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Mercury
« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »
Ball NPS Score: 100.00
Once again, Roto Grip® continues to move to the forefront with the introduction of the all-new Mercurytm.

The Mercurytm is an entry level ball energized by the newly designed Orbitertm core. This high RG / low differential weight block delivers increased rev rate in the mid-lane along with smooth continuation down the lane.

Encapsulating this new power plant is the always successful Sure Grip IItm pearlized reactive coverstock. This mild reactive blend gives you fluid acceleration through the heads and dependable backend motion through the pins.


Specifications


Factory Finish  1500- Polished  
Track Flare Potential  2-3 Inches  
Lane Condition  Light - Medium Oil  
Cover Stock  Sure Grip IItm Pearl  
Weight Block  Orbitertm Core  
Color  Aurora Blue / Stellar Red  
D-Scale  75 -78  
Available Weights  12 -16 Pounds

Core Dynamics

WEIGHTS  RG  DIFFERENTIAL  
16 lb.  2.60 (Med-High)  .030 (Low)  
15 lb.  2.61 (Med-High)  .028 (Low)  
14 lb.  2.63 (High)  .035 (Med)  
13 lb.  2.67 (High)  .020 (Low)  
12 lb.  2.67 (High)  .020 (Med)

 

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Re: Mercury
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2005, 06:54:10 PM »
I just drilled this ball and was a little suprised at how well it worked for me. Generally the "staighter" balls don't work as well for me, not having a ton of hand like others do. I drilled it with a strong patteren and it rolled very smooth in the front of the lane and then really turned hard,(a lot harder than expected). This ball should be good on all but the wettest conditions and very well on the drier. Again I was pleasantly suprised.

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Re: Mercury
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2005, 05:30:46 PM »
Pulled this gem out during a 2nd shift shot.  While everyone was convinced this was to be the Sonic Boom replacement, I will say otherwise.  Having owned a Sonic Boom, the Mercury allowed me to not only get inside and open up the lane like the Sonic Boom, but the Mercury actually RECOVERED w/o burning up.  If you are thinking of getting this ball for dead toast...don't!  Go with an Ultra Sonic drilled tame.  The Mercury certainly fits the category of medium oil or slightly dry heads w/ carrydown.  It chopped up the carrydown like it didn't exist.  RotoGrip has once AGAIN armed its users with the highest quality equipment w/o forcing them to take out a loan to pay for it.  Kudos to Roger and the rest of the RG staffer!
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Re: Mercury
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2005, 11:34:08 AM »
Looking for Length? This ball is incredible when the lanes are toast. Mine is drilled 3 x 5(my favorite lay-out). I was practicing on a pair that had not been oiled in about 24 hours, what better time to test this jewel. First game out of the box goes 240, not bad considering no one else even had a look. This ball pushes down the lane with ease and has the ability to explode the rack. If you are tired of the dry lane balls hitting like a mushroom then I suggest you try this one out! Like usual Roto-Grip always has energy left when it get to the pin deck. Don't let the color fool you Pink is powerful.
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Re: Mercury
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2005, 02:38:09 PM »
This ball has awesome length...i like the way the ball doesnt over jump the midlane and backend...this is what the bowling ball industry needs is balls that work  well in the dry lanes and not put all the effort towards higher end balls...and roto-grips layout charts are great they help me lay out a ball the way i want it....

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Re: Mercury
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2005, 12:28:38 AM »
I bought one about 2 months ago.  I wasn't crazy about it, had to be talked into it.  Then I went to use it and the lanes were freshly oiled and I thought, what a dud.  I also have a hammer real deal, a brunswick strike zone, a lane 1 uranium and a white dot.  This ball was purchased primarily for med/dry conditions.  I didn't use it until leagues started and the strike zone would go from board 1 to the left gutter, so I thought lets try the mercury.  VOILA.  For a mid priced ball, this is got to be the best or one of the best buys for any price.  Its just that like most balls, its particular to its conditions.  I bowled a 242 with this little gem and its literature from roto grip says "an entry level ball".......I think its a bargain.  I highly recommend to anyone looking for a med/dry lane ball. Mine is 14 lbs, and the drilling pattern slipped my mind but I could look it up if anyone cares.  THanks

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Re: Mercury
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2005, 12:16:10 AM »
I drilled this ball up with the Pin and CG 4 1/2 inches from my PAP (Positive Axis Point).  No weight hole needed.

I tested this ball on a variety of drier lane conditions and find this ball to be a very good all round ball.  I am able to make hand adjustment and speed adjustment without lossing hit.  I think this is a super ball for the money. With the core design, this ball has a smooth arcing motion to the pocket and was very easy to read and make adjustments.

If you are looking for a drier lane condition ball, and like the smooth arcing motion, the Roto Grip Mercury should fit your game very well.

Any questions, please email me at Bill@BuddiesProShop.com

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Re: Mercury
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2005, 05:53:55 PM »
Ball specs – 15 lbs 2 oz, 3.52 top weight, 3.5” pin.  My PAP is 4.5” over and ¼” up.

Mercury was drilled 5” X 65 degrees, pin above bridge and the mass bias in line with the center of the thumbhole.

The Mercury provided me with better length down the lane than the original Sonic X pearl and the Sonic Boom, with which I was comparing it against.  As advertised, it also has a very smooth and predictable move when it goes.  On the condition I was bowling on, it did need a little help down lane (dry boards, a little extra hand or more axis rotation) to get the hit I was looking for.  Once matched up, the Mercury did provide predictability, hit and carried well.  The Mercury is a great light oil ball that responds as expected when making hand adjustments.  

