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« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
- Coverstock: Sure Grip II™ Hybrid Reactive
- Weight Block:Orbiter II™ Core (14-16), Modifided Orbiter II (10-13)
- Ball Color: Black/Orange All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
- Ball Finish: 1500 Polished
- Track Flare Potential: 2" (Low) on a scale of 1-10 Low-High
- Recommended Lane Conditions: Medium-Light Oil
- A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
- Description: The final addition to the best value performance line of bowling balls on the market is the Mars. The signature touch to this planet series ball is the Sure Grip II Hybrid Reactive coverstock. The combination of solid and pearl reactive delivers the best of both worlds on those medium to lighter volume patterns. The Orbiter II core creates the inertial force to power this planet to deliver smooth controllable hook for all types of players.



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Re: Mars
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2009, 09:53:12 PM »
Hi all,

Im proud to present to you the Mars Video From Roto Grip.

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Mars, the final (and best in my opinion) planet in the Roto Grip Universe…

The Mars combines the Latest two releases in the planet series. The hybrid cover in the Mars is half pearl (Neptune) and half solid (Pluto). The Reaction falls right inbetween the two balls. Longer and stronger downlane than the Pluto, and earlier than the Neptune.

In my opinon this is the great match of cover and core…this ball allows me to play closer to the friction without experiencing that nasty over/under I see from other “low end” pieces. This ball does a great job of blending the pattern from side to side and front to back. Lots of control and lots of power off the dry. This ball is the definition of more bang for your buck…

As always Questions and Comments welcome!
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Re: Mars
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2009, 04:35:23 AM »
First lets get the technical stuff outta the way  
Layout  pin-3" from axis(next to ring)
cg straight under pin(to put my "mass bias" next to thumb)
weight hole 1" to right of axis past val
Box finish
The mars does everything as promised.  Clean through the heads similar to the neptune with the strongest most angular move than any of the balls in the planet line past and present.  I used the mars tonight in league on amf synthetics on a 42 foot house pattern and never experienced an overraction out of the dry even playing close to the end of the pattern.  Also tried it for a few games on a similar pattern but on a very worn wood surface and even with the high amount of friction I never got an uncontrollable reaction out of the dry.  Another great addition to the planet line by rotogrip.  
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Re: Mars
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2009, 01:16:31 AM »
Alright everyone I drilled up the new Mars ball today and I will tell you what I am impressed. We used a dual angel layout on the ball which I am not sure on the degrees on it. When we did drill it the my index finger was drilled into the pin and the cg in center of palm. I was running late for practice so I didn't get to throw it before league. Well I went with my Rogue and left a 7 spare then finally got it out and threw the next 6 for a 268, 246 and 211 for a 725 series. I never had thrown Roto Grip Before but I am not switching with the Rogue and Mars my lowest series is 725 and high 814 I can't go wrong with this equipment.

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Re: Mars
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2009, 10:47:31 PM »
15 lb  2.75 pin 3 ounce top
I drilled this ball with a 4" x 3" pin just under the ring finger.  Weight hole 1" down on the VAL.  I decided to use this ball after practicing with Cell Pearls on fresh league shot.  I was very surprised that with a small adjustment with my feet that this ball was smooth and hard arcing.  No problem at all thru the heads and it picked up great on the friction with this layout.  The backends were very controllable and the carry was awesome.  I could hit or roll this ball and was very confident playing straighter that it would not overreact.  I compared this ball with a similar drilled Neptune that is my favorite on dry lanes and for grinding.  This ball was a little more agressive on the backends.  Something I usually need.

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Re: Mars
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2009, 01:35:41 PM »
Layout- Pin 5” from PAP, hole wide/shallow 1” up the VAL

I was actually pretty surprised on how weak this ball was, but I’ve noticed that when you drill them stronger than I did (my layout is pretty weak) they roll pretty strong, so this tells me it’s pretty much par for the course for the Planet line- flexible and a good value in comparison to many other companies’ product lines. I polished mine and it looks great up the lane, I sanded it and it looked good from further left- still maintaining its motion through the rack. Honestly, who couldn’t use that kind of flexibility from a middle-entry type ball? The cool thing is (and those who know me know that I almost never reference this sort of thing) how awesome this ball looks. Don’t let the description fool you, yes it is black and orange, but the ball looks like it has a chameleon paint job. When the light hits it it looks purple, but the sides still look orange and black. This thing looks super on the shelf, on the rack, going down the lanes and in the black light. Who doesn’t wanna look good when they’re bowling? Plus, from a pro shop perspective, balls that look good on the shelf and grab people’s attention sell like gangbusters, which is good for local business and the industry as a whole. Personally, I see this ball as a great fit for Medium to dry for your scratch bowler, but also a sweet looking entry ball for everyone.

