win a ball from

Author Topic: The most anticipated release in some time-- Idol Synergy  (Read 5037 times)


  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 61
The most anticipated release in some time-- Idol Synergy
« on: November 20, 2020, 11:40:34 AM »

In what is probably the most anticipated ball in some time, Roto Grip is releasing the Idol Synergy. The Idol Synergy is a combination of the original Idol and the Idol Pearl. I was surprised when throwing this ball. For me, it was in between the Idol and Idol pearl in terms of reading the midlane, but the Synergy had more shape downlane. TO sum, you'll get a ball that reads the midlane harder than the Idol Pearl and also shapes harder downlane. The reaction is closer to an Idol Pearl than it is to the original Idol. I think the cover is versatile too. You could use surface to bring the breakpoint closer to you if you find that the Synergy is too clean. In all, everyone will like this ball and likewise, I expect the Idol Synergy to be as popular as its predecessors.


Luke Rosdahl

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1093
Re: The most anticipated release in some time-- Idol Synergy
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2020, 10:23:26 AM »
The Idol Synergy features the clean and responsive eTrax hybrid cover and powerful symmetric Ikon core.  The eTrax formula has been featured on the majority of HP3 and HP4 balls the last couple years in a few different forms and strengths, but only one other time as a hybrid in the Halo Vision.  The clean and responsive nature of the cover formula in combination with Roto’s heavy rolling and dynamic stronger cores like Ikon in the top end of the catalog creates a balanced reaction that offers both stability and lane control with plenty of steam left for a strong move down lane.  The Ikon core comes in at a 2.49 RG and .052 differential in 15 pounds and creates a very recognizable round and even ball motion reminiscent of the Centripetal core from the Marvel series.  The Idol and Idol Pearl have been popular choices among many of the pros, being involved in big money and major tournaments over the last couple years, and the Synergy takes the Idol idea and injects a little caffeine.  With 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, I rate the Idol Synergy a 6 on hook, a 7 on length, and an 8 on backend. 
Storm Amateur Staff
Turbo Regional Staff
YouTube Channel:
Twitter: @LukeRosdahl


  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 13
Re: The most anticipated release in some time-- Idol Synergy
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2020, 12:39:14 PM »
I drilled my Idol Synergy the same as the original Idol, 4 inch pin with a 20 degree back angle. This ball has the eTrax hybrid cover with the Idol Ikon core with an RG of 2.49 and a Diff of .052 at 15lbs.  The reaction of the synergy is much like the Phaze 3 except the synergy has more backend end. This ball would work well with the original Idol, same smooth reaction just longer.


  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 35
Idol Synergy…the best of both Idol worlds!
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2020, 07:32:32 AM »
Bowlers Info: RH tweener, PAP 4-1/2 x 7/8 up, 365 RPM, 17* of Axis tilt, 60* of Axis Rotation

Ball Layout: 50 x 4 x 25

Finish: OOB

Since the introduction of the Idol and the Idol Pearl, it was only inevitable that RG would release a hybrid version.  Ta da!!!!!  This ball is exactly what we Idol enthusiasts were hoping for.  In comparison to the Phaze 3, this ball is smaller, cleaner, later with an aggressive backend. I drilled my Synergy with a strong 4” pin position placing it up and right of the ring finger.  As with all polished finishes, I lightly hit this ball with 3000 to get it to read the mids earlier.  I felt I can really open up a lane where there is still a bit of oil in the fronts but need bigger pop on the backend where a pearl is just to clean creating over/under. This is going to be another house killer and is a lot of fun to throw!  So if the Idol was too early or Phaze 3 is too big, then this will definitely fill that gap where you need a strong symmetrical hybrid to run up the score!

Chris Martinez
Storm Amateur Staff


  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 111
Idol Synergy
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2020, 07:50:43 PM »
What more can you say about the historic Roto Grip Idol line? Since the introduction of the original Idol in 2018, the success of this line has been almost unmatched. Fast-forward 2 years and we now have the widely asked about Hybrid version of this ball.  I drilled mine 5 x 5 x 3 and let me tell you that I instantly fell in love with this ball. It is as clean as the Idol Pearl in the front part of the lane and hooks just as much as the Idol Solid. It is actually close to a Phaze 3 shape wise but it is just stronger. This ball will be very versatile on either the fresh or later in blocks.


