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Idol Pearl
« on: November 14, 2018, 11:05:10 AM »
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The Roto Grip Idol Pearl uses the Ikon core that changed the perception of the HP3 line for Roto Grip. This core has a low RG symmetrical shape with high differential that generates flare as well as awesome motion down the lane and on through the pin deck. The Idol Pearl introduces the xTrax-P18 Pearl Reactive coverstock which was designed to compliment the original Idol bowling ball. This cover is finished with a 1500 grit pad and then polished. This ball can handle most any lane condition but is best used on medium to medium/heavy oil. *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.

Color: Royal / Amethyst
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Ikon Symmetrical (14#-16#)
Coverstock: eTrax-P18
Finish: 1500-grit Polished
RG: 2.49 (for 15# ball)
Differential: 0.052 (for 15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium to Medium/Heavy Oil



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Re: Idol Pearl
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2018, 05:51:14 AM »
This ball is absolutely phenomenal. My initial gut feeling prior to testing was I was going to like this ball a lot and it far exceeded my expectations. I tested the Idol Pearl shortly after the Winner Solid so they're was substantial transition on the lane. The Idol Pearl was extremely clean, got down the lane, reserved energy and was strong off the spot. I found this ball very controllable and forgiving. I missed left, right and hit it perfectly and was able to get to the pocket consistently.

I plan on incorporating this ball into my arsenal immediately and have it replace my Soniq (which I, also, love). I did find the Idol Pearl to be a stronger lower RG pearl than the Soniq. I, also, found it gave me a lot more room for error.


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Re: Idol Pearl
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2018, 05:30:41 PM »
My specs are 16.5 mph ball speed with about 285-315 RPM rev rate. New axis pts are 4 1/2 > 1/2 ^. I need my tilt and rotation checked but it used to be around 15* tilt with 35* rotation. Tweener with softer speed is my style.

I drilled my IDOL PEARL up  75/4.5/25. This put the pin about 2" above my ring finger and just slightly right of it. I went ahead and left the surface box finish to see where it fit in my arsenal before I make adjustments with it.

I got a chance to put it in play on a house pattern at my drillers center with a couple of other balls that I had with me. The IDOL PEARL got online very easily without forcing it and had a strong arcing reaction. The fresh shine made it whippy off the spot when I forced it wide, but after a few more shots on the lane it blended out easier.

I put it up against my PHYSIX and my SONIC. The IDOL PEARL is about 4 and 2 stronger than my SONIC that I have taken down using 1500/3000 abralon. It was also about 5 and 2 weaker than my PHYSIX that has some lane shine on it but still moves pretty good off the spot on defined friction like this house pattern.

I can see the IDOL PEARL being a ball that with a slight removal of the factory shine should put it right in between the HYROAD X and original IDOL. The low RG will get it to rev up slightly earlier along with the Nano cover to help.
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Roto Grip Idol Pearl
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2018, 10:07:48 PM »
The new ball in the Roto Grip HP3 line is the IDOL Pearl.  I absolutley love the original IDOL, so I was pretty excited to see the IDOL Pearl come out.  I drilled mine exactly like the original Idol, 5 x 4.25 x 4.75 pin down.  The best thing for me was that the Idol was a little early in fronts and strong midlane roll and just a arc motion downlane.  Which was a great motion, but later in blocks or 3rd game the Idol kinda started to labor and loss carry. The Idol Pearl is the perfect compliment as it has similar motion but much cleaner and stronger motion down lane.  At the Storm Matchmakers this season the Idol Pearl has been very popular with all styles of bowlers.  Also has great shelve appeal with the bright blue color.   

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PAP- 3 5/8 up 1 1/4
Speed - 16-17
Tilt - 17
RPM -400

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Re: Idol Pearl
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2018, 12:51:49 PM »
The Idol Pearl is Rotoís newest release in the HP3 line, featuring the same Ikon core as the Idol, BUT with the Pearl version of the Hyper Cell Fused coverstock.  Because of this, I find that the Idol Pearl actually shares more in common with the Fused than the Idol.  Like the Fused, itís very very clean through the fronts, and sharp and readable on the backend, but with a bit straighter motion rather than a continuous one.  With it lacking the asym torque, itís not quite as early or firm downlane, but itís a ball that you can control every part of the motion with, it responds incredibly well to speed, rev, and hand position changes and will do exactly what you want it to.  Personally, Iím very disappointed in the fact that itís not the pearl version of the Idol cover, I was excited for a truer compliment, but for me theyíre so different that I feel the Marvel Pearl is a closer reaction to the original than the Idol Pearl is.
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Roto Grip Idol Pearl Review by Casey Murphy
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2018, 09:21:58 PM »
Orientation:  Right Handed
Rev Rate:  375 RPM
Speed:  16-17 MPH
PAP:  4 5/8 straight across

Location:  Enterprise Park Lanes, Springfield MO
Pattern:  High Volume THS
Layout:  50, 6, 45

The Idol Pearl is the ball Iíve been waiting on since I first threw my Idol.  I LOVE the Idol, but itís too early, strong at times.  The Idol Pearl is the perfect solution to that.  Same Idol motion, but just a little cleaner with more backend.  Itís as simple as that. Itís a great strong symmetrical pearl.


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Idol Pearl
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2018, 03:38:34 PM »
The ultra popular Roto Grip was the strongest symmetrical ball that I have ever thrown, in fact I have 2 of them because they are so versatile. Everyone always asked when the pearl version was coming out, well wait no more. I drilled my 5 x 5 x 3,  This ball is much cleaner than the original Idol and so much stronger on the back end. The Idol Pearl is about 4-2 weaker than the Idol, it actually fits just after the Hyper Cell Fused making this a very helpful 3 ball arsenal!


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Re: Idol Pearl
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2018, 02:11:03 PM »
Roto Grip IDOL Pearl

Core: Ikon

Cover: eTrax-P18

The Idol Pearl is the follow up to the Idol, which I think is the most versatile Roto Grip ball in the lineup.

I plan for this to be the strongest Symmetric Pearl in my arsenal.

Set it up at 70x4x35, assumed this would be long and angular with my style (400ish revs, 16mph ball speed).

First thing I noticed was how smooth the ball is. Still strong, but so smooth and easy to control.

Second thing, this ball carries really well for a symmetric ball. I tend to carry better with asymmetric stuff and this ball fights through the pins, a lot like my Physix (my favorite Storm/Roto Grip piece at the moment).

I am sure this ball will end up being a favorite of a lot of bowlers.