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Idol Pearl
« on: November 14, 2018, 11:05:10 AM »
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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Idol Pearl Review by Lonnie Pemberton
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2019, 10:02:04 PM »



Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Cover:  eTrax-P18ô
Weightblock:   Ikonô Core (Symmetrical)
Finish: 1500 Polish
RG: 2.49
Differential: 0.052

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

Ball Layout: Pin over Bridge 60 X 5 3/8 X 40

Roto Grip is continuing to overpower the market by giving you stronger equipment than anyone else in the price point. The Idol was a wildly successful ball and a huge seller because of the HP4 performance you got at the HP3 price. The new Idol Pearl was inevitable and long awaited.

The Idol Pearl for me was much stronger in the mid-lane than I would expect from a Pearl. It is cleaner through the front than the original Idol but gives you motion pretty early for a pearl. As you would expect it is more continuous down-lane. Normally I don't see a very definable difference in hook between a pearl and a solid with the same core. They obviously have different motions but generally the hook is comparable, just a different shape. This is definitely an exception.

The Idol Pearl adds more down-lane motion that you lose in mid-lane read. As a result the cover creates an even more powerful hook and hit combination. I am a big fan of pearl balls that you can play in with on longer patterns and this one seems to be the prototypical motion for that. The biggest selling point for me is that when you find a pearl strong enough for that situation, it tends to slow the transition, allowing you to stay in one place longer.

I threw the Idol Pearl on a high volume house pattern that I bowl on weekly in league. As with alot of my previous reviewed balls, it creates a large out of bounds area to the right, and I usually have to throw surface on the fresh. I love the Idol Pearl because I can simply move left and play the hold, avoiding that are of the lane all together. My look tends to just get better as the players who have to play straighter up the lane break it down right of me.

I also had the opportunity to throw it in another house with a much more defined pattern. I was worried that the ball might over-react with more friction but it's mid-lane strength actually helped blend the pattern a bit more and I was able to stick with the ball all 3 games. Using one ball all night in that house is a rarity for me as I usually need to switch to cleaner more angular equipment when the fronts go away.

This ball is an affordable power-house which makes it an easy sale for those of us in the pro shop. I think this ball matches up with a wide variance of bowlers and it is also very responsive to different layouts. Use it on a house shot, or a pattern and you get great performance.



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Re: Idol Pearl
« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2019, 12:20:03 PM »

Length: 40ft and 42ft

Volume: medium

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS and Modified House Shot


Likes: I'm a huge fan of this ball. I wasn't sure how much angle it would have down lane or how it would compare some of the other pearl symmetrical balls from Storm/Rot Grip so I went with alittle shorter pin distance on this one but with almost the same drill angles to just give myself a different shape down lane and this ball did not disappoint. I went with a 60*4*80 layout with no extra hole. The way this ball compliments the original Idol is amazing. When the lanes are alittle tighter I can start with the regular Idol and then when I have to chase the pattern left and I want something to corner better I can go to the Idol pearl with no worries of it recovering. I did see that for me it was alittle too clean on the fresh patterns that were longer than 40ft.
Compared to some of the other symmetrical pearl balls I have it is the cleanest and strongest ball for me, I threw it against the SoniQ and Marvel pearl remake.
I really really like this ball. It hits the pins very hard and its continuation is amazing. It doesn't mind oil either. On a few shots that I missed in the oil it still picked up enough to go through the pins the right way where as with the other pearl balls they still want to skid through the oil. I highly recommend this ball for all bowlers both for tournament play and just league play.

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Re: Idol Pearl
« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2019, 02:05:10 PM »

Length: 43'

Volume: 21 mL's

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


Likes: Reads the mids very well with a strong but controllable motion off the spot

Dislikes: none yet!

First of all, I am not a fan of pearls or polish in general but for testing purposes I always throw the balls how they come out of the box. Typically they get hit with a 2000 or 3000 pad very quickly.  After about 10 games with it I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised with the Idol Pearl.  This ball reads the middle part of the lane very well for a pearl and still retains energy to create a strong but controllable motion down lane.  Compared to my Son!Q, the Idol Pearl is much more continuous whereas my Son!Q was much more forward rolling off the spot.

I am coming off of an injury at the moment and I have only bowled on fresh lanes by myself to practice.  I am anxious to see how this ball deals with transition. 

My Layout for this ball is 60 x 5-1/2 x 35.  This puts the pin above my bridge and my CG about an inch off of the center line.

Favorite Balls at the moment:
Code X- 60 x 5 x 70 pin down with a low hole
HyRoadX- 60 x 5 x 70 pin down, no hole
PhysiX 60 x 5 x 35 Pin up, no hole
Casey Mattingly
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Turbo Regional Staff
Coach's Corner Pro Shop
Alexandria, IN


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Re: Idol Pearl
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2019, 01:47:07 PM »
IDOL Pearl
 The E-Trax P18 Pearl Reactive Cover is combined with Ikon Core which is also in the original IDOL.  The IDOL Pearl in my opinion is perfect compliment to the original IDOL.  I really like the IDOL Solid so I was very excited when this ball was announced.  IDOL-Pearl is all I needed to hear and I was sold.  Especially considering the IDOL Solid is my favorite benchmark ball on house or sport shots.  A pearl ball that isnít sideways in the back part of the lane.  To me itís much more responsive in the mid-lane than most pearl bowling balls.  The IDOL Pearl is a great Symmetrical ball and a perfect addition to the HP3 line.  The IDOL Pearl is a must have!
Bowler Info: PAP 4 9/16 x 1 3/16 up; Ball Speed 18mph; Rev Rate 620 RPM
Keith DeMaine
Storm Amateur Staff
Connecticut State & County HOF

Roto Grip Idol Pearl Ball Review by Keith DeMaine


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Re: Idol Pearl
« Reply #20 on: February 14, 2019, 01:38:33 PM »
I love this ball !!! It is my go to when the lanes get "messy".  It is clean through the heads and strong off the break point. Idol Pearl is a must have in any tournament players bag !!