  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 136
Idol Synergy Review
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2020, 11:09:24 AM »
Ball Specs:
Roto Grip Idol Synergy
Cover stock eTrax Hybrid Reactive
Weight Block Ikon Core (Symmetrical)
Color Amethyst/ Magenta
Finish 1500 polished
Layout 3.5 x 5.5 w/2” buffer

Bowler Specs:
Right Hand. PAP 5” Over 1/2 up
Rev Rate 300. Tilt 20. Rotation 50.
Speed at release 17

The new Roto Grip Idol Synergy was designed to fit between the Original Idol and the Idol Pearl. The Idol line has been very good and I was very surprised the Original Idol was being discontinued. I am sure Roto is working on a worthy replacement. In the meantime, the new Idol Synergy has hit the scene. I have drilled a few of these up for my high rev guys or no thumb bowlers and I think that is a the best match for box surface. The Synergy also seems to do well on medium dry conditions at box surface. The ones I have drilled for myself and those of us with more common rev rates felt the Synergy went too long on what we bowl on here in our regular houses. We solved this issue with surface adjustments 2000 or 3000 makes it read the lane nicely and brings the ball alive in my opinion. 3000 seems to be the best for me. Good read and backend. The ball hits very good as long as we did not take the surface below 1000. At box this ball was longer than my Electrify Hybrid but with 3000 it fits nicely under my Phase 2. The Synergy is very nice on a typical medium house shot as long as you’re not afraid to tweak the surface a bit.

The Idol Synergy is great at box for higher rev rates.
The cover tunes easily for different styles.
The Synergy reads medium house shots very well.

Glenn Wendel
PBA Member
Storm Pro Shop Staff

PBA Member
Storm Staff Member
Turbo Staff Member


  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 53
Roto Grip Idol Synergy review by Trevor Roberts
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2020, 11:04:24 AM »
Length: 40
Volume: Medium
Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS

Maybe the most anticipated of the three new releases, we present to you the Idol Synergy! In my opinion, every ball in the Idol line is a winner and this one is no different. The Synergy is the cleanest of all Idol’s and therefore creates the most shape down lane. It is similar to the Idol Pearl in that the covers are shiny and clean through the front, but the Synergy is quite a bit more in overall hook. If you enjoy throwing the Idol Pearl like most other people, the Synergy will allow you to move further left and still be able to go through the pins effectively. I have my Idol Synergy drilled exactly like my Trend, and the Synergy hooks more down lane than that. This ball is going to be great for house shots and later in tournament blocks!

Click This Link Below For All Social Media :

Trevor Roberts
2016 PBA Southern Regional Rookie Of The Year
Storm / Roto Grip Professional Staff
Turbo 2N1 Grips Staff Member
Right Handed
Rev Rate: 440
Speed: 17
PAP: 5 1/2 up 13/16


  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 128
Re: The most anticipated release in some time-- Idol Synergy
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2020, 06:26:22 AM »
The Idol Synergy features the eTrax hybrid cover that was also on the Halo Vision but with the Ikon core from the Idol line (RG=2.49, Diff=.052).

I have absolutely LOVED all of the Idol balls to date so I was excited to try a hybrid Idol for sure.

I drilled my Synergy 4.5” from my PAP with a 2” pin buffer. I wanted a little bit of length out of this ball but I wanted to take advantage of the smooth strong Ikon core as well. I think the Idol Synergy fits exactly what I think of when I think of a hybrid symmetrical ball. It does not pick up the front part of lane nearly as fast as the OG Idol but is clearly stronger and fast response down lane without going sideways.

I see the Idol Synergy being great for what flatter patterns start to transition or as a great benchmark piece for lower speed players.


  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1060
Re: The most anticipated release in some time-- Idol Synergy
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2020, 08:45:18 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.
"Tell me Cup, how does a great ball striker like you shoot an 83? Well I lipped out this putt on 18......"

Mike Craig - Storm Bowling Amateur Staff - Westerville, OH