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Idol

Average Customer Review: 4.71 of 5 stars
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About the Bowler

League Average:
216
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
200
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Ball Review:

I absolutely love this ball. For those who miss their Haywire the IDOL will be the perfect replacement for those seeking the benchmark ball. Personally, with the original Haywire I could easily get to the pocket although I had issues with carry. With the IDOL's new surface and core there is a stronger continuation through the pins.

Out of the box in league I went 769 with it and used it all 3 games. The moves weren't substantial when the lanes transitioned which was a rarity at the house I bowl league in. I moved only 3 boards the whole night (3 one and one's). I bowled on wet/dry and playing the lanes inside out I was able to get through the oil to the dry and the ball bounced back incredibly with great carry.

I have a 55 x 4 x 70 pin down layout on this ball. You can see how early this balls begins to roll without over or under reacting.

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About the Bowler

League Average:
237
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
I have my Idol drilled pin up and it gives me so much versatility on several conditions I play on. The shape it gives me changes depending on the part of the lane I am playing and the surface i am using. Box surface lets me get right on the fresh and have a strong controllable motion without any jerk on the back. As the lanes start carrying down, this surface does very well combatting the push. As i polished it, i could play the same part of the lane as it stored more energy to give it more jerk on the back end while keeping its hitting power. The polished surface was also a pretty good choice for after that first game transition when the carry down breaks down a little more. This will be one of my bench mark balls that I start with in league and house condition type tourneys.
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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5 1/2 RT, 3/4 UP
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
210
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Idol features new everything, new core in the super aggressive symmetric Ikon core, and Micro Trax-18, their strongest Nano cover to date. This is easily the strongest ball Roto has released in the HP3 line, stronger than the Haywire even by a couple boards, and challenges the GB3 for the most hook in a symmetric ball and at that price point on the market. The result is a very smooth, even, controllable, and naturally strong ball that due to the characteristics of the Nano cover is more versatile than most balls that strong, as well as very continuous and great at blending wet/dry transition without jerking or burning energy on friction. The Idol should be a serious consideration for sport tournament bowlers and especially collegiate bowlers looking for a strong symmetric 1 ball.
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About the Bowler

League Average:
225
PAP:
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
195
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Roto Grip IDOL
Layout: 55 x 5 x 60
Finish: 2000Ab

What I saw on the lanes: I started where I have been looking and standing with my DD Trick on the THS and I found the ball was way stronger then what I thought it would be, and also stronger than the Haywire that I loved on SPL and Brunswick surfaces. The mid lane read was just like my Haywire, but the front end and back end were stronger. The overall hook was stronger than any other HP3 balls in the past. 4 boards right more and 2-3 boards left at the break point on THS on SPL and 4-6 on HPL, due to more grit of surface. Once again, Roto Grip and @Roto_Schlem have out done themselves again.

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About the Bowler

League Average:
221
PAP:
Not set
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Not a good ball for me. Throw it and hope. Ball motion wildly unpredictable. Creates its own wet/dry. Doesn't move in oil, snaps in dry.
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About the Bowler

League Average:
235
PAP:
5 3/16 over 7/8 up
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Left Handed
Sport Shot Average:
205
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
I drilled my Idol 5 x 5 x 3 with no extra-hole. I was really excited when this ball was announced to use and all the hype behind it wasn’t a surprise. After the first few shots with it, it instantly became a favorite ball in my bag. For a ball with a RG of 2.48, this ball is super clean through the front part of the lane with a lot of angle in the back. Compared to the Hyper Cell Fused it was just as clean but a little more hook. These 2 ball will make a great 1-2 punch in any bowlers bag & if you were a fan of a Haywire, you’ll defiantly want this ball.
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About the Bowler

League Average:
219
PAP:
3 1/8 1/4 up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Stroker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
200
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
Weight: 14 lbs.
Pin Length: 4-1/2 ”
Drilling: 35 x 3 x 25
Pattern Length: 40 ft.
Pattern Volume: Medium
Pattern Type: THS
Right Handed

The IDOL has the symmetrical Ikon core weight block in the popular HP3 line, wrapped in the Micro Trax-S18 cover stock, which is a solid reactive core. The box finish is 2000 grit, but as always, can be polished or changed to suit a variety of lane conditions. It is an attractive Magenta color.

