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Idol Synergy
« on: February 04, 2021, 03:23:17 PM »
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The Roto Grip Idol Synergy takes the best of the original Idol and the Idol Pearl and combines them into a highly anticipated upper mid-performance bowling ball. The R&D team at Roto Grip worked hard to formulate the purest and most responsive version of the eTrax hybrid coverstock so far. Combined with the popular Ikon symmetrical core this ball is one to check out.

Color: Amethyst Pearl/Magenta Solid
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Core: Ikon Symmetrical (14#-16#)
Coverstock: eTrax Hybrid Reactive
Finish: 1500-grit Polished
RG: 2.49 (for 15# ball)
Differential: 0.052 (for 15# ball)
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium Oil
Hook Potential: Medium to High
Length: Middle



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Re: Idol Synergy
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2021, 05:22:41 PM »

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):THS


Core: Ikon
Cover: eTrax Hybrid
Finish: 1500 Polish
RG: 2.49 )
Diff: 0.052

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

Ball Layout: Pin over ring 5 inch pin to pap 1 1/4 Pin Buffer

The Roto Grip Idol line has been the dominant force of their HP3 line. These balls remain a favorite among touring  players for a reason. The smooth mid-lane read and predictable backend motion makes them match up to many conditions. For me even the Idol Pearl was mid-laney and smooth. This matched them up better for sport conditions for me.

As much as I've loved the predictable motion, I personally wished for a cleaner/quicker version of these balls that I could rely on for covering boards on house shots where I see less oil up front and a more cliffed condition overall. The New Idol Synergy is just what I'd hoped for. The synergy keeps the great shape with a faster response to friction. When the lanes burn up it keeps coming around and more importantly for me, I can still get it down-lane.

It may seem surprising that this version of the idol seems to be the cleanest considering its hybrid cover. I've found a few ball in the past which were similar, most notable the Storm IQ Fusion. The fusion for me was miles cleaner and quicker than the IQ pearl and unsurprisingly ended up being my favorite release in that line. The synergy is the answer for rev dominant and speed challenged players who want the what idol pearl gives the guys who throw it harder.

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Re: Idol Synergy
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2021, 03:51:39 PM »
LAYOUT: 5 x 3 x 3
PIN: 3.5
TOP: 3.4

The Idol Synergy started off in my hand with a question mark hanging over it. When I first threw it, I was feeling like a max score of 230’ish was the case. Then I got to about game 15 on it and the striking light went on! I have confidence in this ball to deliver on multiple patterns now, and it tells me quickly if it is the time to use it.

The Idol line features a benchmark type motion and the Idol Synergy is no different. When I back to some of the alter egos, the original Idol has a slower down lane shape. The Idol Pearl for a pearl was not a shoot through the fronts and snap sharply down the lane. The Idol Synergy for a hybrid appears cleaner than the pearl version but it does not go psycho down the lane just because of the smidge of extra scoot. The Synergy and Pro versions of the Idol have been my favorite two to date.

To my high rev crew, spank it at the bottom and have a little casual fun watching the shape of goodness! I have had nights where I look at 12, but by night’s end, my eyes are looking 25 at the arrows. With friends between the rev rate numbers of 250-400, they have had success with the Idol Synergy. This ball blends patterns and mows pins!!!

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Re: Idol Synergy
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2021, 04:43:54 PM »
I drilled up my IDOL SYNERGY with a short pin layout of 35 x 4 x 55. This put the pin in the ring finger. This is one of my favorite control type drillings. I touched the surface up with a 3000 pad to get the gloss off.

My IDOL SYNERGY is very controllable with this layout. Maybe a little too controllable as I have other pieces like the MVP ATTITUDE, WILD STREAK, and IDOL PRO that are good for keeping my target in front of me. I really think that I should have went with a pin higher drilling like maybe 4.5 inch to pap with a 25-30 val angle to give it more down lane move.

I see some use for this layout but have not seen a flat enough pattern in awhile to use it on. I will definitely be drilling a second with a stronger pin position and pin buffer to take advantage of the good push and back end other people throwing this are telling me about.

Follow Up: I drilled a second one with a 70 x 4.5 x 25 layout. Compared to the pin in finger layout, this one is a lot more ball and stronger motion on the backend. Drill one favorite pin position and add a much higher pin buffer for a perfect compliment layout for anyone wanting a second one in the bag.
« Last Edit: February 16, 2021, 04:47:06 PM by Bigmike »
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