 

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Re: Mercury
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2005, 11:15:42 AM »
15 lb. Pin 1” above my ring finger with CG in my palm.  Box finish

This is a great dry lane ball.  Great length with semi strong backend.  This is the ball to use on a fresh shot with dry backends, sport shot, or later squads in tournaments.  This ball has great hitting power.  I have had great success with Roto Grip’s entry level balls, and this one is no exception.  
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Re: Mercury
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2005, 11:53:08 PM »
Went to a 14# Mercury and just love it. Works real well when the middle is toast and works real good right up the boards. Makes a real nice easy move to the hole and will not jump at all. If you are looking to change ball companies go to Roto Grip. You will not be disapointed. Sorry no tehnical data on layout but i'm not a real techincal guy.

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Re: Mercury
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2005, 12:44:32 PM »
Tried this ball out Monday in league play.  Mine is drilled with the pin above and in between the fingers.  By the second game the lanes are normally dry. I pulled it out and was able to play straight up the board between 10 and 15 and the ball goes really long and makes a nice smooth arch to the pocket on the backend.  Everyone else had to move left on the lanes.  By the end of the night everyone was asking what am I throwing.  Another good ball by rotogrip.
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Re: Mercury
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2005, 05:46:12 PM »
My specs are 16-17mph, 350rpm, 30 degrees tilt, 20 degrees axis rotation.  PAP is 5 1/2 right.

I drilled this 2 1/2 pin ball with the CG on my PAP and pin 1 1/2 from my VAL.  I used a large (1 1/8") hole 8" from my COS through the PAP ending up around 3" deep...  This was one of my favorite drillings from the early 90s on reactives like the TurboX and Purple Rhino Pro.  Call it Axis Leverage or Axis Balance if you wish.  On yesterday's house shot, the ball clears the front very well and makes a big move off the friction with great hit from such a weak core.  I was able to move left as far as I wished as long as I hit the friction at the right point.  Pulling the ball left of target into carrydown was not wise, resulting in something ugly every time...  buckets, 2-10s, weak hit, etc.

When I moved back to the right and played up the lane, the ball was very predictable through the front, quick off the friction, and hit well from every angle.  What a great piece for not alot of $$$

I've been throwing alot of Mo lately but I may have to look into Roto for some of my weaker pieces.


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Re: Mercury
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2005, 01:52:31 PM »
Stacked this ball, 4¼ x 4¼ pin an inch above the fingers. Small hole on the axis. This ball is UNBELIEVABLY clean and Smooth at the breakpoint. Unmatched hitting power for a "low end" piece. The weightblock is massive for balls in this price range. The ball definitely is for the drier lanes. Carrydown is not good for this ball, but even on heavier volumes all you have to do is soften the speed and the ball will read the lanes. The cover is aggressive enough to make a move. I found the ball to match up best on Wood lanes, on a 2nd shift league condition. I was able to go 20 out to 5 at 45 feet and have the ball make a smooth hard arc and blow the racks out. Had two 9-baggers that night, and I don't bowl in the center (was subbing). Give this ball a try if you're dealing with alot of wet-dry or wood lanes.
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Re: Mercury
« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2005, 11:53:57 PM »
My mercury was drilled 3 3/8 with the cg towards my thumb . This ball was very sensitive when I hit oil. Hits good though when I reached the pocket . Either the ball or the layout does not match my game . I know the ball works for other types of games because of one of the places I league bowl there are many people who have success with this ball . I like the colors ; very different for Rotogrip

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Re: Mercury
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2006, 06:16:52 PM »
Specs are in profile.  I picked this ball up drilled (although I'm not 100% convinced it had ever been used) from jkiser01.  The span was very close, so I decided to adjust the thumb a touch and keep the current layout.  Ball has the basic label layout, cg near the center of grip and pin even and just right of ring, no weight hole.  For me this is approximately a 3.5 X 5 layout.  I wanted this ball for lighter oil conditions..something with length and backend.  I hit the surface with a couple coats of Jimdex polish and headed out for league.

First of all, the ball doesn't look anything close to the stock photo.  It is not any shade of red, but rather HOT PINK with a little teal mixed in...  Its a rather feminine color...for most people that alone would be enough to pass on this ball, but I always seem to have a knack for finding the ugly ones (Apex Intensity, Primal Instinct, Visionary Warlock, etc).  As a throw out to Pechee, the ball was able to attract a few women from neighboring lanes though.  To me, it most closely resembles a giant gum ball.

Threw this ball on two conditions.  First was a second shift (after ladies league) 40ft medium house shot on AMF synthetics.  Second was a fresh 41ft medium-heavy house shot on old wood lanes with clean backends.  On shot #1, the ball cleared the heads (and mids) easily, but struggled in the carry down (basically all the oil from board 10 to about board 22 is pushed down to the backends).  As long as I was able to get the ball to the extreme outside at the break point (outside of the 5 board), it came roaring back...  Anything inside and the ball didn't have enough to make it back to the pocket.  The hit and carry were surprisingly good for an entry-level ball.  This ball/layout combo may have not been the best choice for this condition, but was definitely playable.

On the second condition, the ball just didn't have enough cover (it was highly polished) to handle the volume of oil inside.  I was able to play this ball up the boards out around the 5 board.  It seemed to go 50ft and then make a dramatic right turn...  If ever there was a case of getting too much entry angle, this was it!  I was able to get to the pocket, but the angle was so extreme, carry wasn't the best.  I think the best was what appeared to be a dead flush stone 6 pin.  After that, I switched to something more aggressive and moved into the oil a bit and went back to the normal pitch right and hope to carry routine.  Overall I was surprised with the ability of the Mercury to recover WAY down the lane.  Much more than I had expected for an entry level ball.  I think once I find the right conditions (light oil), this ball will be tough to beat.  If you are looking for a low cost ball with some punch (and a core), take a look into this one (or its cousin the Saturn).  These balls seem to perform very well for the price point.  


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