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Re: Mars
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Re: Mars
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2009, 09:58:20 PM »
Wow! How can an “entry” level ball be so pure?  I thought the Saturn was a great piece so I kept an extra just in case.  It’s for sale now.  The Mars hits just as great and is even cleaner through the fronts.  The Mars is a great addition to the Roto Grip line, and as such is very versatile.
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Re: Mars
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2009, 11:57:00 PM »
My Axis is 5 5/8 right, ¼ up, my speed is average and I would consider myself with higher revs but more up the back.  So not a cranker but not really straight either.

This ball I put the pin under my middle finger and kicked the CG out positive just slightly.  This ball works well when you hit the desert or dry conditions.  However if you like to play out but can’t on house shots because of too much friction this will suit you well.  High rev players or slower speed will love it also.  With my release I seem to get the ball rolling early which on dry lanes is a killer.  This ball, even on the driest lanes I’ve seen, goes great through the heads and really kicks hard on the backend.  Now I can’t wait for the lanes to get fried because this ball can handle that.
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Re: Mars
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2009, 12:07:00 AM »
I love the true roll of this ball. From the first game to the last the ball kept striking and the carry was great. I was able to bounce the ball off the dry and and watch it make a easy turn toward the pocket. The ball cleared the heads cleanly.

I stroke the ball and like playing down and in.  This ball is great for medium condition. I have my Mars drilled with 10:30 drilling. The pin above the fingers 3" from the PAP.

I get a great read on the lanes and nice move to the pocket with a strong roll.

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Re: Mars
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2009, 12:52:10 PM »
What can I say about Mars? Well, it is a very clean rolling ball through the heads which is what you have come to expect from the planet line, but it does give you more backend than the rest of the line. Even in a house with very soft heads. It is stronger than the Neptune, which for me was really over/under. Hopefully this is a planet I will be able to throw with more consistency, which I haven't been able to do since the Saturn.
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Re: Mars
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2009, 09:43:48 PM »
Great ball out of the box. First time using this ball was on a very tough house shot where most bowlers only average in the 2-teens. The lanes have no recovery outside and a medium amount of oil in the middle. The oil pattern runs approx 38 ft and has a lot of over/under to the lane condition. The Mars read late in the mid-lanes off the back of the oil pattern and picked up an aggressive roll, not a snappy reaction and it also has a great drive through the pins.  My first game with the Mars I bowled a 300 with an overall 787 series.  I thought the Neptune was a great ball and then Roto Grip came out with the Pluto, which raised the bar for a great entry level ball However the Mars goes over and above both of those balls in comparison to ball reaction.  This ball is going to work great on every type of lane surface and the light to medium oil patterns.
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Re: Mars
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2009, 10:09:46 PM »
I drilled my Mars like my Pluto so I could get a good idea about this ball! I drilled this ball 75deg x 31/2" x 30deg which placed the pin in my ring finger and CG stacked below and below my midline. When I first rolled this ball I was amazed at the move at the breakpoint and it flipped harder than my Pluto drilled the same way. My Pluto was a little stronger than I wanted and I polished it from the box finish. I was seeing a little over/under with the box finish on the Mars and I took a little of the glaze/shine off, but I didn't dull it up. This was the trick for me and it reads the mids a little sooner and took a little of the snap off of the breakpoint. This ball will fit nicely on the medium oil patterns if my Grand Illusion is hooking to much or I want to open the shot up as they dry out! The only negative I can see is, it says this is the last planet line ball! Another great piece from an awesome ball company! My thanks to Roger and Hank!
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Re: Mars
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2009, 02:29:10 PM »
Drilled up a Mars to help out through some tough transitions.  This ball is very predictable and gets to the pins with energy leftover.  Drilled one up with a initial drilling angle of 45 degrees with a 3.75" pin to PAP and VAL angle  of 55 degrees.  Brought my game back to the right about 12 boards and was able to throw it to and through the "dirt" and leftovers on the right side of a wood lanes house that I am usually starting with my feet somewhere between 24 and 32 keeping the ball tight online to stay in the oil.  Slight surface change will allow you to keep the speed up and start with this ball on a fresh shot.   Ball will read the end and bank off of the dry boards with zero hesitation while still getting through the front half of the lane very clean.


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Re: Mars
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2009, 04:39:16 PM »
Drilled 5"pin to pap x 4" mb to pap w/ 3" pin buffer.

Initial thoughts-  I had a big hole between my Pluto and Neptune.  Since the Rogue cell fits in so good for me in between the Cell and Cell pearl, I was optimistic about the Mars filling this gap.  On THS, without surface modifications the Pluto would be a little early, and the Neptune wouldn't get back off the spot.

The Mars is just what the doctor ordered for my needs. It's super clean through the heads with enough pop off the spot.  Easily fits in between the other two planets. THe ball is most definitely more bang for the buck, and the shelf appeal doesn't hurt.

For those of you interested, I should have a video coming soon...


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