 02:27:02 PM »
I drilled my Epic Odyssey label with pin under ring finger. Pin to PAP is 3 and 3/4. Virtual MB to PAP is 4 and 5/8. Cover is 1000 Abralon.

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I must say that this ball is really surface dependent.
4000 Abralon - Goes long and has a hard arc
2000 Abralon - Good length and hard arc
1000 Abralon - Hooks in medium to heavy oil nicely
600 Abralon - Rolls very unpredictably
320 Abralon - Rolls early with minimal backend
Polish of any type makes this ball squirrly.

I have used this ball on league patterns and just recently at the USBC Nationals and Bowlers Journal International (BJI). This ball was at 1000 Abralon for Nationals and BJI. Ball rolled smooth through the heads, and started to bite in the midlane, with too strong of a back end reaction. ball did not give a huge margin for error. Overall, performance was as expected but stayed in the bag since the conditions warranted a smoother reaction.

On league patterns, this ball allows me to really open up the lane and just let er fly. I usually find myself standing 30 throwing 15 to 5 and and just watching the pocket explode.

Overall, this ball is a great ball when opening up the lanes, but tough to use on a tighter pattern with this drilling.
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My Arsenal consists of

Storm Agent
Storm Special Agent
Storm T-Road Pearl
Roto-Grip Epic Odyssey
Hammer No Mercy
Hammer Black Widow
Columbia Super Beast
Columbia Pearl Beast
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Re: Epic Odyssey
« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2007, 03:47:14 PM »
I am truly amazed with this ball.  I had the thumbhole reslugged with less reverse and lateral pitch and a smaller hole.  I am able to put a much better roll on the ball then previous.  Before, the ball just went straight after 10 games.  Now, the ball sets and rolls consistently.  When it reaches the break point, it looks as if someone kicked it toward the pocket.  Because my old equipment is dead, I will have to learn to put this ball out further on the lane and play further left to give this ball some room to move.  I have tried it on short and long oil patterns.  It is a very versatile and consistent ball.  If you can't get it to move, take another look at how it is set up.  I have the pin in the fourth finger with the CG and mass bias stacked and kicked out.  I have a 3"pin.
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