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Brian Eger

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Hustle M&M Review
« on: August 17, 2023, 10:54:52 AM »
Roto Grip Hustle M&M
Layout 5 x 4 x 2.5
Style – stroker
Ball Speed – 14–15 mph at pins
Condition – house pattern - older HPL surface
Surface – box condition, then scuffed lightly with 2000 and 1000 pads

The Hustle line has always exemplified great performance at a super reasonable price point. This one and the RIP seem to continue this tradition.
Out of the box the ball was super clean. Really, it was too clean for what I was bowling on. But if you’re rolling a Hustle, that’s what you’re looking for. After a few shots I lightly touched the surface with a 2000 pad and then a 1000 pad. It brought it to life some, but still a little too weak for how much oil was on the lane.
I’m going to need a really transitioned lane and or lighter pattern to get much use out of this ball. Most of my success over the years has been with the solid versions of Hustle’s (ie. Ink) but I wanted to give the pearl version a shot. Not unhappy with the purchase, but this will be a very niche ball for me.
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Re: Hustle M&M Review
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2023, 11:16:46 AM »
The Roto Grip Hustle M&M has a Medium RG value of 2.53 a low differential of 0.030.
With the second coming of the Hustle Ink, Roto Grip came out with the Hustle RIP.  As the RIP is a solid, the Hustle M&M is the pearl version.  As a consumer you may say why a pearl version, well the main reason is so you can go down to something in your bag that has a similar shape just goes a tad bit longer and sharper off the spot on those medium to dry lane conditions.
The Hustle M&M features the original Hustle Core with the Versatile Traction Control (VTC) Pearl Reactive Cover.  This formula delivers outstanding performance while providing control and versatility without being overly aggressive. So, if stability and control is what you are after, look no further.
The Hustle INK put the bowling world on notice when it delivered the 34th sanctioned 900 Series in bowling history. From that point on, the Hustle Series has become better known for providing the most "bang for your buck."
In comparison to the Roto Grip Hyped Pearl in which has the same coverstock, the Hustle M&M will be a pinch smoother and later off the spot basically due to the core differences. The M&M will offer you a very versatile ball in which you can drill the ball either pin up or pin down to favor the driest of conditions.
In the bag, will be the Summit, Xponent, Zen Gold Label and Roto Grip Hustle RIP, Roto Grip Hustle M&M.


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Re: Hustle M&M Review
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2023, 10:18:27 AM »
The new Hustle M&M (Magenta and Midnight) features the tried-and-true Hustle core wrapped in the VTC Reactive Pearl coverstock.  At 15 pounds the RG is 2.53 and the differential is .030.  Drilled at 5x4x2 (pin above bridge) this ball is excellent on drier conditions.  The pearl cover and low differential make this an easy ball to use when the lanes start to get burned up.  I am still able to play further right in the drier part of the lane and the M&M does not overreact.  It provides great length with a medium-quick response on the backend.  The M&M creates a good entry angle into the pocket providing outstanding pin action.  This ball has a similar motion to the Hustle Wine.  If you are looking for a great performance ball at a low price, the Hustle line will not disappoint.

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Re: Hustle M&M Review
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2023, 12:52:09 PM »
Hustle M-M • Roto Grip • HP1 Series
Core • Hustle Core (Symmetric)
Coverstock • VTC (Versatile Traction Control) Pearl Reactive • Finish Reacta Gloss
Weight • 15 lbs. RG • 2.53 Differential • .030
Layout • 4 x 4 ½ x2 ¼
Tester PAP • 5” R, 5/8” D Tester Axis Tilt • 11° Testers Rev Rate • 300
Test Pattern • 42’ THS (Typical House Shot) • Modified, Kegel Stone Street

Roto Grip continues its successful Hustle line with the new Hustle RIP and M-M. And each of these new releases brings its own unique qualities to Roto Grip’s HP1 line. So, in this review, we will discuss the Hustle M-M as this Pearl Hustle beauty delivered excellent results. So, let’s take a closer look.