I have used the IDOL on a 40 ft. kegel house pattern, and The Orleans modified House pattern in Las Vegas.

I tried the IDOL at the 2000 grit box finish, and haven’t done any surface changes, as I’ve found this to be my go-to ball when i need to move inside and deal with the pattern trasitioning. I find it to be a little too strong on the fresh house pattern I’ve played on, but was a good starting ball on The Orleans modified house pattern. This ball is more aggressive than i expected it to be. I find it to have a similar motion shape to the Haywire, with a slightly earlier hook, and a stronger finish down lane. Being a lower rev player with ball speed around 14 mph, I could migrate in, left of center with the IDOL and still have it face up to the pocket with proper angle for me to carry.

If you’re looking for a replacement for the Haywire, and perhaps a bit stronger, this is a great ball to have in your arsenal. For a mid priced ball, you’re getting the look and hook of a high end ball. It’s a win, win for me!


Carol Teel
Roto Grip Amateur Staff Member

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About the Bowler

League Average:
240
PAP:
5-3/8 x 5/8 up
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
200
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
My layout on the Idol is 60 x 5 x 55.

This is a new layout for me which puts the pin in the ring finger and the has the CG out enough for me to drop a 7/8" P3 hole. This ball give me a Great benchmark type motion. This is a ball that I can start the night on and just keep chasing it left with. I have read a lot of reviews on the Idol and many say that it is similar to the Haywire but I disagree. I was never a big fan of the Haywire, however I was a big fan of the DareDevil Trick. The motion I have with this Idol is more comparable to the Trick. Even with the new Strong cover (Micro Trax-S18 solid) Its a little cleaner through the front than the Trick and a stronger motion down lane.

To give a little closer look into what I bowl on...We own a 16 lane, wood center, that was built in 1960. We currently use Kegel Prodigy Oil and the house shot is 42' and almost 21mL's.

Casey Mattingly

Storm/RotoGrip Staff

Turbo Grips Staff

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About the Bowler

League Average:
219
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
195
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
What I wanted: A consistent benchmark roll that wouldn’t give me too much early hook.

What I got: Exactly what I wanted! I wanted that benchmark roll so I drilled it 65x5x35. It really gives me that solid mid lane roll while continuing off the spot. There is a lot of comparison to the Haywire and I truly see more comparison to the IQ tour with a little more mid-lane and overall hook!

This ball also helped me take top 5 all events scratch (so far) in the Greater Ozarks tournament. This ball is a must have in your bag!

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About the Bowler

League Average:
215
PAP:
5 1/4
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
200
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
I drilled my IDOL 60/4.5/40 which is my standard drilling for a ball to read early plus I have a DAREDEVIL TRICK with the same lay out. I put a 7/8"-2" deep weight hole 5" straight across my center line. I left this one box finish which is 2000 abralon.

I have used this one on a couple of different THS, a modified house pattern on the longer side, and a 45 Kegel Challenge Pattern. This ball is a good look for me in my bag and replaces a HAYWIRE that had gotten dated and losing it's pop after a few years.

Side by side with a couple of balls like the DAREDEVIL TRICK and NO RULES EXIST in the Roto line. The EXIST is a slightly stronger look downlane. The IDOL grabs but is more of an earlier strong arcing shape while the EXIST is more of a hockey stick reaction on the back. The TRICK had the shape as the IDOL in the early move but was even softer off the spot than the IDOL and would be more in play if the play was to keep the ball in front of you more than with those other 2 ROTO high end pieces. I also put it up against the CODE X. The IDOL was more motion early while the CODE X was more downlane motion and looked a lot like a softer NO RULES EXIST.

