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Roto Grip Mutant Cell Pearl Reviewed By: bowlingball.com reviews by Tony Ruocco 05/19/2010 11:17 ( stars)
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The ever popular Cell lines continues its greatness with the release of the Mutant Cell Pearl.
Test Ball #1
Pin to PAP(5 1/8" over 1/8" up) - 4 1/2" under ring finger
Mass Bias Position - 3 1/2" from PAP almost right on the VAL
CG Placement - lower right quad.
Balance Hole - 29/32" x 2" from center of grip through cg on the VAL
Test Ball #2
Pin to PAP(5 1/8" over 1/8" up) - 5 1/2" above fingers
Mass Bias Position - 4 1/2" from PAP, just right of thumb
CG Placement - center of grip
Balance Hole - none
Surface Preparation For Both Balls- Out of Box (1500 grit polished)
What I Was Looking For In This Ball Layout:
Alright here we go with the highly anticipated release of the Mutant Cell Pearl. Like most bowlers I loved the Mutant Cell and everything in the Cell line for that matter. But, like most I found myself using weaker layouts or polishing balls like the Mutant because they were so strong.
Well everyone asked and Roto Grip listened releasing the Mutant Cell Pearl.
As you will see from our video I was the only tester available to shoot so I figured I would drill two of them so we could get a different look from the two balls.
Test Ball #1 - I used a favorite layout of mine, pin down under my ring finger and a hole down in the lower right quadrant on my VAL. This layout tends to let the ball read the heads and mid lane well while keeping enough energy stored up to let the ball have a strong motion off the break point.
With the ball being pearlized and strong I figured this may help smooth out the overall ball motion so it was not so flippy off the friction.
Test Ball #2 - I used a safe drilling that 99% of the balls drilled will look like. The pin is above my fingers to increase length and the Mass Bias is in a strong position 4 1/2" from my PAP right of the thumb. I am thinking this ball will get down the lane with ease and really read the friction hard and make a pretty aggressive move towards the pocket.
What I Ended Up With in the Ball and Layout:
Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!!
These balls were nuts, I can not remember the last time I threw so many strikes with a ball from practically anywhere on the lane.
Test Ball #1 - This ball did exactly what I wanted out of it. Its overall ball motion was a dream for me and it impressed me every time I threw it. The layout allowed the ball to go really strong through the heads and maintained
that momentum into the middle part of the lane. It almost looked like it was revving up more and more as it went down lane.
As the ball transitioned into the back part of the lane as it read the friction, it made a strong but predictable move. The ball motioned continued right through the pins and the ball seemed to carry everything. As expected I really could not get too far right with this ball because it started up a little early even for the the pearlized ball, but as long as I had enough head oil to allow the ball to get into its roll it was great.
Test Ball #2 - Well if you ahve ever had a ball drilled like this you know it gets down lane and then puts on a turn signal and goes. The Mutant Cell Pearl was no different. At first on the fresh I thought the first ball rolled a little better. This would make sense because it handled the fresh oil better in the heads.
As the lanes started to transition, this ball turned into a truck. As i slowly migrated left I quickly realized I was going to be able to get this ball back from anywhere as long as it had some friction down lane. This ball was so smooth through the lane that it looked like it was just waiting to go left and tear through the pins.
For most league bowlers this will again prove to be a layout of choice. You may have to start a little further right on the fresh oil but as the lane transitions and you move left the ball will allow you to open up the entire lane.
Once again the boys in Utah have a huge seller on their hands. I suggest you try one of these bad boys out for yourself and see what I mean.