The Hustle Core has become a successful industry standard. Since its Introduction in 2017, inside the Hustle INK, the Hustle Core has proven to be a smooth, consistent workhorse. And I found those same results with the M-M. The Hustle Core revs briskly yet maintains a smooth and stable motion as it makes its way to the pocket. And for a medium RG and differential, the Hustle Core has plenty of destructive power through the pin deck. So, don’t let HP1 push you away; the Hustle Core will deliver results for any style or level of bowler.

The new VTC (Vertical Traction Control) Pearl coverstock is not only stylish and attractive; it provides a great look for the Hustle M-M. I found the VTC Pearl to roll later than expected, making this Hustle M-M an excellent late-night ball or on dry lane conditions. And being a straighter player, I like to stay in my comfort zone, especially when the lanes break down. So, knowing my higher speed and low rev rate, I sanded my Hustle M-M with 3000-grit Abralon. And the VTC Pearl Coverstock delivered the comfort and stability I depend on. And further, I could count on the VTC to blend the worn conditions while keeping me in my A game. So, for a down-and-in player like me, that kind of stability - speaks volumes.

So, in conclusion, whether you are looking for your first full fingertip ball or a seasoned bowler looking to fill that late-night and dry-condition ball to add to your arsenal. I would highly suggest the Hustle M-M for your game. So, stop into your local Storm VIP Pro Shop today and have your Hustle M-M ready for league play tonight, as the M-M will deliver.

Rick Klimowicz
Storm Products Pro Shop Staff
Roll the Ball Pro Shop
Penndel, PA


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Re: Hustle M&M Review
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2023, 08:58:26 PM »
I drilled up my HUSTLE M & M 4.5 x 4.5 x 2.5. This is my usual layout for lower diff pearl balls. I hit the surface with a light 2000 to crack the shine and smooth the reaction out.

I put the HUSTLE M & M up against the RUBY RED IQ and HUSTLE RIP. The M & M was later than the RIP but not as sharp as the RUBY IQ was off the spot. The HUSTLE M & M was at home for me on a med dry to dryer pattern when my two stronger balls were locking up.

I feel that the HUSTLE M & M will get play as a late ball out of the bag at places with some early friction burn in the fronts and also when the big pearls are starting to lock up and lay flat down lane.
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Re: Hustle M&M Review
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2023, 03:15:40 PM »
The Hustle M & M, while still being most at home on medium to medium-dry oil conditions, is the strongest pearl Hustle that Roto Grip has released.  This thing has an impressive amount of backend hook for the price point.  I have found a good bit of use over the years using the other pearl Hustles (3T.P., P.O.W., R.I.G., R.A.P., S.A.Y., Wine), and they have all been fantastic for house shots when the pattern has broken down. The M & M follows in that tradition, while having a bit more midlane traction. When the DUO starts to be too much, the M & M fits in perfectly. I have found that the M & M is closer to the Hyped Pearl than you might initially suspect, which just shows how good of a deal the M & M is.

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Hustle M&M Review by Luke Rosdahl
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2023, 09:08:59 AM »
User Specs: Left handed, 375 rev rate, 17mph speed, 45 degree angle of rotation, 7 degrees tilt Layout: 4 x 2 The Hustle M&M is a new symmetric ball in Roto Grip’s HP1 line. It features the VTC Pearl coverstock, which is a medium to lower strength cover. The core is the Hustle core, which comes in at a 2.53 RG and .030 differential in 15 pounds. On paper, it’s a reskin of the Hustle Wine, but on the lane it’s surprisingly different. I’ve used the Hustle M&M on several different conditions at a couple different surfaces. First, the box Reacta Gloss surface hasn’t been great for me, so I resurfaced it to 1000 grit on a resurfacing machine, and then finished it with Storm’s Step 2 compound. The result was a surprisingly heavy and early roll, but that still responded very sharply down lane. The easiest way to describe it is that it feels like a baby Duo, same exactly reaction shape and attributes, just weaker across the board. I ended up taking a worn 3000 pad to it by hand to crack the shine to blend it out a little but still retain the general reaction. The Hustle M&M greatly overreaches its price point, delivering a strong and powerful reaction considering what it should do on paper, reaching up to be even stronger than a Phaze 5 for me. It rolls stable enough to act like it has a stronger core in it than it does, and the cover is also strong enough that with a little surface, it can reasonably play on most typical league shots and even be a great ball down option on some tougher ones.
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