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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.



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Re: Idol
« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2018, 11:28:36 AM »

Length: Medium

Volume: Medium

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

The Idol is the newest addition to RotoGrip’s HP3 line of bowling balls.  The Idol features the Micro Trax S18 Solid Reactive coverstock that surrounds the Ikon Core.  What that means is reaction and continuation from foul light to the back of the pit.  The Idol is eye catching with a unique Magenta Color off the lanes.  While on the lanes the Idol has pin pounding power with mid lane continuation.  The way I describe the Idol is a way stronger IQ Tour.  The versatility of the Idol will become legendary because whether you polish it or leave it in its natural state of dullness the pins have no chance to survive!  I was very fortunate to throw the Idol, IQ Tour and a Daredevil Trick for comparison on a Typical House Pattern.  This might not have been a fair comparison because the Idol was about an arrow stronger than the Trick.  The IQ Tour did not fare any better against the Idol especially at the breakpoint.  The IQ Tour is the most versatile solid bowling ball I have ever thrown and the Idol because of its power might give it a run for the money.  The Idol does start up quicker than the IQ Tour but makes up for that with a devastating backend motion.  I have a lower rev rate (300ish) and like to play straighter through front part of the lane.   During this comparison, I noticed that I was moving left and the Idol continued to motion through the pins with authority while the other two bowling balls were noticeably weaker through the pins.  There was no fancy layout with the Idol just Pin down cg kicked out with a hole down just like the other two bowling balls.
It is like a Hysteria and an IQ Tour have a baby!  That baby would be the Idol.  The mixture of Power and Versatility will make the Idol a mainstay in anyone’s Bowling Bag.

Likes:  The versatility and Power


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Re: Idol
« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2018, 01:16:20 PM »

After getting a chance to drill the new Roto Grip Idol i've been really impressed by what this ball adds to my bag. A very strong ball for the price point and when i need more control than a Fused and when i need more than my Hustle Hyb it's a great fit! This a great ball to build your bag around.

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Re: Idol
« Reply #19 on: June 27, 2018, 11:59:01 AM »
Roto Grip Idol Ball Review by PJ Haggerty

If you’ve followed the Roto Grip line over the past several years, you’ve probably noticed one thing… bright colors.  Our team in Utah is known for making equipment with very noticeable and lively colors.  The Idol definitely fits that mold as well.  The best thing about the Idol is it strikes a lot and when it does, people know what ball is going down the lane.

I’m a big fan of the Idol and have drilled one so far.  My favorite layout the last few years is mapped out as: 5 ½ x 5 with no hole.  The Idol reminds me of a Haywire, but a touch cleaner and a touch quicker down lane.  I remember the Haywire being a slower response time ball and great for tougher patterns when you need something predictable.  I think the Idol is very close to that, but you’re able to open you’re angles up a bit more and create more shape with the Idol.

From a surface standpoint, I’ve just let lane oil shine it up for me and then I used a 2000 pad to smooth it back up.  If you need a strong, symmetrical, predictable piece in your bag, the Idol will definitely attract your eyes to it!



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Re: Idol
« Reply #20 on: July 01, 2018, 02:32:15 PM »
Considering Symmetrical Equipment is my favorite to drill this ball is no exception.  The NEW MicroTrax–S18 Solid Reactive Cover and Ikon Symmetrical Core work great together.  Most people compare this ball to the Haywire.  I myself compare it to the Storm IQ only stronger.  Since drilling this ball I find myself now using it for my benchmark ball.  It gives me great mid-lane and doesn’t quit on the backend.  I have been able to use on typical house shots and also works well on longer sport patterns as well.

Bowler Info: PAP 4 9/16 x 1 3/16 up; Ball Speed 18mph; Rev Rate 620 RPM
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Re: Idol
« Reply #21 on: November 03, 2018, 01:52:53 AM »

Length: 38-44

Volume: 25+

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc):

House and various Sport

Likes: pin carry, predictability, read of the lane,

Dislikes:A bit strong for some of the conditions I see.

To me, the Roto Grip Idol is a great 1 or 2 ball in the arsenal. In many cases I cab start with it on the fresh as a ball that reads the midlane strong and a good amount of continuation. With surface, I need a ton of oil in the fronts. Shinier, the ball is a bit more friendly to use. My issue at this kind of surface is that it struggles when the lanes are wet dry. I like to throw more surface when the lanes get like that so i don't hold the responsibility to the ball to bail me out.

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