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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



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Re: Idol Pro
« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2019, 11:35:16 AM »
Round Holes No Grips Proshop – Ball Review

Ball:  Rotogrip Idol Pro
Layout 1:  1.5”pin to pap, 1” pin buffer
Surface:  Box Finish
Layout 2:  4.5 pin to pap, 1”pin buffer

Lane Condition:  THS medium volume
Tester:  Andrew
Average:  230
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Wow!  The new IDOL PRO is very clean for a solid coverstock.  I wasn’t sure what reaction to expect going from the original Idol and Idol Pearl.  The Idol Pro provides clean length and strong down lane motion.  I drilled two of these to test:

Idol Pro 1:  I drilled this one for a very specific lane condition.  I wanted a ball for higher volume, but short sport patterns.  With a short pin, the ball gets into a roll very quickly and controls the response to friction very well.  I will cut the ball to 500/2000 to smooth it out even more.  But, in my testing, I found the ball to be very smooth, controllable and exactly the motion I’ve been missing for those conditions.

Idol Pro 2:  This one is my boomer.  It forces me pretty deep on our fresh house shot…..deeper than I would prefer to start.  It wouldn’t be my first ball out of the ball but I did bowl a tournament recently where the carrydown made carry difficult for my MVP.  I went straight to this Idol Pro and got back to striking.  I have it 2 and 1 stronger than my MVP. 

Overall, this is a great addition to the lineup.  It complements the Idol and Idol Pro very well.  You could build a nice house shot arsenal with the Idol series!

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Re: Idol Pro
« Reply #17 on: August 29, 2019, 02:41:16 PM »
Idol Pro
Layout 65x5x75
This ball is exactly what i wanted in my bag. When the original idol is to early, the idol pro is you ball.
Cleaner then the idol and phaze2. Stronger than an iq tour. Perfect benchmark ball, I use it to compliment my pro motion.
When asymetrical balls are flaring to much and not hooking down lane this is the ball to go to before the pearl balls.
Just a great all around ball.

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Roto Grip Idol Pro Review by Casey Murphy
« Reply #18 on: August 29, 2019, 02:50:33 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
Dual Angle:  5 ¼, 4, 4 5/8

The Idol Pro fits right between the Idol and Idol Pearl.  It’s earlier than the Idol Pearl but more backend than the Idol.  It’s a nice clean solid with some backend.  Great benchmark ball.  I could see using this right out of the gate and even later in a block.  It has a perfect combination of smooth vs strength.  The Idol Pro is a great addition the Idol family!


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Re: Idol Pro
« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2019, 02:26:11 PM »

Length: Medium

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): Variety

PAP: 5 over and 1/4 up

Drilling: Pin above finger bridge (Tester Layout)

This ball fits in between the Idol and the Idol Pearl. If you want a little more length than the original Idol, this is your ball. If you want a little more ball (earlier) than the Idol Pearl, then this is your ball.

This would be a good benchmark ball. I think the Idol is a little more than a benchmark, but the Idol Pro is the perfect benchmark. You can use this ball on fresh or even when transition comes your way.


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Idol Pro Review
« Reply #20 on: September 13, 2019, 07:12:39 PM »
If you love the Idol series so far, you’re going to love the new Idol Pro. The Idol Pro is designed to fit the gap between the original Idol and the Idol Pearl. The Idol Pro is a solid like the original Idol but cleaner through the front part of the lane and more angular down lane.

This ball fits in perfectly with the first transition league bowlers experience. You may start your league night with your typical benchmark ball such as an Idol. Once you get to a certain point of the night, you’ll start noticing your Idol not reacting as much and leaving those corner pins. The Idol Pro is the next step down and will continue to shape down lane.

This ball handles surface very well and can be use on a variety of different patterns when you need something that gives you a little more shape than your typical bench mark ball but still gives you predictability.

