Well, there are things that Grok could control and things he couldn't when it came to reproducing:
Grok could attract potential mates by proving that he was a good provider; bagging the biggest game. He could retain those females by sharing his kills, protecting the females; better yet, providing for and protecting his offspring.
What he couldn't control were those things passed down to him from HIS parents: his genetics. But they played a huge role. How tall he was, how little he got sick, how strong he was, how fast, etc were all used by Grokette to guage whether she should invest 9 months in reproducing his genome.
I'll bet that GROK's smell had much much less to do with mating than GROKETTE's. Grok would use his sense of smell to determine whether Grokette was in oestrous (and, later, where she was in menstruous).