Put this one in your bag if you want a strong ball that reads earlier in the midlane than the stronger cover/stronger engine balls do. Or if you need to replace an worn HAYWIRE or PHAZE II that finally is showing signs of slowing down.


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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
4 5/8 straight across
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
220
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
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
Layout: 45, 4 ¾ , 70

The Idol is a great new piece from Roto Grip. I was missing my Haywire, and along comes the Idol. The cover is super strong and the Idol picks up early. And that translates into a very smooth slow motion on the back. Perfect for sport shots or hooking backends. The Idol is the perfect replacement for the Haywire.

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About the Bowler

League Average:
235
PAP:
3 5/8 up 1 1/4
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
210
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The Roto Grip Idol is a great addition to the RG line. I drilled mine 4.5 x 4 x 4.5 pin down no hole. The IDOL has great shelf appeal with the bright Magenta color, this is some white phasing is some of them. But I have a lot of good compliments on the color of the IDOL as it is different than a lot of bowling balls. With the Haywire being discontinued the IDOL is a perfect replacement. It is a strong symmetrical ball that rolls a little early and smooth downlane. Kinda of like a stronger IQ Solid. It will be a great ball on sport and PBA patterns, and especially at the USBC Open Championships.

Brian Watson
PAP- 3 5/8 up 1/14
RPM - 400
Speed - 16
Tilt - 17

Pro Shop Staff

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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
4 5/16 x 1/4 up
Ball Speed:
Fast
Style:
Cranker
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
Not set
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
The new Roto Grip HP3 line bowling ball is the Idol. The Idol has the new MicroTrax-S18 coverstock which is the strongest Nano technology the Roto Grip line has used to date. This new cover is wrapped around the new Ikon symmetrical core.

My Idol has a 50 x 5 X 60 layout which I also have on my Storm Hyroad Nano. Fortunately, I have been able to leave it at its box surface (2000 grit). I felt the Idol would likely be more archy with an identical layout to the Hyroad Nano. When the Hyroad Nano isn’t quite adding up in terms of motion, I often find myself searching for something that is similar in overall hook, yet different in motion. Fortunately, the Idol fills that gap. I find that the Idol reads the fronts more and has a less angular breakpoint shape without losing any hitting power. The Idol is perfect on fresh house shots where the friction is a little too much for other balls AND when the same house pattern cliffs up and you need to move your eyes in and basically throw it up the oil. I believe this ball is special and I will be ordering another very soon! I can’t wait to see what it does on some flatter, sport compliant patterns.

Chris Freeland
Storm Amateur Staff
www.stormbowling.com
www.rotogrip.com
Bowler Info: PAP 4 5/16 x 1/4 up, Speed 16-17, Rev Rate 400

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About the Bowler

League Average:
230
PAP:
5-1/4" over and 1/4" up
Ball Speed:
Medium
Style:
Tweener
Bowling Hand:
Right Handed
Sport Shot Average:
205
Experience:
Advanced (I have bowled in a league)
ROTO GRIP IDOL

Well, when I first heard of the Haywire being discontinued I was upset. It is one of my favorites. Now that I have the Idol there is absolutely no disappointment here anymore. I am very impressed with the new Idol. On a fresh 40’ house shot it was easy to get the Idol through the fronts with a GREAT mid lane read and strong continuation through the pins. One of the biggest thing I have noticed with the Idol is when throwing it with more traffic, I could make smaller moves left than most normal moves with several on the pair. The more I have bowled with my Idol as it now as a littles lane shine, it just gets better and better. With the little bit of lane shine my Idol has it is so clean and strong off of the spot. I know with my Idol at box finish it’ll tackle all heavier oiled oil patterns. I have a few friends with the Idol that has it shiny, and it is super clean and real angular down lane. The Idol is sure to fit in all bowlers arsenals. Great job!!

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