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Re: Idol Pro
« Reply #21 on: September 23, 2019, 07:30:50 PM »
This Roto Grip Idol Pro is by far the best ball I have ever thrown and that is not a lie !!! Hands down the reaction I get the way it goes through the pins is insane. I have been using this ball on my house shot to start the season and the scores I have been putting up shows how good it really is. I found that for being a solid i get good push through the front part of the lane , but packs a big punch on the back end.  Going to my original idol I had to move three and two right as the OG Idol would not make the corner like the Idol Pro. Idol will be a great ball down for me.
I have been recommending this ball to everyone !! You won’t be disappointed. 


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Idol Pro
« Reply #22 on: October 08, 2019, 09:30:49 PM »
Roto Grip’s HP3 line has been one of the most popular lines in bowling in recent years and this release doesn’t disappoint either. I drilled my Idol Pro just like my original Idol and Idol Pearl, 5 x 5 x 3.  After throwing the Idol Pro from some time I quickly realized why I love throwing these balls so much. Compared to the original Idol the pro gives you the same overall ball shape and motion just a touch weaker because of the cover difference. The Idol Pro is much stronger compared to my Idol Pearl. If anyone liked either of these two bowling balls your not going to want to miss out on this ball !


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Re: Idol Pro
« Reply #23 on: October 27, 2019, 08:45:42 PM »
PBA50 member - 14* axis tilt, 35* rotation - 16.5 mph - 315 rev rate.
I drilled my Idol Pro 4 3/4" x 35*. I have been putting 2000 or 3000 depending on what pattern I am using this on. I get a smooth benchmark type reaction out of the Idol Pro. It has been a great ball down option for me when my Halo is getting sluggish at the spot down lane. The Pro pushes thru the front retaining energy well. i drilled a second one with a 4" x 25*. The second one might be too strong of a lay out. I may have to scratch that one with more surface and use on longer patterns.
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Re: Idol Pro
« Reply #24 on: November 13, 2019, 11:17:52 AM »
A new HP3 version of the Idol is here. The original Idol has been a sport shot killer and the Idol Pearl is a house shot killer. However, there was a large gap between the two Idols so Roto-Grip has come up with the Idol-Pro to kind of fill that gap between the two. This ball has the eTrax-S19 cover with the Ikon core with a 2.49 RG with a Diff of .052. For this ball I used my favorite layout which is Pin In The Ring which is 52x4-3/16x59 layout.
This ball is great as a house shot killer. It is smooth enough to blend the pattern out when they start to break down and become over/under. However, it is also great for a first ball out of the bag. The original Idol needed heavy oil to keep from burning up where as the the Idol pearl is better when the lanes are starting to break down.
For me this ball is just a great ball overall, it has the strength to be the first ball out of the bag and also when the lanes start to break down and become over/under is still smooth enough to blend the pattern. Again, being a lefty it does not apply to me that often but it does happen on occasion.
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Roto Grip Idol Pro
« Reply #25 on: November 22, 2019, 10:03:44 PM »
Idol Pro
- RG 2.49
- DIFF 0.052
- 55 x 4 1/2 x 70
- Idol Pro is a homerun from Roto Grip once again. I love the original Idol and the Idol Pearl has been very successful as well as the perfect compliment. I believe the Idol Pro might be the best of the 3. Idol Pro still features the Ikon core with the eTrax-S19 Solid cover. This ball is all you could want compared to the previous two releases. The Idol Pro still loves to hook in oil but the downlane motion does not quick. This ball compliments my Orginal Idol as its very early and smooth while my Idol Pro is a little cleaner through the fronts but hooks more downlane than the orginal Idol.


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Re: Idol Pro
« Reply #26 on: November 26, 2019, 05:30:54 PM »
Cover: eTrax-19 Solid
Core: IKON
Factory finish: 3000 sheen
Flare: 5" plus
Test condition: Mo Pinel designed house pattern - HPL panels - Flex Machine
By taking the highly proven "ROCK STAR" core the IKON and wrapping it with the eTRAX-19 cover with the first ever Sheen finish on a Roto Grip ball, gave a motion and carry off no other ball I have seen in a good bit from Roto Grip. low RG and High Diff on the IKON core allowed me to play in a "safer" part of the oil pattern and not have to worry about early hook like from the Idol or Evolve with out of the box finish. Very hard hitting in and around the pins, less deflection and would probably roll through the back part of the lane for another 10 feet if it wasn't for the lane curtain in the back. Best ball I have used since my accident in 2018 for league and a few tournaments I have bowled in recently. My "go to" ball all the time now.


