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Idol Pro
« on: July 10, 2019, 10:54:52 AM »
The Roto Grip Idol Pro 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 Pro introduces the eTrax-S19 Solid Reactive coverstock which was designed to offer more traction on oil without reacting too early. This cover is finished with a 3000 grit Sheen. The solid coverstock with a sheen finish allows this ball to get through the front of the lane with a controlled reaction at the breakpoint on medium to medium/heavy oil conditions.

Color: Ocean Blue
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Ikon Symmetrical (14#-16#)
Coverstock: eTrax-S19 Solid Reactive
Finish: 3000-grit Sheen
RG: 2.49 (for 15# ball)
Differential: 0.052 (for 15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium to Medium/Heavy Oil

 

tommygn

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Re: Idol Pro
« Reply #31 on: December 06, 2019, 10:06:32 AM »
The Idol Pro is the third version of the Idol series in the HP3 line of balls from Roto Grip. The Pro features a solid reactive coverstock called eTrax-S19. This cover does not have the additives that creates early traction like is found on the original Idol. This translates into a cleaner reaction through the front of the lane, with more downlane motion. The factory finish of 3000 grit-sheen, helps the Pro slow down faster than the Idol Pearl. The Pro has the same popular Ikon core as the previous Idols. The one color, solid Ocean blue is a “throwback” to a much simpler time of bowling ball colors. The Idol Pro fits right in between the original Idol, and the pearl version.
I drilled two Idol Pros with different layouts. The first layout is a 4 ¼ x2 ¾, while the second is a 3x2 (pin distance/ pin buffer from VAL). Comparing the two Pro’s in the box finish of 3000 sheen, the 4” pin Idol is more stable through the front part of the lane, while the 3” Pro glides easier through the oil in the front of the lane and has a later, smoother change of direction. The 4” Pro covers more boards than does the 3”. The 3” Idol is better when moving further to the outside of the lane, and the backends are fresh and clean. The 4” Idol Pro is more useful on longer patterns with lazier backends. I’ve adjusted the surfaces of both balls to better compliment the reaction shapes that I have experienced. I used Storm Step #1 on the 3” Idol, and have used a 2000 pad on the 4” ball. This separates their reaction even more, and allows me to use them in their strengths of reaction. The change of surface makes the 4” ball compliment my 4x3 Idol, perfectly. When the Idol gets a little too early, or I start moving a little too deep, the Pro opens the lane up, and gives me the reaction I need to come around the corner, without being overly violent. The polished 3” Pro is great for keeping my angles in front of me and blends over reaction of shorter patterns with clean backends. The Idol Pro, for me, is a big brother to the IQ Tour solid. They share similarities of being easy to read and versatile.
I like the Idol Pro. It’s a good ball that fits in the middle of my arsenal. I tend to like bowling balls that have predictability and versatility, and the Idol Pro gives me just that. Thank you for taking the time to read my Idol Pro ball review. Now, OWN It!!
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