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« on: March 07, 2018, 05:17:42 PM »
The Roto Grip Idol bowling ball begins the next generation of upper mid-performance bowling balls. This ball introduces the Ikon core which helps provide good backend by pushing the limits of a symmetrical core. This ball also introduces the MicroTrax-S18 Solid Reactive coverstock. This cover uses Nano technology and provides more traction and is more aggressive than previous coverstocks in this line. This ball is ideally used on medium to heavy oil conditions. *There will be some variance in color due to the Nano material. This is due to "phasing". Some of the balls with phasing have a white color in them and some may appear to have water spots. There may be a variety of hues of the Magenta/Purplish color.

Color: Magenta
Core: Ikon
Coverstock: MicroTrax-S18 Solid Reactive
Finish: 2000-grit Pad
RG: 2.49 (for 15# ball)
Differential: 0.052 (for 15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium to Heavy Oil



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Re: Idol Review by Lonnie Pemberton
« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2018, 11:19:27 PM »



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Cover:  MicroTrax-S18­™
Weightblock:   Ikon™ Core (Symmetrical)
Finish: 2000
RG: 2.49
Differential: 0.052

Right-Handed Tweener
Speed: 12-13 mph
Rev Rate: 315
PAP: 4 7/8 Right 3/8 Up

The new Roto Grip Idol continues Roto Grip's envelope pushing release record with what I personally feel is the best, strongest symmetric ball on the market. This cover/core combo is unbeatable and the evidence is apparent as you see so many of them going down the lane at all levels of competition.

The haywire was one of the most solid releases in recent years in both price and performance. It seems to be a hallmark of Roto releases to give great value and I would put the Idol up against any other company's high performance releases. Imagine the same great mid-lane performance with more pop and more continuation and you have the Idol.

I tested the Idol on a high volume typical house pattern that can take alot of mid-range releases out of play. The heavy mid-lane oil makes it easy for weaker balls to skate past the break-point when you miss in, and roll/stop when you get the ball too far right. The way the Idol blends out this super wet dry with its strong mid-lane read and continuation when the ball has to recover to the right it unmatched.

I also had the opportunity to throw the Idol on the 2017 USBC Open Championships doubles and singles pattern. I had great success with it on the fresh pattern. The specific topography of the house I bowled in seems to exacerbate the flatness of the pattern because of the very dominant track. The Idol gave me a great look right of the track where alot of people felt their ball wouldn't recover consistently enough to give them area. The Idol was perfect on the fresh and I guarantee it will be coming to Syracuse with me.

If you are in a pro shop, this will be your go to ball for anyone who you want to guarantee performance to, which makes it the MVP for those customers who you don't have a solid feel for where they are in their game.