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Roto Grip Idol Pro
« Reply #27 on: November 27, 2019, 02:30:37 PM »
Roto Grip Idol Pro review by Brian Watson

The RG Idol Pro is the new ball in the Idol HP 3 line.  I absolutely loved the original Idol and liked the Idol Pearl also.  The Idol Pro uses the new eTrax-S19 solid coverstock that doesn’t have the nano found in the MicroTrax-S18 cover used on the IDOL.
So it still a solid but with a different cover.  The Idol pro is cleaner through the fronts than Idol as there is no nano in the new cover.  But still being a solid it still is a strong arc motion downlane.  I drilled mine pin down with a 5 inch pin and added Storm step 2 to the cover. Wow I am able to open up the lane a little when I need to move left.
For even a solid I was still able to curve the lane when needed without losing carry.
Very good addition to the IDOL line.  The PBA guys absolutely love this ball and its great ball motion.

Brian Watson
PAP- 5 up 1 1/8
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Tilt - 16
RPM - 400


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Re: Idol Pro
« Reply #28 on: November 29, 2019, 04:34:32 PM »

Layout: 50x4.5.40

Surface: factory

PAP: 4.25R, 1U

Rev Rate: 500rpm

Speed: 20mph off hand


Roto Grip's new Idol Pro is a bit of a departure - two solids at the same time in the HP3 line? Not to worry though... even though this shares the same line name, it feels somewhat different than the Pearl and very different from the OG. It takes the familar Ikon (2.49 / 0.052) symmetrical core from the rest of the line and pairs it with a new cover (eTrax-S19) and a new-to-Roto surface prep (1500+polish+3000, aka "3000 sheen"). This gives a surprising amount of length for a sanded solid and a big boom downlane that feels both very controlled and very powerful - if you look up "turbocharged Hustle Ink" in the dictionary you'll find this ball in the list of definitions, and that's a very very good thing. The range of situations where this ball could be used were astounding. Anything from playing straighter on fresh house shot to lofting 6th arrow on burnt sport patterns and the Idol Pro got the job done with no muss, no fuss, and plenty of carnage at the pin deck. It also paired very very well with my Storm Phaze 2, with the P2 being a bit more rolly and the Idol Pro creating a bit more downlane response and directional change. The Idol Pro is a hugely fun ball to throw and just flat-out gets the job done.


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Re: Idol Pro
« Reply #29 on: December 03, 2019, 05:10:59 PM »
Ball Specs:
Roto Grip Idol Pro
3000 eTrax-S19™ Solid Reactive
Weight Block Ikon™ Core (Symmetrical)
Color Ocean Blue

Settle the confusion early. This is not the same as the original Idol nor should it be considered a “step child”. RG took the original Idol core and tweaked the solid cover with a 3000 sheen to give this is completely different look and down lane motion. Basically what they created was a smarter and safer play down lane with the same monster amount of continuation through the pins as the original Idol. If you miss a little inside this ball will have more hold than the Idol. This ball has some characteristics of the original Hyroad with the versatility factor. Early or late in a set, the Idol Pro is predictable and seems like the “pro” move to make if you currently do not have it in your bag.

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Re: Idol Pro
« Reply #30 on: December 05, 2019, 07:56:40 PM »
The Idol Pro is a great complement to the Idol and Idol Pearl.

I love my original Idol on heavier oil and longer patterns. I have found that the Idol Pro is a great transition from the Idol when the original Idol starts to burn up and you need to open up your angles. The Idol Pro gets down the lane cleaner and definitely has more angle down lane.

If you are a fan of either the Original Idol, Idol Pearl or both then you definitely need to add the Idol Pro to your bag.